DC Design House – Listed at $10.48 million by Fouad Talout and Pascale Karam of Long & Foster Real Estate, the four-story, 27,256 square-foot Potomac home includes nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, four half baths, lower level ballroom, cinema, two-story library flanked by his and her offices, multiple kitchens, and elevator. Built in 2009, the home sits on two acres and includes a pool and pool house with apartment and covered terrace. This year’s Design House is dedicated to Ann Lambeth, who was an avid supporter of the cause and the design community. Saturday, September 30 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Tickets are $35 (100% of the money raised from ticket sales as well as a portion of proceeds from boutiques and designer sales, with most items in designers’ spaces available to purchase, are donated to Children’s National) (9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, MD; www.dcdesignhouse.com)
Knock Out Abuse - The 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women Dinner Gala & Auctions is upon us. Their presenting sponsor this year is EverFi. Knock-Out Abuse Against Women (KOA), established in 1993, is dedicated to promoting awareness of domestic violence and its impact on women and children of all ages, races and socioeconomic status and to raise critical funds for long-term housing that provides protection, life skills & higher education opportunities, pro bono legal assistance and health services to the survivors of domestic abuse. On Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 pm – Silent Auction and Reception; 8:00 pm – Seated Dinner; 9:45 pm – Live Auction; and 10:30 pm – After Party (Performer TBA). There will be over 650 of Washington DC’s most prominent women including co-Founders: Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen; event chairs: Elissa Davidson and Sara O’Keefe; break the silence awardee: Rene Denfeld, author, essayist & DV survivor; honoree: The Honorable Debbie Dingell [D-MI]; and the emcee: Andrea Roane, WUSA9. Beneficiaries include Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Cocktail attire is required. Here’s how you can sponsor: Hope Diamond - $50,000; Diamond; $25,000; Ruby - $15,000; Emerald - $10,000; Sapphire - $7,500; Pearl - $5,000; Best Friend: $2500; Friend of Knock Out: $1000; or Individual tickets - $650. (The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW (22nd & M Streets NW); 202-223-1906 knockoutabuse.org)
Novemberfest - Rustico’s annual Novemberfest will return November 4th from 12pm to 5pm with an outdoor block party featuring no less than 80 local, delicious beers and ciders – each brewed by the burgeoning bevy of Virginia craft brewers. Beer Director Greg Engert is sourcing a lineup spanning an array of flavors and styles, with nearly 30 of the finest Virginia producers bringing their very best for this occasion. Festival guests can expect strong stouts and potent porters, pumpkin ales and session brews, fresh-hop harvest ales, IPAs, sours and barrel-aged beauties. Once again, Greg is procuring beers from a dozen brewers rarely found in Northern Virginia – including Pen Druid, The Veil, The Answer, Triple Crossing, and Aslin. The Rustico kitchen, led by Chef Aaron Wright, will provide a menu of hearty dishes such as BBQ pork sandwiches, sausages, turkey legs, and more. As with previous Novemberfest events, wine lovers can enjoy choice selections from Virginia's own Barboursville Vineyards. Local bluegrass bands will provide entertainment and plenty of games and activities will be on hand for the whole family. Advance tickets are available for $25 and include 20 food + drink tickets and your admission (a savings of $5). Tickets: Available for purchase online. Day-of admission is $10 at the door and a portion of the proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Food + drink tickets will be sold a la carte to be used inside the event ($1=1 ticket). 14-ounce full beers will average from 5 to 9 tickets, while 7-ounce tasting portions will be available for approximately half the price. (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA; 703.224.5051)
16th Annual Wines for Canines & Felines - On Saturday, November 4th from 6:30 to 9:30, Embassy Suites Chevy Chase will be hosting the 16th edition of our annual 'Wines for Canines & Felines' event, benefiting the Montgomery County Humane Society. They really love animals at Paul's (20 years of giving away free dog treats will do that), so this event is always near and dear to their hearts.This year is going to be bigger and better than ever before! The new, larger venue means they'll be able to have over fifteen tables of amazing wines, beers, spirits, and local food. There will also be mixology tables and professional tasting demos covering everything from Scotch to Chardonnay. And don't worry about leaving hungry: there will be delicious passed hors-d'oeuvres and a full gourmet buffet. Tickets are $80 with a significant portion benefiting the Montgomery County Humane Society and can be purchased by clicking here. (Embassy Suites Chevy Chase (4300 Military Road, NW; 202.537.1900; www.eventbrite.com)
Shop, Social, Sip – Meet, eat, and shop at the fourth annual Emporiyum taking place at Union Market’s Dock5 space on November 10-12, 2017. The Emporiyum offers a unique experience where over 100 vendors from all over the country and the local Mid-Atlantic come together to create a one-of-a-kind marketplace. The event attracts over 7,000 attendees looking to meet the makers, producers, and artisans, eat their foods and products, and shop for gifts and pantry essentials. The curated collection of vendors follows a 50:50 ratio where 50% of vendors hail from the local region, while the other 50% come from all across the country from maker cities like Detroit, Charleston, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and beyond. Notable newcomers this year include Avocaderia, Dorjee Momo, Gus & Grey Jams, Dough & Co, Calcutta Kitchen, Chick’n Cone, and many more. Not to be missed this year is the Friday Preview Party on November 10th from 6-8pm featuring complimentary curated cocktails stations and first access to The Emporiyum marketplace. The vendor list is updated daily and can be found on The Emporiyum’s website, theemporiyum.com.
CB 2017 - Crafty Bastards, an arts and crafts festival, returns on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 with another year of shopping, noshing, and big, awesome fun, but at a new location. Now in its 14th year, the outdoor fair will be held on the concourse at Nationals Park from 10am - 5pm daily. More than 100 incredibly talented artists will be selling their jewelry, fashion, artwork, household goods, toys, prepared foods, furniture and more. Single-day and weekend passes will be available in advance via the website here. Be sure to follow Crafty Bastards on social media for updates @craftybastards. (1500 South Capitol Street SE; dc.craftybastards.com)
Shop Small Saturday - The DC creative community is coming back together for a fifth year in a row for the popular Made in DC Holiday Market on Saturday, November 25, presented by DC Brau Brewing Company, Think Local First DC, and the Made in DC Program. Taking place throughout the brewery on Shop Small Saturday, November 25th from 1 to 6 pm, the Made in DC Holiday Market features more than 30 stalls with local artists and makers selling their crafts, from jewelry and clothing to candles, stationery and food items. Admission is free to the public, and all ages are welcome! Follow hashtags #MadeInDC and #BrauMarket2017 for the latest on the Made in DC Holiday Market, including new vendors and partners, on social media. When co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock opened the doors to their brewery in 2011 on Blandensburg Road in NE Washington, DC Brau Brewing Company became the first packaging brewery inside the District of Columbia since 1956. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), The Citizen (Belgian-style Ale), Brau Pils (German-style Pilsner), and Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter), with seasonal and special brews available throughout the year including the award-winning On the Wings of Armageddon (Double IPA). For more information on DC Brau, visit www.dcbrau.com. The Made in DC Program supports and promotes the city’s makers to spotlight locally-made products that make the District unique. For a full list of participating businesses or to enroll in the program, visit www.thisismadeindc.com.
Thrills and Chills – ,Gaylord National Resort is guaranteeing even more thrills and chills during its over-the-top Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Potomac with additional icy fun, live holiday entertainment and joyful attractions beginning November 18. No holiday season would be complete without the resort’s famous ice sculpture attraction, ICE!, featuring a brand new theme. ICE! opens daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. The resort also is introducing a new Glacier Glide Ice Skating experience. The resort also is bringing back its Build-A-Bear Workshop experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. The packages include a gingerbread man decorating kit, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides on the train and carousel and the option to add-on an ICE! New this year is a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular. A spectacular Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snowfall and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree immediately follows the show. Gaylord National also will offer a new family breakfast experience featuring the star of ICE!, Rudolph! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. The resort offers overnight packages that offer unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include: ICE! Is Nice Package; one night room accommodations; unlimited, and priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. For more information and to book a package or tickets to ICE!, visit ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301.965.4000.