10 Jul 2013

Last Chance for Summer (Pt. 1)

Photo by Sharee Lawler.

Photo by Sharee Lawler.

Believe it or not, we are on the back side of summer.  Just a few more weeks left to enjoy all the delightful cliches of the warmer months.  I, personally, detest summer.  I moved halfway across the country to get away from a land of perpetual heat. (Texas, my friends, does not have this “dry heat” you speak of.  That is further west.  Instead, imagine our current weather, then add 15 to 20 degrees and stretch it out for about 6 months.)  It is only the promise of interesting only-in-summer activities that helps me survive the swelter and distracts me until the cooler weather of fall.  There’s also something about the upended schedules, vacations, visitors and emptiness of August that makes one open to trying something new.

The fireworks are over.  Its time to get serious about that summertime to do list.  Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity, with more to come this week.  Of course, we always want to hear your ideas so leave those in the comments.  Speaking of lists, you can check out our To Do List on Thursdays for curated suggestions to keep you busy every weekend of the year.

Go outside.  I don’t necessarily mean during the afternoon.  Haven’t we all spent enough on dry cleaning this summer?  But there are plenty of evening entertainment options at local parks and other venues.

NoMa Summer Screen still has six movies left in their Wednesday night lineup including Bridesmaids and Hunger Games plus classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Picnicking starts at 7pm.  Check their calendar at the link above for other events like weekly outdoor concerts and special events for the vendors at Union Market.

– Speaking of Union Market, have you heard about the DC Drive-In?  Starting this Friday and for the next four weeks, Union Market is offering a free movie on its three-story wall.  This Friday kicks off with Dr. Strangelove, followed by Distinguished Gentleman, The American President and No Way Out.  There’ll be music, food and fun before the movie and carhops to cater to those on four wheels.  Don’t worry if you don’t get a reservation for your car, there’ll be plenty of picnic space for bikers and walkers.  That’s not all Union Market has going on this summer, so take a look at their events page for more ideas (the gospel choir is amazing!).

– If you’re in more of a Southeast mood, the Capitol Riverfront has plenty to offer.  Their Thursday night movie theme is DC vs. Marvel Comics with five more epic battles between good and evil this summer including the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, The Avengers and Thor.  Sundown at Canal Park.

– The Riverfront is also offering free yoga classes on the Great Lawn at 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays through August, and a Friday night concert series in Yards Park from 6:30-8:30.

Stay tuned for ideas for the sporting among us, the social director and the perpetually curious.

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