It is only Thursday, but this weekend is already exhausting me. I’m watching my protein intake and resting when I can in order to be at my most holly jolly for all the festivities.
How are you spending this weekend?
Tonight, start the weekend off right with the H Street Runners’ Third Annual H Street Ugly Holiday Sweater Run. Brought you by your friendly neighborhood running clubs – H Street Runners, Argo Run Club and Big Board Runners. Meet the gang at Duffy’s, 1016 H Street NE with your tackiest holiday finery and run up and down H Street. Afterward gather at Duffy’s in the new covered tent area in the back so we can have the event rain or shine! The event will be collecting running shoes for Back on My Feet (BOMF) and raise medal donations for Medals for Mettle. Click here for the Facebook event.
You can share a story at The Corner Store’s (900 South Carolina Ave SE) Open Mic Stories. The theme is “I Won’t Do That Again!” and storytellers should keep their yarns to under seven minutes long. Space is limited to the first 10 to sign in at 6:45 p.m. on the day of the event. $10 donation at the door or splurge and pay $15 to include refreshments.
The Capitol Riverfront Toastmasters Club meets for their Annual Cookie Exchange. All are welcome to attend. You can learn how to enhance your career AND swap chocolate crinkles for gingerbread persons. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the main conference room at 99 M Street SE.
Friday is currently your only opportunity to see Step Afrika’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at the Atlas before Christmas. There are tickets available as I type, but you’d better move. I have seen it several times and it’s an absolute joy. The acclaimed dance troupe returns home each year to host this interactive show that is perfect for kids and adults. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. but there are some pre-show activities in the lobby so get there early. Tickets are $25 for kids and $45 for adults.
Heather Grace Evans performs a concert at The Corner Store at 7 p.m. She is an Indie/Folk/Pop Singer-Songwriter from Alexandria, VA, who blends influences of old classical and folk music with modern indie/pop music. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Saturday, the Folger Shakespeare Library presents A Christmas Messe. It is an evening of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams. The Folger’s 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe—which recounts the storyof King Beef and King Brawn is also told as part of the holiday program. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are available here and you have until December 23 to catch it.
The DC Youth Orchestra practices at Eastern High School so we claim them and therefore I’m including their holiday concert despite the fact that it is SO far. You are to travel all the way up in Van Ness at the Theater of the Arts at UDC. (4200 Connecticut Ave NW.) You should get there early for the Instrument Petting Zoo at 4 p.m. Kids are encouraged to try out the instruments before the concert. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. and will last about an hour. The Youth Orchestra will perform works such as Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, as well as other repertoire by Strauss and the holiday medley A Christmas Festival.
Sunday Wungergarten’s Winterfest hosts a pet costume contest and an opportunity for your pet to pose with Santa. Bring your fur baby by in their holiday best anytime between noon and 3 p.m. All the proceeds will support the Humane Rescue Alliance.
Tonight is one more chance to hear one more holiday concert at the final Notes From the Crypt at Congressional Cemetery. The concert begins in the historic chapel at 5:30 p.m. and there are no tickets but donations will be accepted.
Whatever you do this weekend, make it a good one and spread holiday cheer near and far. 💖