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Plus more Book Hill in Bloom specials & a poetry contest.
April 1, 2021
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PURE MADNESS


Enough Space to Display *One CVS Receipt

We know it's April Fools' Day, but this pilot program is no joke (though we eagerly await the ones you'll come up with). Beginning mid-April, the Georgetown BID is installing approximately 4,000 linear feet of sidewalk deck panels throughout the commercial district - finally offering more places to stop dead in the middle of the sidewalk to answer a text. The Georgetown Decks (prototype above) will create more space for everyone on Georgetown’s narrow sidewalks, encouraging social distancing, supporting outdoor dining, and creating a livelier and more inviting pedestrian experience, with the potential for future activations and programming within the space. Around mid-May, all panels are expected to be installed on M Street between 34th Street and 29th Street, and on Wisconsin Avenue between Q Street and the Canal. The Georgetown Decks pilot will be in place through December 31, 2021; if the project is successful and the community wants to keep the extensions in place beyond 2021, we'll go through another permitting process to keep them up longer. Check out our website for more info, and stay tuned as the Georgetown Decks are installed.

*That's the real April Fools' joke. You can fit, like, half a receipt.


I'm Sorry, Wilson!

After a year spent largely in the confines of our own homes, we're feeling a little like Tom Hanks at the end of Castaway. If you're more comfortable conversing with a volleyball than a human, resharpen your social skills and meet the artists behind your favorite Spring GLOW artworks! Nearly every weekend during Georgetown’s free outdoor light art experience, April 9 - June 27, select artists will be stationed at their installations from 7 pm - 9 pm to answer all of your questions. Stop by and learn what inspired their piece, how long it took to create something so Insta-worthy, and just how many lights, wires, and other materials went into their work. Visit our website for more on the Spring GLOW installations, artist talks, walking tours, and more.


My Colors are Blush and Bashful 

We're prepared to alienate 70% of our readers with that Steel Magnolias quote. If - much like Shelby - you enjoy pink in every iteration, Book Hill in Bloom is right up your alley. Through April 11, more than 25 Georgetown small businesses are celebrating cherry blossom season by offering special promotions, decorating their storefronts, and giving away more than $1,000 in enter-to-win prizes. Specials include 50% off all jewelry at Pretty Chic, a cherry blossom smoothie at Jaco Juice & Taco Bar, 20% off a case of wine at Bacchus Wine Cellar, cherry pastries at several of our bakeries, 20% off the entire online shop at Scilla + Luna, cherry blossom manicures and pedicures at Casabella Salon, and more. Plus, don't miss your photo opp with the giant cherry blossom sculpture at Book Hill Park (near the intersection of Wisconsin Ave & Reservoir Road). Visit our website for full details.


Easter Morning Pre-Game

Some quality chocolate to line your stomach, before the 27 Cadbury Creme Eggs hit. For those who celebrate Easter and/or plan to binge eat five pounds of sugar, L.A. Burdick has the cutest selection of chocolate bunnies and mice, crispy chocolate eggs, and bird's nests made from caramelized almond slivers covered in dark chocolate. The theme here being chocolate. Balance your holiday diet with brunch at Brasserie Liberté. Pair a mimosa kit with their version of traditional Easter ham in a Croque Monsieur, or enjoy steak and eggs, lox Benedict, or a burger with caramelized onion jam, pickled red onions, American cheese, and garlic aioli. Dinner is also available. If you need somewhere a little more conducive to hopped-up kids, Pinstripes is serving Easter brunch both Saturday and Sunday. Specials include slow roasted prime rib and smoked salmon flatbreads for the adults, and bunny waffles for the kids. For the full list of Georgetown restaurants, many of which are offering Easter specials, visit our food and drink directory.


When the Pun Just Writes Itself 

DDOT's Urban Forestry Division is celebrating 2021 Arbor Day by launching DC's first all-ages Poe-Tree Contest. Any style will do; the only requirement is that all poems are original work and highlight a benefit that trees provide. Show some love for the stunning cherry trees at Dumbarton Oaks, the shade providers that make for a perfect picnic at Georgetown Waterfront Park, or the oaks lining Georgetown's charming residential streets. Prizes include a tree planting at a school or park of your choice, a recycled urban wood bench installed at a school or park of your choice, and a pop-up arboretum at the DPR park of your choice. Runner-up prizes for each category include tree cookies made from recycled city trees (jury's out on that one, but we're intrigued). All poetry must be submitted by April 23 to be eligible for prizes. Winners will be announced April 30, on Arbor Day (also the last day of National Poetry Month!). Click here to learn more and submit your Poe-Tree. To get the creative juices flowing, DDOT will be sharing inspirational poetry each week.

TIME TO RE-ENTER SOCIETY
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