Fun Fall Ideas for Washington, DC

Autumn is a wonderful time to live in or visit the Washington, DC region. With the hot days of summer behind us, here are a few ways to enjoy the Fall:

> Football season has already begun. Check out the Washington Redskins schedule http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/schedule.html and enjoy the games with some friends. They play division rivals Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 6th. It will be played in Dallas, but you can always watch it on your favorite big screen.

> Kids Euro Festival presented by the 27 European Union Member States at the House of Sweden. http://www.kidseurofestival.org/index.php

> Wine and Beer Festivals – Adult-like fun can be had at one of the select wine festivals featuring Virginia wines. http://www.virginia.org/winefestivals. If beer is more your preference, you may enjoy celebrating at a local Oktoberfest. The Washington Post recently posted their “Top 5” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/best-oktoberfest-celebrations,91079.html

> The 2013-2014 performing arts season has begun! If you have something more cultural in mind, you should check out http://www.culturecapital.com/

> Taste of DC http://thetasteofdc.org/ Sample favorite DC restaurants and join 40,000 “friends” for food and fun over the Columbus Day weekend.

These are just a few fun ideas to do in DC this fall. Whether you plan fall hikes in Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, C&O Canal, take long scenic drives along Shenandoah National Park, or enjoy one of the many sporting events or concerts, I wish you all a happy, safe and fun fall season!

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Happy Friday 13th!

Are you the superstitious type? Are you already thinking you should have stayed home in bed rather than go to work this Friday? 

Many people will purposely avoid doing anything significant today (i.e. important meetings, major social events, etc.) due to the belief that the day is cursed and a source of bad luck. Some may not be completely scared of this day, but will just as easily think why don’t we have our event another day?  Better safe than sorry! 

Baseball players are generally known to be amongst the most superstitious types of people.  Prior to last night’s Washington Nationals baseball game, the Nationals center fielder received a new pair of cleats.  Denard Span was enjoying a 22 game hitting streak before the new cleats arrived.  When a fellow player (Stephen Strasburg) noticed the new cleats, he asked Denard  if he really wanted to wear them.  Denard thought better of it, and changed back into his old cleats.  During the game, he got another hit, extending his hitting streak to 23 games. As a Nationals fan, I’m hoping he gets another hit tonight to extend his streak.  You know…on Friday the 13th. 

So what superstitions do you have?  Are you afraid of:

Black cats

Having the # 666 pop up

Opening an umbrella indoors

Walking under a ladder

Broken mirrors

Whatever your superstitions  may be, Happy Friday the 13th!  I hope that you find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.