Friday, April 28, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Old Books for All

by Peggy Robin

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
You have many opportunities throughout the year to donate your old books to worthy causes – and many of these opportunities are advertised on our sister site, The Cleveland Park Listserv. But one day you may look around at your neatly de-cluttered bookshelves and think to yourself, “Why are my shelves so bare?" And you realize that you would really love to have are some mysterious and dusty piles of old books – antique atlases, turn-of-the-century school readers, leather-bound sets of Dickens, and maybe some Robert Louis Stevenson with gorgeous full color plates by N.C. Wyeth. Or maybe you would just like to find that one in-depth work on the obscure topic that only you and about twelve other people in the world really care about. Well, if you have ever had anything resembling those thoughts, then you are in luck, because the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair is for you….and it’s in town today.

The first day, Friday, April 28, is happening right now, and then you have a full day on Saturday when it's on from 10 AM–4 PM to see rooms full of antique books. The book fair is downtown at the Washington Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street NW. More info here:

And while I’m plugging annual events that I look forward to every year, I’ll pass along this reminder for the next great Friday & Saturday activity – the Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart – in its 78th year – where you can taste food from around the world, watch a variety of performances and demonstrations, buy crafts, plants, and all manner of other things, go on tours of the Cathedral, play games, put your kids in the moonbounce, have tea in the bishop’s garden, and of course, ride on the historic carousel.

The Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart
Friday, May 5 from 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM – 5 PM

Oh yes, and they have a great used book tent there, too!


Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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