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Tricking and Treating in Georgetown

October 30, 2016

A tradition since the 1970's, the Halloween pedestrian parade along Georgetown's sidewalks starts after 8:00 pm. Come to the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street and walk around with hundreds of costumed adults for happy haunting.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


If you want to show off your costumes, check out the Halloween Masquerade Party at Cafe Milano (3251 Prospect Street) where they're brewing spooktacular entertainment, devilishly delightful canapés and a hosted bar. Halloween chic attire: Cafe Milano's owner Franco Nuschese will give a prize to the wearer of the best mask of the evening.


And there's Nick's Annual Halloween Party (3050 K Street) starting at 9:00 pm. $10 cash cover at the door; best dressed costume contest. 


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Sweden Festival Oct. 22

October 18, 2016

Bring family and friends October 22, 2016 between 12:00-4:30 pm to celebrate 10 years at House of Sweden. Admission is FREE.

Two stages (the yellow and the blue) with concerts, artist talks, dance lessons and more.


They'll also have:

Rooftop Café - Interactive Family Fun - Swedish Food - Face Paint - Pick n´Mix Candy - Meet Swedish Brands - Exhibitions  - Games and more!


BLUE STAGE                                                                         YELLOW STAGE

Outdoor Terrace facing Potomac River                           Indoors in Alfred Nobel Hall


12:00 pm Washington Fiddlers                                        12:40 pm Uppsala University Chamber Ensamble

12:30 pm Welcome by Ambassador Lyrvall                    1:15 pm Jazz artist Anna Cecilia Ferneborg

1:00 pm Artist Talk by House of Sweden's glass             1:45 pm Learn How to Dance Nordic w/ Nordic

  artist Ingegerd Raman (Location: ROOM 4+5)                  dancers of Washington, DC  

2:15 pm The Swedish Choir from Washington, DC         3:30 pm Jazz artist Anna Cecilia Ferneborg

3:00 pm Artist Talk by House of Sweden's glass

  artist Ingegerd Raman  (Location: ROOM 4+5)

3:00 pm Candy Rain followed by Dance for Children

4:00 pm Cotton Club Big Band feat. Kayo


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

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Byzantium and the Nomads Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks Oct. 13

September 25, 2016

Florin Curta, professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida, will be giving a public lecture October 13, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm on: An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in the Oak Room, Fellowship House, located at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.


Although the relations between the nomads and Byzantium have been the subject of many studies, there is to date no comprehensive treatment of the topic. Byzantine sources provide abundant information about how the imperial government in Constantinople dealt with the peoples inhabiting the steppe lands north of the Black and Caspian Seas. Conclusions drawn on the basis of written sources, however, differ from those resulting from archaeological excavations. New evidence from excavations has enriched our understanding of relations between nomadic and settled communities and has questioned the pigeonholing of diverse communities into preconceived ethnic categories such as “Pechenegs,” “Oghuz,” and “Cumans.”


Recent research has moved beyond the study of burial mounds to focus on the cultures of those nomads who moved into areas neighboring the Byzantine Empire or into Hungary between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. These studies have emphasized the processes of sedentization, conversion to Christianity, and eventual assimilation. The study of local settlements in the Balkans has revealed great differences between their relations with sedentary populations north and south of the Danube. Pioneering research in bioarchaeology has only begun to enrich the already complex picture of the archaeology of medieval nomadism in Eastern Europe.


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