In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
Ask a D.C. Public Library employee what her dream day is and you end up with a lot of books. “Having a few minutes to sit among other readers and enjoy a book would be an amazing treat,” says Hegarty, 42, the director of strategic partnerships and development for the library system. In addition to other duties, the Mount Pleasant resident heads up the arts and exhibits program at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which will reopen in 2020 after renovations. “There will be a permanent exhibit about MLK’s life and legacy in D.C., and then there will be temporary exhibits around D.C. life and culture,” she says. “The creation of go-go and punk, the food scene — just a lot of opportunities to look at aspects of D.C.’s past, present and future.” Hegarty will explore a little of her past, present and future on her dream day.
I hope you have your walking shoes, because we are going to be doing a lot of it. First, I’d hang around in some of my favorite coffeehouses in the neighborhood, Pear Plum Cafe and Elle, and then ending at The Potter’s House, where I’ll buy a book to take with me for the day. My kids will come along with me for that part. My husband doesn’t drink coffee, but maybe I can convince him to come along. And because it’s a dream day, my kids will be well-behaved. I can sometimes bribe them with bagels and muffins.
Then we’d hang out at their school playground so they can hang out with their friends, and then we’d go for a little hike in Rock Creek Park. There’s a trail that runs right behind their school, so that’s one of their favorite places to visit. It’s a great part of D.C. — you can be in the middle of a city, and Rock Creek is right there.
I’ll leave my kids out of this part, but my husband and I would go for lunch at Centrolina. [Chef Amy Brandwein’s] pastas are the best, and her menu rotates so quickly that there’s always something delicious.
Because it’s my dream day, the new MLK library will be open. I might stop at the cafe and get more coffee and a snack and then visit the rooftop garden, which is going to have an awesome view of the Capital One Arena and the National Portrait Gallery. It’s maybe a sad statement to say that on my dream day I’d go to work, but these projects are so exciting I can’t wait to see them in real life.
Then I have to visit a couple more bookstores, of course. My favorites right now are probably Solid State Books on H Street and Loyalty Bookstore in Petworth.
Then I’ll go shopping — maybe Shop Made in DC, maybe GoodWood, maybe Proper Topper. And while I’m in Dupont Circle, I would stop at the Rothko Room at The Phillips Collection; it’s so calming and beautiful.
After a stop at the drum circle in Malcolm X Park, which is a fun spot my husband and I love, we’d go to dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar. It’s where we got engaged. For our wedding, we even tried to get the chocolate that they give for their dessert and have it for our guests, but we couldn’t make it happen. We get the oysters and the onion rings, and they have a great wine list. And then we’ll stop for a cocktail at The Line hotel.