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On Thursday, May 23, the District of Columbia and Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park will honor the late Senator Charles H. Percy by dedicating the “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza” at the gateway to the park, the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street, N.W.
Senator Percy was committed to seeing a National Park constructed on the banks of the Potomac River in Georgetown, and worked for many years to make this dream a reality. The Dedication Ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm and is open to the public.
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will participate in the Percy Plaza Dedication Ceremony, and Senator Percy’s daughter, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, will offer remarks.
The Georgetown Waterfront Park, designed by world-renowned landscape architects Wallace Roberts & Todd, was completed in September 2011, with the support of the National Park Service, the D.C. Government, and private donors, including Senator Percy and his family.
The stretch of the Potomac River along the shores of the park has been a prime rowing venue for more than a century, with thousands of high school, college, and masters rowers participating in spring and fall regattas every year. Senator Percy was an avid supporter of high school rowing, and could often be seen cheering high school crews at the regatta finish line. The high school rowing competition was named in Senator Percy’s honor, and he often enjoyed presenting the Percy Cup to the winning crew.
Bob vom Eigen, President of Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, said “The Georgetown Waterfront Park would not be here today without the commitment and support of Senator Percy and his family. We welcome the opportunity to honor Senator Percy for helping create this wonderful place for enjoying the river by designating the gateway to the park “Senator Charles H. Percy Plaza.”
Bonhams, the only international auctioneering firm with a dedicated office located in Washington, D.C., will hold a Spring Exhibition Weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown April 27-28.
Bonhams will present major highlights from international spring auctions held in London and New York, giving attendees the opportunity to preview some of the most exciting items coming up for auction in 2013 worldwide.
Coinciding with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, the Bonhams Spring Exhibition Weekend is a “must-see” event for locals and visitors alike during the exciting weekend.
Fine paintings on offer by such luminaries as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Mel Ramos, and Eastman Johnson will grace the walls of the event space, complimented by displays of fine jewelry, rare books and decorative arts, including fine Chinese Snuff bottles.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to obtain auction estimates for their fine art and antiques by Bonhams international roster of specialists. Bonhams has a proven track record of achieving excellent results with auction items sourced in the DC area. Recent notable discoveries in the D.C. area include a James Carol Beckwith painting found in Virginia (shown above) and sold at Bonhams New York for $236,000 as well as a “Shanbodong” jade figure of Pindola by Yang Yuxuan from the Qing Dynasty found in Washington DC and sold at Bonhams Hong Kong for $495,200. A world-record was achieved at Bonhams London for a Vasili Dmitrievich Polenov painting from Virginia, which sold for $6,366,450.
"The variety of the items seen by our specialists at these events is truly amazing. Many do not realize what their personal treasure could be worth, and most are pleasantly surprised!" said Tricia Treaccar, Bonhams Manager of Business Development, and appraisal event coordinator.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 27 and 12:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, April 28.
Auction estimates for furniture, decorative arts, paintings, books and jewelry are available on April 27 by appointment - please contact Dr. Martin Gammon, Vice President of Business Development and Museum Services at Bonhams in Washington, D.C,.at 202.333.1696.
Join over 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries for the 10th annual Georgetown French Market. Festivities are from 10:am-5:00 pm this Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20 along the Book Hill section of upper Wiscconsin Avenue.
In addiiton to savings up to 75% off deisgner fashion, art and antiques home furnishings, there's live entertainment, and fun for the whole family.
The Georgetown French Market is Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road.