Plus a garden program for kids.
July 7, 2022
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You Used Stairs? How Quaint. 

Sometimes it's fun to imagine your great-great-grandparents observing your life in the modern world and thinking, "My God, nothing is enough for you people!" Because we must always have an EXPERIENCE to feel ALIVE, New York City-based Showfields - a retail lab featuring direct-to-consumer brands - will be opening its fourth location at 3077 M St NW. According to its website, "you'll find a new kind of retail therapy...with joy-inducing, mission-driven retail and experiences, as well as an innovative smart store and discovery journey." The self-proclaimed Most Interesting Store in the World will feature a curation of products, art, and events that can be found "in real life" for the first time. Stay tuned for an opening date, and check out our guide to Georgetown's recently opened restaurants and retail.

2022: A Visual Representation

About sums it up. If you're looking for the good kind of drama, tickets are on sale for Capital Fringe Festival, July 14 - 17 and July 21 - 24 at Georgetown Park. More than 250 artists will be performing in over 30 shows featuring sketch comedy, stand-up, documentary theatre, and musical theatre. Held in Georgetown for the first time in the festival's 17-year history, Fringe shows will offer something for everyone - from an uplifting cabaret, to a one-man show about finding salvation while growing up with a dying mom and Schizophrenic father (make sure you're in a good head space for that one?), and an original adventure musical with rock, folk, and immersive morse code clues. Attendees will also have access to discounts at more than 25 Georgetown businesses with proof of ticket purchase, including BOGO cupcakes at Bakeshop, 15% off at Chaia, 15% off at Kendra Scott and UpWest, and a free doughnut with any purchase at District Doughnut.

I Met a Dolphin Down There

If Melissa McCarthy describing her cruise ship experience in Bridesmaids isn't one of the funniest things you've ever seen in a movie, kindly unsubscribe from this newsletter. (But just, like, metaphorically. Don't actually unsubscribe; we need the open rate.) After a two-year hiatus, the Georgetown Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series - hosted by the Georgetown BID - will make its way back to Georgetown Waterfront Park this summer. Free and open to the public, the six-week series will feature “Fan Favorites” on Tuesday nights from August 2 – September 6. Bring a blanket and food from your favorite Georgetown restaurant, and enjoy The Goonies, Encanto, Bridesmaids, Black Panther, Summer of Soul, and Knives OutVisit our website for more information as we get closer to August.

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

There's a fine line between an educational summer activity and a scene straight out of Hitchcock's The Birds, and we'll just have to see where this one falls. Bring the kids to Tudor Place (1644 31st St NW) this Saturday, July 9 from 5 pm - 6 pm for Summer Saturdays: Bats. Learn what bats look for in a home, and how they benefit gardens. You'll also discover how to build a bat box (sounds mildly terrifying but best of luck!), and create a bat craft to take home. If bats are a little too bat-like for your taste, you can join on another Saturday to learn about a different feature of the Tudor Place garden - from bees to flowers, historic games, and more. Register here.

Nessie? Girl, is that You?

Hot take: the Loch Ness Monster is 1000% real, and you can't convince us otherwise. (And by "us" we mean the lone person writing this newsletter. The BID has no official stance on creatures of the deep.) Explore the mysteries and miracles of water at the new Washington Printmakers Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave NW) exhibition, H2 OH! – The Flow of Life. Water is the essential element that makes life flow; without it, there would be no life on earth. In this exhibition, artists depict this theme in its external and internal form - interpreting what the mighty element means to them. The exhibition runs July 8 - August 28, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 16 from 2 pm - 5 pm.

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