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Spectacular Federal with 4 levels in the East Village. Impeccably designed and restored. Double parlors, formal dining room, full master suite with sitting room and en suite bath. Chef ’s kitchen with French doors leading to private garden. 6 fireplaces, original hardwood floors, 5BR, 4 baths, 2 powder rooms, elevator and private drive for tandem parking. $3,798,000.
Built by a noted architect and builder, this eightyear-old stucco residence has clean and modern lines throughout with high ceilings and detailed moldings and finish work. There are wonderful open spaces that flow from room to room for private and formal entertaining. Features include a gourmet kitchen opening to a family room, separate library, media room, wine cellar and a luxurious master suite. $3,595,000.
This 6 BR residence is sited across from beautiful Battery Kemble Park on Chain Bridge Road, an exclusive and sought-after street in Kent. With recent addition and exquisite renovations, this residence offers over 6,000 sf of living/ entertaining space on four finished levels, and a shared tennis court and pool. $2,975,000.
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In this issue of The Georgetowner, we celebrate Father’s Day, remember our fathers and honor the qualities and virtues of fatherhood. It’s an especially poignant time for us at the Georgetowner because my sister, Susan, and I lost our much loved father, Owen G. Bernhardt. Dad died on March 24 after a long, arduous and painfilled, but also life-filled, struggle with leukemia.
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It has not been long enough to acquire a distance from his passing and to continue to acquire inspiration from his life and his role as my father. When you think about the loss of a loved one and try to talk about it, it seems almost surprising to see just how rich, unique and original a tapestry he had created with his life. He was always our father, and we tended to look at him, respond to him and see him in that way. He was also a husband to our mother, Pilar, with whom he shared a remarkably deep and enduring 43-year marriage. She passed away at 62, much too young to lose, in 2002. Together, they formed an enduring marriage and partnership and made each other complete. He was an absolutely doting grandfather to Elisa, now 13, and Stefan, now 11, my niece and nephew, my sister’s children. He was more than that: of Swiss, German and
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Russian stock, he grew up on a farm in the smalltown world of heartland Kansas with a childhood spent during the American Depression. He had some of that quiet, almost stoic, demeanor that might be typical of both his background and generation, but he was also warm, energetic, optimistic and strong and steady. His was the voice I knew that would listen to my plans, my hopes and fears, and he would hear me out, offer advice, and be totally supportive, no matter how crazy the idea or project. That included my foray into newspaper publishing by acquiring the Georgetowner newspaper. I know in my heart that the success we’ve had would not have happened without his support, without that steady voice on the phone, in person and now in spirit. His own career was varied and — combined with his first enduring marriage to my mom — original and even colorful. He came from a large family of 11 children. At first, he dutifully took on the role of managing the family farm but ruefully discovered that perhaps he was not meant to be a farmer. Instead, he enlisted in the Air Force, a decision that landed him in Spain attached to the Air Ministry in Madrid in 1956 where he met my mother. He was an enlisted man but operated among the highest ranks. He served in Vietnam and acquired a Bronze Star. At the Pentagon, he
had a successful career that made him travel to most places in the world. My father had a keen curiosity about people, about everything he came in contact with. He was one of those hidden experts who knew a lot about some very specific things, and at least a little about most other things, a good quality for the father of two daughters to have. He played tennis with passion and loved sports, and his favorite football team remained the Kansas City Chiefs. Mostly, I miss his expertise about life. Even when he was struggling with his illness, which at one point left him without a viable immune system, he remained a visible presence in his own life—and ours. Until the end, he had that unique skip in his gait that told everyone that everything was going to be fantastic. On Father’s Day, I miss my dad, Owen Bernhardt, a lot. I know that everyone else who knew him more than casually does, too. On Father’s Day, I remember my father and here at the Georgetowner, we remember and celebrate the life of all the dads, ever, and ask you to do the same. — Sonya Bernhardt, publisher
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After months of contentious discussions, private and public meetings and news coverage on Georgetown University’s 2010-2020 campus plan, the town-gown relationship of the oldest neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in America has been reset and has become collegial. The war is over. Peace has been declared. Discussions continue: a special meeting is set for June 14. “This is an extraordinary event in the life of our community, and it’s very promising. We have found a way -- the community and the university, together -- that offers a new cooperative spirit and real results on issues that have divided us for years.” So said Ron Lewis, chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, at a sunlit media announcement at the intersection of 36th and P Streets, N.W., just outside the university’s main campus June 6. Assembled at the peace-treaty-like setting were Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, Georgetown University President John DeGioia, the Office of Planning’s Jennifer Steingasser, peacemaker Don Edwards and other advisory neighborhood commissioners and university officials as well as Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall neighborhood leaders.
Praise rang all around between the players in this conflict resolution. Said Gray: “What they have done is developed a prototype and set a precedent for how these issues are to be dealt with in the future.” Evans called the mayor “a miracle worker.” DeGioia called the agreement “exciting” and noted that it “reset the relationship” between the neighborhood and the university. “Without the mayor,” DeGioia continued, “this moment would not be possible.” Lewis ended the announcement, saying that details would be issued the next day. And here they are, according to ANC2E, issued June 7: Key elements of the revised plan – • A new collegial partnership of senior GU leadership and community representatives – the Georgetown Community Partnership – to work toward making the Campus Plan a success and to work together on planning for the future • A Campus Plan for a seven-year term, beginning January 1, 2011, and ending December 31, 2017 • 450 more undergraduates housed on campus at the Leavey Center and other on campus locations by Fall 2015, including 65 moved from the “Magis Row” townhouses on 36th Street NW and housed on campus by Fall 2013 so that the “Magis Row” townhouses can transition to faculty and staff housing or daytime administrative offices • Undergraduate enrollment to remain at a maximum of 6,675 and total enrollment at the main campus over the Campus Plan period to be a maximum of 14,106 students; and a new, more accurate method for measuring enrollment semester-by-semester • New emphasis on a living and learning
Mayor Vincent Gray at podium praises Advisory Neighborhood Commission members Jeff Jones, Bill Starrels and Ron Lewis as Councilman Jack Evans and Georgetown’s president John DeGioia stand at his side. campus that centralizes student social life on campus • Clear standards for appropriate off-campus behavior and a results-based system for maintaining the peaceful, quiet atmosphere of our residential neighborhoods • Significantly improved measures for relieving parking and traffic congestion from GU traffic • A new commitment to explore providing university-sponsored graduate student housing outside the Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall communities. • Acknowledgement of long-term goals of the community and GU (attached) for the future, including a new satellite campus of up to 100 acres located elsewhere; at least 90 percent
of undergraduates living on campus by Fall 2025 (an additional 244 beds); cooperating in developing and implementing a 20 year campus plan following on the success of the 2011-2017 plan; and the mutual goal of “a collegial and harmonious relationship between the University and the community to address future plans and common issues in an effective, creative and lasting way” Further details of the proposed Campus Plan are available on the ANC 2E website, anc2e.com. ANC 2E will hold a special public meeting to consider the proposed revised GU Campus Plan on Thursday, June 14, 6:30 p.m., at Georgetown Visitation Prep, 35th Street NW at Volta Place, N.W. Continued on page 9
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D.C. Political Corruption? Get a Grip, People There has been a lot of media head-scratching, pondering, pandering and pontification, and deep thinking about a so-called culture of corruption in District of Columbia politics. You can hardly blame folks for thinking along those lines: I mean, look what’s happened. Just last week, after a lengthy investigation into his financial activities, District Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigned his position and pleaded guilty to a felony bank fraud charge and a misdemeanor charge. Earlier, the federal investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray’s mayoral campaign, produced two guilty pleas from campaign aides for making illegal campaign contributions to a third and minor candidate, which has been the subject of investigations since almost the beginning of Gray’s term. The federal investigation is still in progress, resulting in a gloomy, expectant political atmosphere about what else may be coming. Everyone is hearing the sound of shoes dropping. In the spring, Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr., pleaded guilty to embezzling $350,000 of money meant for nonprofit youth programs and was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge. The name of former “mayor for life” Marion Barry, now and perhaps for always Ward 8 Councilman came up often in discussions. Barry, after all, went to jail on a single drug charge after a tumultuous, divisive trial and then returned to become mayor yet again People are now talking about all of that as if it was one big bag of bad coals, a black mark for D.C. politics. There are fears that Congress will take up its anti-D.C. cudgel again and beat down home rule. It’s always trendy to see trends where none exist. But let’s take a look at things. Mayor Barry’s history in this city—and it’s a history of great accomplishments as well as transgressions, past and
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continuing —is fit subject for a novel, but not any part of a trend. Vincent Gray’s election was supposed to be about bringing the city together: “One City,” remember? But his problems are about his election, or more accurately, his election campaign. What we know is that his aides, at the very least, lacked any sort of respect for the electoral process and were none too sharp in how they went about it, enlisting a known political loose cannon to assist them. The acts of Brown and Thomas destroyed two promising political careers and the faith their communities had in them. It’s not fair, however, to suggest that what has happened—and that includes Barry—is indicative of the D.C. political culture, which grew out of the late arrival of home rule in the 1970s. The city was lucky, in fact, to have for a first mayor a man like Walter Washington, who had size, common sense and authority to which every D.C. candidate for anything ought to aspire. We’ve had what were basically successful terms as mayor by Anthony Williams, the sometimes maligned but very pragmatic, effective and even visionary mayor, who changed the D.C. landscape in his two terms. Williams was not especially popular with the public, but won two terms easily, in spite of not having a natural gift for politics. There are plenty of good and fine people on the current council, as there have been in the past—chairpersons like John Wilson, Linda Cropp, David Clarke, and Gray, the popular Republican Carol Schwartz, Bill Lightfoot, Hilda Mason, and others, none of whom came close to dishonoring their offices. So, we should get a grip. We might remember one other thing, besides the problems of lacking statehood: It’s that often you get the government you deserve. And when you repeatedly have miniscule and embarrassing voter turnouts that send individuals to the council, or to high office, then maybe the results that we see now should not be so surprising. ★
A NEW ERA BEGINS FOR GEORGETOWN The setting was dramatic and unexpected. Mayor Vincent Gray with neighborhood and Georgetown University leaders next to him announcing that peace was at hand in the on-going G.U. Campus Plan debate. They stood on P Street, a block from the campus. After two months of negotiations, the plan was revised with agreement from all sides. The fight was over. Again, unexpected. “I firmly believe that we have developed a proposal that will go a long way towards alleviating many of the adverse impacts we experience living in such close proximity to the university,” said Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. “This is a genuine compromise whereby neither side got 100 percent of what it wanted, but we are all pleased with the outcome.” Key details include moving more students onto the main campus (at least 450 students); a new Georgetown Community Partnership, comprised of neighborhood and university representatives; a push to make the campus more attractive to students with a new student center or pub and a policy to make it easier for in-dorm parties; moving the School of Continuing Studies to a new downtown campus (not yet found); capping the undergrad headcount at 6,675. Also on the list for the future: a new 100-acre campus, supposedly for most of the university’s graduate programs. Ditto: Finding housing graduate students outside Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall. For some students, the phrase used by CAG -- “Living off-cam-
pus will be a privilege not a right” -- is troublesome. They should be aware that it is up to the university to enforce such a restriction and not the city. As for the dramatic, it came from an unexpected source, Ron Lewis, chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, who said: “This is an extraordinary event in the life of our community, and it’s very promising. We have found a way -- the community and the university, together -- that offers a new cooperative spirit and real results on issues that have divided us for years.” Mayor Gray added to the dramatic and to what will now be expected: “What they have done is developed a prototype and set a precedent for how these issues are to be dealt with in the future.” Something dramatic clicked in the heads of those involved, and we have yet to sit down with the expert in “alternative dispute resolution.” But it is also gratifying to see that some of the advice issued on this matter in these pages over the last year have been taken to heart. Whether it was that the university think beyond its own bubble as well as the neighborhood appreciating the college presence and its benefits and drop the demand for all undergraduates to live on the campus, we cannot be sure. We do know that a line of cooperation has been joined and should not be cut and that the university’s motto -- “Utraque Unum” -- translated as “both and one” moves in the background as a guide to this new relationship between town and gown.★
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Given recent events and the attendant media scrutiny on the Council, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the positive things our government is doing and assure you all that I will continue to work hard for my constituents and the city as a whole. On Tuesday, June 5, the Council had its second and final vote on the Budget Support Act, and I think that it was a definitive improvement over last year’s budget and I want to highlight a few areas of interest. First, I was pleased that this year’s budget proposal included no tax increases. One of the primary reasons I was unable to support last year’s budget was the inclusion of unnecessary tax increases to support our ever-expanding government. I believe the Mayor and my colleagues should find efficiencies within the agencies they oversee rather than asking our residents to pay continually higher taxes in the face of a recession. We are the only local government in the country to continue to pass the largest budget in our history every year despite the economic slowdown. Within my committee, for example, I was able, in consultation with our Chief Financial Officer, to identify millions of dollars of unallocated funding through savings achieved in the Gallery Place tax increment refinancing. I was pleased to allocate some of these funds toward enhanced arts programming, which fills a gap in our public education system and supports our small business community. I also recommended additional funding toward marketing dollars that encourages additional tourism in the District. Studies have shown that both of these uses of government funds generate several dollars in new tax revenues for each dollar spent, which increases the pool of money we have for other items of importance to me, such as our libraries, parks, public safety, and education. Another very positive development is that we were able to push back the implementation of the municipal bond tax another year. If you recall, the initial bond tax proposal initially considered last year would have been retroactive to interest earned on or after January 1, 2011. This was a shocking and unfair proposal. After some amendments, the tax was subsequently set to go into effect for interest earned on or after January 1, 2012, to be included in one’s tax filing in the spring of 2013 if a taxpayer files on an annual basis. As a result of the fiscal year 2012 supplemental budget bill, which we also passed on Tuesday, we were able to push back implementation an additional year, to interest earned beginning January 1, 2013, for inclusion in your tax filing in the spring of 2014. This is great in and of itself, as it provides relief for another year of this tax, and it also gives us another opportunity to seek to fully repeal the tax in next year’s budget prior to it taking effect. While I was disappointed that the municipal bond tax was not fully repealed in the budget, particularly after I had identified approximately $800,000 of the $1.1 million necessary for this repeal within my own committee, I am still hopeful for full repeal the next time we revisit the budget. Thank you for all your letters of support during this difficult time, and let me again commit to you that our work will remain uninterrupted as we move forward with selecting an interim Council Chair pending a special election. ★
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TOWN TOPICS Cont’d from page 7 Citizens Re-elect Officers, Present Awards at Annual Meeting
The Citizens Association of Georgetown re-elected its officer and directors May 30 at Dumbarton House, as Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans assisted with its awards ceremony. The annual CAG awards were presented to Nancy Taylor Bubes, Karen Daly, Ron Lewis and Ruth Werner. Gray talked about the campus plan agreement with Georgetown University which was made public a week after CAG’s meeting and also touted the District government dedication to customer service. Evans, one of whose staffers received an award, said, “Citizen participation, exemplified by the award recipients, remains a major force in making Georgetown the unique place it is.” Awardees approached the podium in following order: Ron Lewis, chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, received the Captain Peter Belin Award for Distinguished Service. Lewis “patiently orchestrated the G.U.-community relations discussions” and “has been instrumental in securing city services.” Karen Daly, executive director of Dumbarton House, received the Bill Cochran Award for Exceptional Efforts to Protect and Enhance Parkland and Architectural Resources. Daly “has significantly increased the public programming at Dumbarton House” and “seen museum attendance surge by 75 percent” over two years. Ruth Werner, community liasion between the District Council and the Office of Jack Evans and Georgetown, received the Charles Atherton Award for Exceptional Service by a Public-Sector Professional. Werner “works tirelessly to improve, preserve and protect historic Georgetown” and “was central in identifying additional funding for . . . Georgetown Waterfront Park.” Nancy Taylor Bubes, a top real estate agent at Washington Fine Properties, received the Martin-Davidson Award for an Outstanding Business. Bubes “actively supports numerous organizations. [Volta Park, Rose Park, Georgetown Village] . . . Her ability to connect businesses and newcomers is unparalleled.” The CAG slate remains: Jennifer Altemus, president; Luca Pivato, vice president; Topher Mathews, secretary; Bob Laycock, treasurer -with directors, Diane Colasanto, Hazel Denton, Bob vom Eigen and Pamla Moore.
INS& OUT DMV to Return to Georgetown Park
The Georgetown office of D.C.’s Department of Motor Vehicles, formerly located in the lower level of the Shops at Georgetown Park, that closed May 19 will return to the M Street shopping mall, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans announced at the May 30 annual awards and election meeting of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. At the time of the DMV’s closure, it was not certain that an office would return to Georgetown. Evans said that there would be a new DMV office in the mall in less than
a year, when renovations are completed, in agreement with the Georgetown Park landlord. Mayor Vincent Gray, who also addressed the Citizens meeting, called the future return of the DMV to the neighborhood as showing how the District government provides “customer service” to its citizens. On June 4, the DMV will open a temporary service center at 301 C Street, N.W., where its Office of Adjudication Services is also located; hours of operations are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. For other locations and questions, visit DMV.DC.gov.
Moser, founder and president of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. “Please know we remain committed to the Washington, D.C., and suburban Virginia and Maryland markets and hope to find a suitable new location. In the interim, our shop remains vibrant and rest assured that current and future orders and scheduled deliveries will not be impacted by this change. We will continue to actively support our customers through our Customer Care Center in Freeport, Maine.”
Historic Pie Company Is Reborn in D.C.
After a February 2011 debut, the HomeMade Pizza Co. store at 1826 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., near Safeway has closed. Other D.C. store locations remain: Chevy Chase, Spring
“It is an honor and with great pride that we announce that the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Baking Company will make its historical return to Washington, D.C., at the Taste of Georgetown,” stated Mike Copperthite, descendant of a family business started in the 1880s, the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Co., which cornered the market on pies. The company baked pies on 32nd Street, recounted the enthusiastic Copperthite, who plans to set up shop in town again. “In anticipation of a fall opening of retail store to be called Shut Your Pie Hole -- ZipYourPieHole.com.” Tasters agreed that the Copperthite pies were filled with flavor -- and that the company was full of history. More to come. Welcome back.
Charles Luck Stone Center Opens on 34th Street at C&O Canal
Richmond-based specialty stone center, Charles Luck has opening its first D.C. location at Cady’s Alley. Built in the late 1800s as a stable, the two-story building – overlooking the C&O Canal – has just more than 700 square feet of showroom space downstairs. (It once belonged to brewmaster Gary Heurich.) “We have a prime location,” said Anderson McNeill, president of Charles Luck Stone Centers, who is enthusiastic about the neighborhood. An opening party at the store on June 13 said hello to Georgetown. “The stone center is a source of inspiration and features distinctive products for style-minded homeowners, a destination for those whose passion for beautiful stone.” Selling stone architectural elements, such as countertops, interior and exterior walls, pathways, furniture and accessories, Charles Luck takes its place in Georgetown’s design area. “We’re also excited to join the ranks with other style-minded neighbors, including Ann Sacks, Baker Furniture, Boffi, Janus et Cie, Design within Reach, Poggenpohl and Waterworks, to name a few,” Anderson said.
Thos. Moser Shuts M Street Store, Plans Another in Area
Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers closed its D.C. showroom on M Street June 9. It is expected that Intermix clothing will set up shop at the empty space soon. “We have enjoyed our present location at 3300 M Street for nearly ten years, and we are very grateful for all the customers who have supported us during this time. However, as our lease nears its expiration, we have made the difficult decision to close,” wrote Thomas
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Members of Long & Foster executive team, George Eastman, Wes Foster and Gary Scott, along with Jean Josefson representing Centreville United Methodist Church and the You Feed Others program. ture,” said Wes Foster, chairman and CEO of the office. “Last week, we hosted a lunch for the Long & Foster Companies, which also donates Georgetown Senior Center. It was such a great to Levine Music School, Washington Ballet, experience for both the seniors and the realtors.” There are others, of course, but these four Studio Theatre, AmeriCares and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. “Many charities and local organi- real estate companies contribute by working zations are struggling as a result of the continued with local charities to create a change for the better. pressure on the economy.” With their donations and volunteering, “We aim to be involved locally at least once a month by bringing the office into areas where Coldwell Banker, TTR Sotheby’s International our efforts are needed,” said Stacy Berman, Realty, Washington Fine Properties and Long & branch manager of Long & Foster’s Georgetown Foster Real Estate have all made a difference.★
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ith mortgage interest rates bouncing off all-time lows and house prices near recessionary levels, this is a great time to buy a house or condominium. The National Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index rose to its highest level ever in the first quarter of 2012. The index measures median home prices, median family incomes and average mortgage interest rates. The index rose to 205.9 in the first quarter, the first time the index was above 200. The index has been tracked since 1970. NAR president Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami, says market conditions are optimal for homebuyers: “For those with good credit, we’ve never seen better housing affordability conditions or market opportunities than we see at present.” He adds, “although home prices are stabilizing and sales are rising, some buyers still have to jump through a lot of hoops to convince a lender that they are creditworthy, even for a mortgage that would be well within their means. This is especially true for self-employed buyers.” The comments by the NAR president explain why it is important for homebuyers to be pre-approved for a loan. There are a few basic reasons why a pre-approval makes sense. First, with a pre-approval, the prospective buyer will find out how much of a mortgage he or she can qualify for and afford. The old affordability ratios have changed. Credit requirements are more stringent and can affect interest rates. Documentation standards have changed, as well.
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IN THE VIRGINIAS The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia In the small community of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., nestled safely within the Allegheny Mountains, lies one of this country’s most longstanding and luxurious resorts. Since 1778, the Greenbrier has hosted distinguished guests from around the world, setting the standard for luxury accommodations nationwide, while continually reinventing itself. Once known by the Southern elite as the “Queen of the Watering Places,” this sprawling estate in the lush foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast. With the very best of comfort and accom-
modations, spa treatments, leisure pursuits and world-class cuisine, the Greenbrier brings together all the luxuries of the world’s finest resorts with the distinct history and character of the region. There is an endless variety of cottages and suites, such as intimate single guest houses and seven-room suites, equipped with wood-burning fireplaces, private porches and patios overlooking the surrounding area. Once you settle in, the Greenbrier offers enough activities to keep guests returning with every season. The highlight is the resort’s collection of four 18-hole signature golf courses, all of which compliment the surrounding mountainous landscape. The championship courses—the Old White TPC, the Greenbrier, the Meadows and the Snead, a private residents-only course—are designed to challenge and captivate golfers of every skill level. The resort also features a full-service clubhouse, award-winning golf shop and expert instruction by the Greenbrier Golf Academy. The resort’s 40,000-square-foot luxury spa is another signature offering, providing an elegant setting to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Relax in a whirlpool bath or soak up the healing properties of the native sulphur waters. With their wealth of exclusive spa treatments, there are endless reasons to visit this award-winning spa. For more information, visit www.Greenbrier.com
seaside destination to rusticate and rejuvenate away from the urban tumult. Bordered by the Potomac River to the north, the Rappahannock River to the south, and Chesapeake Bay to the east, the Tides Inn provides a luxury resort setting that is quintessentially Delmarvan. Located in historic Irvington, Va., history buffs will appreciate the opportunity to experience our nation’s heritage first-hand at the Tides. From the struggle for independence to the steamboat era, from 18th-century gardens to 21st-century artisans, the area surrounding the Tides Inn hotel in Virginia is full of historic excitement. The Tides offers a “Girlfriend Getaway,” for friends to enjoy a variety of activities, such as touring the local wine trail, relaxing at the spa and enjoying the Tides Inn’s cuisine and cocktails. For outdoor enthusiasts, the resort and spa destination includes the beautiful new Tides Marina, the 18-hole Golden Eagle Golf Course, as well as sailing opportunities, where you can set sail around Carters Creek and the Rappahannock River. The on-site sailing school at the Tides offers a four-day basic keelboat course that leads to sailing certification. There are also shorter sailing classes for various interests, and everyone in the family can find a Chesapeake Bay sailing course created just for them. For more information, visit www. TidesInn.com.
Washingtonian beach destination. Within walking distance of the unparalleled sand, surf and tranquil waters of the sound, the Sanderling Resort gives you the best of hospitality and Carolina character. Of course, staying at the Sanderling has other benefits as well, including access to the Pine Island Racquet and Fitness Club and the Currituck Golf Club. This is a great place to take the family. Among many beachside attractions, the 3,400acre Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary, adjacent to the Sanderling, is a favorite resting spot of countless regional beachside bird families (When summer ends in a few months, dozens of species of migrating geese and ducks descend on Currituck Sound, providing spectacular autumn bird watching). The Sanderling’s Eco-Center offers kayak tours of the preserve, and walking paths through the sanctuary are open to the public year-round. Couple that with beachfront access, great local seafood and the fresh salty air, and you can keep you and your family happy for weeks. For more information, visit www. TheSanderling.com. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, South Carolina This is an easy weekend getaway from Washington. Truly one of America’s most luxurious resorts, it is located along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina. This exquisite hotel is only 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, which captures the spirit, history and charm of southern hospitality and some of the best southern comfort food there is—barbeque shrimp and grits are not to be missed. With its 255 gracious guestrooms and suites, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is
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Lake Placid Lodge perhaps the finest oceanfront hotel built on the East Coast in the past 20 years. Each spacious room features luxurious five fixture baths, large marble showers, dual vanities, private water closets, shuttered bathroom windows and ocean view balconies. A private concierge level offers exclusive, personalized services and private elevator access, while the concierge club features unmatched culinary offerings throughout the day. Families and adults can enjoy two oceanfront pools. Kiawah Island is a golfer’s paradise with five competitively designed master golf courses. In fact, three of Kiawah Island’s golf courses ranked on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Top 75 Resort Courses,” and Conde Nast Traveler listed the resort among the top “50 Golf Resorts Worldwide.” For more information, visit www. KiawahResort.com.
Lake Placid Lodge Lake Placid, New York In 1882, a German family built themselves a rustic camp from which they could enjoy the dramatic view of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. This remained a private residence until 1946, when the property was sold and reopened as a hotel. Today, the front hall is a classic Adirondack interior, with a welcoming stone fireplace, furniture crafted in the distinctive regional Adirondack style and a stairwell filled by a towering birch tree. There are thirteen rooms and seventeen luxurious cabins at the water’s edge, and the woods, water and sun enfold the Lodge. The main lodge is full of spaces that are just as cozy and appealing. Artisans, the formal dining room, offer a seasonal New American menu. Wood-paneled Maggie’s Pub, with its fireplace and tables set by the windows, is just the place for a first-rate burger and a pint of the locally brewed Ubu Ale. Whether you prefer to curl up in front of a fireplace and take on the challenge of a handcrafted Stave puzzle or decide to hike one of the ancient Adirondack trails, the choices are many. And warmer weather brings endless adventures. Take a tour of Lake Placid aboard the 35-foot mahogany Hacker-Craft, go swimming or fishing, kayaking or canoeing or captain your own boat. Lake Placid is one of the cleanest springfed lakes in New York. Lake Placid Lodge is an iconic American resort. For more information, visit www.LakePlacidLodge.com.★
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Your Dining Guide to Washington DC’s Finest
1226 36th St, NW With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available. Open seven nights a week. Jackets suggested. Complimentary valet parking. www.1789restaurant.com
3000 K St NW (One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres) Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering. www.bangkokjoes.com
3124-28 M St NW A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken); Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es); Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes; and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com
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1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. www.bistrotlepic.com
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3205 K St, NW (est.1967) A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/ saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Late night dining (until midnight Sun.-Thu., 1A.M. Fri-Sat) Champagne brunch served Sat. & Sun. until 4P.M. Open Mon-Thu 11:30A.M.-2A.M. Fri-Sat 11:30A.M.-3A.M.Sun 11A.M.-2A.M.Kids’ Menu Available. Overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park ChadwicksRestaurants.com
One Washington Circle, NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen.
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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 3100 South Street, NW, Degrees Bistro features a traditional French bistro menu with an innovative cocktail and wine list. The restaurant design complements the industrial chic style of The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, and welcomes diners to unwind in the simple, modern comfort of a neighborhood eatery while enjoying a savory lunch or dinner at the hip bar or in one of the stylish banquettes. www.ritzcarlton.com/ georgetown
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Featuring Happy Hour weekdays from 5pm-7pm, live music every Saturday from 8pm12midnight, and an a la carte Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Open dailyfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(The Latham Hotel) 3000 M St, NW Internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Michel Richard creates magic with fresh and innovative American-French Cuisine, an exceptional wine list and stylish ambiance. Open for Dinner. Valet parking. www.citronelledc.com
3236 M St, NW This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch. Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts. www.clydes.com
1522 Wisconsin Ave Captivating customers since 2003 Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C! Other can’t miss attributes are; the famous weekend brunch every Sat and Sun until 3pm, our late night weekend hours serving sweet & savory crepes until 1 am Fri-Sat evenings & the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon! www.cafebonaparte.com (202) 333-8830
1310 Wisconsin Ave., NW Reminiscent of the classic American Grills, Daily Grill is best known for its large portions of fresh seasonal fare including Steaks & Chops, Cobb Salad, Meatloaf and Warm Berry Cobbler. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Visit our other locations at 18th & M Sts NW and Tysons Corner. www.dailygrill.com
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. www.filomena.com
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3251 Prospect St. NW Authentic Thai food in the heart of Georgetown. The warm atmosphere, attentive service, and variety of wines and cocktails in this contemporary establishment only add to the rich culture and authentic cuisine inspired by Thailand. With an array of authentic dishes, from Lahb Gai (spicy chicken salad) and Pad Thai, to contemporary dishes like Panang soft shell crab and papaya salad, the dynamic menu and spectacular drinks will have you coming back time and time again. HAPPY HOUR 3:30 - 6PM www.maithai.com (202) 337-1010
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3251 Prospect St. NW Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life. The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington DC is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, DC - a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm (202) 625-2740
3000 K St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html
1201 F St, NW Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in , DC, “this cosmopolitan”send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here. Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11:30am-5pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm. Fri & Sat 5-11pm. Sun-5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com (202) 347-2277
1054 31st St, NW Lovers of seafood can always find something to tempt the palette at the Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar. Sea Catch offers fresh seafood “simply prepared” in a relaxed atmosphere. Overlooking the historic C&O Canal, we offer seasonal fireside and outdoor dining. Private party space available for 15 - 300 Complimentary parking Lunch Mon. -Sat. 11:30am -3pm Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5:30pm -10pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Mon. - Fri. 5 -7pm www.seacatchrestaurant.com (202) 337-8855
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hen the weather gets warm my taste for red wine changes (although I am sipping a beautiful La Linda Malbec in this first week of June, as I write this), the wine that satisfies the need for fruit and complexity is Rosé aka “Blush,” “Rosato” in Italy, or “Rosado” in Spain. What is Rosé Rosé is a wine style. It is made from the same red wine grapes that make the red wines like zinfandel, pinot noir, syrah, and grenache. The only major difference in rosé vs. red wine is that the grape skins have not had long contact with the juice in the wine making process. Yes, white zinfandel comes from a red wine grape-zinfandel. Thus, rosé can range from very dry, off-dry or sweet. How do you figure out what style Rosé is for you? Try them all. But here’s a little tip: try rosé from those regions and red wine grapes you already know and like. If you prefer a particular red wine like Grenache or Syrah, try rosés from Europe made from these grapes. These rosés are a treat for those who like dry or off-dry reds. If you don’t like dry wines, try U. S. based rosés made from grapes produced in the U.S. like pinot noir, zinfandel and merlot. Oh, and terminology: should you use “blush” or “rosé”? They mean the same thing. Leave it to your personal preference. Enjoy! What to try from area restaurant wine lists? If are you looking for a wine to bridge the gap between red and white this summer, try some of these found on area wine lists: Heidi Schrock “Biscaya”. Austria. 2011. This is a beautiful jewel-colored sustainable rosé. It danced and glittered in the glass recently at Ripple in Cleveland Park. It is off-dry and complex. Pair with shrimp, tilapia, chicken piccata or goat cheese at home. Matello Rosé Pinot Noir. Willamette Valley, OR. 2011. This wine has Jolly Rancher’s watermelon candy aroma, but it doesn’t taste like candy. It has wonderful
strawberry flavors but it is an off-dry rosé with the only hint of sugar coming from the well pronounced pinot noir fruit. A beautiful, sustainable, wine with nice acidity at the finish. Available at Ripple in Cleveland Park. Pair with vegetarian dishes and grilled summer vegetables. Baudry-Dutour Cuvee Marie Justine Chinon, France 2010. Cabernet Franc’s rosé has a pink-tawny peach color. Notice the slight herbal flavors that add to its allure. Slight sweetness and wonderful balance. Goes well with oysters. Pair with shrimp salad, white fleshed fish, and mushrooms at home. Charles & Charles Rose, Columbia Valley, Wash. 2011. A Syrah- based Rosé blended with shiraz. The wine maker’s tasting notes suggest aromas of watermelon, grass, wet stones and citrus. Available on the wine list at Poste Brasserie in Penn Quarter. Pair with fish and chips and pork loin at home. Jean-Maurice Raffeault Chinon Loir Valley, France, 2011. According to Vinoteca on 11th Street, NW’s wine list, this pale blush Cabernet Franc rose is “tart, funky” with under-ripe raspberry flavors. Well, I didn’t find it funky, but it was spunky with a wonderful minerality. Pair with cheeseburgers. Dom. de la Courtade ‘L’alycastyre’, Côtes de Provence, France, 2011. This richly colored French rosé is an good example of how refreshing Europeanstyle rosés can be. It is made of grenache, tibouren and mourvèdre. Notice the strawberry flavors. It is refreshing as a cool drink of water. On the list at Vinoteca Wine Bar on 11th Street, N.W. Pair with grilled chicken and red snapper at home. At home, chill and serve your rosé between 40 and 48 degrees, and you will seeing through rosé-colored glasses all summer long. Cheers! ★
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wo longtime veterans of The Palm plan to open their own restaurant, Epic Smokehouse, in Arlington near Pentagon City Mall. It will be halfway between a fine-dining steak house and a barbecue joint, according to owner-operators Wayne Halleran and Joon Yang. Halleran was a waiter at the Palm in Tysons Corner and Yang was assistant GM. The design will be more on the masculine side (no surprise to Palm vets) with everyone’s most popular design element (it seems) – reclaimed barn wood. The plan is to open at 1330 S. Fair Street in early August. Chef & GM Update: David Lynch, a seasoned general manager from NYC and the DMV area joins Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown as general manager. ..Randy Hill was named general manager for Ping Pong Dim Sum at Dupont Circle… Sonny Gorushanovich joins 901 Restaurant & Bar as general manager. Previously, he was food and beverage director at The Donovan House, and before that, general manager Oya in Penn Quarter. He led teams and established food and beverage programs at prominent upscale restaurants in Miami, New York City, and San Antonio… Entertainment Cruises hired Scott Reynolds as executive chef for the National Elite, the new private charter yacht docked at National
Chef Michael White Harbor. It’s expected here in early summer. Chef Reynolds comes to Entertainment Cruises from the Marriott Annapolis Waterfront Hotel Pusser’s Caribbean Grille…Erik Gutiérrez has been named executive chef of Indigo Landing in Alexandria. Previously, he worked
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as sous chef at Blue on Blue at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and the acclaimed Morrison House in Alexandria. Sue Drabkin is the new executive pastry chef at RIS in D.C.’s West End. She comes from Harvest in Cambridge, Mass., another leader in the farm to table movement. Mel Oursinsiri signed a lease to open another Tom Yum District at 1515 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn by year’s end. The first one is in Dupont Circle. It’s a Chipotle-like concept, with a Thai twist, where guests choose from five proteins on either a salad, noodles or rice with a variety of sauces such as Penang curry. Mel is a seasoned restaurateur, as he also owns and operates Bangkok Joe’s and T.H.A.I. Shirlington. Mark White of Whisk Group, which is known for Againn, a gastropub, plans to open a new salad, sandwich, pastries, breads and coffee spot called Bean & Bite, at 1152 15th St., NW. He also plans to donate a percentage of every item sold to a charity to be named…Bean & Bite will have a retro, recycled look. It’s slated to open mid-summer. Boilermaker Shops is a development that was once the site for manufacturing Navy ship boilers. Expect some recognizable eateries like Thompson Hospitality’s brb (be right burger) and Austin Grill Express, as well as NRG’s Buzz Bakery. Out-of-towners like Louisiana transplant Huey’s 24/7 Diner and Willie’s Brew & Cue, from Xavier Cervera, the owner of Capitol Hill favorites, such as Lola’s, Molly Malone’s and the Chesapeake Room. The biggest addition may be Bluejacket, a craft brewery from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) which also owns and operates Evening Star Cafe, Birch & Barley/ ChurchKey, Rustico, Tallula and Vermilion. The restaurant will have 150 seats plus a large outdoor seating area. The brewery will provide beer not just on-site and to NRG’s eateries, but to other local restaurants. NRG beer director Greg Engert and Bluejacket head brewer Megan Parisi, previously with Cambridge Brewing Co. in Massachusetts, are collaborating on the
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beer. Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey will oversee the menu, though details have not yet been finalized. Bluejacket will open in 2013. In addition to Willie’s Brew & Cue, restaurateur Xavier Cervera plans to open Park Tavern at Canal Park. The public space, previously an empty lot, will have water fountains in the summer as well as sculptures. The restaurant aims to be among D.C.’s first LEED Gold-certified restaurants. Canal Park, named for the historic Washington Canal, will provide a water-borne connection between the Anacostia River and the
Potomac River via the National Mall. It’s slated to open by late fall 2012. Osteria Morini, the first D.C. restaurant from esteemed NY chef/restaurateur Michael White, plans to open in the Lumber Shed development near Nationals Park along the riverfront. White was named “Best Chef in New York” by the James Beard Foundation. Osteria Morini, a casual Italian concept, already has locations in Soho and Bernardsville, N.J. It will feature pastas, grilled meats and other northern Italian specialties. The restaurant pays homage to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy known for prosciutto, Parmigiano and balsamic vinegar. It’s slated to open next summer. Quick Hits: Sakuramen, a ramen house, recently opened in an underground hideaway in Adams Morgan. It has a communal table for 20 for those who seek to avoid sunlight – and you know who you are. The Pinch also recently opened in Columbia Heights, at 3548 14th Street, NW by owners Daniel Maceda, Carlos Eyster and Ashley Brudowsky. The chef is Stephanie Sharkey. Owner operators of Cava Mezze and Cava Grill, Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos, recently opened Sugo Ciccetti at 12505 Park Potomac Drive in Rockville. Allison Cooke of Core Group designed the space. The center of attention is a large pizza oven. There is also a charcuterie case with a slicer for mesmerizing guests...Carving Station and FAI Pizza will open at Mass Court building at 300 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Tony & Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grill are slated to (finally) open this month. Although the Hilton Brothers have decided not to open a restaurant at the HR-57 jazz club space at 1610 14th St., NW, their almost-partner, Ari Gejdenson of Acqua al 2, has taken over the lease to open an Italian restaurant there. The Hilton Brothers have also sold their lease at 1337 H Street, NE. James McGillivray has signed a lease to open Volcano Hot Stone Grill in Gainesville. It’s interactive, as it features food cooked at the table on hot lava rocks. The only similarity to The Melting Pot is the cooking-at-the-table part. He signed a lease to open a 3,000-square-foot location at 14706 Lee Highway. The menu will concentrate on seafood, steaks and vegetables. It will seat 100, with room for more on the patio. He plans to open mid- to late- summer. From the owners of Agoura in Dupont Circle comes Tel’veh Café and Wine Bar, a more casual concept at 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like Agora, the restaurant will have a Mediterranean theme. The cafe will serve more than 300 wines by the bottle and more than 48 wines by the glass. Chef Ghassan Jarrouj will oversee both the new restaurant and Agora. Linda Roth Conte is president of Linda Roth Associates, Inc. (LRA), specializing in making creative connections through media relations, marketing initiatives, community outreach and special events for the hospitality industry. Contact Linda at 703-417-2700 or linda@ lindarothpr.com, or visit her web site at www. lindarothpr.com
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ike most of you, bikini season has once again snuck up on me, left me unprepared to be bare, and having me find creative methods to cover up. But could there be a solution to my woes? DC DermDocs may have come to my rescue by offering body sculpting treatments that are non-invasive, requires no recovery time and gives the confidence needed to sport my favorite two-piece. Body sculpting has taken cosmetic surgery by storm. More and more people are seeking the various options available to achieve the body effects that they desire. DermDocs of DC is leading the way in body sculpting cosmetic surgery by offering two of the newest methods to rid inches and fat. Just in time for swimsuit season. Exilis is the newest technological marvel ,
Results from Liposonix treatment approved by the Food and Drug Adminstration that offers the capability of dual function radiofrequency energy (radiowaves) in the same
handpiece for the first time to the United States. The Exilis method can deliver the maximum thermal energy to the desired depth of subcutaneous fat while monitoring skin temperature and increase collagen to retighten skin. Exilis then breaks up fat cells, which is then drained through the lymphatic system and liver. With a total of only four 30-minute treatments and the ability to target multiple areas of the body, a patient can expect result in six to eight weeks. So say goodbye to stubborn saddle bags and belly pooches without going Before and after using Exilis treatment under the knife or injections. Don’t have six weeks to get bikini ready? There is another A continuous lesion is created in the targeted option. fat, and the skin layer is not harmed. One of the newest and soon-to-be most So, where does it go? popular method for body sculpting is called lipoThe treated fat tissue is removed through sonix. Liposonix is known throughout the medi- the body’s natural healing and elimination procal world as being the one-treatment, one-hour, cess, leaving you with a thinner, more contoured one-size, smaller body contouring method. With waistline. This can take about eight to 12 weeks this new treatment method, Marilyn Berzin, for the body to remove all treated fat tissue. M.D., and Dale Isaacson, M.D., can customize a Though the Liposonix treatment is a little treatment plan to treat those pesky pitches of fat. more intense than the Exilis method, there is still Liposonix will be available at DC DermDocs no need for topical anesthetic. It is recommended starting June 15 and will be the first in the to drink fluids after the procedure and watch Washington area to offer the treatment. This your waistline shrink. treatment method is made for those who don’t have time for multiple appointments and want a uniformed removal of fat cells. How it works: High-intensity ultrasound energy focuses on the targeted fat, permanently destroying fat cells beneath the surface layers of the skin (at least one inch of depth).
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Dupont Circle Art Walk In Washington, there might not be a more accommodating neighborhood for contemporary visual art than Dupont Circle. It started as early as 1921, when Duncan Phillips began exhibiting his collection of modern art in special galleries at his home on the corner of 21st and Q Streets. Phillips played an important role in introducing the United States to contemporary art, exhibiting Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse when most of the country was still incensed by modernism. The Phillips Collection still stands at the site of Duncan’s old home—the original house now the southern section of the museum—and the gallery is still on the forefront of contemporary visual art (its current exhibitions of Jasper Johns and Antony Gormley are stunning proofs of that). The foundation Phillips laid in his lifetime has only grown stronger; Dupont Circle is now a
cultural mecca, housing some of the District’s most enviable performance spaces, restaurants and art galleries, nestled among honored historic landmarks, foreign embassies and international institutions. Its spirit is the living embodiment of Phillips’s lifelong focus of the continuous progress and tradition of art and culture. The galleries below have visual offerings this season worthy of multiple explorations. The owners know their stuff and enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with interested patrons. There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with an evening walk through Dupont’s gallery crowd. For more on Dupont Circle’s gallery scene, check out the Dupont Circle Arts blog: www.DupontCircleArts.BlogSpot.com.
Studio Gallery Studio Gallery showcases contemporary art from a variety of artists both American and international living in the DC area, and they always have a lot going on. One of their upcoming shows features the work of Jan Willem van der Vossen, whose series of abstract and wild landscapes are a swathe of color and line, taking the viewer from the red-hot landscapes of Andalusia to a minimalist forest of trees. Another show belongs to the work of Shahrzad Jalinous, whose debut exhibition with Studio will feature her large figurative oil paintings. Jalinous’s paintings are a blurred whirlwind of earthy texture and color, muted, saturated and entirely satisfying. The exhibits run June 20 – July 14.
Cross MacKenzie Gallery, a haven for those of us enamored by sculptural and ceramic arts, is exhibiting ceramic works by Anthony Stellaccio and paintings by Mary Armstrong. A curatorial research specialist for the National Museum of African Art by day, Stellaccio creates ceramics that are both scholarly and playful, referencing game pieces, pets and native toys and synthesizing his cultural studies with his artistic endeavors. This body of work is full of dynamic contrasts: rough, un-polished porcelain with cracked glazes atop smooth, reflective black and white Formica pedestal-like bases. The color in Armstrong’s paintings resonates with Stellaccio’s fresh green glazes and compliments the threedimensional, hard-edged sculpture in the gallery. Armstrong’s soft paintings hover between landscapes and atmosphere, shifting back and forth from a view of a distant horizon to the drifting particles of dust and clouds. The exhibit runs through June 30.
2108 R St. NW. www.StudioGalleryDC.com. Hours: Wed. – Fri. 1 – 7, Sat. 1 – 6, or by appointment.
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Burton Marinkovich Fine Art For the past six years, Hillyer Art Space has been dedicated to exhibiting underexposed D.C. area artists alongside those of established international reputation. To celebrate the occasion of six successful years, it has invited all of its previous artists to return to the gallery once more. This retrospective is a celebration not only of the gallery but of its family of artists that have come through the doors and realized great accomplishments. Each artist in this exhibition has shown in the gallery or is an Artist Advisory Committee Member. The exhibit runs through June 26. 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. www.ArtsAndArtists.org. Hours: Tue. – Fri. 12 – 6, Mon. & Sat. 12 – 5, or by appointment.
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Burton Marinkovich is a small gallery with a huge but well curated inventory of artwork, specializing in works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. Its collection ranges from some of the foremost artists of the past half-century—Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney and D.C.’s own Kenneth Noland—to mid-career and established artists still working today. “We opened in 1993,” says Royce Burton, who runs the gallery with Andrea Marinkovich. “And, actually, we chose this location for its proximity to The Phillips Collection.” Marinkovich told the Washington Post that the gallery is, “kind of messy, with the atmosphere of maybe a professor’s office or research library,” reminiscent of old-world European salons with intimate spaces full of treasures. 1506 21st St. NW. www.BurtonMarinkovich.com. Hours: Tue. – Sat. 11 to 6, or by appointment. Ring the buzzer to get in.
Jane Haslem Gallery Established in 1960 at the onset of the contemporary printmaking revival, Jane Haslem Gallery is well known for its thorough collection of prints by those artists responsible for reviving the medium in the U.S. after World War II. Currently on view are the works of Gabor Peterdi and Richard Ziemann. Peterdi, who died in 2001 at the age of 86, was a Hungarian-American printmaker and teacher who had a profound impact his students in the mid-20th century. Ziemann, a sort of spiritual documentarian of the natural world, has spent his life studying both the grandness and finiteness of the American landscape, focused particularly on the Northeastern woodlands. Ziemann was a student of Peterdi—in fact, the gallery was introduced to Ziemann’s work by Peterdi himself—and says of his teacher’s influence: “We all studied with Gabor Peterd… He taught us everything.” 2025 Hillyer Pl. NW. www.JaneHaslemGallery.com. Hours: Fri. 3 – 7 and by appointment.
Excellent ‘Mr. Burns’ E BY G ARY T IS CHL ER
ver wonder why Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and artistic director Howard Schalwitz refuse to lose their edge, get stale, play safe, stay full of surprises that pop out consistently out of their burlap sack that they call theater? Go see “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” by the astonishingly gifted playwright Ann Washburn and wonder no more. Washburn induces a state of wonder, provokes, makes you squirm and laugh, and think about tomorrow, if you’ve stopped doing that. To be fair, “Mr. Burns” won’t be everyone’s cup of gizmo tea, but then nothing at Woolly ever is. I watched what seemed to be the beginnings of quite a lengthy argument between a couple who saw the action before them on the stage quite differently, the kind of thing that can only happen at a theater, a political debate, a demonstration or a football game. Washburn accomplishes this by imagining a post-apocalyptic world—to climax Woolly’s apocalyptic-themed season—inhabited by a rabbity group of survivors in an America where the grid has broken down, nuclear generators have erupted, and the population has been reduced to an unforgivingly small number. How would people—any sort of people—react to this, what would they choose to remember, cherish, reject? What cultural artifacts would remain within them just waiting to be retold? How about “The Simpsons”? That’s right, “The Simpsons,” the hugely popular adultish cartoon sitcom which created a host of fans, some of them fanatics on the Star Trek order, with a large volume of shows to embrace and clutch dearly to their hearts, like talking teddy bears. That’s what a group of disparate but not yet desperate survivors more or less thrown together in a woody Northwest area begin to do, at first starting to grapple with their shared memory of “The Simpsons,” then slowly focusing on a particularly cherished and legendary episode, a parody of the Martin Scorcese’s remake of “Cape Fear,” starring Robert DeNiro, called “Cape Feare.” You don’t have to (although it must surely help) be a “Simpsons” fan—I have never watched a full episode but have friends who had a Bart Simpson puppet in their window—to get what’s happening or even join in. It’s people— frightened, tentative, afraid to let go of the past which has just been essentially destroyed—trying to recreate it, as civilizations always have. By remembering the sleekly villainous Sideshow Bob or Bart cowering in a movie theatre in front of him because of death threats, they remember moments. More than that, these people, these characters take it further, in later years, as they
form a traveling performing company—reminiscent of traveling carnivals, mystery plays, circus and amateur theater groups of yore—trading in memories of “Simpsons” scripts, trying at the same time to rebuild a culture. It sounds odd—and it is creepy weird and touching—but it’s also amid all the outrageousness, a portrait of something important, an illustration of how ordinary folks embrace a culture of sorts. It may be that, as a society, we might not remember high culture, but some form of culture broadly shared, not Ophelia necessarily and not Homer’s Illiad but Homer Simpson. As a group, the characters are hard to remember as named individuals, but impossible to forget as people. Initially, they carry with them guns, booklets with lists of names of people— relatives, friends, lovers, the local mechanic, who might have survived. We don’t know who they are exactly, what they did, where they specifically lived, what or who they lost. They sear themselves into our own dreams by the way they behave and that’s a function of the gifts of the actors. There is, for instance, the magnificentlyvoiced Gibson, played with awesome affect by Chris Genebach—he’s tall, bald, gleaming almost, with a way of speaking that echoes manly singing, with the added plus that he can do Gilbert and Sullivan. There’s the thin, bounding Maria, played movingly, like some wounded Jackie-in-the-Box windup ballerina by Jenna Sokolowski, and the affecting, singular and insistent Matt, played by Steve Rose, and Jenny, hesitant, pushy, kind of daffy and sexy, and mysteriously affecting as played by Kimberly Gilbert, a Woolly regular who keeps getting better and better every year. Much of this is very funny—the attempts to reproduce commercials of the period, to wit — and profoundly funny-sad. Consider a moment when one of the characters insists that Homer and Bart be authentic and real. “They’re cartoons for God’s sake,” another insists. “You can’t hurt them.” It’s a big issue: what we invest, how much of our hearts and souls, in our culture. The test of the play is the last part in which we see the real thing, or as close as it gets: Mr. Burns (the people-hating, sleazy and greedy nuclear plant owner in the TV series) revealed as the villain, and the Simpsons in horrible peril. Is it real, or is it memories? How we respond as individuals and members of a group—we, the audience—is what decides the fate of the play, of course, which is the first step toward renewal in a post-apocalyptic world—or in a world that is changing faster than the speed of sight.
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Seniors Get a Little Help From Their Friends BY RO B E RT DE VANEY
The June 6th lunch for the Georgetown Senior Center, located at St. John’s Church on O Street, got a surprise musical guest: Tony Bernardo, lead singer of Juneau Sky, a band with a military-Wilco vibe. He is the younger brother of Jorge Bernardo, who works at the center on the programs and even drives the bus. Tony serenaded many of the ladies with his own and Beatles’ songs and his laid-back good looks. The seniors were also treated to lunch by the Georgetown office of Long and Foster Real Estate and Christie’s Extraordinary Properties, which was having its company-wide community service day.
Margaret Byrne Heimbold with Tony Bernardo.
The Georgetown Senior Center’s Jorge Bernardo and his brother Tony Bernardo of the band Juneau Sky.
Georgetown Inn Celebrates Golden Jonathan Butler’s Anniversary Musical Journey
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The Georgetown Inn threw a 50th birthday celebration with old and young admirers, greeted by new owner Nayan Patel of Your DC Hotels. After writing about the hotel’s history in the previous Georgetowner, Mary Bird, widow of legendary manager and owner Collins Bird, was there with some of the veterans, such as Morgan Dodd who worked at the front desk in the mid-1970s. All could tell a few tales, whether about astronauts, Redskins, Andy Warhol, actors, Doc Dalinsky or Playboy photo shoots. Mindful of its old world charms, Patel has plans to renovate the hotel with the help of his Your DC Hotels team, which includes director of operations Chetan Patel, general manager Kelly Curry, director of marketing Heidi Bitar and David McDermott. Also at the jazzy party, supplied with scallops, crab cakes, roast beef and other goodies from the Daily Grill, were Bob and Martha Vicas, Karen Feld (with Campari, of course), Richard Bernstein, Hiba Hakki, Vinoda Basnayake, Kate Michael, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave, Jummy Olabanji, Kunal Shah and Pamela Sorensen as well as Linda Greenan, Charles DeSantis, Mary Anne Mahin and Marjorie Boursiquot, all of Georgetown University, among others.
The Four Seasons Hotel invited friends on May 29 to the first of an ongoing “Windows On A Journey” initiative. South African singer, songwriter and composer Jonathan Butler inaugurated the series. The multi Grammy Award winning artist presented a musical journey of his compelling life story. The cabaret setting enhanced his program. He is the first black Dima Alfaham, Chief of Staff, Embassy of the artist to play on a white radio station in South United Arab Emirates, and Franco Nuschese Africa and said, “My weapon was love.” Mary Bird and Nayan Patel, Georgetown Inn owner. manager.
Morgan Dodd and Kelly Curry, Georgetown Inn general manager.
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Christine Sager, wife of the Ambassador of Switzerland; her sister-in-law Regi Sager; Meg Clerc, wife of Four Seasons’ regional vice president and general manager Christian Clerc
Four Seasons’ public relations director Liliana Baldassari, Paul Baldassari and Tara Engel
Grammy Awards winner Jonathan Butler
Friends of Volta Park Cheer $200K From City for New Playground and Improvements BY RO B E RT DE VANEY The Friends of Volta Park gathered June 8 for its 14th annual cocktail party and silent auction at Georgetown Visitation Prep, one block from the D.C. public park. The group -- founded by John Richardson in 1995 and headed by Mimsy Lindner -- rescued Volta Park from a closed pool and overgrown plants, maintains the landscape and is a strong advocate for this green place in the middle of town. Mayor Vincent Gray said at the party that the park with its playground, tennis courts, pool, baseball field, used by many Georgetown families, is an example of how a public-private partnership should work. Gray was also happy to announce that Volta Park would be receiving $200,000 for playground upgrades as part of the fiscal 2013 budget that includes $9.7 million for park improvements throughout the city. The well-arranged auction added money to the effort, of course, but the party (with food and beverages from 1789 Restaurant) still stole the show. It was a relaxed, noisy mix of neighbors, public servants and business leaders who lingered in the hallway and rooms, glad to see each other.
Political pundit Mark Plotkin, who received a trophy from the mayor for last year’s Volta Park Day tennis match, real estate agent Kornelia Stuphan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission member Bill Starrels.
Department of Parks & Recreation Director Jesus Aguirre, Mayor Vincent Gray, Mimsy Lindner, president of Friends of Volta Park, and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans.
Ready at the auction, Cathy Kerkam and Robin Jones.
Washington Humane Society’s 25th Bark Ball
Stafford Foundation’s Annual Garden Party
BY MA RY BIRD DC’s premiere black-tie event with four-footers as featured elegantly attired guests filled the Washington Hilton June 2. Megan Hilty, the star of NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” attended with an adoptable dog escort. Anissa Grossman and Beth Viola co-chaired the 2012 Bark Ball committee. ABC7 News senior political reporter Scott Thurman emceed at the dinner program with a live auction followed by dancing. The evening raised record funds to support WHS critical programs and services that benefit thousands of homeless, lost and abused animals.
Due in September, Lisa and Gilbert Richa with Diane Salisbury, who runs the Volta Park Day bake sale.
Stephane Holloway with lucky rescue Maximus.
Earl Stafford, founder of the Stafford Foundation hosts his annual garden party for friends of the Stafford Foundation. Host Marnie Old, sommelier and author of “Wine Secrets,” guided guests through an afternoon of tastings and pairings, followed by a lavish dinner and dancing. The party was produced by Events by Andre Wells. Michael Ware and wife, Mary
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JUNE 13 The Legacy Celebration: A Tribute to Norman Scribner
An all-star choral celebration will honor the Choral Arts Society of Washington’s retiring founder and artistic director Norman Scribner and his musical contributions during his 47-year career. The Washington National Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Call 202-537-2228, or visit www.choralarts.org.
JUNE 14 Father of the Year Awards
The Father’s Day Council will celebrate Father’s Day at its annual Father of the Year Awards’ Dinner. Honorees are recognized through donations from friends and colleagues benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The French Embassy, www.diabetes.org.
JUNE 16 6th Annual Van Metre Polo Cup
A fun-filled afternoon to raise funds for the new in-patient center in Loudoun County, the Adler Center for Caring on the Van Metre campus. Great Meadow, The Plains, Va.; 703538-2037, or www.capitalcaring.org.
JUNE 20 A Night of Broadway Stars
The evening honors Ted Leonsis and benefits Covenant House Washington with a dazzling show featuring Broadway’s top talent at a
cocktail reception and performance followed by champagne and dessert with the stars at THEARC Theater. Contact Jan Du Plain at 202-486-7004, or email@example.com.
JUNE 22 Cure By Design
Cure By Design is an event in which the fashion, design and retail communities join forces with the local corporate community to benefit the American Cancer Society. Enjoy a fabulous fashion show, elegant reception and exciting live and silent auctions to celebrate survivorship and fashion at the Ronald Reagan Building. Visit www.curebydesign.org.
A Centennial Celebration of Friendship BY M ARY BIR D
International Student House (ISH), along with Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF), celebrated dual centennials of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington June 1 and the anniversary of ISH’s historic main building at Dupont Circle. Not deterred by the torrential downpour, guests gathered in the mansion’s great hall for Japanese food and music performed by members of the Washington Toho Koto Society. NCBF donated a cherry tree for ISH’s garden commemorating the friendship between the U.S. and Japan and ongoing educational exchanges. ISH welcomes graduate-level students from around the world.
JUNE 23 Opera Camerata
Gala fundraising performance of “The Barber of Seville” to provide funding for the in-school program that produces opera in D.C. public schools at no charge to the school system at the Organization of American States; 202-3866008, or www.operacamerata.org.
JUNE 24 2012 Restaurant Awards Gala
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s “Hats Off to Restaurants” blacktie gala recognizes the outstanding talent of the restaurant industry in the D.C. area. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel; 202-331-5990, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki (center) with ISH residents
YMCA Anthony Bowen Spring Luncheon BY M ARY BIR D On June 9, patrons at Café Milano must have thought a fashion show was about to begin as an elegant crowd assembled to herald the YMCA goal of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Angie Goff, news anchor of NBC4, emceed the luncheon which included a special video presentation. Gwen Russell was acknowledged as “the glue of the YMCA” for her unstinting support. Luncheon co-chair Pat Skantze was unable to attend, but her co-chairs Marsha Muawwad, Carole Margaret Randolph, Marsha Smith were presented with bouquets for their dedication. Paula Shaw and Thornell Page
Gwen Russell, Linda Awkard and former Ambassador of Macedonia Ljubica Acevska
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