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THESOCIALLIST A look back at 2009's best events

ADRIENNEARSHT A major philanthropist returns to Washington

LOOKINGFORWARD Behind the scenes at the Opera Ball with Susan Lehrman

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INSIDEHOMES Deborah and Curtin Winsor renovated David and Evangeline Bruce's classic Georgetown mansion with style, grace, and a distinctly modern touch.

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HISAOKA"MAKEADIFFERENCE"GALAHelping those living with cancer .................................................  WPASFALLCELEBRATIONSoprano Kiri Te Kanawa says farewell ............................................................ 

WHITEHOUSESTATEDINNER The Obamas host their first official state dinner in honor of India's prime minister..........

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COMINGUPTALLERAWARDS Celebrating community arts and humanities programs ...............................................

RUNWAYENRELEVÉREDUXThe Washington Ballet runway show at Bloomingdale's ............................................

HOLLYWOODONTHEPOTOMAC Woody Harrelson premieres The Messenger ...................................................

MONATANEROPENINGThe New York-based jewelry designer's new boutique in Chevy Chase ...............................

JSTREETGALADINNERA high-powered dinner honoring founder Victor Kovner ............................................

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DIPLOMATICDANCE Trade issues, diplomatic tastings, and state dinners as children's learning tools ...................................

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ooking back to when we first started compiling our Washington Life well this month when you read Christopher Boutlier’s story about Curtin Social List 14 years ago, I couldn’t help reflecting how small the and Deborah Winsor’s Georgetown residence (where the formidable society roster was – so small, in fact, that most of the people on it would eminences David and Evangeline Bruce once entertained in high style). A social issue needs a few parties and this issue certainly won’t have known everyone else. That is no longer the case. Now that the list has grown to more than disappoint.The second annual Joan Hisaoka “Make A Difference” Gala was 750 entries, it would be virtually impossible for even the most ubiquitous a resounding success as were the other WL-sponsored events covered here, guest to claim acquaintance with so many notables from the worlds of including the Corcoran 1869 Society Fall Fête, Fight Night, the Lombardi Center and Sibley Hospital galas, politics, diplomacy, business, philanthropy, and the arts. and major benefits hosted for the While a certain element of “Old Guard”Washington Harman Center for the Arts and remains, it no longer dominates. A much larger group is the Washington Performing Arts now included, and this reflects the myriad ways in which Society. the city has grown since we started. People often ask This issue also features how names get added, and the answer is a bit complex. the second installment of our While political rank, fortune, and family ties remain series on Obama Administration important, strong elements of civic spirit, philanthropy, and personalities you really need to sophistication do speed the process as well. know. This time Chuck Conconi As is generally the case profiles Julius Genachowski, after a change in presidential the chairman of the Federal administrations, several of Communications Commission, the additional names reflect and his wife, Rachel Goslins, an the arrival of the Obama independent filmmaker who crowd (although it must be now heads up the President’s said that most are still too Commission on the Arts and busy working on the grave Humanities. problems of the day to be Editor in Chief Nancy Reynolds Bagley with There’s not enough space socializing much at night). Alexandra Stanton (left) and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (above) at the J Street Gala here to highlight everything we Many who worked for Dinner. (Photo by Tony Powell) have to offer, although you won’t President George W. Bush want to miss the monthly columns have left town, although others remain and will join predecessors from the Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, covering Embassy Row, the Virginia Hunt Country, and “Hollywood on Carter, Ford, Nixon, and Johnson days as full-fledged members of what we the Potomac,” or our fashion feature photographed the Shops at Wisconsin Place – just the right location for all of your holiday shopping. like to call the “Permanent Establishment.” There is plenty here to keep you occupied until we return in February. Spicing up this year’s Social List is a most attractive and oh-so-social group that we photographed in the art-filled halls of Hillwood, the palatial In the meantime, please know that you have best wishes for a joyous holiday home of the late party-giver extraordinaire Marjorie Merriweather Post. season from everyone at Washington Life. Our annual list of the city’s most memorable fêtes returns as does our special “My Washington” feature by renowned “Miss Manners” columnist Judith Martin. Ann Geracimos reports on the return to Washington of Adrienne Arsht, a philanthropist who is already making major waves with her generous support of the arts. Another of our issue’s little coups is the Nancy R. Bagley collection of vintage photos from Gore Vidal’s latest memoir, Snapshots Editor in Chief in History’s Glare, all taken in Washington between 1935 and 1962. You’ll discover that our Inside Homes feature has a high-society connection as Readers wishing to contact Nancy can email info@washingtonlife.com


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New York City-based jewelry designer MONA TANER is taking the nation’s capital by storm this holiday season at her new Chevy Chase boutique. The Wisconsin Avenue store - located inside Mervis Diamonds - features a unique 18kt gold and diamond collection that will have fashion-conscious customers flocking to shop. Mona Taner Boutique, 5480 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-215-9500, www.monataner.com.

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Miracle on 34th Street The famed Washington art space, GOVINDAGALLERY recently celebrated its 34th year on 34th Street NW, making it the longestestablished art gallery in one location in Washington’s history. To celebrate this impressive milestone, owner Chris Murray launched “The Back Room,” a blog within the gallery’s website documenting historic and exciting moments of the venue’s storied past, which includes visits by Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, and Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood. 1227 34th St. NW, 202-333-1180, www. govindagallery.com/category/blog.

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Send an E-vite. Websites, like Paperless Post, provide stylish varieties of electronic invitations that will spread the word about your event without harming any trees.

Create a colorful atmosphere. Reusable linens come in an array of patterns and hues, while potted plants add texture, depth, and organic beauty to any room.

Light it up. Add decorative LED lights to trees, centerpieces, and doorways. They use about one tenth of the energy of conventional lights.

Plan an organic menu. Use local organic produce and grass-fed beef. Even the bar can be eco-friendly with organic wines from vineyards like Pheasant Valley Winery.

Add thoughtful details. Instead of providing party favors, arrange for a donation to be made to an environmental organization on behalf of each guest.

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A highlight of the Washington holiday season, the gala is a mustattend for the city’s most prominent social folk. Enjoy this year’s French-themed Christmas music in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing on the Roof Terrace. The Kennedy Center; 7 p.m., $600, $750, $1,000, and $2,500; tables $7,500, $10,000, $15,000, and $25,000; black-tie; contact Emily Riffle, 202-244-3669, eriffle@choralarts.org.

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here’s an accomplished, dynamic, and well-connected husband-and-wife team in every administration – a couple you need to know to play the Washington game. In the Age of Obama, that would be Julius Genachowski and Rachel Goslins. Interviewed in their light and airy Cleveland Park bungalow, they don’t shy away from discussing their flurry of social invitations due to their new titles. “We could be out every night in uncomfortable shoes,” Goslins says with a wry smile. They fit a new “FOB” – Friends of Barack – category. fit a new “FOB” – Friends of Barack – category. Genachowski and President Obama were classmates at Harvard Law School and worked together on the Harvard Law Review. As Genachowski explains, “I witnessed his first campaign in 1990 when he ran for president of the law review and won.” And, he adds, “Even then I knew he would do great things.” They also attended each other’s weddings (Genachowski’s first, that ended in divorce) and the future president’s, to Michelle Obama. Genachowski is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). His wife, Rachel Goslins, a documentary filmmaker, is executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She produced and directed the acclaimed independent film, Bama Girl, about a young African American woman at the University of Alabama who runs for homecoming queen while combating

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“The Machine,” a secret association of white fraternities that controlled campus politics. Their house is comfortable, unpretentious, and neat. Their children, Lilah, 5, and Aaron, 3, are curious, but well behaved. They get a little squirmy as a photographer attempts to pose them for a family picture. Genachowski gets them to settle down and smile for the camera by telling them to say “pizza” while their mother promises a chance to watch a “SpongeBob SquarePants” video. Genachowski also has a son, Jacob, 18, from his first marriage. He boasts that Jacob was a star quarterback for the Maret School’s

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Fighting Frogs this year. It was a great season for the Frogs, he says, explaining that they beat their rivals, The Potomac School and Sidwell Friends. Genachowski and Goslins are no strangers to Washington. “I’ve been here since 1985 and Rachel has been here for 15 years. We have “deep ties,” they explain, completing each other’s sentences. They met on a blind date at Ruperts, a restaurant that was near the Convention Center, and then, in an only-inWashington scenario, ended up at the Lincoln Memorial. Goslins said they went looking for the typo on the wall that exists in Lincoln’s

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Second Inaugural Address. On the next date, Genachowski continues, they bicycled to Alexandria. A park in Old Town is important to them because, one day short of the anniversary of their first date, Genachowski drove Goslins there to propose. The wedding took place in 2001 at Big Sur in California, Goslins’ home state. Genachowski, who grew up on Long Island, N.Y., is a policy wonk with a keen understanding of the power of new technology. He urged Obama to take full advantage of the Internet, a strategy that ultimately raised record-breaking contributions for his friend’s presidential campaign. The son of Eastern European Jews who fled the Holocaust, Genachowski, 47, is an energetic man with boyishly good looks. Expressing mock annoyance, his pert, svelte wife points out that she is seven years younger, but that on their first date he got carded and she didn’t. Her husband’s youthful appearance, however, belies a man with a staggering résumé. He worked in the high tech industry for 10 years and co-founded LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures. He also was a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller’s e-commerce and media company. He clerked for Supreme Court Justices William J. Brennan and David Souter as well as for Chief Judge Abner Mikva at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Other career landmarks include jobs with Sen. Chuck Schumer (when he was still in the House of Representatives) and for the House Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair. As FCC chairman, Genachowski is back at the agency where he was chief counsel to FCC chairman Reed Hundt from 1994 to 1997. Goslins, a 1995 graduate of UCLA’s law school, is another over-achiever. After receiving

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Julius Genachowski and his family join President Obama in the Oval Office after Genachowski’s swearing-in as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

her degree, she worked for the U.S. Copyright Office, representing the government at the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. She was working there when she met Genachowski and he supported her leaving the law to become a filmmaker. “I don’t regret giving up the law,” she says. “I missed being creative. Documentary making is a great intersection between substance and creativity.” That career path led to Bama Girl. Her latest work, God’s House, tells the story of Albanian Muslims who saved several thousand Jews during World War II. “The Muslims hid the Jews and not a single one was surrendered to the Nazis,” she explains. The film has been submitted for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival. Goslins says she has put her filmmaking on hold now that she is executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Membership on the panel, of which First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary chairwoman, consists of officials from federal agencies having cultural programs such as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Department of Education, the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Kennedy Center. Its prestigious committee includes cellist Yo Yo Ma; actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Edward Norton, and Forest Whitaker; prize-winning architect Tom

Mayne; and philanthropist Teresa Heinz. Their children are still quietly watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” but Goslins warns there is only about 20 minutes left on the video. “They don’t get to watch much television,” she explains, “so that when they do they are quiet.” Like many parents caught up in the demands of Washington, they say that family is their first concern. Such a comment may be predictable Washington boilerplate, but with this couple, it rings true. They find the capital’s circuit stimulating, Goslins says, because it “always offers the opportunity to meet somebody fascinating.” Apart from their “official” lives, they are active in the Adis Israel Congregation and support Save the Children and a number of environmental causes while still finding the time to renovate a new home, also in Cleveland Park. Genachowski says he is not interested in a future run for political office and Goslins knows she will eventually return to independent film making, although that seems a long way off right now. They seem more than capable of being both FOBs and a popular power couple and are out-and-about on the arts/political/social circuit, albeit on their own terms. Goslins says she is comfortably resigned to dining out on numerous evenings in her uncomfortable shoes.

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STANDINGTALLBig-name writers, actors, and musicians gathered with next-generation artists on the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery to celebrate the Coming Up Taller Award recipients. Bestowed by the President’s Commi#ee on the Arts and Humanities, the awards honor a%er and out of school community programs that promote creative expression for students throughout the nation. Honorees received a commemorative plaque and a check for $10,000, ensuring that the programs continue to motivate and celebrate youth pursuing the arts. THE GUESTS Jim and Paula Crown, Lou and Ami Aronson, Frank Cordes, Jody Arlington, Margo Lion, Lynsey Wood Jeffries, Maureen Dwye, Reggie VanLee, and Greg Albright.

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Wars and Hoaxes Films on recent conflicts draw critical attention and two wily rogues hoodwink the media while tweaking Sarah Palin B Y J A N E T D O N O VA N

DANGEROUSMANVS  THEMESSENGER It was a Sophie’s Choice moment at the finale of the Impact Film Festival, a Washington, D.C.based non-profit event created as a platform for documentary and narrative filmmaking. Having to choose between simultaneous screenings of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and The Messenger starring Woody Harrelson was a challenging call. The Messenger won. The Messenger is a powerful story of two men assigned to the U.S. Army’s Casualty Notification service who conduct themselves as steely heroes while revealing their inner fragility. Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson give brilliant por traits of g r ief , friendship, and survival as they bear the bad news to loved ones of the fallen soldiers. “Forget the politics. Seeing this film is a must,” said Richard Rymland, the husband of film producer Catherine Wyler (the daughter of famed director William Wyler). “It is a superb directorial debut that builds an ensemble display of acting that takes your breath away. The nine-minutes-in-thekitchen scene is worthy of adding to your pantheon of cinema bests. Tight shots, in your face, human sadness and, best of all ... reality.” At the after-party at Posh, director Oren Moverman held court briefly with guests, then moved in to join Hunter Biden and his friends. Harrelson, a devoted peace activist, was

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a curious choice for the part. Asked about the role, the actor said: “I had to get into a psychological space I had never been in before. I may not agree with the war, but I have compassion for the warriors.” Amen.

filmmakers. Also written under the name of the fictitious consultant, their recent book, I Am Martin Eisenstadt: One Man’s (Wildly Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans chronicles their deceitful adventures. Did it embarrass the news outlets? You betcha! Did it stop a good party? Heck no. Guests at the home of former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart included Matt Cooper, Marc Adelman, Karen Finney, Christina Sevilla, Mike Feldman, and Juleanna Glover.

THEMORETHEMERRYER Bob Merry is a happy camper these days, as well he should be. His latest effort, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, is Woody Harrelson and Jonathan Capehart at the Washington currently ranked first in sales of 19th premiere party for The century history books. Merry has been Messenger. Eitan Gorlin and Dan Mirvish, ersatz authors of a journalist and publishing executive the “Martin Eisenstadt” hoax. for over 35 years, including a decade as a Wall Street Journal correspondent and a dozen years as president and editor-in-chief WILLTHEREAL of Congressional Quarterly, Inc. MARTINEISENSTADT If the number of parties being held in one’s PLEASESTANDUP? “Martin Eisenstadt” is honor is any indication of success, Merry’s every journalist’s nightmare. In a climate where book is also a winner. The latest fete was at the getting scoops is often more important than home of Audrey Cramer, where former CQ getting the facts right, a hoax perpetrated on colleagues joined columnist and commentator the Internet by a phony McCain staffer went Mark Shields, and on-and-off-again presidential farther and faster than a NASCAR driver contender Pat Buchanan. on speed. The duo of Dan Mirvish and Eitan “I had two wonderful career segments,” Gorlin “punked” many of the nation’s cable Merry said, “covering Washington for one of outlets into thinking they had the ultimate the country’s leading newspapers and leading a scoop on Sarah Palin, e.g., that she thought fine news organization.” Africa was one big country. In reality, Mirvish was not a McCain aide. He and Gorlin, his collaborator, are both

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DANCEMARATHON What’s an ambassador to do when her country’s Free Trade Agreement has been waiting for Congressional approval for three years? Start dancing. That’s the latest clever move by Colombia’s determined Carolina Barco to make the U.S. and its leaders fall in love with Colombia in time for the worldwide celebration of its bicentennial next year. To launch the 2010 festivities, the effervescent envoy welcomed social folk like Esther Coopersmith and Barbara Gordon, staffers from the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and even the Commerce Department’s Colombia desk officer at glamorous sit-down feasts in her Baroque ballroom.These Friday and Monday gatherings just before Thanksgiving were called “nonworking” dinners. Inviting guests to “start off this holiday week on the right foot,” Barco held her own “Thanksgiving” dinner dances to “thank all of you who have been … helping us to navigate uncertain times.” It didn’t take much to encourage guests to dance to the rhythms of Colombian cumbia, salsa, vallenato, and porro, and American rock ’n’ roll. For Friday night’s bicentennial kickoff dinner, Colombian chef Leonor (“Leo”) Espinosa, owner of Bogota’s world-renowned Leo Cocina y Cava (Condé Nast Traveller lists it as one of the world’s best eateries), created an endless presentation of exotic dishes inspired by Colombia’s different regions. Keep those dancing shoes handy – Barco promises a yearlong celebration aimed at highlighting the diversity of Colombia’s 44

Above: Capricia Marshall and Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar at Blair House; Left: Panamanian Ambassador Jaime Aleman and wife Pilar at the Colombian Embassy residence. (Photos by Gail Scott)

cuisine, art, science, and traditions and … always, dancing!

PANAMA’SPOWERFULPAIR Washington has already taken notice of the new Panamanian Ambassador Jaime Aleman and his talented wife, Pilar. This Notre Dame and Duke University Law grad now occupies the chair where his father, Roberto, once sat as ambassador to Panama in the late 1960s when Jaime was a student at Georgetown Prep – now their youngest son, Juan Manuel, 15, is boarding there. “It’s wonderful to be back in Washington,” says the distinguished lawyer and economist who most recently was managing partner at Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Leed, one of Panama’s leading law firms. “To come back to live in the house where I grew up and now see my son go to my school is quite something.” His wife, also no stranger to Washington and the East Coast, is a Smith College graduate who received a Master’s degree in Finance at American University (and started her U.S. education at the posh Shipley School on Philadelphia’s Main Line). Always active in

the financial world, this former president of the Panamanian Stock Exchange, corporate manager of Central America’s largest private bank, and professor of Finance is now head of development for Fundacion Amador, the non-profit group behind the first major museum in Panama (and all Latin America) to be designed by the famed American architect Frank Gehry. Expect these two powerful Panamanians to not only throw great parties and be the same down-to-earth pals they have always been to their American extended family, but to also get the Free Trade congressional endorsement for which Panama has long been awaiting.

STATE VISITS AS LEARNING TOOLS  Capricia Marshall, President Obama’s chief of protocol and the mother of 6-year-old Cole Marshall, is spinning out her dream of including children in state visits. To coincide with the administration’s first fête honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in late November, the State Department and the Indian Embassy planned “Taste of India,” an afternoon “cooking lesson” at Blair House for District school students and the children of Indian diplomats. Fifty-two little hands made samosas and white lentil donuts while learning about Indian spices from guest chef Vikram Sundarum of Rasika, Blair House chef Ian Knox, a Scotsman, and his assistant, Keisha Sellers.

“I hope this will be the prototype for other State visits and that one day we will have a children’s state dinner to complement the regular White House state dinner,” Marshall said after signing autographs next to the afternoon’s star, Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar.

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To breathe new life into the U.S. health care system, oday, our nations’ health and economy we need CPR: are entwined. The U.S. spends twice as * C – Coverage.We must provide high quality health much on health care as a percentage of care for all Americans while developing innovative GDP as Japan, but ranks 50th in life expectancy strategies to contain costs.There are 47 million uninsured compared to Japan, which has the third highest life Americans and millions more who are underinsured. expectancy in the world. * P – Prevention. Seventy percent of health care Only three percent of Japanese people costs in America are related to preventable factors such are obese as compared to the 66 percent of as tobacco use, obesity, and lack of physical activity. Americans who are overweight or obese. Yoriko Fujisaki, wife of the Japanese We need to find disease early when there is the best Despite these discrepancies, both countries Ambassador, and Susan Blumenthal, M.D chance for a cure, saving money as well as lives. have aging populations with a concomitant * R – Research. It is critical to increase our chronic disease epidemic and the costs of health care investment in research – medicine’s field of dreams from which new are rising dramatically. President Obama frequently speaks to our nation about the importance findings about the cause, treatment, and prevention of disease are harvested. of re-engineering the U.S. health care system. We can learn a lesson So what we need now is a new, innovative health care system – CPR for from Japan, a country that provides all of its citizens with health care. the 21st century.

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ore Vidal is the author of 25 novels, eight plays, two autobiographical works, more than 200 essays, and not-even-he-knows how many television and movie scripts. His latest effort, “Snapshots in History’s Glare” (Harry Abrams) is a visual memoir of his remarkable

and famously well-lived life. A pictorial treasure trove, it includes photos ranging from his 1930s student days at St. Albans School to the early ’60s, when the Kennedys (to whom he was related, sort of) dominated the American scene.

A 1930s portrait of Gore Vidal with his grandfather, the blind Sen. Thomas P. Gore of Oklahoma. (Collection Gore Vidal/Copy work by Joshua White)

Vidal lived for a time with his mother, Nina Gore Vidal Auchincloss, and stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss Jr., at Merrywood (which he calls “a real misnomer”), the family’s Chain Bridge Road home in McLean. The Potomac River estate was later owned, in succession, by Wyatt and Nancy Dickerson, Alan and Dianne Kay, and Steve and Jean Case.

Vidal calls this picture of himself with John and Jacqueline Kennedy (“the actual photo of the three of us and how we were seated”) the “mystery story” of his book. He writes, “Recently the writer Sally Bedell Smith, in an admiring book about Camelot, revealed a totally different photograph from that evening [at a Washington horse show]. Instead of the lineup … a new picture has replaced the old picture. I am totally cut out of the photo and replaced by Alice Roosevelt Longworth and her black hat (she had actually been seated about five rows behind us). … I discussed this matter with Ms. Bedell Smith, who could not believe that the Kennedy White House could rearrange a picture for political reasons. But Bobby was eager to prove that it was not possible that I could have ever posed with the Kennedys. This is how the Kennedy White House played ball.” (Collection Gore Vidal)


“The lawn at Merrywood in a truly merry mood … amidst the alien tulle of a thousand bridesmaids. In this lineup I see many familiar faces in what looks to be a platoon of Amazons carrying bouquets of flowers.” Photo from the wedding of Vidal’s half-sister, Nina Gore Auchincloss, to future Republican Congressman Newton Steers of Maryland on June 6, 1957: From left: Catherine Mellon (Warner), Paula Coudert, Binney White, Nonie Phipps, Elizabeth Guest (Stevens), Janet Auchincloss (Rutherfurd), Nina Auchincloss, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Onassis), Julie Hamm (Finley), Cornelia Roberts (Countess von Coudenhove), Alita “Binkie” von Laer Reventlow, Nancy Ingersoll, Elinor White (Montgomery), and Pamela Davis.

“The lads of Merrywood.” The assembled groomsmen from left: Dick Wilmer, unidentified man, Al Hudes, Michael Straight (Nina Auchincloss’s second husband), Gore Vidal, Paul Rogers, Hugh D. (“Yusha”) Auchincloss III, James “Jamie” Auchincloss, Sen. John F. Kennedy, and Merle Thorpe. Missing are John Warner and Ted Hartley. (Collection Gore Vidal)

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’Tis the season to give... and give back D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, CityBridge Foundation President Katherine Bradley, and Venture Philanthropy Partners Board Member Jack Davies on the importance of improving education for our city’s youth

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s a nation that takes pride in global accomplishments, the United States needs to be paying closer attention to the state of education. Our country is not a world leader in any field of education and students in the capital are at the bottom of the statistical records. But we all know that despite the numbers, our students are capable of greatness. Many of the District’s public schools lack the resources to provide smaller class sizes, field trips, hands-on learning, and teaching methods proven to produce highachieving students. We should not be struggling just to make our children reach national averages in education, but to have them striving to become the best. As you consider giving to various causes this holiday season, don’t forget to think locally. These contributions, by leaders in the fields of education and philanthropy touch upon what can be done to include the District’s children among the highest achieving students in the nation.

CHANCELLORMICHELLERHEE This morning I awoke to headlines that hunger in the United States is at a 14year high. In the D.C. Public Schools, 70 percent of children do not have the money to pay for a school lunch. I am grateful that the local community pulls together every year during the holidays to increase donations for children who come to school hungry and cold.Yet as we focus on giving this month, my challenge to the community is an even bigger one. Every conversation I have with students tells me they are as bright as high-achieving children in the suburbs. I speak with many adults who doubt this, especially considering the sobering numbers we face. Only nine percent of our high school freshmen go on to graduate from college within five years. We have achievement gaps in math and reading that are over 50 percent between black and white students, and 79 percent of our students are black. When I

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accepted leadership of the school system in 2007, only 12 percent of our eighth graders were proficient in reading, and eight percent were proficient in math. Recently a reporter implied that I was crazy to think we could create a successful school system from this starting point.Those who agree with him tell me that as long as we have capitalism, there will always be “haves” and “have-nots.” Once any ethnic group dominates either category, the cycle is bound to continue from one generation to the next, providing little hope that we can expect discouraging statistics to move in our lifetimes. The problem with this line of thinking is that the data shows otherwise, and it doesn’t take a bleeding heart to believe what children are demonstrating through data. At one D.C. Public School, Noyes Elementary, under a new principal student reading proficiency went

Chancellor Michelle Rhee (Photo by Tony Powell)

from 24 percent to 85 percent in just four years, and in math from 10 percent to 64 percent. In another school, only nine percent of the students were on grade level, when just down the street in a successful charter school, over 90 percent of students were.The challenges poverty, violence in the surrounding neighborhood,

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Katherine Bradley reading to children in the Jump Start program.

—all of the reasons used to lower expectations— did not change from school to school. Schools have enormous power when they are backed by the collective will, work, and expectation to succeed. Even on the district level we are seeing results. In math, in 2009 our 8th grade growth was three times the national average, and our 4th graders were the only group in the country to see gains in every subgroup: African American, English language learners, students on free and reduced lunch … they are outpacing the nation and are absolutely capable of meeting the high expectations we have held for suburban children for decades. It is no pipe dream to say that public education can break the cycle of poverty that falls along racial lines in this city, and we have become far too comfortable accepting this cycle as a given for thousands of children. If I could have three wishes on my holiday list this year, I would ask for even more than the important holiday donations of food and clothing that will get many students’ families through the holidays. I would ask for: • A shared outrage about any school or system that sends children into a competitive world without the skills to compete; • A shared belief in the capabilities of all of our children, even those living in the most difficult of circumstances to achieve at the highest levels; • A shared commitment to fueling our actions with both. This may be in the form of funds that are allowing us to radically reform teacher development, support and accountability; the time and expertise that businesses and individuals volunteer; or the political courage to make decisions that prioritize the politically voiceless children whose futures ride on our choices. Even in an economy that pulls at both heartstrings and purse strings to make this

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commitment, I hope that readers will continue to give in these ways, pulling your friends and colleagues along with you throughout the year.

KATHERINEBRADLEY CITYBRIDGEFOUNDATION Three years ago, I invited my husband, David Bradley, and our son, Carter, to tour a brand new charter school in a church basement on Minnesota Avenue in Southeast Washington’s Ward 7. We were visiting KIPPLEAP, the first early childhood program launched in the District by the KIPP public charter school network. Most of the school’s students came from low-income households. Their demographic peers across the nation generally struggle in failing schools, but these students were thriving in a program indistinguishable in quality from the sought-after Upper Northwest preschool my children had attended. The more we watched, the more we realized that these four-year-olds were more advanced than my boys had been at the same age. David turned to me and – with uncharacteristic emotion – said: “Once anyone has seen this, how can they tolerate failing schools around the corner? Do people know this is possible?” Increasingly, the answer is “yes.”We do know what’s possible. Low-income kids are succeeding in rigorous (and nurturing) schools all over the country. We are beginning to understand that poverty need not be destiny. Every single one of the four-year olds we saw in the church basement – 100 percent of the class – is now

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at or above grade-level in reading. Once you’ve seen this sort of standardsetting school yourself – as Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Obama have – you urgently want to spread the word:The country’s urban education crisis is a solvable problem. Our family foundation, CityBridge, has focused on education reform in the District since the 2005 launch of our Early Years Education Initiative, a series of investments in schools and teachers for young children in Washington. We were lucky that our partners’ work complemented City Council Chairman Vincent Gray’s legislative goal of quality pre-kindergarten for all District children. A powerful model for change resulted: Political leadership, philanthropy, and nonprofit advocates all aligned toward the same set of early childhood goals, allowing significant social change to happen quickly and (relatively) easily. Getting early childhood right is the essential first step for school reform, but it’s no magic bullet. Each part of the educational continuum has to be good for low-income kids to thrive. As we’ve broadened our focus, we have found that the K-12 space is also filled with compelling ideas, levers for real change, such as new ways to support the best teaching talent or interventions that help children thrive in high-poverty schools. Even with highest-caliber talent – such as Chancellor Michelle Rhee has recruited – it’s much harder to teach when children come to school burdened by the stresses of poverty. So we are helping a successful New York-based organization, which addresses the school-based challenges of poverty, explore whether to come to Washington. Five years of school reform work has taught us, however, that great schools are not enough. Education reform is a fragile enterprise, and hard-won progress will last

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JACKDAVIES VENTUREPHILANTHROPY PARTNERS At Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), we invest significant charitable dollars in education because we believe Nelson Mandela’s famous words: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” In the battle to secure a better future for the young Venture Philanthropy Partners Board Member Jack Davies. (Photo by Betsy Spruill-Clarke) people of our region, and indeed, to shore up the viability and vibrancy of our region itself, only if residents from all over the District quality education for all students is critical. VPP’s model combines large amounts of invest time, resources, and political capital in permanent change. We think education scarce “growth capital” – funds to help nonprofits advocates need to build a movement – not scale proven programs, hands-on strategic just fix the schools. What would that look assistance, and leverage of our networks. We like for CityBridge? Our K-12 portfolio work in partnership with phenomenal nonprofit of education work, which we are calling leaders who have bold ambitions to grow and Breakthrough Schools, will also include local serve more children in need. Our commitment to education has led us advocacy, funder collaboration, and broadbased engagement – from grass-roots leaders to invest in programs and services like charter to local corporations. One idea we have is to schools, afterschool programs, quality preschool expand our existing CityBridge Foundation and early childhood development programs, model of corporate civic engagement. We tutoring, mentoring, college access programs hope to connect local companies to schools and more. We look for leaders with innovative at the vanguard of exciting change, such as solutions that will support and enhance the the schools in the DC Catalyst project, where kinds of dynamic reform efforts taking place in new programs in science, the arts, and world local school systems like those in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. cultures will launch next fall. Nonprofits working to transform the system CityBridge envisions a city of stewards – all invested, across time, in results for our need help building up infrastructure to survive kids. We have so much progress to celebrate: for the long-term. They need access to worldTest scores are up, education talent is flocking class talent and performance measurement to our city, and we have a sound system of systems that will give them the data critical schools – charters, traditional public schools, to fine-tuning curriculum and programs. and voucher schools – all creating a healthy Leaders need help navigating a regional system market for educational options. If our city that is complex and not always hospitable to can continue this progress, and build a innovation. very large team of education stewards, our The amazing journey of the See Forever/ kids will succeed. At CityBridge, we are Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS) (incessantly) hopeful. exemplifies the transformation we see possible

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and necessary. David Domenici and James Foreman Jr. were public defenders who became frustrated seeing the same youth cycle through the criminal justice system over and over again. They first started a pizza delivery/after-school tutoring program to provide alternatives, but they needed to do more. So they created MAPCS, which is designed to offer young people who haven’t succeeded in traditional educational environments the support they need to rebuild their lives and graduate from high school. When VPP first met these incredible educational entrepreneurs, they had one campus serving 85 students and plans to open a second. However, they were struggling to make their bold dreams a reality. VPP provided $2.4 million to help See Forever create a plan for growth, build a strong senior management team, expand its board, improve curriculum, develop a system for measuring results, and increase its fiscal stability. More importantly, VPP helped broker partnerships with District Public Schools, the Gates Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and others that brought needed resources and visibility to the groundbreaking work at the Maya Angelou School. David and James’ dream came full circle in the fall of 2007 when they won the bid to deliver the educational program at the New Beginnings Youth Detention Center.Today, See Forever is serving almost 600 students through three campuses, its program at New Beginnings, and a transition center that helps young people move from New Beginnings back to their communities. Even more impressive, 90 percent of its graduates this year went on to enroll in post-secondary programs, far exceeding the rate for the cohort of students enrolled in other D.C. public or charter schools. Nonprofits like See Forever demonstrate how, with the right interventions, the trajectory can be changed for many of the children and youth in our region. All students can have the opportunity to reach their potential and the battle for the future can be won.

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he key to entertaining is to have fun. Keep it simple, plan ahead, and hire a few extra hands to help make any holiday party less stressful. The tuna sashimi recipe below was created by one of my restaurant’s original chefs and it has been on the menu at Chef Geoff ’s for almost 10 years. Planning ahead is easy with this recipe because everything can be made in advance and the only “real” cooking required is for the wonton crackers. Get some help in the kitchen by hiring a few neighborhood kids to help with set up and clean up. I stayed very busy – and made a quite a few bucks – helping my neighbors with their holiday parties while growing up. In many ways, it was the humble beginnings of my career as a chef and entrepreneur. Happy holidays!

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Tuna Sashimi with Wasabi Aioli on Baked Wonton Crackers FOR THE SASHIMI MIXTURE:

FOR THE SOY VINAIGRETTE:

3 lbs Yellowfin tuna, skinned, cleaned, and diced

4 oz soy sauce, low sodium

½ cup scallions, sliced thin

2 oz canola oil

1 cup wasabi aioli

½ oz lime juice

1 cup soy vinaigrette

To taste salt and pepper

To taste salt and pepper 32 wonton crackers Gently mix the first four ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon a generous amount onto each wonton cracker and serve.

1 cup mayonnaise 1 ½ T wasabi powder 1 oz rice wine vinegar To taste salt and pepper Whisk ingredients together. Can be made in advance.

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Whisk ingredients together. Can be made in advance. FOR THE WONTON CRACKERS:

16 square wontons, wrappers cut in half into 32 triangles 2 oz canola oil or spray

FOR THE WASABI AIOLI:

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As needed black and white sesame seeds To taste salt Lay wontons on a tray lined with parchment. Brush or spray with canola oil or spray. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly golden. Allow to cool. Can be made in advance.

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Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pear slice or crystallized ginger.

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Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT ALLBRITTON (Elena)

Mr. MICHAEL BARONE

H.E. the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates YOUSEF AL-OTAIBA

Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES L. BARTLETT (Martha)

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM ABEL-SMITH (Mimi)

H. E. the Ambassador of Kuwait Sheikh SALEM ABDULLAH AL-SABAH and Sheikha RIMA AL-SABAH

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN S. BEALE, JR. (Louise)

Mr. and Mrs. JAMES ABDO (Mai) The Honorable and Mrs. TYLER ABELL (Bess) The Honorable DAVID C. ACHESON Mr. GLEN ACKERMAN and Mr. ERNESTO SANTALLA Mr. THEO ADAMSTEIN and Ms. OLVIA DEMETRIOU

Mrs. STEWART J.O. ALSOP (Elizabeth) Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT ALTMAN (Lynda Carter) Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL ANSARI (Karen)

Mr. and Mrs. HARRY BELIN (Susan) Mr. and Mrs. MORTON BENDER (Grace) Mrs. W. TAPLEY BENNETT, JR. (Margaret) The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM J. BENNETT (Elayne)

Mr. CHRISTOPHER ADDISON and Ms. SILVIA RIPLEY

The Honorable JAIME APARACIO

The Honorable and Mrs. WAYNE L. BERMAN (Lea)

Mrs. R. W. APPLE, JR. (Betsey)

Mr. and Mrs. ADAM K. BERNSTEIN (Tracy)

Mr. and Mrs. JORGE ADELER (Graziela)

Ms. ADRIENNE ARSHT

Mr. and Mrs. DAVID AGNEW (Lela)

Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR W. ARUNDEL (Margaret)

The Honorable and Mrs. STUART A. BERNSTEIN (Wilma)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN E. (“CHIP”) AKRIDGE, III (Sally)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN ARUNDEL (Christine)

The Honorable MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT

Mr. and Mrs. PETER W. ARUNDEL (Brady)

Mr. and Mrs. BRADDOCK ALEXANDER (Denise)

Mrs. MARTIN ATLAS (Liane)

Mr. MAX N. BERRY Mr. and Mrs. ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE, III (Madzy) The Vice President of the United States and Mrs. JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. (Jill)

The Honorable and Mrs. CLIFFORD L. ALEXANDER, JR. (Adele)

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Senator and Mrs. LAMAR ALEXANDER (Honey)

Mr. JEFFREY BADER and Ms. ROHINI TALALLA

The Honorable and Mrs. JAMES H. BILLINGTON (Marjorie)

Mr. and Mrs. R. HUNTER BIDEN (Kathleen)

Ms. NICOLE BAGLEY

Mrs. WORTH BINGHAM (Joan)

H.E. the Ambassador of Yemen ABDULWAHAB A. AL-HAJJRI (Saboura)

Mr. SMITH BAGLEY and the Honorable ELIZABETH FRAWLEY BAGLEY

The Honorable and Mrs. ROBERT O. BLAKE (Sylvia)

H.E. the Ambassador of Jordan His Royal Highness Prince ZEID BIN RA’AD AL-HUSSEIN and Her Royal Highness Princess SARAH ZEID

The Honorable HOWARD H. BAKER, JR. and the Honorable NANCY LANDON KASSEBAUM

Mr. ANTONY BLINKEN and Ms. EVAN RYAN

H. E. the Ambassador of Colombia CAROLINA BARCO

Mrs. FRANCIS BOARDMAN (Ann)

Justice and Mrs. SAMUEL ALITO, JR. (Martha-Ann) H.E. the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia and Mrs. ADEL BIN AHMED AL-JUBEIR (Farah) Mr. and Mrs. JOE L. ALLBRITTON (Barbara Jean)

Ms. BRITTAIN (“BRITTY”) BARDES Mr. ROBERT BARNETT and Ms. RITA BRAVER Mr. and Mrs. ALEXANDER BARTH (Mary)

Representative and Mrs. ROY BLUNT (Abigail) The Honorable LINDY BOGGS Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS HALE BOGGS (Barbara) Mrs. SAMUEL E. BOGLEY (Rose Marie)

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The Honorable AVIS T. BOHLEN and Mr. DAVID P. CALLEO Count and Countess PEDER BONDE (Clarissa)

Mr. and Mrs. E. EDWARD BRUCE (Marnelle) Mr. and Mrs. CHRISTOPHER T. BUCKLEY (Lucy)

Mr. JAMES CARNEY and Ms. CLAIRE SHIPMAN

Senator BARBARA BOXER and Mr. STEWART BOXER

Ms. MAGALEN OHRSTROM BRYANT

Mr. and Mrs. JORGE E. CARNICERO (Jacqueline)

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM L. BRYANT (Aliki)

Mr. and Mrs. JORGE J. CARNICERO (Rima)

Mr. BENJAMIN C. BRADLEE and Ms. SALLY QUINN

Mr. and Mrs. MARK BRZEZINSKI (Natalia)

Mrs. CONSTANCE CARTER

The Honorable and Mrs. ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI (Emilie)

Mrs. MCGHEE CARTER (Marcia)

Mr. and Mrs. DAVID G. BRADLEY (Katherine) Mrs. B. RIONDA BRAGA (Mary)

Mrs. RUTH HALE BUCHANAN

Mrs. EUGENE B. CASEY (Betty)

Justice and Mrs. STEPHEN G. BREYER (Joanna)

Mr. and Mrs. WILEY T. BUCHANAN, III (Janis)

Mr. and Mrs. HENRY C. CASHEN, II (Diana)

Mr. and Mrs. CHILDS F. BURDEN (Elaine)

Mr. and Mrs. ENRICO CECCHI (Andrea)

Mr. and Mrs. I. TOWNSEND BURDEN, III (Valerie)

Mr. and Mrs. GIUSEPPE CECCHI (Mercedes)

Mrs. EDWARD B. BURLING, JR. (Frida)

Mrs. DAVID CHALLINOR (Joan)

Mrs. HOWARD L. BURRIS (Barbara)

H.E. the Ambassador of Singapore HENG CHEE CHAN

Mr. and Mrs. ARTURO E. BRILLEMBOURG (Hilda Ochoa) The Honorable NANCY G. BRINKER The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM E. BROCK, III (Sandra) Mr. and Mrs. RAYMOND C. BROPHY (Jeanette)

Mrs. GAHL HODGES BURT

The Honorable ANN BROWN and Mr. DONALD A. BROWN

Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN P. BUSH (Margaret)

Mr. and Mrs. LEONARD H. BROWN, III (Diane Ray) Mr. and Mrs. PRESTON BROWN (Eva) Mrs. RONALD H. BROWN (Alma) Mrs. DAVID S. BRUCE (Janet)

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Mr. TOM CARVER and Ms. KATTY KAY

Mr. KEVIN ST. C. CHAFFEE

Right Reverend JOHN BRYSON CHANE, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, and Mrs. CHANE (Karen)

The Honorable RICHARD R. BURT The Honorable HARRY FLOOD BYRD, JR.

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The Honorable and Mrs. JOHN E. CHAPOTON (Sally)

Mr. and Mrs. CONRAD CAFRITZ (Ludmila)

The Honorable and Mrs. O. DONALDSON CHAPOTON (Mary Jo)

Mrs. PEGGY COOPER CAFRITZ

Ms. ELLEN MACNEILLE CHARLES

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM N. CAFRITZ (“Buffy”) Mrs. CHARLES A. CAMALIER, JR. (Anne)

Prince and Princess DAVID CHAVCHAVADZE (Eugenie)

Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES A. CAMALIER, III (Patricia)

H.E. the Ambassador of Lebanon and Mrs. ANTOINE CHEDID (Nicole)

Mr. and Mrs. F. DAVIS CAMALIER (Lynda)

The Honorable RICHARD B. CHENEY and the Honorable LYNNE B. CHENEY

Mr. and Mrs. CALVIN CAFRITZ (Jane)

Ms. LORI D. CAMALIER

The Honorable and Mrs. MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Meryl)

Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL CANTACUZENE (Elizabeth)

Mr. and Mrs. R. J. CICERO (Catherine Conover)

Mr. and Mrs. RODION CANTACUZENE (Melissa)

Mrs. BRICE MCADOO CLAGETT (Diana)

Mr. L. MICHAEL CANTOR and Ms. JENNY SPRINGER The Honorable and Mrs. MORTIMER CAPLIN (Ruth)

The Honorable and Mrs. RAYMOND C. CLEVENGER, III (Leslie)

Mr. and Mrs. BERNARD J. CARL (Joan)

The Honorable WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON and Secretary of State HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Ms. MARGARET CARLSON

Mr. and Mrs. CALVIN H. COBB, JR. (Olive)

The Honorable and Mrs. RICHARD W. CARLSON (Patricia)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN COCHRAN (Barbara)

Mr. and Mrs. TUCKER CARLSON (Susan) The Honorable and Mrs. FRANK C. CARLUCCI (Marcia)

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Mrs. ALDUS H. CHAPIN (Dolly)

Senator and Mrs. THAD COCHRAN (Rose) Mr. and Mrs. ANDREW COCKBURN (Leslie) The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM S. COHEN (Janet Langhart)

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Mr. and Mrs. CARL B. COLBY (Dorothy) The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM T. COLEMAN (Lovida) Mr. and Mrs. JOHN COLES (Julie)

Mr. BARRY DIXON and Mr. MICHAEL SCHMIDT

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The Honorable PAULA J. DOBRIANSKY

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR. (Heidi)

The Honorable ESTHER COOPERSMITH

Senator and Mrs. CHRISTOPHER J. DODD (Jacki)

The Honorable and Mrs. RICHARD M. FAIRBANKS, III (Shannon)

Mr. DAVID CORN and Ms. WELMOED LAANSTRA

The Honorable ROBERT J. (“BOB”) DOLE and the Honorable ELIZABETH DOLE

Mr. and Mrs. A. HUDA FAROUKI (Samia)

Dr. and Mrs. MILTON CORN (Gilan Tocco)

Mr. and Mrs. PLACIDO DOMINGO (Marta)

Mr. and Mrs. WARREN J. COX (Claire)

Mr. SAM DONALDSON and Ms. JAN SMITH

The Mayor of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. ADRIAN M. FENTY (Michelle)

Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT H. CRAFT, JR. (Margaret)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN DONOVAN (Linda)

Mrs. SYDNEY (“NINI”) MCNIFF FERGUSON

Mrs. DILLON-SMYTH CROCKER (Roma)

The Honorable SHAUN DONOVAN and Ms. LIZA GILBERT

Mr. and Mrs. RAUL J. FERNANDEZ (Jean-Marie)

Countess ARCHIBALD DOUGLASS (Margaretta)

Mrs. GEORGE M. FERRIS, JR. (Nancy)

Mr. CHARLES T. (“CHICK”) CUDLIP Ms. ANDREA BRUCE CURRIER

Miss AMANDA DOWNES

Mr. JOHN D. FIRESTONE

Ms. LAVINIA CURRIER

Mrs. CHRISTINE DOWNEY

Mrs. HAMILTON FISH (Mary Ann)

The Honorable and Mrs. WALTER L. CUTLER (Didi)

Dr. and Mrs. RONALD DOZORETZ (Beth)

Mrs. WILLIAM H. G. FITZGERALD (Annelise)

Ms. ELIZABETH DREW

Mr. and Mrs. ROLAND A. FLAMINI (Diane)

Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD DUBIN (Elizabeth)

Mr. and Mrs. MAXIMO FLÜGELMAN (Sedi)

Mr. and Mrs. SPOTTSWOOD P. DUDLEY (Blair)

Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT T. FOLEY (Carol)

Dr. and Mrs. WILLIAM H. CROCKER (Jean)

Mr. and Mrs. JAMES M. CUTTS (June)

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Mr. and Mrs. LEO A. DALY (Grega) Viscountess ALBERT DE PONTON D’AMECOURT (Gertrude) Mr. JOHN M. DAMGARD, II Miss REBECCA P. DARLINGTON The Honorable and Mrs. THOMAS A. DASCHLE (Linda Hall) Mrs. STUART C. DAVIDSON (Sally) Mr. JACK DAVIES Mr. WADE DAVIS and Ms. GAIL PERCY

The Honorable JULIE FINLEY

Mr. and Mrs. LEE M. FOLGER (Juliet)

The Honorable and Mrs. ROBERT W. DUEMLING (Louisa)

Mrs. NANCY (“BITSEY”) MCELROY FOLGER

The Honorable JOSEPH D. DUFFEY

Mr. and Mrs. NEIL C. FOLGER (Izette)

Mrs. RICHARD P. DUNN (Elizabeth)

The Honorable and Mrs. HAROLD E. FORD, JR. (Emily)

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM H. (“Mike”) DU PONT (Rein)

Mrs.YOLANDE FOX

Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT DUVALL (Luciana Pedraza)

Mr. and Mrs. JAMES C. FREE (Ann) Representative and Mrs. RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN (Virginia)

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The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM E. FRENZEL (Ruth)

Mrs. DONALD S. DAWSON (Virginia)

Mr. MARK D. EIN

Mrs. MICHAEL K. DEAVER (Carolyn)

Ms. SUSAN EISENHOWER

Mr. and Mrs. ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE (Alexandra)

Mr. JAMES P. ELDER, JR.

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN “JACK” DEGIOIA (Theresa)

Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD ENGLAND, SR. (Lois)

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM A. DELPHOS (Elizabeth)

The Reverend Monsignor JOHN J. ENZLER

Mr. PHILIP DEUTCH and Ms. MARNE LEVINE

Mr. and Mrs. RICARDO ERNST (Isabel)

H.E. the Ambassador of Spain and Mrs. JORGE DEZCALLAR (Teresa Valente)

Mr. and Mrs. MELVYN J. ESTRIN (Suellen)

Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES J. DIBONA (Evelyn)

Mrs. BENJAMIN C. EVANS, JR. (Jan)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN DICKERSON (Ann)

The Honorable JACK EVANS

Mr. and Mrs. C. WYATT DICKERSON (Tandy)

Ms. PAGE EVANS

Representative and Mrs. JOHN D. DINGELL (Debbie)

Mrs. ROWLAND EVANS, JR. (Katherine)

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Mrs. NORMAN FARQUHAR (Elinor)

Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS FRIEDMAN (Ann) Mr. and Mrs. ALFRED FRIENDLY, JR. (“Pie”)

Mrs. ANNE LIVINGSTON EMMET

Dr. and Mrs. AHMAD R. ESFANDIARY (Judy)

H.E. the Ambassador of Liechtenstein CLAUDIA FRITSCHE Mr. DAVID FRUM and Ms. DANIELLE CRITTENDEN H.E. the Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. ICHIRO FUJISAKI (Yoriko) The Honorable and Mrs. CRAIG L. FULLER (Karen)

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Mr. and Mrs. STANLEY N. GAINES (Gay)

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Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH S. GALLI (Shelly)

Ms. JULEANNA GLOVER

Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD HANLON (Pamela)

Mr. and Mrs. DOUGLAS GANSLER (Laura)

Mr. and Mrs. STEPHEN GOLDBERG (Diana)

Dr. and Mrs. JACQUES GANSLER (Leah)

H.E. the Ambassador of Chile and Mrs. JOSÉ M. GONI

Mr. THOMAS HARDHART and Ms.VIRGINIA SHORE Representative JANE HARMAN and Mr. SIDNEY HARMAN

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM B. GARRISON, JR. (Mary)

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN C. GORE (Antonia) Mr. DONALD E. GRAHAM

Dr. WILLIAM A. HASELTINE

Reverend WILLIAM GEORGE, S. J.

Mr. and Mrs. STEPHEN GRAHAM (Cathy)

Mr. TODD HATHAWAY and Ms. NORA MACCOBY

The Honorable JULIUS GENACHOWSKI and Ms. RACHEL GOSLINS

The Honorable C. BOYDEN GRAY

Ms. ANN GERACIMOS

Mr. GEORGE GRAYSON

Mr. and Mrs. BERNARD S. GEWIRZ (Sarah) Mr. and Mrs. CARL S. GEWIRZ (Nancy)

Mr. and Mrs. HERMEN GREENBERG (Monica)

Mrs. JOHN W. HECHINGER, SR. (June)

Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL K. GEWIRZ (Cleo)

Mr. PAUL GREENHALGH

Mr. and Mrs. J. RODERICK HELLER, III (Kay)

Mr. and Mrs. STEVEN B. GEWIRZ (Katrina)

Mrs. DAVID GREENEWALT (Charlotte)

Mrs. RICHARD M. HELMS (Cynthia)

The Honorable and Mrs. JOSEPH B. GILDENHORN (Alma)

The Honorable ALAN GREENSPAN and Ms. ANDREA MITCHELL

Mr. C. WOLCOTT HENRY

Mr. ARTHUR W. GARDNER

Miss HOLIDAE H. HAYES

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN D. GRAY (Melissa Phipps)

Mr. and Mrs. WEBB COOK HAYES, IV (Sara)

Mr. JOHN HENRY and Ms. ANN CRITTENDEN

Mr. and Mrs. G. LAUDER GREENWAY, II (Abigail Adams)

Mr. and Mrs. MICHAEL HERRALD (Susan)

Ms. NELSE L. (“KUBIE”) GREENWAY

Mrs. ANITA G. HERRICK

Mr. DAVID GREGORY and Ms. BETH WILKINSON

Mrs. CHRISTIAN A. HERTER, JR. (Catherine)

Mrs. RUTH NOBLE GROOM

Mr. ROBERT M. HIGDON, JR.

Mr. and Mrs. EDWIN S. GROSVENOR (Deborah)

Mr. ROBIN HILL

Mr. JULIO E. HEURTEMATTE, JR.

The Honorable RODERICK M. HILLS and the Honorable CARLA HILLS

Mr. and Mrs. GILBERT M. GROSVENOR (Mary Helen) Mrs. MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR (Anne)

Mrs. JOSEPH HIRSHHORN (Olga) Mr. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS and Ms. CAROL BLUE

Miss SARAH A. GROSVENOR The Honorable BRANDON H. GROVE, JR. Mr. and Mrs. ACHILLE MURAT GUEST (Judith)

Mr. JIM HOAGLAND and Ms. JANE STANTON HITCHCOCK Mrs. WALTER J. HODGES (Margaret)

Mrs. CHARLES E. GUGGENHEIM (Marion) The Honorable and Mrs. CARLOS M. GUTIERREZ (“Edi”) Melissa Moss and Jonathan Silver (Photo by James R. Brantley)

Mr. and Mrs. STEPHEN A. HAYES (Theo)

Mr. and Mrs. CHRISTIAN C. HOHENLOHE (Nora) The Honorable ERIC H. HOLDER, JR. and Dr. SHARON MALONE

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Mr. and Mrs. WALLACE F. HOLLADAY (Wilhelmina)

Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT M. HAFT (Mary) Mrs. CHRISTINA (“INA”) GINSBURG

Mrs. GILBERT HAHN, JR. (Margot)

The Honorable and Mrs. DOUGLAS H. GINSBURG (Deecy)

The Honorable and Mrs. ALEXANDER M. HAIG, JR. (Patricia)

Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG and Mr. MARTIN GINSBURG

Mrs. NAJEEB E. HALABY (Libby)

Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT HOLLENSTEINER (Letitia Baldrige)

Miss SUSAN GINSBURG

Mr. and Mrs. GREGORY HALL (Wendy Adeler)

The Honorable and Mrs. STUART W. HOLLIDAY (Gwen)

The Honorable and Mrs. DANIEL R. GLICKMAN (Rhoda)

The Honorable and Mrs. LLOYD N. HAND (Ann)

The Honorable and Mrs. LINWOOD HOLTON (“Jinks”)

Mr. and Mrs. DONALD GLICKMAN (Mia)

Mr. and Mrs. FRANKLIN L. HANEY, SR. (“Emmy”)

Mr. and Mrs. H. CARTER HOOD (Amanda)

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Mr. and Mrs. WALLACE F. HOLLADAY, JR. (Winton)

Mrs. OUTERBRIDGE HORSEY (Mary)

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The Opera Ball is still many months away, but work on the city’s most glamorous event proceeds apace. This year’s chairwoman, Susan Lehrman, provides an exclusive behind-thescenes look at what to expect.

WL: How did you develop a love for opera and The Washington National Opera (WNO)? SL: My family is very musical. My mother played piano, my husband was on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra, my brotherin-law was head of the National Association for Music Education, and I started studying voice at 13. I have a love of the physical art of singing and appreciate the training that goes with the music. As for WNO, we have the world’s greatest living opera singer, Plácido Domingo, here in Washington along with wonderful education and outreach programs. And having a national destination makes our opera unique. WL: This is the third time you will be chairing the ball. How do you up the ante year after year? SL: I have been involved with the Washington National Opera for 10 years now and have learned that the flavor and tone of the ball depends a lot on its location.To make the event a success, we must take into account the number of people who will be attending, the space available at the different embassies, and what the embassies would like emphasized. For instance, when the German embassy hosted the ball, their chef made traditional German desserts and the ball coincided with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They had a part of the wall replicated and used that as the theme for the evening.They also had their fountains move to the music being played, which was quite a sight to behold. The country hosting the ball gives it a different feel each year. Susan Lehrman in the foyer of her home. (Photo by Joseph Allen)

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Opera Ball

WL: What will be different this time? SL: This year marks many firsts in the Opera Ball’s history. We have moved the date to May 21st, from its usual June date for the first time, and it will be held during the same weekend we will be performing “Hamlet.”This is also the first time we will have the ball at the Russian Embassy. Due to the embassy’s size, we will not need tents – another first for us. The Russian Embassy has a spectacular ballroom, and we are thinking of doing a “Winter’s eve” theme, featuring Russian vodka, a fabulous ice bar, and the more elaborate costumes from the Opera’s costume studio. WL: Words of wisdom for those heading up other galas and fundraisers? SL: The best advice to someone chairing an event is to have fun. I always try to plan something I would enjoy myself.

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The Honorable and Mrs. CLAY JOHNSON, III (Ann)

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The Honorable STROBE TALBOTT

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n any given night, you can find veteran Washington Life photographers Tony Powell and Kyle Samperton out and about on the Washington social scene, snapping pictures at formal galas and rubbing elbows with the city’s elite. But it’s a lot more than just taking photographs for them – it’s about capturing people in the middle of the capital’s most exclusive events, and providing an intimate glimpse behind the velvet rope to those on the other side. KYLE: “I find the effort, ingenuity, and talent it takes to create an event as fascinating as the guests themselves. Sometimes, either by a grand statement or a small detail, I’m aware that something wonderful is happening, whether it’s the lighting or the way somebody crosses the dance floor.”

TONY: “There isn’t a job more tailormade for someone with my personality, and while a lot of air-kisses get thrown about, I have been able to forge many meaningful friendships over the years with some of the most important and influential people in Washington.”

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Mr. and Mrs. HENRY C. WHEELWRIGHT (Celeste) Mrs. CHARLES SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (Janet)

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Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIP L.VERVEER (Melanne)

Senator and Mrs. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (Sandra)

Dr. and Mrs. GIORGIO G.VIA (Anna Maria)

Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE WILL (Mari)

George L. Hesse

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Mr. and Mrs. PAUL WILLIAMS (Catherine)

Heyward Isham

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Lab School Tales Vice President Joe Biden and Quinn Bradlee add spark to the Lab School’s 25th anniversary gala BY DONNA SHOR

years of focused effort to help Quinn live a OUTOFSCHOOLREVELATIONS What did Leonardo da Vinci, Albert full life. Quinn’s recent book, A Different Life, Einstein, Sir Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, and Cher have in common? They all suffered chronicles his struggles quite candidly. from dyslexia, the neurological condition that (Perhaps a little too candidly for his mother, makes it difficult to read, write, and spell. But they didn’t have the Lab School to help. The Lab School’s life-changing methods of overcoming learning disabilities have earned the passionate loyalty of its students who share their moving stories at the annual gala. This year, with families and supporters celebrating the school’s 25th Above: Vice President Joe Biden with George anniversary, it was – Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth at the Lab School’s 25th anniversary. Right: Former Sen. Alan even more than usual Simpson and his wife, Anne, on the dance floor – a family affair. (Photos by Daniel Rosenbaum) Sitting at a table near the stage was ABC’S “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, who did not see the who emceed the event along with his manuscript until he had wife, the dimpled and witty comedienne written what he wanted to say.) Ali Wentworth. Sitting nearby was her Still in the book is the tale of how, during father, Eric Wentworth and sister, gala co- an evening away from his parents during a chairwoman Sissy Wentworth Yates, and Caribbean trip, a pal surprised him with a Sissy’s husband and co-chairman Angus brothel visit because he knew Quinn was Yates. (Sissy and Angus have a child at the anxious to lose his virginity. Quinn’s candor upon sharing this milestone Lab School, as do co-chairmen Nancy and with his parents soon had Sally (whom he Alan Bubes). Angus is also the godfather of former terms a “lioness” when it comes to his welfare) student Quinn Bradlee, as I learned when accompanying him, his pal, and the trackedhis mother, Sally Quinn, stopped by the down girls for a medical check-up. They table. She and husband Ben Bradlee have all turned out fine. His account is moving, supplemented the school’s training with innocently funny, and has a great sweetness

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that typifies Quinn. In his book, he worries that girls might not care for him, but earlier this year, his engagement was announced to yoga instructor Pary Williamson. The ring is a family heirloom from Ben’s greatg reat-g randmother, Suzette Crowninshield, of the illustrious Boston Brahmin family. Vice President Joe Biden’s keynote speech included the less spicy revelation that he had stuttered throughout high school. Biden commended the school’s innovative educational system and told the students in his gung-ho message that “being different is not a reason for shame or distress.” VIVE LA FRANCE! F r e n c h Ambassador Pierre Vimont hosted a lavish reception at his residence for the AFTA (Arts For The Aging) Gala chairwomen Susanne Eisinger, Shahin Mafi, and Anna Maria Via drew a happy crowd that included the Moroccan, Portuguese, and Dominican ambassadors. Singer and comedienne Carmel Quinn, who for 25 years has sold out Carnegie Hall for her annual concert, was awarded the Lolo Sarnoff Outstanding Creativity Award, named for AFTA’s artist-philanthropist founder. Through Lolo’s guidance, a program of hands-on art throughout the city enriches the lives of older citizens.

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with an abundance of food, dancing, and ‌ shoes. Instead of giving him gi%s, Podesta asked guest to donate sneakers, loafers, and other footwear to shoe charity Soles4Souls. In keeping with the spirit of the organization, the party was shoe-themed and many of his guests donned bright red kicks as a nod to the birthday boy’s favorite (and infamous) pair. SEEINGRED Barbara and Ray Lioa, Fereydun Firouz, Katie Beck, Marissa Mitrovich, Anna Palmer, Alex Stapleton, Tom Sparkman, Ben Murray, Christa Lanning, and Pam Braden.. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM!

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Creativity Reigns The horsey set focuses on books, trees, dogs, and ponies (of course) BY VICKY MOON

ANIGHTINTOWN and step-son Aleco Bravo Greenberg looked on. Hunt Country residents gathered in the Next, Florida-based equestrian Todd Minikus Acela Club, high above the dirt-covered floor won the $100,000 President’s Cup on a horse of the Verizon Center, for a casino-themed party named Alaska. And then, Buddha, a high wire fox during the final evening of the Washington terrier, soared over miniature jumps to win the International Horse Show. Kris Gali was on perpetually popular the arm of Bob Foosaner watching the action Jack Russell Races. as 17-year-old equestrian Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock star Guests at the closing night of the Bruce Springsteen, chatted away Washington International Horse Show quietly with a young man nearby. included Monica Greenberg and Judy Esfandiary (right) and Evelyn Keyes, At another white-linenColeman Jackson, and Gail Clark. clad table, competitor (below). (Photos by Vicky Moon) Alison Firestone Robitalle

of Upperville studied the jumps as they were set for finals. Alison is the daughter of Diana and Bert Firestone who owned and raced the late Genuine Risk, winner of the 1980 Kentucky Derby. Several guests reported Academy Award winner/ filmmaker Steven Spielberg was in the building because his daughter, Destry Spielberg, was one of the many young riders in the pony classes. All the while, the blond and beautiful show president Juliet Weber Reid (a great granddaughter of Campbell’s Soup tycoon Dr. John T. Dorrance) never skipped a beat while smiling and greeting all who entered. Meanwhile, three important events took place down in the ring. First, long time board member Hermen Greenberg was inducted into the horse show’s Hall of Fame as wife Monica Greenberg, daughter Sheri Greenberg Waddell,

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greeted guests for Tony Wells’ first novel, Black Gold Finale, touted as a “political thriller with a taste of serious reality.” Talk about creative … the Chateauville Foundation fosters artistic enterprise and enthusiasts turned up at Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel’s Castleton Farms in Rappahannock County for the foundation’s Chestnut Gala to help save the American chestnut tree. Then there was Lila and Chris Ohrstrom’s gathering at Lila’s Youngblood art studio in The Plains to raise awareness and support for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Musician Paul Reisler and painter Marilyn Banner were on hand as more than 100 visitors stopped by, including Paul Cronin, Bundles Murdoch, Anne and Tom Northrop from the Hill School, Trevor Potter and Dana Westring, Sandra Whitehouse, Dan Miller, Jackie Mars, Franny and Walter Kansteiner, as well as Lila’s sister, Helen Hilliard, a VCCA board member.

WE’VEALSOHEARD In the one-can-never-have-enough-horses category, Ned Evans, owner of the stunning Florida Derby winner Quality Road, added to DOWNCOUNTRYHAPPENINGS There’s an abundance of creativity in the his string. At the recent Thoroughbred auction Hunt Country that may be seen at many stylish in Keeneland, Ky., his tab for five horses was parties, in graceful paintings by local artists, $3,565,000. And finally this news just in: dashing horseman and most recently in two new books. Bonnie Matheson’s latest work, Ahead of the Curve, Joseph Keusch (whose wife is the mystery writer is described as a “cheerful romp through the Jan Neuharth) has joined Sheriden MacMahon second 50 years of life,” and was recently fêted Realtors in Middleburg. at a party hosted by Barbie du Pont and Gail Readers wishing to get in touch with Vicky Moon Matheson.Then Beth Ann and John Mascatello can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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The Hostess Wars How two larger-than-life women battled it out over the punch bowls and buffet tables BY DONNA EVERS

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tarting in the 192s, the blue-blooded Mrs.Truxtun Mrs. Truxtun Beale, Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and Mrs. Robert Low Bacon ruled Washington society like royalty for decades, carefully pruning their guest lists of anyone they deemed not “in society.” By the 1950s, however, the “Three B’s” had been eclipsed by two hyper-ambitious hostesses whose methods soon redefined entertaining in the nation’s capital. Gwen Cafritz and Perle Mesta climbed the social ladder by throwing parties for as many of the rich and powerful as they could cram into their enormous drawing rooms. Mesta was portly and not pretty, but the cheerful lady from Oklahoma was rich and politically connected. The exotic and beautiful Hungarian-American Gwendolyn Detre de Surany bought her clothes in Paris and was adored by her older husband, self-made real estate mogul Morris Cafritz. He built her an Arte Moderne mansion at 2301 Foxhall Road NW, complete with a lighted dance floor in the lower level “supper club” and a terrace from which guests could look down on the lights of Washington beyond the treetops of “Dunmarlin,” the old Laughlin Phillips estate. You have to rely on your imagination to picture this now, because the Cafritz residence is now the Field School and the Phillips estate, sold to developers, andnow sprouts elaborate houses, each as big and opulent as the original Cafritz manse. At her French-style château, “Les Ormes,” at 4040 52nd Street NW, Perle Mesta offered

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huge buffets with good and endlessly flowing liquor – the source of her famous sobriquet “the hostess with the mostest’ ” Critics said she packed her parties like Noah loaded his arc (and invited the press inside to cover them) but she successfully charmed P re s i d e n t s Har ry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. Her fundraising efforts for Truman landed her the

Mesta got hers from the telephone book. On the other hand, Cafritz invited her rival many times, but the gesture was never accepted or reciprocated. When Mesta moved to Spring Valley, not far from Foxhall Road, Cafritz said to her,“Now her, “Now that you’re a neighbor, I suppose I’ll be seeing more of you,” to which Mesta replied, “I suppose not.” Fashion is fickle, and the two hostesses were both undone by the time the Kennedys came to dominate the scene in the early 1960s. Georgetown became the capital’s social mecca, and Mesta and Cafritz could no longer draw so many big names.The names. The joke around town was that they had so few Above left: Gwen Cafritz greets Guatemalan Ambassador John Peurifoy and former guests they had to go to each Ambassador to Portugal Robert Guggenheim other’s parties, which in fact, at her annual fall party marking the opening of the Supreme Court session. (Star Collection, never happened. D.C. Public Library; © Washington Post) Right: The two women nonetheless Perle Mesta and friend at a 1950s charity ball. ambassadorship left a legacy that Washingtonians to Luxembourg, can understand and appreciate. where she was popular and well liked, even Of her intimate gatherings for 22, Cafritz said though the venture was lampooned in Irving she felt as if she were “helping to save Western Berlin’s “Call Me Madam.” While she was civilization.” Mesta always had a good time, honored with her picture on the cover of Time which is no doubt why she became a legend. magazine, she had numerous detractors among Even Sally Quinn, who once bridled at being the Old Guard. Alice Roosevelt Longworth described as a ”hostess,” now writes about dismissed Mesta as “commonplace” while Lady parties in her Washington Post religion blog. Astor derided her gatherings as “enormous Hosts everywhere understand that getting parties that nobody who is anybody ought to together to enjoy each other’s company in a go to.” festive atmosphere – just as Cafritz suggested As parallel party-givers, Mesta and Cafritz – is a necessity of civilization, not just a frill. were fiercely competitive. Cafritz said that she And, it’s the right time of year to remember invited guests from her address book, while that parties are good for us.

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This classic residence, built circa 1929, is a perfect example of regal elegance. The 12,500 square-foot interior of this English manor house was rebuilt in 1990 and is ideal for formal entertaining. Highlights include tastefully-decorated principal rooms, a banquet-sized dining room, and a custom music room. Exquisite balustrades designed by Patrick Cardine complement the grand staircases and balconies throughout the interior and exterior areas. Private suites on the upper floors feature a children’s level with playful secret passageways, a Japanese loft with Tanami floors, and French doors to a rooftop terrace. A private, one-of-akind garden bordering the rear of the main level features an in-ground heated pool, fully stocked Koi Pond, and lush mature greenery with planted stone boulders.

ALBERMARLEHOUSE CHARLOTTESVILLEVA

Albermarle House’s neighbors include some of Virginia’s most important estates, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland. Built in the neo-Georgian style, the residence is a stunning example of an English country estate sitting on over 300 acres. Conceived by philanthropist and wine maker Patricia Kluge and world-renowned architect and designer David Easton, it was built by accomplished artisans and craftsmen whose vision became the inspiration for the next generation of manor-style houses. The offering includes the 45-room main house, a pool house and pavilion, a log cabin, several staff cottages and garages, a thatched roof greenhouse, and a tournament-level croquet lawn.

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$100,000,000

Listing Agents:

Michael Rankin | 202-271-3344 TTR Sotheby’s International Realty


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HOME LIFE | REALESTATENEWS

Kalorama Castles Robert McNamara’s former house sells for $6.1 million, Susan Vest sells family home on Belmont Road BY STAC E Y G R A Z I E R P FA R R

paneling. The house holds THEDISTRICT Susan Vest sold BELMONTROAD the current record for highest NWINKALORAMAfor $4,350,000.The grand selling price in the Kalorama Tudor mansion, which was her family home neighborhood. for over 40 years, overlooks Rock Creek Park Joan Ridder Challinor and sits on a 15,000-square-foot private lot. sold   HAWTHORNE The eight-bedroom, eight-bath house built in STREET NW for just under 1928 includes a library and six-car garage.TTR $1.8 million to Nicholas Sotheby’s International Realty’s Jonathan Taylor and Jacqueline Perrins. Dr. and Michael Rankin represented the seller, Challinor was appointed by while Alex Venditti and Paul Pike, also of TTR President Bill Clinton as the Sotheby’s, represented the buyers. chairwoman of the National Around the corner, TTR Sotheby’s Alex Commission on Libraries and Venditti and Paul Pike along with team Information Science in 1996. A stone manor house at 9808 member Shawn Breck sold a house that once She is currently a director of Bentcross Drive in Potomac recently belonged to former Secretary of Defense and media conglomerate Knightthe late Dr. Hector changed hands for $5.3 million. World Bank President Robert S. McNamara for Ridder (of which her late brother, Collison, a prominent $6.1 million. Many important discussions about Walter Ridder, was an executive). She is the local cardiologist who had nine practices in national and international policy took place in widow of the late David Challinor, a noted the Washington metropolitan area. The stone the banquet-sized dining room and study of the conservationist and top scientific administrator manor house was custom built in 2006 and 7,000-square-foot Kalorama residence at   at the Smithsonian Institution and a champion is constructed of Turkish limestone with a TRACYPLACENW over the years. In 2006, oarsmen who rowed competitively into his slate roof. The 11-bedroom, 13-bath estate the Italianate structure was fully renovated in 80s. Mr. Perrins is partner and CFO of Novus includes an indoor pool, marble floors, full“classic contemporary” style, which includes Energy Partners, a clean energy growth capital length outdoor sports complex, elevator, and a true chef ’s kitchen with Turkish limestone fund in Alexandria, which invests in wind and mahogany-paneled library. Dr. Collison and his solar power. He’s also co- 15-year-old son, Sean, died when their singlecounters, and formal library The Italianate-style mansion at founded X-10 Capital Partners; engine prop plane crashed in the Shenandoah with custom “floating” wood 2412 Tracy Place NW, once the a hedge fund focused on Forest in March 2008. Long & Foster’s Dianne home of Robert S. McNamara, recently sold for $6.1 million. telecommunications and Bailey was the listing agent but declined any technology sectors. The comment about the seller. four-bedroom, five-bath John Hechinger Jr. sold  MOORLAND house in Woodley Park was LANE in Bethesda for $5,950,000. Hechinger’s built in 1940. late father was do-it-yourself home industry pioneer John Hechinger Sr.The family business, simply called “Hechinger,” grew from a single MARYLAND Connie Collison sold hardware shop to a 64-store home improvement BENTCROSSDRIVE chain, which once rivaled the likes of Home in Potomac for $5.3 million. Depot.The family sold the business to California The opulent 27,000- investors in the late 1990s. The English-style square-foot mansion was manor, dubbed “White Chimneys,” was built in to be the dream home for 1918 as one of five original residences in the the seller and her husband, Edgemoor neighborhood.

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Tranzon Fox’s Jeff Stein assisted in the sale of  BRONSON DRIVE in Potomac, which sold for $5,029,500. Vijay Taneja, a Fairfax County mortgage broker and Bollywood film producer, was the former owner of the 21,000-square-foot house which boasted a custom pub-style bar and theater/screening room with its own private lobby. The seven-bedroom, 11-bath residence was sold in a bankruptcy auction after Taneja was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this year for defrauding banks of $33 million. Washington Fine Properties’ William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki assisted Daniel and Mary Anne Gillis in selling   COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE for $4,462,500. The much admired location, which borders Congressional Country Club, is considered one of most sought-after addresses in Montgomery County. Gillis is the former CEO of technology company, SAGA Systems, and now sits on the board of directors of Washington’s Lawrence Transplant Foundation.The seven-bedroom, eight-bath, all-stone Griff Gosnell house was built in 1999 and is set on two acres. The residence includes a home gym, an 825bottle wine cellar, and a billiards room. The buyers were represented by Marla Gruzin of Long and Foster.

VIRGINIA Brendan and Dana Keegan sold  BALLS HILL ROAD in McLean for

$2,275,000. The couple is relocating to Boston where Mr. Keegan is the CEO of QualxServ, a global technology services company. Mrs. Keegan, an interior designer, meticulously designed the house, which includes an extensive wine cellar, billiards room, au pair suite, and six fireplaces. She is also a former adjunct professor of Interior Design at Marymount University.The 7,600square-foot house, listed by Washington Fine Properties’ Jennifer Harper Thornett, is a true Craftsman-style home and was built in 2007 by the local boutique home building firm, JK Development Company, Inc. The buyers are Bingham McCutchen LLP attorney Scott Farmer and his wife Laurie.

PROPERTYLINES DREAMING OF A WHITE (and GREEN) CHRISTMAS “Environmentally friendly housing” once conjured images of dwellings with oodles of solar panels, no electricity, and maybe even an outdoor privy. Times have changed. Drastically. Local developers are still building green homes that save energy, but don’t skimp on aesthetics. Think tree-huggers in Chanel! Here are a few homes that may be green, but definitely aren’t gauche: NOBLE NET ZERO: Marcie Meditch and John Murphey of Meditch Murphey Architects designed, developed and sold   WESTHALBERROAD in the Bannock Burn neighborhood of Bethesda for $1,795,000 with the help of Michael Kiefer and Fritz Hubig of Green DC Realty. The house is classified as a “net zero” home because on an annual average basis it produces as much energy as it consumes (read: zero-dollar energy bills). Nash Construction included all the typical luxury amenities you might expect as well as such “green” features as geothermal heating system with energy recover, solar electric and hot water systems, rain barrels, low-flow toilets (yes, there are high end plumbing fixtures that meet this criteria), and a green roof. Interior finishes include many recycled, reclaimed, and

sustainably-harvested local materials. The buyer, Ann Luskey, an interior designer and noted environmentalist, serves as a trustee of the City Kids to Wilderness Project and the Whaleman Foundation. The house will be submitted for LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of “green” from the U.S. Green Building Council. INCREDIBLY GREEN: Bethesda Bungalows, a custom builder specializing in energy efficient Arts & Crafts and Prairie-style houses, recently completed   FAIRGLENLANE in Chevy Chase. The five bedroom, five and a half bath property known as “The Incredibly Green Home” is listed for $1,895,000 and showcases the latest green technologies and building methods. It combines the aesthetics of both Frank Lloyd Wright and Asian design to achieve a Zen-like effect. The Christian Gladu-designed house boasts a unique mix of luxury amenities, and also features like Enviroshake recycled

composite roof shingles, Forest Stewardship Councilcertified Brazilian cherry floors, Teragren bamboo builtins, and Icestone recycled glass counter tops. ECO-GORGOUS:  CALDERROAD, the first carbon neutral dwelling in downtown McLean and one of the most environmentallyfriendly structures in the country, was recently delivered by GreenSpur Inc. and West*Group. Currently listed at $2,395,000, it was built as the first carbonneutral designer show house on the East Coast, and is a fundraising project headed up by CharityWorks. Barry Dixon did the interior design on the 4,200-square foot Craftsman-style house, which features such luxurious green amenities as a salt water lap pool, a passive copper wine cellar, three ethanol fires places, and a LED high definition golf simulator theater.

1310 Calder Road, McLean’s first “carbon neutral” house.

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LANGLEY FARMS, MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Jennifer Harper Thornett Victoria Kilcullen

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki Victoria Kilcullen

Extraordinary estate offers 13,000 sf of finely appointed & comfortable living space. True English garden with wooded privacy. Property is without peer. Price upon request.

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Conveniently located, custom new 16,000 sf home on Estate-like grounds covering 5.2 secluded acres. $5,695,000

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC

Built in 1996, this magnificent residence is designed for large scale entertaining with 5 BR, 6.5 BA. $5,290,000

Ellen Morrell Patrick Chauvin Matthew B. McCormick

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

A. Michael Sullivan, Jr. Jamie Peva

Ruffin Maddox

Historic c.1795 Federal. Separate guest house on double lot. 6 BR, 4.5 BA. Large secluded manicured garden + 40’ swimming pool & spa. Garage. Owner/Agent. $4,900,000

202-365-9000 202-258-5050

GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA

Gracious, “historic” residence with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 fireplaces & 4 car garage. Landscaped 5.8 acres. Minutes to downtown Great Falls & Reston Town Center. $1,899,900

Jennifer Harper Thornett Micah A. Corder

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NEW LISTING! McLean’s finest. Luxurious and private 10,500+/- sf with 8 BR, 7 BA and 7 fireplaces. Lower level rec room opens to rear yard with Vernon Daniel lighting, pool, spa, hardscaping. Perfect for entertaining. $4,695,000

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Charming colonial on Crest Lane on 1.56 gorgeous acres. Totally updated with 6 BR, 4 FBA. Elegant first floor master. 3 finished levels. Beautifully presented. $3,499,000

Susan Koehler Joe O’Hara

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

W. Ted Gossett Matthew B. McCormick

Anne Hatfield Weir Andrea Hatfield

Stunning white-washed brick colonial with elegant formal rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, attached 2-car garage, and beautifully landscaped gardens. $1,849,500

POTOMAC, MARYLAND

Carrill Mckenzie

Anne Killeen

703-966-6283

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WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC

Charming, light-filled stone Tudor with 3 BR, 4.5 BA, 2 car garage. Chef ’s kitchen, breakfast room & joining family room open to garden oasis. Formal living room, large master, walk-in closet, finished basement. $1,529,000

301-922-4443

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POTOMAC VILLAGE - Stunning, classic colonial, builder’s own home with exceptional details - 9’ ceilings, 4 fireplaces, gorgeous moldings, 4 finished levels all within walking distance of Potomac Village. Churchill. $1,398,000

301-706-0067

703-967-6789 703-350-1234

Exquisite turn-key 1922 Tuscan Villa, former gatehouse to Archbold Estate. Renovated to perfection by renowned interior designer. Hillandale amenities. $1,750,000

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WEST END, WASHINGTON, DC

Exquisite 2 bedroom, 2 bath Ritz Carlton residence with a beautifully renovated kitchen, spacious and sun-filled living and dining room with views of courtyard, luxurious master suite and spacious second bedroom. $1,150,000

Nancy Taylor Bubes

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WASHINGTON, DC GEORGETOWN BETHESDA/CHEVY CHASE POTOMAC NORTHERN VIRGINIA WFP.COM

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

Magnificent Federal with beautiful detailing, wainscotting, crown moldings, coiffered ceilings, kitchen with attached family room, media room, exquisite master bath, wrap around patio and 2 car garage + driveway. $4,500,000

Jim Bell

202-607-4000

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

London meets Washington. Sophisticated townhouse, circa 1890’s. Gracious double salon, formal dining room, butler’s pantry, grand entertaining spaces. Private terraces, au pair suite with 2 entrances, driveway & garage. $2,999,000

Jim Bell

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

Linda G. Rogers Jeanne S. Shaw Louise B. Williams

Handcrafted Williamsburg Georgian masterpiece features gracious principal rooms, 3-car carriage apartment, garden with pool & spectacular views of monuments. $3,495,000

202-243-1620

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Luxurious living at the Ritz Residences! 1 - 3 bedroom floor plans available with 1,000 - 3,400 square feet of living space all perfect for downtown living and entertaining!

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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Rarely available pond view, 3 BR + den, 3.5 BA, 3 fireplaces in desirable Evans Mill Pond. Hardwoods & updates throughout. Minutes to downtown McLean. $925,000

Jennifer Harper Thornett C.R. Bud Harper

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

Premier corner townhouse at Kalorama Square overlooking Mitchell Park. Formal living room with fireplace. Main level features kitchen/family room with fireplace & expansive deck. Elevator, 5BR, 4.5BA + 2 garage spaces. $2,750,000

Jim Bell

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FOXHALL, WASHINGTON, DC

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

202-607-4000

202-415-7050 703-395-9886

Spectacular riverfront land owned by George Washington. Renovated home with Potomac views. $2,970,000

703-627-6776 703-623-4845 703-405-4880

202-607-4000

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CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND

Fabulous 1916 colonial with historic design sited on a beautifully landscaped lot. Wonderfully renovated throughout with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. $2,095,000

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

Jamie Peva A. Michael Sullivan, Jr.

Live on Spring Valley’s most sought after street, Rockwood Parkway. Center hall colonial with curb appeal. Gracious principal rooms with suburban floor plan. $1,595,000

202-243-1620

CRESTWOOD, WASHINGTON, DC

Perched on a hill seconds from Rock Creek Park awaits the ideal brick center hall colonial. 6 BR, 4 FBA, master suite with gas log fireplace, private porch and commodious spa bath, 2 car garage, finished lower level. $919,630

Marilyn Charity

202-427-7553

202.944.5000 202.333.3320 301.222.0050 301.983.6400 703.317.7000

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Historic semi-detached Federal. Recently renovated and boasting 3 light-filled levels, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2-car parking. $1,575,000

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Fantastic 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom + den floor plans available. 1,100 to over 1,800 square feet. Enjoy all the fabulous amenities and services of the Ritz-Carlton. Priced from $824,900 and up.

Patrick Chauvin

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My Washington

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BY JUDITH MARTIN, “MISS MANNERS” COLUMNIST

1. THE GERMAN DELI IN CAFÉ MOZART 1331 H Street NW where I was born. I take pride in showing this to friends, although I have to admit that at the time of my birth, this location was occupied by George Washington University Hospital. I also used to be able to show off the theater where I had my first job as a teenager on New York Avenue (since replaced by a bland modern building). When I worked there as an usher, it was the Arena Stage.

2. THE NATIONAL THEATRE. The second balcony is where I had my second job, also as an usher, when I was in high school. My parents would only let me work at Saturday matinees, so I never achieved seniority to work my way downstairs. The stage is where I made my professional debut and positively last professional appearance, in “The Skin of Our Teeth” alongside Helen Hayes, Mary Martin, and George Abbo#. I appeared only in the crowd in the second act, so by ushering before the show, I was able to double my salary. The orchestra seats in row D on the aisle are where I achieved my earliest ambition of being a drama critic (for the Weekend section of The Washington Post), but had to restrain myself from telling everyone else the location of their seats.

4. THE KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE. Backstage was where I had my very favorite theater job: being a stage mother. Even though, contrary to popular belief, we mothers were not pushing but being pulled, I li#le suspected that the children would not outgrow this and become scientists, like their father. Now that they live in Chicago (my son is director of operations at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and my daughter is on the senior faculty of Chicago’s Second City), I have to listen to opera from out front, like everyone else.

Sam Gilliam in his studio. (Photo by James R. Brantley)

5. THE NATIONAL ZOO. A%er many years of covering the official Washington party circuit as a reporter at The Washington Post, I was relieved to be elevated to the Zoo beat, covering the first panda couple’s sex life (only they didn’t have one). I continue to take an interest in social life at the Zoo. 6. THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY where I go to visit such old friends as Henry James and Edith Wharton.

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3. THE PEDAL BOATS on the Tidal Basin and the POTOMAC RIVER BOAT RIDE round trip from Georgetown to the airport. Years ago, my husband and I worked weekends, with Mondays and Tuesdays off. We would occasionally luxuriate in the freedom of going out on the water and watching everyone else going to work. Now we are less energetic about peddling, so we take the short boat trip on the river instead.

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This stunning contemporary home was designed by a protégé associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The original and rare, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath residence features open and intimate spaces on 3 cascading levels, extensive custom features, and magnificent views. Ricki Gerger 202.364.5200 (O).

Custom Design Concepts

Palisades, D.C. $1,347,000

Great Falls, Virginia

$6,000,000

Great Falls, Virginia

This stunning residence with a spectacular floor plan is to be custom-built by BOWA Builders on a gorgeous, 5-acre lot bordering the Potomac River. Sited in Carrwood Estates, an elegant setting of estate homes, the lot is available for purchase separately. Karen Barker 703.928.8384/ 202.363.1800 (O).

$3,800,000

This graceful, custom-built contemporary boasts the perfect setting. Featured in Architectural Digest, the residence has elegant design and fabulous amenities, including a pool and tennis court. Photos at www.karenbarker.com. Karen Barker 703.928.8384/ 202.363.1800 (O). karen.barker@longandfoster.com.

Long & Foster Sells Far More $1 Million and Above Homes in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Than the Next 4 Brokers Combined.*

Bethesda, Maryland

$2,999,900

Luxurious inside and out, this 9-year-old residence is sited on a premium, half-acre lot with a patio and an outdoor fireplace. The interior features include a custom cherry kitchen, a library, a family room, and a beautiful master bedroom suite. Brad Rozansky 301.656.7700/ 301.907.7600 (O). brad@rozansky.com.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland

$3,350,000

This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath penthouse boasts spacious rooms and a wraparound balcony with spectacular views. The gated and secured community includes indoor/outdoor pools and a tennis clubhouse with a spa. Additional units available from $1,295,000. RosenkranzColey-Reed Team 301.215.4141/ 240.497.1700 (O).

Washington, D.C.

$1,400,000

* Source: Data Concepts. 2008 selected market share data. This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by MRIS® or other regional or local Multiple Listing Services’ common databases. Neither these organizations nor THE LONG & FOSTER® COMPANIES guarantee or are responsible in any way for the accuracy of the data. The data may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Chevy Chase, Maryland

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Bethesda, Maryland

$2,149,000

Great Falls, Virginia

$2,299,000

Sited on a golf course, one will enjoy resort-style living in this turn-key residence. No expense has been spared in the recent renovations. The glamorous property is like no other in Virginia, and represents a grand opportunity. Sharon Hayman 703.402.2955/ 703.790.1990 (O). sharonhayman@aol.com.

Washington, D.C.

$1,595,000

Circa-2000, this 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence offers 4,000-plus square feet of soaring living spaces. The home’s scale and refinement are ideal for both large-scale entertaining and everyday living. Claudia Donovan 202.251.7011/ 202.966.1400 (O). claudia.donovan@longandfoster.com.

Representing the ultimate residence, this fabulous home located in downtown Bethesda was built in 2005. Five thousand square feet of luxurious living spaces feature quality details throughout. The residence is located just 4 blocks to Metro, shops, and restaurants. Joe and Wendy Faraji 240.274.7000/ 240.497.1700 (O).

Filled with stunning amenities and finishes, this new home is sited on a one-third-acre lot just blocks to downtown Bethesda. Comprising 6,000-plus square feet over 3 finished levels, the home includes an elevator. www.wendyandjoe.com. Joe and Wendy Faraji 240.274.7000/ 240.497.1700 (O). wesellmd@aol.com.

Situated on a quiet street, holly trees frame this 6-bedroom, 5-bath Charleston-style home. The well appointed, 4-level residence is rich with architectural detail. A wonderful gardened terrace, ideal for entertaining, and a lovely carriage house complete the property. Stuart Blue 202.298.5942/ 202.944.8400 (O).

Woodley Park, D.C.

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland

Washington, D.C.

$1,395,000

This gracious detached home is sited on a quarter-acre lot just blocks from some of Washington, D.C.’s finest schools. The spacious residence has a great layout with formal living and dining rooms and a large stone terrace. Roby Thompson 202.255.2986/ 202.483.6300 (O). Roby.Thompson@LNF.com.

$1,695,000

This stunning 4,000-square-foot Edgemoor townhome offers spacious and luxurious living. Sited only one block from Metro, the 4-level residence with an elevator features an owner’s suite, a paneled office, and a 3-car garage. Tour at www.EmmettHomes.com. Anne Emmett 301.466.2515/ 301.229.4000 (O).

$2,149,000

Circa-1920, this classic colonial-style home in Edgemoor has fine architectural details. Sited on a large, level lot just 2 blocks from Metro, the residence with 4 finished levels also offers a perfect opportunity to renovate or build. Tour at www.EmmettHomes.com. Anne Emmett 301.466.2515/ 301.229.4000 (O).

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$1,395,000

Expanded and renovated, this 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is ideally located near Metro, shops, and restaurants. Noteworthy appointments include a great room and a chef’s kitchen with French doors leading to the deck and yard. Mary Jane Molik 202.669.4689/ 202.966.1400 (O). maryjane.molik@longandfoster.com.


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