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Tony and Joe's Celebrates One Year Back in Business

September 16, 2013

It hardly seems possible that just 12 months ago, Tony and Joe’s at Washington Harbour re-opened their landmark restaurant after 19 months recovering from the damage caused by the devastating April 2010 flood.

In addition to the major rehab of the restaurant, so much has changed to revitalize the whole Washington Harbour. The area has become a year-round destination with ice skating, boating, festivals and two new outdoors bars with magnificent sunsets 365 days a year.

Very happy with the growth and re-development, General Manager Greg Casten says, “The first year has just been a wonderful reawakening of the Washington Harbour and it’s great to see the regulars coming back as well as some new faces ."

In honor of the one year anniversary, Casten invites all old and new friends to stop by and celebrate on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm with free appetizers and  $4 Happy Hour drinks.

A lot is happening down at the Washington Harbour in October including the first annual “SHUCK IT” event, the same day as the Marine Corps Marathon: October 27th.  The event benefits the Chesapeake Bay Recovery Project. To learn more, visit Tony and Joe's.

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Tribute to the Diplomatic Shutterbug 'Albert'

September 9, 2013

A posthumous tribute to DC photographer Albert Mogzec, who covered Washington’s international and diplomatic community for 50 years, was held Saturday night at the Bahrain Embassy as a celebration of what would have been his 85th birthday.

The occasion also marked the 49th birthday of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the U.S., Houda Ezra Nonoo, who was honored with a cake and a “Happy Birthday” song led by professional vocalist Jerome Barry, founder of The Embassy Series.

Mogzec, born in 1928, died earlier this year. He left a legacy of thousands of historic photographs taken at social events at embassies, the State Department, private and public charitable functions, and diplomatic soirees around the city.

Mr. Mogzec, who always dressed elegantly for any occasion he covered, was also noted for his charming personality.

Co-hostess Jan Du Plain noted that not many people could pronounce Mogzec’s last name so everybody just called him “Albert”

In remarks read by DC Director of Protocol and International Affairs Patricia Elwood, DC MayorVincent Gray recognized Mogzec as one of the “best-known and consistent figures in the diplomatic community over the span of many decades.

Jan Du Plain, Jerome Barry, Ambassador Houda Nonoo & Jeremy Carlstedt (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Jan Du Plain, Jerome Barry, Ambassador Houda Nonoo & Jeremy Carlstedt

“Known for his wonderful smile and full head of white hair, this special photographer emigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1950.  He was a survivor of the prison camps during the Holocaust and went on to serve his new country well.  After arriving in the United States, he joined the Army and fought in the Korean War in the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the White House News Photographers Association and photographed 11 presidents,” said Gray in the tribute.

Wilbur Luck (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Wilbur Luck

“The Diplomatic Shutterbug, as he was labeled by some, photographed almost every ambassador who served in Washington for many years.“

Pat Elwood holding Mayor Gray's written tribute (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Pat Elwood holding Mayor Gray's written tribute

Attending the tribute dinner were Mogzec’s many friends, among others, Wilbur Luck who cracked up the audience of about 90 with his recollections of Mogzec’s eventful life. For one thing, Luck said he never could figure out if Mogzec actually put film in his camera for some events.

Other friends attending included Bulgarian Ambassador Elena  Poptodorova; Oman Ambassador Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy; Philippines Ambassador Jose Lampe Cuisia Jr.;  former Iraq Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie; Washington Diplomat Magazine executives Victor Shiblie and Anna Gawel; PR executive Linda Greene; Chair of the DC Arts and Humanities Commission Judith Terra, and D.C. activist Virginia E. Hayes Williams.

Mogzec’s daughter Wanda Mogzec and grandson Jeremy Carlstedt assisted with the program and the photo exhibit.

Donna Shor (left) & Vera Danchenkl-Stern of the Russian Chamber Art Society (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Donna Shor (left) & Vera Danchenkl-Stern of the Russian Chamber Art Society

Ambassador Elena Poptodorova holding up picture of her dancing with Albert Mogzec (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Ambassador Elena Poptodorova holding up picture of her dancing with Albert Mogzec

Linda Greene (left) & Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Linda Greene (left) & Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo

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Mansion on O Street Annual Sale Through September 8

August 26, 2013

Mansion On O Street, the luxury boutique hotel noted for unique, artistic,period furnishings in every room, hidden doors and secret passages, is opening all five floors of the mansion and filling them with one-of-a-kind items donated by members, friends, neighbors and guests. Join the shopping extravaganza from August 27th through September 8th. Doors open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

(Photo by: omansion.com)

Shop the Razzle Dazzle while you attend one of their weekly dining events and get 10% off the sale of purchases (antiques excluded).

Bring your own shopping bags, please. All proceeds benefit the O Street Museum Foundation.

Mansion on O Street is located at 2020 O Street.

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