Cool Off with Jazz Surrounded by Art

Now that it’s safe to venture out of the safe confines of the air-conditioned indoors, I’m really looking forward to relaxation outside.  One of my all-time favorite things to do in DC only happens during the steamiest months of the year: Jazz in the National Sculpture Garden.  The Jazz in the Garden concert series, at the National Gallery of Art takes place every Friday evening from May 25 – August 31.  Shamefully, I must admit I’ve not yet been this year…. Excuses aside, I plan to go this Friday after work and sit amidst the beautiful, the strange, the eclectic and unique art that provides a most alluring backdrop to pre-sunset tunes.

Last year we snagged a great spot near the bandstand on the edge of the reflecting pool where we could keep our feet cool

And of course, you can’t very well loose track of time on an empty stomach, so to tide me and my fellow jazz-goers over I’ve planned  a picnic I’ll pair with the Pavilion Cafe’s red wine sangria.

Picnic Menu for Friday, July 13 at the National Sculpture Garden

  • Any Stinky Cheese = sun-warmed goodness (I like Camembert)
  • The Dubliner Sharp Cheddar with Trader Joe’s Multi-Grain Pita Bite Crackers (a recent obsession)
  • Salted, Skin-On Marcona Almonds, also available Trader Joe’s
  • Farmer’s Market White Peaches, quartered
  • Dark Chocolate, salted: a very nice contrast with fruity Sangria.  I HIGHLY recommend Salazon which you can find at WHOLE FOODS
  • Sparkling water (always a good idea, especially when it’s warm).  Try one with citrus (lemon/lime/orange)

Packing List

  • Picnic blanket or beach towel
  • bug spay (non-aerosol, too many people sitting too close together, please)
  • Though this is an EXCELLENT “me-time” activity, this is a great place to bring old friends and new alike
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