School’s back in session, there’s a hint of crispness to the air and life is getting back to normal from a season of vacations and patio parties. Here are four ways to ease back into regular life — while keeping the fun firmly intact.
Nalls Produce Block Party, Sept. 8
One of Alexandria’s most beloved plant and veggie purveyors is gearing up for its ninth annual block party. Families can munch on food, take part in activities and hop into the moonbounce. More than a dozen vendors and service providers from around the area will be on hand to showcase their wares. 7310 Beulah St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Catoctin Creek Cocktail Collaboration at Captain Gregory’s, Sept. 12
Nearby distillery Catoctin Creek has teamed up with the cocktail magicians at Captain Gregory’s to whip up four beverages featuring the distillery’s brandy, gin and rye whiskey offerings. Each cocktail will pair with a small plate; nosh and sip at one of two seatings over the course of the evening. 804 N. Henry St. Seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. $89.
September Bingo Night at Stomping Ground, Sept. 16
Oktoberfest is the watchword of the night at Stomping Ground’s monthly bingo night. Feast on bratwurst with apples and sauerkraut, as well as — what else? — German potato salad. Beer and wine for purchase. Once you’re finished with dinner, get on with the business of Bingo. 2309 Mount Vernon Ave. Food at 6 p.m.; game at 7 p.m. Adults only. $25.
Mansion House Whiskey Tasting at Carlyle House, Sept. 29
As summer turns to fall, attention turns from lighter, cooler beverages to the hearty, full-bodied likes of whiskey. Take a trip back in time to the era of the old Mansion House Hotel — originally situated on the site of the Carlyle House — and hear about bygone Virginia from a local historian. Ticket price includes a house tour, heavy hors d’oeuvres and four whiskey samples. 121 N. Fairfax St. 6:30-9 p.m. $75 general admission; $35 for young professionals aged 21-35.
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