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Plus a virtual summer camp.
July 30, 2020
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PHASE TWO: WHAT'S OPEN

It Feels Awfully Hot for September

OK - we're being told it's still July. Support your favorite Georgetown businesses at DC Dog Days, August 8-9. Georgetown Main Street has joined several other community-based organizations to bring DC this virtual shopping promotion, with small businesses across the city offering special sales, gifts with purchase, discounts and more - in addition to a few that will be setting up shop outside of their store. As part of the event, Carpe Librum will also be hosting a Pop-Up Book Shop, August 9 from 10am - 5pm in the Chase Bank parking lot at Wisconsin & P St. Browse their collection of high-quality, gently-used books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records - all on sale for under $6, with sales benefiting the DC nonprofit Turning the Page. Visit the DC Dog Days website for more, including a list of participating businesses; we'll share additional promotion details next week.

You can also check out the Guides section of our website to help you safely make the most of summer - from outdoor dining, to in-store shopping, beauty services, recreation, and more.

Ironically, Her Favorite Color is Green

One day we'll have to explain to our grandchildren why - in July 2020 - there was nothing unusual about this picture. In an effort to activate some of Georgetown's storefront windows, local artist Carolina Mayorga is applying decals to the windows at 3237 M St NW (the former ALDO space). Part of her PINK series of improvised works inspired by surrealism, this site-specific installation incorporates vinyl cut-outs and includes a performance that will be livestreamed tonight at 7pm. Carolina has been infatuated with the color pink for the last six years, and is using cut-outs of different shades to create abstract and free-form visual expressions - immediately and subconsciously responding to current situations affecting us all. At least one more Georgetown storefront will be painted by a local artist in the coming weeks; stay tuned for more! And don't miss our Georgetown Murals & Public Art guide for a fun, self-guided walk around our most colorful commercial district sites.

The Little Boat That Could

While the world continues to sink, the new C&O Canal boat is still being built in a shipyard in Maryland - on schedule to be ready by this fall! Once finished, the boat will undergo sea trials before it's stored for the winter at the boatyard. Georgetown Heritage plans to have the boat in Georgetown by late winter, with an arrival ceremony and public event (pending the state of COVID) on Saturday, March 20. That may seem like an arbitrary date, but it’s the first day of spring, as well as the anniversary of the start of Judge Douglas’ historic walk in 1954 that helped to save the canal as a historic site. In addition, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and also marks 10 years since The Georgetown last sailed the Canal. While the boat is under construction, the National Park Service and Georgetown Heritage are continuing to work toward rehabilitating the first mile of the Canal and implement the Georgetown Canal Plan.

Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt 

When you've been around since 1816, you've seen some stuff. Fortunately, Tudor Place is once again bouncing back - reopening its garden and grounds to members only, today through Sunday. The National Historic Landmark will open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12- 4 pm, beginning August 6. Garden entry is free, but you must reserve a timed ticket prior to your visit. For those at home with kids, Tudor Place is also offering Virtual Summer Camp: Environmental Science and Sustainability, beginning August 10. In partnership with Urban Adventure Squad, the online program is for those entering grades 1-8, and will focus on current and historical environmental sustainability practices at Tudor Place, including rainwater collection in giant, bus-sized cisterns. Join them August 10 through August 14 at 10 am and 2 pm daily for hour-long interactive learning adventures. The camp has a tiered, pay-what-you-can fee structure - with full scholarships available. Contact education@tudorplace.org with questions.

Casual Fridays. And Mondays, and Tuesdays...

If you've participated in a Zoom meeting from bed, now would be the time to recommit to some measure of personal dignity. There may not seem like much to get dressed up or get out for these days, but sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. Amina Rubinacci's Spring/Summer 2020 Collection is featuring a 25% off sale, and now through August 8, you'll get an additional 15% off the entire boutique collection. They're also offering a selection of special items at 70% off, so basically free. While you're in the shopping spirit, swing by Kendra Scott (in-person or online) for their own Summer Spectacular Sale, with up to 70% off markdowns through August 4. Additionally, buy two, get an extra 30% off; buy three, get an extra 40% off; and buy four+, get an extra 50% off. 

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