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'Wonder Woman 1984' in Georgetown

June 14, 2018

Written by Cathy Kerkam


Extras in costume (Photo by: Cathy Kerkam) Extras in costume

It's 7:00am on a gorgeous June morning - lovely, still and quiet which is the best time in Georgetown. I'm out on a dog walk, heading to Constance Chatfield-Taylor’s house to grab her for coffee. As I get to her house, I realized there were no SUVs in sight ... as far as the eye could see, only vintage cars from the 80's lined P Street and there at the end, was iconic punk boutique Commander Salamander.


Ah, the Wonder Woman sequel.  I had forgotten about the filming. Flashback to middle/high school and long trips in the old Plymouth station wagon with lots of noxious fumes ... then a memory of feeling so cool shopping at iconic punk boutique Commander Salamander for pins for my jean jacket when it was oh, so hip to wear them. I remember when the shop closed. Like other Georgetown stalwarts, it was hard to see it go.


What a treat this morning was! 

(Photo by: Cathy Kerkam)

The men in the photos live in NY and their profession? They source vintage cars, provide them and drive them on movie sets. How cool. No desk job for these guys. They love it, although they said it sometimes feels like paint drying. Each car along P Street had a driver - some in period outfits -  lurking about somewhere with a radio, just waiting to get the call to jump into action. A few cars were idling, filling the street with fumes. They had no idea how long they would wait. I asked if Wonder Woman would be driving one of these beauties, but no, sadly not.

One last thought - I LOVE the old DC license plates!

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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

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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.


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