“Stop by the NoMa pumpkin patch on Thursday, October 24, and enjoy happy hour with friends and the cutest petting zoo in the city! Reserve your pumpkin today, and bring some friends to carve your jack-o-lantern. Union Kitchen members will sell beer, wine and more: Running Byrd Tea (hot apple cider), Milk Cult (pumpkin ice cream), and Quickstep Catering (Asian 5 Spice Pulled Pork Sandwich and Edamame Wrap).
Don’t want to get your hands in pumpkin guts? No problem! Hear Sam’O perform live music, and join a candy scavenger hunt for children starting at 5:30 PM.
Live music, petting zoo, candy scavenger hunt, pumpkins and carving utensils are free; click here to reserve your pumpkin. All unreserved pumpkins will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The mini petting zoo will feature cute critters such as bunnies, chicks, sheep and more.
Thursday, October 24, 4:30-7 PM
1150 First Street, NE (Corner of First and Pierce Streets, NE)
Metro: Union Station or NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)
This event is free and open to the public
More at http://www.nomabid.org/pumpkin-carving”
Ed. Note: You can see all events here and you can schedule your own event listing here.
“Ocean Spray’s cranberry growers take pride in delivering fresh-picked fruit to families around the world, and on October 8 and 9, they’ll be bringing their berries to Washington, D.C. with the Capital’s first-ever fresh cranberry harvest. The cooperative is bringing a stunning harvest replica along with a few of their grower-owners to share the taste, health and heritage of this uniquely American fruit.
WHEN you can see the bog: Tuesday, October 8 & Wednesday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE you can see the bog: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.
(Located outside in front of the West Colonnade)”
September 29, 1988. Photo credit Carol Highsmith courtesy of Union Station Redevelopment Corp.
From a press release:
“On September 29, 1988, Washington Union Station reopened its doors with a gala celebration after a three-year transformative rehabilitation project. A collaborative public/private partnership funded the $160 million project per 1981 congressional legislation to restore the station to its historic grandeur. At the time, the project was considered the largest, most complex, public/private restoration project ever to be completed in the United States. Key improvements included: the creation of a mezzanine level within the Concourse, which provided expanded retail; the addition of dedicated areas for Amtrak seating and signage; restoration of the floors in the West, East, and Main Halls and exterior walls, doors, and windows; upgrades to the exterior lighting; the addition of two escalators connecting the ground level and mezzanine level outside the Main Hall; and the addition of an elevator providing accessibility to all three levels of the station.
Today, the bustling retail and multi-modal facility serves over 32 million visitors annually, and station partners continue to focus on enhancements. Recent renovations include improving vehicular and pedestrian circulation on Columbus Plaza, expanding the intercity bus terminal, rehabilitating the historic Main Hall, and introducing new modes of transportation resources.
In 2012, Amtrak and private developer, Akridge, released the Washington Union Station Master Plan in partnership with USRC, the commuter railroads, and other local stakeholders. The plan sets forth a new vision to again revitalize the station through a multi-phased approach, to gain increased passenger and rail capacity, add new station amenities and transit-oriented mixed-use development above the tracks. While work continues to refine the plan, early action items focus on passenger waiting areas and concourse expansion.”
“Retail Fish and Shellfish Market with prepared foods for consumption within the market menu items such as fish & chips, fried calamari and seafood salad. Seating capacity 25 and total load occupancy of 50. Summer garden 50 seats.”
“This summer Union Market hosted Washington D.C.’s first drive-in movie experience on Friday evenings. The fall films will be tied to a particular theme and shown on Union Market’s 3-story wall. A variety of Union Market vendors will also participate, serving food, drinks and fun snacks.
The Union Market Drive-In is free to attend. There will be a secured picnic area on the parking lot for bikers and walkers. The Union Market Roadie will run a free shuttle between Union Market and the NoMa Metro Station for Drive-In attendees.
The schedule for the Union Market Drive-In Encore Series is as follows (more…)
“Gravensteen Haunted Productions Presents: The Curse of Frau Mueller
Summary: Satisfy your thirst for horror with Gravensteen Haunted Productions. This haunted house is the largest and scariest in the Washington DC area. The goal is to bring a truly unique haunted experience that is sure to stay with you. We provide 50,000 square feet of thrills and scares at every corner with high quality actors, make-up artists, set designs and themed background stories that suck the audience into the experience. Horror enthusiasts will love our flavor of frights. Check us out every Halloween for a unique haunted house adventure in Washington DC.
Dates: First night September 27th, last night November 2nd
Location: 50 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 (vacant ice warehouse)
Website & Tickets: www.gravensteen.net
Ticket Prices: $35 (Regular) $50 (Speed Pass to Avoid Line)”
401 F Street, NW
From the National Building Museum:
“The National Building Museum, America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment, is haunted by ghosts. Multiple witnesses have confirmed at least four and as many as six separate spiritual beings living in the Museum, although specific identities of the undead have yet to be confirmed. (more…)
“In exactly one month, the team behind acclaimed beer destinations such as Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Rustico and Bluejacket will host their second annual craft beer festival, Snallygaster. Named for the fearsome and mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, this year’s festival will feature an even more expansive and stylistically far-reaching list of no less than 200 artisanal craft beers all handpicked by famed Beer Director Greg Engert. This year, Snallygaster is going to be held at Union Market (located at 1309 5th Street NE) on Saturday, October 19 from 1 to 6 PM. It is an event to benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.
This year, Snallygaster will tap 200 unique beers on the grounds of Union Market. Beer director Greg Engert has been busy sourcing an unbelievable array of craft ales and lagers for the festival all of which will be revealed leading up to the event.
The highlights include:
§ Over 75 different seasonal selections like Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Ales and Fresh-Hop Harvest brews
§ 16 singular rubber-clad gravity kegs sourced from Franconia, Germany; the largest one-time collection ever assembled for our region
§ 6 distinct wood-clad gravity kegs serving German & Austrian specialties, including one five-foot tall 90-liter wood-clad gravity keg making its regional debut
§ No fewer than 10 authentic cask ales, featuring classic selections, as well as, cask debuts from both established and new British & American producers
§ An ever-growing list of crazy scarce drafts from across the USA and beyond
§ The DC debut of rare brews from a number of new local brewers
§ At least 25 kegs and casks never before seen in the District (more…)
Yesterday we learned that B. Smith’s restaurant had closed after 20 years in Union Station. In other closing news – Fire and Ice closed their space at Union Station on Sunday. I hear an Aveda salon could be taking over the space but that’s not confirmed. In opening news – the H&M opens Thursday at noon.