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THE AR T S 18 Smithsonian Craft Show: Celebrating America’s Creative Spirit

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Growing up in a small town on the rocky coast of Maine, I spent my days writing about the breathtaking scenes around my home. After 18 years, I was ready for a change. I moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University where I studied journalism, excelling in the classroom, writing on a wide range of topics while falling more and more in love with the art of crafting a story and putting together a package for a specific audience. After studying abroad in South America, I officially caught the travel bug. I moved to Washington, D.C., for my final semester and have been interning at the Georgetowner since January. What is next for me remains unknown. However, I do know I will never put down my pen and paper or my bright pink laptop, as I know I will never lose my love for writing.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Spoken Word & Music Performance Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with a special evening of spoken word and music. Poet and writer, Davi Walders, accompanied by cellist, Douglas Wolters, presents a unique collaboration of story portraits of European women who resisted the Nazis. General admission seating: $10 JHSGW members/$12 non-members. To RSVP, email Location: La Maison Française, Embassy of France Jazz at the Jefferson Enjoy jazz performances and spectacular views of the Tidal Basin. Local and regional jazz programming and music will be showcased. From April 19 to April 22, there will be performances everyday from noon to 5 p.m., and on April 20 and 21, there will be evening concerts from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Location: Jefferson Memorial, 701 East Basin Drive S.W.


“Wine, Rhythm and Craft” at Smithsonian Craft Show The Craft Show and sale is widely recognized as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person. There will be a cash bar featuring wine and cheese. For more information, visit Location: The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W.

United States Botanic Garden From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., several “green” programs are being offered and many experts will be on hand to lend gardening advice. Learn from representatives of environmental organizations throughout the region and enjoy cooking demonstrations featuring local foods and fresh ingredients.


Cherry Blossom Regatta The 6th annual Cherry Blossom Regatta takes place within sight of the cherry trees located along the river at East Potomac Park and Bolling Air Force Base. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is free to the public. For more information visit Location: Washington Sailing Marina, 1 Marina Drive on Daingerfield Island. Earth Day at the National Zoo The National Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day. From 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., this free event will allow the public to meet the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in “green”-themed crafts and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Location: Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave N.W.


The Heart of America Foundation’s Charity in Chocolate - A Delicious Fashion Show

See over 70 of D.C.’s best chefs demonstrating their talents with sweet and savory tasting stations and fashionable chocolate designs. Enjoy an open bar and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will help provide books to children in the D.C. area. Tickets range from $110-$115 at the door. For more information, visit heartofamerica. org. Location: National Building Museum, 440 G Street, N.W.


Ending Homelessness in D.C.: Just How Close Are We? Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place will hold a free symposium at 6:30 p.m., which is open to the public, to assess D.C. progress toward ending homelessness by 2015, especially for Veterans and those experiencing chronic homelessness. For more information visit, Location: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., N.W.


The Founders Board’s 62nd Annual Spring Party to benefit St. John’s Community Services Come celebrate the 62nd Annual Spring Party. All proceeds benefit St. John’s Community Services to support services for children and adults with disabilities in D.C. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. and tickets range from $60-500 per person. For more information, call 202-274-3450. Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street N.W.


National Cinco de Mayo Festival The Maru Montero Dance The Maru Montero Dance Company and LULAC are celebrating 20 years of hosting the festival with a free concert by Luis Enrique, health screenings, healthy food demonstrations with celebrity chefs and important health information. For more information, visit Location: Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall. ★


Georgetown House Tour This year’s tour will feature nine of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes and their impressive gardens. Every home on the Tour will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Houses are arranged for easy walking at your own pace taken in the order you prefer. For additional information, call 202-338-1796 or visit

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ORANGE WILL KEEP HIS COUNCIL SEAT It’s official. Vincent Orange will keep his at-large seat on the city council after a count of absentee and provisional ballots from the April 3 elections.







JUDITH TERRA CHAMPIONS THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, which hopes to locate on the National Mall, celebrated women’s history at the home of D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities chair Judith Terra on Apr. 3.



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SECRET SERVICE GONE WILD 11 Secret Service Agents and some military personnel were found in a Columbian Hotel room with as many as 20 women in Cartagena, Colombia prior to last weekend’s Summit of the Americas.

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Georgetown Garden Tour, May 5

But, wait, there’s more to see besides Georgetowners’ homes: their gardens. The annual Georgetown Garden Tour of eight private gardens is set for Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each garden presents a unique perspective on designing precious outdoor space in this historic neighborhood. The 2012 tour includes the magnificent gardens of the Bowie-Sevier house on Q Street as well as several other gardens, both intimate and grand. Tickets are $30 before April 28 at www. Tickets may also be purchased by mail: Georgetown Garden Tour 2012, 3313 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 or by phone: 202-965-1950. Tour tickets are available at $35 the day of the event at any of the gardens or at Keith Hall, Christ Church, 3116 O Street, N.W.. A tea for ticket holders takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Keith Hall. The Garden Tour is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club to benefit local organizations, with emphasis on the preservation of gardens, parks and green spaces. Past beneficiaries have included Book Hill Park, the Student Conservation Association at Montrose Park, Trees for Georgetown, Tudor Place gardens, the rose garden at Montrose Park, Rose Park and the Volta Park Habitat Garden.

Wisconsin Avenue Roadwork Begins in Glover Park

With neighborhood concerns on traffic congestion and pedestrian safety, groundbreaking for the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape has begun. The project is expected to be completed before October 2012.   The District Department of Transportation maintains that the changes will improve traffic flow and increase safety. The $3.8 million project will place a median on Wisconsin Avenue, put up new “Martha Washington” or globe street lamps and upgrade underground electrical service as well as widen sidewalks in some spots. The construction area goes from Whitehaven Street north to Calvert Street. The Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission told residents to contact Alberta Paul, DDOT Community Outreach Specialist, at It also reported: “The community has identified significant concerns about the construction and the new traffic pattern diverting additional traffic onto 37th Street and about the project failing to include pedestrian safety improvements at 37th St. and Tunlaw Rd. The Mayor’s office has indicated that addressing concerns about the intersection of 37th St. and Tunlaw Rd. will be a top priority as the project moves forward.”

Still Talking: Zoning Panel Approves Extension

The D.C. Zoning Commission approved a 60-day extension for comments for Georgetown University’s 2010-2020 Campus Plan.

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Now in private discussions, local residents with university representatives asked for the extension, which now allows for testimony on the plan to be filed in the middle of June. “We hope to come to some compromises on what the community needs and what the university needs,” Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, told the campus newspaper, the Hoya. “I think both of our sides are very clear on what we’ve been wanting out of the process, and hopefully if we work together we can make that happen. [Private meetings] haven’t been successful in the past, but we haven’t given up trying.”

Taxi Fares Increase April 21 by 44%

The D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a fare hike of 44 percent, effective for most cabs in the city. The per-mile fare will go from $1.50 to $2.16, and the cost for idling will go from $15 to $25 per hour. The purpose of the increase is to bring cab revenues more in line with past fares, when a zone system was used as opposed to the present meter system. Taxicab commission chairman Ron Linton told the Washington Post that the fare hike will take effect April 21, “but not all cabs will begin charging the new fares right away. Some will need to get their meters recalibrated.”

Public Library Lectures Celebrate George Peabody

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• May 3: Garrett Peck, The Potomac River: A History and Guide • May 10: John DeFerrari, Lost Washington, D.C. • May 17: Michael Lee Pope, Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C. • May 24: James H. Johnston, From Slave

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Peabody’s arrival in Georgetown and the return of his fully restored portrait that was damaged in the 2007 Georgetown Branch Library fire. This May marks the 200th anniversary of 17-year-old George Peabody’s arrival in Georgetown in 1812 with his older uncle and their establishment of a dry goods store on Bridge Street, today’s M Street. Decades later, Peabody was a multi-millionaire and in 1867 he donated $15,000 to establish a library in Georgetown. Mr. Peabody believed that the only way to elevate oneself was through education. That was why he funded a library in Georgetown among dozens of other educational and cultural organizations throughout the United States. The Georgetown Branch Library’s Peabody Room was named in his honor in 1935 with the purpose to serve as a repository of Georgetown’s neighborhood history. The lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday in May at the Peabody Room, located on the third floor of the Georgetown Branch Library, 3260 R Street, N.W. (corner of Wisconsin Avenue), Washington, D.C. For additional information contact Jerry A. McCoy, (202) 727-0233 or email The line-up of Thursday, 6:30 p.m. author talks in May are as follows:

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Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family • May 31: David Mould, Remembering Georgetown: A History of the Lost Port City

Census Director to Become G.U. Provost

Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will become Georgetown University’s new executive vice president and provost August 20, the university announced. He will

serve as the chief academic officer for its main campus. Before serving as census director, Groves served as a professor at the University of Michigan and director of its Survey Research Center as well as a research professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology.  “I am honored by the opportunity to be the next provost of Georgetown University,” Groves said. “I look forward to working with Georgetown’s world-class faculty and students to build the Georgetown of the future.” ★

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Nationals’ Spring Offers Us a Field of Dreams BY G A RY T ISCHL ER


tephen Lombardozzi. Lombardozzi. Is that a baseball name or what? Say it loud and clear. Lombardozzi is the man of the hour. At least for an hour the other night when Davey Johnson, the Washington Nationals’ grizzled manager picked the “rook” from Atholton High to start. Davey is my age, and is still called Davey. You gotta love it. What did the rookie do? He got four hits, including a two-run double in the sixth which made the other Stephen, Nat phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, a winner instead of a loser in yet another resurgent Nats victory. They’re 8-3 and on top of the East Divison in the National League. Sing hope springs eternal. Sing “It ain’t over ‘til its over”. Say “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” You gotta love it. Baseball in Washington, and all’s well with the world. I can write words like phenom, talk about “The Natural”, say “rook,” quote Yogi Berra, and read the box score, those mystical lines of formerly agate type that tells the initiated all they know and love about baseball. We love baseball. Say it. Spring fever, baseball-style, is upon us. And the flowers—and the girls—are pretty. The Nats are in first place as I write this. When could you say that? Winning, in baseball, is almost everything as opposed to the NFL and politics, where it is everything. In baseball, suffering is a part of the genetic code of the game, failure is a familiar soul sister along with improbable triumphs, but winning is good, anytime, even if it’s not at the end. Just ask the Georgetowner’s retired publisher, who ulcerated and bled with the misfortunes of the Chicago Cubs, who have done the longest penance in search of a pennant than any other team in baseball. It’s ironic to feel this way because in our hearts we know baseball is not the game of our kid days, or young reporter days. If we didn’t know it, we have the antics of Ozzie Guillen in Miami and the travails of Roger Clemens to remind us that we are barely out of the steroid scandals. Baseball fans suffer nobly and in a literate way, because they have the best writers and movies, “The Natural” “Field of Dreams” (by way of “Shoeless Joe”), “Bull Durham” and so forth. The game itself is intricate—I tried explaining strategy, positions, pitch counts to a German friend who worked at the World Bank once but failed. Baseball defies logic, and its language is full of words that feel like metaphors dressed in dust, dirt and sweat. In baseball, you’re out— exiled until the next turn—or safe, to move onward and to the next base. Is there any place safe on a football field? The round trip around the bases has actually become a metaphor for sexual advancement which we need not explore here even if it is spring. Baseball has a kind of encyclopedic literature, and record book—every swing, every pitch is accounted for, and all the scores therein, the winners, and those working and striving in the shadows now as the Negro League players of yore. It was Satchel Paige, the ageless one, who said “Don’t look behind you, there might be somebody gaining on you.” We hate the Yankees. We love the Indians. At least I did because my baseball boyhood was spent in Ohio where the Cleveland Indians almost always finished second to the New York Yankees and Mantle and Berra and Fox and Ford in the 1950s. (O.K., some of us do love the Yankees.) Things happen in baseball that are almost mystical: Buckner muffs a throw, the Red Sox lose to the Yankees and years later, down three games to one, they triumph. Here I am writing a sports story, something I used to do for a regular living in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s where other things were going on also at the time. Makes me feel like Jim Vance doing sports. Here we go: LOMBARDOZZI AB 5 R 1 H 4 BI 2 BB 0 S0 0 AVG .500 If you can read this, you know what I mean. ★


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Cyber-attacks on large banks have never been anything new, but the FBI special agent noticed that the attacks this time are different—large banks in Charlotte, New York and Chicago have reported some kind of virus that has taken control of their computer systems. By midnight, cyberforensic teams have identified the culprit as a stand-alone malware program-- a computer worm. In the morning, an FBI spokesperson announces “highly sophisticated,” coordinated and targeted attack against banks in Charlotte, New York and Chicago. The attack is well-timed to occur during the holiday season when banking operation centers and response teams were thinly staffed. The machines bombard government and Wall Street websites with incessant network traffic, crashing or partially disabling them. Media reports that the attack has destroyed hundreds of thousands of computers, and initiates a panic from account holders that has caused the Federal government to impose a sudden semi-freeze on all accounts, with a $500/day individual account withdrawal limit until further notice. Despite thousands of man-hours, mitigation efforts are only partially successful. U.S. law enforcement and commercial researchers attempt to determine the origin of the attack and find that the worm received its commands from servers in 26 countries. Researchers have seen this kind of sophistication before in attacks on the defense industry, but never in the commercial sector. Investigators still aren’t certain who launched the assault, although many suspect North Korea.


lthough this is a fictional scenario, recent testimony on Capitol Hill from a host of cyberdefense experts and national security officials has made it clear that such an event is not only possible -- it may very well be inevitable. It is widely recognized that a strong and well-protected U.S. banking information infrastructure is critical to maintaining our nation’s economic security. But are we prepared for a deliberate and concerted cyber-attack on our financial system? The cyber domain provides unprecedented opportunities for catastrophic attacks against the banking and finance sectors. Because of the banking community’s heavy reliance on networked information systems, both of these sectors are extremely vulnerable. The secure networks that banks use every day are the target of persistent hostile activities. To an adept hacker, they are anything but secure. The intrusions are being conducted by a host of adversaries with a wide range of capabilities and objectives. Whether state-sponsored or otherwise, these attacks threaten the integrity and safety of the nation’s financial infrastructure. To effectively defend itself, the banking industry requires a systemic method not only to defeat these threats, but to also exploit them. Such a method has proven elusive, however. Instead, our financial institutions gravitate toward standard technical cyber security tools that provide a passive defense — but not an active one. Standard cyber security measures, while always prudent, are largely irrelevant to the most significant threats facing the financial sector today. The prevailing approach of searching for vulnerabilities and applying updated security patches is much like plugging leaks in a badly constructed dam ... with a large city situated squarely downstream. A better approach incorporates some timeless counterintelligence methods that the CIA has longused to ferret out spies at home and abroad. Using cyber-forensics, these techniques can neutralize cyber-attackers, isolate, manipulate and interdict them. Behind every virus, mole, worm and cyber intrusion, there are faces — faces of real people who wish to inflict damage on carefully selected targets. But do we know who these people are and what motivates them? Whether the objective of an attack is theft, money laundering, extortion or indirect warfare, fastmoving attacks are best handled by cyber-forensics, international law enforcement and counterintelligence experts who are empowered to move quickly and seamlessly through the interagency and commercial arena. Any effort to understand who these actors are, will also ask who they are allied with, the nature of their activities, the purpose behind them, and what can be done to protect against them. A counterintelligence approach, properly applied and adapted can both produce information on cyber-attackers and protect networks in a proactive, targeted way while protecting our national financial networks. Today, invisible battle lines are being drawn between banks and cyber-attackers. While traditional cyber-security measures against hackers have become commonplace, very little has been done to address the threat of systemic attacks to the banking industry conducted by state-sponsored and transnational actors. Until a comprehensive approach is adopted, scenarios like the one above will be more possible than anyone in the banking industry would like us to believe. ★



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Growing Interest for Organic Drinks BY MAR IT F OS S O


mericans have become increasing interested in organically grown products during the last few years. According to a survey by the Organic Trade Association in 2011, sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010 in the United States. ( As we grow more and more concerned with the quality of our food, it’s little wonder that we also have started to expect more quality from our drinks. On March 22, the launch of American Harvest Organic Spirit was celebrated at the Hamilton on 14th Street. Behind the bar was top mixologist Todd Richman, mixing delicous-tasting specialty cocktails for the enthusiastic crowd that had showed up to taste the organic goods. “The market for organic spirits is growing nicely, people are looking for the best quality spirits and ingredients to make cocktails with,” Richman said. American Harvest, vodka made from organic winter wheat that is sustainably grown in Idaho, is a tasteful addition to the growing selection of organic spirits available around Washington. Several liquor stores in Washington will have the new vodka in stock. “It’s exciting to work with American Harvest as a base spirit, because the quality of the spirit and the organic nature drives me to use organic ingredients from local farms when possible,” Richman said. Among other organic spirits

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Fluevog Shoes, from those campy, funky Canadians, is coming to Wisconsin Avenue, next to the soon-to-open Jonathan Adler Store. (Adler’s grand-opening party is set for May 22.) Is Victoria’s Secret moving? If so, it will possibly move into the former American Eagle location at 1220 Wisconsin Avenue. The store has yet to leave Georgetown Park. Check out modular carpeting wizard, Flor, as it celebrates the grand opening of its newest store at 1037 33rd Street, N.W., Thursday, April 19, 6 to 8 p.m; 866-433-3567. Founded by architectural flooring company Interface, Flor started as a catalog and web-based business. Its target was the retail consumer looking for an affordable, adaptable rug.

you can find in local liquor stores, are Square One Organic Spirits ( squareoneorganicspirits. com/index.html) and TRU Organic Vodka and Gin ( ★

TODD RICHMAN’S FAVORITE ORGANIC COCKTAIL, “LOCAL HARVEST”: Ingredients: 2 parts American Harvest 4 fresh basil leaves 3 lime wedges 3 thin slices of cucumber ¼ part agave nectar Muddle basil, lime and cucumber. Combine with American Harvest and agave nectar in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Shake hard and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with basil leaf and a slice of cucumber.

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Stylin’ with Brad at Brooks Brothers BY RO B E RT DE VANEY


elevision personality and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski stopped by Brooks Brothers on M Street April 13 during his seven-city book tour, signing copies of “Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far.” Patient fans lined up to meet Goreski, get his new book and pose with him. Fashionable Brooks Brothers employees helped with the reception that included champagne, finger food and tunes from DJ Ben Chang. ★

Brooks Brothers assistant store manager Aown Shah, Brad Goreski and Don Miller, general manager of the Brooks Brothers M Street store.

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Georgetown House Tour 2012

The 81st Georgetown House Tour spreads its welcome mat over Washington’s most historic neighborhood, Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. There is a tea at St. John’s Church parish hall, 2 to 5 p.m. The Patron’s Party is on April 25 at Frida Burling’s house. The cost for the tour is $45. For more information, visit bedroom. The kitchen is particularly remarkable and has a nautical feel.

1416 34th Street, N.W.

This Italianate-style house, known as the Wetzel-Graves home, was built in 1876 by John Wetzel, a butter merchant, and sold in 1907 to Charles Graves, who ran his coal business from the home until the 1940s and whose family owned it after his death until the 1960s. It is a perfect example of Georgetown’s middle-Victorian period architecture.   Working with local architect Dale Overmyer, the current owners have renovated the house extensively, while taking care to preserve its historic properties.

1688 31st Street, N.W.

This dignified, three-story Victorian, built around 1800, was the home of Sen. Robert Taft (R-Ohio) from 1941 until his death in 1953. Taft is best known as co-sponsor of the federal Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. The house’s most prominent features are its high ceilings and many tall windows. In the early 1960’s, the owners added a spacious living room.  Double sets of doors lead from the living room to a walled garden and pool. Off the large entrance hall are a striking library with a wet bar and a fireplace, a kitchen, an elegant powder room, a dining room and finally the living room.

3007 Q Street, N.W.

This large post-Civil War, semidetached residence is one of eight “villas” built beginning in 1868 by Henry J. Cooke for his 12 children. Cooke was the first territorial governor of the District of Columbia and brother of Jay Cooke, a financier and close friend of President Ulysses S. Grant. The exuberant design by Starkweather & Plowman combined aspects of the Italianate villa with elements of Second Empire style. Built on what was then the edge of Georgetown, these houses were shunned at first by the public as being rather too ornate and grandiose for their time during the post-Civil War era. In 1932, the family of L.P. Shippen purchased the house, and it became the venue for her celebrated dance academy. The current owners have recently undertaken a painstaking two-year renovation, retaining original architectural details, such as the seemingly free-floating spiral staircase.

1352 28th Street, N.W.

Built around 1810 and first recorded in 1818 (when it was owned by William Lipscomb, a post office clerk, and assessed at $2,000), this red-brick house was originally a two-story building in the Federal style with two dormer windows facing the street. The house has changed hands many times over 200 years. Its modern aspect, though, is attribut10 April 18, 2012 GMG, INC.

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able to changes made for a client in 1968 by the renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Jacobsen removed much of the non-original construction and built a new living room and library with several bedrooms upstairs, leaving the dining room and the stair hall as the only “old” rooms. A glass façade was installed leading from the living room onto the small garden forecourt, which was walled in. This façade affords abundant light to the living room as well as a garden view.

3104 P Street, N.W.

This is one of four townhouses built in 1877 as a unit now comprising 3100-3106 P Street. Together, they form a fine example of the post-Civil War Victorian housing that drew many middle-class families to Georgetown. Originally, each house had a completely separate garden, but recently two of the houses were joined by gates allowing free access for neighbors to visit. The original floor plan was modified in 1998. A ground-floor guest bathroom was added, and the kitchen was enlarged to accommodate a dining space.  Steps link the new kitchen to the garden designed by Clarke Associates of London.  The sculpted wisteria was created by Husband and Clark, another English firm. Back inside, an unpretentious, European-infused aesthetic prevails.

3106 P Street, N.W. This substantial residence was built in 1877.  In 1938, it was acquired by Marcella Comès Winslow, a painter, with her husband, Col. William Randolph Winslow.  Marcella wrote “Brushes with the Literary, Letters of a Washington Artist 19431959,” a book in which she described life in Georgetown and the literary figures with whom she socialized. Among other positions, Winslow served as Portraitist to the Poetry Chair of the Library of Congress. Her Georgetown home was an informal literary salon for such authors as Katherine Anne Porter, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty. Porter was a boarder at the home. Winslow knew many famous authors, including T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound and Dylan Thomas, many of whom sat for her portraits. Today’s owners transformed the house by adding the eat-in kitchen in the back and connecting the garden to the house through a series of repeating arch designs that bridge the space seamlessly from interior to exterior.  

3141 P Street, N.W.

This home is a Second Empire-style brick row house constructed around 1876 as one of a subdivision of three houses (3141-3145 P Street), owned by Joseph L. Simms. Adjacent to the property, east and north, is the historic Bowie-Sevier estate. Its most recent renovation occurred in 2011 to accommodate all eight members of a blended family in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. The current owners merged three separate rooms on the first floor into an open floorplan, renovated the lower level to feature a new family room for teenagers and added a seventh

Built in the 1830s as a Federal frame house, this semi-detached house was converted in the 1940s by decorator Margaret Weller into a flat-front English Regency-style house. An English basement entry was carved out of the front yard to replace the original stoop entry. In 2005, architect Christian Zapatka renovated the house. Preserving the 1940s street façade, he gutted the interior and reconfigured the garden façade. The new side-oriented staircase leads up to the “piano nobile” (the main floor).  The living room across the back of the house leads directly to a limestone terrace through three sets of tall French doors.  Beyond the terrace is a stepped garden in the Italian style. Towering overhead is a 250-year-old Osage orange tree, one of the largest in the area.

1505 35th Street, N.W.

This attractive, spacious townhouse with five bedrooms and five-and-ahalf baths is relatively new by Georgetown standards, having been built in 1964 on land (possibly the site of a former stable) that was subdivided from the next door property, a brick mansion that dates from 1852. Working with Chryssa Wolfe of Hanlon Design Build, the owners have put a bright, airy California stamp on the interior of the house. They painted the plain red-brick exterior a soft almond-bisque color, while keeping the shutters grey. The former solarium became a cozy family room.

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s the season changes into beautiful spring, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to send your kids when school closes for the summer and you still have long days at the office ahead of you. The Washington area offers a wide selection of camps that can give your child a memorable summer adventure. Whether they’re into sports, camping, music, technology, art or academic learning, there are options to suit almost any interest. Camps are filling up quickly, so make sure to check out what Washington has to offer before your kid’s dream camp is full!

TIC Summer Camp, 571-765-0329 Where: Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport Street, Washington, D.C. 20016 When: June 18- August 10 How much: $820 per two-week session, $50 off for each session after the first one. TIC is a technology/sports day camp for kids between 7 and 16 years old, celebrating 30 years in 2012. It has a 4:1 learning ratio, where kids learn through fun techonology and athletic activities. Technology activities include programming, digital art, animation, film making and web design. Sports activities include basketball, gymnastics, street hockey, dance and capture the flag. ‘’TIC is unique because we offer the perfect body/mind balance. The most popular activity at TIC is programming, kids as young as 7 and as old as 16 create video games based on their favorite things,’’ says Executive Director, Emily Riedel. Program runs from 8.30 a.m – 3 p.m., extended day is offered until 6 p.m.

Beauvoir Summer Camps, 202-537-6485 Where: The campus at the Washington National Cathedral, 3500 Woodley Road NW, Washinton, D.C. 20016 When: June 18- August 3 How much: $250-$425 per week Beauvoir offers a range of different programs for children, 3 to 11, and a Counselor in Training program for tweens and teens between 12 and 16 years old. The programs are also offered as a combination of academic learning and general fun and adventurous summer camp experiences, such as art, swimming, cooking, science and outdoor activities. ‘’The component that both parents and children seem to be most excited about is the swimming. We have our

own pool on the premises, and all the camps except the primarily academic ones offer swimming with instructors. We also offer swimming lessons before and after the camps, for children to become more safe in the pool,’’ says Camp Director, Hugh Squire. Beauvoir camp days usually run from 8.30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Before and after camp care is also offered, from 7.30-8.30 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Georgetown University Summer Camps at Yates Field House, Where: The Yates Field House, Kehoe Field, and McCarthy Pool, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057 When: June 25 and consist of 6 separate oneweek sessions. How much: $380 per week, $280 per week for current Yates Field House members. The Day Camp is a day-long activity camp for kids aged 6 to 10 years old. Days usually run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After care is offered until 4:30 p.m. Activities include indoor and outdoor team-based games, creative projects, swimming, bingo and talent shows.

Corcoran Gallery of Art offers different art summer camps for kids aged 5 to 16. The schedule for each camp group is age-appropriate and activities include sculpture making, painting, ceramics, jewelry making, photography, cartooning and so much more.

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Audubon Naturalist Societey’s Summer Nature Camps, 301-652-9188 ext. 15 (Karen Vernon) Where: Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, and Lathrop E. Smith Center in Rockville. When: June 18- August 17. How much: From $128-$710 per week. Audubon Naturalist Society Summer Camps offer both day and overnight camps with outdoor fun and discovery for kids and teenagers from 4 to 17 years old. Activities include games, hikes, songs, great camping traditions and environmental education in a natural setting. Camp days usually start at 8:45 a.m. and end 3 or 4 p.m. The camp also offers aftercare, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Learning Environmental Responsibility


BY M ARIT F OS S O n the green spirit of the spring, let’s look at how business schools are working towards a greener environment. Can the future business men and women learn not only how to go out there and make millions of dollars, but also how to be environmentally responsible? The George Washington School of Business is one of the business schools that integrates corporate social responsibility into their business programs. GWU offers the so-called ‘’green’’ MBA in Environmental Policy and Management which focuses on the science, technology and social impact of global business, grooming the students to go work for the government, NGO’s and non-profits. Other universities in the Washington metro area who offer ‘’green’’ MBAs are the University of Maryland and the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, who offer MBA programs concerning social and environmental awareness in business. One of the former GWU students who graduated in 2009 is

Mark Frieden. He decided to do the MBA in Environmental Policy and Management after reading about triple bottom line management, also known as the three pillars; people, planet and profit on the website ‘’The main focus in the education was to learn how to make sure that companies have environmental responsibility. Take oil companies that drill for oil in the sea. There’s nothing wrong with drilling for oil, but they have to make sure that they do it in an environmental responsible way so that we can avoid disasters like the BP oil spill in 2010,’’ says Frieden, who’s currently on the board of DC Greenworks. DC Greenworks is a non-profit organization that among other things work with green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens, urban agriculture and green job training. It is not just business schools working to integrate corporate responsibility into the minds of business men and women. Net Impact is a non-profit membership organization for professionals and students who wish to use their business skills to support en-

vironmental and social causes. The organization was started in 1993 as Students for Responsible Business, and was renamed in 1998 to include both students and professional MBA graduates. ‘’Net Impact has been important for how business schools started to integrate environmental responsibility in their programs’’, says Mark Frieden. Net Impact is based in San Franscisco and has 280 volunteer-led chapters in business schools across the U.S. and countries on the other continents. Both George Washington University’s School of Business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the University of Maryland have Net Impact chapters. The member students seek to build a network of business leaders commited to making a positive environmental, social and economic impact. ★

The Switch From Processed to Fresh in School Lunches: It’s Harder Than You Think



hree years ago, Sarah Wu, a speech pathologist for Chicago public schools, didn’t have time to pack her own lunch. Not thinking anything of it, she left home, drove to work, taught her students and when the lunch bell rang, she walked down the hall towards the cafeteria. As she read the menu options, Wu was not impressed. Soggy bagels, tater tots, mushy over-microwaved frozen pizzas. Feeling the gurgle in her own stomach, she was thinking more about the 90 percent of kids who qualify for free lunch and consider these options to be the best they’ll get all day. These lunches are provided by the National School Lunch program which feeds students in more than 101,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions across the country. The government claims that it provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each and every school day. Are those meals truly healthful? Wu went home angry and started a blog, Fed Up With Lunch, in which she ate in her cafeteria every day for a year and wrote about the meals. At the same time, First Lady Michelle Obama was beginning her Let’s Move campaign and chef Jamie Oliver was beginning his television show, Food Revolution, bringing national attention to the problems in our school cafeterias today. In the U.S., 12.5 million children are obese. Could Congress be to blame since it has claimed pizza as a vegetable and have tried removing the potato from the program all together? Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) fought to keep the vegetable on the menu and won. “Here is the federal government trying to teach people to eat whole foods, to eat locally grown foods -- there 14 April 18, 2012 GMG, INC.

A farm field trip to Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, VA

are all these farm-to-school programs to teach children where food comes from -- and to try to get them to eat it in a way that is not processed heavily and [removing the potato] is contrary to all of that,” she said. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) fought alongside Collins on the issue. “Can you imagine not having a potato in the school lunch program?” Snowe asked. “I don’t understand it.” Andrea Northup, director and founder of D.C. Farm to School Network, a coalition of stakeholders working to incorporate more healthful, local foods into D.C. school meals, has revolutionized the food in school cafeterias across the Washington area. She says that despite the potato fiasco, there has been a huge positive shift in the cafeteria thanks to programs like her own. “We’ve gone from prepackaged airplane style meals, Frosted Flakes and Otis Spunkmeyer, to minimally processed meals prepared from whole ingredients.” The Farm to School Network connects students with where their food comes from, pro-

vides health, food and environmental education opportunities and supports the local food economy. The network, which began four years ago in D.C. serves two-thirds of all school-aged children in the city. Each of the 63 schools -- participating and serving meals approved by the Healthy Schools Act, a local law that went into effect in 2010 which sets nutrition and serving standards for D.C. schools participating in the federal school meal program -- receives supplemental funding from the local government. Northup does face daily challenges. One example involves getting the kids to eat these foods. “There are a lot of issues now where the kids are not familiar with a roasted sweet potato when they are used to eating french fries or sauteed broccoli when they’re used to green beans in a can,” she said. “School menus now look more like a restaurant than what you particularly think school meals would be. If you looked up the menus, you’d be flabbergasted at the words you’d see like ‘chipotle roasted,’ ‘lemon sauteed,’ as you think of these words when you think of restaurant meals. It is really impressive what the institution and community support of all of us has been able to do.” Another drawback is funding. Northup has been fortunate enough to have incredible partners, such as Sweetgreen, a salad and frozen yogurt restaurant establishment, which contributes financially as well as works with the children on salad-making classes in the schools. Northrup adds that it is up to D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to decide whether funding D.C. Farm to School and feeding the children locally and sustainably is worth the check.

“You’re getting what you pay for when you invest in healthier school meals,” Northup says. “Even slightly higher costs in the short term, in my opinion, pay off in terms of higher attentiveness of the children, better outcomes for the children, higher productivity in school and in life. We are preventing these more costly diseases materializing in the future by investing now. It is something that doesn’t resonate well with someone like the chancellor who is in charge of balancing the books now, and you can’t blame her for that.” Northup says that because of the Healthy Schools Act, the law which was just recently passed by the D.C. Council, providing funding incentives and institutional support to schools that serve healthful food, Farm to School has gone from a “Huh, what’s that?” notion to a household name. Farm to School programs are popping up all over the nation, some larger and some smaller than the program established in D.C. While many boggle with how to pay for the newer food choices, the menu seems to be pleasing. Susan Wu, the blogger who took matters into her own hands to fix the lunches her students were eating, is thrilled with the changes taking place in schools across the country and believes that the more involved communities are, the more successful the outcome will be. Wu says she can’t imagine kids going back to what they used to eat and has even made a menu of the future on her blog to show how food is evolving for student lunches, available at For Northup, the real bottom-line choice is this: “Are we willing to look long-term and look strategically at food service because we see that it is very important to health and success of our children, or are we not?” ★


Fashion Fights Poverty Gala Goes Green, Too BY ME L ISS A BROW N

Designer Luis Valenzuela checks in with models as they show wear his designs, photo by Patrick G. Ryan

T Designs of Luis Valenzuela, photo by Patrick G. Ryan

he Fashion Fights Poverty Gala brought out the fashion conscious with top designers taking on the challenge of designing eco-friendly runway looks that wowed all in attendance. “Eco looks” images of Birkenstocks and loose linen pants may pop into some heads, but the fashion world has come far in producing a multitude of luxurious fabrics that dazzled with bold colors and elegant textures.  Designers Seth Aaron Henderson (winner of Project Runway 7) and Luis Valen-

Designs of Seth Aaron Henderson, photo by Patrick G. Ryan zuela showed off their wares. All of Henderson’s looks of bold colorful patterns and snugly fitted 1950s-style silhouettes were made with renewable fabrics, and Valenzuela stunned with sexy corsets and edgy floor length gowns that incorporated recycled paper. This fashion show proved that if you want to be considered truly fashion-forward, your garments must still make a statement without leaving a negative mark on the environment. ★

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Spring in to the season with the latest styles inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival’s centennial celebrations

WHITE JACKET: Benetton SCARF: Alexander McQueen, Stylist owned NECKLACE: Chanel, Annie Cream-cheese PANTS: Stylist owned SHOES: Max studio

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Smithsonian Craft Show

Celebrating America’s Creative Spirit BY MA RY BY RD

By Scott and Lisa Cylinder

Jewelry by Michael Romanik

his year marks the 30th anniversary of the Smithsonian Craft Show Celebrating the Creative Spirit of America which will take place April 19 through 22, with a preview benefit on April 18 at the National Building Museum. First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to be the honorary chair of what is widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft. On April 19, Michel Monroe, former curator-incharge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, will present an illustrated lecture, “The White House Collection of American Crafts,” featuring the collection of contemporary American crafts he curated for the Clintons in the White House.

On Sunday, “The Craftful Table,” a panel discussion with leading designers on creating a table that is a feast for the senses will be followed by White House florist Laura Dowling’s demonstration of gracing the table with flowers. One-of-a-kind or limited edition works in 12 different media—from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art—will showcase the work of 121 distinguished craft artists, 44 new to the show this year. In addition, students from the Savannah College of Art and Design will present their innovative work in a special exhibition of emerging artists. The Craft Show is even going green. This is the first year of a “Repurposed Materials” award. Artists have been asked to include in their artist statements the use of repurposed materials, including found objects given new uses and meanings. An online auction, running April 11 through 25, will feature more than 100 exceptional craft objects generously donated by current and past exhibitors and other talented artists, as well as a limited number of tickets for local attractions and special tours. Visit Anne-lise Auclair-Jones and Ann Peel are Craft Show co-chairs. Wendy Somerville Wall is president of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee which produces the annual event to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian Institution through an annual competitive grants program. More than $9 million has been awarded since 1966. For additional information, see www. ★


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Glass bowl by Pozycinski

Jewelry by Shana Kroiz


The Art of Japan

At the Textile Museum and the National Gallery BY AR I P OS T


hen taking on the art of an unfamiliar cultural tradition, it’s difficult to know where to start. There are immediately questions—namely, do I understand what I am looking at? The aesthetic terrain, symbolism and subject matter are foreign, often incongruous to our own knowledge. For instance, as far as everyone in America and Europe is concerned, a hexagram is synonymous with the Star of David (the Jewish Star). However, in ancient Indic lore, the hexagram was a symbol of creation, the overlapping triangles representing “the divine union of male and female.” When dealing with a culture as deeply rooted, multifaceted and intricate as Japan’s, there is almost no way to take it all in. Japan has a cultural and religious system of symbols and an artistic tradition as unique and fascinating as any in the world, and to know it would require years of time and effort. However, in the same way Picasso found revelation in African tribal masks for their raw aesthetic radiance, it is sometimes enough to admire the beauty and facility of cross-cultural artisanship. Right now, the Textile Museum and the National Gallery of Art are hosting monumental exhibits of Japanese art, both of which expose the sheer beauty of the country’s sophisticated craft and artistic traditions. The Textile Museum’s “Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop” (Mar. 23 – Aug. 12) display the Japanese textile traditions of the Tawaraya, a still-operational silk workshop over 500 years old, that has woven fine silk garments for the Imperial Household for centuries. The National Gallery’s “Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716 – 1800),” on view only through the end of the month, exhibit Jakuchū’s thirty-scroll series of nature and wildlife, proving him to be an unprecedented innovator in style, technique and aesthetic. Both exhibits are a master class in composition, color and design, and both beg to be viewed live. In photographs they are impressive, but in person they are breathtaking. [It must also be noted that the Sackler Gallery, on the National Mall, is hosting an overwhelming exhibit of printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), perhaps the most acclaimed artist in Japanese history, titled “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” However, this exhibit demands coverage all its own, and thus is not included in this article.] Based in Kyoto, Japan, the Tawaraya silk workshop is perhaps the oldest and most illustrious workshop in the country. While popular among the public for producing fabrics used in traditional theatrical costumes, Tawaraya is renowned for their production of yusoku orimono—garments of fine silks in patterns, weaves and color combinations traditionally reserved for the Japanese Imperial Household. On display in The Textile Museum, they read like an installation work, speaking of harmony, balance and serenity. In a peculiar way, they are reminiscent of

and effusive: a pair of chickens embroiled in a dynamic mating dance, feathers ruffled in exacting detail and eyes wild among a craggy hibiscus plant; an adumbrated landscape of seashells, crabs and starfish on the ocean’s floor; a wild goose in the reeds, hurtling toward a pond’s icy surface; a rooster amidst a plant of small, piercing red nandina berries. Yet within the paintings there is a fluidity of composition, a pristine sense of geometry and an unquantifiable harmony of color that link them to the same tradition as the Tawaraya silks. Both offer an otherworldly glimpse of tradition, discipline and aesthetic near-perfection. Japanese history is rich in artistic life, and Washington is lucky to have such resplendent exhibitions of their works to appreciate and compare. ★

Two scrolls by Itō Jakuchū. Left: Nandina and Rooster; right: Roses and Small Bird. Both from Colorful Realm of Living Beings, set of 30 vertical hanging scrolls, c. 1757–1766. Ink and colors on silk. From Sannomaru Shōzōkan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections), The Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo

For more information on “Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop,” on view through Aug. 12, visit www.TextileMuseum. org. For information on “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings Itō Jakuchū,” on view through April 29, visit

Sam Gilliam’s hanging fabric installation at the Phillips Collection, which closed almost a year ago. The Japanese fabrics of vibrant and subtle colors and ancient symbols, whose aesthetic is rooted in a centuries-old practice, become suddenly and hugely contemporary. This is a little ironic, as the man behind Tawaraya’s operations today, Hyoji Kitagawa, is the 18th-generation successor of this familyrun workshop, who has painstakingly maintained silk weaving techniques passed down over a millennia, right down to dye recipes from the tenth century. One remarkable aspect of these designs is the length that is taken in pursuit of subtlety and understatement. Where it is more familiar in the Western tradition for the elite to be wearing louder, flashier clothing, in Japanese aristocracy it would seem that bold symbols and wild colors are considered crass and unsophisticated. The emperor’s yusoku orimono is composed of but pristine white and earthy brown ochre silks. The patterns and symbols are similarly more nuanced. On the garments of a regular citizen, the symbol of a tortoise—which represents long life—would likely be a large, obvious and rather literal interpretation. On a yusoku orimono, the creature is represented by a pattern of hexagonal blocks, each one an individual shell, that stretch monochromatically across the silk. You will see cherry blossoms, cranes, pine trees, phoenix, bamboo and butterflies, each of which carry their own meaning and significance, but all of which are independently beautiful. These symbols carry over to the National Gallery, where the 30 scrolls of 18th century Japanese painter Jakuchū might actually bowl you over. The expansive scrolls are intricate GMG, INC. April 18, 2012 19


Norman Scribner, a D.C. Musical Giant in His Right BY GARY T IS CHL ER


hen Norman Scribner picks up the baton to conduct the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the National Symphony Orchestra to perform Johannes Brahms’s monumental “Ein Deutches Requiem” on April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, it will be a milestone for the maestro, the Washington Choral Arts Society and the city. Conducting the “Requiem” marks the last time that Scribner, the founder of the Washington Choral Arts Society, will conduct the WCAS as its artistic director, his last concert in a distinguished 47-year career that has left its mark on Washington culture and what you can achieve with the art of music. Scribner is going out with one of the greatest compositions in Western classical music. It’s best to let Scribner explain it: “’Ein Deutches Requiem is one of the most glorious and beloved examples of the combination of text and music in the history of Western civilization,” Scribner said. “Through his lifelong immersion in the Lutheran Bible, Brahms was able to extract texts that express every emotion connected with our passage from this life to the next.” It seems a fitting ending kind of project for Scribner, who created the Choral Arts Society of Washington and turned it into an enduring cultural institution in Washington, where it became a part of the life of the city every bit as

much as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera or the Washington Ballet. Scribner’s work and career stretches into the city’s universities and into the city’s cultural history. He attended the prestigious Peabody Conservatory and has taught at George Washington University, American University and the College of Church Musicians at Washington National Cathedral. Over the years, he has taken inspiration from and collaborated with giant figures in contemporary musical history as Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Slatkin, Valery Gorgiev, Mstislav Rostropovich and Christopher Eschenbach, the current maestro of the NSO. He has led the chorus in 18 recordings, and presented 25 world premiere commissions and has received an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2002 and from the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Scribner has scores of musical inspirations—the giants of Western music like Mozart, Brahms, Bach and Beethoven—are in his blood.  But there’s a figure—not a composer of great works, but a mover of hearts and minds through the power of his words and oratory—who has also inspired Scribner’s life and career. That would be the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you lived or witnessed anything that was

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going on in this city in the 1960s—the great speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the tragedy of the riots in the wake of his assassinations—then you cannot help but to have been moved by his presence, by his life and death.” Scribner was more than merely moved emotionally. He was moved to action through the world of his musical efforts. Scribner created the annual “Living the Dream, Singing the Dream,” a choral tribute to King on his January birthday at the Kennedy Center choral celebration, and collaborated with the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir under artistic director Stanley J. Thurston. The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert has become a Washington institution. “I wanted to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy through music, in other words, music used as an instrument for peace,”  Scribner said. Scribner doesn’t believe that music, however beautiful and grand, exists in a vacuum. Rather, it is a part of the whole community. He has lived that belief with not only the creation of the tribute concerts but their expansion into a series of community musical and civil rights efforts. “Music can be a balm, a celebration and a unifier,” he said. “That’s the hope.” Scribner witnessed the chaos, the fiery vio-

lence that erupted here in Washington in the wake of King’s assassination. Scribner’s response was to honor King with the balm of music and celebration. He orchestrated and integrated a community-based celebration called “Once-In Memoriam: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” the year after King died. The Choral Arts Society has expanded the scope of the concert to include a concert for students, a student writing competition and the establishment of an annual humanitarian award. This past year, Scribner himself was named the recipient of the Humanitarian Award, joining a select group that includes Dorothy Height, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Marian Wright Edelman, Harris Wofford, Julian Bond, John Doar, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Bernice Johnson Reagan. Scribner’s last concert will be co-presented with the Washington Performing Arts Society. “WPAS is pleased to be co-presenting the last concert to be conducted by Washington’s legendary choral leader Norman Scribner,” said Neal Perl, WPAS president and CEO. “A pillar of Washington’s musical community for the past 47 years, Norman has devoted his life to the performance of glorious choral music. He will be greatly missed.” Missed, but not forgotten. ★

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Springing Up Strawberries BY AR I P OS T A ND RIS LA C O S T E


s spring comes into full swing, with the last of the dogwood petals scattered about the ground, a film of pollen blanketing your windshield each morning and the faint waft of honeysuckle catching in the breeze, I am always reminded of my grandmother. In many ways she was the harbinger of every season to me, because with each turning, falling or sprouting of the leaves, her menu would change and the fridge would be stocked with a different family of ingredients. In autumn there were beets and walnuts, in winter Brussels sprouts and greens. And one of the first things to mark the spring was a mountainous bowl of fresh strawberries, which I made a break for as soon as my father stopped the car by her front lawn. My grandmother would put them in front of me (the whole bowl, usually) along with a small ramekin of powdered sugar. I would eat them, dipping them feverishly into the silky sugar, until my mother stopped me. Shameful as it is to admit, I am of the philosophy that there is no such thing as a bad strawberry. While I do my best to eat seasonally, locally and organically whenever possible, if you hand me a shrink-wrapped pack of dried up, imported strawberries in the middle of winter, I will devour the tasteless fruits with relish. The audible snap of their small seeds between my teeth, their crisp pillowy firmness and frilled green stems, are perfect to me in whatever incarnation. So, this just means that April, when strawberries actually come into season, is a month to showcase nature’s most divine of creations in its purest and most beautiful form. “Strawberries are spring, but they don’t come soon enough,” says chef and restaurateur Ris Lacoste. “Along with rhubarb—their faithful

TERRI HORN’S RHUBARB BREAD PUDDING Serves 12 1 loaf brioche or challah, crusts trimmed off and cubed 6 cups rhubarb, cut into 1” pieces Chunks of white chocolate if desired, to preference Custard 1 quart heavy cream ½ vanilla bean, scraped 9 eggs 6 oz sugar Sauce 1 quart strawberries, halved Sugar to taste 2 tablespoons butter Reserved juice from cooked rhubarb Place the rhubarb on a rimmed cookie sheet, cover generously with sugar and roast in the oven until just softening, 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the rhubarb in a strainer placed over a bowl and let sit until ready to use. (Reserve the juices for the sauce.) This can be done ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator until ready to use. Whisk together eggs and sugar. Heat cream with vanilla until boiling and temper bit by bit into egg mixture.

companion—we anticipate their arrival, having reached our limit of the stored apples and pears that were once so crisp and delightful last fall. Where are they? When are they coming?” “Come late March, I must admit that I do cheat and use California berries,” says Ris, “because I can’t wait until mid-late April when they first make their appearance in the farmers market stalls around town. Their faint nuttiness, bright caramel-like sweetness and meaty firmness are a perfect companion to the early spring, where the days bounce between cold and hot. As a light snack in the sunlight, or a sweet, fresh dessert on a late April evening after a dinner of grilled meats and a sip of rosé, they couldn’t be more satisfying.” Strawberries, when used correctly, are wonderful additions to main courses as well. A great savory dish with strawberries is to slice them thin, toss them in a pinch of sugar, and pile with crumbled goat cheese over blackened or grilled tuna steak. The sweet-spicy-savory-smoky components, as well as the varying planes of textures and temperatures, make for a refreshing and delicious supper. Strawberry plants are surprisingly resilient and easy to grow, and as such are grown widely across the globe, from Central America to

Finland. The “seeds” on the outside of the fruit, are not actually seeds at all. They are in fact miniature dried fruits, similar to sunflower seeds (if you have access to a microscope, it’s worth taking a peak). During the strawberry’s ripening process, the cells inside the fruit enlarge and pull apart from one another, creating tiny air pockets in the gaps, which is responsible for that distinct soft-crunchy texture. However, this structure weakens quickly, especially with large amounts of rain, rendering them quick to soften. Strawberries do have certain idiosyncrasies: thanks to their thin skin and fragile structure, they don’t have much longevity and, unless frozen, need to be eaten within a few days (which isn’t usually a problem, Ris points out with a smile). Nor do strawberries improve once picked, such as bananas or pears, so they must be picked ripe from the vine. “On the upswing, however” says Ris, “they are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant content, along with blueberries, cherries and red

Strain the custard through a fine meshed sieve. Fill a buttered mold (or multiple molds) halfway with brioche cubes. Sprinkle on a portion of cooked rhubarb. Cover with more brioche cubes. Insert 3 or 4 chunks of white chocolate into each pudding. Pour warm custard over the brioche and let sit for 30 minutes, adding more as it sits to keep the mold full. Bake in a water bath at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, depending on size of the mold, until the custard is just cooked through and top is golden. Insert a fork into the custard and it should come out clean when done. Let sit in the water bath until cool enough to handle. Remove the pudding from the ramekins and place on a cookie sheet. These can also be done ahead and reheated before serving.  Meanwhile make the strawberry sauce by combining strawberries, sugar, butter and reserved rhubarb syrup in a saucepan. Cook for just a few minutes until all has melded and berries are soft. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Puree in a blender. Serve warm or make ahead and serve cold. Gently warm the puddings in the oven before serving.  Serve with the strawberry sauce and whipped cream. If you have some creme anglaise hanging about, it is a delightful addition. Garnish with mint, fanned strawberries and a fleck of powdered sugar. ★

grapes. In other words, they are good for you.” The California Driscolls are a far cry from the smaller local strawberries you find at the market, she explains. “But I have yet to have as good a strawberry as the wild strawberries in France. However, wherever you are, mother nature has more to do with a season’s crop than any other factor. They need limited rain and lots of sun. A rainy season like last spring will dilute them. A lack sun will render them flavorless and sugarless. “Nothing can beat a perfect, deep red, sweet, fruity strawberry. Don’t be fooled by appearance. Talk to your farmer. Ask him if you can taste a berry before you buy. Certainly a little sugar can help almost any strawberry, but that’s not the point.” One of Ris’s favorite memories is of homemade strawberry jam on buttered toast. “I have since instructed all of my pastry chefs to combine the flavors of toasty yeast, butter and strawberries. Strawberry tarts in puff pastry do the trick, strawberry sauce with a dab of butter in it is amazing. A recipe I use every year at this time is my friend Terri Horn’s rhubarb white chocolate bread pudding and a strawberry butter sauce. I actually use it in every season, just because I love it—I simply change the fruit. Peaches and raspberries is a good one in the summer. Pears in the fall is another.” ★

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2811 M Street, NW Serving Washington since 1992, Don Lobos offers authentic Mexican cuisine. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients when making our traditional menu items. Famous for our Mole, and adored for our tamales. We also offer a wide range of tequila and the best margarita in Georgetown. Now serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 10am- 10pm (202) 333-0137

1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for almost a quarter of a century. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s foods of today, executed by our award winning Italian Chef. Try our spectacular Lunch buffet on Fri. & Saturdays or our Sunday Brunch, Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. (202) 338-8800


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he lively piano notes danced through the air as I walked into the Warehouse Theater. I was greeted with a cocktail, more specifically, a sweet and lemony Colonial punch made from Jamaican rum and cognac. As I took my seat, I recognized one of the tunes being played by Washington’s piano virtuoso Dan Ruskinas, “Those Were the Days.” But this was no typical theater-going experience. The main act was not a famous musician or actor, but rather a storyteller who made his mark in the world of cocktails and mixology, Dale DeGroff. In addition to the music, we were about to hear all about “Those Days, ” the golden age of bars and bartenders. DeGroff came armed with an earful of stories about the history and his experience working at some of New York’s most legendary watering holes. If an evening of bar stories doesn’t sound exciting and entertaining, you’ve never seen DeGroff in action. Known as one of the pioneers of the craft cocktail movement, DeGroff has authored two best selling cocktail books, “The Essential Cocktail” and “The Craft of the Cocktail,” and was the recipient of a 2009 James Beard award. He has held court at the famed Rainbow Room, where he used a gourmet approach to recreate many long-forgotten cocktails. DeGroff engaged the audience with his witty narrative, tracing the history of the drinking, from colonialera taverns, through prohibition speakeasies, up to his personal favorites. His colloquial manner and charming personality took the audience back to a time when the local bar was an important part of the community and bartenders treated their customers like old friends. He opened the evening playing his guitar and singing a Hank Williams tune. And, of course, there was a great Dale DeGroff by Nancy Newberry story behind this ditty. With the enthusiasm of screenwriter and monologuist Spalding Gray, DeGroff launched into a tale Village or the Rainbow Room, my favorite spot to take outabout the first neighborhood bar he discovered in New of-town guests, which was located across the street from York, Paddy McGlades in 1969. At the time, DeGroff my office at the Associated Press in Rockefeller Center. was living at the YMCA, hoping to get his big break Before I knew it, two on Broadway, when hours had passed. It was a friend of a friend, to call it a night. who had a room for When someone asked him if he could play the time The evening was capped rent, asked to meet guitar he launched into a rendition of “Your off with a Yuzu gimlet, a him at McGlades. refreshing twist on the stanDeGroff arrived Cheating Heart“ to which he was rewarded dard, jazzed up with Asian at the bar, with his Yuzu juice and honey. guitar, suitcase and with a beer on the house. DeGroff’s traveling $2.50 in his pocket, show, which is being perwhich he quickly formed as a fundraiser for blew through before his friend arrived. When someone the Museum of the American Cocktail, will be making asked him if he could play the guitar he launched into stops in New York and Philadelphia. For more information, a rendition of “Your Cheating Heart“ to which he was visit or www. rewarded with a beer on the house. He duly played it ★ three more times for three more beers, since it was the only song that he knew all the lyrics to. DeGroff reminisced about McGlades as if it were a long lost friend. Which it is, since a Starbucks now stands in its place. He continued with anecdotes about many storied bars, including P.J. Clarke’s (the original, not the D.C. outpost), McSorley’s Ale House, the 21 Club, the Blue Note and eventually the Rainbow Room, where in the 1980s he put together a menu of cocktails inspired by the great supper clubs of days-gone-by. Cocktails flowed throughout the evening, each one a delightful concoction perfected by DeGroff. The experience was akin to going to a fabulous bar where you luck out and find yourself seated next to the most interesting man in the joint. Having lived in Manhattan before moving to Washington, DeGroff actually made me a bit homesick for places like McSorley’s, New York’s oldest bar, which was a few blocks from my apartment in the East

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MURPHY’S LOVE: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships

It is always difficult to figure out whether or not it is appropriate to step in to someone else’s private life to help or to stay out of it altogether. BY STA CY NOTA RAS M U R P H Y DEAR STACY: My sister, “Sally,” is going through a separation. She and her husband of 19 years, “Tim,” split up last fall – it was a shock to her and to all of us when he moved out. He offered no reason for leaving and won’t go to counseling. He says he’s just fallen out of love with her and needs his space. They have two kids in elementary school. Through a complicated set of circumstances I won’t go into, my wife and I have become aware that Tim actually is dating someone, and it is very serious. Sally has no idea. She still believes this is a mid-life crisis, and is being very accommodating about their financial arrangements (dismal) and family events (she still goes to his pretending nothing bad is happening between them; he refuses to go to hers, forcing her to explain everything to her side of the family). I think she hopes that if she plays along and holds her breath, he will snap out of this and the family will get back to normal. My question is this, do we share our information with her? What good does telling do? I’m conflicted because I know I would want to know this important detail, but I also want to protect her feelings. –To Tell or Not to Tell DEAR TELL: I’m sure this is not news to you, but this is a very tight spot you’re in, and there really is no obvious answer here. If you don’t tell Sally and hold the secret for Tim, you are colluding with his deception. If you do tell but are incorrect that the relationship is “very serious,” you could ignite more of a firestorm between them. If you try the typical Advice Column Recipe for such situations and inform Tim that you know he’s dating someone, and that you will clue Sally in unless he tells her first, then you are inserting yourself into their relationship – a place you don’t want to be. If you keep asking other people for advice (doubting a monthly

column is the first place you took this question, but if so, I’m shocked and flattered), this is going to spread like wildfire. In that case, you are in the unenviable position of either lying to Sally when she “breaks” the news to you, or making her feel more foolish by admitting you knew all along. I’m exhausted just thinking about this. But let’s be honest, Sally already knows. At least on some level, she knows that middleaged men don’t run away from their wives and families for “more space” unless they are undergoing a serious psychological episode (which would already be apparent) or they have someone/something to run to. In sharing your information you are not revealing something that she doesn’t already know in her heart. Meanwhile, in sharing it, you avoid infantilizing her – she is a grown woman, and a mother, she can handle this. Keep it short, let Sally know you love her, and then get out of the way. She may not want witnesses when she processes the information. Sit back and let her tell you how you can support her. DEAR STACY: I need some advice for dealing with unwelcome inquiries about my fertility. I know that sounds blunt, but there’s really no other way of describing it when people ask me, point blank, why my husband and I have not had a baby. We have been married for three wonderful years and have been trying to get pregnant for most of that time. It hasn’t happened yet and I’m 40. It seems an obvious inference that we might be having trouble, and yet acquaintances/relatives/coworkers seem completely unabashed about asking me, “Why the hold up? Don’t you want to have a family?” I’m a confident, successful woman in a very happy marriage with a partner I love and respect – but these questions pull the rug out from under me and I am tired of being self-deprecating and pleasant

when responding to something that is absolutely no one else’s business. Ideas? –Wishing They’d Leave Well Enough Alone DEAR WISHING: How I wish that I could explore this topic with a question from one of your “Askers.” I imagine it would go something like this: DEAR STACY: How can I convince my neighbor/niece/manager that she is wasting her life by not having a baby? She doesn’t realize that she’s old and that her time is running out. How can I tell her in the right way, because I know this is definitely my responsibility. –Insensitive and Out of Touch My answer would be something along the lines of “WAKE UP, YOU SELF-CENTERED IDIOT. THIS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND YOU ARE BEING HURTFUL AND

THOUGHTLESS.” Ok, that felt good. Now onto something more helpful. You want something to say to these “Askers,” nosy folks who have little or no involvement in your personal life. While I grant you full license to use my previous quote, you may want to apply a more diplomatic response, one that doesn’t open the door to further intimate conversation with these non-intimates. This is the problem, while the Askers’ inquiries are definitely hurtful; it’s more likely that these people are being thoughtless, not judgmental and calculating. They simply are not thinking about the monumental decision that is the choice to become a parent. The Askers are not thinking about the very common and well-reported facts of fertility struggles for women above age 35 (how they could miss this, I do not know – but let’s spin this positively, you must look incredibly young for your age). Askers are not thinking that you might view their question in any other way than in which it was intended: idol, self-centered chatter. So if your intention is to teach them a lesson, I’m all for a strongly-worded sound bite about obtuseness and discretion. But if you simply want to shutdown the conversation so you don’t have to share any more of yourself with this person, then I’d go with, “Thanks for your interest, but this is not something I want to talk about.” Then ask the Asker about her new sweater/car/laugh lines. Best of luck. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is, and you can follow her on twitter @StacyMurphyLPC. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Send your confidential question to




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New England Island Love Affairs: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket BY AR I POS T


hen people talk about a luxurious New England summer getaway, there seem to be two categories: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and everything else. The secluded Massachusetts islands -- nestled just south of Cape Cod in the Atlantic -- have long been known as intimate havens. You don’t just visit these islands, you become members of their tight-knit communities for the length of your stay. They are attractions without gimmicks, crowds or frills: there are no big malls, no towering music venues, no amusement parks or other kitschy tourist traps. They are simply the most comfortable, well-maintained and genuine areas to rusticate and soak in the deliriously pleasant calm of summer. Nothing much changes, as proponents like to say, but people keep coming back. This isn’t to say you will have trouble finding something to do on either island. Throughout the summer, both have their share of wine, food and art festivals, boutique shopping, history and culture. But they are also home to some of the region’s most beautiful bike rides, sailing opportunities and sprawling, uncrowded shorelines. This is where you take your family to experience life together, to cook at home or eat at a small

MEADOWKIRK INN & RETREAT Middleburg, Virginia • $16,000,000

358 acres • 8 BR Manor house • 6 FP • Heart of pine floors • 10’ ceilings • Inn w/20 rooms all w/private baths • Conference room • Stone barn can accommodate 120 guests • 3 cottages • Log cabin • Pool & pool house • Observatory • Picnic pavilion • 2 miles of Goose Creek frontage.

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Martha’s Vineyard Martha’s Vineyard is comprised of a few rural towns: Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury, and the more populous towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Whether you’re looking for the natural beauties of pristine beaches, clay cliffs and bird watching, historical and cultural attractions, exquisite dining, an array of outdoor activities or the many artists, handcrafts and boutiques, “The Vineyard” has it all. Festivals and Markets If shopping for rare finds are your druthers, a great place to start is the Chilmark Flea Market, hosted by the Chilmark Community Church every summer from late June through early September. The oldest outdoor venue on the island, the market has evolved into a quirky shopper’s heaven. Quality hand-made items



28 acres • First floor living includes master suite with office • Large formal living room • Mature gardens • Pond • 3 additional bedrooms • Great views • Tree lined driveway.

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Middleburg, Virginia • $3,900,000

103 acres • 1800’s Virginia farmhouse • 9 fireplaces • 5 bedrooms • Guest house • Pool house/game room • Gorgeous stone walls, terraces and garden walls • Pond • Barns.

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Middletown, Virginia • $1,750,000

Custom French Provencal • 5-6 bedroom • 5 1/2 baths • 3 fireplaces • Beautiful finishings throughout that include exotic hardwood floors, towering stone fireplaces, paneled den, gourmet kitchen • Terraced gardens • Pool • Koi pond • 42.42 acres • Great setting with major frontage on Crooked Run • Also available on 158.84 acres for $2,875,000.

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from antique sellers, artists, glassblowers, and jewelers mingle among imports, fine china and more—and many of the craftsmen are waiting on their folding chairs and in the backs of their trucks to speak with you. In what will be this market’s 45th year, the Flea, as it’s called among


Middleburg, Virginia • $10,500,000

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Oceanfront weddings are popular at the Summer House in Nantucket.

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Upperville, Virginia • $1,750,000

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world-class restaurant, sip wine as the sun goes down on the west end of the island, and wake up early to see it rise on the east end. And it’s easy to get across the islands: Martha’s Vineyard is about 20 miles long from tip to tip (and 87 square miles in its entirety), and Nantucket is only 14 (less than 50 square miles). Here’s a taste of what each has to offer.

Rectortown, Virginia • $775,000

Quaint village setting • Hardwood floors • 2 fireplaces • 3 bedrooms in main house, including a 1st floor Master Suite • Charming guest home • 3 stall barn • 3 acres.

Paul MacMahon

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locals and returning visitors, holds within its lively stalls everything from vintage clothing and wire statues to mounted animal heads and stained glass windows. At the Summer Vineyard Artisans Festival, the Historic Grange Hall in West Tisbury opens


Marshall, Virginia • $1,950,000

Historic property on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt • 1st floor master, den, grand salon, English kitchen with large DR & billiard room • 2nd kitchen/ bar leads to patio, pool & guest cottage • 7 stall barn adjoins 3 BR, 2 BA farm manager’s house.

Ann MacMahon Walter Woodson

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Leesburg, Virginia • $730,900

Circa 1760’s stone farm house on 6.45 acres • Beautiful wood floors, 4 wood burning fireplaces, country kitchen with granite countertops, bathrooms all updated • Fenced paddocks, two stables and a machine shed.

Margaret Carroll

(703) 609-1905

110 East Washington Street | Middleburg, Virginia 20117 (540) 687-5588

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IN COUNTRY for a weekly juried art show and fair. You can meet with more than 70 artisans, from weavers, potters and quilters, to jewelers, painters and furniture makers, many of whom hold demonstrations. The Featherstone Center for the Arts hosts a Flea and Arts Market throughout the summer, offering great selections for those on the island’s south side, along with classes, summer camps for children and events. This summer, camps range from painting and photography to silkscreen and printmaking. Special events include garden tea parties, the Featherstone’s annual gala, the third annual Potter’s Bowl and the Art of Chocolate Festival. While on the topic of festivals, the OB Harbor Festival at Oaks Bluff on June 16 brings together over 40 local and national vendors for one of the island’s most popular events. Local artists, craftsmen and antique dealers, as well as non-profit organizations offering a tempting array of baked goods, raffles and information about their causes, will be on hand. Live music on the deck at Nancy’s featuring Martha’s

Nantucket More than just a sister island to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket is a premier destination in its own right. “The Gray Lady,” one of the island’s nicknames, was once wealthy with the profits from the whaling industry; it is rich again with luxury real estate and outsiders from New York, D.C. and elsewhere. There are more intimate leisure activities than you could think about doing—golfing, tennis, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, historic architecture, museums, art galleries and events—and enough space to get away with doing nothing at all, if that suits you best. First of all, it holds within its small borders a web of gorgeous—and flat—biking paths. As the island is only 14 miles long by 3.5 miles wide, a cyclist can bike around the entire island in a day, while stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery, culture and cuisine. D.C.’s connection to the two islands is legendary, whether you are mentioning the Laythams, the Rubensteins or many others. During the summer, one just might bump into someone from the D.C. neighborhood. On Nantucket’s east side, Siasconset, the Summer Home with its cottages, houses and Beachside Bistro boasts the best oceanfront weddings. One of its other restaurants is by chef Todd English, Figs at 29 Fair, near Main Street. Locally, we have the likes of Smith Point, Jettie’s and Surfside restaurants from Bo Blair, who named them after spots in Nantucket.

Fishing Nantucket is a small-time fisherman’s mecca. Its coast is home to the entire array of famous New England seafood delicacies—all of which are also available cooked and ready to eat at any of the Nantucket’s Summer House offers cottages and beachside dining. first-class restaurants on the island. From striped bass and blue fish, to Vineyard’s favorite bands, and the Midsummer mussels, scallops, oysters and blue claw crabs, Faerie Festival will entertain all ages with mysti- you could catch enough to make an enviable cal storytelling and Celtic musicians. As always, clam chowder, bouillabaisse, or just host an old an abundance of native seafood and gourmet fashioned clambake for your new neighbors. treats await the festive gathering at this year’s Just make sure to check with the Nantucket’s Harbor Festival. Marine and Coastal Resources Department for information on potential fishing restrictions. Boating and Beaching Perhaps you’re more of the seagoing sort. Not Your Average Library Well, you’re still in luck. Martha’s Vineyard While a public library might not seem like has some of the most intimate and beautiful the most exciting place to visit on your summer oceanic activities around. Moonrise Kayak, for vacation, the Nantucket Atheneum is not your instance, shows you Martha’s Vineyard in a average library. This unique library plays a vital whole new light: moonlight. In celebration of role in the community, providing a wide variety the full moons of summer, Moonrise Kayak of cultural and educational services and events, gives you nighttime tours of the coast. With a as well as a fine picking of books, videos and guide, you will kayak out as the sun sets and the audio books. moon rises, absorbing the wonder and romance Among many events this summer, the of the region. Atheneum will be hosting a dance festival (July Kayak Quest lets you enjoy the Vineyard’s 24 – 28), featuring stars from the dance world Sengekontacket Pond at your own pace on a brought together by artistic director Benjamin self-guided tour, taking you on a journey with Millepied, a noted choreographer and former a series of clues to help you uncover the story New York City Ballet principal dancer. The of the pond’s people, places and wildlife. Your festival includes many free outreach events for quest ends after you find the hidden quest box. adults and children and culminates with two Good luck! evening performances on July 27 and July 28, Boat charters are also a popular island activ- which feature a dance program of classical and ity. Take a joyride for the afternoon or set sail contemporary ballet. ★ to explore the New England coast—either way, there is an endless selection of friendly and experienced guides ready to take you out on the waters.

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The Beltway of Giving

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he District is home to the nation’s highest percentage of urban green space. In fact, major parks like Rock Creek Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the National Mall account for nearly 20 percent of the land in the city. Hundreds of Washingtonians will join together to beautify these spaces on global Earth Day, April 22. In the last Beltway of Giving, I highlighted a number of upcoming awareness months that give citizens a reason to unite for a cause – but why limit these good efforts to just one day or one month? Throughout the year you can take the time to reduce our carbon footprint – from installing a green roof to recycling wine bottles and corks. The Beltway of Giving is not just about donating your money to a worthy cause, but also your time and becoming a well-educated citizen that can be a steward for a cause. Inside the classroom has proven to be the perfect setting to cultivate those stewards. The D.C.-based National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is working to increase environmental education within our nation’s schools through programs like Classroom Earth (www., an online resource designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans, and Environmental

Public Charter School in northwest D.C. agrees. “Currently schools are emphasizing environmental education in the curriculum of life science classes, through after-school clubs and activities, and by developing community service projects that promote going green,” said Dunham. “At Paul, we have had a GreenSchools! Club for several years, students have planted trees on campus, built garden beds during a community service day and we have hosted an all-school assembly to inform students about their carbon footprint.” Dunham encourages parents to focus on increasing their children’s awareness by using their everyday routines to explore environmental education issues. She recommends taking children to local farmers markets to discuss organic fruits and vegetables and create opportunities for their entire family to volunteer at community gardens. Consider taking the family for an environmental outing at a D.C.-area park this Earth Day or volunteer your time at one of the many local recycling and clean-up events.

How You Can Get Involved on Earth Day in D.C.

On Saturday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 2

p.m., join the Anacostia Watershed Society and other local organizations as they work to cleanup the Anacostia River and its tributaries in honor of Earth Day. Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers helped remove more than 42 tons of trash from the river. More details at www.

On Saturday, April 21st from 8:30 a.m.

Education Week taking place April 15 – 21st. Through these efforts, NEEF has created a network of teachers working to not only increase learning for their students, but also encourage more youth to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In fact, this year’s National Environmental Education Week’s 2012 theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. Part of NEEF’s environmental education outreach in the district includes a Be Water Wise partnership with 13 D.C. public schools that was launched in 2011. Be Water Wise engages partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to raise awareness of local water challenges and improve water conservation and stormwater management in school buildings and grounds. Diane Wood, president of NEEF, says the program has been a resounding success. “We want children to be more aware of how they are connected to the environment in the classroom and take those practices home,” said Wood. “Teachers are being rewarded for engaging their kids in the environment. If you offer something educational and fun to young people it hooks them and they want to learn more.” Jami Dunham, Head of School at Paul

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to 2 p.m., join the Student Conservation Association for an Earth Day clean-up at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Volunteers will plant 40 trees and remove invasive plant species at the Gardens, as well as assist with trash removal along the Anacostia watershed. Learn more at

On Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7

p.m., celebrate Earth Day on the National Mall: Mobilize the Earth. Visitors will hear top musical talent and view renewable energy demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Learn more at ★ Jade Floyd is a managing associate at a D.C.based international public relations firm and served on the board of directors for the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative for nearly five years. She is a frequent volunteer and host of fundraising events across the District, supporting arts, animal welfare and education programs.

Hope Connections for Cancer Support marked its fifth anniversary at its Celebration of Hope Gala at the World Bank. Founding board member Bob Fleshner was presented with the Celebration of Hope Award and Louis Weiner, M.D., director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the Partnership Award. Hope Connections for Cancer Support opened in 2007 in Bethesda as the Wellness Community–Greater Washington, D.C. It has since had more than 25,000 visits from cancer patients and caregivers who have participated in free support groups, educational workshops, mind/body classes and community programs.

Partnership of Hope Award recipient Dr. Louis Weiner and Paula Rothenberg, Hope Connections President & CEO Photo by Herb Perone

Partnership of Hope Award recipient Dr. Louis Weiner and Paula Rothenberg, Hope Connections President & CEO Photo by Herb Perone

Helen Hayes Nominees Feted BY M ARY BIR D

Mickey’s Backstage at Rivers at the Watergate and theatreWashington celebrated the 28th Helen Hayes Award nominees Apr. 9. Immersed in theatre, theatreWashington board chairman Victor Shargai said his relocation to Washington was “partly to get away from theatre.” Little did he imagine the vibrancy that makes our stages second only to Broadway. The awards will be presented Apr. 23. Nominee Ricardo Frederick Evans and Mark Hairston

A Taste of Iceland at Ris BY M ARY BIR D On Apr. 11, Ris restaurant hosted a media sneak peek of a multi-day event celebrating Iceland and its cuisine, spearheaded by award-winning chef Thrainn Fryr. Newly appointed Ambassador Gudmundur A. Stefansson quipped that, following an economic setback, Iceland was “getting out of the woods.” He went on to share that it was no surprise as Iceland has no woods. Ris featured a menu that included a “Reykjavik 101” cocktail that no doubt inspired the imbibers to hop on Icelandair for a dip in the geothermal Blue Lagoon.

Scan the QR code or visit to see an Infographic provided by NEEF.

Chef Thrainn Freyr, Kelly Greene, Icelandic Ambassador Gudmundur Stefansson

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Mexican Embassy Hosts Noche de Pasión 2012 Supporters BY MA RY BIRD

April 19 - 22

30th Anniversary

Preview Night Benefit April 18

As Ambassador and Mrs. Sarukhan hosted supporters of Noche de Pasión 2012 at a special evening for the Washington Ballet’s final program of the season at their residence on Apr. 3, the ambassador cautioned, “Practice your Spanish.” The event co-chaired by Pilar Frank-O’Leary and Isabel de la Cruz Ernst on May 11 will benefit the Hispanic artists and community engagement programs of the Washington Ballet. The ambassador said that giving back to the community was a “no brainer.”

Executive Director Peter Branch, Manager of Institutional Giving Liz Pelcyger

Smithsonian Craft Show

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Veronica and Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan

McLean Orchestra Venetian Masquerade Ball

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Holly Sadeghian, Co-Chair Sybil Caldwell

Under the patronage of honorary chairs Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero, the McLean Orchestra celebrated its 40th anniversary at a Venetian Masquerade Ball at the Italian Embassy on Apr.14. Masked guests enjoyed an evening featuring a silent and live auction, elegant cuisine by Ridgewells and entertainment by tenor Antonio Giuliano and “The Elegant DJ” Ed Witles. The orchestra’s free community concerts are designed to acquaint new audiences of all ages with classical music.

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Upcoming Galas APRIL 20 57th Annual Corcoran Ball

Dining and dancing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art gloriously decorated by Jack Lucky Floral designs. The ball is hosted by Ambassador François and Mrs. Sophie L’Helias Delattre. Artist Sam Gilliam is honorary chair. Proceeds benefit the Corcoran and its College of Art + Design. Additional information at 202-639-1873 or

APRIL 20 MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Las Vegas Night Benefit

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will host its 3rd annual La Vegas Night benefit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The benefit will feature roulette, black jack and craps tables. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the evening. All proceeds support the network’s many programs, helping those with disabilities including brain, spinal cord injuries and stroke. To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets, call 202-877-1781 or visit

APRIL 21 Washington Performing Arts Society Gala and Auction

Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and his wife Yoriko are honorary diplomatic chairs of the evening at the Marriott Wardman Park which benefits WPAS programs and community outreach. Broadway headliner Brian

Stokes Mitchell will perform. Additional information at 202-228-929 or

APRIL 26 The Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland Ball

This always over-the-top spring gala at the Mellon Auditorium benefits the Ballet’s community activities including DanceDC and programs at THEARC in Anacostia. To learn more, call 202-362-3606 or visit

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Fashion for Paws Wags D.C. BY R OBERT D EVAN EY AL L PH OTOS BY JEFF MALET WWW.M AL ETPH OTO.C OM The sixth annual Fashion for Paws filled the National Building Museum April 14 with at least 1,700 guests, many of whom are your Facebook friends, and raised about $700,000 for the Washington Humane Society. The popular runway party, with fashions from Tysons Galleria, snagged Marie Osmond as its honorary chair. In town for the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, Osmond adopted a puppy, George, and reminded the crowd: “I love animals. I grew up with brothers.”

Marie Osmond

Twenty-fifth gala Les Jardins de Bagatelle auction and gala showcasing the current exhibit Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections with dinner and dancing in the Great Hall. Contact 202-266-2815 or

FIDM Model Chelsea Taylore The bright orange hooded cape for model dog Kiki was created by Ralph Prado.

MAY 3 Family Matters Annual Fundraiser & Awards Benefit

Family Matters of Greater Washington celebrates 130 years of social service at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more information, contact Rachel Linge at 202-289-1510, ext. 1186 or at

Sarah Linden, Dr. Simon Mates,Stacey Lima (Executive Assistant, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Norine Fuller (Executive Director, FIDM Washington D.C.) Photo by Jeff Malet |

Luigi Parasmo BY M IC H EL L E KIN GSTO N With over 30 years of experience, Luigi Parasmo opened his own namesake salon in Georgetown last week. Parasmo, who was born in Rome, Italy, has styled for iconic brands such as Valentino, Armani, D&G, and Versace during Fashion Week Milan, and Tory Burch and Thyphoon at Fashion Week New York. He has lived in D.C. for 20 years now and has previously worked at Watergate, Erin Gomez and Toka Salon.

Parasmo with special guests, Alison Starling (ABC 7), Dr. Ayman Hakki (celebrity plastic surgeon) and Peter Alexander (NBC) at the grand opening reception who helped celebrate Parasmo and his stylists with Belvedere Lemon Tea cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Neyla.

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1&2. Dancers from Tamagusuku Ryu-Hirae Kinjo Ryubu

Dojo of Okinawa perform traditional folk dance at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument on April 8.

3. Japanese themed baloons float above Constitution Ave. for the Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14.

4. Lacey Sargent is a member of the Eastern Shore Opti-

mists Club from Alabama at the Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14.


The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. performs at the Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14.

6. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama appear on the White House balcony with the Easter Bunny on April 9.

7. President Barack Obama greets the kids on the South


Lawn for the egg roll on April 9. The 134th annual White House Egg Roll attracted over 30,000 visitors to the White House South Lawn for a day of racing, reading and fun. The theme of this year’s egg roll was “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” which was modeled after the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.




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The Georgetowner's April 18,2012 Issue  

The Georgetowner's April 18th issue features Smithsonian Craft Show, MBAs and Summer Camps, and our annual Green Issue.