The people have spoken. And some of our local businesses and institutions are the “Best of D.C.,” according to Washington City Paper readers. Selected as the winners of their respective categories: Camp Levine at Levine Music (Best Summer Camp), Pho 14 (Best Pho Restaurant AND Best Vietnamese Restaurant), Politics and Prose (Best Bookstore) and Calvert Woodley (Best Wine Store). DP Auto Service was a runner-up in the Best Auto Repair category. Finalist honors went to Bread Furst (Best Bakery), Sfoglina Pasta House (Best Italian Restaurant), Little Red Fox (Best Pie) and embassy events (Best Travel Agent).
The UDC Van Ness farmers market is closed for the season. Its last day was November 19th. Some of the vendors said they expected to be back in April. New Morning Farm Market will continue to be at the Sheridan School on Saturdays until its March-May hiatus.
Date night annexation. We’re not sure how Comet Ping Pong came to be listed in an article titled “6 fun ideas for date nights in Montgomery County.”
Main Street updates
Tenley WinterFest begins Saturday, November 26th. This is the 11th annual celebration of Tenleytown restaurants, shopping, cultural institutions and all things Yeti. Over eight days, enjoy deals at shops and restaurants, historical walking tours, caroling, a Yeti scavenger hunt, and on December 3rd, a holiday market. Visit tenleywinterfest.org for details.
Van Ness Main Street’s Holiday Pop-Up is Saturday, December 10th. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., shop more than 40 local creators when the market pops up at 4340 Connecticut, plus hunt penguins for prizes, and enjoy caroling and photo ops with the Vienna Singing Princesses. We have links to the vendors here, and you’ll find the most up-to-date information on vendors and activities here.
Connecticut Avenue can be a zoo. And a zoo needs animals. The Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Main Streets are raising $21,000 for a public art project that will place animal sculptures on light posts between their Metro stations. And not just any animal: endangered species, including the District’s own Hay’s spring amphipod. Contact [email protected] for information on donating.
Forest Hills Connection is a program of Van Ness Main Street.