Jazz in the Garden | Pleated Midi Skirt and White Tee
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One thing I love about living in Washington, DC is that there’s never a shortage of something to do. Admittedly, I’m one of the political types (I work in a political advocacy setting during my day job) but even if you’re not, there’s still a lot of fun (and free) things to do around here, especially in the summer! I went to Jazz in the Garden recently, a traditional event around these parts!
Jazz in the Garden
Jazz in the Garden is a yearly DC tradition - the National Gallery of Art hosts jazz musicians to come play at the Sculpture Garden every Fridays in the summer. Anyone can come for free and enjoy the concert. Most people bring picnic blankets and things to eat. The NGA sells glasses and even pitchers of sangria for patrons to enjoy with their picnics for a pretty decent price. Overall, it’s a great way to enjoy a relaxing summer Friday after work. Brian and I picked up some cheeses, crackers, and grapes at Whole Foods and packed them all up in my straw bag and took scooters down to the Sculpture Garden on a particularly nice Friday. DC summers tend to be humid and hot but we had a bit of a reprieve from the humidity so we wanted to take advantage by being outside. We got there early enough to score great seats - as you can imagine, it tends to get really crowded. I’ve gone to Jazz in the Garden almost every year since I moved to DC and this was one of maybe three times I managed to set up a picnic in an area I could actually hear the music!
We were able to catch Shannon Gunn play jazz trombone with her band, The Bullettes. They were really fabulous and I caught a few people getting up and dancing to the music! The NGA has a list of musicians and their schedules for the summer if you’re in the area and would like to catch a free jazz concert. I recommend that if you do, bring a blanket as grass stains aren’t fun, and get there early. Doors open at 5pm and the sooner you get there, the better seats you’ll be able to get. We were lucky and found an area that was not only close enough to the music, but was also in the shade so we didn’t overheat.
As for my outfit for the day, I went with a plain white tee (well, almost plain - there’s a pocket on it with “coffee, please” written on it) and a pleated midi skirt for an easy-breezy look. It was not only perfect at keeping me cool during the day, it was great for walking around in when we were heading to and from the Sculpture Garden (and for riding electric ride-share scooters around town).
A Stop at the Canadian Embassy
I almost didn’t put these pictures in the post but I really couldn’t resist. On our way home after the concert, we walked past the Canadian Embassy and saw that they had rainbow lights and a rainbow addition to their flag in celebration of Pride Month. While I’m not a part of the LGBTQ community, I’m a proud ally and I had a fun time taking pictures of their structures with these pretty lights! As I said, I’m not a part of the community so I don’t want to make this post about me, but I do hope that for any reader that actually is a part of the community, you’ll find a safe space with me and my blog :) #loveislove