I guess it depends on whether you get the day off, no? Most of us do and for the most part we’re going to enjoy the city while so many others flee. What have you got on tap? Whatever it is, pour me a tall one.
Fedward: The Social Chair and I already have a three day reservation on a Zipcar so we can visit our friends outside Front Royal. This means pretty much the same plans as our trips in September 2011 and February 2012. We usually try to get to Chester Gap Cellars, although with the holiday weekend the visit might not be as peaceful as it normally is. On the other end of the scale we’ll definitely make time for burgers and custard at Spelunkers. We might also take our Zipcar down Skyline Drive.
Joanna: We’re getting out of Dodge for the weekend, and completely unplugging while we’re at it. Come rain or come shine, who cares? My books sure don’t, as long as we get some quality time together – and I’m starting Malone’s Jefferson and His Time series, so quality time is looking likely. If I were staying here I’d probably check out the first of Free Summer Saturdays at The Corcoran and make a bone (you read that right) through the One Million Bones workshop. The bones will be installed on the National Mall in June to raise awareness for genocide happening around the world. For Memorial Day I’d visit the Women in Military Service for America Memorial before a small(ish) town parade – perhaps Falls Church?
Mosley: Memorial Day Weekend! I always consider this weekend to be the official start to summer. And with summer comes trips to movie theaters! The AFI in Silver Spring is showing the Mel Brooks classic History of World Part I this weekend; one of my favorite movies from one of my favorite comedians. Other than that, I’m hoping to get to at least one Nationals game this weekend, as they are taking on the hated Phillies and the equally hated (to me at least) Orioles. Beyond that, I might head out to the Cheverly Pool at some point, as this is their big opening weekend. In Cheverly, during the summer, this is the place to be.
Jenn: I’ve been having some trouble re-entering the swing of things after several weeks of travel. So Memorial Day Weekend has completely crept up on me, it seems. In years past, the city empties out and I wander around enjoying the lack of lines and the luxury of no reservations. We’ll see if this year is any different. While I was away I missed a ton of theater openings: Synetic’s Three Musketeers, Constellation’s Gilgamesh, and STC’s The Winter’s Tale are among others I need to catch up on. Saturday night I’ll want to dance to the Brazilian funk of Alma Tropicalia, at Tropicalia (the club’s been killing it lately and it’s still my favorite place to dance). Sunday sees a special event celebrating the music of Sierra Leone with the bubu king, Janka Nabay — always a fantastic performance. Other than that, I’m looking forward to all the things you can’t plan for: impromptu grill parties, backyard fireworks, and surprising encounters.