It is a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend here and whether you celebrate or eschew the Hallmark Holiday, I am sure we can agree that eating chocolate in the midst of February doldrums is never a bad idea. This weekend I am invited to TWO 50th birthday parties. I am sure you could tell by my dated references and unwillingness to stay out late that your faithful fun compiler is old. Not too old for the earth, but perhaps for the club.
Since that is all I can handle, you probably won’t see me out at these but don’t let that stop you. (I am under no impression that it would actually stop you.)
Tonight is low-key so check out one of the newest restaurants in the neighborhood.
Friday is another installment of Free Folger Friday. Historian Zara Anishanslin specializes in Early American and Atlantic World History, with a focus on eighteenth-century material culture. I had no idea that could be a thing. How delightful. She will discuss eighteenth-century consumption of fashion, food, and design. The event begins at 6pm and you should register in advance here.
Saturday is a Polar Bear Plunge at Nationals Park. I have no will to do such things but much admiration for those who do. Your $10 entry fee will go to support Special Olympic athletes. The event is from 12 pm to 4 pm and you can register or just donate here.
Have coffee and talk about the stock market with financial advisor Skip Thompson. Stop by 600 Pennsylvania Ave SE Suite 330 for a coffee klatch between 9:30 and 10:30. If you would like to attend Please let him know you are going by Friday by calling
202-507-8441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Been kind of a jittery week for the market so perhaps go for the decaf?
Friends of the Southeast Library hold their monthly used book sale from 10ish to 3ish.
Kids can make Valentine’s at a workshop at the Smithsonian’s Postal Museum. The museum will supply all manner of decorative goodies and each Valentine will get a distinct postal mark. 10 am to 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Free and open to all. Learn ore here.
That evening is the third annual Valentine’s Day concert and sparkling wine tasting at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. The church’s choir will entertain with selections of 1920s era love songs and all will be treated to bubbly tastings and light food pairings. There is FREE CHILDCARE beginning at 5:30 pm and the performance begins at 6:30 pm.Tickets for the concert only are $15 and tickets for the additional tasting fun are $30. Proceeds for the event go to benefit homeless and nutrition programs sponsored by Capitol Hill Group Ministry and refugee outreach by Good Neighbor Capitol Hill. Purchase your tickets here.
Sunday, spend the pre-Valentine’s time taking care of your numero uno: that means yourself! Local yoga instructor Jessica Woodburn hosts a Be Your Own Valentine workshop of chair yoga and compassionate self care which will include the eating of chocolate. The workshop begins at 2 pm and costs $25. You can learn more and register here.