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Hill Rag’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Comestible Gifts / Jonathan Bardzik Gifts for Your Pets / Jennifer Zatkowski The Literary Hill Gift Picks / Karen Lyon A Music Guide to Collecting Jazz / Jean-Keith Fagon Does It Work: Wrapping Gifts / Jennifer Zatkowski

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Theater: My Fair Lady / Barbara Wells Step Africa’s Holiday Show Wines for the Holidays / Josh Genderson Dining Notes / Celeste McCall At the Movies / Mike Canning Art and The City / Jim Magner

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Travelling With Your Pet/ Chris Miller Getting Fit in the New Year / Pattie Cinelli What Can You Do Today? / Ronda Bresnick Hauss

kidsandfamily 125 Kids & Family Notebook / Kathleen Donner 130 120th Anniversary of the Nutcracker / Michelle Phipps-Evans 132 School Notes / Susan Braun Johnson 140 DC United: A Successful Season On and Off the Field / Linda Samuels 141 Capital Futbol Club Makes Big Strides / Monica Bell

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ACTIVE BAXTER HOUSE 118 3rd ST SE • $1,420,000 Offered for the first time in 40 years, BAXTER HOUSE is now in search of the perfect discriminating new owner. Over 4,000 SF with PARKING perched at the intersection of 3rd & A SE across from Library of Congress. DBL Parlor, orig features, 3 window rounded bow front every level, 3.5 blks to METRO, rear garage/back patio. AS IS.

ACTIVE 11 Vassar Circle, Glen Echo, MD 20812 $469,000 Adorable cottage in nature lover’s oasis seeks visionary owner: bring TLC. The possibilities are endless - fix it up or start new. Ease back into Glen Echo village life complete with holiday parties, dances, garage sales, and its own town hall. Whitman Cluster.


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GO.SEE.DO. “Season’s Greenings” at the US Botanic Garden.

Get into the holiday spirit at the US Botanic Garden’s annual holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings. The Conservatory is adorned with wreaths, garlands, living ornaments and filled with model trains, buildings made from plant materials and a vast collection of poinsettias to celebrate the wonder of the winter holiday season. The famous Garden Railway in the East Gallery features model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest, with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials. Enjoy blooming plants throughout the Conservatory and a living history of poinsettias. The West Gallery houses one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, DC, and the Garden Court is home to a display of model landmark buildings from our Nation’s capital, all made from plant materials. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Fantasy soars in the young and young at heart with model trains, as they chug along more than 800 feet of track through the USBG Enchanted Forest. Photo: Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

The Nutcracker at the Warner

Through Dec 23, discover, rediscover, and celebrate this one-of-a-kind Nutcracker production set in 1882 Georgetown and starring George Washington as the Nutcracker, King George II as the Rat King, Anacostia Indians, frontiersmen, and all-American delights. Whimsical waltzes, glittering snowflakes, and gorgeous music, The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker is a magical journey not to be missed! $34-$101. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. 202-783-4000.

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Snow Scene in The Nutcracker. Photo: Brianne Bland

Tree Lightings Around DC

Unless you already have tickets to the White House Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6 (acquired by knowing somebody or the online lottery), there’s no hope. There are, however, some fine, unticketed alternatives right here in the neighborhood. On Saturday, December 1, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Capitol Hill neighborhood tree “Little George” in the park at 8th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE, will be lit for the season. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served--Tommy Wells and Kathy Didden officiate. The US Capitol tree on the west side of the Capitol, will be lit on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 5 p.m. Prepare to stand and allow some time for security. This year, the Union Station tree lighting, also on Dec 4, 6-8 p.m., will be held outside the West Hall, on the porch facing First St. by the west exit of the Union Station Metro station. Union Station is still affected by the earthquake of 2011, and due to ongoing renovations the tree could not be placed inside the station this year. The Capitol Hill George Didden III Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 1 at 5:30 (seen here in 2011). Photo: Courtesy of Capitol Hill BID

“Wonderful Life” The return of a new holiday classic!

Through Dec 30, Theatre Alliance partners with the Hub Theatre for the return of the Helen Hayes nominated play, “Wonderful Life”, based on Capra’s, It’s a Wonderful Life. Once again, this holiday season, they follow George Bailey through highs and lows as he struggles to understand his own worth, and ultimately find that life is worth living. “Wonderful Life” features Jason Lott in a breath-taking tour of Bedford Falls. This exciting and demanding one-person show will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. If you saw it during its first run, you know it’s a feel-good experience that is not to be missed. To order your tickets via phone, call 202-241-2539 or online at This production will be the final performance of Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse.

Jason Lott as George Bailey in “Wonderful Life” at the H Street Playhouse.

Livable, Walkable (Brickie) Awards

On December 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., come and help celebrate this year’s “Brickie” awards. Councilmember Tommy Wells began this tradition six years ago. His idea was to honor the people, businesses, organizations and efforts that are working to make DC livable and walkable for everyone. Awards will be presented in the categories of Neighbor, Community Organization, Business and Public Service. The DC Youth Orchestra and Choir will entertain and food will be provided by Justin’s Cafe, Taylor Gourmet, Harriet’s Family Restaurant, Argonaut, Taik Produce and Canales at Eastern Market, among others. The event takes place in the grand lobby of the new DC Commission on the Arts and Humantities Building at 200 I Street, SE (northern end of Canal Park). H 13




Pardoned turkey poses for pictures upon arrival at Mount Vernon. Photo: Foster Wiley

Visit Our Pardoned National Thanksgiving Turkey. Immediately following President Obama’s “pardon” of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens welcomed the turkey with a ceremony featuring a trumpet fanfare and proclamation read by Washington’s farm manager, “James Anderson.” The turkey is on display through Jan 6. After the holiday season, the turkey will live at Mount Vernon’s nationally-recognized livestock facility.

front at the foot of Cameron St., Alexandria, VA. 703-838-5005. Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Concert. Dec. 1, parade 11:00 AM-1:00 PM; massed band concert 1:001:30 PM. Parade route Begins at the corner of Wilkes and South Saint Asaph sts. in Old Town and ends at King and Royal sts. Concert at King and Royal sts. in front of City Hall at Market Square. Alexandria, VA.

CHRISTMAS, KWANZAA AND CHANUKAH Holidays through History. Dec 1, 4:00-8:00 PM. Celebrate the holidays at Anderson House and three neighborhood museums-Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and Woodrow Wilson Houseat this open house. Stroll through the four festively decorated mansions and learn about historical Christmas traditions from the Federal period through the Gilded Age, accompanied by crafts and seasonal treats. At Anderson House, children can create holiday ornaments inspired by the Gilded Age, and all visitors will enjoy live holiday music and refreshments. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided between the museums. Reservations are encouraged. $20 ($10 for kids). “Season’s Greenings” at the US Botanic Garden. Open daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Hours are extended on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8:00 PM through December. Evenings feature live holiday music. The US Botanic Garden invites you to remember that the best things in life are free--the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations, and the delight of a child discovering the make-believe world of model trains. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Gay Men’s Chorus “Red and Greene”. Dec

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1. Welcome the holiday season in style, with bold backdrops, stunning costumes and lights, dancers, and a Chorus of over 200 singers. Winter Nights proves to be one of the biggest– if not the biggest–holiday shows ever presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. National Museum of the American Indian Native Art Market. Dec. 1-2, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM. The NMAI Art Market offers one-of-a-kind, handmade, traditional and contemporary items directly from the artisans. More than 35 Native artists from North and South America will participate in this annual weekend market featuring a wide selection of items for purchase including handmade jewelry, beadwork, pottery, prints and sculpture. Free. Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. nmai. BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show. Dec 1, 8, 15 and 22; 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. Two floors of shopping at the largest African-American Department Store on the east coast. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 Ninth St. NW. 202-610-4188. Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Dec, 1, 4:00 PM. Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Alexandria’s Historic Water-

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16; 5:00-8:00 PM. Experience includes a candlelight tour, singing around a campfire, costumed characters, hot cider and cookies. $14-$20. Mount Vernon, VA (at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway-16 miles from DC). 703-780-2000. Logan Circle Holiday House Tour. Dec. 2, 1:005:00 PM. Ticket pick-up at 12:30 PM at the Studio Theatre. Wassail reception, at Studio 3:00-5:30 PM. $30. A Drag X-mas Salute to the Divas. Dec 2, 8:00 PM. $25. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-8032899. Free Screenings of Classic Holiday Movies at National Theatre. On Dec 3 see Miracle on 34th Street; Dec 10, Scrooge; Dec 17, White Christmas. All Movies are at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and seating is limited. Tickets are distributed on a first come-first served basis. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. 202-783-6854. US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec 4, 5:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the lighting ceremony. No tickets required. Visit the tree through Dec 26. This year’s tree-a 65’ Engelmann spruce-is from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest in Colorado. It was harvested on Nov 2. After it arrived at the US Capitol and secured in the ground, the tree was decorated with approximately 5,000 orna-

ments, handcrafted by Coloradans to reflect this year’s theme, “Celebrating our Great Outdoors.” Capitol west lawn. Union Station Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec 4, 6:00 PM. The tree is a gift to the people of Washington, DC and is a symbol of friendship between the United States and Norway. Join the Norwegian Embassy and DC as the 8,000 lights on Washington’s official holiday tree are lit and enjoy live musical performances. Daughters of the American Revolution (family-friendly) Christmas Open House. Dec 5, 5:30-8:00 PM. Live holiday music, tour 31 period rooms, cider, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa (bring a camera). DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 17th and D sts. NW. 202-572-0563. National (White House) Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec 6, 5:00 PM. Tickets were distributed by lottery. There is no stand-by line but you can visit the tree anytime thereafter. Christmas Concert at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Dec 7, 7:30 PM (but get there earlier). The National Shrine invites you to their Annual Christmas Concert for Charity featuring the voices and sounds of the Catholic University of America Choir and Orchestra. Free will offering. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. CHAW Holiday Fete: An Arts Showcase & Sale. Dec 8, noon-8:00 PM. CHAW hosts the “CHAW Holiday Fete” an arts showcase and sale with activities beginning at noon and running throughout the day at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Items not sold remain in the gallery for purchase until Dec 21. 202-547-6839. Fort Dupont Ice Arena Holiday Show. Dec 8, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. This year’s holiday show will feature holiday numbers by FDIA’s Kids on Ice® Learn to Skate students other surprise guest

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Doggie Photos with Santa at Congressional Cemetery. Dec 8, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. For a $25 donation, have your dog’s picture taken with Santa. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Lighting of the National Chanukah Menorah on the Ellipse. Dec 9, 4:00 PM. Event features latkes and donuts, Dreidelman and Macabees, Dreidels and Menorah kits. For free (small processing fee) tickets, visit or call 202-223-5600.

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stars. $5 suggested donation. 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007.

Jingle All the Way 8K. Dec 9, 9:00 AM. Eighth annual holiday-themed event moves out of the parks and offers a flat, fast course down Pennsylvania Avenue. ChronoTrack timing offered with awards to top 10 male & female finishers, and top 3 M/F finishers in 5 year age groups. Fun event also includes colorful long sleeve t-shirts, team competition, and jingle bells to all runners! 301-840-2042. NPR’s Live Hannukkah Lights Broadcast with Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz . Dec 11, 7:00-9:00 PM. Hill Havurah cosponsors this immensely popular NPR holiday broadcast of specially commissioned stories by well-known writers including Anne Roiphe, Myra Goldberg and Simone Zelitch. Susan Stamberg is an NPR “founding mother,” having joined the network at its 1971 founding. She currently serves as a Special Correspondent. For many years, Murray Horwitz was NPR’s Vice President of Cultural Programming; Director of Jazz, Classical Music and Entertainment Programming. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Read Between the Latkes. Dec 12, 7:00 PM. Rabbi Shira Stutman unravels the revolutionary story of Chanukah between bites of potato pancakes and sufganiyot. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. St John’s Christmas Toy Drive. Through Dec 12. You can be an angel by donating gifts, books, or gift cards for any age child. If you have questions, contact Patty Cole at 202-347-8766. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H sts. NW. Special Celebration for the 6th Night of Chanukah. Dec 13, 6:30-8:00 PM. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Jewish War Veterans, and the Jewish Study Center invite you to a Special Celebration for the 6th night of Chanukah. NMAJMH 1811 R St. NW. Free. RSVP’s suggested to Mary Westley at or 202-265-6280 by Dec 12. FLORENCE-Christmas Music of the Trecento. Dec 14-23. In 14th-century Florence, lay religious fraternities began incorporating vernacular ceremonial songs known as laude into their worship. This popular form entered the homes of the city’s courtiers, learned clerics, and middle-class urbanites. Hear these stirring laude performed along with cheerful dances and polyphonic works in joyous cel-

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National Archives to Display Original Emancipation Proclamation. Dec 30-Jan 1. Dec 30, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM; Dec 31, 10:00 AM-midnight; Jan 1, 10:00 AM5:00 PM. The National Archives will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a free special display of the original document. The Emancipation Proclamation is displayed only for a limited time each year because of its fragility, which can be made worse by exposure to light, and the need to preserve it for future gene ations. East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building, Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW. ebration of the season. With vocal ensemble Trio Eos, multi-instrumentalist Christa Patton, and period strings and winds. $50. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Messiah Sing-Along at First Church. Dec 14, 7:30 PM. A Messiah Sing-Along (about half the full oratorio by George Frederick Handel) will be presented for the first time at First Congregational United Church of Christ. All are invited, and all are encouraged to join in the choruses of the Christmas portion plus the Hallelujah Chorus. Printed music scores will be available at the door. There will be no admission fee but a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202628-4317. Hanukkah on the Hill. Dec 15. Bring your menorahs and candles to this last night of Hanukkah latke ‘n wine extravaganza. Activities for kids; libations for adults. All are welcome. 801 North Carolina Ave. SE.

Holiday Extravaganza-Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble at the Atlas. Dec 15 and 16, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM. This is Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble’s first “Holiday Extravaganza.” Come and join the Vision of this newly created dance performance company where you will experience the “Power of Imagination Conveyed into Visible Form.” $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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Holiday Caroling at the National Gallery of Art. Dec 15-16 and 22-23; 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM. Caroling in the seasonally decorated rotunda has become a favorite family activity of the holiday season. Guest choirs lead afternoon singalong caroling. Singers and listeners of all ages are welcome. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, Sixth St. and Constitution Ave. NW.

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Workshop. Dec 15, 10:30 AM. Create your very own holiday gifts with artists Deidra Bell and Tamara Thomas. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820.

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Christmas at Washington National Cathedral. Dec 24, Lessons and Carols, 6:00 PM, Midnight Eucharist, 10:00 PM. (Both services require free tickets but there will be a stand-by line that usually gets in.). Dec 25, Festive Eucharist (televised), 9:00 AM; Festive Eucharist, noon; Christmas vespers (Evensong). 4:00 PM; Christmas organ concert, 5:00 PM. Intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts aves. NW. 202-537-6200.

Celebration of Christmas at the National Shrine. Dec 24, Children’s Mass with Gospel Pageant, 5:00 PM; Musical Meditations on the Nativity, 10:00 PM; Solemn Vigil Mass, 10:30 PM. Dec 25, Masses, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and H 17

4:30 PM; Solemn Mass, noon; Spanish Mass, 2:30 PM. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-5268300. Christmas Dinner For Those Who Are Alone or In Need. Dec 25, 12:15-2:00 PM. Dining Room of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This is a walk-in meal. Just show up. To volunteer, call 202526-8300. 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-5268300. All Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam. Dec 25, 6:00 PM. December 25 always brings this popular annual event. Free. Kennedy Center. 202-416-8340. A Christmas Carol at Ford’s. Through Dec. 31. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. $35-$75. 202-347-4833. Zoolights. Through Dec 31, 5:00-9:00 PM. Don’t miss your chance to meander through the Zoo when it is covered with thousands of sparkling lights, attend special keeper talks, and enjoy live entertainment. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Black Nativity at the Atlas. Through Jan 7. Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot style story telling from an ensemble cast. Now, today, here in this place, nineteen centuries removed from Bethlehamin a land far across the sea from Judea-we sing His songs and glorify His name. Tickets on sale now at $35. Discounts for under 18, students and seniors. Corner Store Concert and Sing-along! Dec 23, 4:00 PM. Join Peggy Stern with The Capital City Voices Jazz Chorus celebrating the season with hot cider, hot music and cheer! Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807. Downtown DC Holiday Market. Through Dec 23, noon-8:00 PM. The annual Downtown DC Holiday Market offers seasonal outdoor shopping with a festive atmosphere. It features nearly 180 rotating exhibitors and artisans with approximately 50 each week, offering distinctive gifts for sale including fine art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, pottery, photography, clothing and specialty foods. Centered at Eighth and F sts. NW. Seven Nights of Light at the Franciscan Monastery. The luminaries (seven-day candles) will be lighted in the churchyard on Christmas Eve and continue glowing for seven days and nights until New Year’s Eve. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-5266800. Kwanzaa: Musical Celebration. Dec 29, 10:00 AM. Join Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Drummers & Dancers as they celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa with music, dance, and ceremony. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820.

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Kwanzaa Arts, Family Fun. Dec 19, 11:00 AM. Create your own Zawadi (gifts) and greeting cards with artists Tamara Thomas and Deidra Bell. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Visit for farms and directions. Then follow the prompts. Chinatown Restaurants are Open Christmas Day.

NEW YEARS Watch Night Festivities at National Archives. Dec 31, 11:30 PM. Performance by Washington Revels Heritage Voices. Midnight–Bell ringing by Harriet Tubman, portrayed by historical re-enactor. East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building, Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW. First Night Alexandria. Dec 31, 2:00 PMmidnight. Fireworks on river at midnight. First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the new year through the performing arts. Local shops, restaurants and buildings turn into performance venues to showcase local talent. It’s fun, affordable, safe and venues are alcohol free. $15 ($20 Dec 17-31). Kids 12 and under, free. Emancipation Proclamation Reading at National Archives. Jan 1, 9:00 AM. The first hundred guests in line at the main museum entrance at Constitution and 9th Street, NW, by 8:15 AM are invited to enter the building to experience the dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, song talker, and scholar. East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building, Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Ayreheart at Corner Store. Dec 2, 7:00 PM. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors with Amanda Lee with Amanda Lee at Ebenezers. Dec 6, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at Corner Store. Dec 7, 8:00 PM. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Jonathan Byrd at Corner Store. Dec 8, 8:00 PM. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807. A Night with Josh Garrels & Mason Jar Music. Dec 9, 7:00-10:00 PM. $15. Barracks Row Theater, 535 8th St. SE. Theater. 202-5586900. Annual Holiday Concert and Sing-Along. Dec 9, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. An H Street holiday tradition is back! The annual Holi-

day Concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Capital City Symphony the Congressional Chorus, the American Youth Chorus, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free but must be reserved ($2 per ticket service fee). Tickets must be collected on the day of the performance at least 30 minutes before the performance. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Jenny & Tyler with Dave Farah with Dave Farah at Ebenezers. Dec 13, 7:3010:00 PM. $12. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. SAW’s Young Artist Showcase Hosted by James Britton at Ebenezers. Dec 14, 7:00-10:00 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900.

THEATER AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Theater-Kurt Sutton as Mark Twain at Corner Store. Dec 1, 8:00 PM. Kurt channels the life and tales of Mark Twain with seasoned mix of music, history, stories and song in this internationally acclaimed show. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. Pullman Porter Blues. Through Jan 6. Jam-packed with 12 classic blues songs, including “Sweet Home Chicago,” Pullman Porter Blues is the world-premiere production that reveals the true heroes hidden within every man. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. A Killing Game at CHAW. Through Dec 22. In a not-so-distant time, in a city strikingly similar to this one, a deadly plague begins killing the citizenry--inexplicably, indiscriminately, and fast! What’s going on? Can the disease be contained? Where can you turn? Only your cunning and skills can keep you alive ‘til the end of dog & pony dc’s newest production A Killing Game. Do you have what it takes to survive? We can’t all die, can we? CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202547-6839.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute at the Folger. Dec 3, 7:30 PM. Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Kay Ryan celebrates Dickinson’s legacy. Reception to follow featuring Dickinson’s beloved black cake. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. The PEN/Malamud Award-Honoring the work of James Salter. Dec 7, 7:30 PM. H 19

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James Salter, this year’s recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, is a gifted short story writer who ended his career in the Air Force after publishing his popular first novel The Hunters, based on more than 100 combat missions in Korea. He has since written numerous collections, novels, and screenplays, in addition to his memoir, Burning the Days. Publishers Weekly deemed him “the author of some of the most esteemed fiction of the past three decades.” $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077.

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EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TAXI GANG’s Exclamation point. Dec 1-30. This December, The Fridge will present the first-ever solo show by Owner and Gallery Director Alex Goldstein. Exclamation point. will show a TAXI GANG-style state of the union, seamlessly uniting Goldstein’s heavily graphic design-influenced style with the visual and textbased themes he has been working with for many years in the streets of NY and DC. Goldstein will present paintings on paper, mixed media, one-of-a-kind clothing, and a new mural on the exterior walls of The Fridge. 516 1/2 8th St. SE (across the street from Matchbox on 8th St. SE behind the Belga Cafe and Shakespeare Theatre Company offices). 202-664-4151. Very Like a Whale at the Folger. Through Jan 6. Is anything what it seems? By juxtaposing books and manuscripts from the Folger collection, natural history objects and passages from Shakespeare and other early-modern thinkers, this exhibition explores the interplay between the real world and the world of the Renaissance imagination. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Canal Park Ice Rink. Open MondayFriday, noon-9:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. Adult fee is $8; children, seniors (55+) and military fees are $7. Skate rental is $3. On Tuesdays, two can skate for the price of one from 4:00-6:00 PM. The park is at Second and M sts. SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Avenue exit). Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through mid-Mar (weather permitting). MondayThursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00


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AM-9:00 PM. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. Public Skating at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM; Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. A helmet or knit hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). $5. $4 for kids and seniors. $3 for skate rental. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-584-5007. Rumsey Pool. Public swim, Monday-Friday, 6:30-9:00 AM; noon-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM and Sunday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495.

MARKETS Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-6985253. Union Market. Starting Nov 10, market hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400.



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CIVIC LIFE Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday in Southwest at Channel Inn; third Thursday on H St. NE at Sova; fourth Thursday in Shaw. Please call the councilmember’s office for Shaw location as it varies. 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and members of his staff. 202-7248072. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-5477168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. H H 23

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A Sweater as Bright as Spring


ately I’ve noticed some of my friends’ clothes are worn – shirt cuffs frayed, pants suffering through a break-up with the cleaners and shoes ready to retire. Friends are wearing sweaters that have small holes, sweaters you pull from the back of the closet the first day of fall before going to the outdoor market. No need to dress well for bread and fruit. You think about your clothes the next time you’re sitting next to a friend at a party and you find the topic of economics interrupting your conversation again and again. Maybe you’re a few months from being unemployed. No need to sew a button back on a jacket if you’re running low on contacts and job leads. I try to overlook what I’ve just written but it’s difficult. D.C. can quickly become the type of lover you have silent meals with. One can slip from the middle-class into poverty without foreplay. That’s why dating is as risky as taking a long lunch break. There are people in Washington, D.C. who are homeless and slowly becoming invisible. When was the last time you gave someone spare change? Who carries cash these days? Coins and paper money might as well be coal. So you pass the homeless with your eyes looking the other way. What would Jesus do? When did unemployment become a sin? Or maybe you’re standing on the corner of 7th and T Streets, NW,

by E. Ethelbert Miller close to the Metro Station. You’ve been on this corner for years. You remember the pay phones and the pool room. You remember when you could get chicken carryout and watch the butts of Howard girls and maybe talk to one of them who didn’t have a weave. You felt good laughing and hanging out even with a police bust now and then. Hell, the undercover dudes were cool too. They knew the neighborhood was changing and maybe their jobs would be next. When crime falls so does work. Does D.C. stand for Death City or Demon City? I see old friends struggling to make a living. Everyone seems to have a business card but no business. But maybe this place is a tale of two cities and why so many of us look as if we escaped from a Dickens novel. Are we still in style? The beautiful people dress well. They are young and carry laptops and yoga mats. Their conversations are about parties and vacations. There is money and there is also dust on an empty shelf. There are times when this city refuses to recognize me. Even with my poems and images on display in several places around town, I feel like Baldwin in exile. How do you love a city that you use to be married to and now feel so separated from? Is it a simple case of vows renewal? I want to believe there is still enough love in this city to change the balance of things. I don’t want to lose my compassion for my fellow human

being. Yet as the air sips a “November Chill” I wonder as I wander from ward to ward. So what should I give thanks for? A roof over my head? My bones and joints are still pain free, but how long will that last? Will politics improve my life? Every year I place a turkey on the table and bless the food and the people surrounding it. Every year the circle seems to grow smaller. Fathers and mothers die, children move away, or boredom has an affair with one’s marriage. Some of us are in need of new clothes and a new outlook on life. This might sound cosmetic and New Age, but maybe that’s all one can hope for. What I enjoy about fall is the splendor of color, like the many possibilities that come with life. Our ups and downs are simply seasonal. How one grows to accept these laws of nature will determine how much longer one will delay the possibility of becoming an outlaw. If you find yourself doing frontier living in DC – afraid of the wild – then this city will only teach you survival skills and nothing else. It will not be a community or even a place of destination. It will not be home. It will simply be a hub with people passing through like an airport or a bus terminal. This is not something to be thankful for. Right now I need to buy a few new clothes to cover my aging body. I need to buy a sweater as bright as spring. H H 25

bulletin board Helen Carey Memorial Services

Long-time Capitol Hill Realtor, Helen W. Carey passed away on Wednesday, November 14th. There will be a reception on December 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for the current adult student art show at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St SE) where a watercolor prize in Helen’s honor will be awarded. In addition, there will be a memorial reception on Saturday, December 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for the Capitol Hill real estate community, hosted by Helen’s family, also held at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Please feel free to spread the word.

uBreakiFix Opens on 8th Street, SE

uBreakiFix, an electronic repair company, just opened their second location in DC at 409 8th St. SE, above Popeyes. They offer repair options for iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs, Androids, Windows Mobile devices, PC computers and gaming consoles. Repairs are typically around $100 and they do everything from screen replacements to water damage repair and anything in between.

Zoning Commission Approves Hine Project Request

The DC Zoning Commission has given final approval to StantonEastbanc’s request to change the zoning on the Hine site to accommodate greater density and height for their planned development.

CHAW Holiday Fete and Art Sale

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ties beginning at noon and running throughout the day at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. The events include: (1) CHAW Teaching Artist Sale from noon-8 p.m.-do your holiday shopping with a collection of visual arts and ceramics by CHAW teaching artists. (2) Capitol Hill Art League’s annual “Give Art and Wrap It Up” Holiday Party and Sale from 4-8 from a selection of “must have” chic, beautiful, bold original art and handcrafted gifts by Capitol Hill Art League artists. (3) Student Art Show from 6:30-8:30 p.m.-an exhibit featuring artwork by adult students in CHAW’s visual arts classes. Admission to all events is free and open to the public. Items not sold remain in the gallery for purchase until Dec 21. 202-547-6839.

H Street NE Performance-Based Parking Begins

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has begun performance-based parking meter operations along the H St. NE corridor. The parking zone is from 3rd St. NE to 15th St./Benning Rd. NE. Performance based parking works by adjusting the rates and/or the time restrictions on metered blocks while protecting the parking supply on surrounding residential and mixed used corridors through increased residential parking controls and enforcement. This parking meter component of the program will cover approximately 400 metered spaces on H Street and adjacent side streets. As part of the rollout DDOT has changed out all old coin operated meters and installed more than 100

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963, the day he gave his famous “I have a dream” address. Photo: Courtesy of The National Archives

The 1963 March on Washington: Were You There?

Did you attend the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom? Do you remember why you wanted to go, what you saw, how you felt, what stories you told your family and friends afterward? The Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project invites you to share your memories of that day. Go to to share personal stories of the March. Submitted memories will be available for reading at the same site. Because some who attended the March may not be able to submit their stories personally, the site permits another person to enter the story on their behalf. We especially encourage today’s students to interview older relatives who attended the March, then help submit their stories to the website. This collection of memories is established in conjunction with the upcoming event “Were You There? Remembering the 1963 March on Washington,” scheduled for Feb. 23, 2013 and cosponsored by the Overbeck Project and Capitol Hill Village.

new smart networked meters that allow payment by credit/debit cards as well as coins. Motorists can also pay by phone.

All meters along the H St. corridor are in operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with a two hour time limit from 7

a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (After 6:30 p.m. there are no time limits on any meters in the District that operate until 10 p.m.; however, patrons must continue to pay or are subject to a citation.) Meter rates are $.75 per hour, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and $2.00 per hour from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. All meters on the streets abutting the H St. corridor have the same hours of operations; however, they have a four hour time limit from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All meters will allow for prepayment; therefore, if you park at 6:30 a.m. and pay on the meter, the smart meter will not deduct time until operations begin at 7 a.m. For more information, visit

Labyrinth’s Second Anniversary Party

On Saturday, Dec 8, join them in celebrating their second anniversary! Stop by Labyrinth for music, fun, and refreshments! All day long they’ll have eggnog, hot apple cider, and holiday treats. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., they’ll be joined in celebration with live Christmas music from the Capitol Hillbillies! Every Thursday night, 6-10 p.m., enjoy game night at Labyrinth. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059.

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cur when the temperature falls below 32. The District of Columbia provides residents with information on helping others to stay warm. If you believe that someone is in distress and may be in danger of outof-doors, call the DC Hypothermia Shelter Hotline at 1-800-5357252. The Shelter Hotline provides transportation to emergency shelters, and distributes items such as blankets, gloves and jackets.

Call for Submissions for CHAW’s Contemporary Photography Exhibition

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How to Write a Recipe and Lunch with Post’s Interim Food Editor Bonnie S. Benwick

Are you tasked with putting together a cookbook of family or school recipes? Do you need to “translate” a favorite dish recipe from a chef ? Do you include recipes in your food blog? On Dec 15 at 11 a.m., Washington Post interim Food editor Bonnie S. Benwick will walk participants through the process of notating ingredients and directions in a thorough, complete manner. Class includes an edible “quiz,” which will serve as a light lunch (shellfish alert). Class is limited to 15 and costs $85. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Bonnie S. Benwick has been a Washington journalist for more than 30 years, the last eight of which she has spent in The Washington Post’s Food section. She writes the weekly Dinner in Minutes column and is wrapping up a year of filling in as editor while Joe Yonan was on book leave. She has just finished editing The Washington Post’s first cookbook, a collection of readers’ favorite recipes dating to 1956, which will be published in 2013. 28 H HillRag | December 2012

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is currently seeking submissions for its seventh annual contemporary Photography Exhibition running Feb 2 through Mar 1, 2013 at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. CHAW is looking for any and all types of contemporary photography including traditional, alternative, black and white, color, photojournalism, fine art, time based, performance, installation…if you think it involves photography, submit by Dec 14. The exhibition will be curated by Bruce McKaig, chair of the CHAW Photography Department ( All submitting artists will be invited to participate in a workshop on business tips for artists and receive a marketing packet with exhibition, publication, marketing and funding sources. CHAW will present cash awards and one or more participating artists will be invited to a public art project at Canal Park in 2013. The entry fee is $25 and artists may submit three to five works or three to five minutes of video. Please call 202547-6839 or visit for more information and to submit work.

CHGM’s Annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program

Each year CHGM provides Christmas gifts to homeless and underprivileged children and families in the Capitol Hill community through their Adopt-A-Family Program. While many of the gift requests from each family are small, the demand from the community

has greatly increased over the last few years. CHGM relies on the support of community donors to help bring joy to the hearts of families in crisis. Families request clothing and a toy or book for each child, as well as a household gift like pots or towels. There are several ways to get involved: you can “sponsor” a family by volunteering to purchase presents, make a cash donation towards gifts for families, or contribute toys, games, gift cards. For more info go to or contact Shelah Wilcox at Wilcox@chgm. net or 202-544-3150.

ARTnights: Sip & Paint at CHAW

Join them on Friday, Dec 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for an evening of painting and wine. Receive stepby-step instruction from teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear as you create your own masterpiece all while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 includes all materials and refreshments. Call 202-547-6839 for more information or to register.

11th Street Bridge Makes National Top Bridges List

In its November issue, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine cited the 11th Street Bridge design-build-to-budget procurement model as an innovative approach that saves time and money and applauded the project as “a triple-crown winner in traffic congestion relief, innovative delivery and environmental stewardship.” The project is replacing two bridges built in the 1960s with three new bridges which will separate local and freeway traffic. The new freeway bridges also provide much needed new direct connections between I-695 (SE/SW Freeway)) and both directions of the Anacostia Freeway (I-295/DC 295). The design-to build-to budget procurement model the department adopted established a fixed price and delivery deadline, allowing the contractor to propose the most dynamic, innovative and cost effective plan, resulting in a cost savings of $100 million. While the design

saves money and time-it also incorporates drainage, storm water treatment and other environmental and recreational investments that preserve the beauty and delicate ecology of the Anacostia River. When Phase I is completed next year, the project will feature three new bridges, a new 16-foot pedestrian and bicycle path that connects to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and space for future streetcar tracks. Phase 2, which began this summer, is located within the Capitol Hill/Navy Yard area and includes replacing the 2-lane outbound I-695 (SE/SW Freeway) flyover bridge over M Street with a new 3-lane bridge structure. It will also lay the groundwork for replacement of the SE/SW Freeway with a level boulevard between 11th St. SE and Barney Circle. For more information about the 11th Street bridge project, visit anacostiawaterfront. org/11thStreetBridge.

Kruba Thai Now Open, Except for Sushi and Alcohol

Kruba Thai, southwest corner of the ground floor of the Foundry Lofts building, just north of the Yards Park on 3rd St. SE, is now open, although with the caveats that the full Thai menu is available, but alcohol and sushi aren’t yet, so definitely consider this a “soft opening.” Kruba is now the first sit-down/ table-service restaurant to open in Near Southeast since Justin’s Cafe arrived in spring 2010.

Zumba Gold Fitness Class at Trinidad Rec Center

Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers (but anyone can attend). It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active silver participant as well as those just starting their journey to fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements Zumba is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easyto-follow moves; and the invigo-

rating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement, and fitness as a regular part of the their weekly schedule. Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dancefitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun. Check with physician before beginning any new fitness activity. Liability waivers must be signed. Classes cost $5 and are every Monday and Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., at Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE. Contact instructor Janai Cawley at or 202390-2472.

Free Randall Day at Corcoran-December 8

On Saturday, Dec 8, as part of Randall Neighbor Day 2012, anyone who can prove he or she lives in zip codes 20024 or 20003 can visit, for free, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW. On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, Randall Neighbor Day takes place during a number of exciting exhibitions. These include “American Bronzes,” with works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; “Selections from the Collection of Historic American Art,” remarkable paintings from colonial times through 1980; “Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945,” a new permanent installation; “White Road,” photos by Ivan Sigal from his recent travels through the provinces of Central Asia; & “This Is Not a Photo,” work from the Corcoran’s inaugural class of New Media Photojournalism.

Study of Anacostia Anglers Indicates Widespread Sharing of Contaminated Fish

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sharing and eating fish from the Anacostia River. Partners include Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Anacostia Riverkeeper, District Government, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Like so many other urban rivers across the country, the Anacostia has suffered from environmental degradation including pollution from run-off and hazardous waste sites that has resulted in chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to accumulate in sediments. PCBs are believed to be cancer-causing agents and may also affect the mental development of children. Fish accumulate these and other chemicals that, in turn, present a risk to the people that eat them. Both the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland advise the public to avoid certain fish species–carp and channel catfish, for instance– and to limit the consumption of other species to avoid longterm health effects. The concern driving this report is that these warnings are not always heard and certainly are not always heeded. The research indicated wide-spread sharing of fish from the Anacostia. Threequarters of anglers surveyed reported eating and sharing some or all of their catch. Even by conservative estimates, as many as 17,000 residents may be consuming fish caught from the Anacostia. Nearly half (46%) of anglers interviewed in the riverbank survey indicated that they are sharing their catch beyond their immediate families. For more information or to download the complete report, visit fishing.

Swing For The Swearing In: Capitol Hill Village’s Stardust Gala

Mark your 2013 calendars! The Hill’s only Inaugural Ball will be held Saturday evening, Jan 19, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The dance band Raggs and the All Stars will play right through to 11:30 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center swinging happily reunited Americans into Monday’s ( Jan 21) Presidential Inauguration. Amid spectacle and surprises, indulge in drinks, nibbles, salon dinner signup, a Wheel of Fortune, the Mary Procter and Bill Matuszeski take to the dance floor chance to be spotlighted at the 2012 Stardust Gala. Photo: Judith May in a swing or dance your shoes off. You can sign up for dinner with a major Washington insider: Pulitzer Prize winning author Hedrick Smith; David Sabin, the charming and talented Broadway veteran most recently seen as the Judge in Shakespeare Theater Company’s “The Inspector General”; Artistic Producer and longtime champion of the Folger Theater Company Janet Alexander Griffin; Washington Post associate editor and senior correspondent Robert Kaiser whose book “Act of Congress” lays bare the intriguing and shocking details of the banking scandal that triggered our financial crisis; recent Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein; and chef superb Bill Doggett. The Gala also offers deals on stays at vacation homes and the services of experts. Discounted ticket prices through Jan 14, $50 for 50 and younger; $75 for groups of 8 or more; $80 for individuals. After Jan 14, all tickets will be $90. Purchase through the Capitol Hill Village office at 202-543-1778 or

Library of Congress to Host First International Summit of the Book

The Library of Congress on Dec 6 and 7 will host the first International Summit of the Book, a gathering of leaders in academia, libraries, culture and technology to debate and discuss the powerful and crucial form of information transmittal: the book. The summit will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Keynote speeches and panels throughout the two-day event will be free and open to the public. Registration is required at loc. gov/international-book-summit.

Pennsylvania-Potomac Ave. Intersection and Barney Cir. – SE Boulevard Projects Environmental Planning Studies Underway

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently kicked off data collection efforts for two federal environmental planning studies to determine preferred alternatives for both the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue Intersection and the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard projects as part of the District’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative H 31

(AWI) Program. These new studies, initiated in late Oct 2012, involve evaluating updated concept alternatives previously developed in the 2005 Middle Anacostia Crossings (MAC) Transportation Study and also new alternatives for each project to ensure that they account for pedestrian safety and multi-modal transportation needs, as well new or planned residential and economic development within the surrounding AWI Program area. Because of the proximity of the two projects, data collection and some interaction on the alternatives development for each study will be combined, allowing greater efficiency during the development of an Environmental Assessment for each project. Coordination with interested residents, businesses, community organizations and local and federal agencies will take place throughout the study with a first public meeting for the individual EA’s anticipated to be held in the first quarter of 2013. The EA reports are anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2013. For more information, to follow the progress of the EAs or to join the email distribution list for either project, visit Penn-Potomac and, respectively.

DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles Announces “Skip the Trip”

“Skip the Trip” is a campaign designed to encourage customers to use the Internet and mail; thereby, reducing the number of people making in-person visits to the service centers and adjudication services. Currently, on average, 450650 people visit each of the four service centers daily with adjudication services averaging 700 or more people. Customers who use online services can do so at their convenience. Computers enable people to access at their leisure from 6 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., seven days a week. With today’s technology, DMV is available to customers outside of its regular business hours. Also, all District public libraries have computers with secure Internet connections for conducting DMV online transactions with 32 H HillRag | December 2012

credit, debit, or bank cards. Visit for more details about “Skip the Trip.”

Be a Part of History at the Newseum on Inauguration Day With Special Package

The Newseum, the only museum with a direct view of the inaugural parade route on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, is offering a special event package for Inauguration Day, Monday, Jan 21, 2013. The Newseum’s Inauguration Day Package will include events such as a live feed of the swearing-in ceremony on a 40-by-22-foot high-definition media screen, a welcome kit with commemorative merchandise and more. Visitors also will have full access to the Newseum’s 15 exhibits and 15 theaters, including the election year exhibit “Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press.” Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Newseum will not be selling general admission tickets or group tickets on Inauguration Day, so the facility will be accessible only to Inauguration Day Package holders. Doors will open for package holders at 9 a.m. on Inauguration Day and remain open until 5 p.m. Packages may be purchased at or at the Newseum admission desk for $100 per package. Children ages six and under will be allowed to enter at no charge. The event is expected to sell out.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Since 2006, the American Red Cross has received more than 4.7 million holiday cards for members of the US Armed Forces, veterans and families. Americans are encouraged to send messages of thanks and well wishing from now through Friday, Dec 9. Throughout the holiday season, Red Cross workers and volunteers will deliver cards to service members, veterans and families across the country and at overseas military installations. Those wishing to participate can send cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 207915456. H

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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: 257th Army Band Christmas Concert Monday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Soup & Scripture Wednesdays, December 5, 12 & 19 at 7 pm Holy Hour at 6:30 pm followed by Young Adult Meeting at 7:30 pm– December 13 & 21 Christmas Eve: Family Mass at 6 pm & Mass at Midnight, preceded by music at 11 pm • Christmas Day: Mass at 10 am New Year's Eve: Mass at 11 pm • New Year's Day: Mass at 10 am

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Brown Goes Down

Does This Signal a Shift in DC Politics? by Martin Austermuhle


he seemingly impossible happened on November 6: an incumbent D.C. councilmember was defeated. On that day, independent challenger David Grosso upset Councilmember Michael Brown (I-At Large), besting him by over 20,000 votes to win one of two of the atlarge seats that were up for grabs. (Vincent Orange easily won the other.) The news was momentous not only because incumbents so rarely go down in general elections in D.C., but because it symbolically marked the downfall of the third political family that had occupied seats on the D.C. Council until this year. Brown’s fall followed Harry Thomas, Jr.’s in January and Kwame Brown’s in June. In the wake of Grosso’s big win, residents and political analysts alike are looking at whether his victory has marked the start of an emerging shift in how the city’s residents vote. Moreover, future candidates looking to knock off incumbents are taking stock of what Grosso did to beat Brown. In this, there are interesting developments and lessons to be learned. First off, Grosso laid out a clear strategy for defeating incumbent councilmembers that future challengers are sure to try. Most importantly, he followed in the footsteps of Adrian Fenty and Kwame Brown before him by starting early—a full year early. One 2014 hopeful has already taken this message to heart: former Ward 1 ANC Brianne Nadeau has already announced that she plans on unseating Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in two years. Second—and this ties into the first point— raise a lot of money. Grosso didn’t only raise more, but he also spent it wisely, saving about half of his $160,000 bankroll for the final month of campaigning. Obviously, Brown suffered from having $113,000 stolen from his campaign, but even without that loss Grosso would have remained close in fundraising. (In Nadeau’s case, she says she’s already raised $30,000.) Finally: find a message and stick to it. Grosso consistently pointed to Brown as yet another ethically challenged D.C. legislator, and the message seemed to stick. Looking to 2014, there’s little to say that Graham can’t suffer the same fate; though he’s 34 H HillRag | December 2012

Councilmember At-Large David Grosso and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. Photo: Andrew Lightman

never been found guilty of anything, there have been enough allegations of improprieties floating around to make many of his constituents uncomfortable. Of course, Grosso also benefited from the fact that Brown ran a non-campaign. The incumbent never really made the case for himself, had virtually no volunteers and a non-existent get-out-thevote operation on Election Day. It’s not much of a surprise that he wasn’t ready for Grosso, though— Brown’s last campaign was a cakewalk, seeing as he only had to defeat a Republican for the At-Large seat he eventually won. As for how the election played out, there two factors to consider. First, while Grosso’s win was notable, it didn’t completely break the predictable mold of how many recent citywide races have played out. Though Grosso soundly drubbed Brown in overall votes, he did so by racking up impressive margins in the western wards and in parts of Capitol Hill, enough to outweigh the comfortable wins that Brown saw in precincts throughout many parts of Southeast and Northeast D.C. Breaking down the vote tallies, it becomes clear that Grosso won largely because the animus towards Brown was much more significant in wards 2 and 3 than it was against Grosso in the ward 7 and 8 precincts that he lost. While Grosso saw margins of victory approaching 40 percent in some of the precincts in the western wards, Brown could only muster gains of 20 percent in areas east of the Anacostia River. It also didn’t help that support for

Brown in his home base of Ward 4 slackened significantly—he lost thousands of votes relative to his 2008 win—nor that Grosso was able to stay competitive on his own turf in Ward 5. That being said, Ward 6 emerged as a new player in deciding citywide elections. According to final counts, both the number of registered voters and number of residents actually voting grew more aggressively in Ward 6 over the last few years than anywhere else. Grosso’s single biggest margin of victory over Brown came in the Eastern Market area; with the endorsements of Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and predecessor Sharon Ambrose, he also did solidly in the rest of the ward. What does this mean moving forward? The dynamics of winning citywide office are shifting, if only slowly. While Ward 4 used to help decide elections—it was one of the reasons that Fenty fell to Mayor Vince Gray in 2010—Ward 6 may now become a younger, more politically dynamic battleground. Of course, it’s too early to know how influential those new Ward 6 voters might be: will they come out in the same numbers in non-presidential election years?

Farewell Michael Brown; Long Live Michael Brown?

Despite his loss to Grosso, though, it isn’t the end of the road for Brown. In fact, it may only be a few months until the two are serving alongside each on the D.C. Council. In the wake of his upset, Brown was quick to claim that he was defeated because the media treated him unfairly and because voters were confused by which Michael Brown they should have voted for. (The other Michael Brown, of course, ran for Shadow Senator.) He further argued that he had seen an outpouring of support from constituents asking that he run again. Well, he’ll soon have a chance. With Phil Mendelson’s ascension to the D.C. Council’s top spot, the At-Large seat he once occupied is now vacant. As we explained last month, the D.C. Democratic State Committee will select an interim councilmember in early December, and a special election

will have to be held at some point in the next four months. Should he choose to run, Brown will certainly be competitive in that race—despite losing to Grosso, he still mustered over 58,000 votes from across the city. Additionally, special elections often see large numbers of candidates and a low turn-out of voters, a perfect recipe for a candidate with name recognition to sneak by with a small proportion of the votes. Though no one has yet declared themselves a candidate, D.C. Democratic State Committee chairwoman Anita Bonds has expressed interest, and even former candidates Bryan Weaver, Sekou Biddle, Peter Shapiro, and Patrick Mara have been cited as possible contenders. But should Brown actually run? I certainly don’t think so. D.C. political culture is small and insular enough as it is; we don’t need politicos looking at elected office as a lifetime appointment or the type of job they’re entitled to. With Brown, this seems like a very real danger. In his post-defeat comments, Brown never fully recognized that maybe his own personal failings are what turned voters against him. Even worse, he’s toyed with the idea of once again becoming a Democrat—he changed party affiliation in 2008 to Independent so he could run for his At-Large seat—indicating that he’ll do just about anything to remain in office. The most dangerous elected officials are those that see themselves as being indispensable. (See “Barry, Marion.”) Brown is a very likable guy, and in many ways a very competent legislator. But much like Orange, who hasn’t yet found an elected office he won’t run for, he’s clearly pinned himself as a political opportunist. If Brown wanted to display true leadership, he could admit to his mistakes and say that he’s stepping out of electoral politics for the time being. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-inChief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. H H 35


What’s Happening to Our Public Schools?


or the second time in her life, Eboni Rose-Thompson, Chair of the Ward 7 Education Council, felt compelled to speak out against proposed school closings. It was 20 years ago when she first testified before the DC Council against the closure of her own elementary school. Unfortunately, school closings are nothing new in DC. With a declining population of school-age children and a growing presence of public charter schools in DC, many neighborhood schools will have to fight to remain a viable option for local families. DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s announcement of the proposed consolidation of 20 public schools is causing frustration and outrage across DC, particularly in Wards 5, 7 and 8, where nearly 75 percent of the affected schools are located and 3,800 students will be directly impacted. “We are heading toward two separate school systems,” stated Mary Levy, DCPS budget consultant for the Lawyers Committee and former DCPS parent. In fact, 38 of the 57 operating charter schools in DC are in the three wards most significantly impacted by the proposed school closures, and there are no schools slated for closure in Wards 1 or 3 where schools are at-capacity or over-enrolled. During a press briefing and subsequent hearings, Henderson outlined the reasons for reducing the number of schools that DCPS operates, including “complementing our portfolio of schools” with more charter schools; however, she failed to provide specifics about the fate of affected schools’ leadership and staff, and the number of new charter schools that will be approved.

DCPS – Then and Now

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by Ellen Boomer

While 20 schools city-wide are slated for closure, none of the schools on Capitol Hill will be affected such as Maury Elementary pictured here, one of several popular public schools on the Hill.

buildings once the schools were integrated in the mid-1950s. Since that time, DC’s school-age population has decreased overall and an increasing number of schools have been operating well below capacity. As a result, “DCPS spends disproportionately high sums on non-instructional staff and functions,” according to information provided by the Office of the Chancellor. By consolidating schools, redirected funds will ostensibly “help low-performing students, increase opportunities for advanced learners, and develop specialized programs to better engage students.” While the proposed school closings make financial sense, they “hit almost exclusively minority students who are low-income,” according to Ms. Levy. Approximately 39 percent of school-age children live in Wards 7 and 8, which also contain 42 percent of operating public charter schools in DC.

Of the nearly 30,000 students who live in these wards, only 40 percent attend public schools in those two wards, based on information provided by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). A common question among concerned residents is why should so many of the children in these wards have to choose between attending a charter school or commuting to another ward to attend school?

Why Close Public Schools?

Chancellor Henderson provided well-documented reasons for proposing to close 20 schools across six wards, including the need to modernize nearly half of DC’s school buildings and the desire to sufficiently support staff. Roughly 20,000 students attend schools which lack modern facilities. By closing 20 schools, DCPS will be able to use funds to provide professional development for teachers, to support

students with special needs, and to ensure each school has a full complement of art, music, physical education teachers, and librarians. One of the most controversial aspects of the proposed consolidations is the plan to create three campuses in Wards 1, 4 and 5, which will encompass grades 6 through 12. To create these campuses, DCPS will close two middle schools, MacFarland in Ward 4 and Shaw at Garnett-Patterson in Ward 6. Each of these schools is currently using approximately 25 percent of their building space. Given the vast differences in maturity between twelve-year-old children and eighteenyear-old young adults, putting them on the same campus is risky, even in the most modernized setting.

Closed Schools = Money Saved?

Affected communities are still assessing the long-term impact of

the last round of school closings, which Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry called “atrocious.” “2008 was very difficult for us… once you lose [parents’] trust, it’s very difficult to restore it,” noted Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. DCPS and the Deputy Mayor’s Office have not shared the anticipated cost or the potential financial benefits of the current proposed school closings. The previous round of school closures cost the city 40 million dollars rather than the anticipated 9.7 million dollars, according to the DC Auditor. In reaction to the proposed school closings, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander reiterated that she has asked for a moratorium on school closures in Ward 7, “pending a detailed public report analyzing the outcomes of the 2008 school closures [and] the opportunity for public commentary sessions on both school assessment and proposed future closings.” There are no guarantees that closing schools will save money or that funds will be redirected to the schools that need the most help. DCPS “central administration is much larger than when we had twice as many students,” according to Ms. Levy. Henderson noted she’s “committed to looking at the central budget.”

The Effects of Closing Schools

In addition to the lack of information surrounding potential financial benefits, DCPS has not provided specifics on the anticipated effects on school staff. Although some teachers will move to consolidated schools, Chancellor Henderson did not specify how many teachers and principals will lose their jobs due to school closings. In addition to proposed school closings, DC already faces a serious teacher retention problem. “The teacher turnover rate is three times the national average,” which is indicative of an “unhealthy professional culture,” according to education policy analyst and DCPS parent, Mark Simon. DCPS is in a “crisis of instability,” according to Mr. Simon, who noted, “When schools are closed, it harms the academic achieve-

ment of students…and accelerates departure from DCPS.” According to Mary Melchior, member of the Ward 5 Council on Education, “consolidated schools have lower test scores.” Unfortunately, 40 percent of the students who will be impacted in this round of closings were also affected in the 2008 consolidation when DCPS “lost 3000 students,” to charter schools and private schools, according to Ms. Levy. Chancellor Henderson noted that DCPS plans to lease the proposed closed school buildings to non-profits and charter schools and will “monitor population expansion and demand for public school options in individual neighborhoods. When there is critical mass, DCPS will reopen some schools,” according to the Office of the Chancellor. However, by potentially paving the way for more charter schools to open in DC, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham asked Chancellor Henderson, “Doesn’t it send a message that you really don’t want students to stay in DCPS, that you want them to go to charter schools?” In the meantime, however, many neighborhoods may lose the use of their schools as a critical resource. “Schools in our neighborhood serve as a community hub,” Pho Palmer, Ward 8 resident and DCPS parent, pointed out, by offering various services for seniors and adult education classes. “This is not a time to close our schools; this is a time to innovate,” noted Ms. Palmer. Schools in Ward 6, such as Tyler Elementary, have seen “a remarkable renaissance,” according to Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. He noted that, citywide, “we need to be very careful not to lose the option of neighborhood schools.” With yet another round of school closures and the associated impacts, it appears that many neighborhoods and children will be the ones who ultimately pay the price. Ellen Boomer is an Eastern Market resident, former teacher, current tutor and freelance writer. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing a competitive game of bocce in Yards Park with her friends. She can be reached at H

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What The Fiscal Cliff—or Slope—Means For Local DC


by Elissa Silverman and Ed Lazere

oing over the “fiscal cliff ” is the talk of Washington right now, but what will stepping over that brink mean for local DC? The term is shorthand for the payroll and income tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year combined with automatic cuts in federal spending that were put into law by Congress during the debt ceiling debate, known as sequestration. Many economists say that the scenario is less a cliff than a slope or hill, because the economic impact likely will not be immediately calamitous. It is more likely to be gradual, and many predict that a compromise will be reached that would stave off more severe consequences such as a recession. Yet the issue is a good reminder that what’s decided within the hallways of Capitol Hill can be felt on the streets of Capitol Hill—as well as Congress Heights, Cleveland Park and Chinatown. In fact, the folks in DC government who look into the crystal ball and tell us how many dollars we have to spend have been thinking about the impact of the fiscal cliff for some time now. Any policy that broadly influences the size and scope of the federal government will be felt here in DC, since we are the seat of government and many federal workers are located here. A reduction of staff or decrease in federal contracting translates into a reduction in local income taxes, since some residents might lose their jobs, as well as a drop in sales taxes, because residents will have less money to spend, fewer workers will be eating lunches at local restaurants and food trucks, and so on. This impacts the District’s revenue projections, and how much we can budget for various programs and services. Therefore, it is important that we consider the most likely scenarios and forecast accordingly.

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The Federal Factor

There are more than 200,000 federal jobs in the District, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, but only about one in five, or a little more than 45,000, are held by District residents. Yet there are many other jobs that rely on the federal government and federal workers. This would include contractors that do work for federal agencies or companies that supply products for the federal government or even restaurants, dry cleaners or clothing stores that have federal workers as customers. According to some projections, full sequestration could result in the loss of up to 127,000 DC jobs over the next decade. This number includes 35,000 federal jobs, 34,000 federal contracting and subcontracting jobs, and 58,000 jobs that would be impacted due to the decline in the federal payroll. Yet there are few who believe full sequestration will happen. Most likely, say many economists and Congressional experts, a compromise will emerge and the automatic reductions will not all take place. Nevertheless, the economists in the revenue analysis division of DC’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer have to make some assumptions about the federal budget and what impact this will have on both the national and regional economy to calculate how much money the city can expect to have in its coffers. CFO Gandhi and his deputies have said that it would be irresponsible not to show an impact from sequestration even if it is not fully implemented. “Despite the recent District job market strength and stronger than expected revenue, the continued uncertainty regarding post-election federal budget actions poses a real risk to the District’s finances,” Gandhi wrote in the September quarterly forecast. He calls the impact of

the local cuts and a possible national economic impact a “doublewhammy” for the District. Economic indicators continue to show that the District is on the rise. Income and sales taxes remain strong and growing. Yet this was not reflected in an uptick projected future revenues in September’s revenue forecast because Gandhi said there was too much uncertainty about the fiscal cliff and how Congress would handle it. The murkiness led Gandhi to be cautious, and therefore despite strong revenue trends, the CFO declined to make any new projections for tax collections in 2013 and beyond. Yet, the CFO wrote, if the fiscal cliff is largely avoided, “the revenue picture for the District would improve significantly” from what the CFO projected in his September revenue forecast.

Why The Cliff Is Not A Cliff

Economists like Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics say that the most likely scenario is that the fiscal cliff will be avoided, and that a budget deal will likely keep many of the tax cuts in place and avert the automatic spending cuts, while coming up with another longterm plan for reducing spending. Therefore, the fiscal cliff is really not a cliff. Thus, it seems likely that there will be some impact on economic growth, but DC will not end up seeing huge federal workforce cutbacks right away. This is very important, because it means that the impact on income and sales tax revenues will not likely be as severe as the CFO has projected. It also means that the city’s leaders will have a number of years to adjust to the downsizing of the federal government. And this has a very direct impact on how the District can allocate its resources this budget year. Once the specter of the fiscal cliff is lifted, the revenue forecast likely will show we have more money right now. That would almost certainly mean that Gandhi and his fellow economists would project an uptick in revenue in the December forecast.

In most years, the September and December revenue forecasts would not be a major issue, since the most important forecast for the budget is issued in February. But for this year’s budget, the Mayor and DC Council anticipated that revenues might rise, factored that into its budget plan, and created a contingency budget on how to spend those dollars. For example, the approved homeless services budget is $7 million shy of what is needed just to maintain current services. That means that choosing not to adjust the 2013 forecast until February or later could mean that many basic services will go unfunded.

Revenue Forecastng With And Without The Cliff

Revenue forecasting is not an exact science. Economists use economic data to make assumptions about what will happen, but it is worth making sure those assumptions are based on the most likely scenarios. Given that most economists believe that the cliff will be averted and sequestration will likely not take effect, our city’s revenues should reflect those likely assumptions. For that reason, we’re hopeful that the next revenue forecast reflects the expectation that the fiscal cliff will likely be avoided. But the CFO may feel the need to be cautious until a federal budget deal is fully worked out, which may not occur before the next DC revenue forecast is due. One idea would be for the next revenue forecast in December to reflect revenues if the fiscal cliff should occur—as well as if it should not. There are several advantages to this approach. First, it will make the calculated impact of the federal cliff scenario more transparent. And the Mayor and DC Council would have an idea of what revenues might be available if a compromise happens. Silverman and Lazere work at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderateincome DC residents. H


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by Roberta Weiner

Something’s Happening at the R.L. Christian Library

Sometimes the action is not at the ANC meeting. Occasionally, the important stuff takes place at hearing or a committee meeting and it ends up being ratified, rather than discussed by the ANC. That’s the case with a new project taking shape at the site of the small yellow former R.L. Christian Library on H Street, where plans are afoot for a mixed-use retail/residential project being actively promoted by the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). The District has long had its eyes on the library, vacant for several years, as an ideal spot for a joint city-private partnership, and, as with many other projects throughout the city (including the Hine project), DMPED many months ago sent out a Request for Proposals, and after the agency did its own vetting of the applications for responsiveness to the request, convened a meeting of the ANC’s Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ) Committee to review the top six proposals they had received, and at a meeting of the committee subsequent to the presentation, members discussed and analyzed their responses to the 40 H HillRag | December 2012

various schemes. Concerns ranged from too much height (there was a clear preference for four stories over five), the lack of need for a Yes! Organic Market, which appeared in one proposal, and the presence of uninteresting design elements in several of the proposals. On the other hand, some proposals were applauded for their materials and design elements. The presence of artists’ lofts, affordable housing, and larger apartments that would encourage families to move in, were all seen as positives in what will be a by-right project, meaning that the developer chooses the amenities he will include in his development. After a thorough discussion of the project, the committee members were asked to vote for their top three proposals, after which the two top selections were designated as the Committee’s choices, and brought to the full ANC for a vote of approval. The vote, which was unanimous, tagged the designs by Argos and Rise design groups as the best, and will ask DMPED to solicit the two groups for their “best and final offer,” after which the community, the Committee and the full ANC will have a final round of discussions and select one, which, hopefully will move forward.

Medlink Project Is on the Move

The ANC voted on two issues relating to the “Medlink” project at 9th and D Streets NE that will turn what was originally a school, then a

bank and finally, part of a hospital, into an apartment and townhouse development. One issue has to do with historic preservation issues, the other with zoning. This was another example where the major portion of the discussion took place at the EDZ Committee and was then voted on by the full ANC. The historic preservation issues were related to the roof level on a townhouse to be built on D Street NE and the increased height of windows on the ground floor of townhouses on 9th Street. The developer had already, on the advice of community members and the Historic Preservation Office, implemented changes that after discussion appeared satisfactory to the committee, and was subsequently approved by the full Commission. The second issue is more complicated. The developer has asked for permission to construct seven more townhomes than are allowed by zoning, with the major issue apparently being parking, since the R-4 district requires a 1:3 ratio of parking places to residential units, and is further complicated by the fact that the Historic Preservation Office is

placing limits on the number of interior walls they can demolish. That could mean an increase in units, and more parking spaces. Commissioner David Holmes said there has to be some agreement on the number of units, and asked that he and Committee Chair Drew Ronneberg negotiate the number of units with the developer. He said that he believes the number of units should be capped at 26, possibly with RPP parking. And unless an agreement can be negotiated, the ANC would have to oppose the development, and recommended that the ANC • Not agree to greater density than is allowed by-right; • Authorize the chairs of the EDZ and the ANC to continue further negotiations to provide limits on the street parking to be permitted to residents of 901 D Street NE; and, • Agree that the future 913 D Street NE (one of the new townhouses) incorporate a dogleg to provide adequate light and air to the townhouse to its east. The full ANC unanimously passed a motion that it oppose in-

creased density at 901 D Street NE, unless the Chairs of the Commission and the EDZ Committee jointly are able to negotiate with the developer a lessened impact on parking in that neighborhood,

Progress in 17th-19th Street NE Traffic Study

Michelle Frishberg and William Carlson reported on a study they have undertaken for DDOT on the traffic situation on 17th and 19th Streets NE between Benning Road and Potomac Avenue. The process began in May with a community meeting, followed by two charettes with the goal of making the streets safer for the schools and students as well as other users. There will be a raised crosswalk at Gales Street on the north side with signage at the crosswalks, Rosedale Street will have a raised crosswalk at C Street, and 17th Street south of E will be a single lane. It will take six months for the design phase, and they plan to implement everything simultaneously, 19th Street will have one receiving lane at C Street; and there will be a joint bicycle/ parking lane combined. The changes will go from Benning Road to Potomac Avenue, SE. Mr. Holmes assured those attending that there would be an opportunity for the community to review the plans before they are implemented. The consultants have not presented drawings to the community or commissioners, and had with them only the set they were using to illustrate their plans.

In Other Actions… •

In other actions, ANC 6A Voted to invoke the provision of the ANC’s voluntary agreement with XII (Twelve) located at 1123-1125 H Street NE, that requires them to respond within ten days, due to continued noise complaints from neighbors. An official letter will be sent saying they have been invited to appear, and if corrections are not forthcoming within ten days they will be reported to ABRA. Recommendations for correct-

ing the problems (e.g. fixing cracked windows) will be included in the letter. • Voted unanimously to support Gallaudet University’s required ten-year plan, required to go before the Zoning Commission They have already received support from ANC 5D and will seek support from ANC 6C. The school is physically located in 5D, but borders on the other commission areas. • And, in its monthly engagement with the gas station at 1400 Maryland Avenue NE, took three actions: voted to appeal a second DCRA building permit, this one granted for constructing a convenience store at the site of the gas station. Second, Mr. Holmes said that the gas tanks for the gas station have been put into the ground and he has doubts that any testing was done. He said there has been no inspection of the site and no one knows what is in there, and so the Commission voted to send a letter to the acting director of the District Department of the Environment requesting information on whether underground tanks had been removed and installed at 1400 Maryland Avenue NE without a permit.

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A DAVID HOLMES, CHAIR, 202-251-7079 Serving the Kingman Park, Linden, Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and Stanton Park communities

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ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.

ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, December 13, 7PM Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, December 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healy, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, December 17, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, December 19, 7 PM • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, December 17, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex • 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations and changes of venue. Attend a meeting! Volunteer for a committee! It’s your ANC!

The next meeting of ANC 6A will be held on Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 pm at Miner Elementery. H

ANC 6B by Roberta Weiner

What’s With the Slab?

Although not through any official notice by DGS (the Department of General Services that oversees the Market), it has come to people’s attention that the concrete slab that provided a foundation for the East Hall, the building that substituted for the Market while it was being restored, has been cleaned H 41

capitolstreets news up, fenced and provided with entrances. After standing forlornly— except for the regular contingent of skate boarders who used it for practice for the many months since the temporary building was sold and removed—it looks like something is happening there. But what exactly that is proved a matter for questions at the ANC meeting. Brian Pate reported that Market Manager Barry Margeson, a DGS employee, had announced at an Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) meeting that it would be used during the holiday season for additional sales of Christmas trees, cider and other items that are regular holiday fixtures under the shed on the other side of the street. However, Pate said he’d earlier been told that the upgrades to the slab were made to meet liability concerns, and was not told about any plan for a sales venue. The commissioners—and their constituents—are looking for answers. Ivan Frishberg saying that it’s pretty significant, and has a real impact on the 8th Street neighbors, said it’s a problem that has to be figured out and a plan developed that will work for the holidays and all uses until construction begins. A motion to that effect, to be delivered to DGS and the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), was passed unanimously, with Dave Garrison exhorting the commissioners from the affected area to “Raise Hell, colleagues.”

17th – 19th Streets Study Will Also Affect 6A

The study being undertaken to modify and update the traffic patterns on 17th and 19th Streets between Potomac and Pennsylvania Avenues that affects the northern reaches of ANC 6A also affects the adjoining area of ANC 6B from East Capitol Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, and the consultants that are working on the study for DDOT presented their recommendations to the Commission, which was pleased with what it heard. The Commissioners share the concern that the 42 H HillRag | December 2012

area is not safe and that measures have to be taken to change and upgrade the traffic patterns. They passed a resolution strongly supporting the proposed changes, which include increased parking, reduced traffic lanes, bicycle lanes, raised crosswalks, and other measures that will increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians. The project will be fully designed and ready for construction within six months, and members looked forward to seeing it completed.

New Gourmet Additions to Barracks Row

Two items on the 6B agenda will add to Barrack Row’s growing reputation as a destination for gourmet eaters and shoppers. First, a liquor license was easily approved on the consent agenda for DCanter, a wine shop, yes--a wine shop, opening in the space vacated by Backstage at 545 8th Street SE The store will focus on both domestic and international wines and beers, and feature tastings and other events highlighting stock. The second new establishment, a trickier case, will bring something decidedly new and different to the street, Ambar, at 523 8th Street, the former site of Jordan’s, will be a Serbian restaurant, and along with Eastern European specialties, the owner has applied for a license that will have both an outdoor café, and an of inner summer garden. Most importantly, it also has an entertainment endorsement—permission to have live music, which the owner says, he wants in order to attract people to his restaurant. Several commissioners expressed reservations about the endorsement and the hours, which have been modified to meet those of nearby outdoor cafes such as Cava’s. Several neighbors spoke about the potential for noise, and were concerned that while the Commissioners joined them in opposing parts of the agreement, they were not opposing the whole agreement. Finally, the ANC agreed with Commissioner Kirsten Oldenberg, who said she was “wary” of accepting the agreement, but said that compromise was necessary, and

with reservations, voted to support it, 9-0-1, with Dave Garrison opposing.

In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6B… Because of actions taken by ABRA to end limitations on the sale of small quantities of alcoholic beverages, agreed to drop its limits for local establishments on two- and three-pack packages of less than 750 ml. In a separate move, because of the end of the sales limits, voted to drop a protest of the license of Chat’s, a Class A liquor store on Barrack’s Row. • Heard a report about the availability of street trees from the Office of the Mayor. The City has 6400 trees available for planting. There is a tree planting map at the DDOT web site that shows the locations where trees are scheduled to be planted and where they were planted during the last cycle. It also lists what type of tree is at each location. • Finally, retiring Commissioner Neil Glick, asked, as one of his final actions, for support of a resolution that does not involve his single member district, or even ANC 6B. He asked for support of a resolution to DDOT to rename the intersection in front of the Embassy of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd Street NW in honor of Dimitar Peshev, a hero of World War II who saved many Jewish lives during the Nazi rampage. The motion passed unanimously. •

The next meeting of ANC 6B will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at 7 PM at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE H

ANC 6C by Jennifer Zatkowski

Election Results

New Commissioners: Daniele Schiffman 6C01/Mark Eckenwiler

6C04/Mark Kazmierczak 6C05 Nonreturning Commissioners: Dixon to 6E06/Silver retiring/ Wilsey to 2C03/Crews retiring/ Richardson retiring

Rock And Roll Marathon

Slated for March 6, 2013, the 8th annual Rock and Roll Marathon will host 20,000 runners through DC. Diane Thomas from the Greater Washington Sports Alliance was present to answer questions about the marathon and the route. In an economic impact report done on the 2012 race, of the $15.2 million the marathon brings to the region, $9.5 million is brought directly to DC. In addition, non-profits are able to raise $692,000 using the marathon as a fundraising tool. The route planners took a half mile of the route out of 6C due to concerns that resident of 6C would be blocked off on three sides of the area. Now, two sides of ANC6C will be blocked off for runners. The 2013 route opens up the area around Union Station as well as the tunnel to 395. Commissioner Price wants the ANC to be more proactive in the future about the plan for the race route. Ms. Thomas responded that much of the route is in fact dictated by the police department. Price expressed concern that in the past, police officers don’t know the exit routes for residents seeking to leave Capitol Hill during the race. Thomas said that they do provide the info to the police officers and will make sure they know the egress routes. The GWSA does a mailing a couple of weeks before the event detailing the street closure and doorhangers for residents impacted by the race route showing the street closures. Commissioner Wilsey commented that ANC2C decided to table the discussion of the race route until 2013, when the newly-elected Commissioners are seated. Commissioners voted to approve the race, with Wirt and Crews voting against the race.

Jingle All The Way Event

Scheduled for December 9, 2012, Jingle All the Way is an 8K run fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity. Lee Granados from Pacers was present to answer questions. There

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was neighborhood concern about the noise level last year in setting up the event that morning. In response, the tents will be assembled the day before the event so there will be no noise setting up that morning before 8 a.m. Wirt asked how many participants are expected; Granados didn’t know. She will find out and provide that information to the Commissions. All Commissioners approved the event.

Transportation/Public Space Committee Report Thaaja Indian Food Bar

Located at 1335 Second St NE, this food bar seeks to add 8 outdoor tables, with 16 seats outside. There will be music outdoors and liquor served outside. Outdoor seating will be open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. The Transportation/Public Space Committee recommended 3-0 that the Commission approve the application. Goodman pointed out that Starbucks next door to Thaaja operates an outdoor café and has never sought Commission approval. Wirt recommended an inspector from Public Space be called to Starbucks and Goodman agreed to call for one. Approval of the outdoor café was unanimous.

Basis School

Residents have complained of double parking at Basis School, located on 8th St NW. Wilsey informed the Commission that Basis was confused about the ANC Meeting and thus no representative from Basis was present. He will make another attempt to meet with Basis and get a representative to attend the December ANC meeting.

300 L St. NE – Curbcuts

This is a 60 unit residential apartment building and the builder, Ellisdale Construction, presented drawings of the public space plan. Representatives stated that the Ellisdale submitted a public space application 6-8 months ago and received verbal approval, but no written approval of the Public Space Application from DDOT. There was some question of why

the plan did not come before the ANC. It was explained by the Ellisdale that because of the nature of the public space changes it didn’t trigger a DDOT public space hearing. Without a hearing, DDOT is not required to notify the ANC. The Public Space Plan is limited – no trees, no benches, no bike racks, no fences –only grass. Ellisdale stated that there were no trees due to a hundred year-old sewer line that runs underneath the building. Goodman is concerned because the applicant has no tracking number and no stamped plans. The Commission unanimously voted to send a letter expressing concerns and asking for the tracking number, why the ANC was not involved, explaining why a hearing was not triggered, why the sewer was not replaced and why there are no outdoor bike racks.

Planning/Zoning/Environment Committee Report

Meeting location changed from NPR building to Kaiser Permanente building, effective immediately. Location will be on the ANC website.

Gallaudet University Campus Plan

While the Campus is not actually located in ANC 6C, it is adjacent. The school is going to create a large pedestrian entrance at 6th and Florida to open up the campus. The transportation facility located currently on that corner will be relocated. The Committee was pleased with Gallaudet’s presentation. ANC unanimously approved the plan.

Stuart Hobson School Renovation

Last month, the Committee voted against the design presented. Since that plan was rejected, an informational presentation on an interim design was presented to the Committee. The key aspect that has changed is window placement, window orientation and window size. There was more support for this proposal design, as this design was much improved and the design was generally supported. On the

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ANC 6C Commissioners: ANC 6C01 Keith Silver ANC 6C02 Mark Dixon (202) 438-2228 ANC 6C03 VACANT

ANC 6C04 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707 ANC 6C05 M.Tony Richardson (202) 997-6662 ANC 6C06 John Scott Price (202) 577-6261

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capitolstreets news 4th street side, the interim design better connects to the original building. There was extraordinary turnout from the community to see the interim design presentation. About 15 people attended and 9 spoke. There was no strenuous objection from the community and there will be a formal presentation of the plan to the ANC likely in January.

the ANC gives out. Silver is going to take a close look at the past grants and the organization’s current budget. There is a lengthy discussion about what activities in the budget constitute “labor”, which the ANC is not able to pay for with a grant. ANC unanimously moved to table the issue until December.


Letter of Support

Stuart Hobson School Football Equipment

$855.52 unanimously approved. Price was concerned that this ANC is disproportionately funding the football program. He asked what percent of students in the football program are 6C residents. Clayton Witt was present to answer questions, and didn’t know the portion of the team that was resident in 6C, only that all members of the team were residents of Ward 6. Witt says he hasn’t gone to the other ANCs for money because the other ANCs don’t have money to give. Wirt asks if he can determine how many members of the football team are residents of 6C specifically. Richardson points out that if the Commission is going to ask Witt to do that, then the Commission would have to ask for that information from all grant applicants. Richardson several times states that the Commission has many, many times given out money to organizations and haven’t required 100% ANC6C membership.

H Street Cdc Event At The Atlas

$500 approved for holiday community event.

Innovative School For Performing Arts

Vote delayed. Silver states that the ANC has funded $3,000 or more to this program in the past. Crews asks for performance information for the past grants. Richardson again points out that no other PTAs or organizations have been asked for performance information. Wirt states that every grant has to submit a letter of use after the organization receives the grant, that it’s a form they fill out. Crews states that the ANC should in fact require this information for all the grants 44 H HillRag | December 2012

Holy Rosary Church, located at 595 3rd St NW, requested a Letter of Support for a DCCAH grant to paint a mural on the side of the church. Students are designing the mural for the 100th year anniversary, with the guidance of the art teacher. A proposed drawing was presented, and Joanna Bignolo stated the drawing was still being “tweaked”. She went around to every building in the vicinity to show them the drawing. Goodman thinks “it’s a lovely design” but would not vote to support the letter because he didn’t think it was proper for government funds to be going for a Christianthemed mural, or a religiously-themed mural in general. The art teacher stated that they have made several adjustments to the drawing already, and would be open to making further adjustments to illustrate a contribution to the community. Goodman didn’t think that the Commission should be going into how the art should be changed; it contained several religious elements. Price moves that the ANC not support the mural. Goodman moves to not send the letter – not that the ANC opposes the mural, just not to send a letter of support . Wirt asks if the Commissioners would support a redesign of the mural. Crews states that he is personally offended that the Catholic Church is asking for public money for a religious mural. Crews makes a motion to adjourn the meeting; Wilsey makes a motion to reconsider the design of the mural to take out the religious elements. Crews asks Wirt if she is ignoring his motion to adjourn; Wirt states he didn’t have a second to the motion to adjourn. Wirt states she didn’t hear a second, but the other Commissioners confirm that a second to the motion to adjourn was made. The Commissions then votes to adjourn. H

Helen Wade Carey Grand Dame of Hill Real Estate


by Peter J. Waldron

elen Wade Carey, long time real estate pioneer on Capitol Hill, died on November 14, 2012 at her home in Alexandria after a long illness. Carey, a doyenne to a generation of young real estate professionals, was a real estate broker, property manager, and landlord as well as among the first to begin to renovate houses in the mid-sixties on the Hill, opening the door to it as a must livein community. Carey was born June 21, 1923 in Pittsfield, MA. Her parents were natives of the Kennebec River region of Bath, ME. Carey graduated with a degree in political science from Duke Women’s College in 1945. According to her son, Wade Carey, she deliberately chose Duke because “ it was as far away as possible from where she had been brought up,” a step in her life long pursuit to experience as much of the world as she could. Carey lived for a period in New York’s Greenwich Village, a geographic reflection of her love of the arts before marrying John Wade Carey on September 11, 1948. They met while both were attending Duke. Carey and her husband moved to the Washington DC area to pursue additional studies. Initially they settled in a house in Georgetown and began to raise a family. Barbara Held, another pioneer and well-known Hill real estate magnate, was her neighbor. In 1955 after a serious house fire, she and her family moved to the North Ridge community in Northern Virginia where Carey became active in the Fairlington Players and the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Carey was an early and long time supporter of the Arena Stage and remained an avid subscriber to local theatres and the Folger Consort. In the late 50s and early 60s Carey served as a volunteer with the League of Women Voters rising to positions of leadership and lobbied Congress in favor of clean water and public transportation. Carey was actively involved for years as a patron and supporter of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW). Carey received her broker’s license in 1964. Soon she established her business on 7th St, SE near the Eastern Market. With the growth of her business, she soon re-located to 711 E St SE where she remained until her retirement. Carey worked from this location from an old oak roll top desk that she inherited from her father and remained active for four decades in the business and civic life of Capitol Hill. One colleague and friend and Realtor Phyllis Jane Young describes Carey as a “ very special woman” adding that she had a “joyful spirit, someone who made a difference. She cared a lot and was generous in her giving.” Young points out that Carey was instrumental in heading the Capitol Hill Business Council. Hill developer Gerry Dunphy describes Carey as the “grand dame of

the early Hill . She was there at the beginning. It is sad. Now there is nobody from that era who is left. “ Known for her love of wide brimmed, over- the- top hats and a passion for convertibles, Carey found great pleasure as an amateur photographer and was a water colorist of both still life and landscapes. Her favorite subjects were often scenes of Capitol Island, ME where she regularly summered from childhood. With the death of her husband in 1990, she traveled widely to European locations and the eastern Mediterranean as well as to Argentina. Carey was preceded in death by her husband John. She is survived by two sons, John Wade, Jr. (husband, Edward Coltman) of Washington DC and David B. Wade (wife Neill Crawford) of Richmond, VA; and a daughter, Jean Louise Gudaitis (husband Richard and their son, Charles Wade) of Falls Church, Va. A memorial service will be held on December 1, 2012 at 2PM at the Everly-Wheatly Funeral Home, Alexandria Va. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington DC. There will be a special service at CHAW on December 15 for Capitol Hill friends to gather together to celebrate Helen Carey’s life. In a wide-ranging interview conducted by the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill oral history project, Carey spoke of her days on the Hill during a time that included the destruction of H Street during the riots of 1968, houses of ill repute that existed on the Hill, and businesses that have come and gone. She offered this sagacious perspective on how things have changed: “It was not a litigious society, that’s the biggest difference. People sue people for everything, or they try to get out of something. And so you’ve got to write in all this stuff. The age of the handshake is over.” H



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Look for this months answers at 58. Greek letter 59. Shocked one 60. Waited 61. Lasting effects? 62. Showed 63. Train track foundation 66. Billy and namesakes 67. Goggle 68. Bibliographical abbr. 69. Crucifix 70. Public utility 72. Well-struck ball 73. Caffeine source 74. Runners

76. Open to all 77. Resentful 79. Pitcher feat 80. Make a shambles of 81. “Silent Spring” subject 82. Place for a clasp 83. Stubborn one 87. Horizontal molding pieces 89. Puts in 91. Like a rainy day 92. Spat, var. 93. In a languid manner 94. In reserve 96. Lenten symbol

97. Excessive 98. Eye site 99. Pluralizers 101. Full-bodied 102. Repeat 103. German city 104. Fabled racer 105. Certain column 106. Interjects 107. Once, long ago 110. Book end?

Community Life Spotted on the Hill

A Farewell or My Swan Song


article and photos by Peter Vankevich

ll things must pass. Back in March 0f 2006, I wrote a modest article for the Hill Rag. It consisted of a photograph of a Northern Mockingbird I had taken on Capitol Hill and a long paragraph about it. In that paragraph I included a bit of its natural history, i.e. a description, distribution range but also the fact that it was the official state bird for Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas and gained cultural prominence from the 1960 Southern Gothic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. Encouraged by my editor, Andrew Lightman I continued the column the following month with a photo of a small flock of Cedar Waxwings perched in a cedar tree in Congressional Cemetery and again with an American Robin for the May issue. At that point I decided to upgrade my modest zoom digital camera for something better and so began in earnest the Spotted on the Hill column. Over this period I have featured about 65 species of birds. I set a personal rule that the bird presented would be one that I had photographed in the Capitol Hill area which my parameters included the Anacostia River in the east and south to that wonderful little wetlands area of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Writing a column like this brought me out and about in the early weekend mornings. My hotspots have included the Historical Congressional Cemetery, RFK Stadium/Kingman Island,

the Capitol grounds and its reflection pool, the Botanical Gardens as well as routine jaunts to Eastern Market and other places with my camera. The Capitol Hill area, I was pleased to learn from my outings, contained a sufficient amount of varied habitats to host a variety of Pete Vankevich, The Hill Rag’s bird columnist bids adieu. species to write a monthly column national news when a Cooper’s Hawk that could last several years. found its way into its venerable Main In my writings here, I have tried to Reading Room and eluded capture for provide interesting and whenever pos- two weeks. sible little known information about a So why am I ending the column? bird species and any cultural and his- In the “all things must pass” reality, aftorical references especially regarding ter 30-plus career years, last November local observations. We are very fortu- I left my job at the Library of Congress nate to have the Library of Congress and moved to Ocracoke Island on the in our neighborhood which provides Outer Banks of North Carolina. Afincredible online and hard ter a year of living off the Hill, I am copy resources. An- running out of decent photographs for other valuable new species. resource is the NaRegarding Ocracoke, it is truly a tional Audubon Society special place and I had long planned which maintains a data- on moving there to pursue full-time base for all of the Christmas writing. In one of life’s little surprises, Birds Counts and I used it the public librarian position became extensively to look for trends available and perhaps in the spirit that could be of interest. The of downsizing I accepted it thus goDC count is one of the oldest ing from the world’s largest library with the first one taking place to what was once categorized as the in 1912. smallest library in the country. It is, in Speaking of the Library of fact, a tough place to write –too many Congress, there was even a time distractions. In addition to librariwhen a Capitol Hill bird made Double-crested Cormorant H 47

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f you are interested in knowing what birds can be spotted on the Hill, here is the list and the date that they appeared in the Hill Rag.

American Goldfinch (Aug 2008) American Robin (May 2006) Bald Eagle (July 2007) Barn Swallow (Sept 2007) Blackburnian Warbler (May 2011) Black-crowned Night Heron (Aug 2011) Black-headed Gull (Nov 2009) Blue Jay (Feb 2010) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (June 2008) Brown Creeper (Feb 2011) Brown Thrasher (May 2008) Brown-headed Cowbird (April 2010) Canada Goose (Nov 2007) Carolina Chickadee (Dec 2009) Carolina Wren (Oct 2009) Brown Thrasher Caspian Tern (Sept 2010) Cedar Waxwing (April 2006) Chipping Sparrow (Aug 2007) Common Grackle (April 2008) Common Merganser (April 2007) Cooper’s Hawk (March 2009) Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco (Feb 2007) Double-crested Cormorant (Nov 2008) Downy Woodpecker (March 2012) Eastern Kingbird (Aug 2010) Eastern Phoebe (May 2007) Eastern Towhee (Jul 2010) European Starling (Nov 2006) Fish Crow (July 2009) Forster’s Tern (Sept 2009) Golden-crowned Kinglet (Dec 2006) Gray Catbird (July 2006) Great Black-backed Gull (Feb 2009) Great Blue Heron (Dec 2007) Great Egret (Oct 2006) Green Heron (May 2010) Hooded Merganser (Jan 2010) House Finch (March 2008) House Sparrow (Nov 2012) Rock Pigeon House Wren (July 2012) Killdeer (Aug 2006) Laughing Gull (Sept 2006) Least Sandpiper (Aug 2008) Magnolia Warbler (Oct 2007) Mallard (Jan 2011) Mourning Dove (Jan 2009) Northern Cardinal (Sept 2009) Northern Mockingbird (March 2006) Osprey (July 2008) Peregrine Falcon (March 2007) Red-bellied Woodpecker (Dec 2010) Red-tailed Hawk (June 2009) Red-winged Blackbird (April 2009) Ring-billed Gull (Jan 2007) Rock Pigeon (Jan 2008) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Dec 2008) Song Sparrow (Sep 2012) Spotted Sandpiper (June 2007) Turkey Vulture (Nov 2010) White-crowned Sparrow (April 2012) White-throated Sparrow (Oct 2008) Wood Duck (Oct 2010) Dark Eyed Junco Yellow Warbler (May 2009) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Feb 2007) Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler (June 2006)

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Canal Park and Skating Rink Open A New Community Gathering Place in Riverfront Photos by Andrew Lightman Canal Park, the much anticipated 3-acre park in the heart of the Capitol Riverfront, celebrated its grand opening the weekend of November 16-17, 2012. The park is the centerpiece of the rapidly growing residential neighborhood north of M Street, SE as well a focal point and activity center for the ongoing redevelopment of the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg residential complex. While Yards Park is considered a regional waterfront destination, Canal Park is envisioned as more of a neighborhood park that will appeal to Riverfront residents and employees. It is envisioned as a very family friendly park with water jet/fountain features that will be fun for children to play in. Crowds of skaters initiated the skating rink through the opening days this past weekend. H

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Ray Bowers

Eastern Market’s “Cheese Man” Departs


ay Bowers, owner of the Bowers Fancy Dairy Products, a five-decade mainstay at the historic Eastern Market, died in his sleep on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the age of 78. Bowers, known to many at the Eastern Market as “the Cheese Man,” owned and operated the business he inherited from his father, Harris Rockford Bowers, who bought the shop in 1964. Bowers successfully marketed his business by offering to one and all samples of a wide variety of cheeses,virtually ensuring a purchase. Joseph Raymond Bowers of Falls Church, VA was born January 28, 1934. He was buried in Sharpsburg, WV near the Antietam Battlefield. There is a local service planned at St Peter’s on December 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. Bowers was a long time member of the parish. Bowers’ son, Mike, a daily presence at the Market, who worked for and with his father, describes a remarkable man from whom he learned a great deal. Bowers added that his father was a doting grandfather and a “kind man” whose beliefs were incorporated in his favorite word “ inclusive.” “He was my best friend,” Michael Bowers said of his deceased father, adding with a long hard swallow and pause: “He was the best man at my wedding. I looked to him for the truth. He gave answers to my questions that always made me think. He would tell you the truth and was a real confidant.” Ray Bowers was among those who were burned out by the fire at the Eastern Market on April 30, 2007. Along with the other merchants he set up his business in the temporary East Hall, returning to the original South Hall location when it resumed operations in August 2008. Council member Tommy Wells described Bowers as “a special guy. You never knew what to expect of him. He had opinions not commonly held.” Wells added that Bowers often engaged him politically with his strong views on an array of subjects: “He marched to the beat of his own drum.” Wells recounts a story that sums up the special place that the Eastern Market and Bowers held in the Hill community life. A longtime friend loved Bowers’ cheeses and was particularly fond of an especially strong soft cheese. It became the Gutman cheese at Bowers’ stand when ordered by many his friends who never did learn the cheese’s actual name. Fromager Ray Bowers knew immediately

by Peter J. Waldron

what cheese it was; the only question was how much you wanted. Bowers was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Janet Knode of Shepherdstown WV. They were married on December 27, 1958. Bowers is survived by his mother, Zelma, and his son Michael Bowers (wife Andrea) and a daughter Kris Bowers Haefer of Memphis, TN (husband Doug) presently residing in Brazil. There are five grandchildren. Bowers briefly attended Gonzaga HS and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He received a BS in Economics from Shepherd College in 1961 and then went on to work on an uncompleted Masters in Public School Administration from the University of Virginia. Bowers had a varied professional career before settling down in 1976 and running the legendary cheese stand. Bowers was an intelligence specialist in the Air Force from 1954-57 stationed in Tripoli, Libya and taught elementary school in both Fairfax and Prince William counties. Bowers also taught and counseled incarcerated youth at the Lorton Youth Center between 1964-66. Ray Bowers grandson, Ryan, who directed the many regulars at the Market stand to the butcher block paper memorial hastily assembled for signatures while the business was closed to honor the memory of Bowers, described his grandfather as a man who did “what he wanted and when he wanted.” H H 51


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he mercury has dropped recently, and that means we might all need a little added incentive to get out of the house. That incentive comes to you in the imminent closing of an H Street NE corridor staple, and in new offerings at Union Market.

Red Palace to Close January 2013

It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when Red Palace (1212 H Street NE, http:// issued a press release announcing that the tavern would close its doors January 1, 2013. Rumors of the imminent closing swirled in the days before the official public acknowledgement. Red Palace originally opened as two separate, but neighboring, bars. Palace of Wonders featured burlesque and sideshow acts, while Red and the Black offered live music, and a New Orleans vibe. In 2010 the two bars merged, which allowed for the construction of a kitchen, and created a much larger performance space on the second floor. The newly revamped Red Palace turned out the usual wings and fries, mac and cheese, and gourmet burgers made with local grass fed beef. Fittingly, they once offered a burger known as the Burporken. The Burporken

Red Palace in its earlier incarnation, Palace of Wonders. 52 H HillRag | December 2012

by Elise Bernard

was an unholy marriage of beef, chicken, and pork, served on a brioche bun. While the Burporken is no longer on the menu, you still have all of December to stop by and enjoy one of Red Palace’s other tasty burgers while you take in a show, or simply check out the sideshow memorabilia that still decorates the venue’s walls. Red Palace was unique in its role as a haven for the sometimes bizarre, and often titillating, world of burlesque and freak show Salt & Sundry is a lifestyle shop that recently opened in Union Market. acts in the District. Countless people can be found loudly lamenting the loss of such a space, while others full service butcher (http://www.harveysmarketdc. proclaim that this is not the end of such perfor- com), a boozy soda counter (http://buffaloandbermances in buttoned down Washington, DC. The, and a lifestyle shop called Salt & Sunfuture of the space is uncertain. The new owners dry selling “tableware, linens, artisanal foods and have a new vision, but they aren’t saying exactly one-of-a-kind vintage finds” (http://www.shopsalwhat that is yet. The Market recently expanded its hours so that it is now open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (some vendors only operate from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. so Union Market check the Union Market site for actual operating Expands Hours hours for individual vendors. Union Market (1309 5th Street NE, http:// New Restaurant to Open at Union Market, an In addition to increasing its hours, Union upscale culinary gem, lies Market also recently unveiled plans for a new in the wholesale food disrestaurant. The, as yet unnamed, restaurant trict known as the Florida will be helmed by New York City chef John Market. Union Market Mooney. Mooney’s current restaurant is Bell has a steadily growing list Book & Candle (, which of food and drink vendors is located in New York City’s West Village. Bell (for consumption both on Book & Candle harvests much of their herbs and off site), as well a couple of non-food shops, and and produce from a garden on their rooftop, and restaurants. Among the di- Mooney plans to undertake a similar project at verse offerings are an oyster Union Market. His cooking relies heavily on bar (http://www.rroysters. seasonal and sustainable ingredients, which should com), a bakery (http:// make him an excellent match for the locally driven, a food scene that Union Market strives to nurture.

Crafty Bastards at Union Market Draws a Crowd

This year saw a major change for the Washington City Paper’s annual Crafty Bastards (http://www.washingtoncitypaper. com/craftybastards) arts and crafts festival. The festival relocated from its Adams Morgan home to a large lot adjacent to Union Market. Some worried that the location would fail to draw many shoppers, especially with a newly imposed entrance fee. As it turned out, neither location, nor the nominal admission charge, deterred shoppers. The crowd was consistently huge, as visi-

Crafty Bastards drew crowds to Union Market.

tors from throughout the region descended upon Union Market and its environs. Food vendors in Union Market hustled to meet the demand for sandwiches, and drinks. Local, and out of state, vendors filled multiple tents, and the tables of wares for sale stretched out to fill the lot. I attended with friends, and we were overwhelmed by the turnout. Based on my Twitter timeline, that

was a common reaction. Crafty Bastards offers an excellent chance to score unique items for your home, or the perfect holiday gift. I suspect, based on the success this time around, that Union Market could easily become the festival’s permanent home.


A local pop-up arts happening, submerge, attracted an eclectic crowd to its space in the former home of Fashion One (700 H Street NE). SubMERGE, which ran from November 10-18th, kicked off its festivities with the closing party for Digital Capital Week, which “bring[s] together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds.” The kick-off party featured live music and performances off all sorts, as well as visual art. SubMERGE was a project of the No Kings Collective. No Kings Collective is a group of artists and organizers, who work with other artists to create flash art events and temporary galleries in the District. During subMERGE’s nine day run, No Kings Collective showcased a wide variety of performance art, visual art, music, and fashion. We already have a thriving arts scene along the H Street NE Corridor, but it’s awesome to see another venue (even a pop-up) highlighting new local talent. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog You can send me tips, or questions at elise.bernard@gmail. com. H H 53


Holidays on Barracks Row – 2012 Santa, Smart Phones, Radio Legends, and Shopping by Sharon Bosworth


snowy winter is forecast for 2012-13, but the weatherman advises us not to count on the magical white stuff appearing by Saturday, December 15 when Santa makes his annual appearance on Barracks Row. This year’s lack of snow will force Santa to leave his reindeer and sleigh at the North Pole. However, Barracks Row firemen from Engine Company 18, 414 8th Street, SE, have volunteered to transport Santa by fire truck to the corner of 8th and G Street, SE, so he won’t miss his visit.

Engine Company 18 Escorts Santa to Barracks Row

Come by on December 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for Santa Arrives On 8th Street, produced by Barracks Row Main Street and held outdoors at old City Bank building (now Oheme von Sweden) at 536 8th Street, SE. Kids and pets tell Santa what they want this holiday season while our photographer captures the scene. The shots are uploaded to the Barracks Row website for parents to download. Refreshments will be provided by Ted’s Bulletin. It’s all free, but bring along an unwrapped new toy for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots collection box. After Santa, continue your day on the Row with shopping. The Small Business Administration 54 H HillRag | December 2012

recently selected the Barracks Row corridor as an ideal representation of small businesses nationwide. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, SBA Deputy Administrator, Marie Johns visited our corridor touring Sweet Lobby, 404 8th Street, SE; Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street, SE; Homebody, 715 8th Street, SE, and tabula rasa, 731 8th Street, SE with an entourage of dignitaries. Small Business Saturday was developed to parallel Black Friday, when malls kick off holiday shopping. Shop On!

Invest in Rose’s Luxury – Play to Pay at CHAW

With 40+ restaurants on the Row, you can drop by without reservations during the holidays and still find plenty of choices for brunch, lunch or dinner. One eatery, not yet open, is even hoping to recruit your contributions. Chef/owner Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury, opening soon at 717 8th Street, SE, just launched a project with Kickstarter www. to raise funds for the design phase of Rose’s Luxury courtyard dining area and some special indoor amenities. Support levels start at $5, but get much more interesting at $75 where contributors are guaranteed one five-course dinner once Rose’s opens. For a $1500 investment, the chef will do dinner for eight at one his DC pop-up locations. Learn more at www. At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street, SE, on Wednesdays through Sundays until December, dog and pony dc, an ensemble theater company, needs your help to complete the story at each performance of The Killing Game. A mash up of Orsen Well’s 1938 classic radio spoof, War of Worlds, Eugene Ionesco’s Killing Game, and the card game Fluxx, the show follows twists and turns put forward by the audience. The Killing Game explores what can happen when a mysterious plague visits a city that bears a striking resemblance to DC and the hype that surrounds modern crises. Use of cell phones, smart phones, and tablets during the

show is highly encouraged. The ticket price online is $17, but at the door play-to-pay prevails: prices range from $5 to $40 depending on the outcome of a fast board game played right there at the gate. The production is partially funded by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, 419 East Capitol Street, SE, and by Labyrinth Games, 637 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Now Open – uBreakiFix and Exclamation Point

With smart devices embedded in our daily lives and even crossing over into dramatic productions at CHAW, it’s consoling to know a true electronics emergency room just opened at 413 8th Street, SE, 2nd floor, right above Popeyes. Look for the sidewalk sign: uBreakiFix. Owners Matt Allen and Adam Nations are on hand to diagnose and repair cracked screens, water damage, chip issues and more in smart phones, tablets, game consoles, and laptops. uBreakiFix aims for 24 hour diagnostic turn around.

“Before” Garden Courtyard At Rose’s Luxury

Prices run about half of corporate repair services. Throughout the entire month of December no trip to Barracks Row would be complete without visiting The Fridge, 516 8th Street, SE, Rear Alley. The mural on the exterior will be changing in December and, inside, Fridge owner, Alex Goldstein’s “Streets of New York”graphics-inspired art will be for sale in a show entitled Exclamation Point. The Fridge is open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.

p.m. Tickets are $15. Two high-powered local sensations perform at The Hill Center on Sunday, December 13. Washington Youth Choir at Eastern (formerly the Eastern High School Choir) opens the show at 4:00 p.m. followed by internationally acclaimed Eastern High School Alumni Choir. Tickets are $25 online at Proceeds benefit the Washington Youth Choir College Scholarship Fund, uBreakiFix , 413 8th Street, SE, owners which has awarded over Adam Nations and Matt Allen $1,000,000 in scholarships to Eastern High School Choir members since 1989.

Susan Stamberg of NPR’s All Things Considered at Hill Center

On Tuesday, December 11 at The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, it’s story time. Listen as two of the best voices on radio read specially commissioned Hanukkah tales. Susan Stamberg, founding mother of

Susan Stamberg - Founding Mother of NPR

National Public Radio and Murry Horwitz, past VP of NPR’s cultural programming, present their popular NPR holiday broadcast live in the Lincoln Room beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Then, on Thursday, Dec 13, The Hill Center hosts flautist Joseph Cunliffe (known in DC for his work with Barnes and Hampton Celtic Christmas) along with guitarist Giorgia Cavallaro in a children’s holiday program beginning at 7:30

DC Pops At The Folger Library and Corner Store

Six hundred years ago, well before Columbus discovered America, a pop music scene emerged in Florence, Italy. Inspired by troubadours of the Middle Ages, this was not church music, but songs by and for everyday people, including love songs. From December 14 to December 23 The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, hosts holiday music from this break-out moment, Florence, Christmas Music of the Trecento. To achieve authentic, early 1400’s sound the musicians plsy period instruments. Tickets are $50.00; for show times call the Folger Library box office at 202-544-7077. Since 1400 pop has crossed the pond, splintered, merged and continues to reinvent itself. Sample pop’s New World diversity at Corner Store, 800 South Carolina Avenue, SE, at 7 p.m. on December 7 and 8 with rootsgrass band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys - a distinctive fusion of swing, jazz and bluegrass. On December 8 (following Lindsay Lou) Jonathan Byrd, out of Carrboro (near Durham), North Carolina, performs his own brew of New Folk with tales of love, life and death in the USA. Corner Store ushers in Christmas on Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. with a concert/sing-along featuring pianist choirmaster Peggy Stern of Capitol City Voice Jazz Chorus who will preside over an evening of hot cider, music and cheer. Performances are $15 in advance or $20; Christmas sing along is $10. Cheers! H H 55



SOUTH Planning for Transit on M Street


by William Rich

be removed under this scenario since the parking lane would be taken up by the transit lane. Right turns would be restricted to certain intersections throughout the corridor so the transit vehicles are able to travel more quickly on the street. In order to compensate for the removal of a traffic lane on M Street SE/SW, a second travel lane would be added to each side of I Street, SW by removing on-street parking. The bike lane configuration currently on I Street, SW would change to include a mixed travel and bike lane in each direction. In addition, P Street, SW would be widened from one travel It is safer for cyclists to use M Street on a weekend morning when traflane to two travel lanes between 4th fic is much lighter. Two of the planning scenarios would accommodate Street, SW and South Capitol Street, bicycles on M Street. Photo: William Rich SW during peak hours. One-way traffic on some streets would be converted to two-way streets. shared travel lane for general purpose Under the second alternative, or the “Balanced Link- and transit vehicles, and an 11-foot ages” scenario, M Street SE/SW would accommodate travel/turn lane in each direction. This cars, transit, and bike lanes. The typical cross-section of M scenario reduces the number of travel Street west of South Capitol Street would have an eight- lanes from three currently to two lanes foot cycle track, an eight-foot parking lane, a 12-foot in each direction on M Street. Streetcar service would be placed along I Street, SW, where the parking lane would be removed and replaced with a shared vehicle/transit lane. The streetcar line would connect to 7th Street, SW on the western side. On-street parking on P Street, SW would be removed as well, replaced with a shared travel/transit lane that would serve the DC Circulator (assuming service is restored to Southwest). No Southwest streets would be converted to two-way streets under the second alternative. Alternative number three, or the “Mobility Arterial” scenario would make M Street SE/SW three travel lanes in each direction with the outer lane serving as a shared travel/ transit lane. Streetcars would run on this shared lane. No parking would be provided on M Street SE/SW Green bike lanes have been painted recently on I Street to emphasize the path at the intersection with South Capitol Street. One of the planning sceunder this scenario. However, the narios would remove the bike lanes on I Street and place cycle tracks on M Street. Photo: William Rich ver the past several months, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been working on a transportation planning study of the M Street, SE/SW corridor. The study area includes most of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D, which includes everything south of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway to the Washington Channel and Anacostia River. ANC 6D is one of the fastest developing areas of the city with massive projects planned throughout Southwest and Near Southeast neighborhoods and the commissioners have made several requests to DDOT over the years for a comprehensive traffic study of M Street. The study began in early 2012 and after three community meetings and months of study by DDOT and their consultant CH2MHILL, three alternatives were developed for the corridor and surrounding streets. Each of the alternatives is distinct, although some aspects of each alternative are common. The first alternative would remake M Street SE/SW as a “Main Street” which would accommodate more transit service. Under this alternative, there would be a median of variable width, including a center turn lane on the Southwest portion of M Street, two travel lanes on each side of the street, and the outer lanes would be an exclusive transit lane for streetcars, Metrobus, and commuter buses. Street parking that currently exists on M Street SE/SW would

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middle travel lane would be shared with bicycles. The current configuration of I Street, SW would not change under this scenario. Similar to alternative number two, no Southwest streets would be converted to two-way streets under the third alternative. Neither of these alternatives looked at traffic patterns during special events such as Nationals games, which was of great concern to some residents when these alternatives were first presented to the community back in September. DDOT has contingency plans in place for game day traffic, so the study focused on traffic patterns on “normal” days. Some potential projects that can be done in the nearterm, or within the next five years, are achievable under any of the alternatives. These nearterm improvements include the promotion of car-sharing, increase transit modes and frequency, improve pedestrian access to transit facilities, install solar-powered parking meters capable of dynamic pricing, implement traffic calming measures, provide pervious pavers within sidewalks and café spaces, revise signal timing at intersections, improve signage, install more benches and bike racks, and increase the number of street trees. In the long-term (beyond 2020), more improvements can be made to the area, such as connecting future development in Buzzard Point to the rest of the study area via streetcar and shuttle service, improve eastwest connectivity throughout the study area, increase capacity at Metrorail stations including Waterfront and Navy Yard- Ballpark, separate the Metrorail Yellow line from the Green line to create infill stations, enhance commuter rail at L’Enfant, and build a multimodal transfer center. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could (www.southwestquadrant. H

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@ Your Service Article and photos, Heather Schoell


ear readers, it’s been real, but I’m hanging up @ Your Service – moving on…going out with a bang (*wink* - see below). Be well, be kind, and have a truly wonderful, prosperous, healthy and happy holiday and 2013.

H Street Care Pharmacy & Wellness

Kapiamba Muteba • Stephanie Young 812 H Street NE • (202) 621-9667 •

H Street Care Pharmacy & Wellness owner Kapiamba Muteba (call him “HS”) was manager of the wellknown competitor for many years, and is happy to run his own place in his own way. He and several of his staff go back 10+ years, so they are invested. The pharmacy is freshly renovated and improved, thanks to a DC Gov. grant for H Street businesses affected by construction. Pharmacist Stephanie Young was able to design a stateof-the-art and environmentally-conscious compounding lab, her specialties being veterinary medicines (not many RXs offer this!), cosmeticeuticals (for elective dermatology), and hormone replacement therapies. She can also compound for kids, like if a pill is too hard to swallow, or the taste is too awful. H St. Care especially caters to chronically ill patients; they built a consultation room where they sit with patients to discuss medications and treatment, and have a dispensing machine that bundles mini-packs of pills so it’s easier for patients to manage (i.e. there may be 5 medications to be taken before breakfast in one pack). There are only a handful of these machines in DC. If that’s not enough, H Street Care also delivers for free!

H St. Care: (l to r) Chae, HS, Ashley, and Stephanie in the bright new lab in H Street Care.

Little Loft

Keira Havner • Lia Salza Goldstein 511 11th Street SE • (202) 656-3808 •

Keira, with her arts teaching background, and her need of a job with flexibility (and probably some eschewing of bureaucracy); plus Lia, with her Harvard Grad School Masters in cognitive development, and her desire for a good project; plus their 5 children total; plus their ties to the community equal Little Loft. Across from Frager’s paint store, next door to Newman Frames. Little Loft is a kid-friendly place for little people to explore art, a peaceful place that is not over-stimulating, and a community resource. Take Hurricane Sandy – on a dime, Keira and Lia opened their doors for families who suddenly had nothing to do on their unanticipated days off. They ended up with a room full of kids for an impromptu monster-making workshop, and had a lot of Lia (l) and Keira (r) with young friends around the art table at Little Loft. Photo by Maria Helena Carey, courtesy Little Loft. fun as they created cute and colorful monsters. That’s what it’s all about – having fun – never mind that creating age-appropriate art improves fine motor and language skills and builds confidence. Little Loft offers weekend workshops, daytime classes, and parties – sign up online. They also retail a selection of art supplies and seasonal kits to work on at home. Dec. 7 is a headband workshop for adults from 7 – 9:30pm. Create something at Little Loft!

The Garden

Jessica VonDyke says “No matter what parts you have or what parts you play with...” there is something for you at The Garden.

The Garden is sort of like the Hill Center– education, community-building, workshops, and some specialized retail – except that The Garden is all about sex. For years, Jessica VonDyke has had the dream of educating for better sexual understanding. There are a few parts to The Garden: entertainment events, educational events, and toys. First Tuesdays nights are sex trivia at SOVA. The 1st Hump Day of the month is a workshop at The Atlas, featuring well-known educators. Any day is a good day for toys – just get in touch with Jessica through her website. Think you already know what you need to know? Did you know that drugstore lubes contain glycerin, which is

a sugar, which causes yeast infections? Ewwww! See, there’s still stuff to learn – including that the toy industry has changed. You don’t put low-quality food in your mouth, so why would you buy inferior products for your...other areas? The Garden carries only high-quality, body-safe, and – where applicable – organic supplies. The Garden is for anyone and everyone – as Jessica puts it, “no matter what parts you have or what parts you play with,” this is for you. Look for two big pop-up shop sales, just in time for the joyous days of giving and receiving, Dec. 16 and 23 from 2 to 7pm at 1234 H St. NE, 2nd floor. H

Jessica VonDyke •

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60 H HillRag | December 2012

Real Estate The Southeast Library Celebrates its 90th


n December 8, 1922, hundreds of people came to the corner of 7th and D SE to celebrate a milestone in Capitol Hill history--the opening of a new branch library. Only the second branch to be opened by the DC library system, it was the first to be opened as part of a new, central, push to expand the library into the neighborhoods. The opening of the Takoma Park branch 11 years earlier had shown that local substations of the main library were a successful idea, so George F. Bowerman, District Librarian, had conceived a plan to spread 34 branches across the city, including ten in public schools. The Southeast Branch Library was the first to be completed under the new model. It was hoped that these new branches would ease “congestion in the main branch, as well as saving

by Robert S. Pohl

car fare for the users.” Congress was responsible for buying the land, which cost $10,000, while, like the two previous library buildings, the money to build the building came from the Carnegie Corporation, which chipped in $67,000. Between 1883 and 1929, 1689 libraries were built with donations from businessman Andrew Carnegie. In spite of Carnegie’s death three years earlier, his corporation carried on his library-building vision. In Washington, DC four of these buildings still exist (Mount Vernon, Mount Pleasant, Takoma and Southeast). The actual building of the Southeast facility, invariably, took longer than expected – when excavation had begin in February of 1922, the expectation was that the opening would occur on September 1. This slight delay did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who jammed “their

way into the library rooms,” as the Washington Star wrote the next day, celebrating Capitol Hill’s newest addition “in an enthusiastic manner.” They were greeted outside by a brass band, while inside, more sedate orchestral music played – and local worthies pontificated.

The Interior

The interior of the library was quite different than today, divided down the middle by a wall, with the south side used as the adult room, while the larger, northern, part being used as a children’s room. There was a second set of stairs in the middle of this room that led to the basement, a feature that puzzled many at the time. In fact, the whole interior was slightly quirky, filled with “dark stairways ending in blank walls and cubby-holes too small for anything except to collect dust and dirt,” as a 1947 DCPL

The children’s room as it appeared in 1979. (FOSEL) The exterior of the library is beautifully landscaped through the volunteer efforts of Mark Holler, owner of Gingko Gardens. H 61

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A scene from the 50th Anniversary in 1972. (FOSEL)

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The circulation desk is seen in this undated picture. (FOSEL)

newsletter explained. What was particularly remarkable is that the architect, one Edward Lippincott Tilton, designed over 100 libraries during his long and distinguished career, most of which were paid for by Carnegie. Tilton also designed many of the buildings on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, including the Main Building, where hopefully there were no “stairways leading to blank walls� to confuse the incoming immigrants. In spite of the odd makeup of the interior, the library was an immediate hit, with there being a request for an extra 1000 books to make up for all those checked out in the first day. George Bowerman had hoped that the library

would have a yearly circulation of 65,000 volumes, this number was more than doubled in the first year. Even after the NE library opened 10 years later, no decline in circulation was seen. By 1925, they were asking for an increase in the book budget to handle all the users. With 40 schools within walking distance, the number of books checked out far exceeded expectations. Even the interior came in for praise: “The soft brown furnishings of the reading rooms makes the library a congenial place to read� wrote the Washington Post, adding that “the library has received generous praise from the southeast citizens for the friendly spirit of helpfulness shown by the librarian and her assistants.�

Attempts to fix the interior began almost immediately, with the staircase in the middle of the Children’s room being removed in 1928. Over the years, several changes were made to the basement, to make it more usable, though during the second world war, it was repurposed for use in the war effort, with the Civilian Defense authority and the Office of Price Administration sharing the space.

A CLASSIC! Historically accurate

Continued Renovation

After the war, another attempt was made to remodel the library, this time to eliminate the need to climb 26 steps to get into it. One idea was to create the entrance at street level, then have an interior escalator to the main floor. Nothing came of this plan, and further renovations were not as far-reaching. The most important one came when the garage, which occupied the NW corner of the basement, was removed and an elevator was installed instead. The library remained popular, even as the neighborhood changed. It celebrated its 50th anniversary with a neighborhood history exhibit, a dance performance, a children’s soul food cooking contest, as well as a theater performance. Another important renovation came in 2007, when the American Library Association selected the SE library for an overhaul. In just a few short months, many of the previous ‘improvements,’ including a dropped ceiling, were removed and a large central table was added that made space for the most important addition to the library since its opening: Computers. Today, the library remains one of the District’s smallest, but most active libraries, and is currently doing double duty while its cousin up the street, the Northeast Library, undergoes its much-needed renovations. In December, the library will be celebrating its 90th birthday with a whole slate of events. For more information, see the ad in this issue, as well as southeast. H

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Changing Hands

Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. 518 RITTENHOUSE ST NW 1237 ROCK CREEK FORD RD NW 847 VENABLE PL NW 6213 8TH ST NW 6119 14TH ST NW 562 PEABODY ST NW 6208 5TH ST NW 414 MARIETTA PL NW 6320 7TH ST NW 554 BRUMMEL CT NW #554

$430,000 $399,000 $399,000 $387,000 $350,000 $330,000 $295,000 $287,000 $249,900 $177,500


$525,000 $429,000 $428,570 $392,500 $389,000 $362,500 $330,000 $325,000 $235,000 $155,000 $115,000

3 4 4 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 2 3 3


$1,460,000 $1,035,000 $844,000 $750,000 $735,000



2348 GREEN ST SE Close Price BR





$775,000 $537,500 $525,000 $475,000


$875,000 $820,000 $730,000


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$235,000 $230,000 $193,000


5 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 4 3

3 3


$975,000 $864,900




$240,000 $229,500


$519,000 $495,000 $481,000

5 4 4 3 3 5 3 4

406 A ST SE 1339 MARYLAND AVE NE 312 L ST SE 20 5TH ST SE 110 F ST SE 411 D ST SE 125 KENTUCKY AVE SE 735 10TH ST SE 512 G ST NE 1533 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE 1131 7TH ST NE 804 A ST NE 633 CONSTITUTION AVE NE 2231/2 12TH ST SE 744 7TH ST SE 716 KENTUCKY AVE SE 414 6TH ST NE 323 10TH ST SE 512 7TH ST NE 1517 A ST SE 825 E ST SE 15 8TH ST SE 525 9TH ST SE 22 16TH ST SE 1130 4TH ST NE 33 16TH ST NE 772 11TH ST SE 532 TENNESSEE AVE NE 1255 K ST SE 1540 D ST SE 1431 D ST SE 1253 K ST SE 109 18TH ST SE 1803 A ST SE

$1,600,000 $1,050,000 $1,025,000 $995,000 $985,000 $925,000 $908,000 $849,000 $805,000 $780,000 $774,500 $760,000 $750,200 $736,000 $735,750 $718,500 $708,000 $685,723 $675,000 $647,000 $640,000 $600,000 $595,000 $589,900 $582,700 $552,000 $539,000 $521,000 $504,000 $494,000 $486,000 $485,000 $480,000 $403,000

4 4 4 3 3 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 3 4 2 2 2 3 4 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3




$1,435,000 $1,110,000 $1,049,000 $1,000,000

6 5 4 3 4


$965,000 $953,000 $930,000 $899,000 $895,000 $853,500 $851,000 $779,000 $776,000 $775,000 $775,000 $761,900 $685,000


$1,800,000 $1,620,000 $1,325,000 $859,000


$1,425,000 $769,555 $695,000 $679,000 $581,000 $549,000 $536,650 $475,000 $449,000 $443,000 $420,000 $415,000 $392,400 $340,000


$350,000 $300,000 $86,000


$901,000 $775,000


$225,000 $225,000 $199,500 $197,000 $162,500 $143,000 $111,000 $72,500 $50,000


$589,000 $551,000 $458,000 $399,999




$245,000 $219,000 $209,900 $186,000 $176,000 $150,000 $125,000 $125,000 $119,500

5 4 4 4 5 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 7 4 4 6 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 6 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 3 2 4 3 4 2 3 9 3 3 7 3 3 4 4 3 2 3 2 2





$810,000 $725,500 $1,697,125 $1,105,900 $1,047,040 $1,004,650

GEORGETOWN 1507 33RD ST NW 3030 P ST NW 3048 P ST NW 3204 Q ST NW 3556 RESERVOIR RD NW 3982 GEORGETOWN CT NW 1686 32ND ST NW 3259 PROSPECT ST NW 1313 35TH ST NW 2716 O ST NW 3423 Q ST NW 1621 33RD ST NW 1511 26TH ST NW

$1,972,500 $1,900,000 $1,475,000 $1,435,000 $1,350,000 $1,260,000 $1,160,000 $1,150,000 $1,150,000 $1,110,000 $999,000 $787,000 $685,000


$822,000 $806,000 $780,000 $764,000






$410,000 $399,900 $369,000 $350,000 $324,400 $215,000


$2,125,000 $910,000 $3,025,000

5 4 4 2 3 3 3 5 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 6 6 6


$3,397,000 $1,320,000 $1,300,000 $1,050,000 $885,000


$665,000 $475,000 $460,000




$5,900,000 $1,300,000




$1,065,000 $910,000 $735,000 $711,000 $605,000


$870,000 $855,000 $561,000




$795,000 $730,000 $720,000

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2204 DOUGLAS ST NE 2200 TAYLOR ST NE 3613 28TH ST NE 2939 MILLS AVE NE 3823 25TH PL NE

$700,000 $613,000 $560,000 $550,000 $520,000 $450,000 $429,000 $404,900 $375,000 $375,000 $360,000 $256,000 $235,000 $1,001,000 $934,000 $902,000 $900,000 $900,000 $820,000 $475,000 $442,000 $360,000

7 3 3 3 4 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 0 7 3 4 5

$849,000 $775,000 $760,000 $759,000

4 3 3 3

$690,000 $525,000 $522,000 $440,000 $399,000 $356,000 $350,000 $343,000 $339,400 $250,000 $235,000

4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 3 3



$175,500 $171,800

5 6

$335,000 $290,000 $285,000

3 3 4





$550,000 $450,000 $440,000 $390,000 $349,900 $319,900 $240,000 $200,000

4 4 4 3 3 4 4 3







$982,500 $950,000

3 3



$587,000 $390,000 $370,000 $365,000 $330,000

4 6 3 4 3

2233 S ST NE $227,000 3 1300 TAYLOR ST NW #201 $410,000 2 2008 HAMLIN ST NE $180,000 4 2721 13TH ST NW #1 $409,000 2 1438 COLUMBIA RD NW #104 $381,900 2 1465 COLUMBIA RD NW #102 $376,000 1 $375,000 1 CONDO 1307 CLIFTON ST NW #24 1438 MERIDIAN PL NW #206 $374,000 2 1441 SPRING RD NW #204 $285,000 3 16TH STREET HEIGHTS 1441 SPRING RD NW #303 $251,000 2 4620 IOWA AVE NW #3 $259,900 2 1101 FAIRMONT ST NW #4 $235,000 1 3900 14TH ST NW #402 $231,600 1 ADAMS MORGAN 2600 SHERMAN AVE NW #BO-2 $220,000 2 2410 17TH ST NW #311 $750,000 2 1205 CLIFTON ST NW #C $600,000 2 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #4 $559,900 2 1855 CALVERT ST NW #502 $384,000 1 CONGRESS HEIGHTS 1801 CALVERT ST NW #408 $346,000 1 3872 9TH ST SE #303 $42,000 2 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #24 $569,900 2 1858 CALIFORNIA ST NW #8 $379,000 1 DUPONT 1700 KALORAMA RD NW #206 $441,000 1 1740 18TH ST NW #104 $630,000 2 1810 CALIFORNIA ST NW #202 $425,000 2 1725 P ST NW #302 $446,900 1 1545 18TH ST NW #609 $359,000 1 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK 1815 18TH ST NW #102 $358,543 1 4101 ALBEMARLE ST NW #529 $325,000 1 1730 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #1 $344,500 0 1260 21ST ST NW #907 $251,500 1 BLOOMINGDALE 1 SCOTT CIR NW #206 $225,000 1 2201 2ND ST NW #41 $323,000 1 1825 T ST NW #703 $215,000 0 2201 2ND ST NW #21 $309,900 1 1622 19TH ST NW #3 $685,000 2 149 W ST NW #34 $299,000 1 1704 16TH ST NW #1 $608,196 2 1818 1ST ST NW #2 $624,990 5 1545 18TH ST NW #322 $358,000 1 1731 WILLARD ST NW #106 $355,500 1 BRIGHTWOOD 1828 RIGGS PL NW #22 $240,000 0 580 BRUMMEL CT NW #580 $275,000 2 1414 22ND ST NW #61 $2,300,000 3 6425 14TH ST NW #304 $268,000 2

BROOKLAND 3719 12TH ST NE #205


CAPITOL HILL 226 5TH ST SE #401 609 L ST NE #2 649 C ST SE #402 215 I ST NE #103 649 C ST SE #303 609 L ST NE #1 1524 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #2 516 4TH ST NE #101 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #246 610 3RD ST SE #2 315 G ST NE #306 305 C ST NE #306 610 14TH PL NE #2 1603 ISHERWOOD ST NE #202

$615,000 $610,000 $459,500 $437,103 $350,000 $350,000 $340,000 $339,900 $326,500 $296,250 $288,750 $260,000 $244,900 $199,000


1 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 2


$547,750 $521,000 $430,000 $399,750 $387,500 $380,000 $279,000


$945,000 $645,000 $447,050



CLEVELAND PARK 3731 39TH ST NW #199 3430 39TH ST NW #701 2721 ORDWAY ST NW #6 3831 RODMAN ST NW #25 3401-3420 38TH ST NW #821 3823 RODMAN ST NW #23 3821 39TH ST NW #D94 3701 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #408 4301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #A311

$505,000 $459,000 $451,000 $450,000 $427,500 $393,500 $320,000 $298,000 $280,000

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1341 IRVING ST NW #D 3004 13TH ST NW #3 2819 11TH ST NW #1 1341 IRVING ST NW #A 1336 MERIDIAN PL NW #1 1323 CLIFTON ST NW #33 700 QUINCY ST NW #3 1417 CHAPIN ST NW #402 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #207 3039 16TH ST NW #101 1415 CHAPIN ST NW #306 2920 SHERMAN AVE NW #1

$775,000 $670,000 $625,000 $610,000 $609,000 $580,000 $519,000 $489,000 $488,000 $455,000 $445,000 $421,700

1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

955 26TH ST NW #301 2141 I ST NW #301

$655,000 $180,000


4707 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #615 2939 VAN NESS ST NW #224 2939 VAN NESS ST NW #106 4707 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #109 2736 ORDWAY ST NW #3 3701 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #823 2718 ORDWAY ST NW #4 / 29

$492,100 $450,000 $407,500 $360,000 $327,000 $287,500 $349,900


1077 30TH ST NW #210 3222 CHERRY HILL LN NW #B3 3225 GRACE ST NW #207

$695,000 $435,000 $431,000


4000 TUNLAW RD NW #211 4100 W ST NW #210

$287,000 $220,000






2153 CALIFORNIA ST NW #304 2153 CALIFORNIA ST NW #602 1854 MINTWOOD PL NW #7 1863 MINTWOOD PL NW #2 2109 S ST NW #D 2009 BELMONT RD NW #403 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #110 1816 KALORAMA RD NW #102

$700,000 $678,000 $560,000 $555,000 $425,000 $399,000 $390,000 $300,000

2 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1


1300 13TH ST NW #406 1300 N ST NW #615 1300 N ST NW #711 2125 14TH ST NW #625 1324 Q ST NW #B 1339 Q ST NW #A 1235 S NW #1 1220 N ST NW #3B 1300 13TH ST NW #707 1515 15TH ST NW #234 1109 M ST NW #9 1109 M ST NW #3 1109 M ST NW #5 1113 O ST NW #4 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #120 1210 R ST NW #BO7 1200 Q ST NW #302 1239 VERMONT AVE NW #609 1115 12TH ST NW #704 1521 KINGMAN PL NW #4 1300 N ST NW #813

$679,000 $475,000 $375,000 $360,000 $1,400,000 $1,100,000 $865,000 $810,000 $604,000 $525,000 $499,900 $475,000 $449,900 $445,000 $425,000 $389,000 $381,000 $374,900 $295,000 $263,000 $241,000

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Location, Location, Location 503 2nd Street NE Commercial • $1,500,000 UNDER CONTRACT Prestigious location on Historic Capitol Hill at Senate, across from USJudiciaryBldg&UnionStation.2story+EnglishBasementbric k bay front townhouse office of approx 2214 sf well designed office s for lobbyist, non profits, law firms etc. Property zoned C2A & Certi ficateofOccupancyforofficeuse.Flexiblefloorplanofferslargere ception/entry lobby, 7 offices, conference room, 2.5 baths, 2 kitchenettes, gas fireplace, exterior flagstone patio for entertaining. Thi s kind of property so close in is seldom on market. Metro, rail, & 15 min. to National Airport.

1001 L ST NW #205 1245 13TH ST NW #714 1401 CHURCH ST NW #308 2001 12TH ST NW #212

$483,000 $327,000 $525,000 $477,500


$200,000 $45,000


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man is at his finest towards the finish of the year; He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season is here; Then he’s thinking more of others than he’s thought the months before, And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for. He is less a selfish creature than at any other time; When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime. When it’s Christmas man is bigger and is better in his part; He is keener for the service that is prompted by the heart. All the petty thoughts and narrow seem to vanish for awhile And the true reward he’s seeking is the glory of a smile. Then for others he is toiling and somehow it seems to me That at Christmas he is almost what God wanted him to be. If I had to paint a picture of a man I think I’d wait Till he’d fought his selfish battles and had put aside his hate. I’d not catch him at his labors when his thoughts are all of pelf, On the long days and the dreary when he’s striving for himself. I’d not take him when he’s sneering, when he’s scornful or depressed, But I’d look for him at Christmas when he’s shining at his best. Man is ever in a struggle and he’s oft misunderstood; There are days the worst that’s in him is the master of the good, But at Christmas kindness rules him and he puts himself aside And his petty hates are vanquished and his heart is opened wide. Oh, I don’t know how to say it, but somehow it seems to me That at Christmas man is almost what God sent him here to be. – Edgar Albert Guest (1881–1959) H 71



his holiday season, wouldn’t it be splendid to shop within walking distance? To stroll in for a cup of hot cider, and window shop on your way to a store that you know has exactly what you want? Peruse this gift guide and see some of the fabulous things our local stores have waiting for you. Unique, quality, thoughtful gifts –- that’s what our Capitol Hill businesses have to offer. There is something special

for everyone: gifts that are edgy to conservative, inexpensive to extravagant, shrink wrapped or vintage. And green to, um, alligator and fur. (Don’t judge.) So on behalf of Capitol Community News, thank you for supporting the merchants of Capitol Hill. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas, a hilarious Hanukkah, a wild and crazy Kwanza, and the best 2013 you can possibly envision!

ADOBE DESIGN CENTER Everywhere you turn in Adobe Design Center, there is something interesting to look at. There are little colorful bud vases, large African statues, paintings and beautiful ceramics sure to make any gift receiver glow. Open Tues. through Sat. 654 H St. NE. 202-529-9006, on the web at

ART & SOUL Art & Soul is a boutique filled with wearable art from multi-piece outfits to handbags, scarves and jewelry. A truly eye-catching garment is this knee length brocade coat that comes in navy, blue or black ($270). Art & Soul also carries handmade greeting cards and items for babies. Closed Sunday. 225 Penn. Ave., SE. 202-548-0105. Look for Art & Soul on Facebook.

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BOUTIQUE ON THE HILL Tucked away on the third floor, this little boutique exudes elegance and style. In addition to clothing, the boutique also carries a beautiful array of costume jewelry. Her face will glow as she opens a box containing a beautiful black onyx necklace ($35) and matching earrings ($20). This would be the perfect accouterment to the cocktail dresses the store will also be carrying this holiday season. 309 Penn. Ave. SE. on the web at

C.A.T. WALK As you enter this boutique and consignment shop, you are surrounded by unique fashions. C.A.T. Walk carries new high end clothing in the front, and the back of the store has a variety of consignment items. A perfect gift for that fashionista in your life is a lovely green dress ($149) paired with a chic scarf. Carolyn Thomas and her staff are friendly and are delighted to help you to find that perfect ensemble. Items are 15% off through December. Open daily. 1001 H St. NE. 202-398-1818, on the web at www.

CAPITOL HILL BIKES To protect that new bike that Santa gingerly carried from the North Pole, think about picking up either an Abus lock ($119) or Zetal “Lock & Roll� wheel / saddle lock ($49) as a stocking stuffer. The helpful staff will be able to help you choose the best lock to protect your wheels. Open daily. 719 8th St. SE. 202-544-4234, on the web at

CAPITOL HILL SPORTING GOODS This business has been on Barracks Row for 10 years providing sports needs to the Capitol Hill community. Perhaps the sports fanatic in your life needs a new jersey or hat as they cheer on their favorite team on Sunday afternoon. Capitol Hill Sporting Goods carries a variety of team sportswear. Bring this Gift Guide and get 20% off your purchase. 727 8th Street SE. 202-546-8078.

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New Pawdicure and Pavement Paw Soothing Treatments! $25 with purchase of Grooming Service! Full Service Grooming Salon Creative Dog Grooming Services (Dye, Carving, Painted Nails) Bath & Brush Only Packages Early Drop Off Hours & Late Pick Up Hours Grooming Available 7 days a week 733 8th Street SE • 202-544-8710 H 75

CAPITOL HILL BOOKS For a bookworm there is no better gift than a book, and Capitol Hill Books is full of them. And since this is a store of previously owned books, you never know what you will find. A good way to exercise those brain cells over a long winter is to settle down with any one of the hundreds of history books carried in the store. Owner Jim Tooley suggests The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. As it was once said: he who rules the waves, rules the world. Captain’s hat and world domination not included. Open daily. 657 C Street, SE. 202-544-1621, on the web at

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS Who needs department store prices when you can snag a designer piece from your local consignment store? Find a holiday frock for yourself, or a special individual piece like a pink, red, green and gold Escada skirt suit for that snazzy lady ($50). Closed Mondays. 202 7th St. SE. 202-546-4004.

DAWN PRICE BABY This year surprise that little one with a Moulin Roty Aime et Celeste Rag Doll. This cuddly soft toy is sure to be some little person’s new best friend ($38). Dawn Price Baby also carries nothing-but-the-finest clothes, books including the “In My” series, toys, Zoo Backpacks by Skip Hop, and strollers, as well as accessories for babies and kids. Closed Mondays. 325 7th St, SE. 202-543-2920, on the web at

DIVAS WORLD CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE This boutique has a focus on great quality clothing, shoes, and accessories for women. What woman doesn’t love shoes? Furthermore, what woman doesn’t love designer shoes? Imagine the awe on her face as she opens the box containing a red bottomed, limited edition, leopard print Christian Louboutin ($1,000). In addition to carrying well-known names in haute couture, owner Tameca Davis adds that Divas World also carries fashions at all price points. 1244 H Street NE, 540-628-5428.

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EASTERN MARKET POTTERY Eastern Market Pottery is nestled beneath the SE corner of the historic building, just across from The Silver Spork at 7th & C Street. Down the stairs is a showroom of fine handmade pottery and a spacious studio where the work is made and classes meet. Gift choices are plentiful – vases, mugs, bowls, casseroles, pitchers -- you name it. Classes are available, too! 225 7th St. SE 202-544-6669,

FAIRY GODMOTHER Surprise that little fire fighter during the holidays with a Bruder Fire Truck, one of many Bruder, Tonka and WOW vehicles available at fairy Godmother. This red engine has working sirens and it really does squirt water. In addition to this top notch gift, Roberta also carries a well-chosen selection of children’s books, dress up, arts and crafts and toys sure to bring lots of smiles and imaginative play to children of all ages. Open daily. 319 7th Street, SE. 202-547-5474. Open daily. 319 7th Street, SE. 202-547-5474.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Office Secret Santas always put pressure on me to try and find that one gift that is both clever and useful. Come to the Folger Shakespeare Library gift store and look no more. Impress your colleagues with your knowledge of the English Monarchy with a Henry the VIII and his disappearing wives coffee mug. Wonder no more who was divorced, beheaded or wed as they vanish with your favorite hot beverage ($12.95). Buy a set of Shakespeare’s plays on DVD ($99), Victorian ornaments or a real English Christmas Pudding ($12.95). Open daily. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-675-0364, on the web at

FORECAST Forecast is the perfect place to find a gift for the woman who travels. The Pak is the ultimate urban survival kit with organization inside and out. The kits come in small, medium, and large and carry necessities from hairspray and Tide to nail file and mirror. The liquids are in containers that are less than 3 oz. that will make airport security a breeze. These kits are also perfect to keep in a desk drawer for a post gym touch up ($35,$45,$55). Forecast is two floors of discerning taste. Upstairs you will find clothing and accessories and downstairs are treasures for the home -- candles, glassware, and holiday decor. Closed Mon. 218 7th St. SE. 202-547-7337, on the web at www.

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FRAGERS Rumor has it that this winter is supposed to be cold and snowy. To keep heads warm, Frager’s is the perfect place to pick up a Tilley Hat to provide both warmth and style. Tilley Hats are made in Canada and each comes with a two-year, 50% deductible insurance policy. $74.99 to $129.99. While you’re there, pick up your Christmas tree. Open daily. 1115 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. 202-543-6157, on the web at

FRAME OF MINE Frame of Mine offers custom framing for a variety of objects from art pieces to family heirlooms. How about framing grandma’s recipe cards that were tucked in away in a box, or your Kindergartner’s drawing of her father –- 20 years later. For those who have been meaning to frame photos, paintings or their old Eagle Scout uniform, Frame of Mine has gift certificates. Open daily. 522 8th St. SE. 202-543-3030, on the web at

GINGKO’S What to buy for person with that ‘ol green thumb’ this season? Why not an insect hotel that would make the perfect home for bees, ladybugs, and other helpful insects in their garden. The hotel would also make a delightful accessory for a garden or a fun gift for that budding entomologist ($39.95). Gingko’s carries a variety of plants of course, but also many well-chosen and beautiful objets de art –- candle holders, pots, ceramic bowls, candles – you can do half your holiday shopping here. Open daily. 911 11th Street, SE. 202-543-5172, on the web at

GROOVY DC It was once said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Why not treat your little beauty to an Ugly Doll ($22) this season with a matching coffee mug ($12). Groovy also has an edgy selection of greeting cards and other clever trinkets for stocking stuffers or for that office White Elephant. 323 7th St. SE. 202-544-6633, on the web at www.

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To All Our Past & Future Clients, Neighbors & Fellow Associates, Happy Holidays! Thanks for making 2012 a great year! Linda Pettie and Michael Tubbs

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“One of the Best Wine Stores in the Country is Right Here on Capitol Hill” SELECTION The country’s most complete range of spirits, beer & wine. Our old and rare wine list is the most extensive anywhere, and it’s in your neighborhood. PRICING We will not be undersold. Come see for yourself. SERVICE Second to none, with seven full time wine specialists to assist you. Come in and be treated like family!

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HILL’S KITCHEN ‘Tis the season for cooking, baking, eating, and hosting. Hill’s Kitchen is the perfect place to find whatever you need to bring out your inner chef and hostess. Functional and beautiful pots, pans, knives and the latest in kitchenware of all kinds. A clever gift or charming way to serve cheese this party season would be on a DC-shaped cutting board, custom-made for Hill’s Kitchen, of sustainable bamboo. They are 10 x 10 inches (minus Virginia). $24.95. Open daily. 713 D Street SE. 202-543-1997, on the web at

HOMEBODY Homebody is one of the edgier stores in the area. A unique gift for a collector of wine would be a one-of-kind root wine holder. Make reaching for a bottle of wine a different experience and a conversation piece ($267). Closed Mon. 715 8th St. SE. 202-5448445, on the web at

KNITTING LOFT We all have those people in our lives who have that one thing they are yearning to learn how to do, but have a hard time making time to do it. One of those bucket list items might be learning how to knit. You can now help him or her cross off how to make those needles move with a knitting lesson at the Knitting Loft. Knitting Lessons are $65 for three 90 minute sessions (materials not included). You could also score when that person presents you with a hand scarf created just for you. 1227 Penn. Ave. S.E., 202544-0702, on the web at

LABYRINTH GAMES AND PUZZLES Buying the perfect gift can be puzzling enough, but a perfect gift could be a puzzle. Liberty Puzzles are handmade from wooden architectural paper and the puzzle pieces are non-traditional shapes. For example, the Signing of the Declaration of Independence puzzle contains shapes of the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other sites. One side of a beautiful painting of the famous moment, and the other side shows how the shapes fit. The puzzles come in a variety of designs and sizes and price from $39 to $105. Labyrinth also carries a variety of games that will entertain from any age. Closed Mon. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059, on the web at 82 H HillRag | December 2012

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LITTLE LOFT Feed the Birds Kit ($20) Includes: Wooden birdhouse, pinecone, bird seed, paint brush, three colors of vegetable dye paint and paint cups. Little Loft offers gifts that inspire creativity and make your time together fun. Check the website for holiday shopping hours.

MONKEY’S UNCLE Kids just grow and grow; unfortunately their clothes do not grow with them. But at Monkey’s Uncle you can find clothes that are trendy, warm and reasonably priced, as top-quality, second-hand clothes must be. Stock changes often, so keep checking in, and if you see something you want, do not wait –- chances are it will be long gone by time you return. In addition to having cute threads, this season you can pick up a fair trade Dada Dolls ($20) that are made in Tanzania. Uncles rest on Mondays. 321 7th St. SE. 202-543-3471, on the web at

MOTOPHOTO Distance makes the heart grow fonder, but you don’t want that heart forgetting what your face looks like. For an original gift this season, choose from a wide variety of frames--wooden, silver, or beautiful leather --to surround that photo of family and kids that are the best presents of all. And MotoPhoto has the best selection of gift cards on the Hill. Open daily. 660 Penn Ave. SE. 202-547-2100, on the web at www.

NEWMAN GALLERY In addition to offering quality custom framing, Newman Gallery also displays art from local and non-local artists. This season think about giving a fused glass dish or hand painted glass created by local artist Elizabeth Eby. These pieces look beautiful in a window as the colors catch the sunlight. Prices vary on these stunning pieces. Gift certificates are available. Open Tues. to Sat. 513 11th Street, SE. 202-544-7577.

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Give A Unique Gift This Season!!!! Since 1995 on Capitol Hill

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YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTING GOODS STORE Custom Work for Team Uniforms: Baseball, Soccer, Boxing, Football, Basketball & Track Custom Embroidery & Screen-printing

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RIVERBY BOOKS Riverby Books has around 25,000 books in their Capitol Hill store. You would never know it because it is so neat and organized. As another historic inauguration is upon us in January, a lovely gift for that presidential history buff is a leather bound book on either Eisenhower or Hoover. These beautifully bound books with decorative gold pages will bring class to any book shelf or those who turn the pages ($15). Open daily. 417 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-4342, on the web at

SHOP IF Shop IF is your place for one stop shopping when buying stylish gifts for both him and her. One side of the shop, owner Thomas carries high-end trendy clothes for the men in your life where brand is very important. For that male trendsetter in your life, think about a 10 Deep Camo Sweatshirt ($110), an EntrÊe Denim Vest ($140) and Syn Cargo’s ($88). On other side, owner Jennifer carries stylish and stunning threads for women. GG Style Yellow Toggle Jacket ($55), brown zebra scarf ($20), and Black Paulnke leggings ($20). 1412 Penn. Ave. SE, on the web at

THE DAILY RIDER In addition to carrying bikes for adults and children, The Daily Rider also carries bike accessories that are clever and trendy. For example, this Basil shoulder bag looks like a purse, but has a hidden compartment in the back of the bag that opens to attach to a rear bike rack. No one will ever know what form of wheels your girl is out and about on as she carries her treasures in one of these ($80). Bobbin Bikes are also $100 off. 1108 H Street NE, 202-396-0704, on the web at

TWO LIONS ANTIQUES INTERIORS Janet Crowder hand selects the pieces that fill Two Lions Antiques from stem to stern. In addition to the antique hand painted dishware and crocheted doilies, you will find mirrors large and small, lamps, and one-of-a-kind home furnishings. This French blue vase has been turned into a lamp that will impress any antique enthusiast ($435). Open weekends, by appointment, or by chance, as Janet says. 507 11th St. SE. 202546-5466.

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713 D STREET SE | WASHINGTON DC 2003 202.543.1997 | WWW.HILLSKITCHEN.COM OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Monday- Saturday 10 to 6 pm, Sunday 10 to 5

EASTERN MARKET POTTERY Fine Handcrafted Pottery for Everyday & Giving

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Evening and daytime pottery classes Visit our Showroom & Studio Soon! 225 7th St. SE* *Beneath the SE corner of the historic Eastern Market building

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WIRELESS ZONE If you’re like me, you are a klutz and when you take out your fancy phone to Instagram your friend, said fancy phone goes for a bath. This Otter Box Defender is the perfect gift for that person. It makes the phone almost indestructible ($44.99). Wireless Zone also carries a variety of phones and swmart phones. 427 8th Street SE. 202-364-1911.

VISIONARY’S Inspired by the Byzantine treasures of Italy, this bowl is alive with contrasting colors and textures. An exquisite bowl for many serving needs this holiday season. Made of stainless steel with 24 karat gold details ($60). Visionarys is also carrying beautiful votive candles and unique pillows. Call to arrange your private holiday shopping at Visionarys. 202-827-1415. 1415 H St. NE.

WOVEN HISTORY/SILK ROAD Step into the exotic calm of Woven History/Silk Road, two stores under one roof. Mehmet Yalcin offers hand-woven, hand-stitched, and hand-forged treasures from 15 countries along the Silk Road, items both new and antique. A one-of-a-kind ottoman covered in a vintage flat-weave rug would make a lovely gift for that person always looking for the perfect room accessory ($60). Closed Mon. 311 7th Street, SE. 202543-1705, on the web at

MATCHBOX FOOD GROUP Matchbox Food Group owners of Matchbox, Ted’s Bulletin and DC-3 are taking gift giving to the next level by offering gift cards which can be used at any location and any restaurant. The bonus is if you purchase $100 or more you will receive 10% back in a gift card for yourself. Give and you shall receive! for more information.

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EASTERN MARKET Eastern Market is so, so, so special to Capitol Hill – it represents the past and present. Since 1873 – nearly 140 years ago – Eastern Market has been

the heart of residential Capitol Hill. The Market has adapted – we no lon-

ger go to market to buy a fat hen that’s still alive, but isn’t it remarkable that all these years later we still go there for poultry? Times have changed, but not so much. Eastern Market is exotic, like beautifully made fair trade goods, or Tibetan souvenirs or hanging lanterns or beautiful woodcarvings. Eastern Market is talented! Eastern Market is the gallery for so many artists! Beautiful hand-beaded bags and carves rings out of rosewood and shells. Thomas Bucci’s DC paintings and beautiful maps. Eastern Market is clean. I’m talking about hand-made soaps! Bernadette Mayo of BAMI will hook you up with her own creations of shea butter, essential oils, and other natural ingredients. Kim Downes keeps us in springtime with her line of cherry blossom soaps and fizzy bath bombs – candles and bath salts, too. Eastern Market is also very crafty! Lynne Holland of My Favorite Things offers

Americana from around the States – alpaca ornaments, toll painted cats, and the Statue of Liberty and other ladies. Stop by the Tigerflight table to see Beth Baldwin’s patchwork creations – owls, squirrels, and a cool rowhouse pillow. Ready to wear! It is a real art, dressmaking – one-of-a-kind pieces that will have the compliments coming all day. And then there are the delicious and sweet designs for babies and kids; the cutest little dresses and things that harken back to simpler days. Eastern Market is warm. Wrap someone up in the Ecuadorian handmade alpaca shawls and woolen coats from Raices. And the funny animal head hats are all over the place. Stop by Agora Farms for some delicioussmelling hot cider to keep your hands and spirit toasty. Enough with the words. Just get out there into the sights and smells. Support your local vendors. Skip the drive and enjoy a stroll around with your cider. Just don’t spill any on the merch. Happy shopping, everyone! See you there!

HILL CENTER GALLERY Hill Center Galleries’ latest exhibition showcases eleven of Washington’s finest regional artists working in oils, photography, and mixed media. Each of the more than 100 works, displayed on three floors of exhibit space are available for purchase and would make a unique, thoughtful holiday gift. Alan Braley’s peaceful, textured paintings capture the deep tranquility of the Maine coastline (see painting at left.) Warren Frederick’s pairing of panoramic photographs; Tory Cowles’ bright abstracts; Nancy Freeman’s works evoke qualities of digital photography; Michele Hoben’s abstracts of New Mexico; Alice Jackson’s colorful, patterned photographs; Paul Sikora’s whimsical, dancing mobiles; Gordon Ritchie’s fantastic wooden birdhouses; Geoff Ault’s digital photographs; Dilip Sheth’s oils bring rich color and tantalizing perspectives to landscapes and interiors. Tsolmon Damba’s works bring the picturesque countryside of his native Mongolia to life. Pieces will be on display through January 6, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call Hill Center at 202-549-4172 or visit under exhibitions. Special viewings available with prior arrangement. Hill Center, 9th and Pennsylvania, SE. One block from Eastern Market Metro. H

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hate shopping for gifts. I am so terrible at it that for several years in my twenties I would stay up late Christmas Eve drawing pictures of gifts I hadn’t yet bought. While my family still enjoys sharing those stories - every.single. year. - they now expect actual gifts from me.

roasted beans. Peregrine’s coffee selections are seasonal and December usually brings a great selection of bold Kenyan or Rwandan roasts. To make your coffee just like Peregrine does, check out the guides on their website.


Mom is a tea drinker, so Pearl Fine Teas ( at Union Market (www., 1309 5th St NE) was a total find. Owner Elise Scott is a self professed tea nerd, a title well-earned through her travels around the world discovering new teas and the local, traditional art of preparing them. Mom likes black tea, so I grabbed her some of Pearl’s seasonal Cranberry Harvest blend, sweetly scented with dried cranberry and orange. I also brought home the light, floral Hawaiian Zen, one of Pearl’s proprietary blends. Sure, it’s a little pricier than bags of Bigelow, but the quality is amazing and flavorful enough to steep the same leaves 3-4 times. *Note: apparently true tea nerds drink smoky Oolongs, so I’ll be visiting Elise again for a lesson.

Bringing coffee when you visit is a gift that everyone loves. Especially when your Dad thinks coffee hit its culinary height somewhere between WWII and the invention of Sanka. My daily offers to run out for Starbucks gets suspicious after a couple days, so I’ve resorted to bringing home choice beans. This year Dad is getting coffee from Peregrine Espresso (, 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE and at Union Market). Barista Randy Kindle recommended a dripper and filters along with my bag of whole,


My sister Katie

Between raising two children and her career as an orthopedic surgeon, my sister Katie doesn’t spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. That doesn’t mean she can’t eat fabulous food. A quick visit to Eastern Market ( turns up Spanish ham from Canales Deli and great cheeses from Bowers’. In a nod to Ray Bowers legacy, I’ll grab a block of their signature New York sharp cheddar, along with some of the local Cherry Glen goat cheese from Maryland and the Appalachian and Mountaineer cheeses from Virginia. Canales is my source for jamón Iberico de bellota, the rockstar of Spanish hams. It delivers gamey depth from over two years of aging, balanced by richness developed from a diet of 92 H HillRag | December 2012

acorns. A few diminutive, sweet Lady apples from Mrs. Calomiris will give a nod to good health.

Uncle Jonathan (that’s me!)

I love my sister’s children, Jack and Sophie, but by the end of Christmas day Uncle Jonathan is going to need a stiff drink. Cue a visit to Schneiders of Capitol Hill (, 300 Massachusetts Ave SE). I called owner Jon Genderson and he suggested I grab a bottle of Kansas whiskey. It’s one of a new class of spirits called wheated bourbons, made with wheat instead of heavier grains like corn or rye. Jon suggested trying the lighter flavor profile in classic mixed drinks like Manhattans or Old Fashioneds. I plan on mixing it with the indulgently rich Lewes Dairy eggnog, also from Bowers’ -- a holiday staple in our house.

My brother, Alec

Alec lives here in DC, and despite our prox-

My husband, Jason

imity, we spend far too little time together. My best bet is to invite him for breakfast at Sidamo Coffee and Tea (, 417 H Street NE), just a couple blocks from his apartment near H Street. The rich scent of coffee fills the cozy, warm shop stacked with stacks of burlap coffee sacks. I’ll treat myself to a hot mug of steamed milk infused with Chai tea. The ten-minute wait is worth every second for the taste of fresh, bright cinnamon, cardamom and star anise. When we leave, I’ll send Alec home with a bag of their fresh roasted coffee beans.

There are a few things Jason will not get this year, like a Lazy Boy recliner for his man cave, or a 56” TV in the dining room, but I do want to pack his stocking full of treats. I’m grabbing a couple of Divine Chocolate’s ( fair-trade chocolate bars. You can find Divine Chocolate on the Hill at Hill’s Kitchen (www., 713 D St SE), Yes! Organic Market (, 410 8th St SE) and elsewhere in DC at WholeFoods. While visiting Silver Spork (née, Marvelous Market, still at 303 7th St SE) for fresh bread, holiday pies and one of their seasonal peppermint mochas, I’ll stock up on their jams, teas and holiday sweets. Rich, sweet fig preserves will replace the orange

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Being a bad shopper is particularly embarrassing when attending holiday parties. Inevitably you will forget to pick up a bottle of wine, and suddenly you’re showing up with items from your pantry wrapped in a grocery bag. “Oh,” your hosts will exclaim through tight-lipped smiles, “A can of baking powder. You shouldn’t have!” A timely visit to Chat’s Liquors (www., 503 8th Street SE) spares me the shame. Grab a case each of white and red -- the case discount is a bonus. I don’t trust myself to pick out a great $12 bottle, but owner Burnie Williams’ seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of his inventory is always reliable. These aren’t foodpairing wines, so grab something easy to drink on its own.

PAINT PASTE SPLATTER SPILL in Jason’s stocking this year. I’ll feed our addiction for their curried chicken wraps, and bring home a couple for lunch while we start wrapping. I wish you, your family and loved ones a joyous and peaceful holiday season. And if you need an extra guest at your holiday party, you know I’ll show up with good bottle of wine! Jonathan Bardzik was raised on his mom’s garden-fresh vegetables. He shares those recipes, and his experience gained spending 2-3 hours each night in the kitchen, on Saturday mornings, in season, at Eastern Market, where he gives free cooking demonstrations, complete with tastings and recipe cards. For more information, and to see what Jonathan is cooking in his kitchen right now, visit H

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GIFTS FOR YOUR PETS by Daphne & Scamper Zatkowski


We know it’s the holidays. And we want YOU to know that WE know. Think about it – there are plenty of signs. A change in routine – suddenly, you are coming home a lot later from work and going out more often on the weekends without me. There is a lot of rushing around, and different smells that are familiar, yet distant. And oooh, that box of holiday items reappears – strings of twinkling lights, rolls of wrapping paper and dangling ornaments. Whether it’s suddenly a tree blocking the window we always like to look out of, or eight nights of lighting candles (and no birthday cake!), we know it’s holiday time. Remind me why I can’t pee on that tree? And finally, family members we haven’t seen in years are at the house – which for you, also usually means a lot more alcohol and more snuggling with us on the floor. We know we don’t collaborate often and daily seem to be at odds. But we do love you. So, for all that we do for you the rest of the year, here is what we want!

For The Dog

You can never go wrong with a Jones Dino bone from Metro Mutts, a bag of Diggin’ Your Dog Treats from Howl to the Chief or holiday bakery cookies and cupcakes from Wagtime (shaped like menorahs and Christmas trees). If you don’t

Howl to the Chief -- Clint Wiley Allen and Billy Primrose display the world’s largest dog bone at Howl to the Chief. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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agree that we belong on the “Nice” list this year, Wagtime also has a bag of treats called “Lumps of Coal” from fancy Bocce Bakery. A new toy will also keep me occupied while you are cooking, cleaning and returning ill-chosen gifts. Big Bad Woof just received Wigzi’s balls – they are made locally and from recycled material. Wagtime has lots of holiday toy choices, for both Christmas and Hanukkah. One of the coolest new toys is by Hear Doggy Toys. This is a line of plush toys that have a patented squeaker that is tuned to an ultrasonic frequency that only I can hear, which makes playtime enjoyable for us both! Check them

out at Howl to the Chief. As a bonus, it will probably drive Scamper crazy. Now, a word about clothes. I do like to look good, and the holiday collars at Metro Mutts and Wagtime will do nicely to celebrate the season. But I know a lot of you think that clothes on a dog are unnecessary. However, I really do need a sweater when the temperature drops. Why not get me a fuzzy fleece from Metro Mutts, or a cozy sweater at Big Bad Woof. I know I would get extra love if I wear a Santa hat or deer antlers from Metro Mutts on Christmas Day, or a Hanukkah sweater in our holiday card picture. And if you are having

that fancy New Year’s party again this year, I would like to sport a sparkly bow tie from Wagtime.

For The Cat

I always appreciate some fresh catnip and this year, Howl to the Chief has environmentally-friendly toys filled with the highest quality catnip. Big Bad Woof has From the Field Purrfect Gift Kits, which include a toy and catnip in a cute tote. I could also use a new bed this time of year – one that is snuggly and warm. But I understand that you have put a lot of time and money into making the house look just so. Big Bad Woof has Bowser’s Buttercup beds, and Howl to the Chief has over 85 designer fabrics you can choose from to fashion a bed. And to really spoil me, Howl to the Chief has a Thermo Heated Kitty Window Sill seat – just perfect for these drafty Capitol Hill homes. Just make sure to place it

For Our Home

Just like you, we also like to count down the days until Christmas. Pick up an advent calendar at Metro Mutts that can be filled with treats for each day until Christmas Day. Howl to the Chief is stocking wonderful Sniff Aromatherapy candles. They are 100% organic and formulated with all natural ingredients like soy, beeswax, essential oils and all-cotton wicks. Add some ambiance to our environment! And speaking of our environment, make meal time a bit neater with Better Buddies food Mats. These mats are made from recycled yoga mats, and come in designs for both dogs and cats. Pick up one for each of us at Big Bad Woof. To really do it up right, add new bowls from Fiesta Petware – dishwasher safe, leadfree, made in the USA and available in great colors at Howl to the Chief. And finally, don’t forget our friends – Metro Mutts has Best Friend gift sets for dogs and cats for

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on a window sill high enough so Daphne can’t get to it. As for toys, I know you think I am usually just fine with a balledup piece of tinfoil to bat around the kitchen. But what I really want are Neko Flies – realistic looking creatures with life-like movements to chase around the house that are on the shelves at Howl to the Chief.

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events


hare the joy! Give your friends and family a taste of the Hill this holiday season.

DC Cooks

For anybody who cooks – or eats – “Washington, DC Chef ’s Table” is the perfect gift. This compilation of signature recipes and profiles of DC’s best chefs by Beth Kanter contains the crème de la crème of our local culinary creativity. From established foodie haunts such as Ben’s Chili Bowl and Zaytinya to new hot spots and food trucks, the recipes offer something for every taste. Ceviche? Got it. Pizza? You bet. Our local stars are well represented. DC chefs, including several favorites, are featured Spike Mendelsohn’s local in a new cookbook. Prez Obama Burger from the Good Stuff Eatery makes a big splash and chef Eric Brannon of Ted’s Bulletin reveals the secret of his fried chicken. From H Street, the Liberty Tree presents Lobster Mac & Cheese, Taylor Gourmet tempts with a foot-long hoagie, the H Street Country Club contributes Dorado with Jalapeno Lime Sauce, and chef Shannan Troncoso of Matchbox Restaurant offers a Butternut Squash Ravioli so glisteningly gorgeous that it’s featured on the cover of the book. Speaking of pictures, the photography by Emily Pearl Goodstein is superb, capturing with intimate ease both the mouthwatering dishes and the people who created them. And Kanter’s lively commentary fills in the back stories and deftly illuminates the character of both the settings and the chefs. It’s a great combination. Almost as good as, say, shrimp and grits (recipe included). 96 H HillRag | December 2012

by Karen Lyon

Best of The Literary Hill 2012

If books are on your gift list, think local. Here are some of the year’s best creations by authors who are your neighbors.

301 East Capitol Street: Tales from the Heart of the Hill by Mary Z. Gray

This memoir by a writer whose ancestors lived for generations on Capitol Hill provides a rich impression of what life here was like in the early 20th century.

Capitol Hill Haunts by Tim Krepp

The leader of ghost tours of Capitol Hill shares his lore about the spooks and specters that haunt the US Capitol, the Marine Barracks, and other local sites.

Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia by John Muller

The author paints a vibrant portrait of great abolitionist’s political and personal life in Washington from 1863 until his death in 1895.

Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century by John R. Wennersten

An environmental writer presents a wake-up call and offers solutions to the “troubling scenarios” caused by climate change that he predicts will cre-

Photos of the rescue mutt juxtaposed with quotations from the Greek philosopher provide lessons about life.

The Hill Rag’s film critic focuses on movies made in the nation’s capital.

ate “a new era of thirst.”

Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington by Mike Canning

The Hill Rag’s own film critic gives a lively rundown of every major feature film made in our hometown, with a special focus on scenes shot on Capitol Hill.

Historic Congressional Cemetery by Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Sandra K. Schmidt

The authors provide an illustrated guide to this “fashionable place to spend eternity” that serves as the final resting place for local luminaries and rogues alike.

Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor by Anthony D. Fredericks

An unsung marine hero is the topic of the latest offering by local publisher Ruka Press, whose other titles include “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird” and “Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests.”

Lunch with Diogenes: The Greek Philosopher and the Philosopher Dog by Paris Singer and Adam Russell

Photos of Diogenes the rescue mutt juxtaposed with quotations from the Greek philosopher provide lessons about life and the simple pleasure of racing down the beach with your ears back.

Making Hay by Diana McLellan

This illustrated book of verse by a local journalist reveals a woman who is both at peace with herself and determined to make hay while the sun shines.

worthy eminences who have graced our neighborhood.

The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster by Meredith Henne Baker

This vivid story of the tragic 1811 fire that took nearly a hundred lives also provides historical insight into the rise of religion in Virginia politics.

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Katy Kelly’s latest book for kids features Melonhead and his friends.

Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster by Katy Kelly

Kelly’s hilarious new adventure about Capitol Hill’s favorite kids offers lessons about personal responsibility, loyalty, respect for others – and the importance of eating your vegetables.

One Hundred Years of Marriage by Louise Farmer Smith

This novel in stories tells the saga of one family’s history, from their early days settling the Oklahoma territory in the late 19th century through the social upheaval of the 1970s.

Political columnist Linda Killian examines the untapped power of independent voters.

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The Potomac River: A History and Guide by Garrett Peck

Peck narrates the history of “the nation’s river,” describing the major events that occurred along its path and the people whose stories help define each turn in wits path.

Local journalist Stephanie Deutsch reveals the story behind the Rosenwald schools.

War of the Seasons: Book One: The Human” and “Book Two: The Half-Blood by Janine K. Spendlove

Local historian Robert Pohl didn’t have to look far to find examples of bad behavior on Capitol Hill.

Wicked Capitol Hill: An Unruly History of Behaving Badly by Robert S. Pohl

Pohl not only relates tales of bad behavior, but also provides historical context for some of the less than

Young (and old) adults will be captivated by Spendlove’s teenage heroine, who tumbles into a fantasy world where she battles trolls, falls in love with an elf, and comes to terms with herself.

You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South by Stephanie Deutsch

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by Jean-Keith Fagon

sually this is the column where I reflect on what I’ve listened to over the past year and make a list of the albums that stood out. But several times recently someone has asked me how to start of collection of jazz that goes past compilations such as Starbucks’ “Jazz Impressionists.” Eight tracks of classic jazz, yes, but a good jazz album is more than a random collection of songs. There’s a cohesion that melds with the mind of the listener, creating a mood, a sense that the world is good and you are part of it. So, whether you’re getting ready

to buy music as a gift or want a collection of great jazz music for yourself, here is a list of some of the best albums ever created by master artists during the height of the modern jazz era. There are a lot of albums listed, but a good way to choose would be to visit Amazon. com or YouTube and listen to some of the tracks. Remember, music is all about what you actually hear and how it makes you feel. It’s about your enjoyment and making your own connection with your life and the music you’re listening to. Please enjoy, and have a great holiday.

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Bossa Nova ••••• Cannonball Adderley (saxophonist)

Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday ••••• Billie Holiday (vocalist), Columbia/Legacy

Kind of Blue ••••• Miles Davis (trumpeter)

Officium ••••• Jan Garbarak (Norwegian saxophonist) and Hilliard Ensemble (Gregorian chant)

Caliente ••••• Gato Garbieri (Argentinian saxophonist). Check out one of his best known song, Carlos Santana’s Europa.

Miles Davis Greatest Ballads ••••• Miles Davis (trumpeter) (Double CD) Here’s To Life ••••• Shirley Horn (vocalist), Gitanes May The Music Never Dies ••••• Shirley Horn (vocalist) Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown ••••• Sarah Vaughan (vocalist) & Clifford Brown (trumpeter)

In Praise of Dreams ••••• Jan Garbarak (Norwegian saxophonist) It’s Magic ••••• Ahmad Jamal (pianist) Buena Vista Social Club ••••• Produced by Ry Cooder Minha Voz, Minha Vida ••••• Gal Costa (Brazilian vocalist)

Clifford Brown & Max Roach ••••• Clifford Brown (trumpet) & Max Roach (drums) Quintet

Woman On Top ••••• Soundtrack to the movie Woman On Top. Brazilian jazz music.

Ballads ••••• Clifford Brown & Sonny Rollins

The Bossa Nova Albums ••••• Stan Getz (saxophonist)

The Koln Concert ••••• Keith Jarrett (pianist), ECM

Cool Velvet And Strings ••••• Stan Getz (saxophonist)

Charlie Parker —Bird (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) ••••• Charlie Parker (saxophonist) Executive Producer Clint Eastwood

Que Pasa ••••• Gato Garbieri (Argentinian saxophonist)

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t’s probably not a shock to learn that I am not the greatest wrapper in the world. No, not “Rapper” -- “Wrapper” – as in adorning gifts. Long ago, my family learned they could identify which gifts under the tree were from me. They were the presents with tears in the paper, misshapen, and sealed with inordinate amounts of tape. One year, delusionally enamored with Martha Stewart after a particularly grueling round of law school exams, I even tried to make my own wrapping paper. I dutifully followed her directions and carved Christmas shapes into apples, which I then dipped in ink and stamped onto craft paper. That year, my family took pity on me and didn’t utter a single snicker at the gifts that looked like they came from the land of misfit toys. Last year, I managed to dupe a close friend into wrapping my gifts for me. I invited myself over to her house, brought my loads of gifts and even more loads of wine. Since she is Jewish, I am not really sure she had any idea of the volume of stocking stuffers, small items and gifts that needed to be wrapped for three kids, my parents, a dog and a husband. As I pretended to “wrap” one large gift, she powered through the rest ( as I made sure I kept her wine glass full). Her one complaint was that she had never heard of anyone who wraps each and every item that goes into each stocking. At least last year, my family had no idea which gifts were from me. But I also knew that I needed a new plan. Thinking there must be tools, tricks &

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by Jennifer Zatkowski tips to aid those similarly challenged, I made a beeline for Groovy DC and MotoPhoto. These wrapping experts patiently walked me through what is old and new in the beautiful world of gift wrapping. At Groovy, Manuel and Dennis are truly experts in the wrapping field. They have professionally wrapped just about everything you can name – from large winter coats and bikes, to the ceramic plate the size of Texas they shipped to a movie star in LA. For the

challenged wrapper like me, the easiest way to present a gift is in a decorative gift bag with lots of tissue peeking out. And gift bags now come in a wide array of sizes to accommodate more than a bottle of wine or box of chocolates – sideways bags and bags that look like purses. They also have clear cello bags for homemade food gifts, and frilly bows that cascade with one pull of a string. If you haven’t been in lately, MotoPhoto has greatly expanded their offering of hostess

gifts, cards and wrapping supplies. Among the huge selection of papers, gift bags, stickers and ribbons, a few items stood out as unique and new. To add a personal touch to even the most generic gift bags (or the most poorly wrapped package), MotoPhoto will print custom gift tags with a photo. It’s a unique way to add a special touch, and the recipient can keep the photo long beyond the holidays. MotoPhoto is also stocked with adorable embellishments – which I learned is the new, hip way to wrap a gift. Delicate ornaments, kid’s wind-up toys and mini picture frames wrapped onto a package with ribbon make a present memorable. And for gifts you need to mail, MotoPhoto has mailing envelopes and boxes that look like they are wrapped themselves – the neat & lazy way to send a gift to dear ones abroad. And if all of this is just too intimidating, these pros will come to the rescue. At both Groovy and Motophoto, you can drop off your gifts, and they will wrap them for you. Leave them overnight, and voila – the next day, you can pick up beautifully wrapped gifts. Hand-pick and purchase the paper, ribbons, embellishments and tags, and they will wrap everything for you. Fees depend on the size of the gift and the adornments added. I think this year, this is the way I am going to wrap my gifts – and preserve my friendships! If you have a product you want me to try, please email me at H

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n a bright, colorful packoblivious to feelings of any sort. age brimming with beloved As Pickering, Simpson is an songs, Arena Stage artistic ideal complement to Campbell: director Molly Smith once more more good-humored, sensitive invites Washington audiences to and humane. Although he is ocdelve into the American musicasionally appalled by Higgins’ cal in her production of “My beliefs, he’s still enthralled by Fair Lady.” More than mere the professor’s brilliance—freconfection, this show reveals the quently apparent in his priceless genius of landmark musicals of facial expressions. the 1950s: Beneath the layers Nichols’ Eliza shines and of delightful music, dance and holds her own amid these haughhumor, timeless themes of social ty trainers, doing a respectable job class and persistent prejudice are with her character’s cockney aclaid bare. cent and rough demeanor, delivAs Smith observes, “In a ering a repertoire of shrieks, cries world increasingly blown apart and growls. Nichols is equally at by the dynamics of the very rich ease in hurling insults as she is in and the very poor, this musical singing “I Could Have Danced hits the sweet spot of our conAll Night” in a voice as sweet and temporary awareness of class.” clear as a bell. Without devices like modern As Higgins’ grand experidress or a change in venue to ment unfolds, the rest of the cast overtly take on today’s class tenbrings the characters and atsions, Smith’s faithful rendition titudes of 1912 London to life. makes the connection between Catherine Flye is a standout as the 19th and 21st centuries Higgins’ mother, a witty and replain and provocative. freshingly open-minded woman Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolittle. Photo by Richard Anderson. It all begins with a wager who views Eliza with skepticism between two world-renowned before becoming her greatest phonetics experts, the afhumanity of his subject as he considfriend and champion. fable Col. Pickering (Thomas Adrian ers her request for lessons. “It’s almost Nicholas Rodriguez plays Freddy, Simpson) and the ornery Prof. Hig- irresistible,” he exclaims. “She’s so deli- Eliza’s hapless suitor, with the same gins (Benedict Campbell). When Eliza ciously low—so horribly dirty.” When agility, earnestness and fabulous voice Doolittle (Manna Nichols), a coarse but Pickering asks, “Does it occur to you, that won raves for his performance as proud flower girl from London’s gritty Higgins, that the girl has some feel- Curly in Arena’s production of Oklastreets, asks Higgins to teach her proper ings?” Higgins replies, “Oh no. No! Not homa last year. And as Higgins’ housespeech and manners, he bets his friend any feelings that we need bother about.” keeper Mrs. Pearce, Sherri Edelen visPickering that within six months he can Yet Campbell manages to mix this can- ibly keeps her reactions in check while transform her so thoroughly that she can did condescension with the absence of gently challenging but always supportpass as a duchess at the embassy ball. malice and impeccable manners that ing her employer’s whims and demands. From the start, Campbell deftly make Higgins’ behavior tolerable and The versatile members of the enshows Higgins’ total disregard for the sometimes even endearing. He is simply semble portray the hardscrabble H 103

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With such a large cast, Daniel Pelzig’s choreography occasionally struggles to sort out their movements on a small stage in the round, at times appearing to leave the players just milling about or marching in circles. But at its best, the rigid movements of polite society, in perfect formation, demonstrate strict adherence to rules, while the raucous jigs and stomps of street folks, especially in the celebratory “Get Me to the Church on Time,” showcase their more freewheeling ways. For someone who first saw My Fair Lady on the big screen as a six-year-old, the show’s focus on social undercurrents is something of a revelation. Through the lens of a child’s eye, it’s just a CinderBenedict Campbell as Henry Higgins and Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolittle Photo by Suzanne Blue ella story about Eliza’s rescue Star Boy. from poverty and ignorance by a worldly man of means. dents of a London tenement, formCertainly even adult audiencing an exuberant chorus singing in es can be swept away by Eliza’s rise bright harmony. Then they pivot from the gutter to high society. to play the snooty and staid memBut beneath the romantic surbers of the upper crust, who watch face some serious questions burn: the races at Ascot and dance at the Can people break the bonds of class embassy ball without showing the by reinventing their speech and beslightest trace of joy. They perform in havior? When people join a “higher” seamlessly alternating scenes of pov- class, what do they lose? And when erty and wealth evoked by Donald Eastman’s sets—a street market of carts and flowers, an upper-class home with Victorian furnishings, and a ballroom illuminated by enormous crystal chandeliers. Costume designer Judith Bowden’s creations show stark contrasts as well. Although her “steampunk” themed attire for the lower class is a little over the top—veering toward “A Clockwork Orange” meets the circus—its inventive flair underscores a pronounced freedom of expression. These folks clearly live beyond the constraints of wealth and privilege, reflected in the nearly monochromatic, tailored Alexander McQueen-style costumes of Catherine Flye as Mrs. Higgins. Photo by Suzanne Blue Star Boy. the upper class.

a lower-class girl of the streets is transformed into a lady who can pass for a princess, who deserves the credit—the lady or her tutor? The play’s leads rise to the challenge of dissecting these issues under the veil of resolving Eliza’s relationship with Higgins. After Higgins and Pickering finish congratulating themselves for Eliza’s smashing success at the embassy ball—singing the triumphant “You Did It!” as she smolders at the edge of the stage— Eliza realizes her coaches see her as a mere instrument, not a partner who made their vision possible. And despite Eliza’s veneer of refined speech, impeccable manners and expensive clothes, Higgins shows no more regard for her than he had before, reflexively calling her a “gutter snipe” in response to her anger. Eliza sums it all up in a heart to heart with Higgins’ mother: “You see Mrs. Higgins, apart from the things one can pick up, the difference between a flower girl and a lady is not how she behaves, but how she is treated. I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins because he always treats me as a flower girl and always will.” Soon after, the play’s most significant transformation occurs: Confronted with Eliza’s emergence as a woman who stands up for her humanity, Higgins changes into a man who can respect—and ultimately admit his attachment to—a member of the lower class, and a woman at that. Unraveling this web of emotions and issues takes the lion’s share of Act II, but it’s worth it. In their personal chemistry and heated exchanges, Nichols and Campbell earn our investment in their relationship—and the battle to overcome class distinctions. They may not get married and live happily ever after, but for just this once the chasm of class is nicely bridged. My Fair Lady is playing at Arena Stage through Jan. 6, 2013.

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very December Washingto- Snowman and several “furry friends nians have their fill of holiday from the Arctic Kingdom.” “We’ll see chorales, Nutcracker perfor- if we can teach them to step,” Wilmances, Black Nativity productions liams says. and reprises of A Christmas Carol, But furry friends won’t be the but this year we’ll be treated to some- only ones joining in. “Audience parthing truly unique: A Magical, Musi- ticipation is so critical,” Williams says. cal Holiday Step Show. Our own Step “We always tell kids: The more enAfrika! celebrates the season doing ergy you give the more you’ll get back. what it does best: bridging a panoply The more interaction the better!” The of musical styles and cultures to bring whole families—from toddlers to grandparents— to their feet. The show will be a welcome departure from performances, even at children’s theaters, that open Step Afrika! company member Joe Murchison and assistant artistic with instructions director Mfon Akpan show some holiday style. for how kids need to behave. “Who wants to sit still and be quiet whole audience has plenty of room to for the holidays?” asks Step Afrika! dance at their seats, and in the middle founder and executive director C. of the show they can come on stage Brian Williams. “Step is magical and for a step workshop. musical. It allows kids to celebrate in The show joins an array of holiday a very percussive, loud and fun way.” events at the Atlas, including the 7th Since coming to the District 18 Annual Holiday Concert and Sing years ago—and more recently tak- Along on December 9 and Druming residence at the Atlas Performing ming With Dishes: Holiday EdiArts Center—Step Afrika! has been tion—part of the Theatre for the Very captivating audiences of all ages here Young for pre-school-aged children. and around the world. Rooted in a “We want to be the artistic heart of dance tradition created by African this community,” says Atlas execuAmerican fraternities and sororities in tive director Sam Sweet. “To do that the early 1900s, step combines move- we have to bring new things, but also ment, words and sounds; the dancers honor our community’s traditions.” themselves are the musicians, synthe- The Atlas’ mix of musical and theatsizing jazz, symphonic, African and rical productions for all ages attracts even marching band influences. audiences from the entire Washing“My goal is to get bright eyes and ton region while fueling the arts in the big smiles,” says Williams. “Kids will immediate H Street neighborhood. party from the time they walk into A Magical, Musical Holithe theatre to the time they walk out.” day Step Show will be at the AtIn the lobby, Faithfully Sweet will be las Performing Arts Center from conjuring ice cream, produced in a Wednesday, December 12, to Sunbillowing cloud of liquid nitrogen. In day, December 23. Find out more the theater, Step Afrika’s troupe of 12 and get tickets for the holiday prodancers will be joined by DJ Frosty the grams at H

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Wines for the Holidays by Josh Genderson


ell, believe it or not, we already entered another holiday season. Since it’s hard to imagine the holiday season without a glass of wine in hand, so, to continue with tradition, here are our annual holiday wine picks! This year we have recommendations from some old familiar faces as well as some new young wine guys who have suffered through lots of wine so they can recommend holiday wine picks that will bring together all the flavors on the table without breaking the bank.

Terry Brown, Wine Manager

Hatton Daniels Sonoma Pinot Noir 2010

2010 Pinot Noir is medium to pale ruby in color. The nose offers an intriguing blend of black cherry, sassafras, red berry, and grilled peach aromas. The palate shows cherry, berry and spice flavors accompanied by a hint of toasty oak. The finish is piercing and persistent, with a racy structure that will heighten you Thanksgiving meal. This wine is ready to drink now but will age gracefully with 2 to 3 more years in the bottle.

Ovum Off the Grid Riesling 2011

Light gold in color. This wine is a feast of aromas starting with white flowers, marzipan fruits, and sherbet, coupled with a chalky-flinty character. As it opens, it shows citrus blossom, orange peel, and a fresh bacon element. An expansive mid-palate with tight, persistent-linear acids. A slightly unexpected but pleasing oily richness elucidated by the low alcohol level. It will both stand up to and compliment your Thanksgiving meal. If you happen to have some oysters on the half shell this wine is a must!

Felix Milner, Wine expert and New Media Manager Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006 ($100)

Washington state is fast becoming the home of some of the country’s finest Cabs and this is definitely one not to be missed. Patiently crafted by boutique winemaker Rob Newsom, this wine was made from grapes grown two of Washington state’s most famous vineyards, Champoux and Loess. Opaque purple, it offers up a nose of black forest fruits, pencil lead, and lavender that carriers through onto the palate with great intensity, exuding lots of juicy flavor with a velvety texture.

Alex Gambal & Domaine Dublere

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Although I’m a big fan of all their wines, Alex Gambal’s Chorey-les-Beaune 2009 ($40), a delicate yet concentrated Pinot, stands out. Supple and vibrant, it has lots of fleshy red Pinot fruit defined by finely grained tannins and great length. Although most of Blair Pethel’s wines (Domaine Dublere) come from the cote de Beaune he has also acquired grapes from a small plot on the esteemed ‘les Preuses’ Grand Cru vineyard in Chablis. The 2008 ($70) has extraordinary energy, exhibiting tons of exotic fruit, citrus, and flowers on the nose. Mouthwatering on the palate, it carries lots of mandarines and stone fruit coupled with an elegant mineral streak.

Stewart Philips, Beer Manager/Wine Consultant

Dublere Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Planchots du Nord 2009

This pinot noir from the region of Savigny-Les-Beaune demonstrates hints of minerality and rose petal. A gorgeous nose of bright cherry and red fruits followed by a lively acidity make this a perfect pairing for all of the holiday fair.

Montaudon Brut Non Vintage

Who doesn’t need some champagne for the holidays? At $30 a bottle, this is a fantastic deal. Displaying aromas of toasty yeast and crisp green apple. A favorite of ours at Schneider’s, it can be enjoyed on any occasion but also pairs well with a rich, pastry based hors d’œuvres.

Joe Prebble, general Manager 2009 Baigorri Blanco

Not your classic pairing with a typical holiday dinner, this white rioja will not disappoint. Aged in new French oak on the lees this wine displays remarkable balance of oak and fruit. Showing a deep gold color and a silky mouth feel one will be amazed with its long and intense finish.

2009 Wesmar Pinot Noir Hellenthal

This wine is the perfect match for the wide array of delicious foods sure to be found on your table this Thursday. Its complexity boasts flavors of black plum, blackberry and cherry with a slight nuttiness on the finish. The nose displays a concentration of jamminess along with striking aromas of spiced black fruit and clove. With fine tannins and a lengthy finish you and your guests will truly be pleased. The above wine experts are employees of Schneiders of Capitol Hill, 300 Mass. Ave. NE, 202-543-9300, H

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apitol Hill has emerged as a serious dining destination. Suna has arrived. Created by Ari Gejdenson of Acqua al 2 and chef Johnny Spero, Suna opened November 14. We were there. We ascended the stairs to the upper level of 214 Seventh St. SE, next door to parent restaurant Acqua al 2. The decor is rustic, with natural wood

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by Celeste McCall After a complimentary amuse bouche (caraway years. Why? Proprietor Henry Mendoza–who also crackers with smoked egg and pastrami spices); we operates La Plaza down the street-- has decided to go nibbled candied celeric, roasted beets and granita; Italian. “As of December 1, we will become Il Capo, roasted pumpkin with pine nuts and Greek yogurt; which means the Boss,” Henry told us over our lunch scallops with seaweed; pork with tahini and crispy of tortilla soup and a tasty Cuban sandwich. Leading Il Capo’s kitchen is Edwin Mejia, who kale; guinea fowl with sun chokes and paper-thin broccoli curls. Dessert was hibiscus-scented cus- hails from Peru. As long time Hill residents might tard. Each course was artfully arranged recall, that space once housed Caffe Italiano, which on Amber Kendrick’s earthenware plates. turned out great calamari while boasting a lively Wines were interesting. I sipped Cannonau bar scene. di Sardenia (red), while Peter chose a crisp Il Capo is located at 1129 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Sauvignon Blanc from Uruguay. Suna is call 202-546-4760. definitely a special occasion restaurant. Dinner for two with tax and tip came to almost $200. Service was excellent. The moniker Suna is Latvian for “moss;” Spero’s paternal grandfather came from Riga, capital of that Baltic nation. Why moss? “We are a fine dining restaurant inspired by nature,” explained Ari. “This restaurant elevates us in the whole city.” Suna is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Call 202- Market Lunch now serves breakfast on Sundays. Photo: Jean-Keith Fagon 450-4585 or

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and exposed ceilings. The upscale newcomer was already doing a brisk business; at a nearby table several nationally acclaimed chefs were enjoying their dinner. Spero, 26, heads the spacious, open kitchen. His cooking is cutting-edge, to say the least. His resume is impressive; previous gigs include Komi, Toki Underground and Copenhagen’s famous Noma, which has been touted as the world’s best restaurant. At Suna, diners may order a 4-course ($48) or 8-course ($78) repast. We chose the first option. 110 H HillRag | December 2012


District Taco is coming to 656 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, formerly YES!, which moved to Barracks Row. Look for District Taco early next year. More Tex-Mex? We already have a plethora of nearby south-of-the-border options: Chipotle, La Plaza, Las Placitas, La Lomita, Pacifco Cantina, Tortilla Coast, Banana Café. We like them all, and District Taco will dispense tasty Yucatan-style tacos, guacamole and salsas, all made with ultra fresh ingredients. We plan to eat there and know the tacos will be delicious. But how many Tex Mex eateries do we need? For updates go to

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We intentionally left out Mi Vecindad (“my neighborhood”), which has been dispensing authentic Cuban and Salvadorean fare for more than two

Sunday Breakfast at Market Lunch

In case you haven’t heard, Market Lunch, tucked in the corner of Eastern Market, now serves Sunday breakfast. Previously, weekend breakfast was on Saturday only; while Sundays just offered lunch (brunch). Now, you can chow down on stacks of pancakes; favorites are blueberry, buckwheat and chocolate chip. Or try bacon-and-eggs, sausage, omelets, French toast and even eggs Benedict. Breakfast hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Cash only.

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Recently, after attending a book signing at Hill Center, we ambled toward Barracks Row in search of sustenance. Peter suggested Las Placitas, 517 Eighth St. SE. The homey Mexican/Salvadorean café has been around forever, and for good reason. The food is consistently good, prices are reasonable and service friendly and efficient. On this midweek evening, we

found Las Placitas fairly busy, full of locals. As we munched corn chips and tangy salsa, I ordered chicken and beef fajitas, which arrived sizzling. Peter went for his favorite Latino dish: puerco al horno, melt-in-your mouth morsels of pork roasted Salvadorean style and smothered with sauteed onions. The succulent meat was served with platanos, white rice and black beans. “I believe this may be the most flavorful dish on Barracks Row because the pork is so moist and savory,” Peter declared, wiping his chin. “No other Latino place quite captures this dish like Las Placitas.” Las Placitas is open daily; call 202-543-3700.

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Lavagna, 539 Eighth St. SE, has added a charcuterie program to its made-from-scratch menu. The robust lineup includes house cured meats like coppa, bresaola (air-cured), and pork pate. Among cheeses are bleu, vine-wrapped goat, and ricotta. Charcuterie plates come in various sizes; a full platter–which serves a table–is $32. These are in addition to the regular lineup of Atlantic swordfish; grass-fed rib-eye; shrimp corzetti pasta with clam sauce; blueberry shortcake. Lavagna is open daily; call 202-546-5006) or

New victuals at the Spork

The Silver Spork (formerly Marvelous Market) has introduced some neat new items. Catching my eye the other day was Jansal Valley roasted red (or yellow) tomatoes, priced at $5.99 for a 5-ounce pack. Wouldn’t they go beautifully in a pasta salad? Based in New England, Jansal Valley also markets thickly sliced, country-smoked bacon; a good-sized package goes for $9.99. Arriving just in time for the holidays are several kinds of domestic and imported prosciutto. Among them is Prosciutto Americano, produced by La Querca in Iowa. A 3-ounce package is $8.79. Located at 303 Seventh St. SE (at C street) Silver Spork is open daily; call 202-544-7127. H

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Hollywood and History:

Movies Take a Look at Three Historical Icons


by Mike Canning

he studios’ end-of-year prestige pictures Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slav- Day-Lewis is all of these things in a towering give filmgoers a bounty of bio-pics, a trio ery. This is no standard Lincoln biography, but performance which will probably come to stand highlighting very different, yet iconic rather a film all about political process, rather for what Lincoln really “is” for many Americans figures: Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln,” Alfred wonkish in fact. This is also no standard presenta- for a long time to come. And beyond the fascinatHitchcock in “Hitchcock,” and Franklin Delano tion of Lincoln as a stalwart paragon, but a film ing political facets, Spielberg, Kushner, and DayRoosevelt in “Hyde Park on Hudson.” All focus showing an extremely complex mind within a Lewis also offer a domestic Lincoln who struggles on a relatively small slice with his marriage, is testof the protagonists’ lives. ed as a father, and dotes In “Lincoln,” the spotlight on his sweet son Tad. is on his last-ditch drive Beyond Day-Lewis, to pass major legislation “Lincoln” positively brims during January 1865. with other fine perfor“Hitchcock” focuses on mances. A wonderful surthe director’s dogged efprise is Sally Field, now fort to make his most conlong removed from her troversial film, “Pyscho.” plucky heyday, in a bold In “Hyde Park,” the timedisplay as the troubled frame is a long weekend in and apprehensive Mary June 1939 when the BritTodd Lincoln. Tommy ish King and Queen came Lee Jones almost steals to stay at the president’s the show (and most of family home. his scenes) as Thaddeus The aesthetic results Stevens, the incorrigible of each film vary: “Linabolitionist from Pennsylcoln” is, in this reviewer’s vania who fronted much estimation, a landmark of the effort on the 13th piece of historic cinema Amendment. With “Linand a triumph in the recoln,” you will learn some creation of an historical American history in the period; “Hitchcock” is a best way, presented with well-crafted and clever compelling intensity and homage to that greatest focus. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, reviewing the battlefield in “Lincoln,” from Dreamworks Pictures and 20th Century Fox © of all suspense creators; Dreamworks II Distribution Co. LLC. “Hyde Park on the HudHitchcock son” works hard at being a As “Hitchcock,” Anthony Hopkins provides telling period piece, but fails because of a major very practical and practiced politician. It makes another dose of bravura acting, and he is matched casting flaw. the business of legislating, the battle for votes and in guile and smarts by Helen Mirren, terrific as compromises, more compelling than more facile Hitchcock’s wife and helpmate Alma Reville. drama (now showing, the film is rated PG-13 and Lincoln The narrative starts in 1959 when he, seeking a “Lincoln” opens in the gray mud of the battle- runs 149 min.). new project, comes upon the novel, “Pyscho,” Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter field, with vicious hand-to-hand combat in the which recounts a murderer with a mother fixawallow. But this is not really a Civil War film, Tony Kushner have given us an Honest Abe with tion, a story which paralleled the real story of Ed and it quickly shifts to the political hand-to- warts (and creases), a wry man given to anecdote, Gein, a true psycho who killed his dominating hand combat between the Republicans (Lincoln’s a soulful but often uncertain man, a fierce man not mother. The story is deemed too dark by his curparty), pushing to get House passage of the 13th above manipulation to get what he wants. Daniel rent studio, which wants another sleek suspense 112 H HillRag | December 2012

Anthony Hopkins on the set of “Hitchcock.” Photo By Suzanne Tenner.

tale. So Hitchcock must finance the project himself, an enterprise that could cost the couple their home. Through struggling with shooting difficulties, clashes with censors, and financial turmoil, the director is able to get the picture made and see it triumph, the most successful film of his career. Hopkins’ Hitchcock is, by turns, droll and strange, childlike and perverse, and the actor makes the most of these contradictory turns. In appearance, Hopkins is much larger than the diminutive director and his face lacks Hitch’s hound-dog look. What overrides these caveats, however, is how Hopkins, a wonderful mimic, nails the distinctive, insinuating Hitchcock voice, often with coiled lips pursed in irony. Much of that irony is directed at Mirren as Alma. The actress, smart and seductive as ever, looks nothing like the real Alma but easily carries off the role of a woman who is Hitchcock’s match in their creative endeavors. The film provides, too, the chance to do some amusing casting comparisons with the original “Psycho,” with Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel playing Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. All acquit themselves well, with Johansson being a most convincing charmer (runs 93 min. and is rated “PG-13”).

Hyde Park on Hudson

It is June 1939, and FDR (Bill Murray) is hosting the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at Hyde Park overlooking the Hudson River, marking the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America. Britain’s royals, facing imminent threats from Germany, are desperately looking to

FDR for US support. International affairs are commingled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic arrangements which include his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother Sara (Elizabeth Wilson), secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel), and, not least, Daisy Suckley (Laura Linney), Roosevelt’s distant cousin and lover (opens in mid-December, rated “R” and runs 94 min.) This film is, sadly, heavily undercut by the actor in the lead: Bill Murray, bless his comic heart, doesn’t look anything like FDR—one of the most photographed faces in history— and he doesn’t sound like FDR—one of the most recognizable voices of last century— and he cannot deliver the man’s distinctive panache, though he works very hard at it. His presence creates a deadness at the center of this drama that cannot be overcome. The film’s energy is hardly helped by having the story mostly told from Daisy’s point-of-view, that view being one of a mousy, sheltered being unaware that she was witnessing a tidbit of history. Though Laura Linney is a fine actress, she is directed and written here as such a cowering creature that she makes little impression, offers little insight, and contributes little to the drama. The most entertaining figures in this landscape are King George VI and his Queen Elizabeth. Both West and Colman exhibit bright and believable rapport as a couple and offer both skeptical and puzzled asides about America as they anxiously look to convince FDR and his government to join the war effort. Long-time Capitol Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at H

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my Lamb goes way beyond taking exquisite photographs of magnificent flowers. She combines science, personal identity and passion to produce images that reach another dimension. She exalts both the “architecture of the natural world,” and our indefinable exhilaration with natural beauty. Amy is a biologist who is as intrigued with the function as much as the appearance of the living organism. True beauty is in what it was born to do, from seedling, to full bloom, to fading and drooping She grows her flowers, watching each species through its entire lifecycle—an inherited progression that repeats itself with minute changes, creating individuals with singular pride. She explores every secret, every nuance. When she is familiar with the flower as any human can be, she bathes it with light and attention. Her final photograph is not just of an instant in the short life of a bloom, it is an epic story of a life form. Amy turned to photography because her scientific discipline, cell biology, is so specialized that it is inaccessible to most people, whereas visual images are open to almost everyone. She studied photography at Montgomery College and the Corcoran School of Art. Her photos are digital, and printed large, but not altered. “By enlarging the image, you see elements of the individual flower you might not otherwise notice.” The inner workings of even ordinary, simple blossoms have their own glory. You have seen her work on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine, The American Gardener and in numerous publications nationally. She has exhibited in dozens of 114 H HillRag | December 2012

Jim Magner’s Thoughts On Art

group and solo shows. Amy Lamb’s eloquent black and white platinum prints, fiddleheads, daisies and Calla Lilies, can be seen this month with another terrific artist, Anne Marchand at the Heurich Gallery, (See At the Galleries.) Her full color work can be seen at

Beauty. The subject came up with Amy Lamb. (See Artist Profile.) She classifies flowers as simply beautiful, and others as “interesting,” which means that they may be less magnificent to those who are not biologists. That’s true. Untold numbers of artists and writers have expressed opinions on beauty, from Aristotle to Ansel Adams. There is much


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agreement, yet much contention. Some writers offer narrow definitions, and others exclude nothing. But let’s face it, not everything is equally gorgeous. Some, like Corot, are a little hard to pin down: “Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression obtained from nature.” Hmmm. But I think he is closer than the others who see beauty out there. It’s not there, it’s here, inside my brain. The rose is lovely to me, not the ant climbing up the petal. Beauty is exclusively a human thing. But, sadly, not all humans choose to exercise it. Some people look at a sunset and see only the coming darkness. So I say, to see beauty, you have to see beautifully—you must look with an exalted effort. You need penetrating emotion. It has to reach into the human mind and shake it hard. Three artists described in this column do that in very different ways. Amy Lamb, takes exquisitely precise photos of exquisite biological jewels. Anne Marchand, with no obvious subject, goes beyond pure abstract to paint a portrait of her own forceful physical, and spiritual, search. Dana Ellen paints intense opinion, layered with ferocious figurative satire, slathered with brilliant color. You wouldn’t think that they share anything, but they care deeply about their subjects, and put all of themselves into it. They leave you contemplating the value of life beyond anything that can be simply measured. And that is my final thought for the year: Care deeply about art and you will care deeply about life. Happy holidays and a Happy New Year.

At the galleries

ARTpocalypse Dunes Gallery 1402 Meridian Pl NW Dec. 6 – Jan. 31

Time stops on Dec. 21, 2012—on least one Mayan calendar. The end of the world? Maybe the Mayan astronomers figured they were safely ahead of themselves and slipped off to watch a few heads roll and didn’t get back. But maybe they discovered something in the heavens that knocked their ixtle fibre Cacles off. We’ll see. If doom is upon us, Dana Ellen and about 20 other artists, including her married partner Matt Sesow, are going out the artist way, with works on the wall and wine in the glass.

The art itself sticks its collective tongue out at all previous predictions of apocalyptic end. The artists, some pros, some semi-pros and a few students of Dana, each take their shot in their own way at raptures, doomsdays, and global mayhem in general—religious or secular. It is intended to be irreverent, wild and fun. Undoubtedly offensive to some, but never mean, the show will be up from December 6, to Jan. 31, barring the end of time. The opening party, Dec. 21, 7-?, celebrates the art and the oft prognosticated end with music and drink. Be there if you dare.

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Saturday, Dec. 8 is the big day at CHAW. Starting at noon, you can begin your holiday shopping with art works and ceramics by CHAW’s teaching artists. You can continue your gift getting at the annual “Give Art and Wrap It Up” Holiday Party and Sale. It goes from 4 - 8. You buy works from artists who exhibit at the gallery and they wrap it up for you right there and then. It’s fast and fun…and reasonable! Photographers take note: CHAW is accepting submissions for its 7th annual Photography Exhibit. All types are accepted (“If you think it involves photography…”) The show runs from Feb. 2 to Mar. 1. Submit your entries by Dec. 14, at A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through H

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Health & Fitness Jet Lag or Tail Wag Traveling with your pet


apitol Hill is filled with world travelers. Whether you are headed home to see the family down South or you are moving to Africa for a two year stint for work, this area is filled with people who roam around the planet. What better travel companion than your pet? The thought of having your furry friend with you at your destination is an appealing one, and one that has made pet travel a big business. I’m often asked if traveling with your pet is safe, or if flying is inhumane. The truth is that there are risks with all forms of travel and transporting your dog or cat isn’t the best idea in many situations. If an animal is sick, suffers from severe anxiety or hasn’t done well with trips in the past, then embarking on a long journey should be reconsidered. Bringing Fido along on the trip purely for your benefit should be weighed heavily with leaving him behind at a reputable boarding facility, dog sitter or reliable friend. This time of year AtlasVet is bombarded with phone calls from clients who request a sedative or tranquilizer for their pets. Often times pets don’t need anything for travel and giving a drug for the first time before driving

by Chris Miller, DVM

to the airport can be a bad idea. Pet owners are reasonable to think that giving an animal something to take the edge off is a good idea, but many airlines prohibit such sedatives because the difference between a sick pet that shouldn’t travel and a pet that has been sedated is impossible for the airline staff to differentiate. If an animal looks too sleepy they might get booted from the flight. While rare, any medication can cause adverse reactions, so

all drugs should be given in a controlled environment well before the actual trip to see if the sedative is well tolerated. I always recommend trying to avoid giving anything if possible and will typically recommend giving diphenhydramine (Benadryl) as a safe, inexpensive option to help cause mild sedation. Contact your veterinarian to see what options are best for your little guy and prior to trying any new medication. H 117

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liable for that pet’s health status. When flying aim for direct flights during the more mild part of the day to avoid extreme temperatures depending on the season. Make sure you know the size of your pet and if they are small enough to qualify for accompanying the owner in the cabin, or if they are too large and must be kept below. Either way, a specific carrier will be needed that ensures your cat or dog has enough room during the flight and just as importantly, that it meets the airlines specs to board the flight. An inappropriately sized pet carrier is a quick way to get rejected from boarding. When you are headed just a few hours away or you aren’t up for flying, the American road trip is one of my favorite ways to go somewhere special. Many dogs fit the stereotypical image of Rover with his head out the window and tongue flapping in the wind (not recommended for safety reasons), but many anxious dogs and most cats are not big fans of the car. Securing your dog or cat carrier (think

Claire P. Cargill, DDS baby seat) is an excellent way to improve car safety and is becoming state law in some states like New Jersey. Pet safety belts and harnesses keep animals safe the same way that ours do, but also prevent your pet from creating mischief or causing a distracted driver by roaming around the car. If you are traveling by car or plane, preparation is the key. If you have never driven further than the vets office, consider a 20-30 minute drive around to see how your cat or dog does. Often times after 5-10 minutes of driving, your dog will settle down and you cat will stop meowing. Your pet might do much better on the interstate than on city streets. You might discover your pet gets car sick and breakfast before the day of travel should be skipped to avoid nausea. Antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) have a bonus effect of helping with car sickness. Lastly, it is important to know that traveling to Hawaii or to a foreign country makes life much more difficult. Always consult your vet if you are headed to either of these destinations so that the proper paperwork (we are talking serious red tape), medical tests, preventative medications and time frames can be properly performed. If you decide to head to Hawaii in a few weeks and your pet has to go with you, know that it is not going to happen. More on this later in another Hill Rag article! With a little bit of planning and know how, traveling with your pet can be very rewarding. Know your dog or cat’s limitations and prepare for them accordingly. Do not be shy to contact your vet and that not knowing airline requirements can be devastating. I have sent animals to six continents (I’m still waiting on Antartica!) and know that the rewards of travel often outway the risks. Start prepping, have a happy holidays and see you ‘round the Hill! Dr. Miller and Dr. Antkowiak are the owners ofAtlasVet (the Atlas District Veterinary Hospital) at 1326 H St. NE and they reside in Capitol Hill. Twitter: @ atlasvetdc, Website:, Facebook: H

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Getting Healthy and Fit In the New Year

Free Yourself from Recurring Obstacles That Keep You from Your Fitness Goals


ecember is the perfect time for assessing, evaluating and planning what we want to change about ourselves in the next year. But this is not what we usually do during this frenzied month of visiting, baking, shopping, wrapping and traveling that has become the holidays. Many of us stopped making New Year resolutions a long time ago because we don’t ever stick to them. But this year can be different. Take a deep breath. Have you been yearning to lose a few extra pounds for years? Have you been faithfully paying for a gym membership hoping you’d use it more than once or twice a month? How long has your gym bag been sitting under your office desk collecting dust? How many months have you said, “Next week I’ll start walking in the mornings?” We have good intentions but often lack follow through. It’s already the end of another year, and many of us are no closer to our desire to feel and look better, and unless we change course, we will start the cycle all over again. “Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right”, is how Oprah Winfrey characterizes her attitude towards the New Year. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day,” is how Edith Lovejoy Pierce describes her approach to the New Year. Each of these women is positive and hopeful that the next year will be different. 120 H HillRag | December 2012

by Pattie Cinelli What Do You Want?

Choose a goal and then focus on what life would be like if you achieved that goal. Be as specific as you can without getting negative. Visualize it. Meditate about it. For example, I want to lose weight. How would I feel when I lost weight? What would I look like? How would my life be different?

but I will give them another try. There are so many ways of preparing them that I may surprise myself and find something I like.”


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choose an objective, success will forever be illusive unless you first believe in the possibility that you can do it. You have to be willing to think differently in order to get a different result. One of my students whom I have known for years says she wants to lose weight. However, she has a list pages long of foods she does not eat. She uses the excuse of not liking so many foods as the reason she can’t lose weight. Perhaps another way of thinking could be, “I haven’t liked these foods in the past,

the Washington Post. (Nov. 13, 2012). This study talked about how back pain isn’t caused so much by acute injury as by muscles that have become weak or imbalanced from disuse. Another study result published the same day showed that exercise improves life expectancy about 3.5 years even for those who are severely obese. This information should be a wake up call for those who think that by keeping their weight down without exercising will keep them healthy and pain-free.

Adopt a Different View

Check Your Feelings

Sometimes what trips up our good intentions is not what we don’t do, but what we can’t stop doing. We are so particular about what we wear, how we work, what we eat, who we spend time with, but we don’t control what we think. We let our thoughts control us instead of choosing thoughts that will make us feel better and support our desire to create change. Congratulate yourself for small concrete successes. If going to the gym three times a week is your goal, look at your going twice a week as a success and closer to your goal instead of berating yourself for not going three times. Follow your feelings. Negative ones are your indicator that you are out of balance with your true desires. When you feel bad, pause, and figure out what would make you feel better. Last year my 53-yearold client lost 25 pounds, after years of frustration at trying different diets unsuccessfully. After much hemming and hawing he started his program this time last year. “I was surprised that I could actually do it,” he said. He lost 10 lbs. between Christmas and New Years. “The most important thing I learned is that I shouldn’t have been surprised. I should have had more self confidence.”


Once we’ve decided on a goal and spent time imagining our life achieving that goal, then reflection is in order. Think about why we weren’t successful in years past and create ways to remedy

the impediments to our success. Are you always making excuses for not eating well or not exercising? All true of course – not enough time, too tired, too much work, too much to do, had to take care of the kids, husband, parents (you fill in the blank). A group of my clients were just like that. Good intentions about exercising and good excuses for not doing it. They decided to train together, motivate each other and make each other accountable. It’s not a perfect solution, but it has gotten them out of the house and into the gym. Notice what triggers your overeating and notice what prevents you from exercising. The solution could be as simple as changing the time from after work to before work for exercising, or planning and packing healthy good-tasting snacks for work. It could be asking someone to be your walking buddy or your sounding board. Or you may have to go deeper to find the remedy. Dr. Wanda Dyson, the owner of Change for Life Wellness and Aesthetics Center on Capitol Hill, told me about a patient who came to her frustrated about her inability to lose weight. This patient, who was studying for her PhD, was highly stressed and couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t lose weight. After examining her, Dr. Dyson said, “I knew from her food cravings, short attention span and her struggle to complete tasks that she most likely had an imbalance in her neurotransmitters. Until we controlled those imbalances, she would not be able to lose weight.” This holiday season, spend some time in your head and your heart. Reflect on what is working and what is not. Realize that you can never get it wrong because no task is ever done. As my 94-yearold yoga teacher Tao PorchonLynch says, “There is nothing you can’t do.” And she is proof of that. Pattie Cinelli has been writing her health/ fitness column for almost two decades. She has been a personal trainer for 17 years and last year launched her MindBodyBalance For Weight Loss program. She can be reached at H

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What Can You Do Today, This Very Moment? by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW Love Is Everything

There is a low brick wall in front of a small apartment building about a block from my house with the simplest piece of graffiti on it - written in almost childlike handwriting, it reads, “love is everything”. I pass that low brick wall often - and each time I do, I read that declaration again love is everything. It gets me thinking about how love can be expressed not just as a feeling but also in action. Recently, I came across the statement the Dali Lama made to the world, right after the 9/11 attacks. Here is part of what he said: “Today the human soul asks the question: What can I do to preserve the beauty the wonder of our world and to eliminate the anger and hatred-and the disparity that inevitably causes it - in that part of the world which I touch?” In that statement, the Dali Lama challenged us to think about what we wish to experience in our own life and in the world - and then to seek to provide those very things to other people. “If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.”

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One of the best ways to offer caring, support and kindness to your local community this holiday season is by giving your time or your resources to help. Here are some opportunities which are just around the corner: Capitol Hill Group Ministry is seeking people to “sponsor” a family 122 H HillRag | December 2012

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness”. –Dalai Lama by volunteering to purchase presents. Families request a few items of clothing and a toy or book for each child, as well as a household gift like pots or towels. Some volunteers sponsor an entire family on their own, while others bring together a group to sponsor a family together by splitting up gifts. For more information or to sign up to sponsor a family, please contact Shelah Wilcox: or 202.544.3150 before December 21st. Horton’s Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to underprivileged children and their families in the D.C. area, including tutoring, mentoring, dental and vision care, food, clothing, and holiday celebrations. Horton’s Kids bring children from Anacostia to Capitol Hill for one-on-one tutoring by volunteers from all over the DC area. Currently, volunteers tutor children at the Rayburn House Office Buildings on Monday and Tues-

day evenings. To donate or volunteer contact Mike Langen at mike@ or call 202.544.5033 ext. 8. Capitol Hill Village provides support for residents of the Capitol Hill community who wish to stay in their homes as they grow older. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation; to help with vexing electronic issues, including computer mysteries, programming thermostats, DVDs, phones, clocks and watches; light home maintenance; at home assistance with paper work, and occasional meal preparation; and with companionship. To volunteer go to or call 202.543.1778. Trees for Capitol Hill is a nonprofit community group dedicated to restoring the tree canopy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, adding to the beauty of our streets and sidewalks. Volunteers work to care for a new tree

or renew, restore, and refresh the diversity of trees. Currently, hundreds of new trees are being planted in our neighborhoods and they will need to be cared for. If you are interested in watering and caring for a new tree near your home go to: or contact Margaret Missiaen at Jan’s Tutoring House is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and enrichment activities for inner city Washington, DC school-age children and youth with one-on-one mentoring and tutoring in a safe place, with nutritional support, through after school and summer programs. To volunteer call 202.547.1345 or contact twoods@ Having a hard time finding a volunteer opportunity that floats your boat? Check out VolunteerMatch - they have an online database that enables you to search thousands of one-time and ongoing opportunities by zip code, category, and date. www.

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The final words of the Dali Lama, in his statement after 9/11 still hold true today: “Those others are waiting for you now. They are looking to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking to you for love.” Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050 or at H

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Family-Friendly Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker Performance at Stuart Hobson

An annual tradition, Momentum Dance Theatre’s Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker again brings its lively mix of holiday sparkle, Latin rhythms, jazz and hip hop to local stages. In this familyfriendly show, children from several Capitol Hill schools join Momentum’s professional dancers in a contemporary retelling of the Nutcracker story. Through dance and dialogue, JHHN tells the story of two kids who feel unhappy and out of place until they meet at a holiday party. They receive magical gifts that help them use their artistic and creative talents to find their own voices. Duke Ellington’s version of Tchaikovsky’s classic score is augmented with fabulous funk, contemporary hip hop, and smokin’ salsa. Many Capitol Hill kids have been working hard to transform themselves into candy canes, toys, rats, and ninjas and look forward

to sharing this imaginative version of the Nutcracker with friends and neighbors. Performances will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec 6 and 7 at 10:15 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Dec 8 and 9 at 3 p.m at Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE. Additional performances are Saturday, Dec 15 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 16 at 3 p.m. at the Publick Playhouse at 5445 Landover Rd. in Cheverly. Tickets are available at

Washington Youth Choir at Hill Center

On Dec 16, 4 p.m., hear Courtesy of Washington Youth Choir the Washington Youth Choir at Eastern (formerly the Eastern like Christmas in Washington and the High School Choir) Holiday Concert Kennedy Center Honors. Building on with Special Guests, the Internationthe success of the original model, its ally Acclaimed Eastern High School mission is to enhance the educational Alumni Choir under experience of DC-area youth with the the direction of Dr. rigorous study and performance of Joyce Garrett. $25. music, and to facilitate their success100% of sales benful transition out of high school. In efit the Washington addition to two hours of daily pracYouth Choir College tice (a serious commitment for seriScholarship Fund. ous singers), the choir members also Hill Center at the attend college prep workshops and Old Naval Hospitour colleges. Over $1,000,000 has tal, 921 Pennsylvania been awarded to college-bound choir Ave. SE. 202-549members since the inception of the 4172. scholarship fund in 1989. Wa s h i n g t o n Youth Choir continues to be DC’s Class of 2022 Kickoff Event! chorus of choice for It was a perfect day for a play(Left to right)Jazz Hip Hop performers Louise Banks, Anika Heywood, high-profile events date on Veteran’s Day MonHenry Banks, Camsey Noonan, Vivian Pittard, Josephine Crittendon H 125

Third graders from schools all over the Hill had a perfect day for a playdate and book exchange at Lincoln Park! Photo: Elizabeth Nelson.

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day, with 70 degree temperatures and lots of good books to exchange. Drew Golin, Maury parent of two, had the idea to coalesce all third graders on Capitol Hill, the thought being that if they and their families are brought together now, they will all be more comfortable when it’s time to go to middle school. Ideally, they’d go 6th grade together, the hope being that they stay on the Hill. The Class of 2022 – no matter their elementary school, they are a community. Third graders from Brent, Capitol Hill Day, Logan, Maury, St. Peters, Two Rivers, and Watkins brought their families, toys, and books to Lincoln Park to trade. Thank you to those who came! If you missed it, there will be another coming up, and suggestions on venues are welcome. If you have a child in third grade, please sign up at classof2022capitolhill to keep abreast of Class of 2022 events!

Santa on Barracks Row

Santa is coming to Barracks Row on Saturday, Dec 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. He will be at the corner of 8th and G sts., SE. Snacks and hot drinks (coffee and hot chocolate) will be served and there will be free photos with Santa that you can download to your own computer. There may be a craft table to keep the kids busy while waiting their turn but this event is always a lot of fun. Dress warmly.

DC Youth Orchestra Program’s Winter Wonderland Concert

On Dec16, 4 p.m., the DC Youth Orchestra Program will bring holiday cheer to Capitol Hill with its Winter Wonderland Concert performed by DCYOP’s Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra at Eastern High School’s Auditorium, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE. The concert is free and open to the public and will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, and other holiday favorites. A free cookie and holiday treat reception will follow the concert. The Winter Wonderland concert is funded in part thanks to the generosity of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. For more information, go to or call 202-698-0123.

Paul Public Charter School Expands Curriculum to High School Grades

Paul Public Charter School is expanding to include high school grades. Paul PCS currently provides sixth through ninth graders with a high quality education. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Paul will expand one grade each school year. By the 2015-2016 school year, Paul will also offer middle and high school grades, sixth through twelfth. Paul’s International High School will focus on providing a college prep education, while focusing on developing global awareness and cultural competencies for its scholars. Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th St. NW. 202-2917499.

150th Year Anniversary of the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation Family Day

Family Day programming is on Tuesday, Jan 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building, Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW. In addition to hands-on family activities, storyteller Bill Grimmest portrays Frederick Douglass in “Tales of My Friend Mr. Lincoln,” and historical re-enactors will portray Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt. The issuance of this Proclamation clarified and strengthened the position of the Union government, decreased the likelihood of European support of the Confederacy and, as the Union armies extended their occupation of the southern states, brought freedom to the slaves in those states. The Proclamation invited black men to join the Union Army and Navy, resulting in the enlistment of approximately 200,000 freed slaves and free black people before the War’s end.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Other Christmas Tales

On Saturday, Dec 8, at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 No. Carolina St. SE (near Eastern Market), Children of the Light Jr. and Sr. High dancers will present the story of how the Grinch found the true meaning of Christmas through the telling of Dr. Seuss’ rhythmical tale in word and dance in addition to the story of St. Nicholas with audience participation. After that, they will tell the story of Jesus’ birth through a dance called, “It is True.” The programs are about one hour long. Cookies and cider will be served. H 127

After-School Ice Skating Classes and Weekly Cartoon Skate at Canal Park

The after-school youth skating program at Canal Park is for ages 6-13. Registration for fall classes is ongoing or register for 10-week winter session starting Jan 7. For more information email or call 202-468-1214. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, kids can skate with their favorite cartoon characters at this family-oriented weekly event. The Canal Park Ice Rink is open Monday-Friday, noon-9 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m.10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.7 p.m. Adult fee is $8; children, seniors (55+) and military fees are $7. Skate rental is $3. The park is at Second and M sts. SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Avenue exit).

Drumming With Dishes: Holiday Edition (Theatre for the Very Young)

From Dec 11-16, Drumming with Dishes is back, this time with a holiday twist! A young girl introduces her imaginary friend to what makes the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year. This gentle, whimsical adventure celebrates friendship and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. $8; $5 for groups of 20 or more. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Overbeck History Project Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Speech Contest

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech. The Overbeck History Project is challenging today’s students to express their own thoughts and ideas in a speech inspired by King’s famous words. Two winners will be asked to present their speeches at the “Were you there? Remembering the 1963 March on Washington” event on Saturday, Feb 23 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. Prizes to both winners and runners up will also be awarded at the event. The contest includes middle school (6th-8th grades) and high 128 H HillRag | December 2012

school students (9th-12th grades) from schools on Capitol Hill. Scholarship prizes will be awarded to the winning and runner-up speeches in each category-middle school, $500, winner and $250, runner-up (250300 words and no longer than 2 minutes); high school: $1000, winner and $500, runner up (450-500 words and no longer than 3 minutes). The speeches should show knowledge and understanding of the “Dream” speech, why it is so important in American history, and how Dr. King’s ideas contribute to the writer’s dreams for her/himself. They will be judged on organization, clarity of expression, persuasiveness and adherence to the prescribed time frame. Contact Anne Womeldorf at if you would like to participate. Participants must submit a written copy of their speech by Jan 25, 2013 to Speeches will be read and judged by a panel of judges who will select the top five written speeches. On Feb 10, these top five speechwriters will present their speeches orally to a panel of judges who will select the winner and the runner up. The winner will be asked to present his/her speech at the “Were you there? Remembering the 1963 March on Washington” event on Feb 23. Both winner and runner-up will be given their scholarship awards at the same event.

St. Mark’s Christmas Pageant

St. Mark’s invites all youth and children to lead the re-telling of the Christmas story in their time-honored Christmas Pageant held every Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. This event is organized by the “Mother of Mary” and includes a reception following the service. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A sts. SE. 202-5430053.

Community Academy Public Charter School Winter Social

Get into the winter spirit with Community Academy Public Charter School Online, a tuition-free online public school that offers highly individualized online education for District of Columbia students in grades K-8, at the Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, DC on Friday, Dec

14 from 10:00 am until noon. This is a great opportunity to meet other CAPCS Online families and for prospective families to learn more about the K¹² program. CAPCS Online staff will be available to answer any questions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts activities and ice skate! Community Academy Public Charter School’s Winter Social is just one example of the regular events the school organizes for students and families throughout the school year. Other socialization opportunities include school clubs, meet and greet events, and field trips to local museums and zoos. Interested parents and their children will be able to talk with teachers and have all their questions answered by Community Academy Public Charter staff. For those unable to attend, there are Live Online Information Sessions Dec 5 and 12 at 10 a.m. Visit for details or call 866-339-9912 with any questions.

Shake Up Your Saturdays! Very Like a Whale

This family workshop will provide a morning of history, activity, performance, and fun! Explore the Folger’s exhibit Very Like a Whale to learn how the human mind can extrapolate details to turn a cloud into a camel, then a weasel, then a whale. For ages 6-12. Free but please reserve a space. Folger shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger. edu

DC High School Graduation Rates Increase

The District’s high school graduation rates for the Class of 2012 increased 2 percent as compared to the 2010-2011 school year, according to results released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Results are calculated using US Department of Education criteria and are statewide, representing both DC Public Schools (DCPS) and Public Charter Schools (DCPCS). As calculated by the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR), which is required by the US Department of Education, 61 percent of DC students graduated from high school with a regular diploma

within a four-year period in 20112012, compared to 59 percent during the 2010-2011 academic year. The 2010-2011 academic year was the first time the District used the ACGR computation. Overall, 21 out of 44 DC schools had rates above the state average, with 10 schools graduating over 80 percent of their 2011-2012 cohort class. Additionally, graduation rates for economically disadvantaged District high school students improved 13 percent in 2011-2012. Specialized education graduation rates from the District’s Class of 2012 also grew 9 percent, with both subgroups measured under the ACGR criteria. A complete description of the US Department of Education Adjusted Cohort Rate calculation method, OSSE’s Overall Graduation Rate Chart and an illustration of OSSE’s Adjusted Cohort Graduation calculation are available at

Saturday Morning at the National Free Performances for Children

On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first comefirst seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-783-3372. Dec 8-Christmas Dreams from The Nutcracker. Saturday Morning at the National families eagerly await the annual presentation of the Virginia Ballet Company and School’s selections from Tchaikovsky’s glittering confection. Snowflakes and Sugar Plum Fairies fill the air in a dazzling presentation full of lovely costumes, lively dances and elegant holiday cheer. Dec 15-Chris Davis: A Christmas Carol. Join Tim Cratchitt (all grown up) and his blushing bride, Rose, in recreating Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol. Kids in the audience take roles in the show, playing Jacob Marley, Ghosts of Christmas, and the cantankerous old miser himself to the delight and merriment of all! H

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120th Anniversary of The Nutcracker A Washington Ballet Tradition for Generations of Young Dancers


by Michelle Phipps-Evans

o see 8-year-old Erin pus, and will be with her at the Clara who is given a magical nutWilliams dance, one performances. The last one is two cracker on Christmas Eve in her famsees a young star in the ily’s mansion. Later that evening she days before Christmas. making. Her youthful facial ex It’s one of those Saturday encounters a battle of Revolutionary pressions become serious as she practices in November. Williams War soldiers led by the rat and the points her toes in a ballet posiholds onto a metallic blue fishtail Nutcracker. After winning the battle, tion to the rhythm of Chopin. and dances in movements as if the Nutcracker, now a handsome The bubbly girl with a wide caught, while a young male danc- prince, leads her on a journey filled grin has studied ballet at The er fights to hold onto the catch. with the Snow Queen and King, SugWashington School of BalThe children face each other and ar Plum Fairy, and Anacostia Indians. Set to the music of Pytor Ilych let (TWSB) at the Town Hall wiggle in dance. “She’s got a lot of energy and Tchaikovsky, the ballet is choreoEducation Arts and Recreation Center (THEARC) in Ward 8, she has learned her part really graphed by TWB’s artistic director since she was four. well,” said Abby Olson, a TWB Septime Webre. The company pre“I love to do ballet,” said administrator teaching the parts. miered its founder Mary Day’s version in 1961. However, by 2004, Webre’s Williams, an honor roll second “She’s ready for the next step.” grader at Academia De La Recmakeover took to the stage. ta Porta International Christian “I knew the beloved classic needed The Nutcracker Day School in Northwest. “It a makeover to make it more current,” For years, generations of helps you. You can keep practicsaid Webre who used a few recognized Washingtonians grew up loving and then you get it.” Besides District and American historical charing TWB’s The Nutcracker. Set her twice-a-week classes, since acters such as Frederick Douglas, the in 1882 Georgetown, it stars Erin Williams is excited about her role in The Nutcracker. October Williams has practiced Cherry Blossoms and Red Coat Rats. George Washington as the herofor her role as Little Chinese in “I think art is at its most powerful ic Nutcracker and King George Septime Webre’s The Nutcrackwhen people see themselves onstage,” III as the villainous Rat King. at THEARC on Mississippi Avenue er. This is her third consecutive year in Southeast and in Old Town Alex- TWB’s adaptation tells the story of said Webre as he explained how he in the Christmas-time performance, andria in Virginia. which marks the 120th anniversary of More than 400 TWSB students its first in 1892. will dance in The Nutcracker, though William’s instructor, Marga- not everyone who auditioned got a ret Williamson, said it is exciting to role. It’s a unique experience, where watch her progress each year. student dancers share the stage with “She has a lot of natural tal- The Washington Ballet (TWB) ent,” said Williamson, a teacher at Company— doing four performancthe THEARC for four years. “She’s es at THEARC on Nov. 24 and 25; strong and flexible, and she’s smart. and 30 additional ones from Nov. 29 She learns fast, although she often to Dec. 23 at the Warner Theatre. needs to be reminded to slow down “She loves show business, and focus on the details. At the same and I enjoy watching her,” said Debtime, that energy makes her a great orah Pushia, 45, Williams mother. performer, and I think she’ll do a fan- “What makes me happy is her enjoytastic job in Little Chinese this year.” ing it.” Pushia has experience with It wasn’t easy for Williams to get The Nutcracker—with her daugha role. In early October, hundreds au- ter’s first role as a bumble bee, then ditioned for The Nutcracker from all a mushroom and now Little Chinese. three Washington Schools of Ballet— She was with Williams at the weekErin Williams practices her role as Little Chinese in The Nutcracker at The Washington School on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest, end practices in the Northwest camof Ballet’s Northwest campus. 130 H HillRag | December 2012

took a German story adapted to a Russian ballet, and transformed it to the District. “I wanted to create a Nutcracker about who we are as Washingtonians and Americans in all our diverse glory.” In 1891, choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write music

schools are enrolled—six public, one chartered and one afterschool. The free program runs seven weeks with two classes a week. It culminates in a final ballet performance in front their peers. DanceDC is an interdisciplinary program offering an in-school residency to more than 500 second and third graders. They participate in field trips to see dances by TWB and other recognized dance companies. The goal is to help children achieve more through ballet using a multiple intelligences model. Teachers create lesson plans integrating dance with core-curriculum subjects. “They created their own dance and choreography,” said Toews. “The students showing talent and progress will receive scholarships to attend school at THEARC.” Each scholarship Deborah Pushia combs her daughter Erin Williams’ hair into a bun at The Washington is worth up to $2,000 School of Ballet at THEARC in Ward 8 before her class begins. per child and about 50 students receive the award each year. for a ballet based on the book, “The Nut“Our goal is to expand DanceDC to 16 cracker and the Mouse King.” A year later, schools in the next five years,” Toews said. the Kirov Ballet performed the first Nut- She hoped to expand its level of funding cracker in St. Petersburg, Russia, to poor re- support as TWB pays for busing, uniforms views. In the 1930s and 40s, it eventually and performances. Since launching the encame to the United States. By the 1960s, it gagement program 12 years ago, TWB has had become a popular production and is now reached almost 70,000 students, many had a holiday staple. little or no access to the arts. Toews said THEARC supports 1,000 children through its programs with a limTWB Community Engagement ited staff —600 in DanceDC, 300 dancers at It is these community engagement proTHEARC and 100 on scholarship. grams at THEARC that allow TWB to inThe children will be going to see troduce dance to a diverse group of youngthe Nutcracker on Dec. 5 at the Warner sters. TWB has reached out to underserved Theatre. They’ll be looking on as Erin Wilareas of the District through DanceDC, an liams comes on stage in pointed toes as Litinitiative that has served D.C. Public School tle Chinese. (DCPS) since 1999. On a warm Friday in November, TWB’s Southeast director Katrina Toews is direct- Tickets for the Warner Theatre are priced from $34 to $101, are on sale and can be purchased at washingtoning third graders at Anita Turner Elemen-, 202.397.SEAT or the Warner Theatre Box tary on Alabama Avenue in Ward 8. Many Office, 513 13th St., NW had never been exposed to ballet before, but they were excited to receive certificates of Tickets at THEARC, priced from $30 to $45, are available at or 202.362.3606 completion from Toews as parents beamed. x605. Specially priced $15 tickets are available for “This provides a dance program for low Ward 7 & 8 residents through TWB@THEARC offices, income children,” Toews explained. Eight 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington, DC. H

Basis-Booster Holiday Reception & Show Fundraiser Step Afrika! Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show

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School Notes Compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

Capitol Hill Cluster School Peabody Primary Campus

Peabody students (grades pre-k-3 to kindergarten) celebrated the fall with a Harvest Festival. Students explored pumpkins inside and out, using magnifying lenses, and making pumpkin milkshakes. Students also read fall stories, roasted vegetables, and made prints using apples and pears.

Watkins Elementary

Students at Watkins Elementary closely observed the presidential campaigns and elections this year. Students wrote hopeful “If I were President” essays and conducted a school-wide mock election (Obama won). Taking full advantage of the school’s location on Capitol Hill, fourth and fifth graders in the Watkins Cinema Club, led by third-grade teacher Ms. Lisa Jones, were hard at work researching, conducting interviews, and

filming for a documentary on the 2012 election, titled “Election 2012 . . . from a Kid’s Perspective.”

Stuart-Hobson Middle School

The Stuart-Hobson Band is participating once again in the Capitol Jazz Project, a joint effort of the Washington Performing Arts Society and D.C. Public Schools, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Middle School band members will work alongside professional jazz artists during the year, honing their listening, performing, and improvisational skills. They will also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned at several performances at school and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. On November 15, several Stuart-Hobson students went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where they participated in a live conversation with astronauts on the International Space Station. Stuart-Hobson hosted Cluster School fami-

lies from each campus for Family Game Night in November—an evening filled with fun and games for all ages, with an emphasis on making math fun for everyone. -By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Primary Campus – 425 C St. NE. Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St. SE. Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St. NE.

Eliot-Hine Middle School Loving Literacy

Literacy Night at Eliot-Hine had the atmosphere of a large family gathering in a cozy den. Parents nearly out-numbered the kids; younger and older siblings were in tow. And everyone snuggled into the library for board games, expressive readings, creating poetry – and eating pizza. Possibly the most fun was a game I had never seen before, Reading for Detail. A passage is read and the dial spun to ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ or ‘where’. The player must correctly recall that bit of information to move forward. Trust me--it is a highly entertaining and worth considering during the up-coming shopping season. The poetry writing activity was pretty cool, too. Mixed groups of adults and students took turns, each adding a line to a joint poem, turning writing into the most delightful of parlor games. Unexpected contributions sparked laughter and appreciation for the novelty of the thought, until all were well-pleased with the result. All of this fits right in with the Eliot-Hine goals for our students –- to become independent, strategic, life-long readers and writers. That won’t happen if there’s no pleasure in it, so the English Language Arts (ELA) Department to works very hard to make literature one of the best parts of every day. The Literacy Night organizers (Ms. Watson, Ms. McMillan and Mrs. Walker) really put their hearts into it and, according to 8 grader, Sahkiya Jenkis, their effort was worth it; “We read and wrote poems about being self-confident and free. It was good!” The parents agree; Ms. Ball in particular stressed how much she appreciates that the “teachers are creating engaging literature lessons that students enjoy.” If you haven’t “previewed” Eliot-Hine, you should. – Elizabeth Nelson, EliotHine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave NE. 202-939-5380.

Maury Elementary News Architects in Schools

At a fall Harvest Festival, the Capitol Hill Cluster School’s youngest students dig into their pumpkins. 132 H HillRag | December 2012

Maury 4th graders were chosen to participate in the Washington Architectural Foundation’s “Architecture in Schools” program this year. The focus

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J.O. Wilson Elementary News

Playing Reading for Detail at Eliot-Hine

of this 8-week course is designing the stage/amphitheater site for our renovated back playground space! These incredibly engaging lessons are led by two amazing volunteer architects. Mike Binder and Christine Hyunga, who come every Friday for an hour to work with the students. Working in teams of five, students are considering many aspects of the site including materials, site dimensions, and functionality. They have studied ancient Roman amphitheaters and used models of more current sites as examples (i.e. the Santa Fe Opera House, “super-cool” playgrounds, etc.). Thanks to the music teacher Mr. Rogers’ involvement, students are gaining understanding of important acoustic considerations as well. Students are including potential green roofs and solar panels, as our architects are experts in these areas. For more information, the program, pictures and the outline of our process, please visit

Thank You, CHCF!

Maury would like to thank the wonderful Capitol Hill Community Foundation ( for their funding in support of Maury’s vision for a healthy and inspiring outdoor space. Their grants will go toward CHOICE, which is a plan to improve the current recess model at Maury designed by Maury’s PE & Health teacher, Caroline Hunt. It combines the best aspects of traditional recess (free play) with structured recess, while drawing from the Responsive Classroom model, which we use at Maury. There

will also be components of art, music, and imaginative play. Thank you so much! - By Vanessa Ford and Heather Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE;

Friendship Collegiate Academy News Robotics Team Wins Regional Challenge

Dance for Success

The Washington Ballet has partnered with J.O. Wilson for nine years through DanceDC, their education and outreach initiative to DCPS students. This fall 3 second grade classes at J.O. Wilson participated in a 6-week dance residency. The classes culminated with a presentation to parents and students, and a field trip to see The Nutcracker. Teachers, each of them master dance educators, create lesson plans that integrate dance with core-curriculum subjects such as science, math, language arts and history, and the program’s goal is to create higher achievement through ballet using Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences model. Notably, eight J.O. Wilson second graders earned the

EXCEL scholarship for 2012-2013, a full-year dance scholarship awarded to students who show talent and commitment. J.O. Wilson greatly values this partnership with the Washington Ballet and we look forward to having our first grade students participate in the residency in spring 2013.

Tutoring with Technology

30 J.O. Wilson first graders are participating in an exciting online tutoring program this year, the Tutormate program. TutorMate pairs corporate volunteer tutors and students remotely. Each tutor is assigned to a student for the entire school year. Students and tutors, each seeing the same computer screen though miles apart, read appropriately leveled stories and play activities that encourage fluency, comprehension, phonics and spelling skills. At J.O. Wilson volunteers from the U.S. Court work with 30 pre-identified first grade students, meeting with the tutors “virtually” on a weekly basis. Recent results in DC programs have demonstrated an increase in first grade reading scores. Samantha Caruth, J. O. Wilson Elementary, 660 K St. NE, 202-6984733,,

Friendship Collegiate Academy’s Robotics Team recently won first place in the National Society of Black Engineers Regional II Competition in Norfolk, VA. The team’s victory came News from the 11th Graders in the category of Engineering Design This past weekend, the Model for high school students. United Nations team drove some of To win the competition, students designed, created, and programmed a robot that could play basketball. The ten teams in the contest were judged on how many points the robot scored playing basketball and their oral presentation explaining their work. Although the contest was close, Collegiate Academy’s team pulled ahead thanks to the strength of their oral presentation. Teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region took part in the competition. The team members were Anthony Green (Captain), Layton Williams, Briante Guillory, Antonio Cephas, and Alonzo Brow. Ms. Jaclyn Claiborne, Ms. Cherice Greene. Mr. Christian Schaefer coached the team. The victory qualifies the team for the National Competition that will take place in Indianapolis next March. Friendship Collegiate Academy is Students at School Without Walls High School Gather at School

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kidsfamily school notes its delegates down to the College of William and Mary for an annual High School Conference. The delegates all represented Finland in committees of ranging difficulty. Isabella Boland, the head delegate of the team, reflected, “The delegates put their heart into representing Finland in the best possible way. I am so proud of the team.” Model UN has two local conferences coming up in the spring. A highlight of this month at Walls is the Thanksgiving Day feast. The day before the break, the school gets delicious southern food from renowned catering companies. Students pay a discounted fee for what pretty much is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Students with plates stacked high with glazed ham, mashed potatoes, cornbread, turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, eat happily as they talk with friends. On this day classes are held in the morning with the rest of the afternoon dedicated to eating, talking, or watching movies in classrooms. Alumni also come back to visit and enjoy with the rest of the school. What’s a better way to kick off the break? - Eleonore Edgell and Delmar Tarragó, 11th graders. SWWHS, 2130 G St, NW Washington, D.C. 20037.

River Park Nursery School

River Park Nursery School students and parents recently enjoyed a Thanksgiving program and potluck lunch. The children learned seasonal

songs and made turkey feather headbands. They used seeds from the Halloween pumpkin to make a shaker to accompany the telling of a Native American Tale. They also wrote letters to their grandparents, stamped the envelopes and took them to the mailbox. The River Park Nursery School is located at 212 East Capitol St., NE. It operates with 3, 4, or 5 day programs from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from September through May. For more information about RPNS, please visit the school’s website at www.riverparknurseryschool. org or call 202-546-7767. - Jonathan Leavitt.

Tyler Elementary News

Tyler Elementary sends an enthusiastic shout-out to our students who are participating in the Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-3pm. Our Tyler Tigresses have been training since the start of the school year and we are incredibly proud of them. Want to cheer them on? Show up at one of several cheer stations and shake your pom-poms as the girls make their way through Anacostia Park! Tyler is thrilled to announce the launch of BOKS, a before-school program that promotes the powerful link between physical activity and increased academic performance. Tyler teachers Jennifer Krystopowicz and Malcom Greene lead BOKS athletes through warm-up

Hurray for the Tyler Elementary “Girls on the Run” Team!

Tyler Elementary School Participants at the Autism Speaks Walk

games, running, relay races, obstacle courses, weekly skill building, and nutrition education. So far our BOKS athletes have learned how to do sit-ups, burpees, pushups, planks, and have completed a 400-meter run . . . BOKS rocks!

Autism Speaks Walkers Doubled Their Fundraising Goal

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Tyler would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the participants in the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event on the National Mall on November 3rd. Our team did not reach its fundraising goal . . . they doubled it! They also quadrupled its member recruitment goal thanks to the

support of our wonderful school community. Go Tyler Tigers! Lastly, Tyler would like to thank the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF) for its generous award of two grants this fall, which fund a performance by Teatro de la Luna as well as indoor and outdoor signage promoting wellness, safety, and educational achievement throughout the school campus. - Colleen Cancio at Tyler Elementary is located at 1001 G St.SE

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary News

The Academic Warriors at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School invite you our Winter Arts Festival on December 13. Featuring the talents of the youngest members of the Hill community, the event will showcase

1250 Taylor St. NW Washington, DC 20011 p. 202 545-0515 f. 202 545-0517

Serving Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade for the 2013-2014 school year A new grade will be added each year through 5th grade. Attend one of our Information / Open House Sessions to learn more about the school. INFORMATION / OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS ON THURSDAYS: December 13 & 20 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am January 10 & 24 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

February 7 & 21 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am March 7 & 14 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

You must register to attend, limit of 20 people per session. Call (202) 545-0515 to register.

Application deadline March 15th, 2013. Lottery March 22nd, 2013 Apply for admissions at or by coming to the school. We are building on our strong foundation as an early childhood program. Come be a founding member of the elementary school!

Program Features: Before Care starting at 7:30 am and after care until 6:00 pm. Small classroom size and well trained staff. Individual planning for each student. Hands-on and project-based curriculum. Bridges Public Charter School is free and open to all DC residents. Tuition paid by non-residents. H 135

the artistic creativity and dancing and singing abilities of LudlowTaylor students. Our Art Gallery doors open at 5 p.m., and the showcased pieces are available for purchase. At 6:30 p.m., our students will take to the stage to entertain and delight. Please come early for sparkling cider and a selection of cheeses and to secure your seat. This is a standing-room-only event and we expect a crowd! In other news, our Fall Festival on November 3 was a grand success despite the frigid temperatures. Children and adults alike enjoyed the petting zoo and the moon bounce as well as the home-baked cakes and cookies for sale. Principal Cobbs took charge of the indoor games, guiding young hands as they threw sand bags and rings hoping to win a prize. Wondering how else you can support Ludlow-Taylor? Attend our informal play date each Saturday on the school’s playground. Bring your coffee and bagels and get to know the children and adults who help to make Ludlow as friendly and dynamic as it is. Stop by our bake sale, held 3:15-4 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. each Monday. Each treat is only $1! We hope to see you soon! Questions? Check out our website: www.

News from St. Peter School Social Awareness and Common Good Values


Winter Break All Sports and Games Camps Stuart Hobson Middle School Session 1 Dec. 24 - 28 (no camp Dec. 25) Session 2 Dec. 31- Jan. 4 (no camp Jan. 1) Boys & Girls ages 5 - 13 9:00am - 3:00pm, after care available until 5:00pm $185, $225 with after care

PARTIAL WEEK REGISTRANTS ACCEPTED For more information or to register online go to

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A critical component of a St. Peter School education is developing thoughtful concern for others and embracing the common good values that anchor the Catholic faith. Each month students engage in at least one community-centered activity designed to foster social awareness. In November, for example, St. Peter School partnered with the Boy Scouts to collect canned food for needy families. A school-wide boys vs. girls competition ensued, with the girls winning bragging rights after collecting 350 cans, though the boys also collected an impressive 275 cans. The Student Council also marked November as Diabetes Month by selling grey “Awareness Beads” to symbolize diabetes awareness and raise funds for the American Diabetes

Association. And, for the second year in a row, St. Peter School and Parish fielded an impressive group of runners and walkers to participate in the Turkey Trot for Hunger to benefit SOME (So Others Might Eat). Over 50 members of the St. Peter’s community people gathered on Thanksgiving morning to raise funds for food, clothing and medical services for the homeless and hungry in the District. We are proud to be fostering a school community that embraces acts of kindness, empathy, selflessness.

Retro Petro BINGO

Harkening back to those evenings and afternoons spent with grandparents playing bingo in the church hall, nearly 100 members of the St. Peter School community recently gathered at the American Legion for a good, old-fashioned evening of bingo. One of two adult socials the school’s Home School Association (HSA) sponsors during the school term, Retro Petro BINGO gave parents a chance to kick back and socialize for a few hours of camaraderie. The HSA offered free child care at the school so parents could spend a few hours enjoying a retro night of 80’s music and decor and games. A special thanks to American Legion Commander Kathryn Stillman for guiding parent organizers through the process of organizing the evening – and serving as the energetic bingo caller!

Winter Open House

St. Peter School Winter Open House will be held Thursday, January 10 from 9-11 a.m. Applications will be available, and prospective families are invited to tour the school and meet with faculty and parents. If you are interested in learning more about the school, please contact the school office at 202.544.1618 or visit

Capitol Hill Day School News Literacy Night: Teacher-Led Workshops Help Parents Support Young Readers

Last month, CHDS parents went back to school with the first through fifth-grade teachers, learn-

CHDS Second-Grader works on vocabulary in class. Photo: Krysta French

ing how the CHDS literacy program works and how to support young readers at home. The teachers shared their literacy vision and mission statement, and parents discussed the books they love to read to their children, as well as their favorite read-aloud books when they were children. Teachers then led parents through a variety of hands-on workshops. Phonics explored how to help children understand and practice the phonics skills they learn in school, playing Don’t Be Greedy!, a game that helps children build strategies for collecting words for different sound patterns. Using Shakespeare Readers Theatre, parents in the Fluency workshop experienced firsthand the nervous tension their children feel when asked to read aloud, as well as the relationship between reading fluency and overall understanding. Parents learned how to model Comprehension questions – inference, summary, prediction – and worked with a partner to generate comprehension questions based on Charlotte’s Web. Parents also wrote poetry and learned how students build vocabulary by playing with language. Literacy Night is just one way CHDS engages its community.

Upcoming opportunities include the December 6 Middle School Information Night for parents interested in applying to grades 4 through 8, and the December 20 Parent Coffee with Head of School Jason Gray at which 8th grade families will look back on their experience at Capitol Hill Day School as they look forward to their child’s graduation. -Jane Angarola (jangarola@ or 202-386-9919 at CHDS, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE.

Capitol Hill Montessori News A Very Haunted Harvest

On October 27, the Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan (CHM@L) hosted its second annual and very, very Haunted Harvest! Montessori families and other families across the community attended this successful and spooky evening of fun games, a haunted maze, mad scientist experiments, and a homemade chili dinner. The costumes were creative and the laughs and screams could be heard down the block. Funds raised directly support educational programming. If you’re interested in learning more about CHM@L, open houses will be on December H 137

kidsfamily school notes crunchy cabbage slaw. In the spirit of the holiday, SWS thanks everyone who contributed to this fun annual event.

Hungry? Mark Your Calendar

The first Monday night of each month is SWS family night at La Loma restaurant, 316 Massachusetts Avenue NE. Join other SWS families for great food and drinks while La Loma donates 20 percent of each check to the school. Remember to write “SWS Family Night” on the back of your check! Want to see what SWS is all about? Our next Open House is January 31, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Meet at Ebeneezer’s Coffeehouse (201 F St NE) for introductions, and then walk over to SWS for a tour. - Hannah Schardt. School-WithinSchool at Logan Annex, 215 G St. NE, 202-6738275;

Amidon-Bowen News US Dept. Of Transportation Presents Careers In Aviation

Haunted Harvesters at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan

3 at 9:30 a.m., January 16 at 6:30 p.m. and February 22 at 9:30 a.m. –Diana Bruce.

School Within a School at Logan News And the Winner Is…

Excited Amidon-Bowen 4th and 5 graders used model airplane kits, VFR navigational charts and air traffic control maps to learn how they could have careers in aviation. They learned about lift, gravity, drag, wing, fuselage, nose, and tail and were introduced to the role each contributes to making an airplane fly. They then put these concepts in practice when they built their own model airplanes. The students were then asked to consider how a pilot gets to his destination. Could a pilot use a street map? Many years ago pilot would fly close to the

ground to literally use street and building signs to figure out where they were. VFR sectional charts were used to conduct a scavenger hunt to show how pilots have to find their way to their destination. The last exercise provided students with a map of the United States divided by air traffic control areas that manage the 5000 planes in the air every hour over the U.S. Air traffic controllers move all these airplanes in and out of the various airspace divisions much like moving players through a “zone” defense in a basketball or football game. They used an Air Traffic simulator to experience this process. Secretary Ray LaHood launched the U.S. DOT Youth Employee STEM (YES) Mentoring Program in September 2011. It is designed to encourage students to pursue education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and become aware of the opportunities to apply these skills in transportation-related careers. The program will bring monthly sessions to Amidon-Bowen featuring transportation career opportunities. - Meg Brinckman, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, 401 I St SW, 202-724-4867.

Friends Community School FCS Adds Space For Arts and Science

Friends Community School has broken ground on an expansion that will add a lower school science lab, an art studio, performing arts space and student lockers, as well as classroom, office, and tutoring space to its LEED Silver Certified school building. The school has grown to 217 students since it moved five years ago to its 17 acre campus adjacent to Greenbelt National Park in College Park, MD. The added space, which will allow it to serve 240

A month of friendly debate followed by a clean vote with no lines at the polls. Sounds nice, right? That’s how the presidential election went last month in Margaret Ricks’ kindergarten class. Starting in October, students were asked to discuss the candidates at home with their families, then come to class prepared to share their opinions. The class read the story “I Want to be President” and made a list of what they thought it took to be President. On November 6, students took turns acting as poll workers, election monitors, and vote counters while the whole class voted by secret ballot. Students were also asked to consider an initiative: Should the class drop the number of questions asked during morning meeting from 10 to five? The initiative was voted down. As for President? The vote was a landslide: Obama took 100 percent.

Giving Thanks

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Amidon-Bowen students and US DOT Mentors use the Air Traffic simulator. Photo: Lydia Mercado, Transportation Workforce Development Coordinator

students, will be ready by the next school year. “We want FCS to remain a small community where students, faculty, staff and parents know each other, but we need a little more space for rising middle school students,” said Head of School Larry Clements. “We also want to expand learning opportunities in the arts and in science.” The school raised $1.4 million through a campaign named “Green and Growing” in recognition of its commitment to sound environmental practices. Gifts were raised from families, friends and alumni, as well as students who held bake sales and basketball challenges. Friends Community School is a kindergarten through 8th grade Quaker school that welcomes students of all beliefs. It offers a progressive, hands-on curriculum that challenges and nurtures a diverse community of learners. Roughly ten percent of the student body is from Capitol Hill. Most of the rest come from the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

Brent Elementary News Christmas Tree and Holiday Sale

The Brent PTA is pleased to announce its Second Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Sale, which will take place on Saturday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 2 on the Brent playground. Last year’s sale was a tremendous success, and this year’s sale will be even bigger and better. We are selling beautiful fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, poinsettias, and gelt and dreidel gift bags. Please consider pre-ordering your holiday decorating items at to help us manage inventory and minimize waste. If you pre-order a Christmas tree by Nov. 25, you will receive free delivery of your tree to your home (Capitol Hill deliveries only). On the sale weekend, we’ll have a fun and festive atmosphere, with lively holiday music and hot cocoa, warm apple cider, latkes, and other yummy treats to get you in the holiday spirit. All of the proceeds will benefit the Brent PTA and all Brent students.

Rocknoceros Success

On Nov. 3, Brent welcomed more than 300 people to a concert featuring the nationally recognized children’s band Rocknoceros . Brent students and neighbors from across Capitol Hill flocked to Brent to listen to the wonderful lyrics and boogie down with the band. The event was fun and raised more than $2,400 for the Brent PTA. Thanks to the volunteers who helped at the event and to everyone who attended the concert. Another great success for Brent!

Brent Farm-to-Table Chefs

Chef Bonk from Sonoma conducted a

cooking demonstration with Brent’s thirdgrade chefs The students harvested sweet potatoes and Swiss chard during a recent visit to Arcadia Farm, and Chef Bonk whipped up a delicious sweet potato gnocchi with the harvested crops. A huge thank you to Chef Bonk for coming out and supporting Brent’s initiative of eating healthily, organically and locally. - Denise Diggs, Brent parent,, 202-698-3363, denise.diggs@

Community Academy PCS News Come to a Winter Social Meet And Greet, Dec 14

Get into the winter spirit with Community Academy Public Charter School Online, a tuition-free online public school that offers highly individualized online education for District of Columbia students in grades K-8, at the Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, DC on Friday, December 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. This is a great opportunity to meet other CAPCS Online families and for prospective families to learn more about the K¹² program. CAPCS Online staff will be available to answer any questions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts activities and ice skate! Community Academy Public Charter School might be the right choice for a variety of students, including: Advanced learners who are either performing above grade level in one or more subjects or want to increase their knowledge beyond basic course offerings in specific subjects. • Struggling students who need more time to grasp concepts or need an environment with fewer distractions. • Students from military families, who might be prone to moving and changing schools more often than the average student. • Athletes and performers who need classes that can travel with them for practices, rehearsals, and competitions. Community Academy Public Charter School’s Winter Social is just one example of the regular social events the school organizes for students and families throughout the school year. Other socialization opportunities include school clubs, meet and greet events, and field trips to local museums and zoos. Interested parents and their children will be able to talk with teachers and have all their questions answered by Community Academy Public Charter staff. For those unable to attend, there are Live Online Information Sessions December 5 and 12 at 10 a.m. Visit www.k12. com/capcs/ for details or call 866-339-9912 with any questions. H

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DC United: A Successful Season On and Off the Field


he DC United season may be over, but the excitement of this year’s success that took them to the Eastern Conference Finals still resounds throughout the DC area. But what many fans don’t realize is that it’s not just their performance on the field that has made this a winning season. The organization’s contributions off the pitch and within the community substantiate them as genuine leaders, both in the league and the city. These contributions are an outcome of United for D.C., a 501c3 foundation started in 2002 with a mission to “champion educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC.” Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications and United for D.C. Board Member Doug Hicks explained that the establishment of the foundation was a response to requests from parents in Ward 8. They

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by Linda Samuel wanted their children, many of them latchkey kids, to be involved in after school activities and noted the lack of opportunities in the neighborhood at that time for their kids to play soccer. Determined to fill that void, the Foundation created the United Soccer Club, its first and now biggest initiative. Currently serving 600 kids at 14 locations around the city three times a week, the program introduces youth in underprivileged communities to the sport of soccer. But it’s not just about mastering the footwork and scoring goals. Along with the skills to play, kids also learn about teamwork, responsibility, and other characChris Korb participates in United Reads student assembly at Savoy ter-building essentials. And the program comes Elementary. Photo: Courtesy of DC United with great rewards. In mid-November, United Soccer Club participants got to showcase their dium, food and drink vouchers, DC United swag to skills in front of their family and several D.C. United take home, even funding for transportation to get to players in a tournament on the RFK Stadium Train- and from the game. Over 7,000 fans get to enjoy this ing Field. Along with the chance to play on the DC special experience that is funded by donations from United’s turf, the “Fall Fest” featured team standouts local companies, private foundations, organizations, Perry Kitchen and Ethan White, access to player au- and individuals. tographs, D.C. United mascot Talon, carnival games, The donations are a result of fundraising efforts music, and other treats to celebrate the end of the by United for D.C. In fact, they raise all of the money 12-week session. that supports their programs on their own. And they But soccer isn’t the only way that United for exceed all of the other teams in Major League SocD.C. serves local kids. With the formation of the cer in their community offerings. “The DC United is Foundation, DC United developed other programs the only team in the market that provides all of the that support the community beyond the sport. resources, financial and others, to run programming Among them is United Reads, which promotes like this,” says Hicks. child literacy through partnerships with neighborWhen Hicks talks about other resources, he ining elementary schools and local health care centers. cludes the DC United team members. Players are DC United players, coaches, staff, and volunteers highly involved in the United for D.C. programs, regularly take part in assemblies, activities, and in- helping with everything from instructing kids in socclass visits at six elementary schools in Washington, cer to reading with students in classrooms to helping DC, including Payne Elementary located here on out with coat drives and other fundraisers that keep Capitol Hill. Emphasizing the importance of read- the programs running. And for the kids, getting to ing and staying healthy, United Reads donates over see and interact with their local sports heroes, builds 10,000 books that benefit more than 1,500 students excitement and encourages them to establish and during the school year. strive for goals -- on the field, at school, and in life. The largest programs might focus on kids, but The DC United may not have advanced beyond DC United also serves other members of the com- the Eastern Conference Finals, but Hicks summed munity through United Builds. Partnering with a up the season best a couple of days before that last variety of non-profits, this initiative helps feed the match. “Whether or not we win on Sunday, it’s been homeless, provide winter coats, and fulfill other a successful year…on the field and off.” needs of those who require assistance. To learn more about United for D.C. and their And then there is the program that simply of- programs or to make a donation, visit www.dcunited. fers disadvantaged youth and families a good time. com/community. H Kicks for Kids provides a game-day experience that includes tickets in a lower-level section of the sta-

Capital Fútbol Club Continues Making Big Strides


by Monica Bell

apital Fútbol Club, Capitol Hill’s travel-only soccer club, kicked off the clinics for girls and boys (ages 9-16). The DCPDA also cross trains its SOTH 2012-2013 season with some pretty impressive achievements. Currently members with the travel players as a way to further develop the academy athin just its third year of existence, it’s grown the club from two teams in letes. These players are sometimes selected to guest play in travel tournaments, 2010 to nine in 2012. It’s expanded its program to include foot skills and goal competitions and friendlies. keeper training for interested young players. “The benefit for an academy player training and playing with the And it has more players in the highly competitive Olympic Development travel team is tremendous,” said Minnis. “Academy players get exposed to Program than any other Washington, D.C.-based travel soccer club. advance training methods and higher-level competition that accelerates As the rosters swell, however, focus of the club turns to female players their development. and younger players. Capital FC will officially add a girls travel team to its portfolio and hopes to count players as young as six amongst its ranks by fall 2013. “We have seen a tremendous amount of interest in the free U7 and U8 girls training that we offer through our DC Player Development Academy (DCPDA),” said Whitney Minnis, Technical Director of Coaching and Cofounding member of Capital Fútbol Club. “We want to develop all of our players to their fullest potential and competing in a team setting is the best way to do that. We feel we’ll have the numbers to field formal girls teams by 2013.” A cornerstone philosophy of the Capital FC program is: 1) develop a technical base early; 2) gain experience and confidence; and 3) move to more competitive roles as Fall Capital Futbol Club 2012 Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP), Northern District Selections and coach (l to r: Jake Barrette, Jahwill Taylor, Anthony Eleazer, technique improves. This apJonah Moore, Marcelus Jones, and Whitney Minnis) proach has proved successful for the club. As the current soccer season comes to an end, Capital FC leadership is For the current season, it boasts five players who have been accepted into the Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP), a prestigious national thinking of the 2013-2014 season. “We are 100% committed to growing this organization as large as interest training program with the mission of training and producing players for U.S. Soccer’s junior and senior national teams. Several of these players are returning dictates,” said Jon Schans, president of Capital Fútbol Club. “We have been very players who have competed and trained throughout the U.S. and in France. By fortunate to have such a positive response to our programs and we will continue targeting younger players in their expansion efforts and building their techni- to deliver them at the high quality level that our members have come to expect.” cal training offerings, Capital FC expects their ODP presence to grow. In partnership with Capitol Hill’s recreational soccer league, Soccer on the Monica Bell is a freelance writer in Hillcrest. For more information on Capital Fútbol Club, go to H Hill (SOTH), DCPDA offers free weekly foot skills clinics and goal keeper H 141

Homes & Gardens Fantasy and Enchantment The Holiday Show at the US Botanic Garden


Article and Photos by Rindy O’Brien

hat would the Hill holidays be without a trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory? The glass conservatory turns into an enchanted forest and fairyland to delight the young and the young at heart this holiday season. For many Capitol Hill families, a trip to the garden has become a holiday tradition, and whether you gone before or not, this year’s show is certain to jet you into the best holiday spirit. The Season’s Greetings exhibition runs from November 22nd through January 1, 2013. Best of all, it is free and the extended hours are even more generous this year.

Oh, Christmas Tree

Of course, the U.S. Botanic Garden’s holiday exhibits are going to be filled with lots of greenery and evergreen trees. In years past, there has

has been relocated to one of the side exhibition halls, giving the USBG a chance to do even more with their iconic tree. The 24-foot Douglas fir stands majestically in a corner with thousands of small lights and colorful decorations of red, purple, and gold. The tree is from Pennsylvania, and is one of the largest indoor decorated Christmas trees in Washington, DC. The new location will give visitors more room to enjoy the tree and the row of Capitol Hill houses that sit under it. Last year, a visitor spotted her own house in the cluster. In addition to the evergreen trees, the garden displays 18 varieties of poinsettias in a corridor adjacent to the Christmas tree. Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the Botanic Garden, recently toured Mexico and said that seeing poinsettias in the wild has given her even

The topiary trees at the front of the US Botanic Garden are decorated in lights making the grounds of the garden magical during the holiday season.

Imagination abounds in Enchanted Forest

The 800 feet of train tracks go over and under the exhibits, and are a favorite of children each year.

been a large tree decorated in the middle of the courtyard as you enter, surrounded by the “official” Washington monuments, all made from natural plant materials. This year, the tree

more enthusiasm for the Garden’s poinsettia exhibit. These traditional holiday plants now come in a variety of colors, not just the traditional red.

In addition to the model buildings from the nation’s capitol area, the US Botanic Garden also works with the nationally-acclaimed Applied Imagination company to create a room filled with trains. More than 800 feet of track wind through this year’s forests, waterfalls, caves, and displays full of surprises, especially for children. This year, the theme is Enchanted Forest and the room is filled with magic mushrooms, fairies both good and maybe a little sinister. The air in the room smells as if you are walking in a cedar forest, a H 143

Many U.S. Botanic Garden staff work hard to make the holiday show such a delight, and the reputation of the show is growing each year.

delight for all your senses. Shimizu says that the USBG’s extensive efforts aim to celebrate the holiday season, and to have some fun. “I think the exhibition appeals to the child in all of us,” says Shimizu. The Botanic Garden’s mission is to create and offer extraordinary exhibits that delight, education and inspire the public to become more active stewards of the plants that support life. “We really are proud of being able to bring to the public the holiday shows,” Holly notes, “and we are becoming

a destination attraction for visitors beyond just Washington.”

Night and Day

Nick Nelson is the landscape architect at the US Botanic Garden and has spent a lot of time planning, coordinating, and thinking about the 2012 holiday show. Nick, like the other well-known Nick, has developed a unique set of skills or maybe even magical powers, in stage lightening, and his creative talents can be seen in the rooms and displays. “I think a visitor gets a very different experience between seeing the conservatory during the day or at night,” Nick says. The sparkly lights that twinkle in the long green leaves of the Enchanted Forest entryway are just one example of the creative effort that Nick and others put to the show. And there is something to enjoy even if you are just driving by the Botanic Garden in your car at night. The glass conservatory puts on its own colorful lightshow. In a computer programmed display, the glass dome turns from blue to pink in a stunning almost dance-like pattern. The outdoor wreathes at the front of the building and the topiary trees have lights, making for a beautiful stroll after dark. The garden will stay open on Tuesday and Thursday nights until eight o’clock to give folks a chance to spend an evening exploring the exhibit. Get into the The 24-foot Douglas fir tree is one of the largest indoor decorated holiday spirit with live seasonal Christmas trees in the Washington area, and takes the staff and volmusic in the Garden Courtyard. unteers a week to decorate.

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A mermaid sits in the waterfall at the Enchanted Forest exhibit. She is made of all natural materials. She is one of the many fairies found in this year’s show.

Just as the garden staff seeks out varieties in plants, there is also a variety of musicians to entertain on these evenings, from Russian folk musicians, barbershop quartets, jazz, a cappella, and Irish rock.

Getting the Spirit

Shimizu thinks the evening hours will be wonderful for Hill residents who can easily just walk down and enjoy the garden when it isn’t too crowded. The holiday show makes this the busiest period for the garden, but Sunday mornings are a quieter time to visit. The US Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, at the bottom of Capitol Hill. To get more information on hours and performances go their website at www.usbg. gov or call 202-225-8333 Last piece of advice from Shimizu is to “keep your eyes wide open and make sure to take a tour through the whole building; there might be fairy dwellings tucked away in corners as far away as the desert and tropical forest.” Rindy O’Brien kicks her holiday season off with her trip to the Garden. She hopes to see you there. Comments or ideas contact Rindy at rindyobrien@ H H 145

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nstalling a solar system in DC is easy and is a good thing. The power that’s generated is may cost less than you think. I had solar fed back into the grid. Your house is still tied panels installed on my Capitol Hill row- into the grid ensuring that you’ll have enough house just over a year ago. The system works power to meet all your electricity needs. (On just like it supposed to, requires no mainte- the downside, should the power go out, your nance, and took Hurricane Sandy as if it were solar system will not be there to power your just another windy day. Meanwhile, I’m thor- home but you gotta love those underground oughly enjoying my lower electric bills. As I utilities here on the Hill!) considered solar installation, I found the new As a first step to installing a solar systerminology- SRECs, kW, and photovoltaic tem through DC’s rebate program, down– intimidating, even after reading the defini- load the DC Department of the Environtions several times. Don’t let the terminology ment (DDOE) Guide to Solar Photovoltaic get you down. This is doable and worthwhile! Systems ( In this article, I’m only going to discuss files/dc/sites/ddoe/publication/attachDC’s photovoltaic (solar panel) rebate pro- ments/REIP%20-%20Guide%20to%20 gram for electricity. DC has offered a rebate program since 2008 that, combined with the federal tax credit, makes these projects cost effective. While the 2012 rebate program is winding down, the DC City Council should pass a 2013 rebate program by the end of December 2012. It’s worthwhile getting on the waiting list now! Why does DC offer this rebate? DC electric suppliers must purchase renewable energy credits – RECs (wind, solar, geothermal) to meet 20% of electricity sales by 2020, and purchase solar renewable energy credits – SRECs - to meet 2.5% of electricity sales by 2023. DC ofMy own small solar power company. Photo: C. Plume fers incentives to residents to install solar systems to meet these goals. These rebates pay off. As a concrete ex- DC%20Photovoltaic%20Incentives-%20 ample, my humble 12X60foot rowhouse with 25April2012.pdf ). You’ll need to contact a loa partially shaded roof qualified for a 2.8kilo- cal vendor to assess your roof and determine Watt solar system that reduces CO2 emissions your system needs. Your house may not qualify by 3 tons per year and meets approximately for the DC rebate if portions of your roof are 1/2 of my electricity needs. I received a DC shaded during the day. Rebate for approximately 1/3 of the $12,000 Once your assessment is complete, you’ll installation price. I also received a federal tax need to complete an online prequalification credit and I receive $200 quarterly for the sale application to get your name on the waiting of my SRECs. Meanwhile, my electric bills list. The entire process is outlined at http:// are substantially lower as I’m generating solar and that production is monetized and gy-incentive. reduced from my bill. Essentially, I’m operatThere are some excellent local resources ing a small solar power plant, and I should pay to welcome you into the solar community. for my entire system in three years or so! The folks at DDOE are incredibly helpful. Unerstand that the solar power you gener- Meanwhile, DC Solar United Neighborate doesn’t necessarily power your house. This hoods (DC SUN) (

site/dcsolarunitedneighborhoods/) has a listserv and a website that includes a list of local solar vendors and a plethora of useful information. Important questions to ask any solar vendor include: • Will the vendor attain any necessary installation permits required within the Capitol Hill Historical District? (The answer should be “yes!”). • What happens when the roof needs to be replaced? (Some companies will remove and replace panels during a 10 year period). • What happens if you move? (Some companies will move and reinstall panels on a new home if it qualifies for solar). • Where were the panels manufactured? (I want to promote US solar technology, so I’ve insisted on US made panels). • Is there a solar panel rental option, and if so, what are the advantages/disadvantages? Surprises: As I moved through the installation process, I didn’t realize that I would need a microinverter – an electric device that monitors my solar production that is plugged in 24/7. I also didn’t realize the (minor) challenges of connecting my solar system to the electrical breaker box inside my house. I now have a cable running down the back of my house, into my house and concealed along the floorboard to the front of the house where my breaker box is located. While these weren’t deal killers, I wish I’d known about them from the onset. More than 1000 solar projects have been installed across DC! Capitol Hill sports a number of installations including a project at the Lutheran Church of Reformation on East Capitol. Why not give it a try? Catherine Plume is a blogger for the DC Recycler: H

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uring the holiday season many of the Capitol Hills gardeners take a break from the ordinary day-to-day garden routine to deck the halls and fill the stockings. Twinkling lights fill the windows, encircle wrought iron fences and explode into custom illuminated shapes and forms. The houses and walks all over the Hill start to glow and glisten as the cheer and hope of the passing of one year to the next puts a smile on even the biggest scrooge. Yes, holidays on the Hill are always like a page torn right from a Norman Rockwell illustration: beautiful, heart warming, home. One of the homes that typifies beautiful Victorian decoration is at 401 6th Street, SE. A lovely single-family corner home, the house is a historical gem. The fabulous wrap-around gardens are host to one of the oldest Crape

myrtles in Washington. In fact the arborists at the arboretum have studied the tree and have decided that the decades it has been there and its size make it a notable addition to the list of historical trees in Washington. The rest of the gardens flow out and around this magnificent specimen. There is amazing variety and constant interest in all seasons. But this month’s article is not about the gardens, but focuses on the homeowner’s undying love of the holidays. If you have ever traveled north on 6th Street at any time after Thanksgiving, you have seen Ronald Kaufman’s home. Often imitated, you will recognize it by the wreaths hanging in every window. The iron gate that encloses the south side courtyard is also decked with wreaths and garland, ribbons and bows. The doors are decorated with matching custom swags that are always recycled

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The home is a sentinel at the corner of 6th and D SE, beautifully decorated every holiday season.

The fence and garden follow the theme of holiday cheer

The mantles are magnificent

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from the huge holiday tree that for at least a month fills the windows of the D Street side of the home. Even the boxwoods and Firepower Nandina of the street side border gardens collide during the holidays and create green and red plays of color so the garden resonates the cheer of the home. Upon entry you are greeted to a table stuffed with elves, Saint Nick, his family, and friends, a whimsical collection of figurines that Kaufman has spent years collecting. The staircase behind the entry area is filled with poinsettias as every step becomes a resting place for these harbingers of the holidays and the rails soar up, up and away with gilded gold bows and fragrant white pine. The poinsettias are repeated throughout the home and an entire bay of the living room window is filled with various sizes of these velvety red holiday gems. The mantles of the living

room and dining area are stages for nutcrackers, and golden wiry trees. A beautiful marble clock is flanked by miniature holiday trees filled with tiny decorations then adorned by garland and candles and fragrant pinecones. The dishes of the china closet are emptied and decorations and figurines fill every shelf. The doorways become holiday road maps with swags that resemble scrolls filled with holiday stories in picture form. The grand dining table is decorated with restraint with a lovely boxwood topiary and simple decorative swag. When it comes to decorating a tree there is something to be said to having it fill theroom to the vaulted ceilings. And each year Kaufman rises to the occasion with a tree that soars to the ceiling while never letting go of the floor, a towering specimen, always full, always beautifully decorated, always perfect. The gift boxes and bears embrace the base of the tree and bring to mind a cup of warm hot chocolate, a wonderful fire in the hearth, and the warmth that we share with family and friends during holidays each year. This display gives us all the reasons we need to remember we must celebrate each other during the holidays.

A salute to the Hill

And so we wrap up the end of another great gardening year on Capitol Hill, a year that has brought us storms called derecheos and hurricanes called Sandy. Be thankful for every challenge and grateful for every sunny day. Make plans for your spring time garden this winter. And make a promise to plant something in 2013 that made you happy when you were a kid. For 2013, my promise is for sunflowers; big, beautiful, smiling sunflowers. Enjoy. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV ’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/ Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ThomasGardenGuy For Great Garden Tips. H


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thelastword Why I ran for the ANC


ast month’s Hill Rag provided a generous amount of space to Ivan Frishberg to share his version of the events surrounding the ANC’s approval of the Hine School project (“My Accomplishments Deserve Another Term”). As his opponent in the ANC 6B02 race, I would have appreciated an opportunity to respond in the same issue, which appeared just days before the election on November 6. Ivan Frishberg won convincingly and the publication had no discernible impact on the election in our race. Nevertheless, there are two points in his statement that require response. One is the view that the deal was done and nothing more could be accomplished by the ANC. The ANC simply is not that impotent: in Georgetown residents working with the ANC have caused EastBanc projects to be substantially modified by withholding approval until changes desired by the community were adopted. Here on Capitol Hill, our City Council member declared that he would support whatever decision the ANC reached regarding approval of the development, and the DC Zoning Commission is required to give “heavy weight” to the wishes of the community as expressed through the ANC. The Hine deal was not “done” until the ANC itself provided its approval. The letter asserts that I distorted an incumbent’s record of accomplishments for political gain. In my materials I made the point explicitly that others had different interpretations of the events associated with the Hine development and I noted the website of the DC Zoning Committee where events and documents easily could be checked. There were no doubt cards to be played by those viewing themselves as having a hand with potential for achieving higher political office, but I ran only to establish a different policy direction. Capitol Hill is an especially attractive place to further the current fads in urban development, the unfortunate results of which may be seen in large projects surrounding almost every metro stop. But it is not a given that Capitol Hill must be like everywhere else. If our elected officials will work strenuously to preserve the zoning restrictions that remain in place from further assaults, the core values of a residential community can be preserved. One certainly may dispute my contention that com-

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munity benefits achieved by our ANC through its negotiations with Stanton-EastBanc are paltry; but there can be no question about how much has been lost by granting approval for over-riding protective zoning restrictions in order to accommodate the unnecessary and undesirable height and mass of the Hine project. Gerald ( Jerry) Sroufe

I’m From the City I’m from the city Noisy trucks and downtown busses rumbling Down my street before dawn Didn’t wake me, or my dog. Police helicopters circling Overhead on sultry nights Didn’t scare me Didn’t make me run to the window. I’m from the city I didn’t own a car for 17 years Walked to Eastern Market Walked to the Metro But took cabs home Nights I worked late After the mugging. A flash of silver was all I saw As I turned to see who had yelled “Drop it! Drop it!” A half a block from home On that spring night Instinct steeled my Grip on my briefcase and From my lungs A visceral scream made Dogs bark, neighbors come out The boys run and toss the gun I had seen them at the last corner Two teenage boys -- the kind of kids I’d committed to my whole career “ Youth at Risk” we called them professionally Yes, I’ll identify them

Yes, I’ll go to court I’ll tell the truth I’m from the city but I was so naïve The prosecutor said “Just give the facts” And accidently showed me the report That let me know The boys lived in the projects Near my house I took the stand and gave my oath Watching the mother -- arms crossed on her chest And the sullen teens glowering at me I’m From the City The public defender worked fast It was dark --How could you identify the defendants? Because they are Black? Something silver – Did you really know That it was a gun? Put me on the defensive Made me a racist Falsely accusing innocent boys No chance to explain Didn’t he care about the truth? Some lesson for teenage boys Police corroborated my story The judge dismissed me Sentenced for assault with a gun It was over Two months later In my apartment A piece of brick on the floor Jagged hole in the kitchen window Out of jail The boys knew where I lived too. I’m from the city I check my back on the Metro Startle when someone gets too close Sleep with my dog at the foot of my bed Fortified by the helicopters’chatter. Sherri Wright H

Judges consider the contestants. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Second prize winner Jessica Blond Seepersad and Floofy. Photo: Andrew Lightman

A contestant cuddles her poodle. Photo: Andrew Lightman

My Fair Doggy On Saturday, Nov. 17th, PAWS of Southwest and the Friends of the Southwest Duck Pond organized “My Fair Doggie,” a canine fashion parade. The contest was judged by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, Manna Nichols who plays Eliza in the current Arena production of “My Fair Lady,” and Director of DC Parks and Recreation Jesus Aquirre. The fundraiser benefited PAWS and the Duckpond. H Two children walk their fake dog. Photo: Andrew Lightman

First in show. Kate Renner and Baker. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Jessica Blond Seepersad receives 2nd prize from Tommy Wells. The doggy parade. Photo: Andrew Lightman

PAWS organizer Bridgette Gonzales Young. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Kate Renner, ANC Commissioner Bob Craycraft and Actress Manna Nichols. H 161

the NOSE by Anonymous


here is a conspiracy afoot, Dear Readers. Yes, you heard it here first. Don’t panic! Don’t run for the exits! Before one of you calls the Secret Service, let The Nose be clear. No one is trying to do a Romney redux. Rather, the plot is of a much more insidious nature. Yes, Dear Readers, Barryites and Fentyites have found common cause in other than their penchant for green garb. A number are uniting behind the mayoral ambitions of Muriel “The Enigma” Bowser, the current councilmember for Ward 4. Bowser’s principality has always exerted an outsized influence over the District politics. It is home to the storied Gold Coast, land of wealthy, connected African-Americans such as super lobbyist David Wilmot; former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, and soon to be ex-Councilmember Michael Brown. For many years, Charlene Drew Jarvis steered city’s economic development efforts from her perch as Ward 4’s councilmember. Alternatively, Ward 4 has hatched the careers of two of the city’s most idiosyncratic reformers. Trial lawyer, good government advocate and former independent councilmember Bill Lightfoot calls it home. Here, Adrian Fenty launched his political career as an ANC commissioner. With Lightfoot’s aid, Fenty then went on to represent Ward 4 on the Council before ascending the mayoral throne. Ward 4’s political hegemony is now under threat. In this last election, Ward 6 topped its contribution of presidential votes by more than 5,000. This newly emergent, fast growing rival is home to Tommy “The Saint” Wells, a councilmember with mayoral ambitions. It is this demographic change which, in the Nose’s opinion, has cemented the emerging, infernal alliance between Barryites such as Wilmot and Fentyites like Lightfoot behind Bowser. The Nose has had enough of Wells’ “Livable-Walkable” cant. Running one’s Hummer through the fence of the local dog park to stop distracting canine vocalizations is just too tempting. Setting the District record for multiple U turns on Pennsylvania Avenue is a lifelong ambition. Damn DDOT! Give us back those lanes on L Street. They speed commuters out of the District. Despite The Nose’s quibbles, “Livable-Walkable” does provides an elegant shorthand for Wells’ New Urbanist beliefs. It is difficult to think of a similar refrain for Bowser. It is true that Bowser proved a strong support for “Red Queen” Rhee’s bloody program of school reform. After reserving judgment during Harry “Light-Fingered” Thomas and Kwame “Add a Zero” Brown’s initial travails, Bowser was quick to call for Mayor Vincent “Where’s My Shadow” Gray’s resignation. She also stewarded the passage of the most recent ethics reform. Bowser has also proved a dogged advocate for her ward, which returned her overwhelmingly to office this past election. Still, what is Bowser’s signature issue? Why does she want to

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be Mayor? Does the difference between Bowser and Wells boil down to their choice of rides? Wells prefers his wife’s Prius, his bicycle or the Metro. Bowser drives an SUV. With apologies to fans of My Fair Lady, this ditty is undoubtedly the one Bowser hums whenever she thinks of her Ward 6 rival: Just you wait, Mr. Wells, just you wait! You’ll be sorry, but your tears will be too late! You’ll be broke, and I’ll have money; Will I endorse you? Don’t be funny! Just you wait, Mr. Wells, just you wait! Just you wait, Mr. Wells, till the campaign gets thick, And you scream for your contributors double quick, I’ll be off a second after, my accounts filled to the rafters! Oh ho ho, Mr. Wells, just you wait! Ooooooh Mr. Wells! Just you wait until we’re racing in the polls! Ooooooh, Mr. Wells! And your bicycle hits a large pothole. When you yell you’re going to down I’ll get dressed and go to town! Oh ho ho, Mr. Wells! Oh ho ho, Mr. Wells! Just you wait! One day I’ll be Mayor! I’ll be proper and prim; Go to the Wilson Building more often than I go to the gym! One evening the voters will say: “Oh, Muriel, old thing, We want all of the District your praises to sing. Next primary we do say will be your victory day! All the people will celebrate the glory of you And whatever you wish and want you can easily do.” “Thanks a lot, voters” says I, in a manner well-bred; But all I want is Mr. Wells’ head!” “Done!” say the electorate with a vote. “Chief Lanier, run and bring in the bloke!” Then they’ll march you, Mr. Wells to the wall; And the press will be screaming: “Muriel, sound the call.” As they lift their rifles higher, I’ll shout: “Ready! Aim! Fire!” Oh ho ho, Mr. Wells, Down you’ll go, Mr. Wells! Just you wait! The problem with being a saint is that it invites martyrdom. H

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