We Love Weekends – Oct 12-14

The nip is in the air and the nuptials are scheduled – several of us will spend this weekend watching the second most visible celebration of women with questionable taste in men since my own wedding. We’ll work some other things in – most hopefully the Nats going after the NL championship on Sunday – and we’re hot to tell you about them. So let’s get to it.

Fedward: The Social Chair and I are getting married on Sunday. We’ll follow that up with a special brunch at The Passenger, where Tom Brown will preside over a second ceremony.

Natalia: It’s going to be a busy weekend! Friday I am going to check out 14th street’s latest arrival, Drafting Table. Saturday, a morning at Union Market followed by an afternoon learning, drinking, and hanging with some of DC’s finest at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Snallygaster Festival, where food and fun will be guaranteed. Sunday will be spent celebrating a friend’s birthday in our old alma mater hood- Georgetown- if its nice weather, a little kayaking and fall picnic by Jack’s Boathouse could be in order.

Tom: Whatever happens today and Friday, my weekend is all about preparing to go on vacation come Monday. I’ll be reminding myself of the joys of Fall first, with a trip to Dangerously Delicious Pies for an apple or pumpkin pie, as well as a trip to Union Market for some Peregrine Espresso. Sunday, we’re going to see some dear friends wed (Congratulations to you, Ed & The Social Chair!) and enjoy some lovely time. For me, I hope the Nationals come through and we find ourselves watching the NLCS from Keoki’s Paradise on Kaua’i.

Patrick: How about that other DC team playing this weekend? No I’m not talking about the Nationals or the Redskins- the Wizards are back on the court as the NBA pre-season kicked off this past week. It’s time for me to take my mind of the local theatre scene and prep for a Wizards season preview! I’ll look to Northside Social to fuel my mind as I try to put a positive spin on John Wall missing the beginning of the season. I’ll also need some brunch- and for that I’ll be spending some time in AdMo (not SoMo) at Bourbon.

Jenn: Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to dance. Not bop-your-head-around-casually kind of dancing either. I’m talking about letting loose with your soul and having a crazy sweaty good time. So Friday night will see me at Tropicalia for Shrine as the Sol Power DJs spin the beats to get your spirits high – music from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa – and it features a special midnight performance by the energetic Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. It’s impossible to sit still while listening to the band’s galloping beats. Bubu music may be centuries old, but this band’s sound is incredibly alive. I guarantee you’ll forget whatever stress you’re battling when you dance to it with me. After dancing, art! Saturday and Sunday wander through the open studios of the Mid City Artists as they showcase work ranging from painting and sculpture to mixed media and photography. Have some brunch. Look at the leaves. Breathe.

Don: First the bitter, then the sweet. I start the weekend saying farewell to a friend who outlasted cancer for several years more than his doctors thought he would – stubborn to the last, Jer – and we’ll be honoring his wishes by doing so decked out in our favorite sports jerseys. My darling wife and I will be in our Nationals gear and hopefully not simultaneously mourning and end to their playoff chances. Sunday makes for far more joy and more formalwear when we go stand next to Ed and The Social Chair as they tie their knots.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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