Plus a historic gardening class for kids.
August 4, 2022
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Saving You a Trip to North Dakota

We're sure it's...lovely. But if you don't have time to check every state off your list, you can still travel to all 50 this summer through the exhibition People From Away, on view August 7 - September 11 at 2906 M St NW. Spanning two years, 46,000 miles, and a global pandemic, this expansive body of work features the paintings and photographs of artists Kate Fleming and Tom Woodruff as part of their 50 States Project, and captures both the beauty and raw reality of contemporary America in two different media. Fleming and Woodruff’s travels were part of a quest to document and better understand their nation, and their year stuck at home in the DC area during the pandemic. Both artists work directly from life - Fleming as a plein air painter and Woodruff as a street photographer - and the images they make are direct impressions of moments in time. When the pair set out to capture contemporary America in the fall of 2019, they had no way of knowing what lay ahead of them. What began as a study of contemporary America grew to become a record of the world-altering events of 2020. Supported by the Georgetown BID, the exhibition includes over 150 works and a site-specific video installation. Check out the opening on Sunday from 1 pm - 4 pm.

We Do Talk About Sunset Cinema

If you still don't know who the hell Bruno is, and why no one speaketh of him, join us Tuesday, August 9 at Georgetown Waterfront Park (K & Potomac St NW) for Encanto - the second movie of our 2022 Georgetown Sunset Cinema series. Films start at sunset – around 8:30/8:45 pm – but arrive early to grab something to eat, get the best seating, and play lawn games. Bozzelli’s is offering 10% off from 5 pm - 9 pm with mention of Sunset Cinema, Chaia is doing 15% off orders with code PICNIC, Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown has take-out trays that feed 4-6 people, and Pizzeria Paradiso is featuring 15% off pizzas and paninis with mention of Sunset Cinema. If you need something cute to carry your food, get 10% off at SCOUT Bags with code CINEMA. Movies include closed captioning, and accessible restrooms are available. Check out the 2022 movie line-up here!

Bring on the Meat Sweats

Is your upper lip perspiring because it's 97 degrees outside, or because you just ate three pounds of pork? Starting today, James Beard-nominated chef Jerome Grant is bringing his new American-Filipino fusion concept, Mahal BBQ, to Sandlot Georgetown (2715 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Main dishes come as platters or sandwiches and include bbq sausage, smoked beef cheek, half chicken, and smoked oyster mushroom, paired with your choice of banana ketchup or white bbq sauce, beer mustard, or chili-vinegar sauce. Opt for a side of green papaya slaw, longanisa bbq beans, or garlic butter white rice - with pimento cheese, creamy street corn, and cornbread with mango jam available as starters. Mahal BBQ will be at the outdoor shipping container bar every weekend through mid-October.

Time to Harvest the Thin Mints

We've reached the point in the summer when parents are painfully reminded that teachers do the Lord's work. Get the kids out of your house and bring them to Dumbarton House (2715 Q St NW) on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am - 2 pm for Growing Gardeners. By learning about seasonality, the labor of planting seeds, and how gardens were depicted in the Federal period, Girl Scouts - and other children who aren't motivated by badges but who still need to leave you alone for a few hours - will appreciate where their food comes from and recognize the importance of gardens in the past and the present. Registration includes a tour of the house, a garden activity booklet, and a real planting to take home. Register for a time slot; if your child is a Girl Scout, she will earn her Gardener Badge. 

Let the Hot Breeze Whip Through Your Hair

The boat travels at a maximum speed of 4 mph, so maybe not "whip" so much as move a single strand of hair. C&O Canal boat rides are available five days a week through October, offering one-hour guided historical tours of the first mile of the Canal. Learn about the fascinating history, technology and culture of the C&O Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked and played here over the past two centuries. You'll even experience moving through a working lock. Get your tickets here! If you're interested in learning more about the Canal, check out Georgetown Heritage's website for information on future projects.

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