05 Nov 2020


To Do: Weekend of November 5, 2020

Are you feeling wiped out, drained of energy, restless and cranky? You’re not alone. It’s been what some would call, “a hard week” and what others would call “a shitshow.” Do pardon my naughty word, but there is nothing more that can approximate the weirdness of waiting for these election results. So what can we do to distract ourselves from that pit of despair feeling?

For starters, we can chant “REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER, THE GUNPOWDER TREASON AND PLOT!” while we hang around outside a nice fire pit. Just don’t put any flammable fluids in the fire, please. We can also ponder the pros and cons of gunpowder and treason plots while we wait for Pennsylvania to finish counting votes. Anyway.

As I was writing this list, eagle-eyed readers on Twitter pointed me to this attraction that might be of interest to dinosaur lovers and those of you stuck at home with dinosaur lovers. The Jurassic Quest drive-thru is setting up camp right now at the RFK Festival Grounds in Lot 5 (entrance is off Independence Avenue SE and the lot is directly to the east of the DC Armory) and will open tomorrow, November 6. For only $45 dollars (or $80 if you have a car that can seat 9-15 people), you can see something that sounds like a static dinosaur safari with audio narration. There are activity packs for an additional charge. Jurassic Quest will be open from 11 a.m.- 8p.m. through November 15. Rawr! Tickets.

Feeling a lot like the pumpkin on the right. Photo by @professionalpumpkincarver via our hashtag #thehillishome. Tag us for a chance to be featured!

Drop everything: Whose birthday is it tomorrow? It’s none other’s than the March King’s 166th! John Philip Sousa, proud son of Capitol Hill, is always fêted on this date by the Marine Corps Band, and this year is no different but of course it’s also completely different, because you can watch it online! Tune in here at 11 a.m. tomorrow and watch the band march in to the composer’s grave at Congressional Cemetery. Click here right now to listen to the current Marine Band director, Col. Jason Fettig’s favorite marches. It’s seriously delightful.

Do you love The Yards’ events? November’s event is inspired by a ski resort, complete with an après ski area and loads of delicious bites from Yards Park favorites, such as fried chicken from Shilling Canning Company, mortadella sandwiches from Maxwell Run and s’mores kits from Ice Cream Jubilee. Tickets for these events always go fast, so set a reminder for Monday, November 9, starting at 10 a.m. The event will happen November 20-22. Click here to go to the ticket landing page.

You can still register for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s 5k “Spirit of Spring” virtual race. The proceeds help the NCB keep up the wonderful programming that we all love, as well as helping maintain the Tidal Basin cherry trees. Click here to sign up.

Speaking of fitness, if you need to get out of the Hill sometime this weekend, how about visiting fitness Mecca Rosslyn, Virginia? I know, that may come as a surprise, but the folks at the Rosslyn BID have created several maps to give you a taste of the many trails and beautiful sights in the area. Click here to check it out and enjoy.

Help celebrate beloved game and puzzle store Labyrinth on its tenth anniversary. What would we ever do for all manner of birthday parties –or sudden declarations that one’s child desires to become a dungeon master, or sudden 1000-puzzle piece obsessions– without the patience, expertise, and true love for games that Kathleen and her staff always share with all their customers? Check out this post and find out all the fun activities planned to celebrate.

On the calendar: Sign up for a special class on tamales at the Hill Center, airing on November 19. Classes like these tend to sell out quickly, so make sure you check the Hill Center calendar for more delicious bites like this one.

Winter-ready: DMPED recently released a list of which local streetearies will get wintertime assistance to make your patio visits a little cozier. It would have been nice if it had been alphabetized within each ward, but hey– give it a look here and plan on supporting your favorites during what will be a very long winter.

Make sure you check out Mr. Henry’s Digital concerts and that you also make a plan to #EavesdroponFred (9th and Constitution NE or via Instagram live) and go by the Capitol Hillbillies on Sunday around 4 p.m. (6th and East Capitol NE).

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

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