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St. Peter School Open House

October 29th, 2014 by Jon Penndorf · Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill South, DC

Image courtesy of St. Peter School.

Image courtesy of St. Peter School.

If your kids are closing in on the age when school is in the near future, you may look for options in the neighborhood before those pencils are sharpened.  You can enter the DC charter school lottery and hope for a low number, but you can also check out the many local private schools that also call the Hill home.

St. Peter School will be holding open houses for new students and their families on Wednesday, November 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Prospective families are invited to tour the school and meet with current faculty, staff and school parents to learn about this Catholic school that offers pre-K through eighth grade.  Applications are currently being accepted for pre-K through seventh grade.

Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013, St. Peter School offers a full academic curriculum based on Archdiocese of Washington standards, and students also participate in foreign language, art, music, physical education, and health and wellness.  The school offers a diverse aftercare program with a variety of academic enrichment options.

If you are interested in learning more about the school, please contact Mrs. Deirdre Schmutz at dschmutz (at) stpeterschooldc (dot) org or visit the school’s website.


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Pipetown Traders Opening Friday

October 29th, 2014 by Lauren Walens · Capitol Hill

Photo Credit: Lauren Walens

Photo Credit: Lauren Walens

A new craft beer and wine shop is opening Friday near the Potomac Ave metro to the delight of everyone who has been teased by the sign on the way to the metro for the past several months. The store, Pipetown Traders, will sell local wines, provide an unrivaled beer selection and has multiple taps for growler fills.

The owner, Ashton, is a fourth generation Washingtonian who is dedicated to the history of his city. He got the name Pipetown Traders from the name of the Hill East neighborhood in the 1870s – Pipetown. The floor and bar are made of reclaimed wood from a local house. [Read more →]

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Hill Buzz

October 28th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill


Photo by Mike Licht on Flickr

  • Greater Greater Washington looked at what it will take for the 11th Street Bridge park design to succeed.
  • We Love DC sat down with Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury.
  • For Eater DC, our very own Tim Ebner found out what happens when you order a Manhattan at The Pug.
  • JDLand reported that Petco’s Unleashed is coming to the Boilermaker Shops.

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Willie’s Brew ‘N Que Opens

October 27th, 2014 by Katherine Howard · Capitol Riverfront/ Near Southeast

Sports fan? You need to get to Willie’s.

Not a sports fan? You need to get to Willie’s.


Although the “Brew ‘N Que” opened in Navy Yard just last week, I’ve managed to find myself there twice already. On Sunday, I took it all in while fans representing their various football teams took in the games. Sitting in the midst of twelve easily seen TVs, Fantasy Football conversation, and mild cheering, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was.

The restaurant itself is aesthetically pleasing. The practically floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides allow you to look out onto the neighborhood and get that clean, open feel provided by all of the natural lighting. Both visits made it clear that this is a laid-back place to watch games, eat good food, and enjoy good company. While there was the standard rooting, cheering, and groaning that accompany games, it was still possible to maintain conversations at a normal volume.

It was so friendly a place that when one patron noticed that another was no longer eating his chicken (of which, there was plenty left), he offered to finish it off for him. The chicken made its way down the bar, with a “Sure, this is a communal table”, while the bartender got in on it, commenting, “Share your food”. I had ordered the brisket, and it was the best I’ve had in awhile. It passed the all-important “no knife needed” test and since I didn’t even notice sauce was an option, I enjoyed it all by itself. Well, mostly all by itself. I also tried out two of the twelve beers on tap and have to say, they paired very well with my meal!


I had already planned to make a return trip on Wednesday to see what it is like at night and to try a new menu item. Those plans became set in stone when on my cold, rainy lunch break I noticed Willie’s Facebook page posted a picture of their cider with bourbon. It is one of those drinks that essentially is the holiday season. Warm, with lemon and a strong cinnamon taste, it’s going to be the perfect treat when it really starts to get cold around here. I also ordered the pulled pork sandwich and sampled it with two sauces. I personally preferred it with the molasses sauce, but the sweet BBQ was pretty delicious too.

Lessons learned that I’d like to pass along:

  • Locate the sauces before you start eating. I made it most of the way through my brisket before noticing that 1) there are sauces available and 2) they were at the other end of the bar. There is also a condiment station located in the back with anything you might need. You can be sure I was on top of it the second time.
  • If you are interested in trying the kale – Get. There. Early. Obviously, living on the Hill, kale has become a staple food in my diet. Both visits I eagerly ordered the side, and both times was told that they had run out. Lucky for me, third time’s a charm! Here’s hoping, anyway!

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Sponsored Post: Integrate Art into Your Everyday Life

October 27th, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill

unnamed-1Pottery on the Hill, a pottery show featuring 16 of the nation’s top potters, returns to Hill Center October 31-November 2. Pottery on the Hill isn’t exactly what you might think of when thinking of a pottery show. Don’t just picture sculptures or pieces that look nice; think bright, patterned ceramic table platters, fanciful mugs, one-of-a-kind cooking pots, vases, and much more.

Pottery on the Hill is about integrating handcrafted art into every day life with functional pottery, including cups, plates, platters, steins, and more. The artists want people to drink their coffee from a hand cast mug, make lasagna in a covered dish, and serve dinner on a cleverly wrought platter. They don’t want their works to simply sit on a shelf, unused. A lot of the pieces are even dishwasher safe! [Read more →]

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