There comes a point in every mom’s day when she can choose either to whine about how she never has any time for herself or woman up and pour herself a drink.
The California Wine Club is betting you’ll decide to release all that bottled-up tension with a glass of wine. Subscribe to the Wine Moms Series and each month two lovely bottles of limited-production, award-winning vino will be chosen specifically with you in mind. Deliveries include bottle notes from Momswhoneedwine.com, recipe cards for food pairings, and a link to succinct video intros from wine coach (and mom) Laurie Forster.
You can get two reds, two whites, or one of each. And though you might be wondering if all the mommy branding is just a gimmick to get you to buy, when you’re quietly enjoying that 2005 Sangiovese Il Palio after bedtime, you really won’t care.
Available online at cawineclub.com. Monthly membership, $49 (includes shipping and handling).
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
What: Explore the world’s cultures through art, music, and food.
Why: Sequined flags from Haiti lend a bit of sparkle.
When: Thurs.-Mon. & July 1-5. See schedule online at festival.si.edu.
Where: The National Mall, b/t Madison & Jefferson Drs. & 14th & 7th Sts. For info, call 202-633-1000. Admission is free.
Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish
What: Watch artillery drills and battle re-enactments at the museum’s largest event all year.
Why: Visit a camp to see how soldiers roughed it back in the day.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria (703-838-4848). Adults, $5; families, $10.
Pizzeria Orso Opens
What: Fill up on piping-hot Neapolitan-style pizzas straight from the brick oven.
Why: Pinball and Pac-Man in case there’s a wait.
When: Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church (703-226-3460).