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n the high heat of summer, when humidity descends upon Washington like a heavy cloud, many of our readers may venture no further than the seasonal haunts they’ve known since childhood. How pleasing to return year after year, generation after generation, to the sun, sand, and surf of Nantucket and the “Vineyard,” Newport, the Hamptons, Rehoboth, and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We’ve covered these storied, uniquely American retreats before and will do so again. This time, however, our summer luxury travel issue takes us far beyond the Beltway to more distant alternatives. We begin with Dubai, where a massive metropolis rises from the desert with astonishing speed and unheard-of attractions. (After all, it’s a place where one can ski indoors even as the weather outside breaks 120 degrees.) Then it’s Israel, a Holy Land of Plenty with shrines, monuments, museums, beaches, mountains, and the Dead Sea – in addition to top-notch hotels and restaurants. Breezy Baltic ports are explored (while cosseted aboard one of the world’s top cruise liners), as are the amenities of five-star hotels in Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Surely there’s no better way to disconnect than a great plane or beach read, so we’ve put together a summer book feature that includes an inside scoop on the hottest Washington novel in years: Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s Mortal Friends.You won’t want to miss our exclusive author interview, to say nothing of a rather revealing key to help decipher who’s who among the dramatis personae. (We guarantee you will recognize at least one of them.) We also chat with actress and author Julianne Moore about her new book and her work with Save the Children. In addition, we’ve put together a selective list of titles you simply must devour before Labor Day, as well as a roundup of the best book parties of the past several months. Sometimes it seems that these typically Washington events are the only times people entertain at home anymore! This month’s Pollywood includes coverage of the WL-sponsored AFI/ Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival (rapidly becoming one of the nation’s premier regional film events), and Mark Drapeau’s piece on the importance of the new “social media,” not only in our everyday lives

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but in times of conflict (like the current political situation in Iran). We raided the locker rooms of the Nationals, Redskins, and DC United for this month’s “Men of Summer” fashion shoot, recruiting Ryan Zimmerman, Brian Orakpo, and Santino Quaranta, who modeled summer’s best men’s wear poolside at Donovan House, a Thompson Hotel, one of the city’s most scenic rooftop hangouts. We also feature the WNBA’s hottest new star: former University of Maryland player Marissa Coleman, who is now playing for the Washington Mystics. We mingled with top Republicans at Nancy Reagan’s dinner following the installation of a statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. A bi-partisan crowd was onhand for Vice President and Mrs. Biden’s luncheon for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. Other events you’ll peruse in these pages include the Sasha Bruce House benefit at the British Embassy, fundraisers for Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation and the Point Foundation, the Mosaic Foundation and National Museum of African Art galas, and the memorable closing night of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. This month’s Inside Homes takes us to the extraordinary Penn Quarter apartment of Xavier Equihua. With wonderful art and sweeping views of the city’s iconic memorials, it served as a modern inspiration for our regular design contributor, Ernesto Santalla. That’s all for our summer issue. We’re anxious to get away, too – if we could only decide on a final destination! Good thing there are so many attractive travel deals out there – even at the last minute. Next up in September, our must-see Balls and Galas issue. ’Till then!

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1 JOSEPH ALLEN is one of Washington’s most versatile photographers. His subjects include the business elite, national celebrities, weddings, and portraiture. In this issue, he captures the Washington Mystics’ Marissa Coleman in “Who’s Next.” 2 TIM COBURN is an award-winning photographer with a concentration in commercial work. He has been a professional photographer since 1996. Coburn captures top Washington athletes in our “Men of Summer” fashion shoot. NP JAMES CORNWELL is a resident hairstylist and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography. Cornwell styles our summer fashion shoot. 3 RJCUTLER is a producer and director of non-fiction films and television. He has won Emmy, Peabody, and GLAAD awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award and two additional Emmys. He discusses his latest documentary, The September Issue. 4 MARKDRAPEAU is a scientist who studies how animal behavior develops and evolves. He also advises large organizations on how they can socially innovate using new media tools. He is the author of our story on new social media.

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5 New York Times bestselling author and native New Yorker JANE STANTON HITCHCOCK started her career as a playwright and screenwriter. Her first novel, Trick of the Eye, was nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Hammett Prize as the best first novel of the year. Her other works include The Witches’ Hammer, Social Crimes, and most recently, Mortal Friends. 6 KATTY KAY is the Washington correspondent and anchor for BBC World News America and a regular contributor to Meet the Press. She teamed up with Claire Shipman to write Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules For Success. 7 Academy Award-nominated actress JULIANNEMOORE, best know for her work in Boogie Nights,The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven, and The Hours, serves as an artist ambassador for Save the Children. Moore writes about her work with the non-profit group as well as her latest children’s book Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. 8 CAROLAMYERS is the founder of Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists. Her clients include film and TV productions, magazines, fashion houses, and live events for celebrities, fashion designers, political dignitaries, and brides. 9

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winning architect based in Washington with clients in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Europe. He lends his eye for design to this month’s “Inside Homes” feature. 10 CLAIRESHIPMAN is the senior national correspondent for ABC News’ Good Morning America, and a regular on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She and Katty Kay recently published Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules For Success. 11 JOELSPARKS is an inkjet-stained spoiler of notebooks. He covers the celebratory, the musical, the amusing, the potable, and the savory. He lives in Silver Spring, Md. with his family, and documents the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival this month. 12 NICK STROCCHIA is an accomplished Washington photographer, well known for his architectural and military photography. He credits his unique vision and style to his experience as an officer in U.S. Air Force and extensive international travel. He took the beautiful photos for this issue’s “Inside Homes” feature. Corrections: From the June 2009 issue: Our Philanthropic 50 feature should have included an icon to denote the following individuals who are affiliated with Venture Philanthropy Partners: David and Katherine Bradley, Steve and Jean Case, Ted and Lynne Leonsis, Joe Robert Jr., and Jim Kimsey. On page 72, La Prairie was misspelled.

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The intimate interior of Zentan, located in Donovan House. (Photo by Paul Morigi)

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The exclusive rooftop pool and bar at Donovan House. (Photo by Paul Morigi)

Donovan house brings the cool Looking for the “it” spot this summer in Washington? Hipster hangout DONOVAN HOUSE recently debuted its new restaurant, Zentan, which offers patrons modern Asian cuisine prepared by international chef Susur Lee. Upstairs, the rooftop pool and bar, dubbed Above D.C. (ADC) features signature cocktails, Zentan’s delicious food, and outstanding views of the nation’s capital. It will surely be the place to see and be seen this summer. Donovan House, a Thompson Hotel, 1115 14th St. NW, 800-383-6900, www.thompsonhotels.com.

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QUOTABLE “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

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Refresh Your Face THECENTERFORLASERSURGERY recently announced the availability of Dysport, (abobotulinum toxin-A), the FDA-approved wrinkle treatment similar to Botox Cosmetic™. Already available overseas, Dysport has now arrived in the U.S. and studies indicate that it is faster and cheaper than its competitors. 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW, 202-9668814, www.lasersurgery.com/Dysport.

Free movies on the mall SCREEN ON THE GREEN, one of the city’s favorite summer pastimes, has officially returned and will celebrate its 10th year of bringing thousands of people together on the Mall. In an effort to the save the festival from cancellation, Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall joined forces with HBO to bring classic films to “America’s Front Yard” Monday evenings from July 20 to Aug. 10. First up: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Screen on the Green hotline, 1-877-262-5866 or blog.when.com/screenonthegreen.

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Michiyo & Dancers, 1988. Philip Trager, courtesy of the National Building Museum

Look into the Lens This summer, explore the variety and depth of photographer PHILIPTRAGER at the National Building Museum. “Form and Movement: Photographs by Philip Trager” presents large black-and-white photographs spanning his 40year career and combines both his interest in architecture – from Italian villas to New York City landmarks – and his later love for dance and body movement with contrasting light and elusive shadows. July 11, 2009-January 3, 2010. 401 F St. NW, 202-272-2448, www.nbm.org.

Beach Reads “The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund” By Jill Kargman A witty look inside a Manhattanite’s post-economic downturn life and, consequently, her marriage to a hedge fund manager. Penguin, $25.95 “This is How It Starts” By Grant Ginder The debut novel about a postcollegiate outsider trying to find his way in the Washington social scene. Simon & Schuster, $14. “Rogues’ Gallery” By Michael Gross The ultimate insider’s look at the colorful characters who populate New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 138-year history. Broadway Books, $29.95.

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Foodies Only Chef Geoff Goes South Geoff Tracy has taken his culinary skills toVirginia with CHEF GEOFF’S TYSONS CORNER. Like his other popular restaurants, the delicatelyprepared modern American fare will be a welcome culinary addition to the region, offering unique twists on lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The summer menu features day boat scallops with mushroom risotto and Cuban salmon with mojito vinaigrette. 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 571282-6003, www.chefgeoff.com. Classic Cuisine Barton Seaver’s latest culinary endeavor is open and ready for business in Glover Park. BLUE RIDGE offers traditional Mid-Atlantic seasonal cuisine prepared with sustainable and locallysourced ingredients. The restaurant seats 185 guests inside and on the patio and retains its early-20th-century farmhouse charm with antique furnishings and custom-made dining tables. WL Pick: Wood pork chops with red-eye gravy and Parmesan potato salad. 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202333-4004, www.blueridgerestaurant.com. AWARD-WINNING Congrats to TEATROGOLDONIand COCO SALAfor their Rammy wins for “Your Favorite Restaurant” and “Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene.”

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Tennis Time As summertime rolls into Washington, so do the WASHINGTONKASTLES tennis stars. Watch as key leaders Serena Williams and Leander Paes bring their power to the court in July, taking on nine other teams in the World Team Tennis league, culminating in the WTT Finals. For a complete schedule and ticket information, go to www.washingtonkastles.com.

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the gym – or more specifically, the Ronald Reagan Building – with an allstar musical line-up that included Naturally 7, Sheila E and the E Family Project, and Wyclef Jean. The night celebrated excellence in District schools. HIGHMARKS Emcee and board member Pa i Austin showed her vocal talents by si'ing in with Wyclef Jean on a few tunes while the city’s leading educators and school board members loosened up and got down on a Friday (not a school night). ROLLCALLMayor Adrian and Michelle Fenty, Tony Williams, Katherine Bradley, Keith Wade, and Joe Robert.

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celebrated its 30th anniversary with a first ever black-tie fundraising gala with traditional dancers entertaining the supermodels, entertainers, arts patrons, politicos, and other guests. Director Johnne a B. Cole spoke eloquently of the museum’s mission to the crowd seated at tables covered in tropical flowers amid orange silk-covered walls. Grammywinning singer Angelique Kidjo got everyone on their feet and encouraged guests to share the mic with her, while actor Jeffrey Wright spoke about tracing his family’s genealogical roots. CELEBRANTS Baroness Valerie Amos, the former leader of the British House of Lords, Deputy Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson, civil rights leader Dorothy Height, Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, Gwendolyn Mikell, James D. Staton, and Howard Dodson.

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ALL THAT JAZZ On the closing night of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, which included 100 performances in nearly 50 venues across the city, Ellis Marsalis and sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason, as well as close family friend Harry Connick Jr. and the Kennedy Center’s Billy Taylor, turned Washington into a slice of New Orleans. CELEBRATING A MASTER ELLIS MARSALIS The tribute to the great musician brought the very talented family to Washington to honor their legendary father with family tales, incredible music, and poems read by son Ellis Marsalis III. And when the second encore had Harry Connick Jr. and the entire Marsalis family parading and playing down the aisles with cowbells, trumpets, and even an umbrella, the sold-out crowd was on its feet dancing in front of the stage and following the musicians grooving across the theater. PLAYINGALONG Chair of the DEJF Ovation Society Sheila Johnson, honorary chair Thomas Hale Boggs, founder and executive producer of the DEJF Charles Fishman, Sunny Sumter, and Steven Stolman.

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GORGEOUS GARDEN Mark Penn and Nancy Jacobson hosted National Student Partnerships’ 10th anniversary celebration at their Georgetown home, where Penn told of his firm’s pro bono work to re-name the organization “Li+” (which will go into effect this fall). NSP co-founder and CEO Kirsten Lodal encouraged guests to support local college student volunteers’ efforts to combat poverty in the U.S.

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EVERY DROP COUNTS: This year’s theme focused on Mosaic’s initiatives to break the cycle of poverty and disease associated with the lack of clean water in the Arab world. ENTERTAINMENT: Cirque du Soleil’s awe-inspiring stars used dance, song, and acrobatics to mirage-like effect while persuading “the spirit of the cloud” to let it rain again. BLUE LEGACY: Alexandra and Philippe Cousteau, grandchildren of legendary undersea explorer JacquesYves Cousteau, received grants to continue their efforts to restore and protect the global water system. GUESTS: Most of the Arab diplomatic corps was present at the foundation’s 12th (and sadly its last) benefit.

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ONEFORTHEGIPPER “This place never looked be'er,” Ronald Reagan Foundation President Fred Ryan proclaimed, summing up prevailing sentiments the night Nancy Reagan celebrated her late husband’s historic enshrinement in bronze in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. AN“AMERICANGIANT” During dinner in Statuary Hall, Sen. Dianne Feinstein paid bi-partisan tribute to the Golden State’s favorite son, “a big star who could have stopped in Hollywood but kept playing … and is now among our nation’s greatest leaders.” House Minority Leader John Boehner’s emotional tribute focused on the 40th president’s “dedication to decency and human values.” Speech writer Peggy Noonan spoke of Mrs. Reagan’s key role in the historic presidency: “Without her,” she reminded guests, “there was no him.”

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Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

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ALLINTHEFAMILY A (mostly) ladies luncheon honoring Cathy Russell, a former administrative assistant to (then-Sen.) Joe Biden, who now works as Jill Biden’s chief of staff. NOTHINGLIKE‘ATHOME’ Guests appreciated the chance to chat at the rather rare mid-week affair at the Berman residence, once owned by arts patron Paul Mellon. ONEOFOUROWN Mrs. Berman most wisely and thoughtfully added several wise advisors to the list – fellow former White House social secretaries Letitia Baldrige, Capricia Marshall, Gahl Hodges Burt, and Ann Stock, plus former chief of protocol Lucky Roosevelt.

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HIGH HONORS: More arts grandees than ever showed up for FAPE this year, and no wonder – with first-time host Hillary Rodham Clinton greeting guests and Supremo culture maven Justice Stephen Breyer receiving the first Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts, who could resist? ARTISTICPRESENCE: Four of the most notable living American artists – Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, James Rosenquist, and Jamie Wyeth – added to the buzz along with news of recent art installations at the new U.S. embassy in Berlin.

Wendy Luers, Liz Stevens, and Polly Kraft

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ASALUTETOJAZZ A+er a stint on the West Coast, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition returns to Washington this October. To celebrate, Madeleine Albright and several members of Congress hosted a reception in Albright’s downtown office to honor the uniquely American art form. MUSICLOVERS Sen. Thad Cochran, Rep. John Lewis, Paul Reisler, Michelle Day, and Bob Pilon.

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into the zeitgeist of African American icons and a generational shift of power and perspective.” On opening night, accordingly, the streets of Silver Spring echoed to cries of “Where’s LeBron?” “Did you see LeBron?” and “I saw LeBron!” elevating basketball star LeBron James to Madonna-like status. James was indeed there, all easy grace, stepping onto the red carpet in pinstripes, open collar, and shades. He joined filmmaker Kristopher Belman and fellow subjects for the screening and discussion of More than a Game, the story of James and four other boys from Akron, Ohio, rising to high school b-ball

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fame. Later, James’ confident grin floated over the marching band and cheerleaders of Blair High School, leading festival-goers to the vertiginous atrium of the Discovery Communications headquarters for dancing, glow-in-the-dark martini glasses, and performances by local rappers Wale and Tabi Bonney. The next icon on the agenda was Muhammad Ali, who was to be guest of honor at the premiere of Facing Ali on Tuesday. At the last minute, however, Ali was unable to attend, reportedly for personal reasons. The film combines vintage fight footage and new

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interviews with the men who actually stepped shaking his clasped hands – halfway between but I love ’em anyway.” Later, Barry dined at a into the ring with the champ. After the show, a gesture of prayer and a prizefighter’s pose. table for 16 at Jackie’s (SILVERDOCS official director Pete McCormack and producer Derik After 78 minutes of on-screen ups and downs, restaurant) then literally danced in the street to Murray discussed the film with USA Today news analyst Juan Williams moderated a lively the music of go-go legends Trouble Funk. sportswriter David DuPree. discussion with the filmmakers, veteran civil More than 25,000 viewers watched over The current pinnacle of success – black, male, rights activist Lawrence Guyot, NBC reporter 100 other documentaries in between these or otherwise – is of course President Obama, Tom Sherwood, and Dorothy Brizill of D.C. appearances, films that covered subjects from and on Wednesday, the week’s “Centerpiece Watch. Guyot, who once worked with Barry go-kart racers to ethnic violence. A parallel Screening” was the world premiere of Convention, in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating conference for industry professionals also set during Obama’s bloodless victory over Sen. Committee, gave him substantial credit for took place with Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, giving Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2008 the keynote address on Wednesday Democratic National Convention in afternoon. The annual Guggenheim Denver. Compiled by eight filmmakers Symposium honored documentarian led by AJ Schnack, the film focuses year have tapped into the zeitgeist of on city employees who handled the Maysles (Grey Gardens). Also African American icons and a generational Albert convention, the press who covered it, on hand: artists Christo (alertly eyeing shift of power and perspective.” and the protestors who attempted to the architecture and decor of the disrupt it. A panel of filmmakers, public restored Silver Theatre) and Jeanne– SILVERDOCS Artistic Director Sky Sitney servants, and Denver press were on Claude (with her trademark crayonhand to answer questions from NPR red hair) who both had big smiles White House Correspondent Don Gonyea; the success in the civil rights movement, as and kind words for Maysles, their longtime protestors, it was reported, could not afford to well as opening the District government to collaborator. Sitting next to them, he seemed blacks. About Barry, he said, “I make three a quiet presence, but his humane wit shone travel. The closing night film, the premiere of concessions: women, alcohol, and drugs. No when he took the stage for a Q&A with Lisa The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, saw the former more!” Sherwood commented that he weeps Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly. TV “mayor-for-life” arrive in apparent good “for what might have been,” while Brizill and film director Barbara Kopple asked that health and spirits, with a paisley tie and a noted, “He is very personable. Holding him anyone who had been mentored, influenced, considerable entourage. One onlooker started accountable has been another matter.” In a or inspired by Maysles or his late brother David a chant of “Shame, shame!” but Barry paid surprise move, Barry took the mic to take at to please stand, bringing nearly the entire no mind, cheerfully greeting friends and least partial credit for improvements in the audience to their feet. Grace Guggenheim, supporters. In the theater, he acknowledged District over the past several decades and accuse daughter of the symposium’s namesake, the thanks of filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby the media of “demonizing” him. He was good- legendary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, Oppenheimer by bowing in all directions and natured about it, though: “I know the media, presented the award.

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WL: What’s the biggest misconception about Anna Wintour? RC: What’s surprising is that she is a human being and you’re in the presence of a complex, dynamic person. The caricature of “Anna Wintour” is a culturally pervasive presence. Even Ugly Betty has an Anna Wintour figure.

WL: How have those outside the fashion industry reacted to the film? RC: I’ve been surprised by the number of people from outside the industry who have told me that they love the film. It’s about much more than fashion; it’s a movie about the relationship between two remarkable women.

WL: What will happen to Vogue when Wintour steps down? RC: Her shoes are almost impossible to fill. You can’t succeed in the fashion industry without her blessing. Even [Steven] Spielberg and [Bill] Gates don’t control their industries like she does.

WL: What would change if The September Issue were shot now? RC: Everything. The collapse of the global economy happened as we finished shooting. It glows in its place in time.You want a movie to feel like it’s in a distinct moment.

WL: What about the force around her at Vogue? RC: She is surrounded by remarkable figures - it’s like the Yankees in the ’20s. WL: Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue, is a major force in the film.What is your relationship with her like?

A scene with Vogue editor Anna Wintour in Cutler’s The September Issue.

RC: The first time I met her she said “go away.” The second time we met she yelled at me about how rude my sound guys were at the Chanel couture show. You’ll see if I won her over.

WL’SFAVFLICKPICKS THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE Because we are jealous that we’re not putting seven fashion shoots in WL’s September issue! SOULPOWER Enter the world of 1974 with the help of amazing concert footage of James Brown, Bill Withers, BB King, and the Spinners.

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HUNTINGDOWNMEMORY One day a traveler named “Wind” loses all his memory and has to start over.We can relate - it’s just like creating a magazine every month. THENINELIVESOFMARIONBARRY It reminded us how

far we have come as a city. Go D.C.! CONVENTION Hey, we’re from Washington, how could we not love a film about a 2008 presidential convention?

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Summer’s International Melange British elegance, the gift of music, and a global fight to cure cancer BY GAIL SCOTT

EMBASSY ROW GLITTERS Anyone who thinks major embassy dinners are a relic of a bygone era should have been at the British Embassy on June 1st when Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald fêted Librarian of Congress James H. Billington on his 80th birthday along with such stellar and eclectic guests as Justice Samuel Alito, Donald Graham, Marta Istomin, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and the Russian, French, and Danish ambassadors. Former Rep. Jim Leach (whose nomination as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities was announced the following day) joined Sir Nigel in praising the honoree’s many outstanding qualities and achievements (Rhodes scholar, Harvard and Princeton history professor, author of numerous books on Russia), and most especially his 22year tenure at the library, where he has overseen the placement of more than eight million items online that are free-ofcharge to users. Other recent allstar evenings hosted by the British include the launch of HBO’s Into The Storm, with Irishman Brendan Gleeson playing Sir Winston Churchill. In attendance: the legendary prime minister’s granddaughter, the Hon. Edwina Sandys Kaplan, who praised the production – but with one exception. “My grandfather never wore PJ’s,” she told guests,“he always wore a white nightshirt.” In mid-June, heralding the Royal Ballet’s week-long Kennedy Center engagement, the Brits once again gathered social and media luminaries to celebrate the company’s dancers, including departing American star Alexandra Ansanelli. MUSIC FOR ALL THE AMERICAS Hilda Brillembourg’s Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ first North American Summer

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Tour is stopping in Washington, Aug. 6-8. New partnerships with the D.C.Youth Orchestra and the OAS were celebrated at a kick-off luncheon given by Isabel and Ricardo Ernst. As Brillembourg will tell you, YOA was a dream collaboration of

different countries, will perform in New England and Canada before coming here to Strathmore, THEArc, the OAS, and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

GLOBAL RACE Former protocol chief Nancy Brinker, the World Health Organization’s newly-appointed goodwill ambassador for cancer control, is carrying the torch to 200 countries for the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure, now officially the Global Race for the Cure, to highlight the need for early breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Survivors from 18 countries were among 45,000 participants on the Mall for the early morning run/walk on June 6, which raised $4.3 million. Dr. Jill Biden, long-time advocate for breast health education, was there with Vice President Above: The Hon. Edwina Sandys Kaplan poses with Joe Biden and their family. HRH Crown Prince Brendan Gleeson, who Alexander II and his wife, Crown Princess portrays her grandfather, Katherine of Serbia, came to address the high Sir Winston Churchill, in a recent HBO film. (Photo incidence of the disease – the worst in Europe – in by Gail Scott) Left: Lady their country.“There are no borders in suffering,” Sheinwald presides as James Billington blows out Crown Prince Alexander told the crowd. A candles on his cake. (Photo record 42 embassy teams included first-time entry by Ralph Alswang) Bahrain with Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Saudi Boston’s New England Conservatory and Vision, Arabia with 39 teammates including babies, and Inc., the supporting organization she and her South African Ambassador Welile Nhlapo and his husband Arturo founded. wife, Sissy, too. If only the Opera Ball hadn’t been “Wherever YOA goes, we change lives,” the the night before, more top envoys might have powerful Venezuelan-born, Georgetown-based changed their dancing pumps for running shoes. financier promises. “We have given eight million It’s been more than 27 years since Brinker children the incredible gift of music since 2001.” founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation to The original inspiration for YOA, Brillembourg fulfill a promise to her sister, who died of breast says, came from José Antonio Abreu’s national cancer at 36. “Without a cure, in the next 25 youth orchestra system in Venezuela. years, an estimated 11 million will die from Today, its guest artists include Plácido the disease worldwide,” the former ambassador Domingo (artistic advisor), cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Hungary warned. “That’s more than AIDS, (played at a 2002 Wolf Trap performance) and tuberculosis, and malaria combined.” Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriela Montero (a dazzling Inaugural string quartet member). This summer, Readers wishing to get in touch with Gail Scott can 75 YOA musicians, aged 18-28 and from 21 email: columns@washingtonlife.com

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ARRIVIDERCI: Friends gathered at two recent parties to bid farewell to popular Italian diplomat Luca Ferrari and his wife, Mariachiara, who are leaving their second Washington tour of duty for a new post in Madrid. NUMEROUNO: A lively gathering hosted by Isabel and Ricardo Ernst where the departing guests of honor (who also included Michele Morales and Deppie and Nikos Zaimis) were required to sing and dance for their supper. NUMERODUE: The Ferrariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own festa was memorable as well, not only for the wonderful food and salsa band (playing in the garden of the old Dillon Ripley mansion), but for a special Congressional tribute to Mr. Ferrari delivered by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.)

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GLOBALDIPLOMACYMATERIALIZESFROMDECENTRALIZEDSOCIALMEDIA BY MARK DRAPEAU

n his best-selling book The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman notes fundamental changes at the intersection of emerging technology and human behavior that have enabled massive 21st century globalization. Among them are collaborative Web technologies, the ability to discover an abundance of information, and personal digital devices like iPods and BlackBerries. The surfacing of such inventions has led to changes not only in running businesses, but also in organizing movements. As billions saw last year, a relatively new junior senator from Illinois rose to become the leader of the free world. But in a flat world, you don’t need to be a senator to lead a tribe, and you don’t need to be powerful to become a household name. America popularized Madonna, Oprah, and Tiger, but now we are seeing the development of a new brand of single-named celebrities whose local actions result in a global impact. Through free technologies like YouTube and

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Twitter, a decade’s worth of innovation within the U.S. information technology sector has given the world Neda, an Iranian woman who has come to represent the struggle for non-violent change for the people of her nation. Like President Obama, few people in the world had heard of Neda two years ago, but nevertheless, like our president, she has emerged as the symbol of a movement. In the middle of recent massive protests over election results – believed by some to be manipulated by parties loyal to incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Neda Agha-Soltan’s fatal June 20th shooting became a rallying cry. “Neda” has become synonymous with the protest movement, not only in the physical world but also in the virtual one, as she and the events surrounding her were among the most popular topics discussed on the Internet in June. People have inspired protest movements before, but what has recently shifted in society

is the rapidity with which the world receives information, evidenced in the near immediate spread of the news of Neda’s death. Internet tools like Flickr and Facebook, developed half a world away, brought her tragedy into every household willing to look. Localized minorities and suppressed majorities can now develop global support because, unlike in the physical world, virtual protest supplements have low transaction costs due to simple, free technologies enabling simultaneous reading, writing, and publishing. One person can become very powerful with a single mobile phone, and social tools like Twitter amplify their textual and visual messages. Through the process of “retweeting,” in which messages are iteratively repeated, information about celebrity deaths, natural disasters, and election protests spreads exponentially across national and cultural borders, where it is viewed, debated, and commented on – and then shared again.

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Why is Twitter seemingly taking the world spreading propaganda and even arresting the tradition of strong new media leadership by storm just now, despite being founded in people who tweet against authority. But it’s continues in Foggy Bottom with the addition 2006? To some degree, this is a question of not clear who in the government is in charge of Alec Ross as senior advisor for innovation to network science. As a network grows, the of monitoring and influencing this world of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and people number of “soft connections” (acquaintances information-sharing. While the Pentagon like Jack Holt, senior strategist for emerging of interest, talked to infrequently yet still recently set up a “cyber command” for waging media at the Department of Defense. One major issue of discussion within the occasionally important) grows as well. More digital warfare against unconventional enemies, people participating results in more powerful and the GovTwit directory lists over 1,500 federal government is how to harness new people associated with the government using media technologies to communicate with the information proliferation. Noted scholar Andrew McAfee has Twitter, a recent report from the National world’s diverse peoples. Decades ago, we created written that Twitter’s popularity is not due to Defense University points out that policies Radio Free Europe for a similar purpose, and the invention of a game-changing technology, governing use of such communications to this day it provides independent information to countries where non-state but rather to the aggregation of media is generally limited and many valuable behavioral actions: information flows are stifled. Users can tweet short bursts of information from the Web, text demonstrations in Iran are not the first time Twitter In an era of nearly ubiquitous phones, is the new social messages, or special programs, and other social technologies have been used to mobile technology movement a sign that give credit for good ideas, add globally spread information about local events, the U.S. government should found links to outside information, and support a formal “Digital Free create categories of data, and share offering real-time news-ready bits and bytes.” Europe” for countries like Iran, information with many people not China, Georgia, Pakistan, Cuba, necessarily known to the author. The post-election demonstrations in Iran technologies for work purposes are often and Venezuela? Thinking more broadly about the impact of are not the first time Twitter and other social somewhat murky. Nevertheless, the vibrant Washington social media on the operations of government technologies have been used to globally spread information about local events, offering real- technology community employs more people and society, try to imagine this: What would time news-ready bits and bytes. Much like the than anywhere else in the country. Peter Corbett, Americans have done with current social events in Iran, the Russia-Georgia conflict, the CEO of iStrategyLabs in Dupont Circle, technologies during the Bush vs. Gore terror attacks in Mumbai, the Israeli incursion commented, “We’ve seen that relatively large controversy on election day November 7, into Gaza, and election protests in Moldova events like Twin Tech, Government 2.0 Camp, 2000 and the uproar that followed? In the end, simultaneously unfolded in both the physical and the upcoming Gov 2.0 Summit that bring things may have turned out exactly the same, and virtual worlds. This complicates things together social technology-savvy individuals or remarkably different – it’s impossible to say. for leaders in other countries, particularly for a short period of time actually generate What is certain is that if we had our current oppressive, closed regimes, where there seems irreversible long term change. In the same way, tools then, the process by which we reached a to be an all-or-nothing proposition with regard connections made possible by social technology national conclusion would have been starkly during the Iranian election demonstrations will different. And so it goes for Iran in 2009. to cracking down on social media tools. For the State Department and other U.S. persist and change the shape of Iran, with much government operations, figuring out how more important implications.” POPULAR WASHINGTONIANS There are excellent senior leaders in social media amplifies local issues into global ON TWITTER ones requires more than knowing how to Washington bridging the gap between the blog. Even as mainstream media sources had technology and government communities. John McCain @SenJohnMcCain difficulties reporting from Tehran, the State Colleen Graffy, former deputy assistant secretary George Stephanopoulos @GStephanopoulos Department was successfully reaching out for public diplomacy at the State Department, Scott Simon @NPRScottSimon to Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey to delay used Twitter to network with Washingtonians David Gregory @DavidGregory scheduled maintenance of the site that would (I first met her at a “tweet-up” - a gathering Ana Marie Cox @AnaMarieCox have prevented anyone from sending tweets organized entirely via Twitter) while preparing Joe Trippi @JoeTrippi to utilize social media on a global tour. And anywhere in the world. John Dickerson @jdickerson In the “wild west” of social media, low despite U.S. domestic criticisms, mainstream Newt Gingrich @NewtGingrich barriers to entry, lack of user authentication, media abroad found that by following Graffy’s unlimited personal accounts, and lack of thoughts in a virtual space, they felt closer to (Source: Twitterholic.com) penalties for misuse lead to fake accounts her when they met her in a physical one. Now,

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THEKIDSAREALLRIGHT Actor, advocate, and author JULIANNEMOORE speaks her mind on Save the Children, Freckleface Strawberry, and why children shouldn’t act WASHINGTONLIFE We love diplomats in Washington! How did you come to be the Save the Children’s ambassador for the U.S.? JULIANNEMOORE I was in New York at a Save the Children event, and being a mother of two and a children’s book author, I was immediately influenced by what the organization stood for. I decided to get involved.

I’m going out on a limb and guessing that you are Freckleface Strawberry? JMYes! That was the nickname other kids gave me when I was in school in the Midwest.

some of your favorite things to do here? JM I have family in St. Michaels, Md. so when I’m in town, I tend to be either on the Hill or spending time on the Eastern Shore. WL Do you think Sasha and Malia Obama might be reading your books? JM I hope so. You know Michelle Obama’s children are the same age as mine. I’m sure she shares the same belief as I do in the importance of having equality in the school system.

WLWhat is the most rewarding part of being an ambassador? JM Knowing that we’ve worked to improve school systems. Save the Children goes where states don’t have the tax dollars for medical programs and tuition, clean schools, and after-school programs. All of these are things that children need. I think that a lot of us in wealthier communities take them for granted. WL Your and Mark Shriver’s names were on a recent Save the Children report claiming only seven states are prepared to protect children during disasters.That’s a sobering thought. JM The last ten years have been a disaster decade and children have watched or experienced this. We looked at the economic ramifications through a child’s eyes. If his or her family is kicked out of their home because of 12 feet of water or 12 feet of debt, it’s traumatic.We crafted a five-point plan, one point being that we want a new Office of Children’s Advocacy – or a Kid’s Desk – at FEMA. WLYour second children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully just came out.

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WL Does your advocacy work and your work as an author affect your acting career? JM Not really, I mean it affects me as a person, but not as an actor. I’m able to keep them separate.

Julianne Moore (above) recently published her second “Freckleface Strawberry” children’s book. She was in Washington promoting it and her work with Save the Children.

WL How traumatic! Is this what the books are about? JMKind of, yes. They’re about when children start to notice their appearance. The moral being that people should accept and embrace how they look. WL Well, you give the appearance of being very civic-minded. Are there other causes you support? JM I’ve lobbied Congress on of behalf tuberous sclerosis complex [a genetic disorder that causes tumors in many different organs]. WL So, you are in Washington a lot? What are

WL Do you have a favorite child actor? JM No, I don’t think children should act at all!

WLLet children be children, right? JMYes, exactly. WL You are currently working on a film entitled The Kids Are Alright with Mark Ruffalo and Annette Bening. Coincidence? I think not! JM (Laughs) Not quite. It’s a comedy. WL What can our readers do to get involved with Save the Children? JMIt’s really convenient to sponsor a child on Save The Children’s website. A lot of people don’t know that you can help children right here, but you can.

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Ten reasons why you can get the work life you want (especially in a recession) B Y C L A I R E S H I P M A N A N D K AT T Y K AY

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Multiple studies from such organizations as Catalyst, Pepperdine University, Columbia University, and Goldman Sachs have dug in to data at companies around the world and have reached the same compelling conclusion: the more senior women there are at a company, the more money it makes – on all measures. That’s the kind of math bosses pay attention to.

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Women also happen to control 83 percent of all consumer purchases. Companies now understand they need us to figure out how to market to us.

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Women are better educated – earning more college and graduate degrees – at a time when a huge shortage of professional talent looms. Womenonomics, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, is a groundbreaking new study of women in the workplace. Photos by Marissa Rauch (above) and Tony Powell (left).

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Finally, the world of work is recognizing the obvious: women are not men. We manage differently. And indeed, our natural management skills, once seen as “soft,” are now much in demand. Collaboration, caution, consensus – those right brain skills are very 21st century.

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Points one through four mean you have much more power in the workplace than you ever thought – not that your boss would ever let you know! Companies realize they can’t afford the febrain drain that’s been hitting them for the last 10 years. Letting us walk out the door can mean replacement costs of up to 500 percent.

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You are not alone if you are looking for more flexibility on the job. Most working

women say they would trade money for time, or control.

percent. Check out Capitol One, Best Buy, and divisions of Wal-Mart.

You can’t work happily according to someone else’s definition of success. Stop and think about whether the next rung on the ladder is really worth it right now. Maybe you don’t want to be there at all. And take heart, modern companies are abandoning the ladder, creating careers that move in waves, positions that offer the opportunity to dial up and dial down as life dictates. Just talk to women at Deloitte and Touche, Marriott, or PepsiCo.

The downturn is making many companies more flexible. Creative bosses are looking for ways to reward employees that don’t involve cash and may be happy to offer time, flexibility, or alternative work schedules to keep valuable talent. The key question is “Are you doing your job, and doing it well?”

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Claire Shipman is senior national correspondent for ABC News’ Good Morning America. Katty Kay covers American politics and society for the BBC. They are the co-authors of Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success.

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Companies offering significant flexibility and freedom to their employees – measuring results instead of time in a chair – have seen productivity increases of up to 40

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The overwhelming reason women don’t get what we want? We don’t ask.

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LESSON LEARNED Authors Ka y Kay and Claire Shipman celebrated the release of their newly-penned Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success at an outdoor reception hosted by Susannah Shipman, Virginia Shore and Tom Hardart, and Tia Cudahy. The book encourages women to strive for their own individual balance between home and the workplace in today’s fast-paced society. THE STUDENTSHarold Ickes, Nancy Enderby, Tobin McGregor, France Bognon, Amanda Downes, Courtney O’Donnell, Mark Whitaker, Hilary Rosen, and Ali Wentworth.

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here hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been this much buzz about any person living or dead? a roman-Ă -clef set in Washington since JANE HITCHCOCK Alan Druryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advise and Consent hit the [Laughs]. My characters are bestseller lists 40 years ago. Now Jane Stanton all creations of my imagination. I do hope Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortal Friends has le tout Washington they bear a resemblance to people who are Center that fall through, and get caught up in vying to decipher the true-to-life identities interesting to others. In general, novelists pick a Congressional tax inquiry. They even have of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;irritatingly smug philanthropist,â&#x20AC;? an out characters, incidents, and places that obsess the same initials. â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;ageless rake with military bearing â&#x20AC;Ś and a them and provide a connection to their inner JH A character is a character â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dark side,â&#x20AC;? and other memorable monsters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; life. Does Merdle in Little Dorritt resemble to say that people in New York, California, and one of whom may well be a serial killer. someone in Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time? Probably all over the globe havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reneged on pledges The author has no equal when it quite famously or have foundations comes to putting the social scene under that give awards. â&#x20AC;Ś If I wanted to a microscope, and then dissecting it. A write a non-fiction book I would witty novelist, hostess, Jacqueline Onassis have. the evening was mainly Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protĂŠgĂŠ, and media wife (she is the spouse of Washington Post syndicated columnist A-list, meaning that nearly every man there WL Do you feel a close personal Jim Hoagland), Hitchcock knows from connection to your protagonist, was older, married, world-weary, long experience that the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital Reven Lynch? and political â&#x20AC;&#x201C; definitely not the crowd in JH Let me make a blanket statement: is a veritable Petri dish where ambitious players fester and swirl. They may plot I am all of my characters. which to find a fun boyfriend.â&#x20AC;? their way to power and riches, but â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Excerpt from Mortal Friends only get to keep them by negotiating a WL Why did you make Reven an minefield of political intrigue, strategic antiques dealer? alliances, and relentless climbing, to say JH I love rummaging around in nothing of money grubbing, backstabbing and yes. I write about real people, not aliens or Georgetown antiques stores and was inspired betrayal. Read Mortal Friends if you like mystery vampires â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although I may give them a shot, by a few of the owners, including Deborah and intrigue. Read it if you enjoy seeing rather too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; considering thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what sells these days! Gore Dean and John Rosselli. Revenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nasty characters get whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming to them. character was also a way to bridge the gap Above all, read it as a cautionary tale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; because WL One of your leading ladies, Cynthia between social Washington and those on its this is how Washington society really works. Rinehart, bears more than a certain fringes. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-Listâ&#x20AC;? but knows resemblance to well-known philanthropist here. all the people who are. WASHINGTONLIFEWill you swear that your They both have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;achievementâ&#x20AC;? foundation, characters bear no resemblance whatsoever to make $100 million pledges to the Kennedy WL You set many of your scenes inside

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carefully depicted residential settings. JHYou can tell more how a person lives by the way their house is decorated than their résumé.

WL I’ve heard tales of powerful government

CO L UDT I BE…?

at local haunts: the Kennedy Center, Folger Library, British Embassy, Café Milano … JH In Washington, more business gets done at parties than in Congress. Behind-the-scenes alliances are formed; discord is sown.

officials who get incensed because they weren’t invited to a dinner. JHHell hath no fury like the uninvited guest. That’s especially true in Washington because social life here is much more consequential than anywhere else. Feuds and friendships forged here can affect national and even global policy. …. A war could get started over a dinner table!

WL Any

examples from your own

WL How has the capital changed since you

Sen. Zachard Grider..................... Sen. Charles Grassley

experience? JH I attended a dinner one night where a senator had a brutal confrontation with a Cabinet secretary – who left abruptly. Four prominent journalists were there but no one broke it as a story because of national security. It was a private party and therefore off the record. That’s when I realized that social life may look like furs, jewels, and parties, but it’s really gas masks, helmets, and guns.

moved here? JH It was much more provincial when I arrived in 1996. It was the twilight of the great Georgetown hostesses who ruled social life. The political types didn’t commute as much as they do now. Then people got much younger. Big money came in and intertwined with power.

Gay Harding ................................ Katharine Graham

WL You also include a lot of party scenes

Here’s a not-at-all-definitive list to help figure out who the characters might possibly be in Mortal Friends Carmen Appleton ........................ Carolyn Peachey Braden Boyd................................ Boyden Gray Ken Corwin ................................ Kevin Chaffee Joy Croft...................................... Carol Joynt Lon and Greta Dalton .................. Leo and Grega Daly

Jane Stanton Hitchcock at home with her beloved Chloe. (Photo by James R. Brantley)

Melody Hartford ......................... Holidae Hayes Barkley and Corinna Huff ........... Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn Jed Jimson ................................... Jim Johnson Reven Lynch ............................... Jane Hitchcock/ Deborah Gore Dean Roland and Peggy Myers ............. Vernon and Ann Jordan

WL Does money count a lot more than it

Kyle Michaels .............................. Michael Kaiser

once did in Washington? JH It counted more, then it counted less – after the stock market crash. The Federal government is now acting more like a business, so in that sense, yes. Power may be on the upsurge again.

Lady (Constance) Morley............. Lady (Catherine) Meyer/ Lady (Catherine) Manning

WL You are pretty hard on arrivistes. JH I remember hearing someone saying on

Polly Prichard .............................. Polly Fritchey

TV that she should get the best seats because she gave the most money. Everyone knows that’s true, but why rub it in their face? I mean, have a little grace.

Cynthia Rinehart ........................ Catherine Reynolds

WLHas there been a ‘fashion revolution’ here? JH Credentials used to be more important

Aramita Upton ............................ Amanda Downes

than clothes.Women were considered frivolous if they dressed fashionably. Then, suddenly it was OK for women to dress well. Now Mrs. Obama is the epitome of the cutting edge.

Bob Poll ...................................... Jim Kimsey/ Joe Robert Senator Pomador ......................... Ted Stevens Rutledge Price ............................ Earl A. “Rusty” Powell

Molly Raft................................... Polly Kraft

Nouria Salaha .............................. Rima Al-Sabah Jean Herrend Sanders................... Rep. Jane Harmon Leonard Slobodkin ...................... Leonard Slatkin

John and Tessa Winston ................ George and Liz Stevens

JH“Old ex-wives never die, they just fade away.” WL I remember the just-divorced wife of a

WL It is still rather outré to wear fantastic designer

gowns and major jewelry in public here. JH Remember, “chic” and “showy” are two different things. WLYou focus on the plight of the cast-aside

Washington spouse in your novel, in effect saying they are forgotten but not gone.

senator who continued accepting invitations to parties that were still being sent to the both of them. It was so embarrassing. People didn’t know what to say. Finally the invitations dried up and she disappeared. JH Eventually they make new lives for themselves, usually somewhere else – unless they become secretary of state!

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RECEPTION FOR JULIANNE MOORE Actor, Save the Children ambassador, and author JULIANNEMOORE (center) with RANDI WEINGARTEN and HILARYROSEN at a party at Art and Soul to celebrate Moore’s new children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. / JONATHANCAPEHART, COURNEYO’DONNELL, and MARC ADELMAN. (Photos by Kyle Samperton) Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, $16.99

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LAUNCHING A WAR OF NECESSITY Co-hostSUSANBLUMENTHAL, actress JANESEYMOUR, andBOBBISMITH. / JIMKIMSEY with War of Necessity author RICHARDHAASS at the reception hosted in honor of his new book (Photos by Tony Powell) Simon & Schuster, $27

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DIFFERENT SAMES BOOK & ART LAUNCH Hostess MIRELLALEVINAS, book editor HOSSEINAMIRSADEGHI, and FARIBA JAHANBANI/SAEEDMAREFAT, FRED BAHRAMI, and GEORGEGUNDESat the launch of Different Sames: New Perspectives in Iranian Art. (Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke) Transglobe Publishing LTD, $85

RENEGADE RECEPTION GEOFFTRACY NORAHO’DONNELL  andSIRNIGELSHEINWALDat the party to celebrate Renegade: The Making of a President, at the British Embassy residence. / Author RICHARDWOLFFE signs copies of his book. (Photos by Carrie Dorean Photography) Crown, $26

PEN/FAULKNER AND EAT, PRAY, LOVE TIMROONEY and JACKDAVIES / Eat, Pray, Love author ELIZABETHGILBERT with host LUDMILACAFRTIZ at a PEN/ Faulkner sponsored-reception. (Photos by Kyle Samperton) Penguin, $15

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orld’s largest mall! World’s only 7-star hotel! World’s tallest building! It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the over-the-top architecture and attractions in Dubai, but underneath all the glitter there is a thriving, authentic culture. Make sure you seek out both to get a full sampling of the surprises this international hotspot has to offer. Here are a few Dubai’s “can’t miss” attractions. STAYINTHELAPOFLUXURY High-end resorts abound here, and your hardest decision may simply be where to stay. The Madinat Jumeirah is located right on the water and has three hotels, all with Arabian accents and charm: the Mina A’Salam;,Al Qasr, and the Dar Al Masyaf. Along with deluxe rooms and numerous dining options, the Madinat Jumeirah has breathtaking views of the Burj Al Arab (pictured), the sailshaped hotel that has become an iconic image of Dubai. A waterway with abras (water taxis) permits quick navigation of the sprawling complex, which includes it’s own souk. Another perk of staying here is that you can request a tour of the Burj Al Arab (which is not open to the general public). One of the most buzzed-about recent openings in Dubai is Atlantis, The Palm, built at the top of the new man-made Palm Island. The resort includes a waterpark, high-end spa, and the Dolphin Bay habitat, where you can swim with the dolphins for a fee. Madinat Jumeirah: www.jumeirah.com; Atlantis, The Palm: www.atlantisthepalm.com.


GOTOEXTREMESDubai is an architect’s dream vacation, but the sights are just as amazing for anyone who appreciates good design. Spend a day driving around to some of the unique sites, including the Burj Dubai (the world’s tallest building and future home of the Armani Hotel), the Burj Al Arab, and the Palm Island. EXPLORETHECREEKA trip to the city is not complete without exploring the creek area, one of the few authentic parts of Dubai. Dhows (wooden sailing vessels) still arrive daily from Asia and you can watch them unload refrigerators, televisions, and other goods. Make sure to take an abra ride while you are there. It’s a little hectic as you hop on the crowded boats, but for a small fee you can travel the waterways and jump off on the other side of the creek to explore the souks (traditional Arabian markets). While many sell cheap T-shirts and imitation designer bags, there are hidden gems to be found. Don’t forget to hit the Deira covered souk and the spice and gold souks. Be ready to haggle with vendors for a good price on pashminas and other souvenirs.

CULTURALCUES Dubai is a very cosmopolitan city, but it’s important to keep in mind that the UAE is a Muslim country. While women don’t need to be covered from head to toe, it is advisable to dress conservatively during the day. The nightlife dress code is very similar to Western countries, but remember there are certain holidays or special occasions when the sheikh will declare a “dry night.” If that case, just ask the bartender for the mocktail list and enjoy one of the delicious fake cocktails on nights when you can’t have the real thing.

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floor surrounded by a suspended catwalk and an outdoor lounge with Majlis tents. 360˚: www. jumeirah.com; Sanctuary: www.atlantisthepalm.com.

HEADTOTHEDESERT Dubai is a metropolitan city, so make sure you leave time in your travel plans for a trip to the desert to see more of what the UAE has to offer.The desert safaris offered by local tour companies are a very popular choice and they all include dune bashing (not for the weak of heart), falconry, camel rides, and a buffet with live music and belly dancing. If you have a few days to spare, make reservations at a desert oasis resort. One of the best known is the Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, located 45 minutes from downtown Dubai.The resort offers a relaxing getaway with lots of high-end amenities, including an infinity pool, rooftop bar with sunset views of the desert, and an authentic Emirati restaurant. Desert safari: www.arabian-adventures.com; Bab Al Shams: www.jumeirah.com.

FINE DINING Foodies certainly won’t be disappointed since each resort tries to outdo the other with new offerings and celebrity chefs. Try Pierchic at the Madinat Jumeirah

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for delicious seafood in a spectacular location. Located at the end of a long wooden pier, the restaurant has unobstructed views of the Burj Al Arab. Pierchic: www.jumeirah.com SHOPYOURHEARTOUTVersace. Dolce & Gabbana. Forever 21? From haute couture to American mall favorites, Dubai has retail choices for everyone. Add in the fact that all shopping is tax-free and you’re in a shopoholic’s paradise.There are over 50 shopping centers in the area, but the recently opened Dubai Mall claims to be the world’s largest. It’s located downtown next to the Burj Dubai and when fully operational will have over 1,200 stores. www.thedubaimall.com

HITTHESLOPESIf you’re a skier, no trip to Dubai would be complete without a stop at Ski Dubai. Housed inside the Dubai Emirates Mall, Ski Dubai lets you ski while listening to pop tunes by the likes of Kelly Clarkson.Though you probably won’t be challenged by the difficulty of the runs, it’s well worth the experience just to say you snow skied in the desert. Snowsuits, boots, and gear are included in your entry fee. www.skidxb.com

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A NIGHT ON THE TOWN If you want to sample swanky Dubai nightlife – and there is plenty to sample – plan accordingly. Drinking is only allowed in hotels, so stick to one area of town or you will spend the evening criss-crossing the city in a cab to hit the bars and nightclubs located inside the numerous resorts spread across Dubai. One can’t-miss lounge is 360˚, located at the end of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel pier. Smoke sheesha and sip cocktails on the low chaise lounges while taking in the spectacular view of Dubai after dark. One of the newest hotspots is Sanctuary, at Atlantis,The Palm. Created by the founder of the iconic Buddha Bar, the nightclub features a dance

Clockwise from above: The busy Sheikh Zayed Road is the main artery of the city; the rooftop bar Al Sarab at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort; the Deira side of the bustling creek area where locals jump on and off abras; a vendor at the spice souk.


LUXURY TRAVEL | ASIA’SHOTELS

ASIA’S LUXURY STAYS

In a region know for service and attention to detail, these properties stand as the best of the best BY MICHAEL M. CLEMENTS

Left to right: The Park Hyatt’s New York Grill serves up sweeping views of Shinjuku and a delicious array of prime quality Japanese and imported beef, the hotel’s spa combines experience showers with multiple temperature therapeutic pools; the Presidential Suite’s amenities include a baby grand piano.

PARKHYATTTOKYO Jazz meets cutting-edge modernism EXEC BRIEF  Towering over the modern business and entertainment district of Shinjuku, the Park Hyatt Hotel epitomizes modern luxury in a city renowned for impeccable service and edgy style.The themes are simple and woven with precision throughout the 52-story Shinjuku Park Tower: jazz music, Italian food, and New York. This is an A-list haunt with a contemporary vibe that was forever immortalized as the backdrop of Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning love story Lost in Translation. And what a place to get lost! ROOMS My deluxe suite (US $645) came with as-far-as-the-eye-can-see views of the expansive Tokyo skyline. The sea foam and black lacquer colors were a refreshing respite from the usual tan and wood hotel motifs. A flat screen TV, fully stocked mini-bar, luxury sauna bathtub, and requisite Japanese high-tech toilet – completely remote controlled – rounded out the amenities. Internet was free, and while neither the wireless nor Ethernet connection

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worked in my room, a fast-arriving team soon remedied it. Service was impeccable. SPA The Club on the Park is an expensive spa, sauna, and relaxation space included at an additional charge (US $45). You could easily spend a full day within this über-pamper-me playpen.The men’s and women’s saunas have hot and cold baths, waterfalls, “experience” showers, steam and dry heat rooms, and a range of spa treatments (massages, calming or anti-aging facial, and the green stone mineral body treatment, just to name a few). The 45th floor gym has a lap pool accessible to all guests. Swim caps, goggles (a bit tight for Western noses), and sweeping urban vistas are all included. RESTAURANTS  The best steak you might ever eat waits for you on the hotel’s 52nd floor. The New York Grill specializes in preparing and serving prime quality Japanese and imported beef. Here, in the restaurant where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray first met on screen, you can move beyond Kobe to sample other succulent but lesser-known Japanese marbled steaks varieties such as the Yamagata Ribeye. The wine

cellar houses over 1,600 bottles and the in-house sommelier is always willing to suggest pairings. After dinner, stick around and enjoy world-class jazz and breathtaking night views. Do whatever it takes to book a window table. WLTAKE After one night here you’ll be lost in luxury bliss. The only drawback? The hotel is in a business district – nothing is within walking distance. Still, the urban wonderlands of Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuku are a mere five minutes away by taxi.

WHILEYOUARETHERE • Walk to Yoyogi park and the Meiji Jingu Shrine • See a Tokyo Giants baseball game at the nearby Tokyo Dome (Feb. to October) • Catch a DJ at Womb nightclub in Shinjuku • Go shopping in Omotesando


THEPENINSULABEIJING Modern Beijing Meets Last Emperor Opluence EXECBRIEF Beijingers are a no-nonsense lot less prone to flashiness than their Shanghai and Hong Kong brethren. If patient, you’ll find The Peninsula Beijing’s approach a refreshing change from Asia’s ample collection of pretentious five-star, overly-eager-to-please hotel destinations. ROOMS Two-level duplex suites (US $863 a night) with sweeping views of the city (when it’s clear) are recommended. Executive suites come with access to the Club Lounge – which includes complimentary breakfast, high tea, and evening cocktails. Free wireless Internet is a nice perk as are the daily fresh fruit bowl, tray of complimentary chocolates, and limitless supply of bottled water – a necessity here.

WHILEYOUARETHERE • Walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City • Check out the nightly Kung Fu performance at the Red Theater • Visit 789 – Beijing’s buzzing art district • Go to the great wall at Mutianyu and take the toboggan slide down

SERVICE  The Peninsula’s commitment to quality is noticeable from its iconic bellman to its fleet of Rolls-Royces. Staff remember your name and their genuine nature rings truer than in Tokyo or Hong Kong. Still, in the PRC, problems will occur. The concierge neglected to inform me that the Beijing-to-Hong Kong train required passengers to be at the station 90 minutes before departure. When I was not allowed to board and missed my train (which runs once a day), the hotel sent a driver to pick me up and provided a complimentary night’s stay and spa service.

SPA The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is a major highlight. Its Asian-inspired artwork, stone carved walls, and low lights transport you into a mystical world. The house specialty Jade Hot Stone massage (US $157) is an unforgettable spa experience. RESTAURANTS Huang Ting and Jing are top quality, but I suggest exploring the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene as well. WLTAKE The friendly and approachable nature of the staff make The Peninsula Beijing the top choice to enjoy China’s captivating capital. Left: Restaurant “Jing” serves Eastmeets-West cuisine, supported by a 1400bottle wine cellar. Below: A deluxe room mixes Beijing’s subtle design aesthetic with the Peninsula’s famous luxury.

Top: M Bar is one of ten bar/restaurants in the hotel and the perfect place for an after-dinner cocktail is at Pierre, which features one-star Michelin French cuisine from Pierre Gagnaire. Left: The deluxe suites feature ultra modern touches and dramatic views of the city or harbor.

MANDARINORIENTALHONGKONG Ease Into Ultimate Tai Pan Luxury EXECBRIEF You’ve arrived. Hong Kong is known for its luxurious accommodations, and the Mandarin is at the head of the class in this bustling metropolis.The property doesn’t miss a beat – from the completely renovated and modernized hotels rooms, to its ten different high-end restaurants and bars. Situated in central Hong Kong, the Mandarin offers the best of both worlds – iconic Hong Kong history and all the modern amenities you would expect of a five-star luxury hotel. ROOMS There are two different styles: the harbor view rooms in a more feminine blue and white “veranda” style, and the deluxe rooms with a more masculine leather, crimson and gold motif. Either way, the views are amazing.You won’t want to leave the luxurious settings with cool modern lighting systems, and glass-enclosed showers stocked with Parma products to explore Central Hong Kong. SPA The staff, one of Asia’s finest, offers aqua therapies, massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition advice,Ayurveda, and facials.The two-hour spa treatment tailored to individual needs is pure bliss. The gym incorporates a modern kinesis weightlifting system with multiple staff on hand to cater to your every whim.The men’s and women’s changing areas connect to separate relaxation and steam rooms with dry heat saunas, experience showers, and hot and cold saunas. RESTAURANTS Facilities range from the Man Wah “HK-style” restaurant, to the Captain Bar for jazz, a whiskey bar, and a private Krug Champagne chef’s table located deep within the kitchen. Pierre, the modern French restaurant, is known for the creative and avant-garde flair of chef Pierre Gagnaire. Dishes are small works of art, each combining a number of ingredients that when brought together surprise and challenge the palette. The wine list is extensive. M Bar is a weekend hot spot for Hong Kong’s jetset. WLTAKE Book the Oriental Suite (US $1,032 per night), ask for a massage by Ashanti, and prepare yourself for the gold standard of Asian luxury.

WHILEYOUARETHERE • Have cocktails at the nearby Armani bar and shop with the Tai-Tais at Landmark shopping galleria. • Go to The Peak for a bird’s eye view of one of the world’s most amazing urban landscapes. • Sample the nightlife at KEE Club.


LUXURY TRAVEL | ISRAEL

Jerusalem’s old city walls and the Dome of the Rock as seen from the Mount of Olives observation point near the golden onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene; Below, from left to right: Haifa’s breathtaking Baha’i Shrine and Gardens; Bathers love to test the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea; Pilgrims gather at the Western Wall to pray and leave personal messages within its cracks.

ISRAEL a perfect ten

DISCOVERING THE HISTORIC SITES, ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND CULINARY TRADITIONS OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY COUNTRY IS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING ITS PEOPLE AND THE CONFLICT THAT CONSTANTLY THREATENS TO ENGULF THEM BY KEVIN CHAFFEE

srael is relatively small, so it shouldn’t be too hard to include these carefully considered suggestions throughout a week-long stay. The tourist infrastructure is excellent – hotels and restaurants have dramatically improved in recent years – and it is quite easy to go everywhere by car on the excellent highway system. Despite varying degrees of tension and always-tight security measures (it’s not uncommon to see a fully-armed soldier standing guard at a McDonald’s), your trip here should not only be safe, but a pleasurable and memorable one, too.

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as a shock when visiting sacred sites in this holiest of Holy Land cities, so be prepared for huge crowds whenever you come. That said, no visit would be complete without touring the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, controlled by famously feuding Orthodox and Roman Catholic clergy. Close by is the Western (or “Wailing”) Wall where Jews mourn the destruction of the great temple which once stood on the site now occupied by the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque (now open only to Muslims). Close by are the Western Wall Tunnels and the Ramparts Walk where you can get a look at the city’s many gardens and courtyards. In the town’s newer part, visit the Knesset (parliament) and the Yad VaShem

Holocaust Museum, the world’s largest and most comprehensive memorial to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. TIP: Don’t miss the Mount of Olives Observation Point for a classic panoramic view of the Old City.

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This historic but somewhat faded property remains the top hotel in Jerusalem. (After all, most postwar U.S. presidents have stayed there.) A central location permits easy walks to the old city’s religious sites as well as restaurants and modern shopping areas. The rooms are nicely decorated in beige and cream but are not on a grand scale like the over-the-top, “ancient

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Mesopotamian”-style lobby. Garden and pool areas are a stunningly beautiful oasis of calm in the middle of a busy capital. Rates: $245-$645 per person, 23 King David St., Jerusalem 94101, Israel; 1800-223-7773; Reservations: T.KingDavid@danhotels. com; Website: www.danhotels.com.

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MASADA

No visit to Israel would be complete without a trek to the famed desert escape palace of King Herod the Great and the last stand of 960 Jewish rebels who committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Roman Army in AD 73. The astonishing flattop rock fortification rises 1,300 feet above sea level and is reached by a three-minute cable car ride, although heartier souls might like to climb the steep Snake Path (about 45 minutes). The 20-acre Masada (pronounced Metzada) site is well worth a lengthy tour of what remains of the palaces, bathhouses, and the ingenious cistern where rainwater was collected and stored. TIP: Go early. There is no shade whatsoever and the heat can be unbearable much of the year.

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THE DEAD SEA

After a morning at Masada, there will be plenty of time to visit the famed Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. A salinity level ten times higher than the ocean’s gives its waters extreme buoyancy and tourists love to take a dip (no more than 15 minutes is recommended) along with a de rigueur “100 percent natural mud” bath that may be more memorable for funny photos than promised “rejuvenation” effects. Try the relatively inexpensive Ein Gedi Spa (www.eingedi.co.il) where you can also enjoy a freshwater pool, massage, and lunch. TIP: Don’t leave the area without buying some of the amazing Ahava Dead Sea bath and beauty products.

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EIN GEDI KIBBUTZ AND BOTANICAL GARDEN

This Eden-like oasis in a valley near the Dead Sea is a perfect place to learn about the kibbutz

movement, which was inspired by the early Zionist concept of living by a work ethic that closely associated manual labor with spirituality. Visit the schools, meeting halls, and other communal buildings and tour the wonderful gardens containing nearly 1,000 desert and tropical plant species from five continents. TIP: Guest lodging is available for those wishing a longer stay ($160-$240 per night with full or half board). www.ngedi.com.

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by phone 1-927-4-835-8358, www.bahai.org.)

OLD JAFFA

Jaffa’s picturesque parks and maze of alleys with galleries and shops provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tel Aviv. The old town has become the “in” place to hang out in recent years, especially for people watching at the many top quality cafés and bars. If you’re staying at one of the big Tel Aviv hotels, consider walking at least one way down the lengthy beach (filled with frolicking bathers in the warmer months). TIP: Try Noa Bistro located near the famous flea market (which is also worth a look).

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BAHA’I SHRINE AND HANGING GARDENS, HAIFA

Definitely worth a detour to this otherwise notso-interesting port city, the Shrine of the Bab is the world center of the Baha’i faith and visitors are welcome in selected areas, including the golden domed mausoleum of founding father Mirza Husayn Ali, upper and lower terraces, and the 18 utterly amazing circular gardens extending for a half mile down the steep hillside. (Reserve guided tours three days in advance

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AKKO (ACRE)

This ancient walled city inside of a modern town is a rare mix of East and West, with temples, mosques, markets, churches, and castles requiring the better part of a day to properly visit. In the wonderful 12thcentury underground city, you’ll want to see the Crusader Vaults and Halls filled with giant marble columns and archaeological exhibits. TIP: Explore the Arab bazaar, then have lunch in one of the restaurants lining the old port.

DINING IN TEL AVIV

In a nation not generally known for fine cuisine, the capital’s many excellent restaurants are well worth sampling. My top three choices: Manta Ray, an open-air pavilion on the Almah Beach, specializes in simple, flavorful seafood and an ever-changing platter of small appetizers. ($40 per person, 1-972-3-517-4774); Messa’s nouvelle French food is served in stylish rooms with white-on-white décor, long white communal tables, and dramatic drapery throughout. Topranking chef Aviv Moshe’s specialties include coquilles Saint-Jacques, ravioli stuffed with shrimp, and smoked goose in cauliflower cream. ($60 per person, 19 Ha’arba’a St., reserve three days in advance, 1-972-3-685-6859): MulYam, a cutting-edge gourmet seafood spot in Tel Aviv port is famed for fresh oysters, crab soup velouté, and a visit by Madonna. ($60-$100 per person; 1-972-3-546-9920)

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MIZPE HAYAMIM (VIEWPOINT OF THE SEAS) RESORT

A perfect spot to wind down after battling the tourist hordes in Jerusalem, Israel’s only Relais & Château resort is nestled amid the hills of eastern Galilee and offers wonderful views of the Mediterranean and snow-capped Mount Hermon from all of its spacious rooms and suites.The excellent vegetarian restaurant features wonderful salads, fruits, and vegetables grown on site and fresh fish from nearby waters. Carnivores may dine on organic local meats in the adjacent Muscat restaurant. Activities apart from hiking the hills or wandering through the fragrant gardens are limited, so be sure to enjoy the pool and excellent spa treatments. TIP: Make sure to take a tour of the working farm. Rates: $365-525. P.O. Box 27, Rosh Pina 12000, Israel, 1-972-4-699-4555. sales@mizpe-hayamim.com.

From left: Jerusalem’s famed King David Hotel; the fortress of Masada, defended to the death by Jewish soldiers in AD 73; the gardens of the Mizpe Hayamin resort


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THE ALL SUITE, ALL-BALCONY SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER SETS HIGH STANDARDS FOR LUXURIOUS SUMMER CRUISING IN NORTHERN EUROPE BY KEVIN CHAFFEE

ransatlantic travel buffs are fiercely devoted to the long ocean passage. Cruising, they say, is merely an annoying interruption of a leisurely voyage (don’t even ask about the “ticky, tacky, tourist traps” along the way). As a seven-time ocean liner veteran who had “crossed” but never “cruised,” I boarded Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ (RSCC) Seven Seas Voyager in Copenhagen for a seven-night sail to five historic Baltic ports with some trepidation. Suffice it to say that I was completely won over by the superb accommodations and public rooms, friendly service, and thoughtful itineraries all along the way. ACCOMMODATIONS: With suites ranging from

356 to 1,403 square feet, all with ocean-view balconies, the Voyager leaves other ships in its wake. My mid-level (grade 8 out of 12) 370square-foot-“penthouse” had a sleeping area with a king-sized bed covered in high-quality linens; a sitting room with a full-sized settee, two chairs, and bar-cum-entertainment center (TV, DVD/ CD); and an enormous walk-in closet/dressing room. The huge all-marble bathroom was a nautical knockout with separate shower and tub, two basins, and Anichini toiletries. (Grade 8-12 suites include 24-hour butler service.) ACTIVITIES: On-board spa, beauty salon and

(rather tiny) gym, outdoor swimming pool, library, and the usual program of lectures, computer lessons, exercise classes, deck games, etc. FOOD: Four shipboard restaurants offer culinary

specialties that should please all but the most discriminating palates. Show up whenever you wish and sit with whomever you like in the main Compass Rose dining room, which serves an attractive, but not overly lengthy or ambitious “haute cuisine light” menu that a few (mostly U.S.) passengers found wanting in the portion department. I’d give it a solid B, with extra credit for the regional grilled seafood. The “Cordon Bleu” French and Asian restaurants (the latter now replaced by a steakhouse) got higher marks, although only one dinner in each may be reserved per voyage. Up top, the informal Veranda restaurant offers a buffet-style alternative, best for pre-tour meals-on-the run. ENTERTAINMENT: A perky troupe of young

entertainers did a surprisingly good job lifting the spirits of tour-weary passengers with themed shows devoted to jazz legends, ballroom dancing, Cole Porter, and the Beatles. Even more impressive: RSCC springing for a top-flight Russian folkloric show in St. Petersburg featuring a balalaika orchestra, singers, and dancers. ITINERARY: The cruise begins in either

Copenhagen or Stockholm (both of which must be explored on your own). One-day ports of call include Visby, the beautiful medieval town on the Swedish island of Gotland;Tallinn, Estonia (where the four-hour bike tour of the old town and scenic rural areas is recommended); and Helsinki, Finland (take a sailing trip of the harbor or the city

Top: Regent Lines’ Seven Seas Voyager. Length: 670 feet; Beam (width): 94 feet; Gross Tonnage: 46,000: Guest Decks: 9; Cruising Speed: 20 knots: Passengers: 700; Crew 447. Above: The spacious Penthouse suites include spacious sleeping and living areas, a balcony, and huge marble bath.

highlights tour, which includes a special Sibelius concert at the Finnish National Opera).The three days in St. Petersburg, Russia, are the highlight of the trip, so don’t miss excursions to the Hermitage (go at least twice), Winter Palace, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, and the Romanov tombs at the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul. Note: Be sure to get a Russian visa if you want to spend any time in the city apart from the organized tours. BOTTOM LINE: Pricing for July/August sailings

starts at $5,500 per person and includes roundtrip economy class airfare from 22 North American gateways, all gratuities, liquor, and (new this year) most shore excursions. Regent Seven Seas Cruises: 800-285-1835, www.TheRegentExperience.com.


LUXURY TRAVEL | POWERTRIPS

Jaunts to Kenya and Paris are just two examples of the hundreds of destinations that luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent can coordinate for clients. T ABERCROMBIE & KENT, INC., 1411 Opus Place, Executive Towers West II, Downers Grove, Ill., 800-554-7016, www.abercrombiekent.com. Flight Options offers urban dwellers an easy and flexible ticket to paradise without the hassle of public airports. Become a member of the JetPASS program and have access to a wide array of luxurious aircraft. W FLIGHT OPTIONS JetPASS membership ($100,000 deposit); Flight Options, 26180 Curtiss Wright Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio, 877-7032348, www.flightoptions.com. Loldaiga Hills, Kenya.

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verything you need for your very own firstclass power trip is closer than it may seem. These exotic toys and excursions are perfect ways to escape the city in style, whether you’re jetting off to a remote island or high-tailing it to the Shenandoah countryside. – Megan Buerger

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery that clings to a mountainside in Paro, Bhutan.

Remote Lands is a premier luxury bespoke travel firm focused exclusively on Asia. Catering to a highly selective clientele, it is the company to contact for your dream excursion. S REMOTE LANDS, INC. ($1,000 per person, per day); Remote Lands, 845 Third Ave., 6th floor, New York, N.Y., 646-415-8092, www.remotelands.com.

Head to the country on BMW’s R1200 GS Adventure. When it comes to crossing continents, this bike’s 105 HP and enhanced design make exploring on the edge a breeze.

Escape d ow n t ow n Washington’s sweltering heat and hit the high seas on a luxurious vessel like this 5800 Sovran Tiara yacht from the North Atlantic Marine Group.

T BMW R1200 GS Adventure motorcycle (approximately $16,750); Bob’s BMW, 10720 Guilford Rd., Jessup, Md., 301497-8949, ext. 501, www. bobsbmw.com.

X TIARA 5800 Sovran Tiara yacht (approximately $1.7 million); North Atlantic Marine Group, 570 Harbor Side St., Suite 101,Woodbridge,Va., 703491-0800, www.northatlanticmarine.com.

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BRIANORAKPO The 22-year-old native Texan just arrived in Washington as the Redskins’ 2009 firstround draft pick. Orakpo, who will play defensive end, had a stellar college career at the University of Texas. His six college football awards in 2008 alone include the Lombardi Award and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. All eyes will be on him this fall. QUICKSILVER yellow button-down ($59.50); South Moon Under, 10247 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., 301-564-0995, www. southmoonunder.com. TOMMYHILFIGER white and blue ‘85’ shorts ($68); Tommy Hilfiger, 3229 M St. NW, 202-333-9311, www.tommy.com.


RYANZIMMERMAN Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a first round draft pick for the Nats in 2005, and has proved a tremendous asset to the team, which signed him to a five-year, $45 million contract in April. This summer he played with other National League hotshots on the 2009 AllStar team, but he still finds time in his busy schedule to give back to the community. A cause near and dear to this University of Virginia alum is Multiple Sclerosis, a disease which afflicts his mother; he started the ziMS Foundation in 2008 dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. BOSSHUGOBOSS gray zip-front sweater ($135) and TOBOOTNEW YORK leather sandals in “cognac” ($167.90); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-363-2059, www.saksfifthavenue.com. VINEYARD VINES sailor’s red polo shirt ($62), blueprint nautical twill club pants ($115), and brown leather belt ($85); Vineyard Vines, 1225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202625-8463, www.vineyardvines.com. TOMMYHILFIGER white sunglasses ($118); Tommy Hilfiger, 3229 M St. NW, 202-333-9311, www.tommy.com. DIESEL rotolog watch ($233); South Moon Under, 10247 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., 301-564-0995, www.southmoonunder.com.


SANTINOQUARANTA A Baltimore native, Quaranta was only 16 when he was picked by D.C. United, making him one of the youngest players ever drafted by the MLS. Now 24, he returned to play for D.C. United in 2008 (after brief stints with the LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls), and is living in Baltimore once again with his wife and two young children. Quaranta joined the U.S. Men’s National Team to play in this summer’s Gold Cup tournament. VINEYARD VINES beach tartan whale shirt ($85) and green twill club shorts ($68); Vineyard Vines, 1225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-625-8463, www.vineyardvines. com. TOMMY HILFIGER yellow ribbon belt ($40); Tommy Hilfiger, 3229 M St. NW, 202-333-9311, www.tommy.com. HAVIANAS grey flip-flops ($22) and DIESEL olive watch ($132); South Moon Under, 10247 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., 301-5640995, www.southmoonunder.com.


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CARMEN MARC VALVO Starry Night bandeau swimsuit ($158); Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-338-9465, www. neimmanmarcus.com.

KATE SPADE “Yuda-Ida” shopper ($395); Nordstrom, 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean,Va., 703-761-1121, www. nordstrom.com.

ANTHROPOLOGIE Swinging Step bikini (top $118, bottom $108); Anthropologie, 3222 M St. NW, #M301, 202-3371363, www.anthropologie.com.

MARC JACOBS “MJ Logo Plaque” aviator sunglasses ($320); Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700, www.bloomingdales.com.

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Grey Goose and Sparkling Water INGREDIENTS 1 part Grey Goose vodka, Original, Le Citron, La Poire, or L’Orange 3 parts sparkling water DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients over ice in rocks glass with lime. Try creating variations by mixing with ruby red grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, or pomegranate juice, and garnish with crushed chipotle pepper, basil, cilantro, or vanilla.

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INGREDIENTS 2 parts Bacardi Silver ½ part Licor43 ½ part fresh lime juice 2 strawberries (muddled) 2 tablespoons agave nectar Garnish: half a strawberry

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DIRECTIONS Muddle strawberries with agave nectar and lime juice. Add ice, Bacardi, and Licor43. Shake and pour all contents into a Collins glass and garnish with a half strawberry.

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Bombay Sapphire Collins INGREDIENTS 2 Parts Bombay Sapphire gin Juice of ½ a lemon ¾ part simple syrup Club soda DIRECTIONS Pour the first three ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir well. Add more ice then top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Martini & Rossi sparkling rosÉ Try the latest summertime wine from Martini & Rossi. Available at Cork’N Bottle, 7421 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-829-3400.

INGREDIENTS 3 oz. Nude vodka ½ oz. raspberry schnapps Splash of simple syrup DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and pour into a martini glass. Add an optional single raspberry to garnish.

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Patrón Pomegranate INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Patrón Silver tequila ¼ oz. Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur Fresh pomegranate juice Lime squeeze DIRECTIONS Pour Patrón Silver and Patrón Citrónge over ice. Fill with pomegranate juice. Finish with a squeeze of lime.

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Eric Zinterhofer and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer at the Foundation for Art Preservation in Embassies Dinner. (Photo by Vijha Selmins)

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Out in Style The best in hats, helping the homeless, and a bold approach to spotting airborne human traffickers BY DONNA SHOR

PROPER TOPPERS When executive director Frank Aucella threw open the doors of Kalorama’s Woodrow Wilson House to welcome the throngs to the 21st “Perennial” Garden Party, crowned heads streamed through the doors. Crowned, in this case, with headgear ranging from boldly bizarre to the simply beautiful. Part of the fun at this cocktail-cum-tea party is judging the hats for oneself before the official ranking takes place. Imprudent fashionistas, stilettos sinking into the sod, watched as the winners paraded past in the multi-leveled garden. Among this year Best Hat Contest winners: For Vintage/ Traditional (Lady): Sassy Jacobs, (Gentleman): Gen. Samuel K. Lessey; Live Flower hats: Sarah Salomon and Dr. Damien Doyle; Show Stoppers: Betsy Santarlasci and Greg Muhlner ; Best Ensemble: Rhoda Septilici and John McEachern; with Honorable Mention to Foree Biddle. The handsome Georgian Revival mansion, once home to our 28th president, is filled with Wilson family memorabilia, and is a true “living textbook” of American history. ON THE QUIET Dynamic Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET, founder and CEO of Salamander Hospitality, and the first African American woman to be a partner in ownership of three professional sports teams, does everything on a grand scale, so it was a surprise to see her so actively involved with a small charity unknown

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to many Washingtonians. “Quietly effective” is the operative phrase for Calvary Women’s Service, which has been a turning point in women’s lives for the past 25 years. Among other programs it sponsors, the group

Top left: Honoree Sheila Johnson and Diane Rehm at the Calvary Women’s Service dinner. Top right: Alison Starling and Michel Martin, who was also honored. Above: French Ambassador Pierre Vimont with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Deborah Sigmund, and American Airlines stewardess Sandra Fiorini at the Innocents at Risk reception.

moves a homeless woman into a permanent living space every five days. At Calvary’s 8th annual Hope Awards Dinner, emceed by Alison Starling, Johnson and Michel Martin, the host of NPR’s Tell Me More, were honored for their energetic (and well-chosen) support of this outstanding effort.

SUPER SPORT The FedEx international Polo Classic in The Plains, Va., had everything going for it: splendid weather, a great buffet lunch, two redoubtable teams (U.S. and French), all taking place at the Chetwood Park Farm estate, whose owner, avid polo player Dr. Stephen Seager, is always a genial host. The Ambassador of France was the honorary patron, and Gina Adams, FedEx senior vice president for government affairs, was Polo Chairwoman, with Polo Committee Chairwoman Carole Randolph, and Tracey Ellis, who rounded up the gift bags. The afternoon benefited the National Rehabilitation Hospital, where Dr. Seager is a male fertility specialist. EYES IN THE SKIES At a reception hosted by French Ambassador Pierre Vimont to honor supporters of the antihuman trafficking group Innocents At Risk, the organization’s founder, Deborah Sigmund, announced “Blue Lightening,” an important new initiative. After realizing that airline personnel are in a unique position to spot suspicious activity by traffickers in control of their victims, Sigmund has expanded efforts to alert flight attendants and other crew members to possible warning signs. American Airlines supervising flight attendant Sandra Fiorini described the program in action and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, long a Congressional leader in fighting trafficking, praised the innovative concept, which has been approved by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs Border Control.

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Foree Biddle wears “The Indy 500”

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ARTSFORYOUTH Supporters of the Sitar Arts Center gathered for wine, Middle Eastern fare, and a program featuring gi+ed students who a'end a+er-school, weekend, and summer classes in the visual and performing arts center’s modern Kalorama facility. ONWITH THESHOW Ten young balletomanes showed their stuff on stage accompanied by a Washington Ballet company member, while others presented dramatic works or played musical instruments.

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Vivek Hati and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

SUPER SCHOLARS The city’s LGBT power set gathered at the stylish 14th Street showroom of interior designers Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams to raise over $30,000 for the Point Foundation National LGBT Scholarship Fund. Gold spoke about his book “Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America” and OPM chief John Berry, the highest-ranking openly gay federal employee, spoke about growing up in Maryland and never imagining he would one day occupy such high office. A number of Point scholars were there as well to speak of their goals and aspirations. BROWSING Andrew Barne , Jennifer Motruk-Loy, Eve O’Toole, Randy Shulman, Amanda McLernan, and Walter Brindell.

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DENYCE DINNER & DIPLOMAS Cocktails with le tout Washington in a sublime garden; dinner with primo wines; and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves singing Offenbach, Strauss, Saint-Saëns, and a memorable “Habenera” from Bizet’s Carmen before multiple encores of soulful spirituals. Who could ask for more? HERE’SMORE Capricia Marshall taking a bow as chief of protocol-designate and an up-fromthe-depths tale by Sasha Bruce graduate Anthony Ross that le+ nary a dry eye in sight. HATSOFFTO Chairwoman of the Board Liz Stevens, who proved she’s just as much of a star catcher and event mastermind as her husband, George.

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Denyce Graves enchants guests (Photo by James R. Brantley)

Tracy and Adam Bernstein

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Anthony Ross, Lady Sheinwald, and Deborah Shore

Elizabeth Drew, Diana Walker, and Bitsey Folger

Molly Raiser and Capricia Marshall

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STARRYNIGHTThe sprawling roo+op of Abdo Development’s Senate Square on I Street set the scene for a cozy summer evening’s party to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation – MidAtlantic. Women wore summer frocks, guests sat poolside to watch the sunset, and everyone chipped in to help heal the spirits of seriously ill children through medical technology, entertainment, education, and family activities. IN ATTENDANCE Abe and Charlo e Genderson, Dave Pollin, Al Troub, Estie and Ed Lipsit, Cathy Binder, Jaqueline Falk, Gary Carpentier, Claire Mellinger, John Sullivan, Annie and Mike Magruder, JT Scully, Liz Dougherty, Elizabeth Edmunds, and Jan King.

Kacey Pappas and Sharon Dougherty

Laurie Zell, Josh Rales, and Paula Funger

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Kristen Olson, Edward McNally, and Wendy Pangburn Wayne Bush and Elexis Damianos Dondi Dahlgaard and Eileen Snakard Mark Schoenfeld, and Dondi Dahlgaard

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SUNDAY AT NATIONAL HARBOR Ketchup and Aloft at National Harbor PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

AHOY THERE WL’s Sunday “staycation” at National Harbor celebrated the openings of the West Hollywood eatery Ketchup (made famous by its frequent cameos on The Hills) and Alo+, Starwood’s ultra-chic new hotel. SUNDAYFUNDAY The day began with brunch, mimosas, and Bloody Marys at Ketchup. A+erwards, guests explored National Harbor’s many varied businesses and shops (using discount offers they received in generous goodie bags). The day wound down at Alo+’s wxyx bar with fusion cocktails and musical stylings by DJ Adrian Loving. A perfect chic way to spend a Sunday out of the city.

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GONE FISHIN’: A sunset seafood extravaganza at the end of the National Harbor pier was a fi'ing se'ing for a night dedicated to raising funds for The Fishing School – a non-profit group providing children and families with academic and parental support at two community-based centers in Wards 6 and 7. HOOKED Center founder Tom Lewis spoke passionately about starting the centers, using the maxim that “If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime.” The night was sponsored by Steven Peterson of National Harbor and The Peterson Companies.

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Lobster by Foster’s Downeast Clambake of National Harbor

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ARAREVIEWLike the jewels, all eyes were sparkling as guests gathered at Tysons Corner to celebrate “100 Years of Cartier in America” while enjoying an exclusive view of the famed company’s precious jewelry and timepiece collections. Co-hosted by Paula and Robert Hisaoka, the reception benefited the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Farm Center, named in memory of the late PR guru. ON DISPLAY Mirella Levinas, Jack Davies, Kay Kendall, Fariba Jahanbani, Feri Oveissi, Keyvan Sayadian, and Young Kim.

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educated star of CSI: NY is the author of two inspiring books, Le ers to a Young Brother and Le ers to a Young Sister, and a formidable philanthropist. This night belonged to his Manifest Your Destiny Foundation – dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring underserved youth to succeed. REPRESENTING A heavyweight crowd showed support including hosts Tanya Lombard and Yelberton Watkins, co-host Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Adam Schiff, Darrell Smith, Lamell McMorris, John Orlando, Marie Sylla, Peck Madigan, Tami Boyd, and Ben Jealous.

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FOODIESUNITE! Start with the city’s top restaurants, add a splash of talented cocktail artists, and garnish with a he+y helping of charity and Voila!: a delicious evening where the stars of the metro area’s culinary universe align to support Share our Strength and help end childhood hunger. SERVINGITUP Chef Chair RJ Cooper, Carla Hall, Roberto Donna, Bob Kinkead, Kaz Okochi, Michel Richard, Jeff Tunks, and Robert Wiedmaier.

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FEDEX POLO CLASSIC SHAHINMAFI,PATSKANTZE, and PATRICIATRUDEAU at the FedEx Polo Classic in the Plains, Va. /DEDE andDALLASLEA with GINAF ADAMS. (Photos by Herman Farrer)

NANCY BRINKER AND ERIC MOTLEY SUMMER RECEPTION RITABRAVER and BOBBARNETT/ ERIC MOTLEYand PAMELABROWN. (Photos by Tony Powell)

JOHNSON & JOHNSON ALBUM RELEASE MARCUS andSKIJOHNSON at their combined album release party at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown sponsored by the American Cancer Society. (Photo by Tony Powell)

INA GINSBURG RECEIVES FRANCE’S CHEVALIER DANS L’ORDRE DES ARTS ET LETTRES French Amb.PIERREVIMONT poses withINAGINSBURG after bestowing upon her France’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at his residence. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

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Italian Prime Minister SILVIOBERLUSCONI (center) with Italian Amb. GIOVANNICASTELLANETA (left), and EARL A “RUSTY”POWELLIII in front of the Beffi Triptych in the National Gallery’s Rotunda. (Photo by Deborah Ziska)

MICHAELKORS poses with NANCYLEDFORD at an exclusive Nordstrom Tysons Corner event on June 18. The evening included a cocktail reception with Kors, followed by a runway show featuring items from the Fall 2009 collection. (Photo by Philippe Nobile)

GALA IN GLEN ECHO PARK Rep. CHRISVANHOLLEN, MARGOREIDand Spanish Amb. JORGEDEZCALLAR take a nighttime carousel ride. (Photo by Daniel Schrieber)

MENTOR’S INC. AWARD BANQUET NORMANHINES of the Greater Washington Foundation of Insurance and Financial Advisors presents a scholarship to Mentors, Inc., protégé, MARCUSROBINSON. (Photo by Elizabeth Sessler)

LA MER OCEANA EVENT ALEXANDRASALKELD with MICHELLE andHOLLY THOMAS celebrating World Oceans Day at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase. (Photo by Lindsay Orlowski)

LUKE’S WINGS RECEPTION FLETCHERGILL, Sgt. JEFFCOLPETZER, Specialist SCOTT CHAPMAN and Specialist JOHNNIEGARDNER with KATE MARIEGRINOLD at the Luke’s Wings Reception on the U.S.S. Sequoia. (Photo by Corinn Bovi)

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Xavier Equihua at home in his modern Pennsylvania Avenue condominium with his prized Jeff Koon sculpture “Puppy.”

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GALLERY PLACE Ernesto Santalla, AIA LEED AP, visits the modern-art-filled apartment of Renaissance man Xavier Equihua PHOTOS BY NICK STROCCHIA


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ennsylvania Avenue’s importance to Washington’s history is unquestioned. Known as the “Avenue of Presidents,” it has been the site of lively street festivals, countless parades, and numerous protests. Penn Quarter, one of Washington’s most desirable neighborhoods and arguably its most cosmopolitan, is halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, due in no small part to the foresight of urbanists, developers, and architects. This is where the Parisian influence on Pierre-Charles L’Enfant’s city planning is most evident: to live among monuments, walk to the movies, and dine at dozens of restaurants; it’s a life that runs the gamut from the very formal to the most casual. In 1980, the U.S. Navy received approval from Congress to construct a Navy Memorial on Market Square, across the street from the National Archives. Later, the site was redeveloped as a mixed-use building, which, when completed in the early ’90s, had already been included in James Goode’s Best Addresses. Xavier Equihua, managing partner of Federal Strategies Group, Inc., and executive director and CEO of the Chilean Avocado Association, selected an apartment in Market Square that combines generous indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for entertaining. The sweeping view up and down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Archives and the National Mall is one of the best in Washington, and the understated living space he has fashioned with interior and product designer Robert Cox is equally spectacular. Right: A large scale, massive bronze sculpture by Chilean artist Luis Madiola (foreground) is juxtaposed against the floating display shelves in the background. Below: A tour de force of interior design, the living room is a study in contrasts and understated elegance. The walls appear to float and the choice of color makes the space glow. The color palette is restrained chocolate brown and white. The main seating area faces the view from the terrace, which from this vantage point, reveals neighboring rooftops. The furnishings, art, and other objects represent a lifetime of collecting: heirloom antiques juxtaposed with Ralph Lauren sofas, luscious velvet chairs, a Florence Knoll credenza, and a vintage Eames recliner. “Black Watch Series I & II,” a pair of silkscreens by Gene Davis propped against the wall, anchor the symmetrical composition of sofas, side tables, an antique chest of drawers and a Michael Vanderbyl desk.

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Clockwise from above: Upon entering Equihua’s residence, one faces a large-scale piece of installation art by contemporary Cuban artist Luis Castellanos at the end of an intimate, yet spacious gallery. Acquired on a trip to Cuba, the work consists of cloth sacks for refined sugar which alternate with the faces of the men who harvest the cane; The terrace, nearly the size of the apartment, is a prime viewing spot for presidential inaugural and Independence Day parades, or just a place to relax, unwind, sip a cocktail, or watch the dawning of a new day; The end of the entryway opens to the main living space just after passing the wine bar, a wall of built-in walnut cabinets and display cases. This is the first clue that the apartment is designed for large-scale entertaining. Equihua, who prefers to display sculpture, reserved the back wall of the wine bar to a large mixed media canvas by abstract expressionist Brooks Thomas; Traditional Chilean sterling silver “Huaso” (cowboy) spurs are tied with a silk bow representing the national colors of Peru.; A custom-made bed and screen backdrop are the centerpiece of the bedroom. Covered in Holly Hunt velvet on one side and Schumacher linen on the reverse, the screen is used to change the mood of the room seasonally.


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Stunning Renovation of a 1929 Heurich Mansion perfectly sited in DC’s most exclusive neighborhood of Magnificent-Estate Properties. Grand Foyer, marvelous Living Room with extending L’Orangier, Great Room, Gentleman’s Library, Chef’s Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, Breakfast Room, Gym, Wine Cellar, Perfect Dining Room, 2 Car Garage + Motor Court, Terrace w/Pond & Fountain. $7,495,000.

Greg Gaddy | 202.421.4734 Carroll Dey | 202.320.0441

Kalorama, DC

Sophisticated detached single family home, stylish and contemporary renovation, incredible Kitchen and Bathrooms, spacious Living & Dining Rooms, 3BR/3BA on secnd level. Lower level is a three-room Suite with a separate street level entrance and a second Kitchen. 5,000 sqft lot, professionally landscaped, large patio, and beautiful fountain. One-car attached garage. $2,595,000.

Great Falls, VA

This home has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation with gourmet kit & spa baths, exquisite wall treatments & draperies & a brand new 4 stall horse barn with guest apt above. Every luxury with theater/gym/pool/wine cellar/bar & sunroom overlooking 5+ acres w/spectacular pond views. $6,499,000.

Mclean, VA

This home is truly “one of a kind” with incredible landscaping including stone ponds and waterfalls. Inside features custom cabinets and woodwork throughout with a huge, lovely apartment on the first floor. Walk out basement with office, sitting room and elevator ready. $3,499,000.

Penny Yerks | 703.760.0744

Penny Yerks | 703.760.0744

Colonial sited on a beautiful landscaped lot backing to Kenwood Country Club, was treated to an exceptional renovation/expansion. This home offers 6-7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, & 1 half bath, hardwood floors on 3 levels, spectacular Chef’s kitchen opening to family room, breakfast room with pizza oven, 3 FP’s, 2 terraces plus a deck, and a 2-car garage. $2,895,000.

Barbara Zuckerman | 202.997.5977 Carrie Carter | 202.421.3938

Great Falls, VA

Berkley/Foxhall, DC

Penny Yerks | 703.760.0744

Diana Hart | 202.363.3666

Fabulous “Green” Great Falls Home! See how geothermal heating/cooling & heat harvesting elements blend seamlessly with this truly impressive completely renovated stone colonial. Separate guest/pool house with sleeping loft bath & kitchen. $2,495,000.

Dramatic open floor plan & stunning water views towards Potomac and VA. Discreet façade hides fabulous home in amazing hill-top setting. Spectacular terraces, abundant light. Gorgeous MBR suite has fireplace and incredible 600sf private terrace. Ideal for entertaining & art display. $2,195,000.

Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

Fairfax Station, VA

Beautiful estate home in quiet residential neighborhood sitting on 5 acres. Over 10,000 sf, features 4 bedrooms with 5 full baths, grand marble entrance hall, fully finished basement with second kitchen, sauna and exercise room, fully outfitted home office that spreads over two floors complete with formal conference room, hot tub and outside pool. $1,975,000.

Ann Hay Hardy | 202.297.0228

Dupont, DC

Wesley Heights, DC

Georgetown, DC

Kimberly Casey | 202.361.3228 Daryl Judy | 202.380.7219

Mary L. Fox | 202.316.9631

Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887 Elizabeth Lacayo | 202.465.2468

Rare opportunity for grandeur, architecture, & location. All in One! A stately 1900 townhouse on a great block in the heart of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. This elegant four-story home features generously sized entertaining rooms, high ceilings, thick decorative moldings, wood floors, six ornate fireplaces + much more. $1,549,000.

Kenwood, MD

Elegant penthouse in THE COLONNADE- 3000 sq. ft of luxurious spaces finished in a Fun contemporary style- Double LR w fireplace, wet bar ,Bose sound, French doors to terrace & fantastic views. 3 BR ‘s en suite, Chef’s kitchen, ldry ,2 garage spaces, pets OK. Rare Opportunity! $1,500,000.

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Spectacular bright and charming corner unit at 3303 Water Street condominium facing the C&O canal features wall to wall windows, open loft-like spaces and gourmet kitchen with SS appliances. Master with marble master bath, 2nd BR & BA. Two car garage parking. Building features roof top pool and terraces, concierge. $1,359,000.

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202.333.1212

Georgetown, DC

Charming & Bright Federal Row House. Features include a deep garden with terrace & an in-ground lap pool. The main entrance opens to a sitting area w/built-ins and a living room with fireplace. The walk out lower level features a separate dining room that opens to the garden, a kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and granite counters, a powder room and a laundry room. The upper level offers two bedrooms and a renovated full bath. $895,000.

Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887

McLean, VA 703.319.3344

Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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HOME LIFE | OPENHOUSE

Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest Head south to discover these unique offerings

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This Georgian-style estate is located in historic Williamsburg just a couple of miles from the heart of the colonial town. Presented on 10 acres filled with mature trees in the Williamsburg Winery, the residence is both secluded and private. The unique architecture of this 16,000-plus squarefoot house is ref lected in both its formal and informal entertaining and family areas. Galas, corporate events, and weddings have been hosted here, both inside and out. Other features include a corporate office suite with a bar and conference room, and the latest in energy-efficient technology with a seven-zone geothermal heating and cooling system. From the brick exterior, custom crystal chandeliers, and carpets to the well-manicured grounds, no expense was spared in the creation of this grand estate.

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$5,750,000

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Asking Price: $6,788,000 Listing Agents: Victoria Kilcullen | 703-915-8845 Jennifer Thornett | 202-415-7050 Washington Fine Properties

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This newly-constructed stone manor home features approximately 13,000 square feet of craftsmanship, materials, and ambiance unequaled in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. The grounds offer wooded privacy along with an English garden and stone fencing. The prestigious Langley Farms neighborhood is strategically situated with easy access to major highways and downtown McLean, and is less than 10 miles from the heart of Washington and all the city has to offer. Classic design, attention to detail, and quality living are all part of this brand-new residence in one of the most sought-after locations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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Historic Sites Georgian beauty in Kalorama, a rare townhouse by the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first African-American architect, and a short sale on River Road BY MARY K. MEWBORN

THE DISTRICT Jim Bell of Washington Fine Properties helped sell a Georgian mansion at  TH STREETNW which was listed at $4.9 million and sold for $4,350,000 to an undisclosed buyer. Built in 1926, the three-story, sixbedroom, 6,395-square-foot Kalorama house belonged to Hani and Cheryl Masri for the past 25 years. During their quarter century there, the Masris entertained the Rolling Stones and Quincy Jones and hosted lavish parties for Democratic Party elite, including the Clintons and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Masri is a Palestinian-American commentator and columnist for the Ramallahbased newspaper Al-Ayyam and an influential supporter of the Palestinian cause. One of the few remaining houses designed by the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first black architect has been sold. The yellow Victorian at NSTREET NW was designed in 1892 by Calvin T.S. Brent, who was also the architect of Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church on Capitol Hill and the Third Baptist Church at 1546 5th Street NW. The N Street residence has an arched doorway counterbalanced by a large bay window accented with white rusticated lintels. Bobbie Brewster with Washington Fine Properties sold the property for $1,350,000. Highlights include five fireplaces, an in-law suite, home office, skylight and two parking spaces. The historic dwelling now belongs to World Bank officer Francis Ghesquiere, a lead disaster risk manager who previously was a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies and governments in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He was represented by Nella Pinto of Long and Foster. The sellers were Sarah Baxter, Washington correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, and her husband Jez Coulson, a noted photojournalist whose recent coverage of the

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A townhouse at 2123 N Street NW, one of the few remaining structures designed by noted African American architect Calvin T. S. Bren, recently changed hands for $1,450,000.

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‘War on Terror” at Guantanamo Bay appeared in both Newsweek and Time as well as in the UK’s Sunday Times and the Guardian. In the historic Phillips School building at  OLIVE STREET NW in Georgetown, UNIT  , a two-bedroom condominium with two luxurious marble baths has sold for $825,000. The Phillips School was constructed in 1890 to serve the African American community and was converted into 14 condos in the late ’90s. Unit 8 had belonged to Jennifer Riggins, who bought the brand new residence on Christmas Eve 2002 for $679,000. The condo boasts a gourmet kitchen, 14-foot ceilings, huge windows with plantation shutters, and gated parking. Nancy and Chris Itteilag of Long and Foster represented Riggins in her sale. The buyers, Argentine investor Jorge Mandelbaum and his wife, Marta, were represented by Lou Costanza of Millicent Chatel & Associates. Thanks to Long and Foster agents Gloria Crowley and Zelda Heller, Douglas A. Critchell received $1,449,000 in the sale of RITTENHOUSESTREETNW to Patrick Richitt. The four-level stucco Tudor was built in 1925 and is located on the District side of Chevy Chase within walking distance of the Friendship Heights Metro. It features seven bedrooms and five full baths, including a master suite with a sitting room and dressing rooms, and an au pair suite with a separate entrance. Extras include a powder room, fireplace and intercom system.The private yard contains a deck and a four-car garage.

MARYLAND Summertime and the living is easy for Chris and Mike Resnovich who paid a reported $1.5 million for a four-bedroom corner condominium at the recently completed GATEWAY GRAND RESIDENCES on the oceanfront at TWOTHSTREET in Ocean City. The luxury resort was developed by the Trammell Crow Company in conjunction with the Carlyle Group and has 17 floors with 196 fully furnished units. Amenities include a scenic lobby, a beachfront terrace, an owners’ lounge with a catering kitchen and bar, indoor and outdoor pools, fully equipped fitness center, concierge service, business center, children’s

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Hani and Cheryl Masri recently sold their six-bedroom Georgian residence at 1901 24th Street NW. The couple entertained many entertainment stars there over the years.

recreation room, and controlled-access parking for residents and guests. Prices range from $599,900 to $2.8 million. Sales are by the Mark Fritschle Group, Remax Premier Properties.

Centreville. Luck Stone was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Manakin-Sabot, Va. The company sells and leases corporate real estate assets, builds homes, serves landscapers and architects, and provides products ranging from tennis court accessories to agricultural VIRGINIA In a sign of the times,   POTOMAC equipment. The 1950’s three-bedroom RIVERROAD in McLean was transferred in house was sold for $1.8 million by Renea N. a short sale. In a closed transaction in which Woods, executor. The average list price for the mortgage holder agrees to accept less similar properties in the same zip code area is than the mortgage account balance, the $1,533,000, or approximately $185 per squareproperty had been listed for $1,875,000 by foot of interior living space. Long and Foster realtor Sharon Hayman. It Russell M. Parker, the chief marketing and sold for $1,850,000. The owners were Taylor distribution officer for FBR Capital Markets, and Allgyer, a vice president at First Savings his wife, Dorothy, now own SENECAROAD Mortgage Corporation, and his wife, Brita. in Great Falls. This five-bedroom house with The new owners of the five-bedroom brick seven baths had belonged to Douglas S. Berlin contemporary are Sanjay and Madhur Khanna. and sold for $1,762,500. Built six years ago, it first The house was built in 1986 and is sited on a sold in July 2003 for $1,749,000. large wooded lot in Potomac Overlook. Luck Stone Corporation has purchased Please send real estate news items to    BULL RUN POST OFFICE ROAD in columns@washingtonlife.com

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FERRY POINT, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Louise B. Williams William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

Heidi Hatfield Anne Hatfield Weir

First offering! Riverfront Estate on 12 +/- ac. Built in 1938 by owners of George Washington’s Farm. $10,750,000

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Totally renovated Federal with every conceivable amenity. 4 BR, 6 full & 2 half BA, 7 fireplaces, double Living Room; carriage house with BR, BA & kitchen. $9,500,000

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LANGLEY FARMS, MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Extraordinary, pristine estate in desirable Langley Farms. 13,000 sf of finely appointed living space. True English garden with wooded privacy. Property is without peer.

Jennifer H. Thornett Victoria Kilcullen

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BETHESDA, MARYLAND

SPRING VALLEY, WASHINGTON, DC

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Sherry Davis

Ellen Morrell Patrick Chauvin Matthew B. McCormick

Mary White Patrick Chauvin

One of Washington area’s finest! Rare opportunity to purchase this Edgemoor Estate, White Chimneys. Exquisite English manor home on 1 acre lot with pool & tennis. 6 BR, 5.5 BA, 7 fireplaces & 4-car garage. $5,950,000

301-996-3220

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NEW PRICE! Built in 1996, magnificent residence designed for large scale entertaining with 4 BR, 5.5 BA. $5,495,000

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CLEVELAND PARK, WASHINGTON, DC

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Anne Hatfield Weir Heidi Hatfield

Jennifer H. Thornett

Historic, gracious Georgian with gorgeous sun-lit living spaces & beautiful architectural details. Updated gourmet kitchen, 5 BR, 4.5 BA. Near shops/Metro! $2,995,000

202-243-1635 202-243-1634

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Wonderful semi-custom home on cul-de-sac! Beautiful 6 BR home in the center of McLean has perfect formal & family living spaces. Incredible Master and sitting room with fireplace. Designer showcase. Walk to parks! $1,495,000

Victoria Kilcullen

202-243-1616 202-243-1621 202-243-1651

Private, elegant, spacious with cityscape views. Distinguished with unique blends of historic & contemporary on brick courtyard, once home of horse drawn carriages. $5,200,000

703-915-8845

One of downtown McLean’s finest homes! Custom built, professionally designed & less than 2 years young with terrific floor plan enhanced by over-the-top amenities, landscaping & unforgettable yard. Price upon request.

202-415-7050

KENT, WASHINGTON, DC

Architectural gem! Four Pavilions by Hugh Newell Jacobsen. One level living, open floor plan on quiet street. Sited beautifully on a 1/3 acre. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. $1,450,000

Heidi Hatfield Anne Hatfield Weir

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FOREST HILLS, WASHINGTON, DC

Overlooking Rock Creek Park, completely rebuilt home with the most environmentally friendly materials available. Carriage House with in-law suite. $2,495,000

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

202-243-1620

PALISADES, WASHINGTON, DC

Lovely, spacious home with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three fireplaces, hardwood floors & elegant millwork throughout. Terrific outdoor spaces, garage. $1,369,000

Heidi Hatfield Anne Hatfield Weir

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

Historic, fully renovated, colonial in the heart of Kalorama. Great entertaining space. Fabulous Master plus 5 BR. Elegant gardens with gazebo & pool. 2-car garage. $5,950,000

Jim Bell A. Michael Sullivan, Jr.

202-607-4000 202-365-9000

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

Sophisticated 3-level Federal Townhouse. Grand entrance hall, formal entertaining rooms with fireplaces. Each room overlooks manicured gardens. Close to White House & Downtown. 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 2 car parking. $1,999,900

Jim Bell

202-607-4000

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WEST END/RITZ RESIDENCES

Excellent floorplan for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with balcony and fireplace. Sumptuous master suite features marble bath with soaking tub. Large kitchen, private balcony, cherry floors, 1 parking space, and hotel services.

Jim Bell

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202-607-4000

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MCLEAN’S GOLD COAST, VIRGINIA

CLEVELAND PARK, WASHINGTON, DC

BETHESDA, MARYLAND

Susan Koehler

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

Sherry Davis

Sensational waterfront property with the most expansive views of the Potomac River. First floor master, library, three bedrooms, three baths on upper level. Outstanding investment! $4,395,000

703-967-6789

NEW PRICE! Architectural masterpiece with long driveway to 8 bedroom, turn of century house with porch and wellproportioned rooms on half-acre. Garage. $4,200,000

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Edgemoor - Award-winning Shingle Style home on 18,000+ square foot lot with exquisite finishes, 4 fireplaces, extensive “smart house” features, covered porches & professionally landscaped gardens. $4,100,000

301-996-3220

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Completely renovated 2 BR + Den, 2.5 BA residence with 2,500+ sf, phenomenal views of the Potomac River & reserved garage parking. $2,149,000

Matthew B. McCormick Nancy Taylor Bubes

202-243-1651 202-256-2164

BETHESDA, MARYLAND

Overlook - Everything you’ve wanted! Wonderful low maintenance living close-in, new kitchen, first floor master, large entertaining rooms, gorgeous lot backing to woods and access to Capital Crescent Trail. $1,349,000

Anne Killeen

301-706-0067

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC

POTOMAC, MARYLAND

Nancy Taylor Bubes

Anne Killeen

Grand 6 Bedroom, 5 Full and 2 Half Bath with expansive first floor, new gourmet Kitchen with Family Room, beautiful patio and garden, and attached 2 car Garage. $1,850,000

202-256-2164

DUPONT, WASHINGTON, DC

Only 5 left! Luxury 2 BR, 2-2.5 BA condos. Wired for i-Pod docking stations/surround sound. Gourmet kitchens, bamboo flooring. Terraces & PH gardens in select units + parking. 1617swannstreet.com. $599,000-$1,099,000.

Jan M. Evans

301-873-3596

Stunning builder’s home with beautiful custom features, updated kitchen and gorgeous master bath. High ceilings, exceptional room sizes, finished third floor. Close to Potomac Village. $1,540,000

301-706-0067

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Beautifully renovated home in Churchill/Cooper/Langley school districts. Walk to Cooper MS! 4 BR, 3.5 BA with large family room with fireplace opening to gourmet kitchen & sun room. Hardwoods throughout. $995,000

Victoria Kilcullen

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POLLYWOOD | SPOTLIGHT

WHO’SNEXT The Washington Mystics’ Marissa Coleman

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he second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, Maryland native Marissa Coleman gained a reputation as a fierce competitor while playing for the University of Maryland College Park. Coleman was a freshman when the 2006 team won the program’s first national title, and went on to average 18.1 points per game her senior year, making her one of the most prolific scorers in this year’s draft. She will certainly be filling the Verizon Center with hometown fans during this summer’s WNBA season. WHATISTHEBIGGESTCHANGEBETWEEN COLLEGEANDPROFESSIONALBASKETBALL?

The biggest change would definitely be the skill level of the players and getting paid to play the game I love!

Definitely. I still have my Nikki McCray jersey hanging in my room at my parents’ house. I used to go to a lot of the games with my dad when I was younger. IFYOUCOULDHAVEDINNERWITHANYTHREE PEOPLEHERE WHOMWOULDTHEYBE?

The Obamas! I know there are four in the family but I think we should make an exception. WHICHFEMALEATHLETEDOYOUMOST ADMIRE?

Growing up, I was a huge tennis fan because my Mom plays, so I have always been a huge fan of Billie Jean King. She has paved the way for every female athlete. IFYOUHADTOPICKONESONGTOBEYOUR ANTHEM WHATWOULDITBE?

Never Wanted Nothing More by Kenny Chesney ANYWORDSOFWISDOMFORLOCALGIRLS TRYINGTOMAKEITBIGINTHESPORTSWORLD?

It’s not easy. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs. Just keep your family close because they will always be there and have your best interest at heart. Work hard and believe in yourself and the rest will be history!

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Cleveland Park, D.C.

$4,500,000

This Circa-1898, Queen Anne Victorian home was once recognized as one of America’s prettiest country residences. Sited on a one-third-acre lot with a heated pool, this landmark property on Newark Street is close to the National Zoo, Metro, and shopping. Terri Robinson 202.607.7737/ 202.944.8400 (O).

Arlington, Virginia

$1,599,000

Potomac, Maryland

This Tudor-style home is located in charming Lyon Village. The 4/5-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence features a spectacular, new 2-level addition and gorgeous period woodwork that blends beautifully with the stunning, new great room with 11.5-foot ceilings. Arlington Office 703.522.0500. suzanne.simon@longandfoster.com.

$5,900,000

This stunning, Tuscan-style home is sited on 4 acres. The residence offers palatial living with spectacular views, beautiful décor, amenities, and an extraordinary ambiance that truly must be seen to appreciate. Visit www.villabehrens.com. Michele Petrillo 301.518.2130 or Bonnie Barker 301.785.3474/ 301.299.6000 (O).

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

Bethesda, Maryland

$2,195,000

This all-brick Avenel residence is sited on a magnificent 2-acre lot with a heated pool. The home’s special features include high ceilings, a state-of-theart-kitchen, a renovated master bath, and a finished walkout basement. Wendy Banner 301.365.9090/ 301.907.7600 (O). Wendy@BannerTeam.com.

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Washington, D.C.

$1,995,000

Circa-1926, this completely renovated residence is sited on a quarter-acre lot in the heart of Washington, D.C. A gorgeous pool, large gardens, and grand entertaining and private rooms make this 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home an outstanding and unique find in the Palisades. Spring Valley Office 301.362.1300.

Cleveland Park, D.C.

$1,449,000

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

Washington, D.C.

$3,849,000

Arlington, Virginia

$1,399,000

Cleveland Park, D.C.

$1,375,000

This classic colonial is located near 2 Metros. The residence offers a stunning gourmet kitchen/ family room with a wall of windows overlooking a superb yard, generous entertainment spaces, a library, a screened porch, and a large deck. Lili Sheeline 202.905.7561/ 202.363.9700 (O). lili@lnf.com.

Bethesda, Maryland

$1,900,000

Circa-1937, this all brick colonial has been meticulously renovated with exquisite detail and finishes. The residence features warm hardwood floors, custom built-ins and lighting, a gourmet kitchen, and a stunning master bedroom suite. Roby Thompson 202.255.2986/ 202.483.6300 (O). roby.thompson@longandfoster.com.

Scheduled for Fall 2009 completion, this new home on Foxhall is one of Washington, D.C.’s most sought-after and established addresses. The fine property will include an elevator, an elegant entry, and handsome archways. Bethesda Avenue Office 240.497.1700.

A rare find, this custom home is located in an exclusive enclave close to the city. With sophisticated living for the most discerning buyer, the 3-level residence features handcrafted details throughout and a private rear patio. Sharon Hayman 703.402.2955/ 703.790.1990 (O). sharonhayman@aol.com.

Sited on one-half-acre, this impressive Georgian-style home features 7,700 square feet of elegant living space. With exquisite details, the home has been impeccably and superbly maintained, and is located within the Whitman school district. Bethesda All Points Office 301.229.4000.

Forest Hills, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Potomac, Maryland

Washington, D.C.

$1,140,000

Located in desirable Forest Hills, one will feel welcomed at this stately, renovated brick colonial. Attention to detail is evident throughout every room, from the updated kitchen to the beautifully appointed living and dining rooms. Ricki Gerger 202.364.5200 (O).

$ 1,582,000

This custom-built, all-brick contemporary boasts impeccable landscaping with slate terraces. The home includes a library, 2 fireplaces, and a living room with a cathedral ceiling and a wall of windows overlooking the magnificent pool and cabana. Chevy Chase/Uptown Office 202.364.1300.

$1,565,000

This elegant, custom-built home is sited on a 2-plus acre lot. The 10,000-plus-square-foot residence features a first-floor owner’s suite with a sitting room and a luxury bath, walls of windows, vaulted ceilings, an updated kitchen, and a great room. Jenny Slater 240.505.3565/ 301.983.0060 (O).

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$1,900,000

This handsome, 5-bedroom colonial with 2 large additions combines formal entertaining and casual daily living. A close-in location, adjacent to the Vice Presidential mansion, and a flat rear yard are among the many superlatives. Chevy Chase South Office 202.966.0400.


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Washington Life Magazine - Summer 2009