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Rain or Shine, Georgetown Gathers at Martin's

June 14, 2010

A motto for Georgetowners, Disherati, and the George Washington Tennis Center alike -- rain or shine, flood, fire, snow. There is no place like Martin's. Monday evening (and yes it was raining), Dish Media LLC and The Georgtown Dish congregated at their favorite watering hole to celebrate reporter extraordinaire, Georgetown University's Molly Redden and her summer home at the Dish. 

Molly's guests included (from left to right below) Julianna Brint, Will Somner, recent GU graduate and Chris Heller -- emerging forces in journalism.

Representing the GW Tennis Center (left to right below) were program director, Mustafa Ulukan, Chace Warmington, Ecofusion principal, and Greg Munoz, head coach of men's tennis. Monday was the first day of the center's 12 week summer camp for 3-17 year olds. Conversation turned from gifted six year olds to constructing an eco-friendly indoor facility for students, kids and families at their Mount Vernon campus facility.

Chace pointed out, " With the growth of tennis, people want to go where we can play tennis, and eat afterwards. We want to stay local." The Dish couldn't agree more.

Coldwell Banker's Mary Lowry Smith (above right) dished with CAG president Jennifer Altemus (left) and Dish publisher Beth Solomon, while managing editor Bonnie Cain (below center) and Megan Harrington (left), promotions manager discussed a recent Georgetown photography show with Julianna Brint (right).

Chris Heller and Molly Redden

Greg Munoz, Wendy Gordon and Bill Rice

"Cast no aspersions on my talents," teased Gordon, who artfully downplayed her tennis skills while cannily sizing up prospective competitors. On one thing we all agreed, Martin's after the match!

Tennis anyone?

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Tudor Place Welcomes BabyLove DC 2010 Carnival

June 7, 2010

Warning: Reading this article may cause pregnancy. More cute kids per square inch of grass than permitted by law were out Saturday for BabyLove DC 2010 Carnival Day at Tudor Place.












  Elmo gets a hug from Louisa Furman

Ali Wentworth, along with BabyLove DC co-founders Sissy Yates, Elizabeth Thorp, Annie Lou Berman, Ana Caskin, and Sarah Cannova organized a day of fun for BabyLove DC.

Duck Pond Managers Kate Tarr, Elliott Stephanopoulos and Laney Tarr

Started a year ago and based on similar charities around the country, including New York's BabyBuggy started by Jessica Seinfeld, Ali told us, “I’m so happy to be doing something charitable that is very hands-on. As a group of women, we take clothes and equipment and actually hand it to people who need it.”  BabyLove DC distributes new and gently used items through a network of community-based organizations including Mary's Center, A Wider Circle, the Hoya Clinic at DC General, and the NW Pregnancy Center.

Ali welcomes BabyLove friends and announces raffle winners below.

Daughter Harper, in pink striped leggings stops by for a photo on her way to the Duck Pond.

Four years ago, Sissy Yates, jewelry designer and Ali's sister, turned a childhood rock collection (ask her mother how many rock necklaces she got for Mother's Day) into Sissy Yates Designs. Inspired by a love of semi-precious stones, Sissy's earrings caught the eye of Oprah and were immediately featured in O magazine. A heart-shaped necklace was created especially for BabyLove.















"Being parents  ourselves, we know how hard it is. We want to help other parents who don’t have access," Annie Lou Berman said, holding son, Teddy as Charlie hugs dad's leg.

Pediatician and childhood friend of Ali, Ana Caskin, of Georgetown University Hospital's KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic Department of Pediatrics, was delighted when Ali contacted her about starting a non-profit for low income families.

Alexandra, Ana, Michael and John Caskin

“Too nice for Goodwill,” Elizabeth Thorp, whose three kids barely wore their clothes and gear, thought Ali had a great idea.

Elizabeth Thorp with Hisaoka Communication's Kate Gibbs











Sassanova co-owner Sarah Cannova with Beatrix

BabyLove DC activities included face painting, a duck pond game, storytime with George Stephanopoulous, singing and playing music with Accelerando Music, jelly bean guess, Capital Movement Dancers, and flowerpot decorating and painting. Refreshments were provided by Design Cuisine, Georgetown Cupcake and Whole Foods.

Harper and George Stephanopoulos get ready for Storytime

Louisa and Henry Furman

Wes and Cash Barentzen

Capital Movement Dancers

Raffles were held for a variety of prizes including a Renaissance Mayflower gift certificate, Sissy Yates necklace (won by Tracey Weil), an Erwin Gomez gift certificate and Volanni Flowers gift certificate. Shopping included Carson Bags, Aminal Dolls, Sissy Yates Designs, Cambodian Bags and TOMS shoes.

Kate Gibbs with Johanna Howe, Annie Lou Berman's sister proudly pictured with Aminal Dolls.  Based on the drawings of founder Ben Luzzatto's children, Aminals are created from organic cotton and certified by Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for humane, safe and hygenic working conditions at all stages of production. Plus they're really cute!

Speaking of really cute, this is Molly Donahue

Stephanie Kowal, of Mad Science blows bubbles at a young scientest

Giraffe-guarded duck pond attracts waders















Sissy Yates necklace raffle winner Tracey Weil and Phoebe

Carson Bag designer Patty Smith (shown with daughter Katie Rothwell) tells the Dish how her son, Carson, who parachuted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade into northern Iraq at the beginning of the war was the inspiration for the "Jumper" bag. With Carson now safely back home and a Columbia University graduate, Patty has continued the line, with many fabric designs by Peter Fasano. Will a Katie bag be next?

Patti Cummings with Aminal, Liun

Zoe and Brad Dockser

Harper Stephanopoulos admires Dad's face painting by Kay Kingrea

Freshly painted Allegra poses with mom Stephanie Fateh

Henry Furman takes a break

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Frescoes of Georgetown: A Walking Tour

May 31, 2010

It was waiting for the light to change, driving up Wisconsin the other day that I had an epiphany.  Looking over at the second floor of Pearson’s Wine and Spirits, I suddenly realized the flower boxes AND ALL THREE WINDOWS were painted on, sun shadows included!  Granted, I’m vertically challenged, but as many times as I’ve been there over the years to purchase wine (and spirits) and I hadn’t noticed?? Geez.

It’s a rare sight to see a mural (sale signs don’t count) much less trompe l’oeil, but I did find a total of seven tour-worthy frescoes around The Village. From north to south, here they are:

1. 2436 Wisconsin Avenue

Originally a pharmacy, where alcoholic beverages were sold by prescription during Prohibition, this family owned business was established in 1933.

2. 1826 Wisconsin Avenue

Park your car and stretch. You’re at Georgetown’s first yoga studio, Spiral Flight and Wellness Center.

3. 1564 Wisconsin Avenue

You’ll be pumped. Fill the tank at Washington Gas and smile.

4. 3143 N Street

You’re not alone. Look up next time you’re on the patio of Paolo’s Ristorante.

5. 3139 M Street

After a few brews at Old Glory American Bar-B-Que, you may have stumbled onto this scene.

6. 1039 33rd Street

This field of poppies was originally designed in 2005 by Miki Yoshimoto for Chez Mama-san, her family’s Japanese Restaurant. Same family, now art at Gallery Chez M upstairs.

7. 1036 33rd Street

Big wheel bike. Literally.  It’s Big Wheel Bikes.

 Mural, mural on the wall have I found them all?  Take a walk, give me a call.

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