Morning Rundown


Warm Weather and Rain Leads to Melted Ice at Canal Park — The Canal Park Ice Rink had to close for part of the weekend after days of warm weather and rain melted the ice. [WTOP]

Multiple Residential Projects Set to Transform Area Around 13th and E Streets SE  — The area around 13th and E streets SE is transforming from industrial to residential with multiple proposed apartment projects in the works. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C.’s Last Scrap Yard to Close on Buzzard Point to Make Way for Soccer Stadium — Super Salvage, the last remaining scrap yard in the District, is closing the Buzzard Point location it has occupied for more than 60 years to make way for the new D.C. United stadium. [Washington Post]


Cocktail Week (Photo via DC Cocktail Week)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


DC Cocktail Week

Multiple area restaurants

Enjoy specially priced food and cocktail pairings at more than 50 restaurants in the D.C. area this week only.


NPR’s All Crafts Considered

NPR Headquarters (1111 North Capitol St. NE)

Time: 3-8 p.m.

NPR will turn the lobby of its headquarters building in NoMa into a one-day holiday craft market. Crafters from D.C. and elsewhere will be on hand to sell unique handmade products with a holiday theme.

Finish Your Novel Already

Southeast Library (403 7th Street SE)

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Join author Hannah Sternberg and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for writing clinics to help you complete your novel. Whether you struggle with getting through those transitional scenes, crafting believable characters, or establishing a productive writing schedule, we’ll talk about narrative and artistic concerns as well as the practical challenges of completing a novel-length project in the middle of busy lives.

Drawn from the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons

National Archives Museum (Constitution Avenue NW and 7th Street NW)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

The 11th annual McGowan Forum on Communications will focus on political cartoons and how technology has changed the art form. Moderated by David Sipress, cartoonist for The New Yorker, the panel features panelists Tom Toles of The Washington Post, winner of the 2011 Herblock Award; Jen Sorensen, nationally-syndicated cartoonist and 2013 recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award; Keith Knight, award-winning creator of Knight Life and The K Chronicles; and Signe Wilkinson, the first female artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.


Bacon & Bourbon: A Whiskey Festival

Eastern Market North Hall (225 7th St. SE)

Time: 7-10 p.m.

The Washington City Paper is set to hold its annual Bacon & Bourbon whiskey festival in the North Hall at Eastern Market on Thursday, November 19th. Guests are invited to taste their way through more than 30 premium whiskies and mouth-watering bacon dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants.


Canal Park Ice Rink Grand Reopening Party

Canal Park Ice Rink (200 M St. SE)

Time: TBD

The Canal Park Ice Rink will hold a party to celebrate its reopening for the winter. Details on the party are still forthcoming.

Photo via DC Cocktail Week


With leaves piling up and the Canal Park Ice Rink opening, it’s starting to actually look like November in the District. And on Saturday, it may feel like it too, with temperatures expected to dip into the low 50s. However, we’re not done with the warmth yet: temperatures are expected to rebound Sunday and increase to up to 70 degrees next week.

Whether you’re planning to cherish the brief moment of normal cold temperatures or hide inside until it warms up again, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Culinary Education Crawl
Capitol Hill (multiple restaurants)
Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Whether your palate is whetted for sushi or homemade cheese, Culinary Education Crawl on Capitol Hill is a weekend of twenty-five cooking classes that will have you impressing family and friends at Thanksgiving, holiday potlucks and even game-day snacking tables. Check out the full course offerings and sign up online.

Used Book Sale
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Friends of the Southeast library will hold a book sale on Saturday with new and used books of all types. All proceeds benefit the SOutheast Library and other D.C. libraries.

Cinderella Skate
Canal Park Ice Rink (200 M St. SE)
Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Skaters are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princessbetween 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those in costume will have a chance to win four tickets to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical currently showing at The National Theatre downtown.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: The S* Show
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Saturday 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will celebrate Sondheim, Sinatra and Streisand at an S-themed concert at Atlas. Tickets can be purchased online.

Akeelah and the Bee
Arena Stage – Kreeger Theater (1101 6th St. SW)
 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

This play based on the film of the same name tells the story of an 11-year-old girl from the Chicago projects who tries to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The play will run until Dec. 27 and tickets are available online.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.


All six Metro lines will undergo maintenance this weekend:

  • Red Line trains will run every 22 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 20 minutes
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Green Line trains will run on normal weekend schedules but will single-track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue

Morning Rundown

Houses on F Street NE

Bowser Denies Link Between Pepco Stadium Deal, Merger — Mayor Muriel Bowser and Pepco representatives both denied rumors that Pepco’s agreement to pay $25 million for naming rights of the future D.C. United Stadium and other properties influenced Bowser’s decision to back the Pepco-Exelon merger. [WUSA 9]

Capitol Hill-Based Beer Brand Looking Past Local Markets to China — Meet the owner of a new Capitol Hill-based beer brand 888 Lucky Beer, who is focusing on selling his brew in China. [Washington City Paper]

Metrobus and Streetcar That Collided Yesterday Sustained Minor Damage — An accordion-style articulated bus and a streetcar both sustained very minor damage when the bus crashed into the streetcar on H Street NE yesterday. [Washington Post]

Canal Park Ice Rink Opens for Winter Today — The Canal Park Ice Rink in Navy Yard is set to open for the winter at noon today after a week-long delay due to unusually warm temperatures. [Hill Now]


Canal Park ice rink

The Canal Park Ice Rink in Navy Yard is set to open for the winter tomorrow after a week-long delay due to unusually warm temperatures.

The rink, which is located at Canal Park at 200 M Street SE was originally slated to open on Nov. 7, but the opening had to be pushed back after temperatures reached 80 degrees Nov. 6.

The rink will open at noon tomorrow, according to a tweet from the operators. Until March, the rink will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

A grand opening celebration is planned for next weekend on Saturday Nov. 21. This Saturday, skaters are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princess between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those in costume will have a chance to win four tickets to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical currently showing at The National Theatre downtown.


Polar bear swim (Photo via Twitter/gotovan)If you want more wintertime partial nudity after Cupid’s Undie Run, you’ll have a chance this week.

The Canal Park ice rink will host its first annual Polar Bear Skate on Friday night — to benefit veterans’ families. Skaters are asked to wear bathing suits, beach attire and “their own polar bear ideas,” according to information released by the Canal Park Development Association.

A portion of the proceeds for the event scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS. The Arlington-based nonprofit provides 24-hour support to people grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military.

The first 25 “Polar Bears” will receive a pair of sunglasses to match their summertime attire, CPDA said. The event is a take on “polar bear swim” events where participants sprint into freezing water.

Tickets to the Polar Bear Skate at 202 M St. SE cost $9 for adults, and $8 for children, seniors and members of the military. Skate rental costs an additional $4 per person.

Photo via Twitter/gotovan


Skater at Canal Park Ice Rink (Photo via Flickr/perspective)

Anyone who has walked on M St. SE this week has gotten a winter reality check — workers have been setting up the Capitol Park Ice Rink.

The cold weather is almost upon us, and these activities are in the works.

The Capitol Park Ice Rink will open tomorrow (Saturday). The rink’s grand opening will take place Nov. 15, but starting tomorrow you’ll be able to skate from  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be open every day. Complete hours are available here. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and members of the military. Skate rental costs $4.

Unfortunately, cold weather means flu season, but Union Market’s Bazaar Spices might have you covered. A workshop on healing herbs and botanicals will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. From echinacea to slippery elm, learn about alternatives to traditional medicine.

Baseball season has come to a sad end, but Nationals Park is preparing for a new tradition. The second annual D.C. Beer Festival takes place tomorrow from 12 to 4 p.m. The festival will include seasonal beers from Long Trail Brewing Company, Peak Organic Brewing Company and many others. Tickets cost $40 to $60 each. Admission includes unlimited tastings. Food will be sold separately by a number of food trucks.

And for another beer-related event, save the date Dec. 4 for a seasonal beer sampling led by beer journalist and cookbook author John Holl. Holl will discuss the best uses for baking spices and how warming beers can fend off the cold. It will be held at the Hill Center, at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets cost $25 each.

Photo via Flickr/perspective



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