CHAW logo (Photo via Facebook/ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop)Students at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, kids and adults alike, will present their work from the past semester at the workshop’s annual Winter Arts Festival Saturday.

The free, all day festival will take place at CHAW at 545 7th St. SE and will include performances by students as well as galleries of student art for sale.

The annual festival is a chance for the over 400 students at the workshop to show off what they’ve created, but it’s also part of the curriculum.

“Most of the classes have presentation built in, because a really important part of creating art is being able to present it,” Hannah Jacobson, director of marketing development and strategy at CHAW, said. “All the classes are gearing up for this at the end of the semester.”

In addition to the performances and gallery exhibitions, the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. will also be on hand in the afternoon to collect D.C. historic and pop culture items in their digital database. Residents can bring their favorite piece of D.C. memorabilia which the Humanities Council will digitize and add to their archive.

The festival will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., though visitors can come and go throughout the day. Here’s the schedule for the day, from CHAW’s website:

  • 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Shop & Drop art sale
  • 10-11:30 a.m. – Suzuki & Ballet dance performances
  • 12-1:30 p.m. – Youth arts program art show and performances
  • 1-4 p.m. – D.C. Digital Museum, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.
  • 2-3 p.m. – Adult solo and class performances with A Second Wind Chorus
  • 2-3 p.m. – Pinocchio! presented by Faction of Fools Theatre Co.
  • 5-6:30 p.m. – Adult student art show

All of the performances and shows are kid-friendly, but Jacobson says that the evening reception for the adult student art can also be a great time to relax away from the kids.

“Really fun opening reception for the adult gallery in the evening,”she said. “There are kid-friendly events throughout the day but this is always a great opportunity for adults to come have some wine and snacks and enjoy the galleries.”

Photo via Facebook/ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop


Farm-to-table is about more than locally grown food. It’s about bringing food to the table looking its best. Supporting artists is like supporting local farmers, and can make your home and meal look beautiful and unique.

The annual Pottery on the Hill show and sale at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on October 30 and 31, and November 1 offers a chance to meet and talk with 16 prominent potters from across the country about their work.

“Pots for use is definitely the theme of this show,” says Dan Finnegan, potter and show curator. “Most of us share this passion for making pots for people’s homes.”

The pieces chosen for Pottery on the Hill show a variety of styles, influences and techniques. Shoppers will find all types of wares, from vases to plates and whimsical to refined. Whether your style is wheel-thrown or hand-built, bright colors or subdued tones, organizers are confident you’ll find pottery you’ll fall in love with or the perfect holiday gift.

Pottery on the Hill features a ticketed preview reception on the evening of October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This reception gives VIPs the first opportunity to meet the potters, learn about their inspirations and purchase pieces before they go for public sale. The first 100 reception attendees will also receive a free sampling cup, handcrafted by the potters.

The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, takes place on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, don’t miss the weekend’s Pottery Slam! See potters challenge each other, take challenges from the audience and work together on pottery wheels to make pieces. The Slam will be at the Art League Annex in Alexandria on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Potters Dan Finnegan, Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor will be joined by Blair Meerfield of the Torpedo Factory.

Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. More information and tickets for the preview reception are available online at

The preceding post was sponsored by Pottery on the Hill.


At first, it looks like a quaint town fair, but as you get closer you see–acrobats swinging from the trees? Listen, and you can hear the sounds of a capella, or a drum beat or smell a mix of delicious foods.

Then you’re there, in the mix of things at the Barracks Row Fall Festival. You can practically see the trees glowing orange and feel the chill in the air as you celebrate fall in one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city.

Join us on 8th Street, SE, between E and I Streets, one block south of the Eastern Market Metro, as we celebrate fall at the 15th annual Barracks Row Fall Festival on September 26. With special guests from The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, the DC Area Drone User Group, the Washington Nationals Nat Mobile and Mentalist Max Major, there really is something for everyone.

Fashion trucks join food trucks, artists, craftsmen, restaurants, schools, and local Capitol Hill organizations to create the midway. Feel like chilling with fluffy friends? A petting zoo with piglets, llamas and lambs will be set up on the corner of 8th and E.

Meanwhile, don’t miss out on the things you can’t find anywhere else. At the Military Culinary Competition, top military chefs will face off in a timed challenge. Kennedy Center violinist Glen Donnellan has strung a baseball bat and will play it, and let you too, before heading to the second-to-last home game of the Nationals, just blocks away.

So say goodbye to the summer humidity (but no promises), and hello to the Barracks Row Fall Festival. We can’t wait to see you there.

The preceding post was sponsored by the Barracks Row Fall Festival.


The Barracks Row Fall Festival is serving up a new kind of battle to our military–a culinary one.

This Saturday, September 26, the festival and the Military Hospitality Alliance (MHA) are bringing together top chefs from all branches of the military to The Military Culinary Competition, and they’re turning up the heat.

In this Iron-Chef-meets-Chopped style competition, teams of four chefs will have to create four courses from food they find in a mystery basket, and have only two hours and thirty minutes to perfectly execute a winning meal.

The prizes at stake are no small fry. In addition to first-place medallions, the winners will get $1000 per person on the team, a new chef’s coat and a knife from Mercer Culinary.

This is a competition that can’t be missed, as chefs who work at Camp David, the White House, the Pentagon and other top military placements will be proving their chops. The competition will be held at the famous gates at “8th & I” of Marine Barracks Washington- right out on the festival midway. The Barracks Row Fall Festival officially begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 5 p.m.

Visit the Barracks Row Fall Festival on September 26 at the Marine Barracks Washington for food, fun and incredible entertainment.

The preceding post was sponsored by The Barracks Row Fall Festival. 



Tickets are now available online for Snallygaster — a craft beer festival on Sept. 12 at The Yards in Southwest, adjacent to Nationals Park.

The Snallygaster is a bloodcurdling, toothy and supernatural beast said to have resided in the hills surrounding D.C. and Maryland in the 19th century.

Now the beast lives on vicariously through festival-goers, who will sample more than 300 craft brews from around the world at the one-day festival.

Drafts start pouring at 1 p.m. Those who purchase V.I.P tickets will be allowed to enter earlier, at 11:30 a.m., as well as receive a “sweet” Snally beer mug.

Festival organizers haven’t released the beer list yet, but last year’s selection included options such as “Lawson’s Finest Liquids & Otter Creek Double Dose” from Vermont, “Baladin Super Baladin: Super Baladin Zymatore” from Italy and “Avery Gore’d” from Colorado.

Greg Engert, beer director for Snallygaster, selects each beer that appears at the festival. He also curates beer for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns District bars such as Churchkey, Birch & Barley and Bluejacket.

The festival will also host food trucks and feature performances from local musicians.

Children are welcome to attend, but beer sampling is limited to adults with valid ID.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

Image via Snallygaster DC Facebook Page


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