Field Day [Meridian Hill Park]

Goodbyes are hard. But they hurt a little less when you have a festive celebration to send someone off into a new chapter of their lives. My friend group in DC has started to undergo some changes in the past year as people move away from the city for new opportunities. While it is sad to see such great pals leave, it’s also fun to reminisce on all the fond memories we’ve had in the District over the years and give them a super awesome send-off. And hey, you can move away, but you can never really leave the group chat, right?!

For our latest bon voyage, we threw our friend Amanda a field day-style bash at Meridian Hill Park. The party included a picnic and playground games of our youth – we’re talking egg toss, egg-in-spoon race, three-legged race, frozen t-shirt game. You’ve never seen so many twenty-somethings competitively trying not to crack an egg on the ground while racing toward a crepe paper finish line at the same time. Between the fun activities, Capri Sun-drinking and jello-eating,  we wished our friend well as she heads off for life in the Big Apple.

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Toki Series [Farragut Square]

IT’S HOT. Is anyone else sick of 100 degree, 100% humidity days? In D.C., it seems like lately all anyone can talk about is 1) how hot it is and 2) how to cool off. I’ve found myself this summer looking more and more for indoor activities instead of sweating it out outside. Luckily, D.C. has a fantastic art scene that allows for ample opportunities to check out creative pieces and revel in some lifesaving A/C at the same time.

This past Saturday, I had the chance to check out SYNTH SERIES 005: REVERB in downtown D.C. The installation was a part of SYNTH SERIES: THE INTERSECTION OF MUSIC, SPACE, & ARCHITECTURE, created by TOKI -a group of two recent architecture graduates who transform public spaces with their colorful, three dimensional expressions of music. A bit of personal backstory about this exhibit: last summer, I set out to visit SYNTH SERIES 002, which was set up in a vacant warehouse, only to find that someone had unexpectedly cut it down! So I was so thrilled to hear that TOKI was doing another installation this summer.

It’s really something you’ve got to check out in person to get the full sensory experience of the work, but I tried to capture a bit on camera.