Katie: To kick off the weekend I’m going to try and swing by Urbana to partake in their $3 birthday celebration to snag myself some $3 pizza and $3 prosecco. On Saturday I’m headed out to see Jason Mraz with G. Love and Special Sauce at Merriweather Post Pavillion – perfect summer lawn concert! Sunday I’m meeting fellow food writer Jordan Wright (have to give her a shout out, she’s fabulous!) for a dim sum brunch she promises is “off the hook”. Afterwards I’m taking a friend shopping for an overdue birthday present and stopping by Georgetown Cupcake for what will be, if you can believe it, my first time there. And what Katie weekend would be complete without pool time? At this point you should just assume it’s happening.
Acacia: I will be dedicating this weekend’s plans and this weekend planner entry to my good friend and roommate Sam Rosen-Amy, whose birthday it is TODAY and whose birthday celebrations are commandeering my weekend. Happy Birthday, Sam, you are 23 on July 23rd. I hope this means I don’t have to get you anything now… Okay, that being said, tonight we’re heading over to start the celebratory weekend with an outdoors screening of Top Gun down in SW by the waterfront. Friday or Saturday I may finally check a visit to the Newseum off my to-do list. Sunday, after recovering from Sam’s birthday party part 2, I think I’ll check out a reading by author Elizabeth Hawes on her book “Camus, a Romance,” at Politics & Prose. From the sound of it, that book is like if I went and chatted it up with all of Hemingway’s relatives and then wrote a loveletter to him. (PS Happy 110th birthday Big Papa)
Ben R: Another Photowalk for us this weekend, this time over in Great Falls, MD. Several of the PhotobloggingDC people will be there; the downside is that it starts early at 7 a.m., for all you weekend sleep-ins. After a relaxing afternoon of “honey-do” projects, it’s off to a late-night Airsoft game with some friends at the Tactical Airsoft Arena over in Rockville. Sunday will most likely be spent at home recovering, with a possible visit to Eamonn’s in Old Town for some good ol’ fashioned fish-n-chips.
Tom: After a long week, I am grateful for the arrival of the weekend. Friday night is the finale of my friend’s Fringe production, The Girl Who Waters the Basil, which I would call an opera for those who aren’t big fans of opera. Go, you won’t regret it. Saturday morning we’ll be down at the Courthouse Farmers Market, and then out to the Blackberry Festival at Great Country Farms. I’m thinking that Saturday night will consist of some quality bourbon cherry lemonade-inspired barbequing, with a stop at Let’s Meat in Del Ray for provisions. Sunday’s up in the air, but I suspect there will be some hard work in the garden, followed by a trip to the pool across the street.
Donna: I have lots to suggest this weekend – although since they all involve driving, brush up on your hypermiling techniques for the best green effect. Two self-guided tours in and around Maryland on Saturday and Sunday show there’s open space close to home. The annual Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale lists 13 places where folks can pick peaches, dig potatoes, cut flowers, pet alpacas, visit a living history center and animal sanctuaries, or tour a vineyard (although this pushes the “farm” description). I also like the sound of the Parade of Ponds, which provides a map to 34 ponds, waterfalls, and water gardens in Montgomery and Howard counties. Of course the Blackberry Bonanza at Bluemont in Virginia is on my list, and eating that much food would be great coupled with a hike to nearby Raven Rocks. I don’t know how to fit in the Peruvian Festival too, but it’s sure worth a try.
Jenn: My weekend will begin with a ridiculously early morning bellydance class at the fantastic Saffron Dance, and end with the melodic musings of the Crystal Stilts at the Black Cat. Actually, if I weren’t so easily bruised, I’d start at the Cat too, with Friday night’s “No Control” Slam Dance party. In between, I’m catching brunch with the girls – I highly recommend the bacon-infused Bloody Mary at Saint Ex just now, or the “Diletto” Strawberry Basil cocktail at Co Co. Sala – restocking my summer wardrobe at Current Boutique, and in general practicing serious task avoidance as often as possible.
Don: Friday night my darling wife and I will grab the picnic basket and a blanket and head out to Wolf Trap to spend some time sitting on their lawn. Hopefully the weather will cooperate while the NSO plays as The Wizard of Oz is shown on big screens.. Saturday will be a day of dedicated sloth before we venture out to see some of the shows on the last day of Fringe. I’ve already gotten tickets for Speakeasy DC‘s The Sin Show but we think we’ll catch the A Capella Party beforehand and I may catch Closet Land after my sweetie goes home.
Shannon: I’m competing in my very first triathlon on Sunday up in New Jersey, so I’m generally going to take it easy this weekend. Friday night I’m going to catch my first Nationals game of the season (I know, I know, I’m a terrible fan… but they’re not giving me much to root for!) while enjoying a half-smoke and an overpriced beer. Saturday will be full of relaxation and carbo-loading– laying around the pool for most of the afternoon, then eating a ridiculous amount of pasta at Logan Circle’s Posto. And Sunday, after I get back from the race, I’m treating myself to a nice big swirl margarita at Lauriol Plaza– it’s just the encouragement I need to cross the finish line!
Rebecca: Take a half day on Friday and head up to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, where Italy’s AC Milan will take on England’s Chelsea, as part of the World Football Challenge summer soccer (cough…football) series. These are two of the world’s greatest clubs ever, and they’re packed with World Cup players. I’m rooting for Chelsea. Gotta love Lampard. Class act. On Saturday, once your ears have recovered from the horn blowing and drum beating, and you’ve washed your face clean of your war paint, organize a nice little BBQ with your friends. I’m keen on trying out this Grilled Watermelon & Peaches w/ Berry Puree recipe. Sounds tasty and innovative. The National Portrait Gallery has some awesome exhibitions going on, so let’s throw some art into the weekend with a trip to see Reflections and their July only cafe feature Hot Dogs as America, which features 3 authentic hot dogs from New Yawk, Cheecaago, and Baaaahston. I’ll have mine with the works, no onions.
Kirk: I’ve got to take a different tack on my DC-weekending this time around as I’ll be making an epic trip up to Maine (the motherland) on Saturday. I’m going to start my weekend on Thursday evening with the Big Easy Cocktail Hour at the Morrison-Clark Inn. I’ll be contrasting my journey north with some southern cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres. Continuing with this theme, I plan on swinging by The Gibson on Friday for a mint julep, or two (they make the best in the city). The plan is a little boozy, I know, but I’ll indulge this time around.