Thursday, June 25, 2020

Get Out! The Cleveland Park Listserv Events Column Is BACK (Well, Sort of....)

Cathedral Grounds
by Peggy Robin

Two weeks ago,  I said that the "Get Out!" events column would return to its usual Thursday time slot whenever there were ten in-person events taking place in Cleveland Park or in a relatively close-by neighborhood -- OR whenever the DC Public Library system started taking its events out of cyberspace and moving them back indoors, using any of the the library’s many public meeting rooms. (The events column was populated in a typical week by at least 50% public library-hosted events.)

We haven’t reached either of those benchmarks – but just like many an antsy, impatient, cabin-fevered shut-in, I’ve decided to jump the gun and rush out with what’s available now. Here we go:

Adams Morgan will turn 18th Street into outdoor pedestrian plaza this weekend (pilot program). has announced the following:

18th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Columbia Road to Kalorama Road on the following days:

Friday, June 26: 3pm – Midnight
Saturday, June 27: 8am – Midnight
Sunday, June 28: 8am – Midnight

There will be a 20-foot pedestrian pathway down the center of the street that will also serve as emergency access. Businesses will be allowed to expand their operations (restaurant table service and retail sales) into the roadway directly in front of their businesses using the distancing guidelines published by DC Health. They will also be able to utilize sidewalk space in front of adjacent properties with written permission from that property owner or business owner.
[Parking and drop-off/pickup details follow.]

Businesses should plan to have some sort of rope, planter, or other means to separate their extended patio area from their neighbors’. Businesses are responsible for providing tables, chairs, and other fixtures and securing them when not in use in such a way that they can’t be utilized by pedestrians. Furniture should be brought in or secured one hour before the end of the closure.

National Cathedral Grounds, Gardens, Walking Paths. Read about walkable outdoor areas here: You will need to be careful, as some walking paths (the Bishop’s Garden, for example) are very narrow and you may need to wait for a while at a safe distance to let others pass.

Christian Heurich House and Museum – their garden will soon be open to the public - reservations required: 
The Heurich House Museum’s historic Castle Garden is opening on Tuesday, June 30th, in a new, socially distant format. [The museum itself still remains closed for now.] Visitors can reserve a garden “pod” to enjoy the summer weather, hang out with friends, or use our free WiFi to get some work done. The garden will be open by reservation only every Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm. A pod is a specific area of mowed lawn in the garden designated for your group only - we have measured them out so they are at least 6 feet from other pods and the common walkway. Some pods contain shade and some are in full sun. Size varies, with some pods accommodating up to 4 visitors, while others are large enough for 6 (refer to pod map below). Although some pods may include a bench, we encourage visitors to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Reservations are available in 2 shifts: 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm. Guests are welcome to reserve multiple shifts. Outside food and beverage is allowed, but please clean up after yourself. (Food in, food out!) *NO BATHROOMS AVAILABLE* Reservations are free. Online reservations only.

Dumbarton House House Museum is reopening! We will be open to museum and NSCDA members only July 1 and July 2. We will be closed July 3-5 for the holiday weekend and open fully to the public on July 7! Timed tickets and masks will be required. Visit our admissions page for full details. We will be open to museum and NSCDA members only on July 1 and July 2. We will be closed July 3-5 for the holiday weekend and open fully to the public starting July 7!

OK, this last one is not exactly close to Cleveland Park....but I'm getting a bit desperate here! And it's well worth the the Glenstone Art Museum and Sculpture Garden - now operating as an outdoor-only experience – scheduled visits only. Limited capacity on visitor days (Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Please review our updated guidelines to prepare for your visit.

Please note: all visitors must be 12 or older and all minors (ages 12-17) must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tickets are released at 10 a.m. every Monday in two-week increments.Read all you need to know at:

Next week.....? Is it possible that there will be a few of what the Get Out! column used to have -- festivals and bazaars and all that jazz? Or is it still a distant dream?

The Get Out! events column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.  

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