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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2019 PUBLISHER

KC Cole | kc.cole@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Melissa Lauren | melissa.lauren@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Melissa Lauren, Portia Rollings

Home Sweet Home

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Howard Lansat

“HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized possessions. This month, we bring you our Home Issue, which is full of ideas for creating the best environment wherever you call home. Take a look at some of Potomac’s homes; we’re sure you’ll appreciate the various styles our town offers. With springtime upon us, there’s no better time for a little DIY project! Refresh your interior with a few new home decor accents—for inspiration, we included beautiful homes on page 14—or tackle one room in your home for a more dramatic update. We also highlight the D.C. Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for those in need in the D.C. metro area. We hope this issue inspires you to appreciate the place you call home—both your personal dwelling and our shared community—whether you’ve just moved or it’s a

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

place your family has occupied for generations.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

Here’s to home sweet home!

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTORS John Newman | Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

KC Cole, Publisher

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2019

FEATURES 14 The Meg and Alison Team of Washington Fine Properties 18 A Renovation Story A.B.E. Networks

22 Habitat for Humanity Washington D.C.

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28 Home Away from Home iPic Theater

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

10

Around Town

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Local Limelight

22 Giving Back 26 Renovate & Refine 28 Hot Spot 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


GOOD TIMES 1.

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3.

17th Annual County Executive’s Arts and Humanities Awards Community and cultural leaders were recognized for their inspiring achievements in the local arts and humanities community at the 17th Annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities in October. County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and Mrs. Catherine Leggett honored nine award winners. Awards were given to individual artists, scholars, organizations and patrons in Montgomery County. CreativeMoCo.com

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1. Emerging Leader Award: Debbie Ellinghaus, Olney Theatre Center | 2. Lifetime Impact Award: Dr. Winston Anderson, Sandy Spring Slave Museum | 3. Lifetime Achievement Award: Eleanor Epstein, Zemer Chai | 4. Outstanding Artist Award: Erwin Timmers, Washington Glass School | 5. Community Award: Kashi-Tara Barrett, The Finest Performance Foundation Inc. | 6. Education Award: Linda Sato Adams, Montgomery County Public Schools | 7. Volunteer Award: Mark Willen, Maryland Writers' Association/MCPL | 8. Artistic Excellence Award: William Wytold Lebing, Electric Cellist | 9. BSO OrchLab Students from Gaithersburg High School | 10. The Leggetts with members of AHCMC Board and CEO | 11. Business Award: Curt Shackelford, StandUpComedyToGo.com 8

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Recently SOLD Potomac Properties FOR AT LEAST 100% OF ASKING PRICE!

This data is a sampling of sold properties from December 2018 to January 2019. Source: IRES MLS system.

SUBDIVISION

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

$1,500,000

$1,500,000

100%

30

4

3.2

AVENEL

$1,349,000

$1,390,000

103%

54

5

5.1

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

$1,229,000

$1,250,000

102%

4

4

3.2

AVENEL

$999,900

$1,023,750

102%

57

4

4.2

POTOMAC HILLS

$875,000

$875,000

100%

161

5

4

BELLS MILL ESTATES

$775,000

$775,000

100%

62

4

3.1

MONTGOMERY SQUARE

$749,900

$749,900

100%

71

5

3.1

REGENCY ESTATES

$700,000

$722,000

103%

46

5

3.1

REGENT PARK

$688,000

$703,000

102%

4

5

3

FALLSMEAD

$699,000

$699,000

100%

58

5

3


AROUND TOWN

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AROUND TOWN

(CON TI N UED)

METRO HAS ELIMINATED SATURDAY PARKING FEES Good news: Metro riders will be able to park in station lots for free on Saturdays. WMATA said it will eliminate Saturday parking fees for customers with the exception of specific regional or special events, such as the Fourth of July and presidential inaugurations. Those who park at a Metro facility but do not use the Metrorail system will be charged a higher "non-rider fee" at certain stations. The fee ranges from $8.70 to $10, Metro said. This policy will affect the following stations: Greenbelt, Suitland, Branch Avenue, Huntington, Dunn Loring, Minnesota Avenue, New Carrollton, Largo Town Center, Franconia-Springfield, Rhode Island Avenue, Twinbrook, White Flint and Rockville. In addition, Metro said it is planning to unveil new payment technology options, such as online reservation systems or mobile applications.

HOW HEALTHY MARYLAND REALLY IS VIA NEW RANKINGS Maryland is the 19th healthiest state in America, according to the 29th annual report from the United Health Foundation. The report, "America's Health Rankings," looks at 35 health markers that seek to evaluate how healthy a state really is. This includes indicators involving behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and health outcomes. Maryland performed best in behaviors and worst in health outcomes. Here's a complete breakdown: + Overall ranking: 19th + Behaviors: 10th + Community and environment: 25th + Policy: 11th + Clinical care: 17th + Health outcomes: 27th The healthiest state in the nation is, once again, Hawaii, the researchers found. Hawaii ranked in the top 10 in all five categories and in the top five in four of them.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

The Meg and Alison Team of Washington Fine Properties ARTICLE MELISSA LAUREN | PHOTOGRAPHY HOWARD LANSAT MEG PERCESEPE AND ALISON SHUTT ARE THE

expand, she recruited Alison Shutt in 2008 to assure the

PRINCIPALS OF THE MEG AND ALISON TEAM OF

same level of exemplary service for her valued clients.

WASHINGTON FINE PROPERTIES. With 25 combined

Before turning her sights to a career in real estate,

years of real estate sales experience, they work actively

Alison was a vice president in private banking with a com-

with both buyers and sellers in the capital region with

mercial bank in Washington, DC., which has translated

a significant portion of their business centered in their

well to assisting clients with their real estate needs, par-

home town of Potomac. They are proud to be affiliated

ticularly in the higher-end market. Alison and Meg work

with Washington Fine Properties, the premier residential

together to provide their clients with the highest level of

real estate firm in the nation’s capital. Its offerings of fine

personalized service. They work as a team with clients to

properties in all price ranges, coupled with the most sea-

keep them informed and involved in the real estate pro-

soned real estate professionals in the D.C., Maryland and

cess, with respect for the financial import of the purchase

Northern Virginia markets, combine to offer purchasers

or sale of a home. Their knowledge of the local markets

and sellers unparalleled real estate services.

and the home buying and selling process translates into valuable expertise, benefiting both buyers and sellers.

TEAM PHILOSOPHY The Meg and Alison Team measures its success by the satisfaction of its clients.

Wiley Drake joined the Meg and Alison Team in 2018. She has worked in public relations and marketing, where she enjoyed working with a variety of high-profile clients.

“We are a service-oriented team with the goal of pro-

More recently, while working at the National Association

viding our buyers and sellers the most successful sales

of Homebuilders, she developed a love for all things

experience possible, as evidenced by our client testi-

real estate-related. In a transition to the more relation-

monials on Zillow. We go above and beyond to provide

ship-driven world of residential real estate, Wiley is thrilled

every service our clients require and treat everyone like

to be part of the Meg and Alison Team, offering client and

family,” team leader Meg Percesepe says.

business support for their growing real estate practice.

With a background in law and years of experience in real estate, Meg has developed a keen sense for the mar-

WHY THEY LOVE REAL ESTATE

ket as well as the insider strategies necessary to achieve

“We are keenly aware that housing transitions can be

a successful transaction. Known for her integrity and

times of great stress,” Meg says. “We believe that we have

professionalism in real estate, Meg works to ensure that

the empathy and skills required to shepherd people success-

her clients succeed in achieving all of their goals in both

fully during this period. We are drawn to working with people

buying and selling properties.

on a transaction of both financial and personal significance

Whatever the needs of her clients, Meg customizes her

in their lives and leaving them feeling good on both counts.”

service as each situation warrants. A certified home-staging specialist, she is uniquely qualified to give advice on

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE LOOK FOR IN A REAL

preparing a home for today’s competitive real estate mar-

ESTATE AGENT AS A SELLER AND AS A BUYER?

ket. In addition, Meg has successfully guided transactions

“Someone who has a sterling reputation as a successful

that required creativity and extensive research in order

and trustworthy professional and who is well regarded by

to accomplish her clients’ goals. She joined Washington

their own clients as well as by their peers in the industry,”

Fine Properties in 2007. As Meg’s business continued to

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Meg Percesepe. Photo by Howard Lansat

Wiley Drake. Photo by Howard Lansat

Photography Provided

Alison Shutt. Photo by Howard Lansat

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT (CON TI N U ED) Meg says. “Seller’s agents should be keenly knowledgeable in the subject marketplace as the housing stock. The agent should understand the building details and potential buyer pools and be successfully networked in the real estate community. Buyer’s agents should know the housing stock and marketplace dynamics—whether multiple offers, negotiations, home inspections, EMDs, etc. The buyer’s agent should be pleasant and responsive and make the home search fun! It is essential that they have expert knowledge of contracts.”

Photography Provided

OUTSTANDING AMENITIES FEATURED IN POTOMAC HOMES THE MEG AND ALISON TEAM OF WFP HAVE SOLD INCLUDE: + Indoor sport court + Indoor pools + Seven buildings on Kelley Farm property

Photography Provided

with a tenant house and six-stall horse barn + 1 acre of babbling brook, koi ponds and waterfall + Elevators  + Acacia wood floors + Geothermal systems   TESTIMONIAL “We recently purchased a home, and we are so grateful to [the team] for all of their help. They are responsive... always available whenever we wanted to tour a house, offered sage advice, and helped us through every aspect of the purchase (including post-sale matters like recommending great contractors). I have already recommended [them] to many of my friends and would absolutely recommend them to anyone thinking of buying or selling a home.” –Buyer, Potomac, Maryland Their best advice to sell your home? Declutter, and get your home staged professionally.

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Landscape lighting wraps the home in a cool glow with step lights, pathway lights and up-lights that provide a great look as well as added security.

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A.B.E. NETWORKS HAS BEEN THE WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA’S PREMIER PROVIDER FOR SMART HOME SOLUTIONS FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS. The firm takes a holistic approach to projects by starting the process at the design phase to propose a system that emphasizes both current and future use cases. The design phase is a space to collaborate with interior designers, builders, electricians and any other members of the client’s team. After the design phase, A.B.E. Networks utilizes its relationships with manufacturers and distributors to only source vetted products that provide the best value. Knowledgeable project management, installation  and programming build on the foundation of design, engineering  and procurement. Staying perceptive to the ever-changing demands of the project is the firm’s key to success. Attentive final fit and finish are also instrumental in delivering the desired result. Avi Benaim, founder and president of A.B.E. Networks, has built his reputation on customer service through client tutorials and continuing care. This Bethesda project, completed in the summer of 2018, shows off everything that A.B.E. Networks has to offer. The client purchased the lot a few years prior to the completion of the project. The original house was completely demolished, and new construction took place in 2016. The client and their design-minded consultant, Alice Sydney from Alice Sydney LLC, spearheaded the atmosphere of this custom-built home. Neutral tones, wildlife accents, and wood and stone finishes created the fully realized vision.

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A RENOVATION STORY

(CON TI N U ED)

1.

2.

3.

4.

THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF A SMART HOME LIGHTING

CONTROL

SECURITY

ENTERTAINMENT

ECOSYSTEM

Lighting is a powerful tool

Control is about using the

Peace of mind is extremely

Audio and video systems

The unity of different technology systems provides a better living ecosystem which makes controlling the systems easy.

that enhances environments

least number of actions to

valuable. Integrated

create a place to get

by combining light, space,

provide the greatest effect

security systems with

away from the hustle of

color and texture.

to improve people’s lives.

cameras allow for a view of

the everyday.

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The A.B.E. Networks design team started

The exterior lighting in both the front and

with Jamie Berman, residential project man-

back of the house is from WAC Lighting. The

ager; Avi Benaim, president; and Vernon

fixtures from LED Accent Collection provide

Austin, lead engineer. The design of the sys-

all up-lighting and down-lighting to highlight

tem’s wiring was important. All audio, video,

architecture and foliage. Lighting fixtures

network, security camera, security alarm and

from WAC’s Hardscape Collection provide

lighting control equipment and wiring were

safety as step lighting to the entrance of

run to a central point in the basement utility

the home and the detached garage apart-

room. The equipment, except for the lighting

ment while displaying the nuances of the

control, is placed in an electronic enclosure

stonework. The technology in the outdoor

cabinet providing adequate ventilation and

living space does not stop at exterior light-

keeping all equipment out of sight.

ing. Eight Sonance Sonnarray outdoor

The lighting control system was designed,

speakers dot the landscape providing sound

installed and programmed by lighting engineer

controlled by Sonos. A hidden subwoofer

Mike Bates. The lighting system, controlled by

adds to the richness of the system. The

Lutron Homeworks QS, is also terminated in

Seura Outdoor TV on the detached garage

the basement utility room into module panels

has superior picture quality, regardless of

and processor panels that do all of the heavy

the sun glare, while remaining completely

lifting for both the interior and exterior lighting.

weatherproofed. Finally, security cameras

The lighting control system, used throughout

from Axis Communications help the home-

most of the home, can be controlled via key-

owner keep an eye on the property from

pads on the wall or via a mobile application.

anywhere in the world.

The keypads do away with banks of switches

The technology on the inside of the home

and provide a single button per lighting load

is as impressive as the outside. There is

to turn lights on and off. A preset scene can

whole-home audio controlled by Sonos. The

also be programmed into the keypad to turn

in-ceiling speakers from Sonance are an

on or off a specific array of lights. In the custom

elegant solution that utilizes that the ease-

theater in the basement, the client requested

of-use from Sonos. Throughout the house,

a “theater scene” where the lights near the

Sonos speakers like the Playbar combine

screen turn off, the bar lights dim to 3 percent,

with the in-ceiling speakers to create sur-

and the lights in the back of the room dim to

round sound experiences in the master

50 percent. One press of a button creates the

bedroom and family room. The audio system

detached garage. Completely controllable from the main house. They share networks and services but can be separated into two systems.

perfect atmosphere to watch a movie.

can play the audio sources throughout the

2. Accent lighting highlights the

1. Fully furnished apartment over the

greenery while the hardscape lighting provides a safe path.

3. The family room has a 65-inch 4K

Sony TV with Sonos Soundbar and in-ceiling speakers, which make this room a family favorite for TV watching.

4. The custom 120-inch 4K home

theater is an inviting place to casually watch movies or entertain during the big game.

Katie Douthitt, design division project

home or each zone individually.

manager for A.B.E., handled the design

The custom theater is the intersection

of the automated window treatments and

of design and technology. The Zero Edge

exterior lighting. The automated windows

projector screen from Screen Innovations

treatments are located in both the master

is elegant with its minimal bezel and

bedroom and master bathroom. The shade

LED backlighting. Martin Logan SLM XL

fabric is called Parchment from Lutron’s

speakers continue the trend of sophistica-

new Mosaic fabric collection. The bedroom

tion in both style and performance. These

shades were made with a blackout version

ultra-slim speakers pack a punch while

of the fabric to provide maximum light

maintaining the same depth as the projec-

blockage while the shades in the bathroom

tor screen. Those components combined

are sheer to preserve privacy while allowing

with the Sony 385 4K projector make for a

some natural light to enter the room. The

room that is perfect for watching movies,

automated window shades are situated on

sports or gaming.

Lutron motors that are quiet and controlla-

All of these elements tie in together

ble up to an exact percent of openness. They

to create a luxury smart home that eas-

are also controlled by keypads on the wall or

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GIVING BACK

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WASHINGTON D.C. THE

MISSION

OF

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

HUMANITY

built or repaired more than 250 homes during this period.

WASHINGTON D.C. is to reduce poverty housing and

HABITAT

FOR

As we look forward, we are committed to building for a

homelessness in the nation’s capital by building decent,

future D.C. where poverty housing does not exist,” says

affordable, energy-efficient homes for those in need.

Susanne Slater, president and CEO of Habitat for

Habitat D.C. builds a D.C. where everyone has a

Humanity of Washington D.C.

safe place to live. The organization builds and sells

Each year, Habitat D.C. works with more than 1,000

affordable homes, provides low-cost home repairs,

volunteers to produce safe, decent housing for our

offers financial education and advocates for policies

neighbors. These dedicated volunteers serve on build

that create more housing for struggling families. With

sites and work alongside homeowners, support the office

the help of their partners, they help working families

staff, attend rallies and advocate for affordable housing,

realize the dream of homeownership, breaking the

and help raise the funds that allow them to keep building.

cycle of poverty and building strong communities.

Habitat D.C. homeowner Sofia Sultan is grateful to these

When families have a stable place to call home, they

volunteers. Before she became a homeowner, her family

can stop getting by and start to thrive.

of five—four adults and one child—shared a one-bedroom

A family’s housing is considered affordable if it costs

apartment. The stress of living in such a crowded home—

no more than one-third of their income. Lack of affordable

with so little storage space that they kept their clothes in

housing leaves working families vulnerable to hardships

suitcases—began to take a toll on Sofia and her family, but

that can have a lasting impact. When housing, one of our

finding a better option wasn’t easy.

most critical needs, is insecure, dangerous and unafford-

“It’s hard to find a house in D.C. Even an apartment is

able, families and communities suffer. Families who can’t

not easy to find...I applied to so many [housing opportu-

afford homes with enough space may share a one- or

nities] in D.C. for five years. When they pick you and call

two- bedroom with five or six people. High rents prevent

you, you [know] you will have a future.”

families from saving for the future and leave many just one

The dream of owning a home—one that Sofia has had

financial emergency away from eviction. Unaffordable

since she was a child—was becoming a reality. She even

rents can mean choosing between a roof over your head

saw her sweat equity, the 300 hours she spent helping to

or buying healthy, nutritious meals for your children.

build her own home, as an opportunity. “By the end, you

Children in unsafe, unstable homes suffer from stress and illnesses caused by poor living conditions that can

[feel like] a professional.” Now in their new home, Sofia says, “We are happier than before. And healthier too.”

result in worse grades. Families experience stress over

Across the District, there are families who cannot

financial insecurity and sickness from unsafe hous-

afford to make repairs to issues in their homes that

ing and often cannot afford medical care.

threaten their health and safety. In 2017, DC Habitat

Habitat D.C. proves there’s no place like home.

launched a home repair program to address these crit-

“We are proud of our 30-year history building or

ical needs. To learn more about donating to this worthy

improving affordable housing and leveraging homeown-

nonprofit, volunteering or becoming a business partner,

ership as a catalyst for community transformation. We’ve

visit DCHabitat.org.

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door company. Founded in 1956, Alco Products has been a family-owned and operated business for three generations. With a showroom and design center in North Bethesda, the company prides itself on providing clients with top-rated service and the latest high-technology materials. Alco Products offers custom installation, lifetime warranties and a satisfaction guarantee. “We aren’t into hard selling or upselling. We diagnose the problem and offer custom solutions based on our clients’ needs,” Jesse says.

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50-year warranty roofing system

+ In addition to viewing before-and-after photos, ask the potential contractor if you can call one of their former clients as a reference. + Most homes built before the early 2000s have roof systems that last roughly 20 years. At this point in the life of a roof, and depending on the severity of the issue, Alco may recommend a replacement roof including the underlayment of the roof system to weatherize and protect your home over the long-term. It can actually be more costly in the long run to continue repairing an old roof. + If you are buying a home, make sure the home

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inspector evaluates the roof. If the roof is 15 to 20 years old, take into account the cost of a new roofing system when you make your offer. + Alco uses the Integrity Roof System by CertainTeed, which has a 50-year warranty on certain roofing shingles. A superior roof is stronger than the sum of its parts. A quality roofing system involves the underJames Hardie Siding

layment, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together day after day, year after year. The Integrity Roof System is designed to provide optimum performance, no matter the weather.

JESSE’S PRO TIPS

+ Fiber cement siding and backerboard from

+ Make sure the company you are hiring is actually licensed to

James Hardie, also known as HardiePlank,

work in the state where you live. Plenty of companies in this area

HardieShingle or HardiePanel has fire-resis-

work in Northern Virginia and Maryland and are licensed in both,

tant properties. Alco is an elite preferred con-

but it is always important to double check and see their licenses.

tractor of James Hardie siding. This popular material resembles wood, but is much more

+ A company with longevity has the proven track record to provide quality service and workmanship. Choose a company that has

resistant to damage from weather as well as termites, carpenter bees and other pests.

been in business for more than 10 years. A company that has been around for more than 20 or 30 years is more likely to know

+ Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor lots of

what they are doing and have a proven track record of success.

questions. They should be happy to share their expertise to ensure homeowners receive qual-

+ Check out a company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau,

ity, cost-effective workmanship.

and check resources such as Google or Facebook for reviews before choosing your contractor.

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MOVIEGOERS FEEL LIKE IPIC THEATER IN NORTH BETHESDA IS THEIR HOME AWAY FROM HOME! iPic presents its guests with a unique movie experience where they can relax and escape with great comfort, hospitality and amenities. The super soft and comfortable reclining theater seats will instantly make you feel at ease. iPic  Entertainment is America’s premier luxury restaurant and theater. A pioneer of the dine-in theater concept, iPic  Entertainment’s mission is to provide visionary entertainment escapes, presenting high-quality, chef-driven culinary and farmto-glass mixology in architecturally unique destinations that include premium movie theaters complete with a restaurant and bar. iPic’s restaurant, City Perch Kitchen + Bar, has an award-winning chef at the helm. Guests can download the iPic app to pre-order in-theater gourmet dining selections, book tickets, and select and reserve seats in advance. Choose from iPic’s two signature seating options: Premium leather seats and Premium Plus leather recliners, with Premium Chaise Lounges and intimate Premium Plus Seating Pods to enjoy your movie experience in unprecedented comfort. Guests are welcome to join the iPic Access Member Rewards Program to start earning and redeeming points at all iPic Theaters and restaurants, receive members-only special ticket pricing, receive priority access on all ticket purchases, attend advance screening events, receive complimentary seating upgrades, attend member-exclusive special events and more.  What’s more, iPic has a wide variety of films for movie lovers of all ages. Flicks featured in March include Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Greyhound, Wonder Park and more. For more information, visit iPicTheaters.com.

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MARCH

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS

ROSANNE CASH AND BAND

GEORGETOWN ARCHITECTURE TOUR

Trapeze artists will astound you,

Bold and commanding, Rosanne

Established

and clowns will keep you laughing

Cash is a masterful storyteller

Washington, D.C. itself, Georgetown

when this Big Top comes to the

with a rich, evocative voice. Her

originated as a gritty port city on

Washington, D.C. area! Big Apple

upcoming release, She Remembers

the banks of the Potomac River.

Circus' latest show brings together

Everything, is a highly anticipated

Georgetown features some of the

some of the world's top circus acts

follow-up to her triple Grammy-

most expensive and desirable prop-

and sets them loose in an intimate

winning masterpiece, The River and

erty in the District. It is home to palatial

one-ring setting. Various dates and

the Thread. The album features new

mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately

times through March 24. For tickets,

songs that sound like old friends

churches and a world-class univer-

visit NationalHarbor.com.

amongst fan favorites “Seven Year

sity. Explore the neighborhood with a

Ache” and “I Don’t Know Why You

focus on architecture and urban plan-

Don’t Want Me.” Strathmore.org

ning. DCDesignTours.com

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART GUIDED TOUR

AFRICAN ART TOUR

National Harbor

The Music Center at Strathmore

1 FINDING NEVERLAND National Theatre

See how Peter became Pan in the hit musical Finding Neverland. Finding Neverland tells the incredi-

Georgetown

African American Art

Professional

guide

This small, private tour will transport

most beloved characters. With a

Stephen Mead takes you through the

you to selected countries in Africa,

bit of pixie dust and a whole lot

National Gallery of Art's highlights, his-

where you will learn about the conti-

of faith, characters leave the real

torical showstoppers and fan favorites.

nent's civilizations, cultures and how

world behind for Neverland, where

He'll discuss each piece's symbols,

Africans have been influential in shap-

nothing is impossible and the

stories and background. Stephen is a

ing the world's developmental prog-

wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Washington, D.C. certified tour guide

ress. Explore African art dating back

TheNationalDC.org

specializing in private tours of the arts,

to the 15th century, and travel all the

culture and historically inspired sites.

way up to modern-era masterpieces.

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DUPONT CIRCLE AND EMBASSY ROW WALKING TOUR

AQUARIUM

Dupont Circle and Embassy Row

Enter a fantastical island world where

National Mall. Take in the towering

Some say that D.C. is America's Paris.

fish soar through the air, lemons light

Washington

sobering

The capital's streets were actually

up the sky and sheep go parading

Vietnam Wall and awe-inspiring

designed by French-born American

by. With gentle music, puppets and

Lincoln Memorial. Hear stories of

architect

L'Enfant.

props, guides Jack and Calypso lead

the history, heroes and hopes of the

Experience this architecture, along

children and caregivers in an inter-

United States. You'll also see the

with grandiose mansions and embas-

active journey to a magical place of

White House, the WWII Memorial and

sies, on a walking tour of Embassy

play. Best for ages 1 to 5. Learn more

the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Row and Dupont Circle. Gaze at some

at ImaginationStage.org.

DCDesignTours.com

of the most pristine properties in D.C.

NATIONAL MALL MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS TOUR National Mall

Explore iconic landmarks through an architectural lens on a tour of the Monument,

Pierre

Charles

ranging in styles from Neoclassical to Beaux-Arts. DCDesignTours.com 32

before

ble story behind one of the world's

1

tour

years

Smithsonian National Museum of

National Gallery of Art

museum

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BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL

Grounds of the Washington Monument

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off kite season. The eighth annual Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the U.S. and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations. Bring your own kites, or children can make a kite at an activity station to fly on the public field. NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

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LOCAL’S CHOICE COUNTERTOP TRENDS

Counter Culture HOMEOWNERS HAVE LONG WISHED FOR MARBLE AND

countertops now mimic marble and concrete colors and veining

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS, BUT CONCERNS ABOUT

while surfaces are often available in polished or honed finishes

CHIPPING, SCRATCHING AND STAINING HAVE KEPT THESE

to complete the effect. Whether traditional or modern in design,

PRODUCTS FROM BECOMING MAINSTAYS IN AMERICAN

these new countertop materials satisfy the look and feel home-

KITCHENS. This demand has resulted in great advances in new

owners desire, along with the performance and durability they

countertop materials that offer the look and feel of marble and

can live with. Learn more at Counter-Culture.com.

concrete without the durability concerns. Quartz and porcelain 2

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1. Cambria Britannica Quartz with double miter edge build-up (Photo by Jen Amendolara for Counter Culture) | 2. Dekton Kira Porcelain (Photo by Counter Culture) | 3. Stile Statuario Bari Porcelain (Photo by Counter Culture) | 4. Caesarstone London Grey Quartz (Photo by Caesarstone) | 5. Viaterra Rococo Quartz (Photo by Jen Amendolara for Counter Culture) | 6. Pietra Calacatta Porcelain Tile (Photo by Jen Amendolara for Counter Culture) | 7. Calacatta Classique Q Quartz (Photo by Jen Amendolara for Counter Culture) | 8. Shadow Grey Q Quartz with Custom Double 1/4-inch Beveled Edge (Photo by Counter Culture) | 9. Caesarstone Raw Concrete Quartz single-piece vanity and sink with miter build-up. Custom designed and constructed by Counter Culture. (Photo by Counter Culture) 34

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