The halls are decked and my inbox is filled with pleas for me to buy things so the holiday season must be in full swing. We must take time for ourselves during this festive time of year. What is happening?
Tonight in the Union Market Test Kitchen learn about the unique properties of Scotch whisky from Scotland’s Islay Island region. The folks from Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits will be on hand to educate you and your palate. The class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $50. Register here.
Chef Mark Haskell explores Roman holiday cuisine at Giro d’Italia at the Hill Center this evening at 7 p.m. Students will enjoy a demonstration and tasting of traditional dishes and wine. The class costs $65 and you can register here.
Friday Art Night at Capitol HIll Arts Workshop (CHAW) is the monthly Paint ‘n Sip from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees receive step-by-step instruction from teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear while enjoying snacks and wine. The $30 fee includes all materials and refreshments. Call (202) 547-6839 for more information or to register.
Saturday, Santa arrives on Barracks Row. He will arrive by fire truck and then set up shop inside Taoti Creative (530 8th Street SE) from 1 to 5 p.m. Parents are welcome to take photos of their kids and pets with the big guy. Complimentary snacks, coffee and hot chocolate from Bayou Bakery will be available as well.
CHAW presents its annual performance festival Saturday with activities happening from 1-7 p.m. There will be student performances, a gallery show, and a gingerbread house workshop (held at St. Mark’s Church.) All activities are free and open to all. To see the full schedule go here.
Capitol Riverfront holds its annual tree decorating and lighting at Canal Park from 3-6 p.m. Bring an ornament for the tree and an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and enjoy music and treats from local businesses.
The Capital City Symphony and the Congressional Chorus present Holiday Cheers at the Atlas Performing Arts Center Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Enjoy seasonal music in a grown-up setting while enjoying festive bubbles. Tickets are $40 each, though deals are available should you need more– and really, drinking champagne alone while listening to “I’ll be Home for Christmas” is just depressing. So bring a friend and get your tickets here.
Sunday, Studio One Dance holds Nutcracker themed ballet classes at Rooted Pilates (511 11th Street SE.) Tiny Sugarplum Fairies and Mouse Kings can take Tchaikovsky for a spin at these free workshops. 2-3 year olds are welcome from 1-2 p.m. and 4-6 year olds get their turn from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Space is limited so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tot’s spot.
The Atlas presents the final film in its fall Silent Film Series with the classic Charlie Chaplin film The Kid. Chaplin’s beloved Tramp character takes in an orphan played by Jackie Coogan– whom Gen Xers will fondly remember as Uncle Fester in his later years. Poor Coogan’s parents also frittered away all his money before there were laws about such things, and hence Fester. The screening begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $20. Get yours here.