Speakers Table

Remembering Betsy Cooley

April 29, 2018

Betsy Cooley (Photo by: ) Betsy Cooley

Written by Jennifer Romm

Georgetown lost one of its treasures last week. Betsy Cooley passed away on Wednesday, April 25 at home with her daughters, Alison and Meredith, at her side.  We are all devastated by their loss and ours.  Betsy was our neighbor and our friend.  As executive director of the Citizens Association of Georgetown she was an inspiration.

She shepherded the organization through so much stuff.  She had the patience of a saint as she managed countless volunteers.  She was outgoing, loyal, creative and organized.  And she took pictures of everything!  Everyone knew her and admired her.  She was up for anything – and pretty much always had a plan B.  Her smile lit up the room.  And that hair!! 

She was an awesome artist, a world traveler, and an uber enthusiastic grandmother to Finn, Gustav and Gigi.  She was our biggest cheerleader.   She will be desperately missed. 

Betsy with Finn, Gustav and Gigi (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Betsy with Finn, Gustav and Gigi

Betsy painting at the beach (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Betsy painting at the beach

Plans are in the works for a memorial service.  Please save the date for 2pm June 23rd.  Her daughters are confirming with St Johns Episcopal Church in Georgetown this week.

Betsy Cooley, Catherine Parris Kerkam, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jennifer Romm (Photo by: ) Betsy Cooley, Catherine Parris Kerkam, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jennifer Romm

2 Comments   Click here to share your thoughts.

Bondi Beach Bash May 4th

April 23, 2018

The Phillips Collection and the Embassy of Australia invite you to the 2018 Contemporaries Bash: Bondi Beach on May 4, 2018.


Inspired by Sydney’s world-famous beach, the 2018 Contemporaries Bash brings the Australian waterfront city’s surf culture to Dock 5 in one sensational night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing. Come connect with The Phillips Collection’s dynamic community of art-lovers, creative thinkers, and philanthropists from 8:30 pm until 1:00 am.




Premium open bar 

Savory and sweet bites 

DJ, Photo booths, art-installations, and more 


Must be 21 or older · Black tie or cocktail attire · Free parking

For tickets, click here.


Dock 5 at Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street, NE.


Click here to share your thoughts.

Film on Avicii at House of Sweden April 22nd

April 20, 2018

In conjunction with the exhibition The Creative Nation: Swedish Tech and Innovation, currently on display in House of Sweden, there will be a showing of Avicii: True Stories by Levan Tsikurishvili on April 22, 2018 starting at 3:00 pm.


Admission is free and film has English subtitles.


Avicii: True Stories traces the unvarnished truth behind the success of Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and artist Avicii (A.K.A. Tim Bergling)– one of the world’s highest grossing live music artists whose seemingly sudden decision in 2016 to quit doing live shows came as a complete chock to his fans and the industry. The film reveals the choices he faced and his thoughts at the time. Avicii died April 20, 2018.

The film traces the Swedish artist/DJ’s life from his beginnings, all the way to the joy of his success, from his chart-topping global radio hits and subsequent struggles with his physical and mental health. Tsikurishvili followed Bergling for over four years, and captured fly-on-the-wall footage of his experiences and thinking. Featuring appearances by colleagues such as Chris Martin, Nile Rodgers, David Guetta and Wyclef Jean, Avicii: True Stories is a cautionary tale that explores the taxing nature and intensity of fame from the artist's point of view as much as it is a film for Avicii’s die-hard fans.


Click here to register.

1 Comment   Click here to share your thoughts.