Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a hearty sláinte to all who celebrate, and all who just want to have an excuse to have a beer or eat a corned beef sandwich. On that last item, please note: if you’re looking for a good corned beef sandwich, Ampersandwich is your go-to. (You may have to wait until tomorrow to have it, though.)
And now that we’ve taken care of your seasonally-appropriate appetite, what else can we do? It’s kind of gross out and perhaps you feel like spending this evening indoors?
How about curling up with your computer and watching the BloomCam and all the footage of cherry trees reaching their peak? The Trust for the National Mall has you covered. Just click here and replay spring springing to your heart’s content.
(And if you’re feeling generous, why not adopt a cherry tree? It’s a perfect way to ensure everyone can keep enjoying their beauty, generation after generation.)
And if you want to celebrate Nowruz in style, why not curl up with some delicious ice cream from Rosewater DC? Pegah makes creamy, delightful ice cream in traditional Iranian flavors. Can personally vouch for her cardamom and Earl Grey flavor, which is not long for this world. The holiday is celebrated starting March 20, the vernal equinox, and it’s focused on cleaning and renewal, but also has fire and FOOD. This article from Vox is a great place to start. Make sure you follow Rosewater on Instagram as well!
(Myth-busting update: No, you cannot balance an egg on the equinox only. You can balance it if you’re good and if the egg lets you. More on Snopes.)
Want to just curl up in bed and watch a curated selection of domestic and foreign films for Women’s History Month? Angelika Anywhere‘s got you! Click here to review the incredible selection of films.
The Cherry Blossom Festival starts on Sunday, March 20 and peak blossom will happen March 22-25. So, are you ready to decorate your porch for the Petal Porch Parade? A happy neighborhood celebration of spring and pink, this event encourages neighbors to go ALL OUT and decorate their homes and add them to the official map. For more information, click here. Make sure you click the link and watch the videos with adorable ideas on how to make cherry blossoms for outdoor and window decor!
Have a hunger to support women business leaders in our area? Then this panel discussion by Re:Her and She DC at La Cosecha on Tuesday, March 19 starting at 6 p.m., is for you. There will be drinks and a thoughtful discussion. For more information and tickets, click here.
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society Mother’s Day tour is coming and we have details below. Not sure what to expect during the tour? Why not take a preview tour on March 26-27? Click here to find out more and reserve your tickets.
Biergarten Haus on H Street NE is open again! Enjoy beers and brats in a lovely outdoor patio space. For hours and more information, visit their website.
At our neighborhood Smithsonian, the National Postal Museum, you can explore Women’s History Month both online and in person. Online, you can discover stamps with themes of femininity, maternity and the impact of women on philately. In person, you can explore an array of beautiful galleries that tell the story of our mail. Start here.
Next weekend, The Wharf will feature a celebration called Ireland at The Wharf Festival. On March 19, from noon to 6 p.m., you can stroll to the sound of bagpipers, listen to live music from 19th Street Band, Danny Burns and the Ben-David band on the main stage, watch authentic Irish dance performances from the Boyle School of Irish Dance and enjoy the Guinness beer garden. Sláinte!
Want to race in a 5K and celebrate women? Sign up for this year’s HerStory 5k on Saturday, March 19 at Freedom Plaza. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Are you (or your teens) looking for volunteer opportunities? Serve DC is looking for you. On Saturday, March 19, you can volunteer to help with HerStory 5K and there are plenty of options to fit your desire and ability to help. Click here for more information. Make sure you sign up by March 18.
Also on Saturday, March 19. take a walk with the DC History Center around Mount Vernon Square and learn about its rich history. We won’t judge you if you deem it necessary to browse at the Apple store after your tour. For tickets and more info, click here.
A new church, Grace Covenant Church, is opening on the Hill this weekend at 417 9th Street SE, across from the Hill Center. Originally a synagogue when it was built in the 1920s, the church was home to Tried Stone Church of Christ since 1971. After an attempt to turn the building into more condos didn’t come to fruition thanks to a zoning bungle, Grace Covenant obtained the building and Pastor Stephen Law and his family want to welcome the community. Join them for Kickin’ It On The Hill: A Family Day. There will be a balloon artist, a live band, face painting, games, pizza and so much more. Bring your family’s favorite packaged snack so Grace Covenant can share with the kids at Sasha Bruce Youthwork. For more information, click here.
On Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m., come worship with Grace Covenant and cut the ribbon on their new building. More information here.
The Foghorn String Band will be at the Hill Center on Sunday, March 20, as part of their American Roots Series. If the first show sells out, a second date will be added. Get your tickets here.
Keep celebrating women’s history month with the Duck and the Peach and their Women in Wine series. There will be a Sunday night dinner and tasting on March 21. For more information and tickets, click here.
Psst… looking for something low-key fun to do during the week? Why not visit TKYO Speaks, the speakeasy below Kaiju. TKYO Speaks is open Tue-Wed-Thu-Sun 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
On March 24, meet the artist who created this year’s artwork for the National Cherry Blossom Festival with A Tour of Her Own! This virtual tour is part of a double-header: The first part is Herstory, all about which women sculptures were sculpting statues of, you guessed it, women! Click here to register and for more info.
In this time of uncertainty and chaos, consider spending some time volunteering with Good Neighbors Capitol Hill. GNCH is a coalition of 8 congregations and friends working together since 2016 to support refugee families, almost all from Afghanistan. The main mission of GNCH is to help furnish recently arrived refugees and their furniture inventory has been depleted. If you can provide bunk beds or twin bed frames and mattresses, tables and chairs, end tables, bureaus, desks, small bookshelves or storage units, and rugs, please contact GNCH at Info@goodneighborscapitolhill.org
On March 26, join the Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington and help clean up Triangle Park. From 10-noon, help out with general cleaning, pruning and beautification. The Guerrilla Gardeners will provide the gloves and tools, unless you prefer to bring your own. For more information or to join them, visit their website.
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington will be holding their Spring Fling March 28-April 3. This celebration of wonderful wine, pairings and expertise will happen in restaurants around the area. Click here to read more information.
Get ready to paint the night pink on March 31: Cherry Night, a special nightlife event part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Go to venues that will be lit up for the evening and wear your finest pinkery or your pinkest finery. More details here.
CHAWbaret, celebrating 50 years of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, is happening on April 2. From 6:30-10 p.m., you can enjoy jazz singer Amy K. Bormet and then a live CHAWbaret. In person seating is limited and $50 per person. If you would rather celebrate virtually, it’ll be free but a donation is encouraged, so CHAW can celebrate 50 more years! More information and tickets here. If CHAW has been a part of your life, you’re encouraged to send your reminiscences of your CHAWesome experiences.
Want to do some spring cleaning around your neighborhood? Make sure you keep April 2, 2022 open and stay tuned for more details about the Great Ward 6 Spring Clean!
The Capital Food Fight is back in person on April 7 at The Anthem and tickets are on sale now. Learn more about this raucous night of fun to feed those who need it most here.
Capitol Hill Village’s auction is coming up virtually April 14-24, as well as their virtual gala on April 21. Tickets will be available soon. You can learn more about Capitol Hill Village’s mission to help all neighbors stay in their homes as long as they can, while leading independent lives, by clicking here.
The National Cannabis Festival is happening April 23 at the RFK Festival Grounds. The concert will feature Wiz Khalifa, but in addition to the music, there will be a whole host of events promoting community, education, policy and high times. Click here for tickets and vendor information.
The Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour organized by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society is one of those so very Capitol Hill events you have to do at least once (but you’ll want to do every year). The tour, which benefits and supports the mission of CHRS, will take place May 7 and 8, 2022. For more details and to secure your tickets, click here. Not sure what to expect? Why not take a preview tour on March 26-27? Click here to find out more and reserve your tickets.
Mark your calendars for May 7, 2022 when Maury at the Market: Lights, Camera, Auction is back in person at Eastern Market’s North Hall. You can follow Maury Elementary’s auction action and check out all the incredible things you can bid on via Facebook and Twitter. Remember: You don’t need to have a child enrolled in DCPS to enjoy the party or the loot!
On a personal note, I’m proud to say that a photo of mine was selected as one of the winning entries in this year’s Exposed DCphotography contest. If you are a photography lover, Exposed DC supports photography around the District and the photo scene. I look forward to inviting you to the reception for this year’s winning images. Take a look at them here.
The Dupont Underground is back! On Friday, March 18, you’re invited to Négritude, a show put on by the Howard University Visual Arts Program, 4-7 p.m. For more details and tickets, click here.
And on Saturday, March 19, celebrate Middle C Music’s 20th Anniversary with plenty of music and freebies! For years, Middle C was the only music shop in the District, so you may want to take the trek and celebrate! More info and RSVP here.
Through April 24, the United States Botanic Garden will be showcasing a beautiful collection of orchids at the Kogod Courtyard at the Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. The collection is a celebration of women who’ve helped catalog, conserve and preserve these beautiful plants. More information here.