Plus we say goodbye to a 36-year-old Georgetown business.
July 9, 2020
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The Face After a Request for Sweet Caroline 

It's a reason to eat very, very thin pancakes, and that's all you need to know. But if you must have additional details: Get an early start to your Bastille Day celebrations and join Brasserie Liberte July 11 for crepes on the patio (11am - 4pm), a live accordion player (12pm - 2pm), and Champagne specials until 10pm. Make a reservation on OpenTable. For other French favorites in Georgetown, check out that cuisine category in our Phase Two: Seated Dining in Georgetown guide.

Keep Calm and Austen On

More than 200 years before COVID, Jane Austen's characters were nailing the whole social distancing, share several excruciatingly long gazes but don't touch, type of dating. Let's all try to be like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, shall we? Although Dumbarton House's 9th Annual Jane Austen Film Festival was canceled, you can still join them Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm for a Netflix watch party of Mansfield Park. If you can't make it then, don't miss a panel discussion with three Austen scholars July 22, and a Pride and Prejudice scavenger hunt July 29. Sign up no later than the Tuesday before each program to receive more information and links, and pay what you wish as a donation. 

Hindsight Is...2020?

What a lay-up of an ice breaker for every optometrist. While we're all still adjusting to this new normal, our businesses are adapting and doing everything they can to keep customers safe and comfortable, while offering a variety of shopping, dining, and recreational services. More than 40 Georgetown restaurants and food establishments are open for indoor and outdoor seated dining, with the majority of all our restaurants offering take-out and/or delivery. Additionally, more than 65 retailers are open for in-store shopping, in addition to those offering curbside pickup and delivery. If you're desperate for some fun, recreational activities - from kayaking, to biking and candle making - are open. Visit the Guides section of our website to plan your Georgetown visit for each of these categories, and remember to check our online calendar for specific promotions and events.

Idle Hands Make for Sourdough Starters

We're fancying ourselves a bunch of Laura Ingalls Wilder's, aren't we? If the current baking frenzy is feeling a little too Little House on the Prairie for your skill set, but you're looking for something to keep your hands busy, join Shop Made in DC for a Hand Lettering: Layout and Poster Design virtual workshop, July 14 from 6pm - 8pm. Claire Vendetti of Billie Claire Handmade will take you from start to finish on how to create your very own hand-lettered design, including fancy font forms, lettering layout and composition, and all the embellishments that pull a piece together. You'll get one-on-one guidance on how to organize your phrase, achieve the best layout, and bring it all together for a cohesive finished piece. Sign up here, and peruse the other virtual workshops - from block printing, to terrarium building. 

64 Years Shy of an Official Antique

If you've had your eye on that cocktail shaker in the shape of a bowling pin, now's the time to move. After 36 years in Georgetown, Cherub Antiques Gallery is sadly closing. Now through August 1, they're offering 20-50% off of the entire gallery collection. Stop by Thursday - Saturday from 12pm - 5pm, or email to make an appointment. You can also visit the shop online to see original and sales prices for individual items. To learn more about this M Street institution, check out the byGeorge blog we did a few years ago featuring owner Bruce Marine. He's always been in the business of finding things he loves, and then letting them go - and the gallery is no exception. Cheers to nearly 40 years!

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