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Cupcakes on Wheels

I’m feeling slightly guilty right now.  I just scarfed down a cupcake in about two bites. And it’s not even the actual eating of the cupcake that is bringing on this sense of remorse (the kick-butt spin class I did this morning earned me that cupcake!).  Rather, it’s that I enjoyed the exquisite deliciousness of the tiny treat all by myself.  That’s right—Sans Kids.

Okay, so you’re probably thinking I deserve some treats to myself, as all decent, doting parents do.  And trust me, I am right there with you (Mommy isn’t always a very good sharer).  But there are times when I think about how much my kids would have loved something they missed.  This cupcake was one of them.

Here’s the thing:  It wasn’t just a cupcake. It was an activity with a hint of a game to it.  This fun and tasty experience came courtesy of Curbside Cupcakes, the mobile gourmet cupcake company that has crowds of Washingtonians standing on street corners, salivating as they wait for a cute pink truck to deliver sweet little snacks for $3 a pop. A calendar on their website lists times and locations (all downtown or on Capitol Hill) they will be visiting each day.  And as a fun twist, they include a wildcard spot to be determined sometime during the day based on votes received via Facebook and Twitter.  That’s a whole other cool part of their service—they understand the fun in social media and use it to communicate with customers/fans regularly, announcing locations, cupcake flavors (which change daily), and ETA, which came in handy as they ran nearly 30 minutes late to the Capitol South stop today.

But that was part of the fun.  I stood around with a hungry group of Hill staffers, eagerly checking our phones for the latest status update.  Groups waited on both sides of the street, trying to guess which would be the lucky curb.  When the pink truck finally came into view, the crowd clapped and cheered (seriously, I have never been so excited about seeing a pink vehicle before).  Then, we all waited anxiously to see where it would pull up—on my side, or across the street on their side. I thought I might pee myself when the blinker came on and the truck turned to park right in front of where I stood. (Hooray, I won!)

If I got that excited about a sweet two-bite treat, imagine how our kids would react. I am definitely adding Curbside Cupcakes to my “Todo with the Kids” list.  By the way, if anyone with any Curbside pull is reading this, please let them know they will do a bang-up business at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill around 4:30pm on any given day.  In the meantime, I will go and cast my wildcard vote.

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The Winter Wind Down

The thermometer might say upper 60’s, but winter isn’t officially over until March 20. However, the rising mercury does make the season’s final WinterCity Weekend the perfect way to transition into spring. This Saturday and Sunday, Barracks Row Main Street in Capitol Hill is hosting a weekend full of fun family activities.

Something entertaining and unique for kids is the “Musical Petting Zoo.” (Okay, I admit: when I first heard about it, I pictured farm animals sitting around strumming banjos and playing fiddles. It’s not that.) This zoo doesn’t even involve animals. It’s actually an opportunity for kids to “meet” musical instruments. And not just watch someone else play them; but a chance to get up close and personal—hold a trumpet, strum a guitar, beat a drum. Members of the Capitol Hill music community will be gathering at businesses on 8th Street SE from 1pm – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for the sole purpose of letting kids (and adults, for that matter) take a closer look at their musical instruments. Some will even let curious guests have a go at being the next Hendrix, Davis, or Grohl.

There will also be plenty more for both kids and adults to enjoy, including music performances, wine tastings, knitting workshops, local history tours, and art shows. Curbside Cupcakes will be setting up temporary shop, so take note of the time and grab a treat while you can. And if your kids have their heart set on a real petting zoo, there will be a couple of animal adoptions, so they can pet some furry friends and maybe even take one home with them.

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday March 20. (All events FREE unless otherwise noted.)

9am – 2pm
CHAL Art Show: Seascapes, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE

10am – 6 pm
Opening Party: Zak Lighting at Homebody, 715 8th St. SE

10th Anniversary at Capitol Hill Bikes, 719 8th St. SE

10:15 – 11:15 am
Sew a pencil case (fee) (ages 7-10) at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

11 am – 1pm
Short Films: Eastern Market Rebuilt at SE Public Library @ Eastern Mkt Metro, 403 7th St. SE

12pm – 2 pm
K-9 Lifesavers (Dog adoptions) at Chateau Animaux, 524 8th St. SE

12pm – 6 pm
Free Balloon Bouquets for Children, Sweet Magnolia, 703 8th St. SE

12pm – 6 pm
Art Show: Interstage’s Antiks at Long and Foster Real Estate, 8th and D St. SE

12pm – 6pm
Art Show: Rosetta DeBerardinis, The Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE

1pm – 2pm
Demo of computerized mat cutting at Frame of Mine, 522 8th St. SE

1pm – 3pm
KNITALONG: free workshop at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

*1pm – 2:30 pm
Keyboard +Free Concert with Singing Lizard at SE Public Library @ Eastern Mkt Metro, 403 7th St. SE

*1pm – 3pm
Clarinet Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Homebody, 715 8th St. SE

*1pm – 4pm
*Cornet Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

*Flute Family Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Pawticulars, 407 8th St. SE

*Electric Guitar Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Attitude Exact Gallery, 739 8th St. SE

*Harp Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Attitude Exact Gallery, 739 8th St. SE

*Piccolo Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Pawticulars, 407 8th St. SE

*Trumpet Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Cava Mezze, 527 8th St. SE

*1pm – 5pm
Art Reception with wine and music at Attitude Exact Gallery, 739 8th St. SE

2pm – 3pm
History Tour of Barracks Row, Begins at Eastern Market Metro

2pm – 4pm
Curbside Cupcakes in front of Groovy DC, 425 8th St. SE (while they last!)

4pm – 6pm
A Cappella Concert (fee), Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE

3pm – 5pm
Wine Tasting at Zest Bistro, 735 8th St. SE

3 pm – 5pm
Class: Ableton Photography Workshop (fee) at The Fridge (Alley behind Belga), 516 8th St. SE Rear Alley

3pm – 5pm
Art Show: Giovanni’s Art Group of Capitol Hill at Fusion Grill, 515 8th St. SE

Craft Along (free with purchase of materials) at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

3pm – 6pm
Wine Tasting at Chat’s Liquors, 503 8th St. SE

4pm – 6pm
Doggie Lama: pet coaching at Chateau Animaux, 524 8th St. SE

Sunday March 21, 2010

11am – 12pm
Free Concert with the Singing Lizard, The Corner Store, 900 S Carolina SE

11am – 2pm
Curbside Cupcakes in front of Groovy DC, 425 8th St. SE (while they last!)

11am – 2pm
Jazz Combo w/Brunch and Lunch at Matchbox, 521 8th St. SE

11:15am – 12:15pm
Knit FAST – crash course (fee) at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

12pm – 3 pm
Cat Adoption at Chateau Animaux, 524 8th St. SE

12pm – 5pm
10th Anniversary Celebration at Capitol Hill Bikes, 719 8th St. SE

12pm – 6pm
Free Balloon Bouquets for Children at Sweet Magnolia, 703 8th St. SE

*1pm – 4pm
*Cello Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Fusion Grill, 515 8th St. SE

*Violin Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Homebody, 715 8th St. SE

*Drums Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Starfish Café, 539 8th St. SE

*Electric Guitar Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Capitol Hill Bikes, 719
8th St. SE
*Acoustic Guitar Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Pawticulars,407 8th St SE
*Mandolin Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Pawticulars, 407 8th St. SE

*Keyboard Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at Café 8, 424 8th St. SE

2pm – 3pm
History Tour of Barracks Row, Begins at Eastern Market Metro

2pm – 4pm
Art Class (all ages) (fee) at The Fridge Annex, 633 E St. SE REAR

3pm – 5pm
Art Show: Giovanni’s Art Group of Capitol Hill Fusion Grill, 515 8th St. SE

Learn to sew (fee) at Stitch DC, 731 8th St. SE

8pm
Sunday Circus (age 17+) (fee) at The Fridge (Alley behind Belga), 516 8th St. SE Rear Alley

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