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Historic Georgetown Residences Open to Public

April 29, 2012

Georgetown opened its historic doors to 1,700 guests Saturday. The 81st anniversary of the Georgetown House Tour, organized by patrons and sponsors who live and work here, made it a true neighborhood event.

Outside Jack and Michele Evans Home (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Outside Jack and Michele Evans Home

"The tour was a great success due in large measure to the leadership of the co-chairs Stephanie Bothwell and Franklin Babb Randolph, in addition to the corporate sponsorship of Washington Fine Properties and the many volunteers who served as docents in the homes, hosted the tea at St. John's parish and coordinated house tour logistics the day of the tour.  Without them none of this would have been possible," said PR chair, Constance Christakos.

Hugh Newell Jacobsen at home (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hugh Newell Jacobsen at home

The nine distinguished residences chosen this year included the home of Councilmember Jack Evans and his wife Michele, world-renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, a post-Civil War Italiante villa, an early Victorian home with setts from 17th century river stones, a home once used as a literary salon for noted authors, and a home owned by architect Christian Zapatka, who also renovated 3007 Q Street.

1416 34th Street with 17th century setts from ship ballasts (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 1416 34th Street with 17th century setts from ship ballasts

Library of late Senator Taft (Photo by: ) Library of late Senator Taft

Former home to literary parties (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Former home to literary parties

Leslie Kamrad, Rosemary Bowes, Stephanie Bothwell (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Leslie Kamrad, Rosemary Bowes, Stephanie Bothwell

3007 Q Street (Photo by: Christian Zapatka renovation ) 3007 Q Street

Friends and neighbors met at St. John's Episcopal Church for maps and afternoon tea.

St. John's Church (Photo by: Judith Beermann) St. John's Church


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Celebrate Earth Day at Dumbarton Oaks Park

April 12, 2012

The 27-acre Dumbarton Oaks Park, once part of the 53-acre Georgetown estate known as Dumbarton Oaks is being restored thanks to the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy.  Join other volunteers from Georgetown and around the city to help clean up the Park on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd.

"We are delighted to welcome all to work with us in our efforts to restore the Park" said Ann Aldrich, Executive Director of the Conservancy.

Dumbarton Oaks Park was donated 71 years ago by Robert and Mildred Bliss, owners of the Dumbarton Oaks Estate. The 27-acre woodland gardens were designed by Beatrix Farrand, America's first woman landscape architect and only woman founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

(Photo by: dopark.org)

Last year, the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy announced a partnership with the public and the National Park Service to restore the Park. Over the last 71 years, the use and management of the Park has changed. More recently the National Park Service has suffered from lack of funds to maintain the Park, which has allowed invasive plants to grow uncontrolled and the historic structures, including the waterfalls and pools to become degraded. As development around the Park increased so did storm water runoff so that the stream bed and structures are being heavily eroded.

Committed volunteers have logged 1,200 hours since last September, and are responsible for the visible changes that users of the Park are seeing. Aldrich said "They will welcome you with gloves and tools and joy when you join them in clipping, pruning and sawing their way through the Park."

Please contact Ann Aldrich at aaldrich@dopark.org for further information and to help the Conservancy and NPS plan for the volunteer turnout.

Volunteers will gather at the top of Lovers Lane on R Street at 8:00 am on Sunday the 22nd. Work will continue until noon.

 


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And the RAMW Finalists Are ...

March 29, 2012

The area's top restaurateurs, chefs and key restaurant industry players gathered Monday evening as the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the nominees for its annual RAMMY Awards. The Nomination Party was hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

Justin Bittner, Billy Klein, Jesse Miller, and Ian Reeves (Photo by: RAMW) Justin Bittner, Billy Klein, Jesse Miller, and Ian Reeves

Georgetown's Bourbon Steak was nominated in two categories: Rising Culinary Star (Adam Sobel, shown above with his fellow nominees) and for their Beverage/Mixology Program. 

The public will decide the winners in three categories: Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year.

Lynne Breaux, President, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Danny Wells, Pearl Dive Oyster Bar Jim Foss, Hill Country BBQ Maria Trabocchi, Fiola Mike Isabella, Graffiato Enzo Fargione, Elisir (Photo by: RAMW) Lynne Breaux, President, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Danny Wells, Pearl Dive Oyster Bar Jim Foss, Hill Country BBQ Maria Trabocchi, Fiola Mike Isabella, Graffiato Enzo Fargione, Elisir

The RAMMYS will be held June 24, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

For a complete list of finalists, read here.


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