Plus Fall Days of Design events, two books signings, free poetry workshop + more.
November 7, 2019
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A Case Study in Working With Your Mom

Months before he was born, Dorian Brown’s mother had an intense craving for smoked fish. Barbara emigrated from Germany to Baltimore the year prior, and had developed an affinity for the cured seafood during frequent trips to Scandinavia. When she couldn’t find any in Baltimore, she started smoking her own salmon in the backyard. Eventually, she started selling it at the local farmer’s market. In this week's byGeorge blog, Neopol Savory Smokery (3210 Grace St) co-owner Dorian shares how their unconventional beginning grew into a lifelong family business and outpost in Georgetown, the secret behind their perfectly smoked fish, and whyat age 36he still feels like a child sometimes.

2 Days to Sit on as Many Chairs as Possible 

Time to get your Goldilocks on and find the design that's just right. Join the Georgetown Design District for Fall Days of Design, Nov. 7-8, and enjoy two days of interior design events at Cady's Alley showrooms. The event officially kicks off tonight (Nov. 7) with a collective cocktail crawl from 5 pm - 8 pm, with sips and bites at participating stores. Attendees can pick up a passport and collect stamps at participating showrooms for the chance to win several great prizes. For details on each eventfrom a Thomas O'Brien book signing, to a panel discussion with some of the best creative professionals in the businessvisit our Days of Design website.

We're so excited to debut This is My Georgetown — a new video series that follows four 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, interior designer Joe Ireland is showing you his Georgetown with a behind-the-scenes look at Cady's Alley & the Design District. Speical thanks to bulthaup, Waterworks, and JANUS et Cie for their help with this video.

Check it out and stay tuned for Wisconsin Avenue, next week! 

Are You a Ouiser, or a Truvy, or a M'Lynn?

If you grew up in the South and/or watched Shelby struggle to drink her juice for the 1,000th time in Steel Magnolias, join designer and retailer Ann Mashburn and Garden & Gun style director Haskell Harris for a Southern Women conversation and book signing. The event takes place on Nov. 12 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Sid & Ann Mashburn (3251 Prospect St NW, Upper level), with cocktails, light bites, and stories of Ann and Haskell's favorite Southern women—from innovators, to artists, and icons. A portion of all book proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. RSVP today by emailing

Or Are You a Man Struggling to Make a Meal?

Looking for less Southern, more 'How do I elevate this plate of nachos?' Chef, food writer, recipe developer, and blogger Serena Wolf is back with a new book, The Dude Diet Dinnertime—125 recipes to hack the daily dinner dilemma. Head to Tuckernuck (1053 Wisconsin Ave NW) on Nov. 12 from 6 pm - 8 pm for her book signing, and walk away with some junk food makeovers.

From Uniform to Apron, Still Serving

Once you've perfected the science of making your bed military-style, precisely following a scone recipe comes rather naturally. Dog Tag Bakery is a small but mighty cafe at 3206 Grace Street that hires wounded veterans and their spouses to complete a program that provides work experience and tailored curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During the day, veterans operate all aspects of the bakery, while also studying to eventually start their own small business. Meet and exchange stories with the fellows this Veteran's Day (Monday, Nov. 11), thank them for their service, and enjoy a free coffee with any purchase from 10:30 am - Noon. Interested in learning more? Check out our byGeorge blog on a former fellow whose life was changed, thanks to this program.

A Lot to Ponder Over Lunch

Free haiku art class
Art inspiring poetry
Also vice versa

Nailed it. Join Washington Printmakers Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave NW) on Nov. 9 from 1 pm - 3 pm for a free workshop exploring the relationship between this ancient Japanese art form, and imagery. No prior experience needed!

Time to Case Some Estate Sales

Great Grandma Helen is about to have a permanent place around your wrist. Or her jewels, at least. Join Jewelers'Werk Galerie (3319 Cady's Alley) from 1 pm - 4 pm on Saturday,  Nov. 9 for the opening of a new exhibition featuring artist and jeweler Michael Jerry's Memory Cuffs. On view until Nov. 29, the collection incorporates gems from both the artist's collection, and those of his clients. You're also invited to bring your own jewelry or stones from unworn or inherited items, which can be used to order a custom Memory Cuff.

Talk of the (George)Town

The C&O Canal is getting a makeover!

ICYMI, Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service are hosting a public meeting tonight (November 7) from 7 pm - 8 pm in the Canal Overlook Room on the west side of Georgetown Park (3276 M St NW) to present the latest design concept alternatives for the Georgetown Canal Plan, and solicit your feedback. Learn more tonight!
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