Plus Small Business Saturday promotions, ice skating rink opening, a new blog + more.
November 14, 2019
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Birds of a Feather Flock to GLOW Together 

So stunning, your 87-year-old Grandma is gonna start Instagraming. We're so excited to announce the 11 installations — including The Heron (above) — that will be on display during the 6th edition of Georgetown GLOW, December 6 - January 5 throughout Georgetown. Brought to you by the Georgetown BID, GLOW is the only free, curated outdoor public light art exhibition in the region, and you've got 31 chances to check out it, with works lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm. Visit our dedicated GLOW website for information on each artist and installation, more than 30 GLOW-themed walking tours, an installation map, parking, and more! And don't miss our new Holidays in Georgetown guide for even more festive fun.

Willy Wonka, Minus Burden to Run a Factory 

Prepare to visit all four of your grandparents, who are sleeping feet-to-feet in the same bed, and tell them the good news: You're a golden ticket winner! Anyone who makes a purchase at one of Georgetown's participating shops during Small Business Saturday on November 30 will receive a Shop Small bag, while supplies last. Up to five of the bags given away will include a golden ticket, redeemable for a $50 AMEX gift card! If that's not enticing enough, take a look at the 30+ special promotions and events taking place that day. More than 300 small businesses call Georgetown home, comprising 60% of our restaurants and retailers, and they're the heart of our community. Let's show them some love, not only on Small Business Saturday, but year-round! Visit our event page for more details on each promotion!

Impeccable Taste, and Strong Neck Muscles

When Ellen Reiben couldn’t get into a ceramics class her junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she opted for an intro to jewelry. One week later, she almost dropped every other class. In this week's byGeorge blog, the jewelry artist and owner of Jewelers'Werk Galerie (3319 Cady's Alley) shares how collectors' tastes in a more conservative city like DC have slowly evolved into the avant garde, the international crossover she's witnessed in a field that was once very segregated, and the complex purposes jewlery serves in our society.

Last week we debuted This is My Georgetown — a new, four-part video series that follows some of DC's most interesting artists, business owners, and residents around their favorite parts of Georgetown, from Cady's Alley and the Design District, to M Street, Wisconsin Avenue, and the waterfront.

Today, Duk-ki Yu — longtime owner of the beloved sneaker shop, MAJOR — is showing you his Georgetown with a behind-the-scenes look at running a small business on Wisconsin Avenue. 

Take a look, and stay tuned for M Street, next week! For more on Duk-ki's fascinating journey from hip hop promoter to sneakerhead, check out his byGeorge profile.

Like a Newborn Fawn Learning to Walk

Five minutes of terror as you're careening down the rink like it's your first time on ice, followed by a winter of bliss. Shake the dust off those skates and get back out there for this season's opening of the Washington Harbour Ice Rink (3050 K St NW). DC's largest and most picturesque outdoor ice skating rink opens tomorrow, and runs through mid-March. Visit their website for more info on everything from nighttime Rock the Rink sessions, to Cartoon Skate on Saturday mornings.

There's Nothing Luke Would Hate More

Where Gilmore Girls leads, we will follow. Calling all fast-talking, caffeine-addicted best friends and mother-daughter duos Nov. 14 at 7:15 pm for a night of Gilmore Girls trivia at Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe. Test your knowledge of Lorelei, Rory, and the rest of Stars Hollow for the chance to win free experiences with friends. All while cuddling with kittens and drinking coffee, of course. RSVP now!

Reconciling Georgetown's True Roots

Join Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park on Nov. 19 from 6 pm - 8 pm at Grace Episcopal Church (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW) for Georgetown Waterfront History: From Slave Ships to UNESCO Site of Memory. The presentation will cover the history of the area before the first slave ship arrived in 1732 at North Potomac (now Georgetown Waterfront Park), before exploring the arrival of the Liverpool Merchant in 1732 and subsequent voyages. You'll also learn about what occurred south of M Street during the 18th and mid-19th century as it relates to the enslaved, and the waterfront's development. The presentation will feature historian Andrena Crockett, director and founder of the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project, Rector John Graham of Grace Church, and Meg Hardon, president of Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, and serves the UNESCO Slave Route Project mission to memorialize, preserve, and educate the public about these untold stories. For more on Georgetown's African American history, visit our history page, and our African American Heritage Trail guide.

Talk of the (George)Town

Well, this is just the cutest thing ever. 

Check out Washingtonian's article on the 10-month-old bulldog being groomed to one day ride a skateboard, among other adorable tricks. For now, he's busy attending football games and soaking it all in from the sidelines.
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