Weekend Wanderer — Seattle, Chicago, and Washington D.C.


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Get out and blaze new trails this weekend. Photo: Douglaspage.photoshelter.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a new series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way,  just get out and wander.

The Chocolate Box Experience, Seattle, Washington

All these sweets could be yours. Photo: Facebook.com/SSChocolateBox

Every Saturday, Seattle’s Chocolate Box offers a chocolate education complete with a ganache tutorial. Need we say more? Okay, we will. The tour includes a ride to Theo’s Chocolates in Fremont, hands-on melting and dipping lessons, and a goody bag to top it all off. As far as we’re concerned, this is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. If you’re interested in visiting the country’s only bean-to-bar, organic, and fair trade chocolate factory, head on over to the Chocolate Box, 108 Pine Street, near the Pike Place Market.

Dabble in fencing, Chicago, Illinois

Be prepared to attack this class with skills. Photo: Historyoffencing.wordpress.com

There are only 17 spots left for Sunday’s fencing class held at the RedStar Fencing Club in Chicago. For only an Andrew Jackson, take a crash course in a sport as old as time. The class covers the basics in gear, playing field, and the “en garde” stance. Don’t worry, you’ll also learn when to attack and when to retreat. This class isn’t for the faint of heart. Aside from the lecture, you’ll walk out Sunday afternoon with a workout under your belt. If you’re unfazed by fancy footwork, make your way over to the RedStar Fencing Club, 3735 W Belmont Ave., in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood.

Corcoran Gallery’s works of art, Washington, D.C.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird On Money, 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches. Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Take advantage of Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday and check out the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The museum is offering free admission and are displaying some interesting exhibits on race. This is a perfect chance to catch “30 Americans” featuring influential African American artists such as Nick Cave and Brooklynite Mickalene Thomas. Be sure to check out the stirring photography in “Gordon Parks, Photographs from the Collection” as well. And don’t miss Hank Willis Thomas’ polarizing exhibit—inspired by Billie Holiday’s protest song, “Strange Fruit”—exploring athletes of today and the history of lynching. Go get cultured on Monday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW.

What are you up to this weekend? Do share…

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  • Ana Trajano

    Que lindo lugar! Amo árvores, florestas, natureza! No Brasil existem lugares magníficos assim! Beijos!

  • Alyson Speling

    Nick Cave is amazing and I’m sure would make a trip to the Corcoran worth it for his work alone. Hope I can get there someday before the show ends. Also, Fencing! Count me in and maybe Chicago is a bit more likely for me. We’ll see. We’ll see. Thanks for the suggestions!