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Jacqueline Kennedy Georgetown Walking Tour Sept. 12

August 7, 2019

Join a guided walking tour through Georgetown on September 12, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:15 pm to see several of the most important and interesting places connected to Jacqueline Kennedybefore, during and after her White House years


This tour officially starts at Le Pain Quotdidien at 2815 M Street in Georgetown. Purchase tickets here.


Did you know that while residing in Washington, DC Jacqueline:

- Graduated from George Washington University, class of 1951, and later took additional courses at Georgetown University.

- Worked as a newspaper reporter for the Washington Times-Herald.

- Met her future husband Jack at a Georgetown dinner party.

- Became engaged to Jack at a Georgetown tavern.

- Resided in Georgetown both before and after her White House years.

- Gave birth to her son, John Jr. at Georgetown University Hospital.

- Transformed the role of First Lady of the United States.

- Became a fashion icon and style-setter.

- Founded the White House Historical Association, remodeled the White House, hosted an Emmy-winning television program and helped save Lafayette Square from demolition.

- Designed and built a home in Middleburg, VA.

- Led the funeral arrangements and national mourning period after JFK’s death.

- Was the first person to use the term “Camelot” when describing the Kennedy years.

- Supported the development of the Kennedy Center.

- And much more.

Many of these events took place right in Georgetown. Come see where they actually occurred on this guided walking tour led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.


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'Earth Songs for a Night Sky' by Ranjani Shettar

May 16, 2019

Earth Songs for a Night Sky, a multi-faceted project by Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India) is on exhibit through August 25, 2019 at The Phillips CollectionHear from the artist on May 16 at 6:30 pm


Drawing from her environment in rural India—with changing skies, monsoon rains, and lush vegetation—and employing traditional materials such as teak wood and indigo pigment, and techniques of carving, dyeing, and lacquer, Shettar has created hand-carved wood sculptures and a multi-part piece that wraps up the gallery walls. Occupying two rooms and the staircase of the original Phillips House, the project is conceived in dialogue with Wassily Kandinsky’s artist’s book Klänge (Sounds)—which features 56 woodcuts and was published right after he had made his breakthrough into abstraction—and Paul Klee’s late paintings in the Phillips’s collection: Arab Song (1932), Efflorescence (1937), and Figure of the Oriental Theater (1934). For Shettar, the connection between her work and Kandinsky’s book and Klee’s paintings is more metaphysical than visual. As she says, “I relate to the surreal and abstract qualities of both Kandinsky’s poetry and images. In Klee, I find a formal and thematic playfulness that I strive to achieve in my own work.” Undeniably, what the work of the three artists have in common is a tension between the material world and spiritual aspirations, observation and introspection, and the act of seeing, making, and reflecting.


Shettar lives and works in the Shimoga district of Karnataka in India. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; among others.


This show is part of Intersections, a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

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Georgetown Garden Tour May 11

May 2, 2019

The 2019 Georgetown Garden Tour is on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  


Tickets are $45 and available on the website and on the day of the tour at Christ Church, 3116 O Street in Georgetown.

Refreshments for ticket holders will be served from 2 pm to 4 pm at Christ Church.


The tour is sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club to benefit local organizations with emphasis on the preservation and maintenance of public gardens, parks and green spaces. Past beneficiaries have included Book Hill Park, Tudor Place gardens, Trees for Georgetown, the rose garden at Montrose Park, Rose Park, Volta Park Habitat Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the Georgetown Waterfront Park.


This year's tour takes the visitor through seven beautiful and interesting hidden Georgetown gardens. Join the self-guided walking tour and bring your friends!


Garden 1

This truly grand Georgetown garden is not to be missed. Designed by Jane MacLeish in 1991, the garden has three distinct areas: the upper area bordered by a hornbeam hedge lends itself to large gatherings, with a lovely bubbling horse trough fountain; the sunny middle garden has a dramatic pergola over the dining area supporting both wisteria and white climbing roses and is full of colorful perennials, annuals, pots and herbs; the lower garden is a peaceful woodland garden shaded by large hollies, with stone paths and a seating area. 


Garden 2

This large and dramatic art lovers garden was created in 2004. It includes a long lap pool that also serves as a reflecting pool, along with a walled courtyard and beautiful plantings.  The design is a series of garden rooms which encourage reflection and relaxation, facilitate the hosting of social events and, most importantly, serve as a place to display the owners’ large collection of contemporary outdoor sculpture.   


Garden 3

This newly renovated garden sits above 31st Street and looks over to Tudor Place, which provides a lovely example of a "borrowed landscape". The garden has a large modern fountain and gathering area around a dramatic fire pit, along with an eclectic collection of dwarf evergreen shrubs. 


Garden 4

This large meandering property fronts on Avon Lane, and slopes down in the back towards a tennis court and Q Street. The garden rooms, patios, and places to sit or dine wrap around three sides of the house. Just when you think you have seen them all, another one is revealed. The property has beautiful plantings and lovely large specimen trees throughout.


Garden 5

This recently renovated garden by Marion Oxford Dearth is home to a young family and is designed for outdoor entertaining.  Modern, it has minimal plantings, beautiful hardscape and an interesting pool layout. The entrance to the garden is off of an interior courtyard accessible from the wide public stairs on 31st Street.


Garden 6

The entrance to this charming Japanese inspired garden is off of an interior courtyard accessible from 31st Street, so it feels very quiet and tucked away. Designed by Jane MacLeish, the focus of this garden is a lovely tiered fountain and reflecting pool, with stepping stones across it to reach the dining area.


Garden 7 

The entrance to this Blake Dunlevy designed garden is through a charming arched door. The garden has been recently renovated, with an eye for beautiful details and interesting plantings. Several lovely garden rooms are organized along a central path. Garden highlights include an old sculptural pine tree and a large dramatic fountain.

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