Last night I went ice skating in the National Sculpture Garden! It was a lot of fun – the rink was very large and well-maintained, it was decorated with twinkly lights, and the whole effect of skating serenely at night in the middle of where there is usually a big fountain and lots of tourists was surreal in a good way. Yes, it was a little cold, and my ankles are definitely feeling it this morning…and the whole time G, N, and I were really just thinking about how we wished it were a summer Friday afternoon and we were lounging on a blanket drinking sangria listening to jazz, but all in all it was a good experience. Good enough to even start calling it “Winter JING.”
Plus, on Thursday nights they have a cool DJ! They call it “DJs in the Garden: Spin, Cut, and Groove.” The description on the National Gallery of Art’s website reads: “The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink introduces the new evening event DJs in the Garden: Spin, Cut, & Groove. Even with a chill in the air this winter, skaters can warm up every Thursday night (6:00–9:00 p.m.) with a different guest DJ spinning popular music from the 1960s through today—hip-hop, R&B, disco, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and more. Skaters are welcome to make requests and twirl across the ice to their favorite tunes.”
How cool is that? It added a different kind of spin to ice skating (which I feel like is usually done to the musical accompaniment of Christmas carols). I even got comfortable enough on the skates to attempt to dance to some of the music — sort of. Mostly I just waved my arms and tried to look cool and not fall.
Check it out every Thursday night through February 28th!