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On The Waterfront

December 22, 2016

Snowbirds 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

and bicycle acrobats

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

enjoying the holiday season on Georgetown's waterfront.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah!


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il Canale Hosts The Georgetown Dish

December 12, 2016

Grazie mille to Joe Farruggio, Matteo Russoniello and the stellar culinary team at il Canale!

Jennifer Romm, Edwin Neill III, Ada Polla and David Rothman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Romm, Edwin Neill III, Ada Polla and David Rothman

Sunday evening, friends of The Georgetown Dish enjoyed an authentic Italian buffet of thin-crust pizza, calamari, arancia siciliani, polpette al sugo, and cannoli. 

Paul Frazier and Dr. Tina Alster (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Paul Frazier and Dr. Tina Alster

Contributors Janet Staihar, Dr. Tina Alster, Davis Kennedy, Peter Rosenstein, Janet Donovan, David Rothman, Ada Polla, Katherine Tallmadge, Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Simon Jacobsen and Dish founder Beth Solomon mingled with neighbors and friends.

Nan Huidekoper and Davis Kennedy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nan Huidekoper and Davis Kennedy
Beth Solomon, Dr. Ernest Brown, Cindi Demitros (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Beth Solomon, Dr. Ernest Brown, Cindi Demitros

Marking seven seasons of Dishing, party goers toasted with prosecco. Cin cin!

Jackie Pletcher, Jennifer Romm and Constance Chatfield-Taylor (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jackie Pletcher, Jennifer Romm and Constance Chatfield-Taylor

Familiar faces, festive footwear.

Karl Feldman, Leo and Cathy Alter (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Karl Feldman, Leo and Cathy Alter

LivingWell's Health Club Chan Frazier and Georgetown Salon & Spa's Linda Hardiman chatted with House of Sweden's Cecilia Browning and Georgetown Business Association's Jennifer Romm and Sara Mokhtari.

Jenny Shtipelman, Chan Frazier and Sara Mokhtari (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jenny Shtipelman, Chan Frazier and Sara Mokhtari

Donning a 'Georgetown Glow', for many it was a time of winding down after a weekend of Ubering and merrymaking. 

David Harrison, Janet Staihar and Don Demitros (Photo by: Judith Beermann) David Harrison, Janet Staihar and Don Demitros
Sara Mokhtari and Cecilia Browning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari and Cecilia Browning
Don and Barbara Alloway with Karl Feldman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Don and Barbara Alloway with Karl Feldman

Buone Feste, Georgetown!

Jennifer Romm, Tricia Huntley, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jenny Shtipelman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Romm, Tricia Huntley, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jenny Shtipelman
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The American Trust for the British Library Celebrates 25 Years of American Scholarship in Georgetown

October 25, 2016

Gwendolyn van Paasschen graciously opened her Georgetown home last Wednesday evening to visiting members of the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) for an elegant cocktail party.

Philip Davies and Gwendolyn van Paasschen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Philip Davies and Gwendolyn van Paasschen

The event was held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Eccles Center for American Studies.  Founded by David and Mary Eccles, the Eccles Centre is based at the British Library (BL) which houses the most extensive collection of American books, manuscripts, sound recordings and other materials outside of the United States. In addition to promoting this collection, the Centre supports American Studies in schools and universities.

Randy Shifflett of Virginia Tech (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Randy Shifflett of Virginia Tech

Professor Philip Davies spoke about Mary, Viscountess Eccles, an Anglo-American patroness of literature who founded the Centre. Combining the passions of a collector and the discipline of a scholar, Eccles built a multi-faceted memorial: the world's finest private collection of 18th-century English literature.

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A force of nature, Eccles published her last book in 2002 and shortly thereafter, on her deathbed asked Davies, "And Phil, what are we doing next?”

 

Davies also described the Eccles Centre’s “Writers in Residence” program, which has supported American writers of fiction and non-fiction,included Naomi Wood who worked on Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014) during her residency; Andrea Wulf whose work The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) won the Costa Biography Award in 2015 and the Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 2016; and Olivia Laing whose book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Canongate, 2016) was described by the New York Times as 'a daring and seductive book ... [that] raises sophisticated questions about the experience of loneliness.’  

Former Congressman Jim Coyne talks to ATBL Trustee, Evalyn Lee (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Former Congressman Jim Coyne talks to ATBL Trustee, Evalyn Lee

Professor Crandall “Randy” Shifflett of Virginia Tech, also an Eccles Centre Fellow spoke about his research the Algonquin Indians and the 1996 Jamestown DNA project merging history with technology.  He emphasized that there were materials the British Library that he was unable to find elsewhere. 

 

Former Congressman Jim Coyne was on hand to talk about his experience speaking to students in the UK about American politics as part of the Congress to Campus program, a collaboration the Association of Former Members of Congress.

Sharon West Witiw, Domestic Programs Director of the US Association of the Former Members of Congres (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sharon West Witiw, Domestic Programs Director of the US Association of the Former Members of Congres

Gwendolyn, an ATBL Trustee and Secretary of the ATBL’s Executive Committee, welcomed the group.  “The British library is an amazing institution run and supported by the wonderful group of people at the ATBL.”  The ATBL promotes the work of the British Library.

Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Jerry McCoy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Jerry McCoy

The VIP Georgetown guests had come from a walk earlier in the day to the Peabody Room (named  after American-British financier George Peabody) at the Georgetown Library where they were regaled with tales of the library's recent earthquake and fire by special collections librarian, Jerry McCoy. The ATBL regularly hosts visits of libraries and collections in New York and Washington DC for its membership.

Joanna Wells, head of Major Gifts and Corporates at the British Library examines special BL and ATBL cookies. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joanna Wells, head of Major Gifts and Corporates at the British Library examines special BL and ATBL cookies.

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