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Spring has (finally) sprung!

By Anne Kim-Dannibale

After what felt like an extra long winter (despite the bust that was Snowquester), it looks as though Spring has finally arrived. And with it too many ways to celebrate. Cure that lingering bout of Spring fever with these, our favorites for the upcoming week.

Sakura Cherry Wheat Ale (Courtesy photo)

Spring Brews

D.C. Beer Festival
Saturday, March 23-Sunday, March 24
Nationals Park
$40 for unlimited tastings; food sold separately
Tickets in advance only, here

Quench your taste buds with a panoply of suds at this beer extravaganza and get ready for baseball season while you’re at it. After all, the Nats’ season opener against the Miami Marlins is just around the corner, April 1.

Sakura Cherry Wheat Ale
Any time is the right time
Capitol City Brewing Company
The Village at Shirlington
4001 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206


1100 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Washington’s iconic cherry blossoms are scheduled to make their appearance the last week of March, just in time to celebrate with Capitol City Brewing’s latest Sakura Cherry Wheat Ale. Brewed with real cherries along with “white wheat and honey malts, fermented on Ardennes yeast,” the ale is yet another way for Washingtonians to honor Japan’s gift to our shores more than 100 years ago.

Historical Two-fer


Danny Kaye and Sylvia Kaye onstage during a taping of “Musical Comedy Tonight.” Kaye/Fine Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

John Hay draft of the Gettysburg Address (Photo courtesy Library of Congress)

“Danny Kaye and Syliva Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn”
“The Civil War in America – Gettysburg Address”
Through Saturday, May 4
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. S.E.
Washington, D.C.
Both exhibits free

The Library of Congress dusts off a number of special exhibitions this Spring, including this editor’s perennial favorite  Danny Kaye. The beloved comedic icon’s many performances, photos and other memorabilia are on display along with that of his wife, the composer Sylvia Fine. And speaking of classics, don’t miss the library’s ongoing celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the unveiling of the John Hay draft of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Blue Jean Baby

10th Annual Blue Jeans Ball
Sunday, March 24
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Tickets start at $150, available here

Don your best denim and join some of the area’s best chefs, like special guest Spike Mendelsohn, for this down-to-earth, yet stylish fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Capital Area Food Bank, one of many nonprofits dedicated to eradicating hunger in the Washington metro area.

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