Sunday, April 29, 2012

Georgetown House Tour & French Market

Yesterday marked the annual Georgetown House Tour, happening each year during the last weekend of April.  Local residents kindly open up their homes for our viewing pleasure.  Ticket proceeds from the event go to St. John's church to then be dispersed to the nearby charitable organizations.

This year, I was dubbed with the honor of volunteering as a docent at one of the homes.  My job was to help with the flow of foot traffic, ensure people put on and took off their booties, and to mention some of the interesting facts about the house.  It made for a long day - 1,300 people toured the house - but it was quite enjoyable.  Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat.  The owners were so warm and friendly, as I've found to be the case with most of the Georgetown residents.  But to stand there and watch the crowds of people flowing through truly is a spectacular in and of itself.  There is a mix of people on the tour, ranging from those who live just down the street, to those who are visiting the Nation's capital from another country.  All were welcomed.

It also is the same time that the French Market comes to Georgetown on Wisconsin Ave NW between Q Street and Reservoir.  Local shops and restaurants bring their best of France to the streets.  There are mimes, and music, and watch out for the guy riding around on his unicycle!  It's a fun time for all.

Lastly, this weekend also tends to be the day of the DC Avon walk for breast cancer awareness.  So, not only are the streets packed full of people lined up outside of homes, and book hill crowded with merchants, but also there are plenty of people in pink walking their way through the city.  It's a great day to be out and about.