With Halloween coming, what a good time to check out what the program director at Congressional Cemetery thinks are great places to visit. Rebecca Roberts, a DC-area native, wears many hats: she is program director at Historic Congressional Cemetery, a substitute host on NPR and WAMU-FM, a graduate student at George Washington University, dog lover, foodie, and the mother of three boys.
Cultural Tourism DC asked some notable Washingtonians to share with us their favorite places or events that are special and unique to DC.
Since it is impossible to narrow her favorite DC spots to only five, here are her favorites in the month of October:
1. Historic Congressional Cemetery - The cemetery is beautiful and fascinating any time of year, but Halloween is high season. The final resting place of such local notables as the first woman to run for president, the man who saved the Constitution and Declaration of Independence from the British in 1814, and the owner of the finest Civil War-era brothel in town, Congressional is strange and creepy and wonderful in all the best ways.
2. The Glover Park/Burlieth Farmers Market - A great neighborhood market that I hit almost every Saturday morning with at least one kid and our elderly dog in tow. We check out whatever is in season from Westmoreland Produce (lots of squash and apples this time of year), get salad greens from Spring Valley Farms, a dozen eggs from Waterview Foods, and splurge on velvety fresh chevre from Spriggs Delight.
3. The Washington Area Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon - Always in mid-October, this event never fails to inspire me. Over a thousand women (and a few men who get it) gather to celebrate the work of the Foundation, which transforms the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls across the Washington DC area.
4. Max’s Best Ice Cream - another neighborhood favorite for Glover Parkers, Max’s is a treat any time of year. But in October, they make their extra-special, one-of-a-kind, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin ice cream. Creamy, nutmeggy, pumpkiny goodness in a cone.
5. Redskins Fandom - Okay, this is not really a place, more like a state of mind. But in a city where everyone seems to be from somewhere else, dragging their hometown loyalties here with them, being a Redskins fan this time of year marks you as a local. Even when the team is terrible. Especially when the team is terrible.
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