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Jenny Lind Scholarship Concert at House of Sweden June 4th

May 19, 2015

The House of Sweden is hosting a concert honoring Sara Swietlicki, the 2015 recipient of the Jenny Lind Scholarship on June 14, 2015 starting at 6:15 pm.

Sara Swietlicki (Photo by: Sara Swietlicki via Facebook) Sara Swietlicki

Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera star when the great impresario P.T. Barnum escorted her to the US in 1850 for a grand tour, is a legend still today. The Jenny Lind Scholarship is awarded annually by the People’s Parks and Community Center in Stockholm. The 2015 prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship is awarded to Ms. Sara Swietlicki for her warm, solid sound and obvious presence in the music making. The 2015 Jenny Lind iAccompanist is Mr. Markus Kvint.

A reception with light refreshments, courtesy of SWEA Washington D.C. will take place before the concert. The concert begins promptly at 7:00 pm.

Suggested Donation: $15

All donations are used to fund SWEA Washington D.C. Scholarships and Donations awarded to local individuals and organizations each year.

RSVP by June 9th to: sweadcprogram@gmail.com

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown.

About Sara Swietlicki:

Sara was born in Lund in 1988 and began singing in the church choir when she was four years old. Ten years later Sara began her musical studies. In addition to vocal studies Sara also learned to play the piano and read music. Directly after high school Sara applied to Vadstena Folk High School’s music program where her talent was recognized immediately. The two-year studies at the college were extended to three years when Sarah changed from mezzo-soprano to soprano.

2010 Sara continued her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and since 2013 she is a student at the Opera Academy at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

As part of her 2014-2015 internship at the Copenhagen Opera, Sara is performing one of the “Drei adelige Waisen” in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.

Her operatic repertoire includes roles as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart and Mimi in La Bohème by Puccini. Sara also has a passionate interest in literature. In her spare time, she writes children’s books and blogs about reading and writing. In 2010 she won second prize in the competition ”Debutant”.

Sara Swietlicki is the fiftieth singer to be awarded this scholarship.


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Visit 2015 DC Design House Now

April 29, 2015

Patio by Skip Sroka (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patio by Skip Sroka

It's closing May 10th, so if you haven't been yet, check out the DC Design House at a country estate in McLean, VA. As they do every year, the DC Design House showcases the latest in residential home design and benefits a worthy cause. This year, that charity is the Children's National Health System.

Built by Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design, the 8,869-square-foot home replicates an old American farmhouse as a nod to Virginia’s rich countryside, while also offering all the amenities of modern living.

By designing the home in parts, rather than as a whole, it appears to have been added onto over the years. The interior floor plan is an L shape, which was popular among early farmers because of the ease and efficiency of adding future rooms. This modern farmhouse offers light-filled interior rooms that blend old elements, such as reclaimed wood and antiques with new features, including top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. A gallery finished with stone from an old Virginia farmhouse and a library paneled in quarter-sawn oak are among the vintage touches.

Nursery by Finnian Interiors (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nursery by Finnian Interiors

The exterior features covered porches, antique style lighting, and natural stone in a random, hand-cut pattern. Landscape design is by Fine Landscapes and sales by Yeonas & Shafran Real Estate.

“My partners and I are truly thrilled that Artisan Builders’ New Old Farmhouse in McLean, Virginia has been selected as the 2015 DC Design House,” says Stephen Yeonas. “Our entire team is committed to making the event the best ever, while helping a great cause, Children’s National Health System.”

Sarah Wessel Designs country kitchen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sarah Wessel Designs country kitchen

It's a chance to get decorating ideas, check out the latest trends interpreted by the area's foremost designers, and experience an inviting new home, appointed with the most luxurious furnishings.

For some, it's a great preview of a new neighborhood and, for others, a treasure trove of clever decorating touches that can transform a child's room or study into the favorite room of your house.

We especially liked the breakfast room designed by Sarah Wessel, the nursery by Finnian's Moon Interiors, and the custom monogram-filled bedroom by Ivy Lane Living.

DC Design House is located at 956 Mackall Farms Lane in McLean, VA.


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W Chevy Chase Now Open

April 12, 2015

"Welcome to the long-awaited launch of W Chevy Chase," says Dr. Tina Alster. Having established the first freestanding dermatologic laser center in the world – the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery- in 1990, this world-renowned dermatologist and Georgetown resident is now expanding her practice.

(Photo by: skinlaser.com)

The new facility will offer virtually the same services available as their K Street offices – making it more convenient than ever for patients to receive state-of-the-art dermatologic procedures for which they are known. As she explains to The Georgetown Dish, "My colleagues, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi and Dr. Rebecca Kazin, will be spearheading this new venture and are already seeing patients in the beautifully designed space." 

Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi has been with the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for 14 years and is an internationally-known author and lecturer on cosmetic dermatology and cutaneous laser surgery and currently serves as the Co-director of Laser Surgery.   Dr. Tanzi pursued her medical education at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, where she graduated with highest honors.

Dr. Rebecca Kazin is a Board-certified dermatologist who joined their dynamic team 18 months ago with nearly a decade of experience directing the Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center.  

The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery (W Chevy Chase) is located at 5550 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD. Tel: 240.394.8385


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