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1 CLAY BLACKMORE is an established portrait and wedding photographer. His client list includes luminaries like Larry King, Forrest Whitaker, and Jenna Elfman. Blackmore captures a new generation of female ambassadors in our cover shoot and 2009 Ambassadors Guide. 2 White House Chief of Protocol NANCY BRINKER advises the Bush Administration on matters of diplomatic procedure. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She contributes to Inside Homes with a tour of Blair House. 3 TIM COBURN is an award-winning photographer with a concentration in commercial photography. Coburn has been working in his field since 1996, and he lends his eye for style to our Middleburg Fashion Feature. NP JAMESCORNWELLis a resident hairstylist and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography. Cornwell coifs our models in the Fashion Feature. 4 ROLAND FLAMINI worked as the Washington-based chief inter national correspondent at United Press International until 2006. He was also the foreign correspondent and World section editor for Time magazine. He writes about the changing role of the diplomatic corps. 5 JULEANNAGLOVER works as a lobbyist for the Ashcroft Group and is the former spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney. She recounts her experiences at the Republican National Convention in Pop Politics.

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6 JOHNGREENYA is a Washington-based writer. His books include Blood Relations: The Real David Stockman and Silent Justice: The Clarence Thomas Story. He profiles Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir in our Diplomatic Spotlight. 7 CARL LEWIS is a retired Olympic gold medalist in track and field and now lends his time to helping others, including working with Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to help those with intellectual disabilities. Lewis writes about this involvement in our Charity Spotlight. 8 DAVIDLMERCER is the founder of Mercer & Associates, a strategic advisory firm that develops public/private partnerships and represents government and corporate entities. He adds his political expertise to our Candidate Face-Off in Pop Politics. 9 Ambassador HOUDANONOO represents the Kingdom of Bahrain to the U.S. Her career has included positions as the financial director of both Gourmet and Jetflair International, managing director of Gulf Computer Services in Bahrain, and General Secretary and founder of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society. 10 LANAORLOFF heads the style consulting company, “Lana Orloff Style.” With many years of experience and a love for shopping and fashion, Lana offers style and image management, closet and wardrobe organization, and special event styling and makeovers, among other fashion services. 11 ANDREAROANE is a veteran news anchor for WUSA9 and a dedicated advocate for the fight against breast cancer. She writes about the

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October Outings New in Town WHAT WOMEN WANT Chevy Chase locals Chris Jacobs and Julie O’Brien know what Washington women are looking for and they’re letting everyone in on their secrets with a new Web site, WWWDCGIRLSINTHEKNOW COM, the premier info spot for local deals and happenings. From exclusive spa offers to discounted designer handbags, these are the Capital City’s new go-to girls.

Editor’s Pick PROJECT IN PROGRESS World-renowned artists Christo and JeanneClaude’s plans for their next endeavor will be on display at THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION this month in Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River, a Work in Progress.The exhibit documents their strategy for suspending fabric over parts of the Arkansas River during 2012 and includes over 200 sketches, photographs, and diagrams used in preparation of a feat that will have been 16 years in the making. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in how this duo creates their amazing art projects. October 11 to January 25. The Phillips Collection, www.phillipscollection.org

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Giving your BFF a VISA gift card from Tysons Corner Center for their birthday

Re-gifting the sweater you got from Grandma last year.

Luxury living spaces, like the new 22-West (www.22-westdc. com)

Living in your parents’ basement.

D.C. Girls in the Know’s Julie O’Brien and Chris Jacobs. (Photo by Tony Powell)

Go Green STAY ECO-FRIENDLY THIS SEASON • Washington catering company RIDGEWELLS now offers organic food (like their beet salad, right) and green entertaining. 301652-1515; www. ridgewells.com • OCCASIONS CATERING has become the nation’s first off-premise catering company certified by the Green Restaurant Association, which helps restaurants become environmentally sustainable in convenient cost-effective ways. 202-546-7400; www. occasionscaterers.com.

Seasonal desserts at Westend Bistro by world-renowned pastry chef Michael Laiskonis

Seasonal allergies

East Coast Spa Week, Oct. 13-19

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 13)

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Foodies Only SOUND BITES • REDWOODRESTAURANT is enjoying its first autumn in Bethesda with new outdoor seating. Guests can enjoy the weather while they eat, or dine in the chic modern interior on mid-Atlantic cuisine by executive chef Andrew Kitko. 301656-5515, www.redwoodbethesda.com • TOSCA owner PAOLOSACCO is looking forward to the opening of POSTO at the old VIRIDIAN space on 14th Street, between Q and P streets NW. With Tosca chefMASSIMOFABBRI in charge, the new Italian trattoria is scheduled to open its doors later this month. • According to those close to the deal, reality TV star GORDONRAMSAY is “all but certain” to be taking control of the kitchen at the former MAESTRO space in the Ritz Carlton at Tysons Corner.We hope he leaves his Hell-ish antics out of this kitchen.

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Supporters of dyslexia education gather to recognize dyslexic visionaries and benefit the Merritt Dyslexia Education Center. Cocktails, a silent auction, and a seated SPONSORED dinner. The Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.; 6:30 p.m.; $350; black-tie; ContactTrina Minor, 410552-6880, tminor@friendshipschool.org

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Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs with the Camerata Salzberg in an allBaroque program chaired by Rachel Tinsley Pearson and Kevin Fitzgerald SPONSORED to kick off WPAS’s season. The Kennedy Center; 5:30 p.m. cocktails and dinner; 8 p.m., performance; black-tie; $500; tables start at $5,000; contact 202-293-9325, www.wpas.org

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The PAHC presents “Our Future In Focus,” an exhibition of more than 100 black and white photographs by Distr ict children and teens living with AIDS and HIV. The event includes a reception and silent auction. Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; 6 p.m.; cocktail; $125; contact 202-347-5366 THETHANNUALMERIDIANBALL

The evening begins with preball dinners at various diplomatic residences and continues at Meridian House for desserts, drinks SPONSORED and dancing. The chairmen are Nels and Kristen Olson, Marcelle Leahy, and Patricia McKeon. Diplomatic residences and Meridian House; 6 p.m.; black-tie; $600 for diplomatic dinner and ball; $350 for White-Meyer dinner and ball; contact: Leonor Chiarella, 202-939-5574, lchiarel@meridian.org

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The Washington theater community gathers to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club and programs fostering theater in inner-city schools. The Four SPONSORED Seasons Hotel; 7:30 p.m.; black-tie; $250; contact Celeste Gilbert, 202-337-4572

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More than 35,000 spectators will gather at Great Meadow near The Plains, Va., for a full day of entertainment, including a Porsche classic car display, seven nationally sanctioned steeplechase races, and terrier and pony races.Ticket sales benefit the Great Meadow Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of Great Meadow’s open space for community use. The Plains,Va.; 1 p.m.; ticket prices vary based on location and parking; contact 540-347-2612

This event, celebrating its 20th year, will be held for the last time at the Potomac, Md. estate of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, where Sheikha SPONSORED Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned of Qatar will receive the organization’s Spirit of Leadership Award. 9109 Harrison Dr., Potomac, Md., 6:30 p.m.; black-tie; sold out, tables of 10 available at $10,000; contact Hilary Stephens, 202-824-0349, HilaryStephens@bestbuddies.org

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Lots of celebrities and Italian flair are the hallmarks of this venerable event which celebrates NIAF’s 33 years of service.This year, the gala may feature SPONSORED both presidential candidates as special guests. Washington Hilton & Towers; 6 p.m.; black-tie; $400; $600, preferred; $1,000, premier; $2,500, front row; contact Carolyn Laurenzano, Carolyn@niaf.org

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This self-guided walking tour will feature 11 unique, historic homes in the Dupont Circle area.There will be a concurrent tea all afternoon at the Perry Belmont Mansion. 12-5 p.m.; $25; contact Patty Friedman Marcus, 202-489-5114, blissfulspace@blissfulspace.com

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For one week each year, the area around the Verizon Center is transformed into a home away from home for equine athletes, who SPONSORED compete in the more than 50 different classes throughout the week. Highlights include Sunday’s showjumping grand prix and the “Cowboy Party” to benefit Autism Speaks.The Verizon Center; classes all week, visit www.wihs.org

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This first-time event honors the life of late public relations executive Joan Hisaoka with proceeds benefiting Smith Farm Center for the Healing SPONSORED Arts, a non-profit that supports those living with cancer. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.; 6 p.m.; black-tie; $500; contact: Jacquelyne Willis, 202-741-1288, jwillis@websterconsulting.com

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The theme for this well-attended young donors event is “Party with the Power Players,” in honor of the Corcoran’s latest exhibit, Richard SPONSORED Avedon: Portraits of Power. Corcoran Gallery of Art; 7:30 p.m.; black-tie; $80 to $200; contact: 202-639-1753, 1869society@corcoran.org

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This year’s theme, “A Night in Verona,” is inspired by the theater’s current production of Romeo and Juliet and will feature star turns by noted actors, dancers and musicians. Sidney Harman Hall and the National Building Museum; 6 p.m., reception; 7 p.m., performance; 9 p.m., dinner and dancing; black-tie; $1,000 and up; contact Joanne Coutts, 202-547-3230, ext. 2330; jcoutts@ shakespearetheatre.org

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A Private Fashion Show celebrating Septime Webre’s 10th anniversary at the Washington Ballet, chaired and styled by Barbara McConaghy Johnson. Models include company dancers, supporters, and Septime Webre. 10 percent of the proceeds benefit the ballet. Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s,5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.; 6-9 p.m.; $75; contact Mary Alice at 202-362-3606 ext. 125 or maryalice@washingtonballet.org MAXMARA’SEXCLUSIVETRUNKSHOW

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Fresh off the Milan runways, the latest looks from the fashion gurus at MaxMara will be on display at this special trunk show. Prosecco and canapés will be served courtesy of Famoso and M Café. The Collection at Chevy Chase; 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.; 12-2 p.m.; Contact 301-656-0581 CHILDREN’SNATIONALMEDICALCENTER CAREFORKIDSEVENTATMAZZA

The “Care For Kids Holiday Shopping Card” shopping week kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring cuisine from Rock Creek SPONSORED At Mazza, fabulous gifts and valuable drawings. First level cosmetics department, Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.; 5-8 p.m.; www.mazzagallerie.com

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Join us at the First Annual

Benefiting

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts

Friday, October 24, 2008 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction 7:30 pm Dinner, Live Auction, and Dancing Black Tie Event Chair: Mr. Robert G. Hisaoka

Executive Committee Four course menu and wine pairings Special Guests

Joan Hisaoka, founder and president of Hisaoka Public

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Relations, was 48 when she lost her battle with cancer on May 14, 2008. Joan was a hard working and dedicated leader who brought kinetic energy and bright imagination to her work. The Gala will honor Joan’s life, her spirit of compassion, and her unwavering commitment towards bettering the lives of others.

Jack Davies Chilli Amar Leah Gansler Mike Rascals Bragg Dancing to the sounds of Felix Cavaliere’s Richard Kay J.C. Hayward LiveMario andMorino Silent Auctions featuring Charles Mann Faye Morrissette & including: Gwen Mitchell Culinary packages with Renowned DCBobby Chefs, Gary Nakamoto Brian Mitchell Jeff Buben, Vidalia Richard Patterson Art Monk Roberto Donna, Bebo Trattoria Steve Schram Holly Morris Todd Equinox SoroushGray, Shehabi Brig Owens Sue Palka Kaz Okochi, KAZ Sushi Bistro Master of Ceremonies Mike & Chie Swain Michel Richard, Citronelle Andrea Roane

Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel’s Eric FourZiebold, course CityZen menu and wine pairings

Portrait Max and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant inspired by by Peter Chef Todd

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For more information about the First Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala Benefiting Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, sponsorship details, or to purchase tickets, please contact Jacquelyne Willis at 202-741-1288 or jwillis@websterconsulting.com. Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts is a Washington, DC based non-profit 501(c)(3) health, education and creative arts organization that serves individuals living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

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Celines Toribio and Jimmy Smits at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Noche de Gala. (Photo by Tony Powell)

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Justice Samuel Alito and Martha Alito with Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta and Leila Castellaneta

Placido Domingo, Thomas Liljenquist and Rev. Philip Rosato

Jim Bell, Juleanna Glover, Luca and Mariachiara Ferrari, and Mark Scott

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Marty and Julie Doerschlag

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Beth Wilkinson and David Gregory

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HIGHNOTES 300 guests enjoyed the show from their $1,000-a-pop seats at the Kennedy Center Opera House, then shuled to the Italian Embassy for dinner and dancing, underwrien by Rolex. OPERATIC HOMERUN Black-tie and bejeweled patrons didn’t finish dinner untill well past midnight, although everyone shared in artistic director Placido Domingo’s exultation over the simulcast screening of La Traviata at Nationals Park before an audience of 15,000. THE CAST Soprano Elizabeth Futral, director Marta Domingo, Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito, dinner chair Mae Haney Grennan, executive director Mark Weinstein, and a bevy of ambassadors from of Afghanistan, France, Britain, Japan, Spain, Korea, Morocco, Mexico, Finland, Peru, and Brazil.

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Dr. William Haseltine and Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco

Anne Ashmore-Hudson and Michael Sonnenreich

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NHFA’S NOCHE DE GALA The Mayflower Hotel PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL

MUY CALIENTE! That’s the idea when it comes to the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ annual gala, the culmination of a series of glamorous events that consistently draws an A-List crowd of Hispanic actors, personalities, and community members to support Latino graduate students in the arts. Aer a spicy dinner, and between awards presentations, the well-dressed revelers danced to Latin super-star Willy Chirino’s band. THE GUESTS Norman Dreyfuss, Secretary Carlos and Edie Gutierrez, Bacardi’s Kristin Bodenstedt, Joseph Warren, Bob Ghafouri, Julia Ehrgood, Ford Motor Co.’s Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, and American Airlines Juan Rios.

Pedro Cordoba and Diana Diaz

Actress Yvonne DeLaRosa and Sam Boyer Efrain Fuentes and Robert Mendez

Ramon Basquez with Suzanne and Jim Nicholson

Juan Rios and Steve McGilvra

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Bob Ghafouri and Julia Ehrgood

Actress Aimee Garcia and Kurt Charron

Laura Ginsburg and Tom Adrian

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THESCENE Noche de Gala may have come to a close, but Reston Limo was waiting to transport guests, including actors Jimmy Smits, Efren Ramirez, and Aimee Garcia, to Gazuza, where the party kept going at a WL-hosted aerparty. Big names socialized with guests at the bar, and everyone enjoyed Bacardi mojitos in the posh lounge and spacious patio, where the scent of hookah smoke ďŹ lled the late-summer air. THE GUESTS Actor Diane Minshall, Becca Glover and Pepper Watkins, Jessica Rich, Kristen Cook, Jessica Rich, and Jessica Gibson.

Jimmy Smits, Miss D.C. 2008 Kate Marie Grinold, and Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld

Jake Cohen, Victoria Michael, and Ezequiel Cohen

Bridget Manifold, Kelly Fisher and Jen Corey

Erin Murtha and Francis Hoang

Annie Van Meter and Marybeth Coleman

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Alessandra Rosaldo, Eugenio Derbez, Patricia Riggen, and John Cecchi

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Diana and Stephen Goldberg with LaurenOnkeles

Tony Brown and Sandra Gonzalez

Steve and Renee Gardner and Cheryl and Jeff Jones

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CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER GALA Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

THE EVENT A night to support the center, which has

Kimberly Suiters, Renette Oklewicz, and Barbara Harrison

already raised $375,000 this year, and its goal of providing legal services to children and families in need, as well as to recognize the generous contributions of the Freddie Mac Foundation and, most poignantly, the late, beloved, Georgetown pediatrician Dr. Franklin L. Stroud, who received the 2008 Distinguished Child Advocate Award. THE SCENE Guests enjoyed the beautiful weather on the roof terrace, a hearty Tuscan buffet, and dancing to ‘20s and ‘30s jazz by the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs. THE GUESTS Michael Morrell, Shay Miller, Jeremy Cook, Nancy and Bill Baer, Pai Cummings, and Pam Howard.

Kara Kennedy, Mariella Traeger, and Linda Donovan

Marjory and Bill Sheldon with John and Lynne DeSarbo

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Michael Traeger and Hadassah Lieberman

Wayne and Dina Curtis

Sissy Yates

Emily Riffle and Connie Carter

Lindsay Stroud, Kandy Stroud, and Brooke Carnot

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Marisol LaMadrid and Mike Diamond

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THEEVENT Sheila Johnson and Bill Newman’s Hunt Countrystyle picnic “to celebrate the great work of Sibley Memorial Hospital.” THESCENE Equinox chef Todd Gray fired up the grills to provide BBQ favorites for patrons of Sibley’s Nov. 1 Celebration of Hope & Progress Gala at the Four Seasons amid general enthusiasm about raising funds for the Sullivan Center for Breast Health and a new facility, expected to open in 2013, that will feature individual patient rooms and expanded emergency care facilities.

Frank Mars

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Monica and John Thompson

Jim Abdo and Stuart Haney

Graciela Adeler, Valentina Adeler Armour, and Wendy Adeler Hall

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Susan Mars and Annie Totah

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Equinox Chef Todd Gray and Giardy Ritz

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THE WILLARD IN TERCON TINEN TA L , W HER E GR E AT MEETINGS H A PPEN.

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Kinsey Marable, Renata Adler, George Webb, James Quiggle, and Nina Straight

Kim Gandy and EleanorSmeal beside an Avedon portrait of Eleanor

Wouter Widlund and Joost Taverne

Paul Greenhalgh, Ben Bradlee, and Arthur Cotton Moore

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RICHARD AVEDON EXHIBIT The Corcoran Gallery of Art PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

: The opening of Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power, celebrating the famed photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portraits of the power elite from the 1950s until his death in 2004. IN FOCUS: Viewers marveled at the 200-plus iconic works at the PNC Financial Services Group-sponsored aďŹ&#x20AC;air while vying to chat with Avedon subjects who were there, including civil rights leader Julian Bond, feminist Eleanor Smeal, Rep. John Lewis, journalist Ben Bradlee and activist/ lawyer Jamie Raskin. Renata Adler and Nina Auchincloss Straight hosted the post-opening dinner for 40 special pals at the Cosmos Club.

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Regina Stettinius, Martha Webb, Joseph Stettinius, and Andy Kameros

WELCOME BACK PARTY Calvin and Jane Cafritz Residence, Georgetown PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

DÉJÀVUAGAIN The Cafritzes’ September soirée to welcome the social set back from summer break is now an “official Washington tradition.” Where beer to catch up with friends you haven’t seen since the Opera Ball — unless, of course, you saw them all on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket? SINGINGINTHERAIN: Sturdy tents and covered allées to shelter guests from gusty rain that mercifully passed earlier that day; lively dance music from a swing band; opera and Broadway faves sung by Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists; and some lively political chat in a few quieter corners. SPOTTED Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Susan Eisenhower, and envoys from Japan, Colombia, Britain, France, Denmark, Hungary, Morocco, Finland, Malta and Peru.

Jane Cafritz with Alma and Joe Gildenhorn

David Townsend and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend with Ann and Thomas Friedman

James Billington, Calvin Cafritz, and Austin Kiplinger

Mae Haney Grennan and Vernon Jordan


THE WASHINGTON I N T E R N AT I O N A L HORSE SHOW Witness what 50 years of equestrian history has built. Splendor in the breathtaking beauty of magnificent four-legged athletes. Stimulate your senses with unparalleled show-stopping action.

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Director Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron, and Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach at the Impact Film Festival premiere of the festival’s featured narrative film Battle in Seattle. The festival was a four-day event held during the 2008 Democratic and Republican Conventions. (Photo by Lori Salvo)

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his year at the Democratic and Republican conventions, Jamie Shor, Jody Arlington, and I produced the Impact Film Festival (IFF). Together with programming director Rachel Goslins, we screened socially-themed narrative and documentary films for audiences in Denver and St. Paul and were fortunate to have the following directors in attendance: Stefan Forbes (Boogieman), Susan Koch (Kicking It), Mary Lambert (14 Women), Tia Lesson and Carl Deal (Trouble the Water), Jessica Gerstle (Accidental Advocate), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Blacklist), Irena Salina (FLOW), Stuart Townsend (Battle in Seattle), and Patrick Creadon – with his timely I.O.U.S.A. We closed the event with a special screening of Robert Kennedy Remembered. Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) introduced the film on behalf of his late father, Charles Guggenheim, who directed it in 1968. It was a moving experience to see the film with Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and other members of the Kennedy family. Grace Guggenheim, the daughter of the director, was in attendance as well as Elizabeth Shue (wife of Davis Guggenheim) and her brother Andrew. The Democratic Convention began with Sen. Ted Kennedy’s powerful address to the delegates on Monday night. It was his first public appearance since his illness and his speech was not to be missed. The evening concluded with a special address by

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Michelle Obama who presented herself in the tradition of Jackie Kennedy. Each evening built upon the next with Tuesday’s highlight being Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s passionate endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama and Wednesday’s being vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and his inspiring life story. Many of the events during the week were festive occasions celebrating art, music, film, and diversity and prompted discussion on issues impacting American families. For me the week started on a magical note with a concert and rally at Red Rocks, and powerful performances by Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, and Dave Mahews. Environmental activist Laurie David hosted with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virgina speaking to crowds of delegates, activists and members of Congress. Monday night’s parties featured all-star line-ups of musicians focusing on youth activism and voter registration. Rock the Vote’s Ballot Bash was held at the historic Denver Opera House and included performances by Fall Out Boy, NERD, and Jakob Dylan. Ashlee Simpson (her sister Jessica is a rumored McCain supporter) stayed backstage for most of the night to support her new husband, Fall Out Boy bass player Pete Wentz. Also on Monday night, Headcount hosted a moving and fun-filled event with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The Common Good/Hispanic Institute panel and party with Patricia Duff, New Mexico Gov.

Bill Richardson, and Chevy Chase and the salute to the Screen Actors Guild hosted by IFF and MySpace were the highlights of Tuesday. Grammy Award winning artist Nelly rocked the house until the wee hours. His girlfriend Ashanti made a surprise appearance to sing a duet. ArcheDream for Humankind opened the evening with a spectacular dance show. Superstar actress Charlize Theron and her longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend, Senator Biden’s daughter Ashley, and Cindy Lauper were there with the hundreds of delegates and Obama supporters joining in the fun. Wednesday night featured the star-studded IFF/Screen Actors Guild VIP dinner hosted by Rob and Anna Hawken McKay, Phil and Tammy Murphy, Julius Genachowski, and Rachel Goslins. The posh setting, low lighting, and celebrity-filled garden was unforgettable. The final event was Thursday night at Invesco Field where Sen. Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency. The day was unlike any other, starting with the actual journey to the stadium. Some spectators arrived six hours early to ensure admittance. Once inside, the energy was indescribable. We had entered the Super Bowl of politics. Vendors sold buttons that simply said, “I was there.” As Obama stepped on the stage to make history, tens of thousands stood to their feet and rejoiced. The crowd waved American flags and proclaimed, “Yes we can!” I still get chills thinking about it.

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THE EVENT Washingtonians Megan Beyer, Debbie Dingell, Rhoda Glickman, Ann Jordan, Debra Lee, Hilary Rosen, and Elizabeth Stevens hosted a power luncheon for over 150 friends on the last day of the convention. Guests were thrilled for the reprieve from the week’s hectic schedule of panels, meetings and speeches before having to brave the 80,000-plus crowd at Senator Obama’s acceptance speech.

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he conventions have come and gone. And what conventions they were – each one making history in its own way, breaking records of viewership, and animated by gripping political drama and intrigue. As election day approaches, the suspense grows more and more palpable. While opinion polls predict a cliffhanger, one thing is for sure: It is, above everything else, about change.This is a theme that both parties trumpet as loudly as they can, as the Bush administration draws to a close against the backdrop of precarious economic and strategic challenges that loom large. Politically, change is a positive theme presciently put forth by Barack Obama and savily co-opted by John McCain, as they both jockey to convince the American public that they have the right stuff to make good on their promises and set the country back on the right course. One way or another, the world will be a different place in a few weeks. But in the current context, where the only kind of change we’re seeing

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at this point is a worsening economy and festering global crises, whose brand of change is more compelling? Are we in for continuous uncertainty or are we going to be able to restore confidence in U.S. financial markets and global leadership? Ultimately, will this change amount to more than old style politics as usual? Will circumstances improve beyond the rhetoric and campaign pledges? Which candidate is best suited to deliver constructive solutions to the tough challenges that grip the nation? Each side has received a lot of advice recently on how to steer its campaign toward victory. But at the end of the day, the American people are the ones voting, and the ones whose futures are at stake. So now may be the time for a little advice to us, the voters, on how to consider this election. With this in mind, Washington Life decided to touch base with some of the best and brightest local minds on both sides of the aisle to see what they have to say to the American public as it ponders its options on November 4th.

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“He has the right temperament to be president; he is a good listener and a man who keeps his cool under pressure. He will bring to the job vitality, intellect, and a capacity to unite all segments of Amercan society.”

“Voters should think about what Karl Rove once said: ‘That as people do beer, they start voting like Republicans.’ Given the year we’ve had, I expect a lot of people – well off or not – will be thinking about voting Democratic.”

“Any voter trying to judge the candidates should look through the cloud of promises and find out this from each: What is the one thing they want to accomplish that they are truly willing to take real political pain over.”

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“We can’t continue to Band-Aid situations that require transplant surgery. Obama is a leader who is ready to make the bold moves necessary for change. ”

“The question is this, do we want 90 percent of the last eight years for the next four years, or do we want a 100 percent break from the past eight years.”

“He is a great American hero who has the experience and strength to deter terrorists from aacking us. And I like his ticket.”

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GAHLHODGESBURT International Republican Institute board of directors “John McCain is a man of unimaginable courage and humility. These qualities led him to take courageous stands on issues of monumental consequences to this country — including calling for ‘more boots on the ground, immediately’ five years ago in reference to the Iraq war.”

STUARTBERNSTEIN Founder, The Berstein Companies “I am a fiscal conservative and socially moderate Republican and McCain fits that bill.”

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e hottest ticket at the GOP Convention was a floor pass for the night of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech, which levitated the Xcel Center from her first syllable to her last. Everyone (including the press) was mesmerized by this formidable, folksy woman’s demeanor and rhetoric. Even the toughest political operatives were astounded that she could be so hard-hitting, humorous and attractive – all in the same speech. No matter what your politics might be, Palin’s performance was unparalleled in the history of U.S. politics. The second hottest ticket was for McCain’s acceptance speech, which played better on television than it did in the hall. He chronicled his life’s achievements and travails with personal grace and eloquence, but the audience was so enamored and keyed up that their over-exuberant applause sometimes broke the rhythm of his speech. Convention week was a blur of business cards pressed into new acquaintance’s hands and all-too-brief glimpses of old friends. The Distilled Spirits Council’s Monday party was the most comfortable, chic and chatty with Rudy Giuliani, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell and The New York Times’ David Brooks making cameo appearances. Both the National Journal’s

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VIP Viewing Room and the Bipartisan Policy Council events were full of fascinating characters. I’ll never forget sitting in a booth at the National Journal lounge, watching Fred Thompson give his speech; on one side of me sat a dean of political journalism and on the other a key Thompson campaign aide, both shaking their heads in wonderment that this former movie star had never been so dazzling during his own run for president. The Google/Vanity Fair party was a luxurious and multi-layered extravaganza with lobster, kobe beef, and a gorgeous candy bar arrayed on different floors. This was the one event the McCain staff was able to attend in force. The congratulations they received resounded all night, although Henry Kissinger ended up getting more attention than anyone else. My most surreal convention experience was walking out of the Hilton Hotel with my friend, Dal LaMagna, just as McCain was to about to arrive. Across the street was a large Code Pink demonstration. Dal is a prominent supporter of the antiwar movement, among many other causes. The thicket of antiMcCain signs and pink hats erupted in shouts as we walked over and disappeared into crowd. They all were delighted to see him (me less

so), but as I knew many of the women from Washington dinner parties, we hugged our way through the crowd. It was certainly strange for me, a former aide to Jesse Helms, Phyllis Schlafly, Dan Quayle, Bill Kristol, Steve Forbes, and Dick Cheney, as well as a current colleague of John Ashcro and die-hard McCain supporter, to end up air-kissing my way through a pack of antiwar protestors, but then politics is all about strange bedfellows, right? E

In order to win a college scholarship, Sarah Palin took part in several beauty contests, winning the crown of Miss Wasilla in her home town in 1984 before finishing second in the Miss Alaska contest. Miss Wasilla went on to study journalism in college and worked on a fishing boat before settling on a life in politics.

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THEEVENTThe Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award Dinner honoring former Soviet dissident and refusenik Natan Sharansky, which raised $3.5 million for the Reagan Library’s exhibits and education programs. THESCENE Rubbernecking power clusters around frail but chipper Nancy Reagan, now 87, and the glamorously dressed Cindy and Roberta McCain dominated cocktail hour. Dinner featured Sharansky’s eloquent pleas for human rights throughout the world, remarks by everdroll emcee Sam Donaldson and a stellar performance by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. THEGUESTS Sen. Dianne Feinstein lent a bipartisan air to a GOP-gathering that included Sens. Mel Martinez, Judd Gregg, Kit Bond and Kay Bailey Hutchison; Jack Kemp; Paul and Carol Laxalt; Ann McLaughlin Korologos; Joe Allbrion; Fred Malek; Robert Higdon; Roy Pfautch; Carolyn Deaver; and Gahl Burt.

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WASHINGTON INSIDER NICOLE SEXTON’S DELICIOUSLY WITTY TAKE ON THE DARK UNDERWORLD OF HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FUNDRAISING E XC E R P T E D F R O M PA RT YFAVO R S

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verything about the dinner had to be absolutely 110 percent fantastic. First and foremost, I needed to look amazing, which I did, in my most conservative, but still va-va-va-voom, black silk YSL suit accessorized with a stunningly bright turquoise Hermes scarf, since I’m Southern and able to pull off risky wardrobe choices with my colorful bursts of personality. Second and even more important, my staff needed sharp eyes, fast hands, and tip-tip-tippy toes. Majority Leader Ivy’s historic three-story brownstone was not only filled to the gills with one hundred of my top-tier Team Victory donors, it was also bursting at the seams with irreplaceable antiques collected by his refined, intelligent, and Parisian wife, Genevieve. Third and most critical of all, I needed happy donors. A happy donor equaled cash money green. An unhappy donor equaled bye-bye Senate seat. These Team Victorys hadn’t ponied up fifty grand per couple just to meet Majority Leader Ivy or his wife. Most already knew the six most powerful senators, those in Leadership, I’d secured specifically for the evening. They weren’t even there to chat up the President. No, my Team Victorys weren’t interested in handshaking. They paid to see the house. Donors will pay to see if there’s a hamper with dirty clothes and will do everything in their power to sneak a glance at that marital bed. Nosy, nosy, nosy. Since taking the job that catapulted my career from little old me to Big Money Babe, I’d become D.C.’s version of Robin Leach, offering check-writers a glimpse of the Republican Senate’s “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” For a hefty price, of course.

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Nicole Sexton’s Party Favors is a fictionalized account of her experience as one of the GOP’s most well-connected insiders.

Big bucks meant big donors expected big parties to big-time rock – there’d better be A-list entertainment, free-flowing topshelf booze, plentiful hors d’oeuvres plus a catered sit-down dinner, unfettered access to politicians, and there absolutely, no doubt about it, had to be a click line. Because clicks are donor crack. Every donor, no matter the size of their wallet, wants a picture of themselves smiling with Someone Important. The click line itself is just a cleaned-up carnie trick, a frenetic hurricane of pushing and smiling and shaking and flashing and clicking and pulling and pushing and smiling until every last donor has had their twelve seconds with a Hot Shot. It’s ludicrous. Not the slightest bit glamorous. And yet, if I’d ever even suggested throwing a fundraiser in D.C. sans click line, I would have been run out of town as a heretic.

I’d vetoed the conventional, tacky blue velour pipe-and-drape backdrop and opted instead to put Majority Leader Ivy and Genevieve in the library on a toe mark in front of mahogany shelves filled with leatherbound tomes. My donors were beyond happy. They were click-crack wild, high from the unprecedented inner-sanctum access. Their clicks would appear more personal, more intimate, more real. They’d nonchalantly prop the photos on baby grand pianos, on mantles beside the obligatory posed “whole family wearing white on a Cape Cod beach” shot as if Ivy and his wife were just that: family. This was overdose material. Despite the increasingly claustrophobic conditions my party was running like a well-oiled machine. I flitted about the room making sure donors had drinks, staffers were strategically placed, and the senators were schmoozing with civilians and not one another. All I needed was for President Gray to arrive. Where, oh where, was my little Gray Two? Then, in a shuffle so swift I had no time to yelp, Advance jostled me backwards and slid the pocket door in front of me entirely shut. I spun to find myself tit-to-tat with Gray Two, the pocket door behind him already closed. And tit-to-tat isn’t easily done with me. Though petite in stature, I am, as Mom politely describes in mixed company, “generously endowed.” From the light spilling under the doors,I could see President Gray smiling his shocking white toothy grin. He snickered nervously through his veneers, as seemingly startled by our inadvertent “Seven Minutes in Heaven” as I was.

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“How are you tonight, Mr. President?” I or rather lack of it, made him seem much less … This president had lied to the entire country hoped my question might lessen the outrageously well, presidential. I thought better of commenting just to save his own hind end. This president had built his entire career on a long series of uncomfortable physical awkwardness of being aloud and bit my tongue. shady deals and broken promises. What was I Stuck. Minute Two. pressed together like sardines. Neither of us The rhythmic inhalations and exhalations doing locked in a closet with this awful man? could even lift our arms to shake hands. Stuck. Minute Four. The president continued snickering. “I’m of the president’s breathing lulled me into a I could not stand one more second of my much-needed meditative state. Since I’d moved fine, Miss Sachet. And how are you?” “I’m fantastic, sir.” Which was such a lie. back to D.C., I was always on the run, dashing forced confinement. I gritted my teeth to stop the Outside our spontaneously constructed from meeting to meeting, party to party, while questions rising in my heart from spilling straight out of my mouth: How did I get confinement, there were donors so deeply embedded? Why was I needing appeasement, senators raising $95 million for senators sniffing out dollars, staffers expecting without a full understanding of supervision. I tried my best to remain no matter the size of their wallet, wants a picture their platforms? Worse than that, calm as my brain overflowed with potential emergencies. “I hope they of themselves smiling with Someone Important.” when did I stop caring whether politicians were actually good let us out of here soon.” people? Everything had moved so “Welcome to my life,” he said as fast. I’d gone with the flow of life, we fell into a long, strained silence. simultaneously multitasking in a haze of utter and life had taken me to the top of the Hill. My Stuck. Minute One. The president was not so tall. Maybe had two distraction. Two minutes of stillness? That values, my integrity, my personal beliefs, I’d pushed inches on me.Yes, I’d met him before, numerous meant I was either asleep or dead. I closed my them deep into a closet and now I was literally times, but never this up close and personal. It was eyes and allowed my breathing to deepen, not standing in that closet, face-to-face with the bluealways a nod in passing or a surrounded-by-staff as hurried huffs but as long, slow draws of life. suited, helmet-haired, white-toothed shorty that symbolized my self-betrayal. Stuck. Minute Three. situation. I’d spent more time with his uncle, How did I even get here? Old memories and long-suppressed Gray One, who had been a tall man, impressive. This Gray had amazing, TV worthy, shellacked emotions bubbled up from my core; a molten Reprinted from PARTY FAVORS (© 2008) by the helmet hair but wow, was he a shorty. His height, brew of anger, disappointment and confusion. Lyons Press, Guilford, Conn.

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The Buddy System In twenty years, Best Buddies International has grown from Georgetown to across the world to help persons with intellectual disabilities BY CARL LEWIS

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his month marks the end of one of Washington’s most notable and inspiring events – the annual BESTBUDDIES BALL held at the residence of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, the parents of Best Buddies International founder and chairman, Anthony Kennedy Shriver. For 20 years, the Shriver family has been welcoming guests into their home to celebrate the many achievements of this important organization and to raise the funds that allow Best Buddies to expand within the United States and throughout the world. I am proud to be considered one of those friends and honored to have attended numerous balls. When my friend Anthony started Best Buddies in 1989, he had the simple but revolutionary idea that by tapping into the tremendous volunteer potential of his fellow university students, he could create an organization that would expand the realm of opportunities that persons with intellectual disabilities should experience. Back then,

Above: Carl Lewis and actor Greg German with representatives from Best Buddies Germany at the 2007 Best Buddies Ball.

Anthony inspired his college peers to get involved. Today, he continues to inspire countless people around the world to spread his message of friendship and support. Over the past two decades, I have watched Best Buddies International grow to include over 1,400 programs on school and university campuses around the world. Best Buddies International is comprised of six programs: Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies and Jobs – that have a positive impact on individuals, families and communities. We have an active and involved board of directors, of which I am a member. Best Buddies International not only reaches each of the 50 states, the organization has now expanded into 40 countries across six continents. As I travel, I am constantly reminded of the important role Best Buddies plays Guests at the 18th Annual Best Buddies Ball in providing opportunities for one-to-

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one friendships and integrated employment. I have had the chance to meet with Buddies from around the globe and hear stories of how important an association with Best Buddies has been for them. But through all of the growth, the international expansion and the development of new initiatives, the Best Buddies Ball at the Shrivers’ home has remained an event that brings together friends and supporters to acknowledge the success Best Buddies has achieved in enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The Best Buddies Ball has generated tremendous resources — $35 million since its inception. This year’s event aims to raise $3 million, funds that will be used to encourage friendships, create jobs and expand Best Buddies International into parts of the world greatly in need of compassion and understanding. Although this year’s celebration marks the end of an important era, the ball will continue, albeit in another manifestation. Knowing firsthand the drive and the innovative thinking of Anthony Kennedy Shriver, I am certain it will be a spectacular event wherever it is held. Best Buddies International has positively impacted more than 350,000 participants this year alone, and with ambitious plans for expansion both domestically and globally, this is surely just the beginning of many great friendships to come.

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Joy to Children Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families BY JEFFREY ZELL

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magine being eight years old and in the hospital.You hear your mom whispering to the doctor and he says it’s “serious.” It’s frightening, it’s foreign and it’s very lonely. All these strangers come in and out of your room, poking and prodding. Needles. Machines. You should be in your 3rd grade classroom, learning multiplication and playing on the monkey bars during recess. Instead, you’re stuck in the hospital. Now, imagine how you feel when the nurse gives you a teddy bear to hug or brings video games to your bedside. You start being less worried and the time passes quickly. Even your dad laughs when he’s playing Nintendo with you. When magicians visit, you get to leave your room and play for a little while. In between hospital stays, you get to go to special family events. STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION MIDATLANTIC helps seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Our services are proven

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to distract children from their pain, increase their willingness to return for treatment, and connect families facing similar challenges. We currently reach over 18,000 children a month in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. We offer a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and electronic programs that are accessible constantly — before, during, and after medical treatment. Our featured programs are Fun Centers (mobile entertainment units); Great Escapes (family activities like sporting events and circuses); Hospital Happenings (inhospital parties with clowns or crafts); PC Pals (child safe laptops);

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and Starlight Sites (in-hospital teen lounges and playrooms). My mission as Starlight MidAtlantic’s president has been to expand our services so that all children in the region can find solace during their medical ordeal. The most popular program, Fun Centers, features a Wii gaming system, a DVD player, flat screen TV and are preloaded with games, movies and music. Fun Centers provide hours of distraction for children as they await surgery or spend time with their families during visiting hours. If a child is not bedridden, the Wii also gets them moving as a form of rehabilitation. Playing video games together creates a bond between doctors and young patients; instead of talking over the child to a parent the doctor can relate on a different level. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Ninth Annual Taste of the Stars, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Along with fellow gala co-chairman Curtin Winsor, we are excited to host the evening, which includes live and silent auctions, a tasting of “Wines From Around the World,” a gourmet dinner, dancing and a cigar bar. Last year, Washington Life called the event “One of the Most Lavish Silent Auctions” in the Washington, D.C. area. All of the gala proceeds support the programs we provide for sick kids. Last year we raised $650,000 and we hope to break that record

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The Difference Maker Remembering Joan Hisaoka in preparation for the first Annual Joan Hisaoka Gala BY ANDREA ROANE

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first did a profile of Joan Hisaoka in March 2008 as part of a WUSA-9 feature titled “Courage Collage.” She was well known in the national capital region, not only for promoting some of the finest restaurants in town but also for her generous and giving nature. Joan was named one of the 50 most powerful and influential women in the District in 2004, when she received the Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business Award.” She represented many top hospitality, tourism and retail clients in the metro area. I found her to be a courageous and engaging personality, and one that will be sorely missed. Joan succumbed to cancer in May of this year but her dedication and power to make a difference lives on. To honor her memory, I have agreed to serve as master of ceremonies for the first annual JOANHISAOKA“MAKEA DIFFERENCE”GALA on October 24, a black-tie event chaired by her brother, Robert Hisaoka, to raise funds for organizations that assist those living with cancer. This food-focused inaugural event will bring together prominent personalities including sports figures Art Monk, Charles Mann and Bobby Mitchell; celebrity chefs Todd Gray, Roberto Donna, Kaz Okochi, Michel Richard and Robert Weidmaier; and executive committee members Michael Ansari, Jack Davies, Leah Ganzler, Richard Kay, Mario Marino, Faye Morrisee, Gary Nakamoto, Richard Paerson and Steve Schram, with upbeat dance tunes by Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. All proceeds will go to the

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The late Joan Hisaoka, left, with WUSA9’s Andrea Roane, emcee of the 1st Annual Joan Hisaoka Gala, at the 2007 Les Dames d’Escoffier “Art of Food” event.

Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, an organization which shares Joan’s personal mission of improving the lives of others during challenging times. In 1988, Joan founded Hisaoka Public Relations, a boutique retail, tourism, and hospitality firm that went on to receive the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious Silver Anvil Award under her leadership. In addition to her professional career, she served on the board of directors of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, was instrumental in creating and branding the “THE RAMMY” awards, and was president of Les Dames d’Escoffier (where there is also a scholarship in her name). In July 2008, she was posthumously awarded the Community Leadership Award at the Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Golf Classic in recognition of her 16 years of raising awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Joan became involved with Smith Farm Center after participating in a program at their facility

in Washington. Her experience with such programs nationwide inspired her to become a dedicated advocate for the power of art and alternative healing for those living with cancer and led her family to honor her legacy. The JOANHISAOKAHEALINGARTS GALLERY at Smith Farm Center has been named in memory of Joan because of her dedication to transform the experience of cancer and other major health problems by empowering individuals to make wise decisions about their care and improving the quality of their lives during such challenging times. Since its founding in 1996 as a nonprofit health, education and creative arts organization, Smith Farm Center programs have positively transformed the experience of living with serious illnesses – for adults, their caregivers and the healthcare professionals who support them. Joan will be forever remembered for her unending commitment, drive and true compassion for others. Her legacy continues to inspire others who are living with cancer.

The newly named Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center. Glass works by artist Allegra Marquart.

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MODERN-AGEDIPLOMATS ... are they necessary?

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enée Jones-Bos, the Netherland’s new ambassador to Washington, hit the ground running. During her first official week on the job she presented her credentials to President George Bush on Wednesday along with other recent arrivals. On Friday, there was a special meeting of EU ambassadors on the situation in Iran, and then later, at the week’s end, Jones-Bos was in New York to help launch next year’s 400th anniversary celebrations of Henry Hudson’s taking possession of Manhattan Island for the Dutch. Talleyrand, the consummate 19th century diplomat, would probably not have considered the latter worthy of his attention, but times have changed. A century ago, a diplomat operated according to the rules established by the Congress of Vienna of 1814, which shaped political Europe following the downfall of Napoleon and remained in force with remarkably little change until almost the end of the last century. Today, says Pierre Vimont, France’s dapper, affable ambassador, the diplomat’s horizons have to be much wider. “You have to be knowledgeable about so many issues besides politics; you have to know about financial markets, climate change, terrorism, defense, commerce.You are working in a global environment in which issues, and different decisions on those issues, are all interconnected.” A changing role has dictated a change in what recruiters look for in aspiring diplomats.

There is less emphasis on table manners and skill at reversing in the waltz and more, much more, on a good grasp of international affairs and global economics. A knowledge of French – once the indispensable language of diplomacy

– might still come in handy, but fluency in Mandarin or Arabic is now the golden key to the door of a diplomatic career. In the age of the internet and the cell phone, a mental, strategic, and political agility is another must. “We are making decisions in real time,” says Elena Poptodorova, Bulgaria’s departing (in October) woman in Washington. Time was when an ambassador waited for days for instructions from his government to arrive in the diplomatic pouch. The good news today is, as one foreign ambassador put it, “you don’t have to make it up.You really know [because] you’re in constant communication with your capital.” The bad news: the curse of the Blackberry. Home capitals can find their diplomats anywhere, at any time. The frequently asked question is whether the speed of communication and the ability of leaders to talk direct or video-conference with their counterparts, plus the advent of world-wide, 24-hour news cycles, has removed the need for expensive embassies – made them “relics of the days of sailing ships,” as independent presidential candidate Ross Perot once put it (he wanted to abolish them). Speed and technology have certainly transformed the way diplomats do business; but relics? At their best, they provide the quality and context without which information delivered fast has little merit. While CNN reports the news faster than any embassy can,

“YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT SO many issues besides politics; you have to know about financial markets, climate change, terrorism, defense, commerce.” Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France

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“governments these days rely on you for an accurate assessment of what the news means,” Vimont says. “They already have the facts. What they want is to have them placed in context.” Besides, as the anonymous diplomat quoted earlier pointed out, an ambassador “tries to involve himself in the decisionmaking process before the decision is taken.” Once CNN has the story, the diplomat’s room to maneuver becomes limited. And an ambassador can still argue with considerable justification that despite the changes, the essentials remain the same. “My role is to promote my country to the United States in its entirety,” says Estonia’s Vaino Reinart. Sir Christopher Meyer, the genial former British ambassador, was even – typically – more blunt. In his revealing memoirs, D.C. Confidential, Meyer declares,“An ambassador and an embassy exist to advance the national interest.There is no other justification for their existence. Stripped to its core, this means safeguarding British security and British prosperity.” This multi-purpose activity has taken many forms. For a long time, the British Embassy had a diplomat whose main job was to lobby members of a congenitally pro-Irish Congress on London’s perspective on Northern Ireland. For years, the embassy successfully blocked Sinn Fein leader Jerry Adams’s yearly efforts to obtain a U.S. visa. More recently, the embassy persuaded the administration to postpone the introduction of biometric passports until Britain was ready to issue them. Poptodorova says the toughest task of her five-year assignment was “to break down the prejudice of some key members of Congress against Bulgaria’s membership in NATO.” She adds – “I recall Sen. [John] Warner telling me to my face, ‘I don’t see any reason for enlarging NATO, and still less for admitting Bulgaria as a member.’ ” It took “different stages of persuasion,” to get the skeptics to support Bulgaria joining the Atlantic Alliance, but three years later – in 2006 – no voice was raised against the U.S.-Bulgarian bi-lateral defense cooperation agreement that led to setting up three U.S. military bases along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. All of which points to the intense competition in the Washington diplomatic

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Pope Benedict XVI waves beside Papal Nuncio Pietro Sambi upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Image)

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ope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States cast the media spotlight on a foreign diplomat you won’t see at the Opera Ball. He is Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who as the Vatican’s ambassador to Washington rejoices in the historic title of Apostolic Nuncio. The United States has had full diplomatic relations with the Vatican (or, more properly,The Holy See) since 1984, and the papal envoy combines the roles of diplomatic representative to Washington and Rome’s liaison with the U.S. Catholic bishops. Sambi, a genial Italian cleric with the build of a football quarterback, headed the planning of Pope Benedict’s visit on the Vatican side, and played host to the pontiff at the Apostolic Nunciature, the mansion that serves as both his residence and office on Massachusetts Avenue N.W., directly opposite the Vice President’s official residence, the former U.S. Naval Observatory. One of Mass Avenue’s unofficial landmarks is John Woljnowski, the white haired protester who, day in and day out for the past decade or so, has stood outside the nunciature carrying large signs inveighing against pedophile priests. Sambi is a senior member of the Vatican’s legendary diplomatic corps, one of the oldest, largest and reputedly best informed in the world. Like all nuncios he has the ecclesiastical rank of archbishop of a “titular see,” in his case Bellicastrum. A titular see is a usually an ancient diocese, frequently situated in what is now Africa or the Middle East, that no longer exists except in name. Before his assignment to Washington in December 2005, Archbishop Sambi was the Vatican representative in Jerusalem. In 2002, he made news headlines for his role in bringing to an end the standoff between Israeli troops and a group of Palestinian gunmen who had occupied the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The archbishop was involved in the negotiations that led to the Palestinian ringleaders obtaining safe conduct out of the church and being exiled to Europe. A gregarious, friendly cleric, Sambi surveys the world with wry humor. Invited recently to take part in a symposium on Pope Benedict’s book “Jesus of Nazareth” he began his comments with, “It’s not easy to comment on a book written by the boss.”

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Political appointee or not, is the charge of environment. Twenty years ago there were in Washington has already visited California, lying a bum rap? “We [diplomats] never admit barely a hundred foreign embassies; today, Florida, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Illinois. Like most of his colleagues, Reinart is that we lie, and that is a basic rule,” says Indian the number has jumped to more than 200, all vying for the attention and cooperation of one of his nation’s top diplomats. Which is Foreign Minister Shiv Shankar Menon, himself the U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress. why foreign envoys raise a quizzical eyebrow a former ambassador to China and Israel. “But “We are in the market like everybody else,” at the peculiar American practice of training more than that, falsehood or agreements based Poptodorova adds. “When I try to measure diplomats to be ambassadors and then giving on falsehood just don’t work … pretty soon my success I count the people whom I know the plum posts to political appointees with the falsehood will be exposed.” More to the point, it’s a two-way street. no training. Rarely does a professional U.S. rather than the people who know me.” Diplomats will point out in their own To cover all the bases, foreign defense that they are in any case as ambassadors put a lot of effort into much lied to by governments as lying. cultivating as many contacts as their Because it tends to be the pinnacle entertainment budget accommodate. keep you busy seven days a week, but … you have to of a diplomat’s career, the highAs a result, Washington’s embassies have always been closely woven into reach out to the different states as often as you can.” powered life in Washington is often Vaino Reinart, Ambassador of Estonia followed by the anti-climactic calm the capital’s social fabric: they are of retirement. “You miss the diversity part of its economy, its culture, and of experience,” says Vimont, looking they even provide some of its juicier scandals. The constraints of more work and ambassador find himself in London, Paris, ahead, and “the excitement of being in foreign tighter budgets have recently resulted in a or Rome. While foreign governments countries.” And, of course, the perks of office. This scaling down in embassy entertaining, but the appoint their most seasoned professionals diplomatic party circuit remains an important to Washington, reflecting this country’s reporter once asked Sir Oliver Wright, a importance, the U.S. – with varying results popular former British ambassador to the component in Washington social life. Ambassadors also spend more time on the – routinely sends businessmen and women United States, what his retirement was like. road than they once did. “Washington can keep to key capitals with the sole qualification of His reply: “Last night my wife and I went to you busy seven days a week, but in addition to having written a fat check to the president’s the theater. When we came out, it was raining, the political engagement here, you have to reach election campaign. Their task – “to lie abroad people were scrambling for taxis. Then a big out to the different states as often as you can,” for the good of their country,” as the famous Rolls-Royce drew up outside. But it wasn’t for me.” observed Estonia’s Reinart, who in his one year saying goes.

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Left to right: It hasn’t been all cocktail parties for Elena Poptodorova, Bulgaria’s soon-to-depart ambassador who helped drum up support for her country’s inclusion into NATO (Photo by Clay Blackmore); Former Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov doubled as brand ambassador for Russian Standard Vodka at a 2007 event at his embassy; Maria Felice Mekouar and Moroccan Amb. Aziz Mekouar with former British Amb. Sir David Manning at a 2006 Young Concert Artists benefit at the British embassy residence. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

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ur annual listings of Washington’s diplomatic corps is a vital resource for those “in the know.” Inside you’ll find a comprehensive list of ambassadors, complete with contact information, spouse names, and residence addresses; plus special features, interviews, etiquette tips, and lots of beautiful photographs! CONTRIBUTING EDITOR GAIL SCOTT

AFGHANISTAN AMBASSADOR: Said T. Jawad SPOUSE: Shamim Jawad CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2341 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-6410 RESIDENCE: 2001 24th St. NW

ALBANIA AMBASSADOR: Aleksander Sallabanda SPOUSE: Sasha Sallabanda CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2100 S St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-223-4942

ALGERIA AMBASSADOR: Amine Kherbi SPOUSE: Ilse Kherbi CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2118 Kalorama Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-2800

ANDORRA AMBASSADOR: Carles Font-Rossell EMBASSY: Two United Nations Plaza,

25th Floor, New York, N.Y. TELEPHONE: 212-750-8064

ANGOLA AMBASSADOR: Josefina Pitra Diakité SPOUSE: Mamadou Diakité CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2108 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-785-1156 RESIDENCE: 9 Stapleford Hall Ct.,

Potomac, Md.

ANTIGUAANDBARBUDA AMBASSADOR: Deborah Mae Lovell EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW

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ARGENTINA AMBASSADOR: Hector Marcos Timerman SPOUSE: Annabelle Sielecki CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-238-6400 RESIDENCE: 1815 Q St. NW

ARMENIA AMBASSADOR: Tatoul Markarian SPOUSE: Anna Ghumian CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2225 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-319-1976

AUSTRALIA AMBASSADOR: Dennis Richardson SPOUSE: Betty Richardson CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-797-3000 RESIDENCE: 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW

AUSTRIA DEP. CHIEF OF MISSION: Andreas Riecken EMBASSY: 3524 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-895-6700 RESIDENCE: 2419 Wyoming Ave. NW

AZERBAIJAN AMBASSADOR: Yashar Aliyev SPOUSE: Neegiar Aliyev CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2741 34th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-337-3500 RESIDENCE: 3131 Connecticut Ave. NW

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BAHAMAS AMBASSADOR: Cornelius Smith SPOUSE: Clara Smith CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 2220 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-319-2660 RESIDENCE: 5100 Warren Place, NW

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BELGIUM AMBASSADOR: Dominique Struye

de Swielande EMBASSY: 3330 Garfield St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-333-6900 RESIDENCE: 2300 Foxhall Rd. NW

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AMBASSADOR: Houda Nonoo CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3502 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-342-1111

BANGLADESH AMBASSADOR: M. Humayun Kabir SPOUSE: Rokeya Kabir CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3510 International Drive NW TELEPHONE: 202-244-0183 RESIDENCE: 4 Highboro Court,

Bethesda, Md.

BARBADOS AMBASSADOR: Michael Ian King SPOUSE: Jacqueline Ann Natalie King CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2144 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-9200 RESIDENCE: 4850 Linnean Ave. NW

BELARUS AMBASSADOR: Mikhail Khvostov SPOUSE: Galina Khvostova CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1619 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-986-1604

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AMBASSADOR: Nestor Mendez SPOUSE: Elvira Mendez CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2535 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202- 332-9636

BENIN AMBASSADOR: Cyrille S. Oguin SPOUSE: Hortense Oguin CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2124 Kalorama Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-6656 RESIDENCE: 9901 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md.

BOLIVIA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Erika Dueñas EMBASSY: 3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-4410 RESIDENCE: 3012 Massachusetts Ave. NW

BOSNIAAND HERZEGOVINA AMBASSADOR: Bisera Turkovic CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2109 E St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-337-1500

BOTSWANA AMBASSADOR: Lapologang Caesar Lekoa SPOUSE: Mpho Gloria Bojelo Lekoa

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The current diplomatic corps includes an unprecedented number of female ambassadors – a strong testament to the evolving roles of women around the world. PHOTOGRAPHBYCLAYBLACKMORE MAKEUPBYJOCELYN•HAIRSTYLINGBYXIOMARAFONTANEZ PHOTOGRAPHEDATTHEMERIDIANINTERNATIONALCENTER Among them are (clockwise from bottom left): Carolina Barco of Colombia, Claudia Fritsche of Liechtenstein, Glenda Morean-Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago, Maria de Fatima Lima da Veiga of Cape Verde, Elena Borislavova Poptodorova of Bulgaria, Chan Heng Chee of Singapore, and Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy of Oman Not pictured above are Ambassadors Deborah Mae Lovell of Antigua and Barbuda, Houda Nonoo of Bahrain, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia, Zamira Sydykova of Kyrgyztan, Hawa Olga Ndilowe of Malawi, Aminata Maiga Djibrilla of Niger, Josefina Pitra Diakite of Angola, Faida Mitifu of Democratic Republic of Congo, Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika of Zambia, Bisera Turkovic of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Purificacion Angue Ondo of Equatorial Guinea, Marlene Moses of Nauru, Regina (Renee) Jones-Bos of Netherlands, La Celia Prince of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Fekitamoeloa Tupoupai of Tonga W A S H I N G T O N L I F E O C T O B E R      washingtonlife.com 65

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From le: Amb. Dominique Struye de Swielande of Belgium, Amb. Antonio Patriota of Brazil, Amb. Tomás Dueñas of Costa Rica, Amb. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia, Amb. Andreas Kakouris of Cyprus, Amb. Friis Arne Peterson of Denmark

CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1531-3 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-244-4990 RESIDENCE: 10001 Bent Cross Dr.,

Potomac, Md.

BRAZIL AMBASSADOR: Antonio Patriota SPOUSE: Tania Patriota CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-238-2700 RESIDENCE: 3000 Massachusetts Ave. NW

BRUNEIDARUSSALAM CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES A.I.: Angela Shim EMBASSY: 3520 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-237-1838

BULGARIA AMBASSADOR: Elena Borislavova Poptodorova SPOUSE: Georgi Petrov CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1621 22nd St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-387-0174 RESIDENCE: 3516 Rittenhouse St. NW

BURKINAFASO AMBASSADOR: Paramanga Ernest Yonli SPOUSE: Kadidiatou Yonli EMBASSY: 2340 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-5577 RESIDENCE: 6338 16th St. NW

BURUNDI AMBASSADOR: Celestin Niyongabo SPOUSE: Seraphine Manirambona CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Ste. 212 TELEPHONE: 202-342-2574 RESIDENCE: 10309 Fleming Ave.,

EMBASSY: 4530 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-726-7742 RESIDENCE: 4500 16th St. NW

CAMEROON AMBASSADOR: Joseph Foe-Atangana EMBASSY: 2349 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-8790 RESIDENCE: 2825 Normanstone Dr. NW

CANADA AMBASSADOR: Michael Wilson SPOUSE: Margie Wilson EMBASSY: 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-682-1740 RESIDENCE: 2825 Rock Creek Dr. N

CAPEVERDE AMBASSADOR: Maria de Fátima Lima da Veiga CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3415 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-965-6820

CENTRALAFRICAN REPUBLIC AMBASSADOR: Emmanuel Touaboy SPOUSE: Mireille Nathalie Touaboy CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1618 22nd St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-7800 RESIDENCE: 1840 Redwood Terr. NW

CHAD AMBASSADOR: Mahamoud Adam Bechir SPOUSE: Nouracham Bechir Nian CHILDREN: Eight EMBASSY: 2002 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-462-4009 RESIDENCE: 16833 Harbor Town Dr.,

AMBASSADOR: Sereywath Ek SPOUSE: Sang Khov CHILDREN: Two

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CHINA AMBASSADOR: Zhou Wenzhong SPOUSE: Shumin Xie CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-328-2500

COLOMBIA AMBASSADOR: Carolina Barco CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2118 Leroy Pl. NW TELEPHONE: 202-387-8338 RESIDENCE: 1520 20th St. NW

COMOROS AMBASSADOR: Mohamed Toihiri CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 866 United Nations Plaza,

Ste. 418 New York, NY TELEPHONE: 212-972-8010

CONGODEMOCRATIC REPUBLICOF AMBASSADOR: Faida Mitifu SPOUSE: Maurice Shalishali CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 1726 M St. NW, Ste. 601 RESIDENCE: 1726 M St. NW

CONGOREPUBLICOF AMBASSADOR: Serge Mombouli SPOUSE: Stella Corine Mombouli CHILDREN: Six EMBASSY: 4891 Colorado Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-726-5500 RESIDENCE: 10809 Riverwood Dr.,

CHILE AMBASSADOR: Mariano Fernández SPOUSE: Mariá Angélica Morales CHILDREN: Three

RESIDENCE: 1830 24th St. NW

CÔTED’IVOIRE AMBASSADOR: Yao Charles Koffi CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-797-0300

CROATIA AMBASSADOR: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic SPOUSE: Dunja Jurica CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2343 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Ste. F13 TELEPHONE: 202-588-5899 RESIDENCE: 4871 Glenbrook Rd. NW

CUBA REPRESENTATIVE: Dagoberto Rodriguez

Barrera EMBASSY: c/o Embassy of Switzerland, Cuban Interest Sec., 2630 16th St. NW, TELEPHONE: 202-797-8518

CYPRUS AMBASSADOR: Andreas S. Kakouris SPOUSE: Kareen Farrell Kakouris CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2211 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-462-5772 RESIDENCE: 1825 24th St. NW

CZECHREPUBLIC AMBASSADOR: Petr Kolar SPOUSE: Jaroslava Kolarova CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-274-9100 RESIDENCE: 2612 Tilden St. NW

Potomac, Md.

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Bethesda, Md.

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EMBASSY: 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-785-1746 RESIDENCE: 2305 Massachusetts Ave. NW

COSTARICA AMBASSADOR: Tomás Dueñas SPOUSE: Diana Chavarría Dueñas EMBASSY: 2114 S St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-2945

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FIRSTIMPRESSIONS “WASHINGTON IS A CITY OF UNPARALLELED ENERGY, AND I FELT IMMEDIATLEY AT HOME HERE…”

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s I walked off the plane and took my first steps onto American soil as the ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, I began to realize the enormity of my responsibility as the primary representative of my island nation’s one million citizens to the most powerful country on earth. Mine was not a traditional path to a diplomatic appointment as I spent most of my career in the private sector before being appointed to the Shura Council in 2006. When His Excellency Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed AlKhalifa, Bahrain’s minister of foreign affairs, asked me on behalf of His Majesty, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, to serve as the Kingdom of Bahrain’s representative to Washington, my first reaction was one of pure astonishment. In addition to the honor of being appointed to represent Bahrain in the U.S., one of our closest allies and most important strategic partners, I was acutely aware that my selection was a testament to the tremendous success of nearly a decadelong effort by the Bahraini government, under the leadership of His Majesty, to encourage the full participation of women and people of all faiths in politics, and, on a broader scale, the expansion of the roles of women across all sectors of Bahraini society. When I presented my credentials to President Bush on July 28, 2008, I became the third female ambassador in the history of Bahrain, the first woman to be appointed ambassador to the United States from my country, and the first Bahraini ambassador of Jewish descent in the world.These are tremendous honors, and I hope to live up to the confidence my government has placed in me. Coming from the private sector, I was accustomed to a fast paced, results-driven work ethic, and this summer, as I was preparing to move to Washington, I tried to mentally prepare myself for the transition to what I imagined might be a quieter, more “diplomatic” schedule. Much to my delight, however, I learned in my first few days that Washington is a city of unparalleled energy, and I felt immediately at ease. Whether meeting with officials at the State Department or the Pentagon, or discussing ways to expand U.S./Bahraini business partnerships in the Dulles technology corridor, it seemed as though Washington was patting me on the back and whispering “welcome home.” Each day, I am both honored and humbled to help strengthen and maintain the extraordinary relationship that exists between Bahrain and the United States. The historic, political, economic and military ties between the two nations have produced a wealth of bilateral achievements; most recently the signing of the U.SBahrain Free Trade Agreement. In addition to representing my nation and my fellow citizens in the United States, I am also excited at the prospect of sharing my country with America. Bahrain is currently witnessing unprecedented reforms and economic development, and this is a uniquely dynamic time in our history. I look forward to continuing the work of my predecessors in the nation’s capital, and I am confident that this chapter in my life will be one that I look back upon for inspiration long after I have left Washington, D.C.


From le: Amb. Flavio Darío Espinal of the Dominican Republic, Amb. Pierre Vimont of France, Amb. Denis G. Antoine of Grenada, Amb. Roberto Flores Bermudez of Honduras, Amb. Ferenc Somogyi of Hungary, Amb. Albert Jónsson of Iceland

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AMBASSADOR: Roble Olhaye SPOUSE: Amina Farah Ahmed Olhaye CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 1156 15th St. NW, Ste. 515 TELEPHONE: 202-331-0270 RESIDENCE:10101 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md.

DOMINICA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Judith-Anne Rolle EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-364-6781

DOMINICANREPUBLIC AMBASSADOR: Flavio Darío Espinal SPOUSE: Minerva del Risco de Espinal CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1715 22nd St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-6280 RESIDENCE: 2930 Edgevale Ter. NW

EASTTIMOR CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Jorge Camoes SPOUSE: Zelinda Fernandef CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 4201 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Ste. 504 TELEPHONE: 202-966-3202 RESIDENCE: 1220 East West Hwy. Apt.

1105, Silver Spring, Md.

ECUADOR AMBASSADOR: Luis Gallegos SPOUSE: Fabiola Gallegos CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2535 15th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-7200 RESIDENCE: 2320 Bancroft Pl. NW

EGYPT AMBASSADOR: Sameh Shoukry SPOUSE: Aziza “Suzy” Shoukry EMBASSY: 3521 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-895-5400 RESIDENCE: 2301 Massachusetts Ave. NW

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AMBASSADOR: Rene A. Leôn CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1400 16th St. NW, Ste.100 TELEPHONE: 202-265-9671 RESIDENCE: 5171 Macomb St. NW

EQUATORIALGUINEA AMBASSADOR: Purificacion Angue Ondo CHILDREN: Six EMBASSY: 2020 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-518-5700 RESIDENCE: 4044 27th St. N, Arlington,Va.

ERITREA AMBASSADOR: Ghirmai Ghebremariam CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1708 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-319-1991 RESIDENCE: 7127 16th St. NW

ESTONIA AMBASSADOR: Vaino Reinart SPOUSE: Kaire Jurgenson EMBASSY: 2131 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-588-0101

ETHIOPIA AMBASSADOR: Samuel Assefa SPOUSE: Aster Hidaru EMBASSY: 3506 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-364-1200 RESIDENCE: 2209 Wyoming Ave. NW

EUROPEANUNION AMBASSADOR: John Bruton SPOUSE: Finola Bruton CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2300 M St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-862-9500 RESIDENCE: 2534 Belmont Rd. NW

SPOUSE: Louise Angela CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2000 M St. NW, Ste. 710 TELEPHONE: 202-466-8320

FINLAND AMBASSADOR: Pekka Lintu SPOUSE: Laurel Colles CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-298-5801 RESIDENCE: 3001 Woodland Dr. NW

FRANCE AMBASSADOR: Pierre Vimont EMBASSY: 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-944-6000 RESIDENCE: 2221 Kalorama Rd. NW

GABON AMBASSADOR: Carlos Boungou SPOUSE: Blandine Boungou CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 2034 20th St. NW, Ste. 200 TELEPHONE: 202-797-1000 RESIDENCE: 7318 Arrowroot Rd.,

Bethesda, Md.

GAMBIA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Abdul R. Cole EMBASSY: 1424 K St., NW TELEPHONE: 202-785-1399

GEORGIA AMBASSADOR: Vasil Sikharulidze SPOUSE: Anna Tsagareli CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-387-2390 RESIDENCE: 4701 Willard Ave., Chevy

Chase, Md.

GERMANY AMBASSADOR: Klaus Scharioth SPOUSE: Ulrike Scharioth CHILDREN:

GHANA AMBASSADOR: Kwame Bawuah-Edusei SPOUSE: Evangline Bawuah-Edusei CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 3512 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-686-4520

GREECE AMBASSADOR: Alexandros Mallias SPOUSE: Francoise Anne Mallias CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-1300

GRENADA AMBASSADOR: Denis G. Antoine CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1701 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-2561

GUATEMALA AMBASSADOR: Francisco Villagran de Leon SPOUSE: Donna Eberwine Villagran CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2220 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-745-4952 RESIDENCE: 2839 Woodland Dr. NW

GUINEA AMBASSADOR: Mory K. Kaba SPOUSE: Salimatou Kaba CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2112 Leroy Pl. NW TELEPHONE: 202-986-4300 RESIDENCE: 2948 Edgevale Terrace NW

GUINEA-BISSAU CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Enrique Adriano

Da Silva SPOUSE: Maria Odilia Almeida Da Silva EMBASSY: 15929 Yukon La., Rockville Md.

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FIJI AMBASSADOR: Penijamini Ravulolo

Tuikubulau Lomaloma

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EMBASSY: 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-298-4000 RESIDENCE: 1800 Foxhall Rd. NW

GUYANA AMBASSADOR: Bayney Karran SPOUSE: Donna Karran CHILDREN: Three

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From le: Amb. Ronen Sen of India, Amb. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat of Indonesia, Amb. Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie of Iraq, Amb. Michael Collins of Ireland, Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta of Italy, Amb. Anthony Johnson ofJamaica

EMBASSY: 2490 Tracy Pl. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-6900 RRESIDENCE: 6911 Bradley Blvd.,

RESIDENCE: 2700 Macomb St. NW

Bethesda, Md.

AMBASSADOR: Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat SPOUSE: Nunung Kuncorowati Parnohadiningrat CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-775-5200

HAITI AMBASSADOR: Raymond Alcide Joseph SPOUSE: Lola Poisson CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-4090 RESIDENCE: 6200 Highland Dr., Chevy

Chase, Md.

THEHOLYSEE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO: Archbishop Pietro Sambi EMBASSY: 3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-333-7121

HONDURAS AMBASSADOR: Roberto Flores Bermudez SPOUSE: Laura Schulz CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3007 Tilden St. NW, Ste. 4M TELEPHONE: 202-966-7702 RESIDENCE: 5312 Portsmouth Rd.,

Bethesda, Md.

HUNGARY AMBASSADOR: Ferenc Somogyi SPOUSE: Andrea Somogyi CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3910 Shoemaker St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-362-6730 RESIDENCE: 2215 30th St. NW

ICELAND AMBASSADOR: Albert Jónsson SPOUSE: Ása Baldvinsdóttir CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1156 15th St. NW, Ste. 1200 TELEPHONE: 202-265-6653 RESIDENCE: 2443 Kalorama Rd. NW

INDIA AMBASSADOR: Ronen Sen SPOUSE: Kalpana Sen CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-7000

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INDONESIA

IRAN AMBASSADOR: Mostafa Rahmani SPOUSE: Mahboubeh Rahmani CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2209 Wisconsin Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-965-4990

IRAQ AMBASSADOR: Samir Shakir Mahmood

Sumaida’ie SPOUSE: May Yang CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 3421 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-742-1600

IRELAND AMBASSADOR: Michael Collins SPOUSE: Marie Collins CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2234 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-462-3939 RESIDENCE: 2244 S St. NW

ISRAEL AMBASSADOR: Sallai Meridor SPOUSE: No’a Meridor CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 3514 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-364-5500

ITALY AMBASSADOR: Giovanni Castellaneta SPOUSE: Leila Castellaneta EMBASSY: 3000 Whitehaven St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-612-4400 RESIDENCE: 2800 Albemarle St. NW

JAMAICA AMBASSADOR: Anthony Johnson

SPOUSE: Pamela Johnson EMBASSY: 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-452-0660 RESIDENCE: 3103 Rolling Rd.,

SPOUSE: Rima Al-Sabah CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY AND RESIDENCE: 2940 Tilden St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-966-0702

KYRGYZSTAN

Chevy Chase, Md.

AMBASSADOR: Zamira Sydykova EMBASSY: 2360 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-449-9822

JAPAN AMBASSADOR: Ichiro Fujisaki SPOUSE: Yoriko Fujisaki CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-238-6700 RESIDENCE: 4000 Nebraska Ave. NW

LAOS AMBASSADOR: Phiane Philakone SPOUSE: Somchit Philakone CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2222 S St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-6416

JORDAN AMBASSADOR: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid

Al-Hussein SPOUSE: Princess Sarah Zeid CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3504 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-966-2664

KAZAKHSTAN AMBASSADOR: Erlan A. Idrissov SPOUSE: Nurilla Idrissova CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1401 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-5488

KENYA AMBASSADOR: Peter N.R. Ogego SPOUSE: Rose Oginga CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2249 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-387-6101 RESIDENCE: 10201 Sorrel Ave.,

Potomac, Md.

KOREA AMBASSADOR: Tae-sik Lee SPOUSE: Suknam Lee CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2450 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-5600 RESIDENCE: 4801 Glenbrok Ave. NW

KUWAIT

LATVIA AMBASSADOR: Andrejs Pildegovics SPOUSE: Elena Pildgovica CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW RESIDENCE: 4837 Foxhall Cr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-328-2840

LEAGUEOFARABSTATES AMBASSADOR: Hussein Hassouna SPOUSE: Nivine Hassouna EMBASSY: 1100 17th St. NW, Ste. 620 TELEPHONE: 202-265-3210 RESIDENCE: 3003 Van Ness St. NW,

Apt. 1133

LEBANON AMBASSADOR: Antoine Chedid SPOUSE: Nicole Chedid CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2560 28th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-6300 RESIDENCE: 2841 McGill Ter. NW

LESOTHO AMBASSADOR: Mabasia Mohobane EMBASSY: 2511 Massachussetts Ave. NW

LIBERIA

AMBASSADOR: Sheikh Salem Abdullah

Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

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AMBASSADOR: Milton Daniel Barnes SPOUSE: Dawn Cooper Barnes

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WELCOMETOTHENEIGHBORHOOD THESE AMBASSADORS HAVE ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON DURING THE PAST YEAR; TIME TO UPDATE YOUR PDA! ANDORRA: Carles Font-Rossell ARGENTINA: Hector Marcos Timerman BAHAMAS: Cornelius A. Smith BAHRAIN: Houda Nonoo BELIZE: Nestor Mendez BURKINA FASO: Parmanga Ernest Yonli COTE D’IVOIRE: Charles Yao Koffi CROATIA: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic EGYPT: Sameh Shoukry

“Washington museums are full of inspiration before a demanding week, and so relaxing at any time of year.” - Amb. Jean-Paul Senninger of Luxembourg

“It is certainly a privilege to represent St.Vincent and the Grenadines...especially during this period in America’s political history.” - Amb. LaCelia Prince of St.Vincent and the Grenadines

GABONE: Carlos Boungou GUATEMALA: Francisco Villagran de Leon JAMAICA: Anthony Johnson JAPAN: Ichiro Fujisaki LEBANON: Antoine Chedid LESOTHO: David Mohlomi Rantelkoa LUXEMBOURG: Jean-Paul Senninger MALDIVES: Mohamed Hussain Maniku MAURITANIA: Ibrahima Dia MICRONESIA: Yosiwo George MONGOLIA: Bekhbat Khasbazar NEPAL: Suresh Chalise NETHERLANDS: Renée Jones-Bos NIGERIA: Oluwole Rotimi NORWAY: Wegger Chr. Strommen PAKISTAN: Husain Haqqani POLAND: Robert Kupiecki QATAR: Ali Fahad Falil Al-Shawany Al-Hajri ROMANIA: Adrian Cosmin Vierita

“It’s great to be back in this great country!” - Amb. Ichiro Fujisaki of Japan

“We celebrate our fine, 200 year relationship with the U.S., and I look forward to sharing our “resplendant land” with all Americans. - Amb. Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka

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RUSSIA: Sergey Kislyak SPAIN: Jorge Dezcallar SAINT LUCIA: Michael Louis SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: LaCelia Prince SIERRA LEONE: Bockari Kortu Stevens SRI LANKA: Jaliya Wickramasuriya TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Glenda Morean-Phillip VIETNAM: LeCong Phung

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Amy Martini and Ron Cohen

Antigua and Barbuda Amb. Deborah-Mae Lovell

Abigail and Rep. Roy Blunt

Antonia and John Gore

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THE AMBASSADORS BALL The Washington Hilton PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL

THEDIPLOMATSDANCE The Ambassadors Ball has long been an informal “coming-out party” for newly arrived diplomats, a major affair with a lavish auction and a swing band aer dinner to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year’s 30th annual event honored Sens. Orrin Hatch and Byron Dorgan and Reps. Russ Carnahan and Michael Burgess, and the diplomatic hosts were Amb. Denis Antoine of Grenada, and Amb. LaCelia Aritha Prince of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. THE GUESTS Many of the city’s top diplomats, including ambassadors from Afghanistan, Switzerland, Gabone, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Mexico, Swaziland, and Luxembourg.

“Chef” Geoff Tracy with Lucy Calautti and Sen. Kent Conrad

Torsten Stiig Jansen and Catherine Gyldensted

Carrie and David Marriott with Emcee Norah O’Donnell

Marie and Rep. Ed Royce

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Rep. Henry and Janet Waxman

Ryan Martinegy and Gaby Hernandez

Diane Lewis and Julius Hobson

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From le: Amb. Erlan A. Idrissov of Kazakhstan, Amb. Peter Ogego of Kenya, Amb. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Amb. Zamira Sydykova of Kyrgyzstan, Amb. Keerteecoomar Ruhee of Mauritius, Amb. Nicolae Chirtoaca of Moldova

EMBASSY: 5201 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-723-0437

LIBYA AMBASSADOR: Ali Aujali EMBASSY: 2600 Virginia Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-944-9601

LIECHTENSTEIN AMBASSADOR: Claudia Fritsche EMBASSY: 888 17th St. NW, Ste. 1250 TELEPHONE: 202-331-0590

LITHUANIA AMBASSADOR: Audrius Brúzga SPOUSE: Imsre Sabaliunas Bruzgiene CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2622 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-5860 RESIDENCE: 4525 Foxhall Cr. NW

LUXEMBOURG AMBASSADOR: Jean-Paul Senninger SPOUSE: Louise Åkerblom CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-4171

MACEDONIA AMBASSADOR: Zoran Jolevski SPOUSE: Suzana Jolevski CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2129 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-667-0501

MADAGASCAR AMBASSADOR: Jocelyn Bertin Radifera SPOUSE: Erna Radifera CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2374 Massachusetts Avenue NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-5525

MALAWI AMBASSADOR: Hawa Olga Ndilowe CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 1029 Vermont Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-721-0270

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MALAYSIA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Ilango Karuppannan SPOUSE: Nirmama Karuppannan EMBASSY: 3516 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-572-9700 RESIDENCE: 2701 Albermarle St. NW

MALDIVES AMBASSADOR: Mohamed Hussain Maniku SPOUSE: Ms. Aminath Jaleel CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1111 19th St. NW, Ste. 211 TELEPHONE: 202-463-6901 RESIDENCE: 3641 Winfield Lane, NW

MALI AMBASSADOR: Abdoulaye Diop SPOUSE: Linda Diop CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 2130 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-2249 RESIDENCE: 2131 R St. NW

MALTA AMBASSADOR: Mark Anthony

Miceli-Farrugia SPOUSE: Josette Miceli-Farrugia CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2017 Connecticut Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-462-3611 RESIDENCE: 4501 29th St. NW

MARSHALLISLANDS CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Charles Paul EMBASSY: 2433 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-5414 RESIDENCE: 3212 Brooklawn Terr.,

Chevy Chase, Md.

MAURITANIA AMBASSADOR: Ibrahima Dia CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2129 Leroy Pl. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-5700 RESIDENCE: 2339 S St. NW

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MAURITIUS AMBASSADOR: Keerteecoomar Ruhee SPOUSE: Sarita Ruhee CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Ste. 441 TELEPHONE: 202-244-1491

MEXICO AMBASSADOR: Arturo Sarukhan SPOUSE: Verónica Valencia CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-728-1600 RESIDENCE: 4925 Loughboro Rd. NW

MONTENEGRO AMBASSADOR: Miodrag Vlahovic CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1610 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-6108

MOROCCO AMBASSADOR: Aziz Mekouar SPOUSE: Maria Felice Cittadini Cesi CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 1601 21st St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-462-7979 RESIDENCE: 9109 Clewerwall Dr.,

Bethesda, Md.

MICRONESIA AMBASSADOR: Yosiwo P George SPOUSE: Antilise George CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1725 N St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-223-4383

MOLDOVA AMBASSADOR: Nicolae Chirtoaca SPOUSE: Tatiani Chirtoaca CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2101 S St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-667-1130 RESIDENCE: 2111 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

Apt. 608S, Arlington,Va.

MONACO AMBASSADOR: Gilles Noghès SPOUSE: Ellen Noghès CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2400 International Dr. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-1530 RESIDENCE: 2314 Wyoming Ave. NW

MONGOLIA AMBASSADOR: Bekhbat Khasbazar SPOUSE: Gerelmaa Jamsran CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2833 M St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-333-7117 RESIDENCE: 1021 Irongate Rd.,

MOZAMBIQUE AMBASSADOR: Armando Alexandre

Panguene SPOUSE: Maria Teresa Panguene CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1525 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-293-7146

MYANMAR CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Myint Lwin SPOUSE: Khin Thi Win CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2300 S St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-3344

NAMIBIA AMBASSADOR: Hopelong Uushona Ipinge CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1605 New Hampshire Ave., NW TELEPHONE: 202-986-0540 RESIDENCE: 4509 W St. NW

NAURU AMBASSADOR: Marlene Moses EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave., New York NY TELEPHONE: 212-937-0074 RESIDENCE: 800 2nd Avenue, Ste. 400A,

New York, NY

Potomac, Md.

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TELEPHONE: 202-328-4800 RESIDENCE: 27 Observatory Cir. NW

NEPAL AMBASSADOR: Suresh Chandra Chalise SPOUSE: Millan Adhakary CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2131 Leroy Place NW TELEPHONE: 202-667-4550 RESIDENCE: 2730 34th Place NW

NETHERLANDS AMBASSADOR: Renée Jones-Bos SPOUSE: Richard Huw Jones CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 4200 Linnean Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-244-5300 RESIDENCE: 2347 S St. NW

NEWZEALAND

NICARAGUA

NORWAY

AMBASSADOR: Arturo Cruz CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 1627 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-6570

NIGER AMBASSADOR: Aminata Maiga Djibrilla Toure SPOUSE: Boubacar Toure CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2204 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-4224 RESIDENCE: 3100 Argyle St. NW

NIGERIA

AMBASSADOR: Roy Ferguson SPOUSE: Dawn Ferguson CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 37 Observatory Cir. NW

EMBASSY: 3519 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-986-8400

AMBASSADOR: George Achulike Obiozor SPOUSE: Grace Clementine Obiozor CHILDREN: Four

AMBASSADOR: Wegger Christian Strommen SPOUSE: Cecilie J. Strommen CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2720 34th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-333-6000 RESIDENCE: 3401 Massachusetts Ave. NW

OMAN AMBASSADOR: Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy SPOUSE: Fuad al-Hinai CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2535 Belmont Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-387-1980 RESIDENCE: 2000 24th St. NW

PAKISTAN

SPOUSE: Farahnaz Ispahani CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3517 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-243-6500 RESIDENCE: 2343 S St. NW

PALAU AMBASSADOR: Hersey Kyota SPOUSE: Lydia Shmull Kyota CHILDREN: Six EMBASSY: 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 400 TELEPHONE: 202-452-6814 RESIDENCE: 2214 Creek Dr., Alexandria,Va.

PALESTINEPLOMISSION CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Nabil Abuznaid SPOUSE: Lubna Abuznaid CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1320 18th St. NW Ste. 200 TELEPHONE: 202-974-6360

PANAMA

AMBASSADOR: Husain Haqqani

AMBASSADOR: Frederico Humbert Arias

EMBASSYETIQUETTE

DIPLOMATIC DINNERS DON’T HAVE TO BE DAUNTING. THESE HELPFUL TIPS WILL HELP PUT FIRST-TIME GUESTS AT EASE: 1. BE PROMPT. Don’t inconvenience your hosts by arriving too early or late, and be courteous enough to leave on time.

the course of the meal, follow the lead of the host or hostess when it comes to dinner conversations. Ladies usually speak with the gentleman on their left during the first course and then switch to their right during the second, etc.

2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Follow the dress code on the invitation: black-tie, cocktail, business, or informal/casual (which, by the way, still means a jacket for men). If no attire is mentioned, assume it is business.

8. PAY ATTENTION TO THE TOASTS. Listen attentively while the hosts toast the guest of honor and the guest of honor replies. Try to resist the urge to add your own tributes unless you are very well acquainted, or you are invited to speak.

3. ONCE YOU’VE ARRIVED. A staff member will greet you, offer to take your coat, and show you where to freshen up. 4. GREETING THE HOSTS. If you are not announced, introduce yourself when you are greeted in the reception area. Exchange a few words, but don’t monopolize their time, especially if others are waiting. Diplomatic dinner parties require guests to be aware of certain rules of etiquette; they also provide opportunities to meet major power players. (Photos by Tony Powell)

5. BEVERAGES. A server will take your order during the reception, which is usually only long enough to consume one drink. When it’s time for dinner, don’t take your glass with you, as beverages will be served at table.

protocol and rank, so don’t get upset if you are seated far from the hosts.

 BE MINDFUL OF SEATING ARRANGEMENTS. Guests are usually placed according to the rules of

7. REMEMBER, LADIES FIRST. As is customary, ladies are seated before gentlemen. During

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9. STAY FOR COFFEE. After dessert, the hosts often will ask you to join them for coffee and/or cordials in another room, and it’s polite to stay for awhile. If your hosts are smoking cigarettes or cigars after dinner, join them if you wish. Otherwise, light up only after you leave the premises. 10. SEND A THANK-YOU NOTE. Remember to thank your hosts with a handwritten note as soon as possible afterwards. Flowers and other small gifts are not necessary but may be appreciated.

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From le: Amb. Suresh Chandra Chalise of Nepal, Amb. Renée Jones-Bos of the Netherlands, Amb. Frederico Humbert Arias of Panama, Amb. Willy Gaa of the Philippines, Amb. Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo of Spain, Amb. Jonas Hafström of Sweden

SPOUSE: Daphne Rusodimos de Humbert CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 2862 McGill Ter. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-1407 RESIDENCE: 2601 29th St. NW

PAPUANEWGUINEA AMBASSADOR: Evan Jeremy Paki EMBASSY: 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Ste. 805 TELEPHONE: 202-745-3680

PARAGUAY AMBASSADOR: James Spalding SPOUSE: Cecilia Coello de Spalding CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2400 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-6960

PERU AMBASSADOR: Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos EMBASSY: 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-833-9860 RESIDENCE: 3001 Garrison St. NW

PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR: Willy C. Gaa SPOUSE: Erlinda Gaa CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-467-9300 RESIDENCE: 2253 R St. NW

POLAND AMBASSADOR: Robert Kupiecki SPOUSE: Malgorzata Kupiecki CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2640 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234 3800 RESIDENCE: 3101 Albemarle Ave. NW

PORTUGAL AMBASSADOR: Joao de Vallera SPOUSE: Margarida Vallera CHILDREN: One

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EMBASSY: 2012 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-328-8610 RESIDENCE: 2125 Kalorama Rd. NW

QATAR AMBASSADOR: Ali Al’Hajri SPOUSE: Afra Al-Mansouri CHILDREN: Six EMBASSY: 2555 M St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-274-1600 RESIDENCE: 4839 Indian Lane, NW

ROMANIA AMBASSADOR: Adrian Vierita SPOUSE: Codrina Vierita CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 1607 23rd St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-4846 RESIDENCE: 2500 30th St. NW

RUSSIA AMBASSADOR: Sergey Kislyak SPOUSE: Natalia M. Kislyak CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-298-5700 RESIDENCE: 1125 16th St. NW

RWANDA AMBASSADOR: James Kimonyo SPOUSE: Marie Murekatete CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 1714 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-2882 RESIDENCE: 1752 Sycamore St. NW

SAINTKITTSANDNEVIS AMBASSADOR: Izben Cordinal Williams SPOUSE: Shirmel Rosetta Williams CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-686-2636 RESIDENCE: 9700 Beman Woods Way,

Potomac, Md.

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SAINTLUCIA AMBASSADOR: Michael Louis SPOUSE: Greta Gloria Louis CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-364-6792

SAINTVINCENTAND THEGRENADINES AMBASSADOR: LaCelia Aritha Prince EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-364-6730 RESIDENCE: 7917 Cypress Grove Lane,

Cabin John, Md.

SAMOA AMBASSADOR: Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia SPOUSE: Maria Lei Sam-Elisaia CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave. Ste. 400G,

New York, NY TELEPHONE: 212-599-6196

SANMARINO AMBASSADOR: Paolo Rondelli EMBASSY: 888 17th St. NW, Ste. 900 TELEPHONE: 202-337-2260

SAOTOMEANDPRINCIPE AMBASSADOR: Ovidio Manuel Barbosa

Pequeño SPOUSE: Leopoldina Pequeño CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-775-2075

SAUDIARABIA AMBASSADOR: Adel Al-Jubeir EMBASSY: 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-337-4076

SENEGAL AMBASSADOR: Amadou Lamine Ba SPOUSE: Oulimita Ba CHILDREN: Three

EMBASSY: 2112 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-0540 RESIDENCE: 4500 Linnean Ave. NW

SERBIA AMBASSADOR: Ivan Vujacic SPOUSE: Jelica Vujacic EMBASSY: 2134 Kalorama Rd. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-0333 RESIDENCE: 3846 Woodley Rd. NW

SEYCHELLES AMBASSADOR: Ronald Jumeau CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave., Ste. 400C,

New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-972-1785

SIERRALEONE AMBASSADOR: Bockari Kortu Stevens SPOUSE: Musu Stevens CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 1701 19th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-9261 RESIDENCE: 4821 Colorado Ave. NW

SINGAPORE AMBASSADOR: Chan Heng Chee EMBASSY: 3501 International Pl. NW TELEPHONE: 202-537-3100 RESIDENCE: 2620 Rock Creek Dr. NW

SLOVAKREPUBLIC CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Andrej Droba CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 3523 International Ct. NW TELEPHONE: 202-237-1054 RESIDENCE: 7718 Carlton Pl., McLean,Va.

SLOVENIA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Miriam Mozgan EMBASSY: 2410 California St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-667-5363 RESIDENCE: 2412 California St. NW

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From le: Amb. Urs Johann Ziswiler of Switzerland, Amb. Imad Moustapha of Syria , Amb. Jason Yuan of Taiwan, Amb. Abdujabbor Shirinov of Tajikistan, Amb. Nabi Sensoy of Turkey, Amb. Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan

SOLOMONISLANDS AMBASSADOR: Collin David Beck SPOUSE: Helen Beck CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave., Ste. 400L,

New York, NY TELEPHONE: 212-599-6192

SOUTHAFRICA AMBASSADOR: Welile Nhlapo SPOUSE: Sissy Nhlapo CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-4400 RESIDENCE: 3101 Massachusetts Ave. NW

SPAIN AMBASSADOR: Jorge Dezcallar SPOUSE: Teresa Valente CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-452-0100 RESIDENCE: 2350 Foxhall Rd. NW

SRILANKA AMBASSADOR: Jaliya Wickramasuriya SPOUSE: Priyanaga Wickramasuriya CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2148 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-483-4025 RESIDENCE: 2503 30th St. NW

SUDAN CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES:Akec Khoc Aciew Khoc EMBASSY: 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-338-8565

SURINAME

SWAZILAND

SPOUSE: Martha Ngakanani Hlophe CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 1712 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-5002 RESIDENCE: 10804 Brickyard Ct.,

Potomac, Md.

SWEDEN AMBASSADOR: Jonas Hafström SPOUSE: Eva Hafström CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2900 K St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-467-2600 RESIDENCE: 3900 Nebraska Ave. NW

SWITZERLAND AMBASSADOR: Urs Johann Ziswiler SPOUSE: Ronit Ziswiler CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2900 Cathedral Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-745-7900 RESIDENCE: 2920 Cathedral Ave. NW

SYRIA AMBASSADOR: Imad Moustapha SPOUSE: Rafis Al-Sayed Moustapha CHILDREN: One EMBASSY AND RESIDENCE: 2215 Wyoming

Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-232-6313

TAIWAN AMBASSADOR: Jason Yuan SPOUSE: Maglie Yuan EMBASSY AND RESIDENCE: 4201 Wisconsin

Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-895-1800

Ste. 460

AMBASSADOR: Abdujabbor Shirinov SPOUSE: Gurg Rajabova CHILDREN: Three

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RESIDENCE: 5131 Broad Branch Rd. NW

TURKEY

AMBASSADOR: Ephraim Mandlenkosi M.

Hlophe

AMBASSADOR: Jacques Kross SPOUSE: Eva Kross CHILDREN: Four EMBASSY: 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, TELEPHONE: 202-244-7488 RESIDENCE: 6 Sotweed Ct., Potomac, Md.

EMBASSY: 1005 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-223-6090

TAJIKISTAN

TANZANIA AMBASSADOR: Ombeni Sefue SPOUSE: Anita Sefue CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2139 R St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-939-6125 RESIDENCE: 1 Highboro Ct, Bethesda, Md.

THAILAND CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Damrong Kraikruan SPOUSE: Wantana Kraikruan CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Ste. 401 TELEPHONE: 202-944-3600 RESIDENCE: 2145 Decatur Place NW

TOGO CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRS: Lorempo Landjergue SPOUSE: Azouma Dollah CHANCERY: 2208 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-234-4212

TONGA AMBASSADOR: Fekitamoeloa Tupoupai

Utoikamanu SPOUSE: Siosiua Utoikamanu CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 250 E. 51st St., New York, NY TELEPHONE: 917-369-1025

TRINIDADANDTOBAGO AMBASSADOR: Glenda Morean-Phillip SPOUSE: Oscer Phillips EMBASSY: 1708 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-467-6490 RESIDENCE: 7530 17th St. NW

TUNISIA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Tarek Ben Youssef EMBASSY: 1515 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-862-1850

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AMBASSADOR: Nabi Sensoy SPOUSE: Gülgün Sensoy EMBASSY: 2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-612-6700 RESIDENCE: 1606 23rd St. NW

TURKMENISTAN AMBASSADOR: Meret Bairamovich Orazov SPOUSE: Irina Borisovna Orazova CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2207 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-588-1500

UGANDA AMBASSADOR: Perezi Karukubiro

Kamunanwire SPOUSE: Carolyn Hubbarb Kamunanwire EMBASSY: 5911 16th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-726-7100 RESIDENCE:5009 Loughboro Rd. NW

UKRAINE AMBASSADOR: Oleh Shamshur SPOUSE: Tetiana Izhezska CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 3350 M St. NW

202-333-0606 RESIDENCE: 4744 Foxhall Cres. NW

UNITEDARABEMIRATES AMBASSADOR: Yousef Al Otaiba EMBASSY: 3522 International Ct. NW,

Ste. 400 TELEPHONE: 202-243-2400

UNITEDKINGDOMOF GREATBRITAINAND NORTHERNIRELAND AMBASSADOR: Sir Nigel Sheinwald SPOUSE: Lady Julia Sheinwald CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY AND RESIDENCE: 3100

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Congolese Amb. Faida M. Mitifu, Michelle Fenty, and Maurice Shali ; 2007 Meridian Spring Garden Party1

British Amb. Sir Nigel Sheinwald and Henry Kissinger; Atlantic Council Gala1 Diane Bruce and Chilean Amb. Mariano Fernandez ; Opera’s Midwinter Gala2

DIPLOMACY AFTERDARK

Josette Miceli and Maltese Amb. Mark Miceli- Farrugia with Kimberly and Dr. Inayat Kathio; 2007 Meridian Ball2

DIPLOMATIC BUSINESSS GETS DONE AROUND THE CLOCK, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR COUNTRY IS HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD

PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL ANDKYLESAMPERTON 

Isabel Ernst and Lebanese Amb. Antoine Chedid; Farouki’s farewell to Egypt’s Nabil and Nermin Fahmy1 Yemeni Amb. Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri, Gwen Holliday, and Susan Blumenthal; Fahmy farewell1

Afghani Amb. Said Jawad, Malian Amb. Abdoulaye Diop, Swazi Amb. Ephraim Hlophe, and Senegalese Amb.Amadou Ba; Meridian International Center1

Mexican Amb. Arturo Sarukhan, Deborah Sigmund, U.Sec. of State Paula Dobriansky, and Veronica Valencia; Innocents at Risk1 Lola Poisson and Haitian Amb. Raymond Joseph at the 2007 Ambassadors Ball1

Liechtenstein Amb. Claudi Fritsche with Monegasque Amb. Gilles and Ellen Noghès; C.A.R.E event2

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Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-588-6500

URUGUAY AMBASSADOR: Carlos Alberto Gianelli SPOUSE: Maria Monica Nari Lloveras CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 1913 Eye St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-331-1313 RESIDENCE: 9001 Clewerwall Dr.,

Bethesda, Md.

UZBEKISTAN AMBASSADOR: Abdulaziz Kamilov

SPOUSE: Gulnara Rasnidova CHILDREN: One EMBASSY: 1746 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-887-5300

VENEZUELA CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES: Angelo Rivero Santo EMBASSY: 1099 30th St. NW TELEPHONE: 202-342-2214

VIETNAM AMBASSADOR: Le Cong Phung SPOUSE: Nguyen Thi Nhan CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 1233 20th St. NW, Ste. 400

TELEPHONE: 202-861-0737

RESIDENCE: 2300 Wyoming Ave. NW

YEMEN

ZIMBABWE

AMBASSADOR: Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri SPOUSE: Saboura Al-Hajjri CHILDREN: Three EMBASSY: 2319 Wyoming Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-965-4760 RESIDENCE: 4850 Glenbrook Rd. NW

AMBASSADOR: Machivenyika Mapuranga SPOUSE: Shupikayi Mapuranga CHILDREN: Five EMBASSY: 1608 New Hampshire Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-332-7100 RESIDENCE: 7116 Helmndale Rd.,

ZAMBIA

Bethesda, Md.

AMBASSADOR: Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika CHILDREN: Two EMBASSY: 2419 Massachusetts Ave. NW TELEPHONE: 202-265-9717

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WHEREARETHEYNOW?

THESE FORMER AMBASSADORS MAY HAVE MOVED ON FROM THEIR WASHINGTON POSTINGS, BUT THEIR WIDE CIRCLES OF FRIENDS HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN THEM. HERE’S WHAT THEY’RE UP TO THESE DAYS:

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His controversial memoir rocked political and diplomatic circles in 2005, but former British ambassador SIRCHRISTOPHERMEYER still has plenty to say about the trans-Atlantic relationship, most recently in a documentary he co-wrote and presented, called Mortgaged to the Yanks. Meyer also serves as the chairman of the British Press Complaints Commission.

In May, 2007, JEAN-DAVID LEVITTE was appointed diplomatic advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as the head of a National Security Council which has yet to be finalized. Some commentators look to Levitte’s role as a bellweather of Sarkozy’s previously stated intentions to treat national security and foreign affairs as the “reserved domain” of the presidency.

After leaving his post at the Swedish Embassy, JANELIASSON served as president of the United Nations General Assembly and Sweden’s minister of foreign affairs. Eliasson is currently acting as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s special envoy to Darfur, Sudan, and whenever possible, returns to his favorite spot, his country home on Gotland, Sweden’s largest island.

Former Japanese Ambassador RYOZO KATO is finally living his dream as commissioner of the NPB, Japan’s professional baseball league. The self-proclaimed “baseball nut” is working to expand the sport’s popularity throughout Asia, and leading talks with his U.S. counterparts in the Major Leagues.

PRINCETURKIALFAISALALSAUD of Saudi Arabia is currently the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, in Riyadh. Prince Turki left Washington abruptly after only ten months in office, prompting speculation about internal Saudi family politics. He often returns to Washington to lecture at local universities.

Famous for an unforgettable electric guitar jam on The Colbert Report, former Hungarian ambassador ANDRÁS  SIMONYI is the chairman of Korda Studios, the world’s largest filmmaking stage, where Universal’s “Hellboy 2” was shot. A rock ‘n’ roll devote, Simonyi returned to Washington last July to once again play with his band, “The Coalition of the Willing” at Madam’s Organ.

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ADEL AL-JUBEIR

THE (NOW) BEHIND THE SCENES DIPLOMAT BY  J O H N  G R E E N YA

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del al-Jubeir doesn’t get the easy jobs. But the apparent ease with which he handles them suggests that the still-new Saudi Arabian ambassador, having shown he can operate in the spotlight, is equally effective and relaxed away from the glare in his new role as his country’s point man in Washington. When it was learned that 15 of the 19 terrorists responsible for 9/11 were Saudi Arabian nationals, al-Jubeir, then-foreign affairs advisor to the thenCrown Prince, now King Abdullah, had the unenviable job of convincing Americans that their best friends in the Middle East had not turned against them. Almost overnight, he seemed to be everywhere, being interviewed on television by Charlie Rose and then Wolf Blitzer, among others, and giving interviews to the leading print media. After he’d finished his conversation with alJubeir, Charlie Rose asked his next guest, Charles Krauthammer, for his reaction. Grinning, the columnist said,“That was one of the best spin jobs since the Clinton Administration.” After both the interviews and the name-calling had become less frequent, the man who spoke for Saudi Arabia slipped back under the radar, getting mentioned only for such things as dating CNN correspondent Campbell Brown. Then, in late 2006, came a double thunderclap of news. The first was that Prince Turki al-Faisal, who’d been the Saudi ambassador for just 15 months, abruptly resigned.The second was the announcement that his replacement was not to be another member of the royal family but the cool and competent 44year old al-Jubeir himself. Since presenting his credentials to President Bush in February 2007, the new envoy has probably visited him more often than any other, according to sources close to the embassy. Today, al-Jubeir is seldom sighted, especially in comparison to five or six years ago, when he was a regular at hotspots like Georgetown’s Café Milano. He prefers to operate behind the scenes, focusing on intime dinners for small groups of major movers and shakers at his

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Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, proved to be an effective spin master after the 9/11 attacks. (Photos courtesy of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia)

palatial residential compound overlooking the Potomac in McLean. As for job performance, he has been more than simply competent, as visits to Saudi Arabia by top level officials in the Bush administration are at an all-time high. Vice President Dick Cheney, who made a highly publicized visit to Saudi Arabia in 2006, has returned to the oil rich desert kingdom twice since then. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a visit in January, as did President George W. Bush, who returned in mid-May. Other political bold-faced visitors include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. Exactly how much of the credit for the increase in the very VIP treks to his homeland can be attributed to al-Jubeir is unknown, but the names and numbers speak volumes. On a different level, since Adel al-Jubeir became ambassador, there’s been a marked increase in the number of Saudi students now studying in the U.S. – currently some 20,000 according to embassy sources. Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2001-2003) Robert Jordan, today a law partner at Baker & Botts in Dallas, has been an Adel alJubeir watcher since 2001. Jordan told Washington

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Life, “He has a very well-developed background for being an ambassador. His father was a diplomat, he lived in Germany, and he has an advanced degree from Georgetown. So he’s been oriented, pretty much all his life, toward a diplomatic and international relations career. He’s not a member of the royal family, but he certainly has great access to king Abdullah.” Conceivably, he could even develop a Kissingertype role, and in some ways has done so already. He is flying back to Riyadh regularly because the King doesn’t like to use telephones or other means of communication – he prefers face-to-face. He has also participated from time to time on trips to other countries as an envoy to lay the groundwork for the king’s own diplomatic efforts and he frequently serves as interpreter at these meetings.” (He is fluent in Arabic, English, and German.). Al-Jubeir is also serious about contemporary history, but that is not to say he doesn’t know how to relax and have a good time. As vigorous an exercise buff, he plays squash and racquetball and skis in both Aspen and the Swiss Alps. And, like many a royal prince, he’s fond of horses – but, his have two wheels instead four legs. His favorite pastime is to join pals and drive through Middleburgh into the hills of Virginia on one of his several Harley-Davidsons. Another subject Al-Jubeir has studied, is the U.S.. He came here at 16 to attend the University of North Texas, where he graduated summa cum laude before pursuing an M.A. in International Relations at Georgetown (where former Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan discovered and recruited him for the Saudi foreign service).The results of that study can be seen in his frequently-quoted statement that,“Unless you understand the importance of the local high school football team and the values of a small town in America, you will not understand this country.” His swift rise has been described as “meteoric.” Watching the rest of the trajectory should prove to be equally eye catching, yet, not as flashy.

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Looking up Pinney’s Beach towards sister island St. Kitts.

’s neither the chicest nor most buzzed about Caribbean island destination; it’s not the most expensive ... nor the cheapest either; it’s simply Nevis – a sombrero-shaped single peak volcanic isle near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago whose charm creeps into your soul like the rum in beachside restaurant Sunshine’s (www. sunshinenevis.com) famous Killer Bee cocktails. With its yellow, red and green reggae colors, and relaxed open-air space, Sunshine’s is as Caribbean cliché as it gets on here. It’s a local favorite – the Wahoo fish filet is almost double

the size and half the price of the island’s more posh eateries, notably those belonging to the Four Seasons Resort Nevis (www.fourseasons. com/nevis) located north on Pinney’s Beach about 10-minutes away. The Four Seasons is where you hang your hat if you are looking for a complete resort experience: spacious sea-view suites, championship golf, a tranquil spa oasis, attentive 24/7 care, and the island’s best kids program. Located on prime leeward beachside real estate, the resort strikes a harmonious balance

between international quality amenities and unassuming and relaxed West Indies charm. Days on Nevis are as active, leisurely, luxe or low maintenance as you wish. You won’t find crowded all-inclusive resorts or towering cruise ships unloading sun factor 80 plastered tourists into downtown straw markets. At the Four Seasons, you’ll split time with honeymooners and the occasional corporate incentive group while basking in the lap of serene resort living. Christopher Columbus landed in Nevis in 1493, followed a century and a half later by the

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British and French, who established an agricultural economy that does much to explain the island’s characteristic plantation stylings. Today, these centuries-old vestiges of Nevis’ agrarian past have, with varying degrees of success, been converted into charming upscale accommodations.The most notable being The Hermitage, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Montpelier Plantation Inn, Golden Rock Plantation Inn, and the Old Manor Nevis. The Hermitage (www.hermitagenevis.com),nestled into the leeward hillside of Mount Nevis,is a quaint and romantic boutique resort centered around a charming 17th-century former plantation home. The 15 individual cottage units are family-owned and operated and attract a loyal following of return visitors as well as celebrity clientele. Hermitage owner Richard Lupinacci came to St. Kitts in the ’70s as an employee of Bank of America and never looked back. When a local friend showed him the house, one of the oldest wooden structures in the Caribbean, it had been abandoned for generations and was in ruins: no roof, no floor – just a frame. Richie Lupinacci, Richard’s son who now manages the property, explains, “My father wanted to knock it down and start from scratch but the seller kept telling him he couldn’t. My dad persisted. The man said ‘No, the frame is too strong, you literally can’t knock it down.’ ” Built by shipwrights, the 2,000-square foot main house had been constructed using one of the world’s most durable woods – the hardwood Lignum Vitae. This fire and water-resistant and self-lubricating wood is so strong it was used as the shaft bearings on World War II submarines. The trees are long gone but the structure of The Hermitage’s main house remains intact. Another U.S. transplant, Bob Bartolomei manages The Botanical Garden of Nevis (www. botanicalgardennevis.com). He traded NewYork City financial jungles for lush tropical rainforests. His Garden of Eden etched into the monkey-filled hillsides overlooking the capital Charlestown is a must for nature lovers. The seven-acre garden features thousands of tropical plants and palms, a Rainforest Conservatory, and beautiful Orchid terraces. After your tour, grab lunch at the property’s gourmet restaurant, 1787 Bistro. Its breezy verandahs and sweeping sea vistas are ideal for a lazy lunch or starry dinner. 1787 Bistro is named after the founding date

of nearby Montpelier Plantation Inn (www. montpeliernevis.com). Like most colonial era dwellings on Nevis, the bricks of this 18thcentury sugar plantation were hand-cut from the island’s trademark ash-colored lava rock. The volcano isn’t active anymore, like on neighboring Montserrat, but from lava rock buildings to geothermal springs, the island is heavily influenced by its volcanic past. The Carib people, who arrived on Nevis in the 14th century, named the island “Oualie” meaning “land of beautiful waters” after its geothermal springs. Today, government offices fill the former Bath Hotel, whihc was completed in 1778 as the Caribbean’s first luxury hotel. It catered to the rich and famous who came to soak in the therapeutic springs.The same geothermal activity holds new promise as an alternative

energy source for the island’s 11,000 inhabitants – a governmental delegation recently visited Iceland with the goal of duplicating that nation’s geothermal energy independence by 2010. The quaint and eclectic hillside Bananas Bistro (+1-869-469-1891) is powered by creative energy.The pink wooden dining spot opened in 2006 as the brainchild of English owner Gillian Smith and has quickly become a trendy must try. I loved the 1950’s leather ice skating boots hung on the post of an antique wire-framed bed. The food is just as artistic. The locally-sourced vegetables came crisp and flavorful, the Mahimahi had been selected that morning, and the Basmati rice with asparagus and light Béarnaise sauce were cooked to perfection. The next morning, I found myself horseback riding on trials near Bananas Bistro with The Clockwise: The Four Seasons stunning spa oasis; Mango restaurant with views of St. Kitts in the distance; Quaint cottages at The Hermitage.


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Hermitage’s equestrian guide. Owners Richard and Maureen Lupinacci are self-described “horse people” and take pride in knowing that the majority of their 19 horses were rescued from racetracks in Puerto Rico. The views of the windward coast are outstanding and a light breeze is keeping the tropical sunshine from becoming over-bearing – temperatures stay between 75 and 85 degrees year round in the hills. My horse, however, can’t stop eating mangos.The sweet fruit is a national obsession here.There are, depending on whom you speak to, anywhere from 10 to 13 different varieties of it on the island. The Julie was described by one local enthusiast as “the Cadillac of mangos.” Mango (869-469-1111), the aptly named Four Seasons Resort restaurant, provides one of the island’s best culinary treats. Located on Pinney’s Beach a few minutes south of the resort, the establishment is known for its West Indian cuisine and cozy seaside charm. At night, stars and the lights of sister island St. Kitts fill the void left by the dark Caribbean sea while the rhythmic sounds of waves mix with Bob Marley. If you can’t relax here, you can’t relax anywhere. The congenial wait staff recommends the freshly caught whole red snapper. I’m feeling like spiny lobster tail. I solve my dilemma by ordering the lobster tail salad appetizer and whole red snapper main course. Both are fresh and divine. Another way to experience Nevian seafood is via the Four Seasons Resort “Dive and Dine” experience. Organized in cooperation with the island’s top charter captain, Ellis Chaderton from Scuba Safaris Ltd. (info@scubanevis.com) and hosted by Four Seasons Executive Chef Bruno Correa along with Sous Chef Denis Bruemmel, the program lets guests dive and capture their dinner. “Seafood always tastes better when you know you’ve caught it. Plus, the guests love walking down the dock past the other guests with these huge lobsters in hand,” says Bruemmel, a German national, who was a catalyst for the experience. The package includes breakfast, a dive orientation, two tank dives, and a private beach dinner. It costs US$1,950 for the first pair or couple and $500 for each addition person thereafter with a max of six persons. For other dives, ask Chaderton and the Scuba Safaris team to take you to the island’s favorite

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Sunset view from a Four Seasons Resort private beachside bungaloo.

“IF YOU CAN’T RELAX HERE, you can’t relax anywhere.” spots, including: Monkey Shoals, the eerie “Christine” wreck, and Booby High Shoals. Weather it’s diving with turtles or watching their eggs hatch on Lover’s Beach, the island has become a Mecca for turtle enthusiasts. The Four Seasons has even created a Sea Turtle Education Program for kids three to nine. Developed in cooperation with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC), the program allows kids to adopt a satellite transmitter-tagged sea turtle and follow its movements online. It’s a positive example of tourism supporting sustainable and ecofriendly activities. With a law that states no building can be taller than the island’s tallest palm tree, be assured Nevis won’t be spoiled by sea-lined condo blight. The island relies on tourist dollars, however, so development is inevitable.So far the island has been able to remain natural and safe while maintaining its historic charm and consistently offering unique high-end luxury experiences … just watch out for those Killer Bee cocktails.

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Hot Island Escapes There’s more to the Caribbean than poolside piña coladas. Hot new resorts, interesting cultural festivals, and celebrity-studded events fill the fall season’s jam-packed schedule. Mark your calendar, jump on a plane, and relax in paradise.

PGA GRAND SLAM OF GOLF WEEK Enjoy the beautiful sights of Bermuda, brush up on your golf swing, and catch some of the world’s best golfers, include Padraig Harrington and Trevor Immelman, as they compete in this 36-hole annual tournament. Beginning October 13, Mid Ocean Club, Bermuda. Call 800-742-4638 for tickets or visit www.pga.com. For accommodations, visit www.bermudatourism.com

CURAÇAO NOW! Travelers looking for an affordable getaway should take advantage of unprecedented deals throughout the island, including $100 airfare to Curaçao, free car rentals, and food and beverage credit at participating hotels from now through December 15 and May 1 to July 1. Start booking now, because the deal ends November 15. Visit www.curacao.com/now for reservations.

ST. REGIS RESORT, BAHIA BEACH Construction started in June on what is sure to be one of the most luxurious resorts in Puerto Rico, so start planning your trip now. Slated to open in 2010, the hotel features over 130 guest units, a world-class spa and fitness center, several restaurants, and a grand ballroom, among other amenities. St. Regis Resort, Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico, bahiabeachpuertorico.com 10TH ANNUAL TTSA CARRIACOU SAILING SERIES Head to Grenada for this highly anticipated Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association’s fourday event that mixes sailing and socializing.The short courses allow the races to end by mid-afternoon each day, leaving plenty of time for postrace celebrations on the beach. November 13-16; Tyrell Bay Marina, Carriacou, Grenada; 868-634-4519; setsail@ttsailing.org

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ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS World-renowned for its grand accommodations, picturesque ocean views, and unique architecture, this Jamaican gem now offers intensive Inward Bound yoga retreats for guests looking for the ultimate getaway. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica, www. roundhill.com

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DONNAKARENburgandy stretch viscose throw/ sweater  Neiman Marcus, Tysons Galleria 2255 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703-7611600.LINEAPELLECOLLECTION brown leather belt with gold buckle   Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 2051 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703-761-0700. DONALDJPLINERexpresso boots   Tully Rector, 13 E. Washington St., Middleburg, Va., 540-687-5858. ADELER 18 kt. custom designed chunky gold ring 

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18 kt. yellow gold and diamond accent “Triadra” ring ($2,450); Liljenquist & Beckstead, 1798M Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703749-1200. ADMKJEWELRY brown shell necklace with vermeil gold clasp ($80); ADMK Jewelry, www.admk.com.


THE WRIGHTS plum sweater ($555); Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 2051 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703761-0700. RAG AND BONE black riding pants ($230) and BOTKIER black bag ($695); Tully Rector, 13 E. Washington St., Middleburg, Va., 540-687-5858. MARCO BICEGO “Teatro” 18 kt. yellow gold and diamond accented textured earrings ($990); Liljenquist & Beckstead, 1798M Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703-749-1200. ADELER 14 kt. custom designed pendent featuring 74.44 ct. laser cut amethyst and 1 carat of round brilliant diamonds ($9,989); Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls, Va., 703-759-4076.


HUGO BOSS brown jacket ($850) and BURBERRY olive cashmere scarf ($495); Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 2051 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703-7610700. ADELER handmade solid 18 kt. large hammer link chain ($19,350); Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls, Va., 703-7594076.ADMKJEWELRYdark and light green cubic zirconia, freshwater pearl, and sterling silver earrings ($60); ADMK Jewelry, www. admkjewelery.com.


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Hunt Country Couture Although far from the city, Middleburg manages to make a fashionable name for itself BY VICKY MOON

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et’s face it: fashion in Middleburg is not the same as fashion in the big city. For many, the daily country wardrobe consists of jeans, boots, and an old sweater. However, given the proper invitation, exciting event, or elegant party, the ladies and gentlemen of Middleburg are able to make a head-turning transition. They also have some very talented fashion experts to guide them along the way. “The dress here is traditional,” says designer Karen Ewbank. “It’s classical and British inspired,” she adds. A native New Zealander, Ewbank studied fashion design at Wellington Poly Tech, worked as a theatrical costume designer in Auckland, and went on to model in Paris and Milan. “I learned a lot about clothing,” she says. Like most in Middleburg, she was bitten by the horse bug, and indulged that passion for 20 years before returning – a mere six years ago – to fashion. She now designs day and evening wear for ladies and gentlemen near her PIGEONHILL FARM atelier in Berryville, less than one hour from Washington. Wendy Pepper , Middleburg’s most known designer, gained national attention three years ago during the first season of Bravo cable channel’s “Project Runway.” She recently expanded her horizons with a ready-towear sportswear collection called PRETTY WORLD (her initials, W. P., reversed). “I’m using vibrant colors and punchy printed knits for sporty separates which can be combined to create individual looks or used to accent the perfect pair of jeans or evening skirt you already own,” she says.

She’s also making new pieces all the time and can frequently be found at her sewing machine at Mark Metzger’s HIGHCLIFFE CLOTHIERS The haberdashery, which offers

Middleburg has a distinct style all its own, with serveral local designers and fashionable boutiques.

custom designed suits and shirts for men, has recently relocated from the city to South Madison Street in Middleburg. And, as if all this work was not enough, Pepper continues her haute couture business from her studio in the village, by appointment only. Troye Plaski has opened her new shoe salon,

NOBELNIELSON, on the other side of South Madison Street. After studying English Literature and Theater at University ofVirginia and traveling through Europe, she went off to work in New York City’s fashion industry. Plaskitt first worked with Calvin Klein Classifications (later renamed Calvin Klein Classics) and later at Ralph Lauren Women’s Wear. However, “the commute from Middleburg was horrendous,” she says. She took a local job restoring furniture and also worked with Nancy Bedford and her Welsh ponies (Middleburg women and their horses are a constant). She worked in several shops in the village and eventually decided to start one of her own. The lovely shoes Plaskitt carries include the Italian-made Franchetti Bond (sturdy, handsome flats with accents of a snaffle bit, bamboo, or tassel). These elegant yet simple suede flats come in classic colors: cobalt blue, black, emerald green, bright red, and on and on. She discovered these shoes while strolling through Burlington Arcade in London and immediately tracked them to the source. She also tracked down Stephen Bonanno, the original cobbler of those well-known multi-colored Palm Beach sandals. On a fashion spree in Middleburg, one can track down all types of places to indulge. Who knows, you might even spot a famous fashion plate like Luciana Pedraza, the stunning wife of actor Robert Duvall. “Fashion in Middleburg is timeless, it’s never too provocative,” Ewbank concludes. “It always has taste. That’s very important around here.” Readers wishing to contact Vicky Moon can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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hen the 50th anniversary of the WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW takes place at the Verizon Center on October 21-26, spectators will see elegant ladies clad in vintage side-saddle attire walking along F Street preparing for this very special event. Through the years, many talented equestriennes have ridden in this competition: Rose Marie Bogley, Monica Greenberg, and the late Eve Fout. Jeanne Blackwell of The Plains,Va., was inspired to take up riding astride years ago when the horse show took place at the D.C. Armory. Blackwell, who was a young girl at the time, found herself mesmerized during a break in the evening performance.While visiting the powder room, she glimpsed a chic woman getting ready for the Ladies’ Side-Saddle class and watched her apply bright red lipstick and fold her hair neatly under a hairnet. The woman had on dark breeches and tall black boots and wrapped a heavy black wool apron around her waist in a complicated manner. She wore a yellow vest and white stock tie with a black jacket, a silk

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top hat, and a veil pulled down across her face. Blackwell ran to the edge of the ring to watch. “Right then and there, I knew I had to learn how to ride,” she recalls 40 years later. She pursued a career with horses and now owns the 65-acre Madcap Farm in The Plains,Va., where she gives riding lessons and operates a boarding and training facility to support her horse habit. In early 2004, Blackwell began her quest to master the intricacies of riding side-saddle. She is entirely self-taught. “I went and bought the stuff and started doing it trial and error and picked up pointers along the way, ” she says. The history of ladies riding side-saddle goes back as far as the 9th century. In certain social circles, particularly among the gentry and aristocracy, it was once considered in poor taste for a woman to ride astride with one leg on each side of a horse. One of the first versions of the actual side-saddle was

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a heavily padded object used in 1382 by Anne of Bohemia, wife of England’s king, Richard II. The saddle is oriented to the left side, going back to the days when a woman sat sideways in her long dress behind a man. The ladies’ riding habit and tack are known as appointments. Traditions and horse show rules dictate everything must be everso-proper: a pair of white string gloves is placed under the girth on the left side with just the tips of the gloves showing. These non-slippery gloves would be used in place of the proper brown leather gloves in case of rain. Each lady has a brown leather sandwich case, which must contain a small simple sandwich (butter only, hold the mayo) on crustless white bread. It must be wrapped in a cloth handkerchief or wax paper. The judges at the Washington International Horse Show will be checking every detail. Perhaps another horse-crazy little girl will be watching very closely.

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KENNETH COLE New York Blue Plastic Sunglasses ($60); Kenneth Cole Boutique, Pentagon City Mall, 1100 South Hayes Street, Arlington,Va., 703-415-3522.


DONATI satchel ($354); Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-338-5398, www.urbanchic.com.

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HARKHAM Painterly rose shift dress ($299); Cusp, 3030 M Street NW, 202-625-0898, www.cusp.com. COACH Op-Art Sabrina satchel ($498); Coach, 3259 M Street NW, 202-333-3005.

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felt the summer of ’08 melt away along with the spirit of the ’60s as I stood in the crowd at the VIRGINMOBILEFESTIVAL. Watching a surprisingly coherent Bob Dylan, I felt privileged to see the aging Tambourine man, but conflicted knowing his anti-establishment edge had been replaced by corporate branding and kids who scream “we want Kayne!” The times have a-changed. Still, the line-up of Jack Johnson, Moby, Foo Fighters, and Wilco proved there is still some summer love to go round. There was love, and tears, during SIGNATURETHEATER’s East Coast premiere of ACE.The musical follows the transformation of a troubled young boy (Dalton Harrod) as he discovers the heroic history of the father he never knew. Harrod is commendable but Jill Paice, who played his mother, was outstanding. Artistic director Eric Schaeffer deserves major accolades for his ability to bring to life writer Richard Oberacker’s complex characters. Watch out for child actor Angelina Kelly, a beacon of light, who deserves a Helen Hayes Award nod for her turn as Emily. I sat next to Helen Hayes Awards president and CEO Linda Levy Grossman at a private dinner hosted by theatrical bon vivant Victor Shargai in honor of Richard Thomas, the brain behind Jerry Springer: The Opera. The quick-witted Brit came to Washington to see the STUDIO THEATRE SECOND STAGE production of his London National Theatre hit.Thomas had high marks for the show, commenting it was one of the best he had seen. The musical – literally a Jerry Springer episode from hell – was an audacious and fun ride though the id, ego, heaven and Hades. Studio Theatre continues to take the risks that put our regional theater on the map. Unfortunately, my date hasn’t returned my calls since.

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Estranged redneck lovers, transvestites, and cheeky morality duels between Jesus and Satan aside, there are no substitutes for the classics such as the WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA’s opening night ofVerdi’s La Traviata at the Kennedy Center. Director Marta Domingo delivered Elizabeth Futral at her finest. The American soprano’s masterful command of her craft Left: ACE’s Jill Paice and Robert Taylor. Below: Washington’s Funniest Celebrity Gov. Mike Huckabee with VSA president Soula Antoniou.

showcased Parisian courtesan Violetta’s full range of unyielding romance and tragic nobility. I sat next to German conductor Dan Einger at the post performance dinner at the Italian Embassy. The thirty-something prodigy with stylish blonde hair conducts strictly from memory. Equally brilliant was the WNO’s decision to simulcast the performance to 15,000 fans at Nationals Park. Hot dogs, light beer and Verdi – that might have been a better date idea. WOLF TRAP brought another classic to the area: Les Misérables. Between this and Cold Play’s Vive la Vida concert at the Verizon center, I had my fill of rebellious 19th-century French style this summer. The show, at the stunning outdoor Filene Center (is this the best place to

see a show in the Mid-Atlantic region?) didn’t include the Broadway darling’s revolving set, but its epic quality, thundering score, and finelytuned ensemble made up for it. The lifelong duel between Robert Evan (Valjean) and Robert Hunt (Javert) carried the performance with a powerful combination of mutual distain, bravado and pride. It will be a hard act to follow when Signature Theatre stages Les Mis in December. Vive La Différence! Hollywood love child, Stars Wars icon, Paul Simon muse, bi-polar warrior, and chain smoking self-deprecator Carrie Fisher brought her one woman self-therapy session Wishful Drinking to the Lincoln Theater as part of ARENASTAGE’s “Arena Restaged” series – a two-year multivenue festival featuring American theatrical giants, voices, and musicals.The campy daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fishers’ brand of biting humor and self-flagellation touched on Hollywood inbreeding, George Lucas’ lack of personality, Princess Leila sex dolls, and struggles with addiction and depression. Fisher uses the force with strength and vulnerability to create a hilarious one-woman show. My performance-packed September finished in the capacity of “celebrity judge” at the 15th annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest hosted by VERYSPECIALARTS﹙VSA﹚. Mike Huckabee took home the crown with zingers such as “Mitt Romney changed positions more than an under aged Chinese gymnasts,” along with a few well-timed jabs at his campaign’s lack of funds and its Chuck Norris endorsement. My vote went to Politico’s James Kotecki whose Eminem-styled rap dropped more poli-disses than the Obama and McCain muckraking campaigns. Way to keep it real James – word to your laptop. Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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BITTERSWEET That was the feeling aer the screening of the nationally-released film Red, produced by local movie-man Norman Dreyfuss. Bier because the film is a meditative and character-driven revenge film about a man (Brian Cox) whose beloved dog, Red, is shot and killed by troubled teens. Sweet thanks to the plush décor and chocolate-covered catering of Penn Quarter hotspot, the chocolate lounge Co Co. Sala. THEGUESTS Dreyfuss’ friends and family members – including son Brian, who brought the script to his aention – mingled with Red author Jack Ketchum, co-producer John Cecchi, Miss DC 2008 Kate Marie Grinold, and Co Co. Sala owners Bharet Malhotra and Nisha Sidhu.

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Talking ’bout a Resolution Set personal goals to launch your social season BY ED I E VAN H O R N

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L2 based on the bottom-half of his hipster suit, I immediately thought: But, what would Pepper do? Answer? Dr. Watkins would dash home without a word of protest, prompting his betrothed to muse, “Oh brother. I’ll bet he shows back up in his revenge tuxedo.” Like superman in the phone booth, Pepper returned 20 minutes later in an impeccable dinner jacket, and got waived through without a hitch. His example is my NSSR #3: In an increasingly list-obsessed town, I resolve to gracefully play by the rules at the door, no matter how arbitrary, pointless, inconvenient, or unevenly applied they are.

he 2008-2009 social season began last month with a private soirée at the home of Calvin and Jane Cafritz and will end after the Opera Ball in June. With so many parties and personalities to consider, it’s the perfect time to make a New Social Season Resolution (NSSR), or two, for the coming months. There is always room for improvement, and last month provided some perfect examples of how to be better butterflies.

Madison turns five! The “pre-resolutions” Edie Van Horn might have written something like, “There were lollipops and ferris wheel rides for lucky little girls at L2 the other night. The party celebrated the fifth birthday of the Madison, and was jointly sponsored by MENSA and NuvaRing.” Wait. Stop! How could I be so catty, shallow, and downright ghasp boring? Ergo, my NSSR #1 is to think of something more interesting to say about the Madison’s attractive, successful, philanthropic young ladies. I resolve to forego the easy lay-up, and instead say, when prompted, “Actually, I met the ever so charming Sarah Servesherself last week. Did you know that she’s the chief of staff to Senator Reelectme?” Fizzy Water Guess what? Put lipstick on the Grog and Tankard, and it turns into the Gin and Tonic! The newly-christened G&T celebrated a soft-opening this month with a packed-house dance party presided over by co-owner Fritz Brogan of Gryphon Room fame. Word to the wise: if they look too young to be you, they probably are – but that doesn’t mean their party isn’t the best fun to be had all week. The Y&GL isn’t getting any Y-er, and I, for one, am guilty of having occasionally turned my back

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Becca Glover and her exemplary fiancé Pepper Watkins (Photo by Tony Powell)

on a great party because it felt too pre-school, too packed, or too plebian.Which brings us to my NSSR #2: Starting now, this junior cougar resolves to retract her claws and welcome the younger set. Cheers to Fritz for ushering in a great crowd and some new faces. I look forward to flirting with many of them.

Serving up good examples at L2 It’s easy to get ticked off when bouncers won’t let you into a club because of a dress code violation, and, faced with this situation, the lesser among us might be tempted to make a snide comment about who’s judging whom. So, when I heard recently that Pepper Watkins, the charming, dapper fiancé of Becca Glover, was refused entry to

Adieu to the Embassy This being the Diplomatic Issue, I would be remiss if I didn’t report on the end of an era at a certain house on Q Street in Georgetown, which, for the past decade, has been occupied by a steady stream of charming young men, among them: Mat Lapinski, Jeff Grappone, Harlow Voorhees, Matt Marchant, Graham O’Donohue, and Bryce Worth. Affectionately known as The Embassy to their mostly Y&GL guests, this house has, over time, acquired a well-deserved reputation for parties in the classic style – generous cocktails, furniture pushed out of the way, and civilized hours. And so, when I learned that the last four remaining residents recently moved out, my NSSR #4 became clear: to pick up where The Embassy left off, and host at least one low-key cocktail party at my house this season. I hope you’ll do the same. Thanks for ten great years, boys. In closing, there are no hard and fast rules of behavior in society; one learns by watching others, and sooner or later we all set an example for someone else, whether we know it or not. Happy season, my dears. Readers wishing to get in touch with Edie Van Horn can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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Fishing for Bear Strange encounters, Doo Wop daddies, and tea dancing Russian style BY DONNA SHOR

BEAR-ING UP WELL Lynda Webster and her long-time fishing buddy, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, were startled at a placid trout stream this summer when a bear burst out of the woods and headed right for them. “After the first shock, we realized he wasn’t after us,” Lynda said. “He was after the trout on her line.” After a tense moment, the pair headed him off, and kept both their fish and their cool. Lynda kicked off the fall season once again with her morning get-together at the Chevy Chase Club. Spotted: Alma Powell, Barbie Allbrion, Esther Coopersmith, ever-soignée Alexine Jackson (who had just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary, and found that hard to believe. So do we.) Others included Kathy Bushkin, the UN Foundation’s Right: Barbara McDuffie shows off one of the era-perfect poodle skirts seen in the audience at the Lombardi Cancer Center’s Doo Wop Concert at the Warner Theatre. Below: Bonnie Roberts and her husband Stafford Markham check out the lapel flower of Paul Schweitzer, a co-chairman of the Lombardi Doo Wop concert.

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chief operating officer; Pam Kessler, who told us her author husband Ron is hard at work on a book about the FBI; Gail West; Shaista Mahmood; arts patron Judith Terra; designer Ann Kenkel; Judy Esfandiary; and Ruth Frenzel. Wives of four ambassadors were there: Laurel Colles Lintu (Finland); Shamin Jawad (Afghanistan), Fabiola Gallegos (Ecuador), Margarete Alvarez (Venezuela), and from the embassy of Japan, aide Kiyomi Buker.

DANCIN’ IN THE AISLES Georgetown University Hospital’s Vincent Lombardi Cancer Center skipped its gala this year because of scheduling problems.Instead, supporters packed the Warner Theater for the Lombardi Doo Wop Concert for Cancer, occasionally jumping up to dance to the golden oldies. Each of the ten musical acts were from the period 1954-1975 and included some of the original singers, and each seemed to be members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or have a star on Hollywood Boulevard. They were proud to tell it, like Terry Johnson of the Flamingos: “Doo Wop in 1959 was the year that changed my life, thanks to I Only Have Eyes for You. It got me out of my beat-up Chevy, and into a mile-long Cadillac Eldorado, out of a crummy apartment, and into a Fifth Avenue penthouse, sold over 4 million records, and got me some fi-ine women.”

NBC News4 sportscaster and multiple Emmy-winner George Michael was on hand, as was Dr. Louis Wiener, the new director of the Cancer Center, whose pancreatic and prostate cancer programs will benefit from the evening. Presented by sponsor Marvin McIntyre and his family, the evening was dedicated to the memory of philanthropist Eddie Geisinger, an enthusiastic Doo Wop fan, as were the guests, many still humming familiar melodies at the after-party next door in the Atrium.

KALEIDSCOPE In the huge Russian Embassy ballroom, a tea dance organized by Selene Obolensky drew 150 who whirled to balalaikas of Old Russia as well as today’s Angel and Aces group. World politics forgotten for charity, the event benefited the special needs children of Berezichi, the school on the Russian estate once owned by the family of Selene’s late husband, Prince Alexis Obolensky. (Alexis descended from the Rurik dynasty who ruled centuries before, in his words,“those upstart Romanovs.”) … Thirty happy guests convened at Ishin and George Ludlow’s home, entranced by their beautifullydesigned pool, and Ishin’s equally beautiful food … Whoops, this columnist dropped a line or two in the last issue and telescoped Susan and Steve Porter’s summer doings with JoAnn and John Mason’s. Steve, not John, was appointed to the National Endowment for the Arts board … Lots of young executives and Antinori wines at Teatro Goldoni, when owner Michael Kosmides hosted a wine dinner. Seen: Bob Kyle, CEO of Voyage Yacht Shares; Jeffrey Ferguson of The Carlyle Group; and from Hollywood, Michael’s actress sister Joanna and her fiancé, Brock Edwards. Readers wishing to get in touch with Donna can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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at the Source aer the opening of the Shakespeare Theatre’s all-male version of the Bard’s timeless tragedy. (Photos by Kevin Allen)

LATIN CONCEPTS 80’S PARTY WILLMERRICK, MATT BLACKPOR, LACYWILHOIT, JUSTINDEBETTENCOURT, GABELAMONICA and MICHAEL KRISat the ’80s-themed Latin Concepts party at Ceviche. / ANNIE VANMETER, ASHLEEREID and MARYBETHCOLEMAN (Photos by Jim Brantley)

HALLOWED GROUND BOOK PARTY CATEMAGENNISWYATT and GILBERT GROSVENOR celebrated publication of Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal at the National Geographic Society / National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman BRUCECOLE, Grosvenor, and author ANDREWCOCKBURN (Photos by Ed Lehmann)

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WARREN CAPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT GEOFFWASHBURNTHOMAS TATEHARRYKANTARIAN and JOHNMILLER raised funds for Children’s National Medical Center at the Members Club At Four Streams in Beallsville, Md. / JOSEPHWARREN smiles aer his hole-in-one. (Photos by Jessica Berrineau )

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Blair House, on Jackson Square N.W. across from the Old Executive Office Building, now comprises four interconnected dwellings with a total of 119 rooms on five levels.

lair House endures as a warm and welcoming “home away from home” for visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Its elegant rooms are settings for important social and ceremonial aspects of American diplomacy, and it continues the legacy of hospitality and service to the nation left by one of our most influential founding families. While serving as chief of protocol, I have had the opportunity to work with those who care deeply about the preservation our official presidential guest residence. Undersecretary Pat Kennedy has seen to it that Blair House remains a high priority at the Department of State. Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt has led a 25-year effort to make it an inviting and comfortable home, and Lloyd Hand’s success in establishing and funding a permanent endowment to ensure it remains an American showplace has been unprecedented. Harry Mahar at the Department of State works to maintain the infrastructure and mechanical systems, and director Randy Bumgardner and his heroic team provide unparalleled hospitality and care to all those who stay here.

HISTORICALOVERVIEW The Federal style townhouse was built in 1824 for Joseph Lovell, the first surgeon general of the United States, and acquired in 1837 by Francis Preston Blair, who came to Washington to transform the Globe newspaper

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into a pro-Andrew Jackson publication. (Blair was part of Jackson’s circle of close friends and informal advisors known in the rival press as the “Kitchen Cabinet.”) It would remain in the Blair family’s hands for more than 100 years. In 1859, Blair built a house next door for his daughter, Elizabeth Blair Lee, and her husband, Capt. Samuel P. Lee, a grandson of Revolutionary War patriot Richard Henry Lee and third cousin of Gen. Robert E. Lee. After the two dwellings were combined, the complex was occasionally called the Blair-Lee House, although Blair House is its official name today. Blair House was declared a national historic landmark in 1939, three years before it was purchased by the Federal Government as an official guest house for monarchs, presidents and prime ministers while they are in Washington. Harry S. Truman and his family occupied Blair House from 1948 to 1952 when the White House underwent major renovations. On Nov. 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate President Truman there. The plot failed although a White House policeman, Leslie Coffelt, died in the attack. In 1985, Congress appropriated $8.6 million for much needed structural repairs but stipulated no government funds be used for redecoration. The Blair House Restoration Fund was then formed to solicit support from the private sector for refurbishing and long-term conservation.

Under the dedicated leadership of former Reagan administration Chief of Protocol Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, and the generosity of its many supporters, the fund continues its unique public/private partnership with the Department of State that ensures Blair House’s ongoing preservation for future generations. Blair House is now a compound of four connected dwellings, including tow conjoined and renovated row houses at 700 and 704 Jackson Place N.W., which were purchased in 19691970, and the adjacent Trowbridge House on Lafayette Park, which is being converted to serve as an official residence for former U.S. presidents visiting the capital.Today the complex totals 119 rooms on five levels covering 70,000+ square feet, which is about 5,000 square feet larger than the White House.

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Anyone of political and social consequence during the Jackson and Van Buren administrations likely visited Francis Preston Blair. Family lore describes him talking with Abraham Lincoln, comfortably seated before the fireplace, late into the evenings. On April 18, 1861, three days aer the aack on Fort Sumter and at Lincoln’s request, Blair offered the Union Army command to Col. Robert E. Lee in this room. Aer thoughtful consideration Lee respectfully declined by saying, “… How can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native state?” Today this room serves as a waiting room for U.S. government officials calling on visiting foreign leaders.

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Blair House’s handsome library features American history, literature and general reference books. Also included are volumes on a variety of international topics, oen inscribed by their distinguished donors, and a collection of autobiographies signed by presidents and first ladies.

Ç TRUMANSTUDYBELOWLEFT This quiet, contemplative siing room was much favored by President Truman, who appreciated its lovely view and warm southern exposure. He used it as his private “Oval Office” for most of his second term. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan received visitors here during her family’s stay for the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan in July 2004. Ç BLAIRREARDRAWINGROOM

When Blair House ceased to be a private residence in 1942, its first official guests saw it much as the Blairs had done: filled with 18th- and 19th-century furniture, coromandel screens, and Chinese export porcelain. The formal reception rooms were reserved for entertaining and ceremonial occasions, and they serve the same functions today. Guests mingle amid the atmosphere of an elegant, private home. Former Presidents Truman and Eisenhower are thought to have reconciled their differences here aer their return together from John F. Kennedy’s funeral on Nov. 25, 1963.


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During his time at Blair House, President Truman held weekly luncheon meetings with his Cabinet in the tranquil dining room. Discussions formulating legislation that ultimately became the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan were conducted around the dining table. It was here that Truman was persuaded to send American troops into Korea and where he made the difficult decision to relieve General Douglas MacArthur of command of American troops in the Pacific. It was also the scene of Tricia Nixon’s wedding rehearsal dinner. During visits today, this room is reserved exclusively for important private meetings and meals presided over by Blair House’s highest-ranking official guests, oen with the vice president and members of the Cabinet aending.

Ç JACKSONPLACEDININGROOM

Mark Hampton’s design blends the French Empire style and its English and American interpretations, popular 1820-1850, with earlier Federal and mid-Victorian touches in keeping with the row houses’ c. 1860 origins. The so, cool palee of blues and whites with gilt accents recalls the White House Blue Room and forms a subtle background for the dramatic mahogany and ebonized furnishings.


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Iconic Collectors Brigid Berlin and Ann Getty’s classic costume jewelry goes on the block BY RENÉE DRAKE

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s the fall auction season gets underway, fashionistas have set their sights on sales of costume jewelry, a specialized category that has become one of the “hot” new collecting fields for women of all ages. On October 2 at DOYLE NEWYORK’s auction galleries, the excitement will kick off with a party co-hosted by Doyle and Interview magazine to celebrate and preview the October 7 auction of two eclectic collections belonging to two iconic women: the famous society and Andy Warhol Factory girl Brigid Berlin, and San Francisco philanthropist, art collector, and style icon Ann Gey. Berlin, who is best known for her close association with Warhol from the mid-’60s through the mid-’80s and who appeared in many of his cult films of that period, was born into a world of privilege as the daughter of Richard

COOLREPOSE Collectors of contemporary design pieces flocked to Rockefeller Plaza to attend Christie’s NewYork Contemporary Design sale on September 8 where the top lot was a sleek mirror-polished stainless steel sofa designed in 1995 by Ron Arad that realized $206,500.

This stainless steel sofa by Ron Arad recently sold for $206,500 at Christies’s.

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Berlin, who ran the Hearst media empire for 52 years. As a young girl she would accompany her socialite mother, “Honey” Berlin, to the House of Gripoix, the most legendary costume jewelry designer of the day. A master of the technique of glass enameling, the firm, founded in 1890, is also credited with developing a sheen that perfectly imitates cultured pearls. Coco Chanel, who was known for her exacting standards, trusted Gripoix to produce pieces for her collections. Berlin’s sophisticated childhood combined with her flamboyant personality and taste for the avant-garde acquired during her years as a Warhol confidante, is reflected in the 200 pieces that comprise her costume jewelry collection. Signed couture pieces by her friends Iradj Moini and Kenneth Jay Lane are included alongside vintage examples by Gripoix and other notable designers. Collectors will find figural pieces depicting snakes, lizards, and seahorses as well as more understated neoclassical pieces that have a more geometrical design. Like Chanel, Berlin insisted on the highest level of craftsmanship and design and her collection, above all else, reflects this. Ann Getty is also known for her impeccable taste as an interior designer. Throughout her successful career she has worked with clients around the globe. Her international connections with craftsmen and artisans reflects her keen eye and interest in exotic design. Her costume jewelry collection, 60 lots acquired from the 1950 through the 1990s, demonstrates her enthusiasm for unique pieces especially noteworthy for their painterly assembly of colored stones. Outstanding examples by Moini, Lane, Karl Lagerfeld, Miriam Haskell, Stanley

Left: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Flower Pin, France, 1990s, purple and yellow pate de verre set in gilt-metal wire, from the Collection of Ann Getty. Estimate $7501,000. Right: Gripoix Parure, France, 1960s, comprising choker, large and small scatter pin, and pair of pendant earrings, all featuring a domed oval in silvertone metal with rose cabochon surrounded by rhinestones in a frame of green pate de verre with clear baguette rhinestones. Estimate $1,000-$1,500.

Hagler, William de Lillo, Trafari, Isabel Canovas, Hobe, and Dominique Aurientis, among others,

are sure to incite vigorous bidding from costume jewelry collectors. One of the best things about costume jewelry is its affordability.Most lots in the October 7 sale list estimates well below $1,000. For Washingtonians looking to dazzle – without the expensive price tag – at the next Opera Ball or Kennedy Center Honors Gala, this sale fits the bill. As Coco Chanel once observed,“Nothing looks more like a fake jewel than a beautiful jewel. Why get mesmerized by a beautiful stone? One might as well wear a check around one’s neck.” Readers wishing to get in touch with Renée Drake can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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TIFFANY MASTERWORK “Pond lily”-style lamp from the master craftsman of glass with three settings and a gilded base, circa 1920 ($55,000). Lillian Nassau LLC, New York City

record 550 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors ensured that the 28th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show was bigger and better than ever this year. At least one dealer reported sales in the seven figures, with many others reporting heavy sales throughout Labor Day weekend.The Palm Beach Show Group, the event’s owners and operators, plan to debut a four-day D.C. Spring Antiques Show on March 6 at the Walter E.Washington Convention Center, where more than 300 international exhibitors will showcase an extensive selection of fine art, antiques and jewelry. DAZZLING DIAMONDS Art Deco bracelet by Cartier, 225 diamonds with total weight of 55 carats, circa 1920 ($525,000). Camille Dietz Bergeron, New York City

VATICAN VIEW Table featuring a view of St. Peter’s Square, black marble with thousands of exquisitely inlaid micro-mosaic pieces and bordered in lapis lazuli and malachite. Rome, 1850 ($350,000). Toulouse Antique Gallery, Los Angeles

VERY PROPER SILVER Gorham Tulieries pattern, 331piece sterling silver flatware service for 12, including an impressive assortment of serving utensils (mayonnaise spoon, cold meat fork, claret cup ladle, etc.), 1905 ($52,500). A.B. Levy, Palm Beach LORD BYRON’S TEA CADDY The famed poet had this very personal George III-era item inscribed with his family crest in 1808, the year he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge. ($14,500). Spencer Marks Ltd., West Hampton, Mass.

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MAGNIFICENT MONET “Pine Trees at Varengeville,” an important Impressionist work of the artist’s hometown, oil on canvas, 1882 ($2,450,000). M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

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This towering Cleveland Park colonial is just 2 blocks from Metro and shops. Located across the street from a park, the 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home includes 2 fireplaces, a table-space kitchen, an elevator, and a garage. Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed 888-907-6643/ 240.497.1700 (O). coleyreedhomes@aol.com

Bethesda, Maryland

$1,350,000

This elegant home offers more then the typical traditional colonial. With whimsically modern appeal, the open floor plan features dramatic views of the 50-foot-by-18-foot pool and gardens. This private oasis is truly captivating. Rorrie Egan 301.758.0337/ 301.229.4000 (O). rorrie@longandfoster.com

In Select Areas

Potomac, Maryland

$999,000

Featuring 3 finshed levels of cozy and sunny space, this home is located on a cul-de-sac. A renovated cook’s kitchen, a first-floor family room and library, a renovated and expanded master bath, and a huge, fenced yard with a patio enhance the home. Sharyn Goldman 301.529.7555/ 301.907.7600 (O).

This residence features a unique, 3 level central atrium, a top-level master suite, and a large kitchen with a dining area that overlooks Washington Circle. The home has a separately metered lower level with private quarters. Frank Griffin 202.256.4707 or Jamie Finch 202.316.5600/ 202.364.5200 (O).


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$2,975,000

This custom-built, private estate is sited on 3.41 wooded acres. Exquisite architectural details, embassy-sized rooms, 7.5 baths, 8 fireplaces, a 3-story foyer, a dual staircase, and a master suite with 2 luxury baths complete the residence. www.biggarhomes.com. Sylvia Biggar 301.299.2345/ 301.299.6000 (O).

Potomac, Maryland

$1,950,000

Sited on a cul-de-sac lot, backing to parkland, this builder’s own residence is a dream home, and shows like a new home. The 5-bedroom residence includes a spacious gourmet kitchen and a daylite, walkout lower level. www.BiggarHomes.com. Sylvia Biggar 301.299.2345/ 301.299.6000 (O).

Washington, D.C.

$1,895,000

This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath classic home occupies a double lot in the East Village of Georgetown. Features include a double parlor living room, 4 fireplaces, and a custom kitchen with a separate dining room opening to a back garden with an unfinished guest house. www.FMRES.com Kerry Fortune 202.257.7447/202.944.8400(O).

Washington, D.C.

$4,445,000

This premier property is well-sited on a gracious corner lot in a vibrant international business community. Magnificent for a residence or Embassy, the property features a grand roof terrace, 6 bedrooms/offices, 5-plus baths, an elevator, a security system, and a garage. Neil Bacchus 301.674.8090/ 301.468.0606 (O).

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Washington, D.C.

1800

This circa-1820 mansion presides on 76 acres, only 48 miles from Washington D.C. The 5-bedroom, 4-full-bath home with 7 fireplaces is solid and has been lovingly cared for, but will require updating. The grounds include a barn, a caretaker’s house, stone outbuildings, fields, woods, and a spring. Tim Healy 301.980.4085/ 202.363.9700 (O).

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1200 1000 800

$1,595,000

Beautifully maintained, this single-owner residence features a pool and approximately 5,000 square feet of finished space, perfect for small and large-scale entertaining. Sited on a 13,000-plus-square-foot double lot in Chevy Chase, this custom-built home is minutes from 2 metros. Judy Kelly 202.374.5195/ 301.907.7600 (O).

600 400 200

Washington, D.C.

$1,395,000

Updated in 2008, this renewed colonial is sited in Chevy Chase. The 4-level home includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, high ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, cherry and maple cabinetry, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, and new systems and windows. Chevy Chase office 202.363.9700.

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$1,797,000

Sited just minutes to Tysons and McLean Center, this renovated, custom colonial presides on 1.31 acres. The gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art bathrooms, a solarium, a nanny suite, 9-foot vaulted ceilings, and Palladium windows add to the architectural interest. K. Diane Bellaschi 703.905.7242/ 703.790.1990 (O).

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Bethesda, Maryland

$1,095,000

This 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath colonial offers a 2-story foyer, a kitchen with a center island, and an elegant master suite with 2 master baths. The finished, walkout lower level includes a recreation room, a kitchenette, a bath, and a den. Jamie Coley and Leigh Reed 888.907.6643/ 240.497.1700 (O).

Potomac, Maryland

$1,250,000

Located on nearly a half-acre level, landscaped lot, this home offers close proximity to the C&O Canal, towpath, and swim and tennis club. A renovated gourmet kitchen and master bath, a sunroom, a side-load garage, and a circular drive make this one of River Fall’s best homes. Sharyn Goldman 301.529.7555/ 301.907.7600 (O).

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Clad in brick, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath colonial is sited on a half-acre cul-de-sac lot backing to woods. The home features a 2-story family room with soaring stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, and a Williamsburginspired living and dining room. Susan Joy 703.201.6219 or Frankie Roberts 703.683.0400/ 703.522.0500 (O).

Washington, D.C.

$1,300,000

This Forest Hills gem is a classic field stone home surrounded by English gardens on a 9,850-square-foot lot. A living room, a fireplace, a den, a dining room, a large kitchen, a screened porch, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a finished third level complete the residence. Denise Warner 202.487.5162/ 202.944.8400 (O).


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Prestigious Properties These residences may range in size, but not in their elegance

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Tucked away at the end of a secluded street, renowned builder Mike Bowman has constructed an â&#x20AC;&#x153;English Cotswoldâ&#x20AC;? manor house complete with authentic English gardens. Built on a tree-filled acre, this luxurious residence features embassy-size rooms for entertaining with 10-foot ceilings throughout the entire main floor and master bedroom and 9-foot ceilings elsewhere. The custom fixtures, magnificent moldings, and detailed finishes make this a truly unique offering. ASKING

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Set on park-like grounds, this 1924 residence boasts English-influenced architecture and offers elegant rooms with wonderful proportions. The main level principal rooms are perfect for entertaining, while the second and third levels contain a master suite with a custom dressing room and four additional bedrooms. The lower level includes an au pair suite with kitchenette, extra storage, laundry room with powder room, and a two-car garage. Outside, a beautifully landscaped garden, stone walkways, guesthouse, and a gated pool complete this one-ofa-kind property. ASKING   LISTINGAGENTS William F. X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620 Washington Fine Properties, LLC

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DEEP CREEK, MD

Historically significant Halcyon House, circa 1787, overlooks the Potomac River. Built by Benjamin Stoddert, completely restored, pristine condition. Excellent indoor/outdoor entertaining space, heated pool, parking for 12-15 cars. Offering includes five rental apts, adjoining townhouse. $30,000,000.

Petite mansion perfect for cultural institution, foundation, embassy or private residence. Large scale formal rooms include double parlors with fireplaces and baronial dining room. Family living quarters. Parking for up to ten cars. $17,500,000.

Circa 1927 Spanish eclectic grand residence, ideal for entertaining, on an estate-sized 1.1 acre lot. Exclusive location, elevated terraces overlooking the swimming pool, grounds, and beautiful parkland. $7,500,000.

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Jonathan Taylor Michael Rankin

Magnificent home on Deep Creek Lake, Western Maryland’s Four Season Mountain Resort. Seven bedrooms, six baths on four levels with spectacular views and beautiful wooded lake setting with 135 ft. of prime lake frontage and class A dock. Unique blending of stone, ironwork and hardwood detailing. $2,850,000.

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Gary Frey

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KALORAMA

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Masterfully built custom home, over 9000 SF on three amazing levels, including five bedrooms, five and one half baths, gourmet kitchen, master suite with copper tub & gas fireplace, three car garage, au pair suite & home theatre. Ideal for formal and large scale entertaining. $2,390,000.

Extremely generous room sizes, with elegant moldings, oak hardwood floors, solarium overlooking garden and pool. Five large bedrooms, four full baths, meticulously maintained. $2,225,000.

Historic bay front Federal built in 1903 & meticulously renovated on four spacious levels featuring seven bedrooms, four and one half baths, state of the art kitchen, formal dining & living, capacious master suite, pristine two bedroom in-law & delightful walled garden. $2,150,000.

Elegant and spacious home on quiet enclave ideal for entertaining on a grand scale. A dramatic 20-foot foyer welcomes guests to this home. Large formal living room and separate dining room. Master suite with spacious master bath. Two extra bedrooms and hall bath. Two car garage. $1,600,000

Jeffrey Lockard Joseph Poduslo

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Rick Leverrier

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No expense has been spared in the meticulous renovation of this handsome brick colonial. Built in 1937, the residence features a sumptuous master suite, three additional bedrooms and designer baths, family room and two car garage with additional off street parking. $1,695,000.

Three bedroom, two bath true loft duplex by Architect Jim Foster of Arcadia Design. Originally a turn-of-the-Century glass factory, open design incorporates a two-story living area with custom Helical staircase, interior courtyard atrium, oversized master suite and landscaped private terrace. 1-2 car gar parking. $1,675,000.

Soho/So. Beach style loft meets DC w/stunning design. 2000 sq ft w 300 sq ft of outdoor space offers nearly every luxury w the best materials. Elevator opens directly into this home complete with 2 story space, limestone slab flooring, Poggenpohl kitchen, waterworks bathrooms, fireplace, garage parking and views. $1,649,900.

This handsome federal in the heart of the East Village is rich in architectural history and details. There are spacious rooms for elegant entertaining along with a lush english garden. $3,100,000.

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This classic detached brick Federal, built in 1876, was once featured on the Georgetown House Tour. High ceilings and crown molding frame the formal dining room, while the spacious living room has French doors that open to a garden with a fountain and detached garage. Three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, five fireplaces, plus a family room and au-paire suite on the lower level complete the house, located in the heart of Georgetown close to Volta Park, shops, and restaurants. ASKING  LISTINGAGENT

Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Long & Foster

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Wormley Row, in the heart of Georgetown, is a new collection of 13 distinct condominium residences and townhouses. Beautiful one, two, and three bedroom apartments offering top-of-the-line finishes, grand-scale and architectural details are now ready for occupancy. Custom finishes may still be selected by the purchaser in certain units. Underground parking is included with all residences. LISTINGPRICE  TOOVER MILLION LISTINGAGENTS Mary Grover Ehrgood 202.274.4694

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Major Settlements Franklin Raines moves on in more ways than one; plus recent moves in Spring Valley and Kalorama BY MARY K. MEWBORN

Former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin D. Raines recently purchased Beechwoods, a 98-year-old Colonial mansion sited on 1.35 acres at 3006 Albemarle Street NW, in Forest Hills.

THEDISTRICT Franklin D. Raines, the former CEO of Fannie Mae who recently made a settlement of $24.7 million to the federal government to close the books on his controversial reign as head of America’s largest guarantor of home mortgages, has now set his sights on closing another deal: one on his new home at  ALBEMARLESTREETNW. Currently under contract with an asking price of $7,595,000, the 98-year-old stucco Colonial known as Beechwoods sits on 1.35 acres in Forest Hills and boasts a pool and cabana, sports and tennis courts, four-car garage and views of Soapstone Valley National Park. Interior

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highlights include a master bedroom suite with his and hers baths, an adjacent terrace and walk-in closet. There are six additional bed rooms, five and a half baths, a family room with cathedral ceiling, library, movie theater, recreation room, exercise room and a remodeled kitchen with breakfast room. The listing agents are Washington Fine Properties’ Matthew B. McCormick, Ellen Morrell and Bonnie Wimsatt. Jim Bell of Washington Fine Properties represented the purchaser. Raines, who now sits on the board of Steve Case’s Revolution Health Company, has reportedly also purchased a $4.9 million condominium at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Georgetown.

Meanwhile, Wendy Farrow Raines, his wife for more than a quarter century, is said to have a new $4.3 million home of her own in Cleveland Park. Georgetown Long and Foster’s Terri Robinson, who represented the buyer, and Margot Wilson of Arnold Bradley Davy Sargent and Chew, who represented the seller, have helped sell  INDIANLANENW in Spring Valley for $5.6 million. The 5,716-square-foot, three-story manse with eight bedrooms and six and a half baths was built in 1941 and had been home to Mr. and Mrs. David Castiel, president, CEO and founder of Ellipso Inc., a satellite communications company whose

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uxurious Waterfront Estate with breathtaking views on Potomac Creek at historic Pratt Point. Exquisitely decorated and set on 10 private acres, this spectacular custom build colonial personifies resort-like estate living. This elegant residence epitomizes everything one seeks in a luxury home - peace and quiet, stunning natural beauty, and extraordinary amenities with meticulous attention to details. Hand-carved marble for exterior of the house. Hardwood and marble flooring throughout. Not another site like this in the entire area. Words do not adequately portray the elegance and flow of this rare opportunity - call for a private showing appointment. $8,500,000

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shareholders include Boeing and Israel Aircraft. The property was built in 1939 by Clarence Gosnell, the patriarch of a now third-generation family business, Gosnell Properties. Viola Wentzel has sold her six-bedroom, red brick row house at  KALORAMA ROAD NW , across from the French ambassador’s residence and a few doors down from the home of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, thanks to Washington Fine Properties’ realtors Bobbie Brewster, who listed it for $2.8 million, and Jim Bell, who brought the buyers, Andrew and Lynn Volmer, to the table. Wentzel is the daughter of the late Kurt Kiesinger, who served as chancellor of West Germany from 1966 to 1969. She is also the widow of National Geographic photographer Volkmar Wentzel and co-author of the soonto-be-released Random House publication entitled, Odysseys and Photographs: Four National Geographic Field Men. It chronicles her husband’s career, which took off in the 1930s when he published moody images of Washington by night. After World War II, one of his initial assignments took him to the Indian sub-continent where the photographs and motion pictures he shot were among the last to capture the lavish splendor of the British Raj and among the first to highlight the then little-known Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. With a camera as his passport to the world, he documented foreign cultures for nearly half a century and his legendary work has been displayed in major galleries around the globe.

MARYLAND In Chevy Chase, healthcare policy consultants Marion and Lawrence Lewin have purchased unit #1103 in Somerset House II, located at  WISCONSIN AVENUE. The sellers were attorney Dianne Felton and Reginald Felton, director of federal relations for the National School Boards Association. The Feltons received $2,450,000, or $900,000 more than they originally paid four years ago for the 3,021-square-foot luxury condominium with two bedrooms and a den. Long and Foster’s Zelda Heller served as both the listing and selling agent in 2004 and again in this most recent transaction.

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Above: David Castiel recently sold his 5,716-square-foot home on Indian Lane NW in Spring Valley. Right: CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley and his wife Jane recently sold 804 Great Cumberland Road in McLean for $3,250.000.

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Potomac waterfront contemporary. In 1981, Pelley and his wife Jane have sold their fiveBill Melton founded VeriFone, the company acre residence at GREATCUMBERLAND that put credit card authorization terminals on ROAD in McLean for $3,250,000 Built in retail counters throughout the planet. He is also 1978, it was renovated and expanded under the founder of CyberCash. His wife is a poet, Jane Pelly’s supervision and now features playwright and photographer as well as the a two-story glass “screening room” as well founder, former executive director and board as a custom-paneled library, a heated pool chairman of Peace X Peace, an international with a spa and waterfall, an outdoor stone nonprofit group that utilizes the Internet to fireplace, gazebo and tennis court. The new connect women of all cultures. The couples’ owner is Brian Camastral, Latin America new home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows in regional president for Mars Inc., the candy the living and dining rooms and four bedrooms conglomerate and the metropolitan area’s opening onto the pool deck. Extras include a largest privately owned business. Patricia media room with a retractable movie screen, four Derwinski of Weichert Realtors was the wood-burning fireplaces and an elevator. The selling agent. Weichert Realtors’ Sue Huckaby architecturally unique house was built in 1981 and Karen Briscoe with the Huckaby Briscoe and had belonged to Barry E Appelman, the Group represented the Pelleys, who now live chief technology officer of America Online and in Darien, Conn. the man responsible for launching AOL Instant Please send real estate news items to Messenger in 1994.The Fairfax County property columns@washingtonlife.com.

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The renowned home of the Sargent & Eunice Kennedy Shriver family. Impressive 16,000 sq. ft. home with gracious interior. Set on 6.84 private acres in Bradley Farms with Tennis Court, Pool & Pool House. $11,800,000

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Architectural masterpiece with long driveway to 8 bedroom, turn of century detached house with picturesque porch & well proportioned rooms on half-acre. Great addition with Family room. 2-car garage. $4,900,000

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Potomac River Views! Well renovated extraordinary brick Federal with a built in garage, private terraces and some of Washington’s most inspiring views. Conveniently located. Great entertaining space. $3,800,000

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Welcome to this special home located on a spectacular two acre lot in the Greens, a private enclave of homes across from Avenel and backing to the 17th hole at Congressional Country Club. Gracious southern plantation living at its best. $2,999,999

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Gated community of Hillandale – Features spacious rooms, Library, Family Room, Gourmet Kitchen, 2-car garage, community pool & tennis courts, 6BR/4.5BA.

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Eco-friendly home on five+ acres, five years young, offers the best of all worlds. Four sides brick, six car garage, state of the art home theater, custom built-ins, multi-level deck, wrought iron gate and 9700 sq. ft. of the highest quality finished space. $1,995,000

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Rarely Available! Spectacular renovation of a large Kalorama residence with garden, poolhouse, garage, and guest house. Formal living with grand fireplace. Dining room and separate breakfast room. Professional grade kitchen appliances. 6 BR, 5.5 BA. $3,495,000

Ritz Carlton Residences. Excellent floorplan of a 2BR, 2BA condo with balcony and fireplace. Sumptuous Master Suite features marble bath with soaking tub. Large Kitchen, Private Balcony, cherry floors, and 1 parking space. Ritz Residences and Hotel services.

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Extraordinary Large Rowhouse. Fully renovated. Fabulous 4 levels. Grand entertaining rooms, expansive family room with second kitchen, spectacular master. Original hardwood floors, architectural elements, 2 BR in-law suite, carriage house, garage, garden. $2,395,000

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Stunning Village home tastefully renovated in the past 2 years. High ceilings, 4 fireplaces, main hall and dining room open to stone terrace. 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, second Family Room, custom wine cellar. Private garden with pool. 2-car garage. $2,695,000

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Stunning home, totally renovated with designer addition, elegant Master Suite, sunny Family Room Kitchen, and French doors leading to outdoor living space.

Ellen Morrell Patrick Chauvin Matthew B. McCormick

Picturesque Tudor located on Spring Valley’s most sought after street featuring an ideal floor plan with first-floor Study, Family Room, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and wonderful three-season room opening to beautiful decks and yard, and Garage Parking. $1,795,000

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Located in highly desirable Goldsboro, this spacious town home has an excellent floor plan for those looking for easy living in a wonderful location. Decorated by a leading international designer with numerous upgrades, this home is truly a rare find. $1,250,000

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2 bedroom + Den, 2 bath unit with open floor plan including a large Living Room with alcove, Dining Room, renovated eat-in Kitchen and Bath. $699,000

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KUWAIT

Invitations to this tiny but extremely rich principality’s events are highly prized. Who can resist quaffing Champagne from a crystal flute next to an Andy Warhol portrait of the late Princess Grace?

Movie stars (Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas), senators, Supreme Court justices and top Cabinet members turn out for soirées hosted by the charismatic ambassador, a Kuwaiti royal, and his charming wife. President Bush bestowed a singular honor by showing up with First lady Laura Bush and Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice earlier this year.

GREATBRITAIN Life-sized portraits of the Queen and other Majesties always impress, as do the exclusive guest lists at veddy proper affairs hosted by a usually-titled ambassador.

Rima and Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah entertained Michael Douglas, First Lady Laura Bush and Condoleeza Rice at 2006 Kuwait-America Founation Benefit Dinner. (Photo by Vicky Pombo)

The ballroom of the Columbian embassy. (Photo by Justin Kriel)

COLOMBIA The ambassador is the daughter of a former president and knows the ins and outs of stylish entertaining. Guests rave about the delicious empanadas and dancing to live cumbia music in a ballroom that has been described as an architectural masterpiece.

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ITALY

Art, fashion and Gallic glamour are mainstays along with impressive wines and cheeses to die for. A suave, debonair ambassador is an added plus, especially since he is officially sans spouse.

Count on Italian flair and delicious pasta after driving through Villa Firenze’s impressive gates. Opera stars occasionally turn up, and may even sing an aria or two.

JAPAN Stroll in the garden, visit the tea house and by all means don’t miss the best sushi outside of the Land of the Rising Sun.

YEMEN The eclectic crowd of young and attractive overachievers likes to party just as much as the long-serving, fun-loving ambassador.

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