08 Apr 2021

To Do:

The To Do List: Week of April 8, 2021

Another weekend is upon us and this one promises to be quite lovely, with highs in the 70s and only the faintest possibility of… oh, thunderstorms on Sunday. Plan your picnics on Friday and Saturday and let’s find some online things to do for the rainy days ahead, shall we?

Yesterday was National Beer Day, but you can still celebrate with one of our local brewpubs, like Valor! Photo by Valor Brewpub, via our Instagram hashtag, #thehillishome

Before any fun can be had, have you registered for the vaccine? Click here to do so. ANYONE 16 and older may register now.

First up, cleanups! They are a fun way to beautify your part of the neighborhood and meet neighbors and they can be as simple as just getting a trash bag and some gloves and walking around. The Friends of Kingman Park will hold a cleanup this Saturday, April 10, starting at 10 a.m. Meet at the triangle park at the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and D Street NE. Last week, the Guerrilla Gardeners of DC helped clean and beautify the Potomac Avenue area and you can see photos here.

Mark your calendar: Earth Day is happening on Thursday, April 22. Why not do a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, April 24? Join THIH, friend of the blog Mark Sussman and ANC commissioner Edward Ryder for another cleanup like the one on MLK Jr. Day! If you are in high school and need community volunteer hours, I am touching base with Eastern High School and School Without Walls to make sure you can get credit! More details soon.

Fight Club/Beucherts‘ Happy Hours are back, from 4-7 p.m. The cocktail list looks incredible and is available on DRAFT (whaaat?!) and you should make a reservation here and go support local.

The Gatsby opens today, one block away from Nationals Park. The vibe is diner staples with a modern, upscale twist. The desserts are made in collaboration with Mah-Ze-Dahr next door, and sound incredible. The cocktails are Roaring Twenties all the way. Click here to go to this week’s Hill Buzz and see their menus.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is still going strong and if you haven’t taken the time to spot the #ArtInBloom sculptures, why not do it this weekend? Click here for the map. Go sit, admire, take a selfie and oh, enter to win??? Yes! The NCBF is randomly selecting one photo entry per week through May 31 to win a $25 Amazon gift card. One photo entry at the end of May may (hehe) win a $500 Amazon gift card.

On Saturday, you can enjoy Blossoms and Baseball, a drive-in movie experience this weekend. Your $20 ticket benefits Living Classrooms. Tickets here– click on select a date to be taken to Friday, April 9’s show.

Need something to do on a Monday? How about a movement class? Take a look at CHAW’s offerings and don’t sleep on this Stretching and Movement class, which can make a big difference as you start your week. It starts April 12.

April is poetry month and the Folger Shakespeare Library has a great event for you. On Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m., catch poets Michael Collier and Monica Sok as they read from their poetry and have a lively discussion as part of the centennial celebration of the Phillips. Click here for more info and login information.

On Wednesday, April 14, the National Postal Museum (the only Smithsonian *actually* on the Hill) explores Renaissance postal spies! If you’ve ever wanted to know about old timey cryptography and sealing your letters like you mean it, this presentation sounds excellent and comes with a supply list. Don’t forget the wine! More information and a sign-up link here.

Share your story: “The US Capitol Historical Society is collecting oral histories from people in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and beyond about their experiences on January 6th and in the aftermath. While many have focused on the experiences of elected officials, law enforcement, etc., there has been a lack of coverage on the effects of the attack on the DC community. We hope you will join us in collecting those stories! We plan to post these recordings to our website and potentially feature them in blog posts or social media.If you are interested, please email communications@uschs.org”

Future plans:

The DC History Center is reopening on April 16, Emancipation Day, and we’re all invited. All you need to do is make a reservation here.

The Hill Center is starting a super-cool series called Meet the Ambassador. The first dignitary they’ll welcome is the Canadian Ambassador, Her Excellency Kirsten Hillman. The event will be available to ticketholders on April 20, but you have until April 13 to send in your questions to programs@hillcenterdc.org. Get tickets here.

The International Jazz Festival is happening on Friday, April 30 and YOU ARE INVITED! It will take place on Facebook Live starting at 3 p.m. and promises to be a great experience. For more information on the performers and to get you excited about the whole thing, click here.

Congressional Cemetery‘s Last Call is a lantern-lit tour that takes a look at the last day before Prohibition took effect– and the dead are talking and partying hearty. The tours happen May 22 and 23 and you can learn more and sign up here.

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