Hollywood on the Potomac

Two Miss Americas

August 27, 2017

Former Miss America Nina Davuluri added to Celebrity Judges panel for the final night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” to broadcast live Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network.

Hollywood on the Potomac first interviewed Davuluri in November of 2014:

If walls could talk … well actually they did.  At a luncheon at Cafe Milano in Washington, DC in honor of Kira Kazantsev and Nina Davuluri – Miss America 2015 and 2014 respectively – the twosome exchanged experiences like you might after summer camp and Hollywood on the Potomac caught it on video. (see below)


“I want to tell everyone a little bit about the Miss America Organization,” said Kira Kazantsev.  “If you maybe didn’t know before, we operate on what we call ‘the four points of the crown.’ Two of those points are style and success. Not just on how we present ourselves on the outside but your professionalism, your attitude, your positivity or confidence. Those are all things that I’ve gotten from the Miss America Organization.  Success, Nina is a perfect example of success. She’s the product of the Miss America Organization and the end result of something that has been with her since teenage years. She is now incredibly successful and travels the world; she’s going to India soon and is just one of the many successful women that have come through the Miss America Organization. The networking opportunities, the business opportunities, just being in this room today; I would not be here if it were not for the Miss America Organization. I would not have ever met any of you if it weren’t for the Miss America Organization, so I have that to be thankful for.”

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Future of Afghanistan

August 23, 2017

“One of the beauties of democracy is that new ideas come to surface and new administrations come in and have different focuses and different priorities,” Afghanistan’s Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib said in response to a question posed by Hollywood on the Potomac as to how things have changed for the people of Afghanistan as well as the relationship with the United States since Ashraf Ghani took over as President.  “The priority of this current government, the National Unity Government, is making sure that Afghanistan becomes a self-reliant country, so we are increasing revenue – that’s a big focus for us. To do that, it means we’re not only finding new ways to bring new revenue, but making sure that we collect more taxes and more revenue from customs by introducing reforms – that includes anti-corruption measures and also introducing new systems to put in place so that the processes become faster to make it easier for people to make new investments that would encourage more and more trade in Afghanistan.”  The occasion for the discussion was a dinner party in his honor hosted by Juleanna Glover and Ryan Wegman at Glover’s Kalorama residence in Washington, DC.

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The Final Round

August 14, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David


The ornate, French-style grand ballroom of the Cosmos Club came alive with music last Sunday; it was the piano music of some of the world’s greatest masters – Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, and more. For over three hours, the ballroom filled with beautiful sonatas, nocturnes, rhapsodies, interpreted by six talented, amateur pianists. Each of these finalists performed their music with peak skill in hopes of winning one of the three top prizes provided by Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC). For three days, leading up to the Sunday events, 23 talented aspiring winners from around the world competed for the grand prize. Of the 23, only six were selected for the final round on Sunday at the Cosmos Club.


The Festival of Music 2017, which has become an annual WIPAC event in Washington for the past fifteen years, has been providing new opportunity for talented pianists from around the world with dreams of bringing their music to the American stage. “Considerable time has been dedicated to preparing for each festival, but the results have always been well worth it,” Clayton Eisinger, WIPAC president, said. “Thanks to the hard work of Chateau and John Gardecki, the annual festival has been enhancing the lives of our community since inception by bringing joy to its participants and its many attendees.”


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