Addison: I was supposed to be on vacation in the Caribbean starting Saturday, but unfortunately had to cancel my plans at the last minute, so I’m here in DC this weekend. While I don’t believe in doing anything Christmas-related before December, that all changes on Saturday! In the morning, I will be cooking brunch for some friends, then heading out to Old Town Alexandria to watch the 42nd Annual Scottish Christmas Parade. After that, I plan on popping in to one of the fine neighborhood drinking establishments, such as Bilbo Baggins, to warm up a bit and wait for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, where decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River including 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District’s fireboat, the John Glenn. Sunday is for taking the pup to the park and enjoying brunch. I haven’t decided on a place yet, so if anyone has any Alexandria brunch recommendations, please let me know!
Fedward: KITTENS!. We adopted these two from the Washington Humane Society‘s New York Avenue shelter. Their mom (only slightly less cute) is still available for adoption and we can vouch for the awesomeness of Mustafa and Smoke, two sweet adult cats available from the Society’s Georgia Avenue shelter. You can also swing by the Washington Animal Rescue League and have a look at their adoptable pets, including the stars of the Too Cute Kitten Cam (Marge, Selma, Patty, Lisa, and Maggie). So what I’m saying is there are a lot of adorable cats and kittens out there who could use homes (oh, and dogs and puppies too, I guess). Maybe yours is one?
Tom: The Holidays are upon us! This weekend is about figuring out how to heck to put up lights and where they all go. That will mean some trips to the Home Depot, or maybe the newly open Ward 5 Costco, fresh off its christening by Vice President Biden. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner, so prep of some Border Springs Farm lamb is in order, also. I need to figure out where I’m working out this winter, so any suggestions for a place with good cycle trainers is welcome. If you’re looking for something fun on Friday, hit up Wonderland Ballroom for the taping of the 3-year anniversary special from our friends at You, Me, Them, Everybody, who are putting together an all-star show of their first three years. Congratulations, guys!
Marissa: In addition to the copious amounts of Christmas music I’ll be pumping in my ears, I’ve got a few things on my list to check out this weekend. Specifically, the newly opened Hanoi House over on 14th street. I’m also planning on swinging by the downtown holiday market in the hopes of finding gifts for the people in my life that already have everything and have made no specific requests. Having heard lots of good things from friends, maybe I’ll make my way over to Biker Barre on Sunday to sweat out some stress before a new week starts.
Jenn: I need some elegance and festive cheer this weekend. “Holidays through History” to the rescue! Tour four of Washington’s most exquisite historic mansions on Saturday from 4-8pm: Tudor Place, Anderson House, Dumbarton House, and the Woodrow Wilson House will all be decorated for the holidays with music and refreshments. Shuttle bus service is provided between all sites, and all ticket proceeds benefit those noble houses. You want more? See an artistic explosion in honor of the Sackler’s 25th anniversary as Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang combines fireworks and optical illusion at the north entrance of the Freer at 3pm Friday afternoon. Transformer’s 9th Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party is Friday night, celebrating one of the coolest galleries in town. The sure-to-be-amazing immersive exhibit Pure Land opens at the Sackler on Saturday, taking you digitally inside the Magao Grottoes of China. DC Arts Studios holds its Holiday Open House and Gift Sale on Sunday afternoon. And oh, I’m actually venturing over the river for the first time in ages to have Saturday brunch at Lyon Hall with my favorite bon vivant photographer. If you see me there overdosing on coffee and house made doughnuts, please say hi.
Don: My weekend is a hint slow but it starts strong – with the Faction of Fools A Commedia Christmas Carol. I’ve got high hopes for this one, based on Joanna’s experience with their Fringe show. Possibly not for everyone – my darling wife declined to join me, saying that with the use of masks they looks too much like clowns. Saturday I’m going to go support a friend and see what sort of goodies are for sale at the Aurora Hills Women’s Club Holiday Boutique. If nothing else I’ll pick up some homemade dog biscuits for Casey; we’ve enjoyed Martha’s cooking over the years so he shouldn’t be left out.
Patrick: My weekend kicks on Barrack’s Row where I’ll be at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to Dog & Pony’s latest creation: A Killing Game. If I’m lucky maybe a certain Arts editor will join me for the show as well. Saturday I will be checking out the Exquisitely Evil exhibit at the Spy Museum for an upcoming piece. Not sure what I’m doing Saturday night but considering December marks the end of my personal “No Drink November” month of sobriety, it will be something very fun.