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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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Opening Ceremony for Japanese Tearoom

March 15, 2012

Just in time to mark the centennial celebration of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees is the opening ceremony for the DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden, Friday, March 23, 2012.

Chado, the best known form of the spiritual culture of Japan, represents the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility as described by its founding father Sen Rikyu more than 400 years ago. Every successive heir to the Rikyu legacy has kept the Chado vital and meaningful so that it offers an effective path for cultural enrichment and self-cultivation.

This special event is hosted by the family of the Grand Master Zabosai Soshitsu Sen XVI, the son of Hounsai Genshitsu Sen who was Grand Master for 38 years. Grand Master Zabosai teaches and travels worldwide to educate Japan and other countries about the Way of Tea. He is the 16th-generation grand master of the Urasenke Chado tradition.

Tea gatherings will follow the morning ceremony, as well as an evening banquet at The Hay-Adams' Top of the Hay. After March 23, tea demonstrations and gatherings can be scheduled through the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association.

All events are private and by private invitation only.

The Washington, DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden are located at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 220.


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