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LGBTQ Pride events are going virtual this year. Here’s how to celebrate.

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June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and much like everything else this summer, it’s going to look different. The month is often jam-packed with celebrations around the world, where rainbow flags are waved, supporters line the streets for parades and dance parties take place just about everywhere. 

Just as the global pandemic has put a stop to dozens of events scheduled for this year, Pride events are no exception, and many of them are being either postponed or cancelled in the DMV region. But in efforts to adapt to the current circumstances, many are also moving online to continue to honor the celebratory month. 

Here’s how you can participate in local, national and global pride events in 2020. 

Smithsonian’s Project Pride
With history taking place before our eyes, it’s important to document the strength, creativity and resilience of the LGBTQ community, and Smithsonian Pride Alliance is doing just that. In a virtual experience on Pride Month Eve, Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m., a virtual YouTube concert and digital time capsule of pride during this moment in time will take place with participants from around the world. The event is hosted by NPR’s Ari Shapiro and will feature celebrities such as Alex the Astronaut, Cameron Esposito, the Indigo Girls and more. The event is free and open to the public, and to get the full lineup, RSVP to the virtual event.

Capital Pride #StillWe
The Capital Pride Alliance and the DC Center for the LGBT Community announced May 19, that events for Capital Pride, based in Washington, DC, will be reimagined, with several moving to virtual experiences and kicking off on Monday, June 1. 

On Monday, June 1, #StillWe Pride will kick off the month with a video montage as a welcome to all, filled with local community organizers, businesses and sponsors, local leaders and influencers. Remember those dance parties mentioned above? Don’t worry, there’s a virtual one scheduled for Saturday, June 6, where DJ Tezrah, DJ Edward Daniels, international hoop artist Zbu Hoopism and vocalist Tiffany Lyn Royster will team up for a 90-minute celebration of all things pride. 

A one-of-a-kind Capital Pridemobile and Rainbow Blast will take place on Saturday, June 13, where businesses, residents and neighborhoods will be encouraged to show their pride with as much fun and exciting decor as possible, as well as music from local DJs and performances from local drag queens and kings. The event will be livestreamed for all to enjoy from the safety and comfort of their own home. The following day, the first episode of a virtual series “Pride in the City” will be released as #StillWe Entertain, featuring the talents of local and national artists and performers. 

In the weeks and months to follow, the Capital Pride Alliance and the DC Center for the LGBT Community have planned to evaluate the safety of hosting postponed events, continue monthly town hall meetings virtually, and will promote useful resources and local groups for the LGBT community. Stay tuned here for more events in the reimagined 2020 Pride experience. 

NYC Pride 2020
Even with the steady decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City over the past few weeks, all of this year’s in-person pride events have been cancelled due to the global pandemic, with a handful moving online. You may not be able to celebrate in the streets of Manhattan, but here are a few ways to tune into pride events inspired by the city where the fight for LGBTQ rights came to be. 

Starting Friday, June 19, GLAAD (a media organization founded by LGBTQ members that seeks to address tough issues and tackle them on a public platform) will host a virtual Pride 2020 Dragfest, a three-day digital pride festival—lasting through Sunday, June 21—to celebrate pride and raise money for local drag performers. The virtual performances are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. each night and will be livestreamed on NYC Pride’s and GLAAD’s Facebook pages. 

Instead of your typical Monday-night meal, join the virtual Garden Party on Monday, June 22, for performances, stories, special guests and more, as well as everything you need to create a memorable event at home: curated food and cocktail menus, a suggested playlist and more. 

On Friday, June 26, NYC Pride will take its annual tradition of hosting a passionate rally and candlelight vigil to the virtual world for the first time in history. In years past, supporters gathered in numerous locations around the city to honor the first NYC Pride Rally, which took place one month after the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Details are set to be announced soon for how this event will take place virtually. 

For many more events being broadcast online, which you can tune into from wherever you may be, stay tuned to NYC Pride through the month of June. 

Global Pride 2020
The pandemic may have put a pause on a global celebration to gather and celebrate pride, but it’s not going to stop the 24 hours of musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners and addresses by public figures that will take place on Saturday, June 27. 

Over 5,000 people have already responded to the global event on Facebook, where the organization is set to announce a lengthy list of speakers, performers and more over the next few weeks. Capital Pride and NYC Pride will both be celebrating with the Global Pride movement on June 27. Although specific details have not yet been announced about the day-long celebration, supporters can stay tuned here for weekly updates on the upcoming event.

As we look toward the summer, events and holidays are going to look different. Stay up to date with all of the local events and more by subscribing to our Things to Do newsletters.

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5 new DMV storefronts to shop at this summer

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M.M. To Go

While New York-born brand M.M. LaFleur has been outfitting professional women since 2011, it wasn’t until last fall that the company expanded its reach with a to-go concept, first in the Big Apple and more recently in DC’s Union Station. The intimate space (currently planned as a pop-up until July) features a variety of last-minute pieces—think cashmere sweaters and statement earrings—made with on-the-go businesswomen in mind. // 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite M113, Washington, DC

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Allbirds

At the end of February, Georgetown welcomed San Francisco-based startup Allbirds, known for its sustainably made sneakers, to retail hot spot M Street. In addition to the brand’s original styles made of wool and eucalyptus, the new location offers a limited-edition shoe paying homage to the District, inspired by the region’s cherry blossoms. // 3135 M St. NW, Washington, DC

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Patagonia

Calling all outdoorsy types: Patagonia officially opened its first-ever Virginia location in the heart of Alexandria in March, taking the place of the historic Old Town Theater. The outdoor retail company has pledged to maintain the energy of the site by hosting frequent events, screening films and offering the space as a gathering place to support environmental nonprofits working to benefit planet Earth. And, of course, you can find the brand’s latest selection of outdoor clothing and gear, just in time for summer adventures. // 815 ½ King St., Alexandria

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Aveda Arts & Sciences Institutes

Beauty mavens of Northern Virginia now have a space to learn and shop all things cosmetics, thanks to the Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute. The Ballston Quarter location is scheduled to open this spring, featuring a state-of-the-art creative studio for those interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology or esthiology, as well as a full lifestyle retail area for passersby. // 671 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1280, Arlington

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Bonobos

Men of the region will have another shopping destination for pants like chinos, dress pants and jeans come July, as Bonobos will open its doors in Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Plus, the new location will be home to the brand’s recently expanded collection of shirts and suits, crafted with an adapted, flattering cut. // 100 S. Hayes St., Arlington

This post originally appeared in our May 2020 print issue. For more stylish finds, subscribe to our weekly Shopping newsletter.

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Fall in love with this 5,295-square-foot modern farmhouse in NoVA

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The kitchen features Omega Cabinetry cabinets and a herring-bone-patterned backsplash by B&F Ceramics. Triple scones from Restoration Hardware hang above an apron sink. Bar stools are from Target. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Homeowner Nichole Brown, and her husband, Michael, had a strong vision of what their family wanted in their Nokesville home: “A forever home, where our kids (Emma, 11, and William, 7) could grow up. We’ve lived in numerous other houses and have learned a lot about what we wanted and didn’t want in our house,” says Nichole.

With that mission, they turned to Middleburg-based architect Timothy Clites, AIA, of Clites Architects. No stranger to custom-crafted homes, Clites was an architect with DC’s Barnes Vanze Architects for 11 years before opening his namesake architectural firm in 2010.

“This was a very successful and enjoyable project for us,” says Clites of the four-bedroom,
5,295-square-foot modern farmhouse he collaborated on with Warrenton-based builder Jonathan Caron. “Jonathan introduced us to the homeowners. They needed an architect who would be open to their ideas and help them create a successful design,” he adds.

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The ultimate modern farmhouse door in ‘Show Stopper’ red by Sherwin Williams serves as a welcoming beacon, opening into the foyer. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

The one-and-a-half-story, custom-built farmhouse is on an expansive, open floor plan, incorporating living, kitchen and informal dining areas on its main level, as well as the master bedroom suite.

“The homeowners wanted the massing to be balanced, not symmetrical,” says Clites of the basic structure. “They liked a variety of gables and dormers on the second floor, with a humble, slightly whimsical quality.”

The effect is a timeless, modern farmhouse, with crisp, white siding, standing seam metal roofs, wide porches and a seamless connection to its rural site. The interior continues that clean, airy, welcoming vibe.

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An Arhaus sectional provides plenty of seating in the living area, which also has custom
built-ins above a TV. The chandelier defining the space from above is from Pottery Barn. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“We selected 8-inch-wide white oak hardwood for the flooring in a Mono-
coat finish,” says Caron. “It’s durable, has a matte finish and brings out the natural
features in the wood, but doesn’t yellow over time, like polyurethane.”

Other classic interior finishes include what Clites references as “a mix of shiplap, painted paneling and drywall, with brick and timber accents in that ‘new farmhouse’ style, with its intentional eye toward design.”

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A vintage schoolhouse bench from Etsy sits across from the foyer table. The rug was
sourced at Pier 1. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Caron adds, “We actually installed 600 pieces of shiplap in this house!”
Shiplap is easy to wipe down and maintain—important to a family with young
kids and their friends running around.

Nichole, from the very start, was especially involved in material selections. The high-contrast palette originated with her vision, with black-framed windows
and bright-white walls in the main living spaces; the master bedroom, with its
vaulted ceiling, is finished in a moodier dark gray paint on horizontal paneling.

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A Pottery Barn bed and night chests furnish the master bedroom, with its soaring ceiling.
Wall paint is ‘Monorail Silver’ by Sherwin Williams and the ceiling fan cooling the space
in the summer is from Lowes. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“I liked adding more textures and patterns, with wallpaper and tiles, while
keeping the palette mostly black, white and gray,” she says. “Elements like the
reclaimed wood beams and old bricks bring a lot of character to the house,
without being too rustic.”

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Black spindle-back chairs from Magnolia Home pull up to a custom bench in the informal dining area through the bricked arch, connecting the foyer to the public spaces. The carpet beneath is by Ruggable. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

The crafted archway into the main living area from the foyer, and the floating fireplace, separating the hearth and living areas, are both made of repurposed old bricks.

“With the foyer arch, we didn’t have the support below for solid bricks,
so we had to use brick veneers,” says Caron, who worked with a local mason
to make the quantities and cuts work, using reclaimed brick from an old factory in Chicago.

Triple-timbered beams add visual separation to the open floor plan, anchored at one end by the living area and at the other end by the kitchen. The informal dining area sits between the two. Featuring fully inset paneled cabinetry, simple oil-rubbed bronze hardware and a herringbone-tiled backsplash, the open kitchen is the hub of the home. Kids are always around the island, snacking or doing homework.

“Because it was open to the main living space, much of the normal clutter of a kitchen was moved to an adjacent pantry, with open shelves, housing all the necessities for cooking,” says Clites.

The homeowners, who love to have family and friends over, did request a more formal dining room (off the kitchen, through an open casement), which is defined by 3/4-inch-high wainscoting finished in matte black. It also features pretty, black-and-white, botanical wallpaper.

Nichole furnished the house in keeping with the modern farmhouse’s fresh aesthetic, with a budget- and family-friendly approach, using a neutral blend of upholstered, wood and pleather furniture. Home accents add color and switch out seasonally.

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Armchairs from Arhaus provide perches in the hearth room in front of the two-sided floating brick fireplace. The dreamy property stretches out in the backyard. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“It’s no secret that buffalo check is popular, especially in black and white, so that was my go-to for the dining room chairs, as well as the armchairs in our hearth room,” she says of interjecting contemporary takes on country patterns, which also appear in tilework, home accents and wall coverings.

A large, sectional sofa grounds the living area, facing the TV sandwiched by custom built-ins, while the informal dining area features a rustic farm table and bench crafted by Steve Dohl (Poppy + Chalk) in Culpeper.

“When designing a home and building it, you hope you have no regrets—and we definitely don’t! I wouldn’t change anything about our home,” says Nichole, adding, “I love having people over for holidays, parties, you name it. Having a big open space, with lots of seating and room, has been a blessing for when friends and family visit.”

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The master bathroom’s quilt-inspired tilework is through B&F Ceramics. Next to the tub, a rustic stool holds sundries. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“Each team member on this project was extremely responsive to their role. We produced well-crafted architectural plans, Jonathan had a solid team of workers and craftsmen on board and, most importantly, the homeowners did an amazing job of making selections to elevate the design,” adds Clites of the effort involved in delivering the seamless modern farmhouse.

This post originally appeared in our May 2020 print issue. For more on interior design in Northern Virginia homes, subscribe to our weekly Home newsletter

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Calling all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans: Meet 5 most DMV locals who recently competed

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James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter all played in Jeopardy!’s recent “The Greatest of All Time” show. See below for some local contestants who have been on the beloved trivia show recently. (Eric McCandless / ABC via Getty Images)

Jeopardy! is earning an unprecedented level of attention of late.

Last year, contestant James Holzhauer won 32 consecutive games using his innovative strategy of selecting the highest-value clues first, inverting the traditional method. In January, the show aired its first prime-time special since 1990 with “The Greatest of All Time” tournament where the three best contestants ever competed head-to-head, with Holzhauer finishing second to Ken Jennings. Also on the Jeopardy! screen recently? Contestants from the DMV.

It’s no secret the DC region is a smarty-pants town, so it makes sense local players pop up on the beloved game show frequently. Here, five of the most recent. When are you trying out?

Karen Farrell

The Woodbridge political consultant and UVA grad school alum (Undergrad degree? Princeton.) won eight consecutive episodes worth $159,603 in December and January. Final Jeopardy! clue for her first game: “19th-century history: Wanting more French influence in the area he called Latin America, Napoleon III installed an emperor in this country.” Farrell’s correct answer: Mexico.

Gabe Brison-Trezise

The DC researcher won $22,400 in September, upsetting Albuquerque math teacher and 19-day champion Jason Zuffranieri. Final Jeopardy! clue: “World landmarks: The Eighth Wonder, by composer Alan John and librettist Dennis Watkins, is about this building that opened in 1973.” Despite trailing considerably heading into that last clue, Zuffranieri guessed wrong while Brison-Trezise correctly answered the Sydney Opera House.

Roey Hadar

The Arlington journalist and production assistant for PBS’s Washington Week won $23,600 in July. Final Jeopardy! clue: “17th-century names: In the 1670s, English author Charles Cotton built a fishing cabin on the banks of the River Dove to honor this friend and author.” Hadar actually got it wrong, guessing John Milton instead of Izaak Walton, but won regardless.

Elaine Wilson

The Manassas layout artist won $15,100 in March 2019. Final Jeopardy! clue for first game: “Playwrights: Before his death in 2018 at age 91, he received four Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for four Oscars.” Wilson was the only contestant to correctly answer Neil Simon.

Will Dawson

The National Geographic Museum visitor experience rep won three consecutive episodes worth $70,601 in February 2019. Final Jeopardy! clue for his first game: “The solar system: For a while in the 1840s, the French wanted to name this new discovery ‘Le Verrier’ and the British wanted ‘Oceanus.’” All three contestants got it correct with Neptune.

This review was originally published in our April 2020 print issue. For more local stories, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

 

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5 new hotels to check out in Washington, DC this year

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Finding a place to stay in Washington, DC may seem simple when you live just a handful of miles away, but at high tourism times, it can be more difficult—and more expensive—than you might think.

But whether you’re looking to book your own staycation in a few months, or want to offer recommendations to friends and family, here are five new places worth checking out in the nation’s capital this year.

Riggs Washington DC
Opened February 2020
Found on the corner of Ninth and F Streets in Penn Quarter, Riggs Washington DC is the newest hotel on the block and is housed in the former Riggs National Bank building. The 181 guest rooms and suites are inspired by the building’s legacy, “reminiscent of a private safety deposit box,” according to the website. On the ground floor, find Cafe Riggs, a modern American restaurant, and a cocktail bar on the lower level, Silver Lyan. The cafe has all-day offerings as well as coffee and pastries, and the cocktail bar is housed in the original bank vault and created by Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan. The bonus? The hotel is under a five-minute walk from Capital One Arena. // 900 F St NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $167 per night 

Yours Truly DC
Expected May 2020
Forget the term “hotel” and swap it for “hangout” at this new, modern-style hotel in DC’s West End. The Wink Hotel is transforming into a more casual Yours Truly DC by trading out the lobby for a living room, and a conference room for a kitchen, according to the website. The location will also be undergoing extensive renovations to include a cafe, backyard space and an outdoor garden.  Mercy Me, the on-site restaurant, will be led by the duo Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira of local favorites Call Your Mother Deli and Timber Pizza. Just one more way to make it feel like home: It’s pet-friendly too. // 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 a night

Hotel Zena
Expected May 2020
Right off the heavily traveled 14th Street and tucked into Logan Circle will be newcomer Hotel Zena, a hotel inspired by female empowerment. “Hotel Zena will be the first hospitality establishment solely dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women,” said Jon Bortz, president and CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, in a recent press release. The hotel will have 191 rooms, a large mural of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cocktail bar and a 14th-floor rooftop pool. To further push the female-empowerment initiative, the hotel also plans to host community events, lectures and more. // 1155 14th St., Washington, DC; Starting at $189 per night

citizenM
Opening September 2020
Just a few blocks away from the National Mall, citizenM will be bringing an approachable atmosphere in its “affordable luxury” hotel, without a traditional lobby and plenty of trendy, colorful furniture. Aside from the 252 rooms in the hotel that have free Wi-Fi, guests can grab their keys in under a minute with self-check-in, and the nine meeting rooms boast that they “bring fun back into meetings,” according to the website. Traveling for a work trip? The location also has a technology workspace, a rooftop bar (cloudM) and free movies on your in-suite television to help you unwind after a long day. // 550 School St. SW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 per night 

Viceroy Washington DC
Expected late 2020
Owned by the same parent company as aforementioned Hotel Zena, Viceroy Washington DC will revamp the former Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel with 178 newly renovated rooms and several new features. Guests can expect an on-site restaurant inspired by the jazz heritage of 14th Street and Logan Circle, as well as an art gallery filled with features from local artists. Also, check out the new-and-improved rooftop bar, coffee bar and 1,695-square-foot ballroom. // 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC; Starting at $149 per night

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5 new hotels to check out in Washington, DC this year

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Finding a place to stay in Washington, DC may seem simple when you live just a handful of miles away, but at high tourism times, it can be more difficult—and more expensive—than you might think.

But whether you’re looking to book your own staycation in a few months, or want to offer recommendations to friends and family, here are five new places worth checking out in the nation’s capital this year.

Riggs Washington DC
Opened February 2020
Found on the corner of Ninth and F Streets in Penn Quarter, Riggs Washington DC is the newest hotel on the block and is housed in the former Riggs National Bank building. The 181 guest rooms and suites are inspired by the building’s legacy, “reminiscent of a private safety deposit box,” according to the website. On the ground floor, find Cafe Riggs, a modern American restaurant, and a cocktail bar on the lower level, Silver Lyan. The cafe has all-day offerings as well as coffee and pastries, and the cocktail bar is housed in the original bank vault and created by Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan. The bonus? The hotel is under a five-minute walk from Capital One Arena. // 900 F St NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $167 per night 

Yours Truly DC
Expected May 2020
Forget the term “hotel” and swap it for “hangout” at this new, modern-style hotel in DC’s West End. The Wink Hotel is transforming into a more casual Yours Truly DC by trading out the lobby for a living room, and a conference room for a kitchen, according to the website. The location will also be undergoing extensive renovations to include a cafe, backyard space and an outdoor garden.  Mercy Me, the on-site restaurant, will be led by the duo Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira of local favorites Call Your Mother Deli and Timber Pizza. Just one more way to make it feel like home: It’s pet-friendly too. // 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 a night

Hotel Zena
Expected May 2020
Right off the heavily traveled 14th Street and tucked into Logan Circle will be newcomer Hotel Zena, a hotel inspired by female empowerment. “Hotel Zena will be the first hospitality establishment solely dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women,” said Jon Bortz, president and CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, in a recent press release. The hotel will have 191 rooms, a large mural of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cocktail bar and a 14th-floor rooftop pool. To further push the female-empowerment initiative, the hotel also plans to host community events, lectures and more. // 1155 14th St., Washington, DC; Starting at $189 per night

citizenM
Opening September 2020
Just a few blocks away from the National Mall, citizenM will be bringing an approachable atmosphere in its “affordable luxury” hotel, without a traditional lobby and plenty of trendy, colorful furniture. Aside from the 252 rooms in the hotel that have free Wi-Fi, guests can grab their keys in under a minute with self-check-in, and the nine meeting rooms boast that they “bring fun back into meetings,” according to the website. Traveling for a work trip? The location also has a technology workspace, a rooftop bar (cloudM) and free movies on your in-suite television to help you unwind after a long day. // 550 School St. SW, Washington, DC; Starting at $100 per night 

Viceroy Washington DC
Expected late 2020
Owned by the same parent company as aforementioned Hotel Zena, Viceroy Washington DC will revamp the former Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel with 178 newly renovated rooms and several new features. Guests can expect an on-site restaurant inspired by the jazz heritage of 14th Street and Logan Circle, as well as an art gallery filled with features from local artists. Also, check out the new-and-improved rooftop bar, coffee bar and 1,695-square-foot ballroom. // 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC; Starting at $149 per night

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Official 2020 White House Easter Eggs sales open to the public soon

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Get out your Easter baskets. It’s time to add limited-edition eggs to them through a longstanding DC tradition.

Each Easter Season, the official White House Easter Egg is released for a limited amount of time, serving as a collectible item for generations to come. This year, the eggs go on sale on Thursday, March 12, and more than 26,000 will also be given to the children attending the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 13.

This year’s official White House Easter Eggs’ design features the White House North Portico on the front, and President Trump’s and first lady Melania Trump’s signatures on the back. The egg comes in blue, green, pink and yellow, and the special-edition metallic gold egg features the presidential seal.

Other Easter items on sale this year include an Easter basket, a bunny plush, a 2020 Anna Weatherley Easter egg, an Easter Egg Roll ornament and a bonnets-and-baskets-designed tote bag.

Individual eggs are $8.50 each, the metallic gold eggs are $14.95 each and the full set of five eggs is $34.95. They are available for purchase at whitehousehistory.org and at the White House Historical Association’s retail stores in DC. Additionally, the eggs will be sold near the exit of the Easter Egg Roll near the Ellipse Visitor Center. // The White House History Shop: 1610 H St. NW, Washington, DC and The White House Visitor Center: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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5 Purim events to attend in Northern Virginia and DC

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Purim is right around the corner, and celebratory events are taking place across the region. Beginning Monday, March 9 at sundown through Tuesday, March 10, Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, recounted in the Book of Esther.

Often observed with costumes, noisemakers and parties, Purim is a joyous time in the Jewish faith. Here, find five ways to celebrate the holiday in Northern Virginia and DC.

Queens, Crowns and Masks: A Night of Purim and Modern Ritual
Saturday, March 7, 5-7 p.m.
Join Rabbi Samantha Frank of Modern Ritual and Rabbi Eliana Fischel for an alternative Purim event. They’ll teach about important women in the Purim tradition, and the group will create artwork around the stories of these women. Then, everyone will join together in Havdalah and enjoy drinks, snacks and hamentash. // Washington Hebrew Congregation: 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC; $12-$15

The Roaring 2020s: A Purim Celebration
Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Hear the Megillah and enjoy an irreverent, satirical spin on the traditional Purim story at this celebration. Following the spiel, there will be an after-party with a live DJ, dancing, drinks and desserts. Costumes, especially those with 1920s flapper vibes, are encouraged. // Sixth & I: 600 I St. NW, Washington, DC; $12-$20

Trouble in Shushan City – A Music Man Purim Spiel
Monday, March 9, 7-10 p.m.
The Rodef Players, plus 76 trombones and 110 coronets, will perform Trouble in Shushan City, a musical about what happens when King Haroldverosh decides his new Think method can turn citizens into a marching band. The event’s Megillah reading will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the musical spiel at 7:30 p.m. and the Purim Palooza at 8:30 p.m. // Temple Rodef Shalom: 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church; free

Purim in New York
Tuesday, March 10, 7:45-9 p.m.
Hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia, Purim in New York will transport you to New York City with food you can “only get in the Lower East Side;” a mechanical skateboard set in Central Park; the chance to draw graffiti in Brooklyn; street performers in Times Square; and photo ops with the Statue of Liberty in Ellis Island. Dress in your best Purim costume for your chance to win prizes. // Stacy C Sherwood Community Center: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; $10-$25

Unmasking Esther – Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle
Monday, March 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
This women’s group’s monthly meeting will focus on diving deep into the story of Esther, recounting her bravery and courage. Plus, after the discussion, the group will create their own masks using a variety of craft materials. // Temple Rodef Shalom: 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church; free

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5 Purim events to attend in Northern Virginia and DC

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Purim is right around the corner, and celebratory events are taking place across the region. Beginning Monday, March 9 at sundown through Tuesday, March 10, Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, recounted in the Book of Esther.

Often observed with costumes, noisemakers and parties, Purim is a joyous time in the Jewish faith. Here, find five ways to celebrate the holiday in Northern Virginia and DC.

Queens, Crowns and Masks: A Night of Purim and Modern Ritual
Saturday, March 7, 5-7 p.m.
Join Rabbi Samantha Frank of Modern Ritual and Rabbi Eliana Fischel for an alternative Purim event. They’ll teach about important women in the Purim tradition, and the group will create artwork around the stories of these women. Then, everyone will join together in Havdalah and enjoy drinks, snacks and hamentash. // Washington Hebrew Congregation: 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC; $12-$15

The Roaring 2020s: A Purim Celebration
Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Hear the Megillah and enjoy an irreverent, satirical spin on the traditional Purim story at this celebration. Following the spiel, there will be an after-party with a live DJ, dancing, drinks and desserts. Costumes, especially those with 1920s flapper vibes, are encouraged. // Sixth & I: 600 I St. NW, Washington, DC; $12-$20

Trouble in Shushan City – A Music Man Purim Spiel
Monday, March 9, 7-10 p.m.
The Rodef Players, plus 76 trombones and 110 coronets, will perform Trouble in Shushan City, a musical about what happens when King Haroldverosh decides his new Think method can turn citizens into a marching band. The event’s Megillah reading will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the musical spiel at 7:30 p.m. and the Purim Palooza at 8:30 p.m. // Temple Rodef Shalom: 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church; free

Purim in New York
Tuesday, March 10, 7:45-9 p.m.
Hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia, Purim in New York will transport you to New York City with food you can “only get in the Lower East Side;” a mechanical skateboard set in Central Park; the chance to draw graffiti in Brooklyn; street performers in Times Square; and photo ops with the Statue of Liberty in Ellis Island. Dress in your best Purim costume for your chance to win prizes. // Stacy C Sherwood Community Center: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; $10-$25

Unmasking Esther – Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle
Monday, March 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
This women’s group’s monthly meeting will focus on diving deep into the story of Esther, recounting her bravery and courage. Plus, after the discussion, the group will create their own masks using a variety of craft materials. // Temple Rodef Shalom: 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church; free

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Viceroy Hotels & Resorts continues progress on new District location

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The District is about to be home to another modern, luxury lifestyle hotel. Yet this time a well-known space is being transformed from one getaway hub to another, as Viceroy Hotels & Resorts will be re-branding former Kimpton-managed Mason & Rook Hotel.  

The site, located in the Logan Circle neighborhood just about a block away from restaurant-filled 14th Street, will be titled Viceroy Washington, DC, branding itself as “the real District,” according to its website. The opening will mark the second resort in Viceroy’s Lifestyle Series, a collection of hotels with a progressive and spirited vibe located in commonly visited destinations. 

Within the interior of the space, guests will find two restaurant and bar spaces, a glass-enclosed patio, a full-service coffee bar, a seasonal rooftop pool, a ballroom and an art gallery featuring rotating selections of work made by local artists. Plus, the color palette is classic and inviting, with deep green hues and jewel tones throughout, translating into the 178 guest rooms too. 

The hotel’s $8 million redesign, which aims to pay homage to the neighborhood’s jazz heritage with DC-specific elements, is led by California-born EDG Interior Architecture + Design firm

This property is not the only concept set to open by Viceroy Hotels & Resorts in the coming months, as Hotel Zena—a getaway dedicated to all things women—is in the final phases of construction with an expected spring opening. While the construction process is still underway for Viceroy Washington DC,  guests are welcome to make reservations with Mason & Rook through this summer. // Viceroy Washington DC: 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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