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Georgetown in 10: A Readers Survey

September 3, 2012

If the world can be reduced to 100 things, New York to 50, we can tell the story of Georgetown in 10.

Georgetown Waterfront, 1862 (Photo by: wikipedia.org) Georgetown Waterfront, 1862

The British Museum undertook an ambitious four-year project, culminating in an exhibition, a BBC radio program and a book aptly named, A History of the World in 100 Objects.

From a two-million-year-old chopping tool made from stone found in Tanzania (the first toolbox) to a solar-powered light that comes with a charger for $45. "It can illuminate an entire room, enough to change the lives of a family with no electricity. It is a transformative object, one that sets people free,” said Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. “Once they have access to solar power, they have access to the Internet, then they have access to the world of knowledge.”

Ok, that's tough to beat, but we've got lots of cool stuff here. From now through Thanksgiving, The Georgetown Dish invites you to submit suggestions for the 10 most quintessentially Georgetown things. We'll publish your results before Christmas.

Michel Richard (Photo by: michelrichardcitronelle) Michel Richard

Here's what I have so far, but the final 10 will be your choice:

1. Georgetown University, founded by John Carroll, America's first Catholic bishop.

2. Mount Zion United Methodist Church/Cemetery, home of the city's oldest African American congregation, and site of Underground Railroad station..

3. Canal Square Building (home to Sea Catch restaurant today) where the world's first computer was built.

4. George Town Club, said to be where George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant discussed design plans for the city, still a popular meeting spot for political and business leaders.

5. President John F. Kennedy home, actually there were several but the one on N Street where he lived in the 50's.

6. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, supernatural suspense novel by Georgetown Univeristy student William Peter Blatty. Filming in Georgetown made "The Exorcist Steps" famous.

7. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, originating in Georgetown, historic lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, tobacco and agricultural products came to market.

8. 130-foot smokestack in Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, symbol of the industrial history of the Potomac waterfront.

9. Volta Laboratory and Bureau, also known as the "Alexander Graham Bell Laboratory", the "Bell Carriage House" and the "Bell Laboratory."

10. Michel Richard, Georgetown's answer to Julia Child

11. Georgetown Cupcake a recession success story, and every tourist leaves here with that pink box.

Mt. Zion Cemetery (Photo by: wikipedia.org) Mt. Zion Cemetery

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Luke's Lobster is Here

August 21, 2012

"We did the place ourselves," says Grace Needleman, as she points to the old lobster ropes adorning the stairway that lead to the second floor where there's seating for 20. "The floors are all salvage, the wood weathered and warm."

Luke's Lobster Rolls (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Luke's Lobster Rolls

High school friends with Luke Holden (yes, that Luke) from Maine, Grace, along with Ben Conniff busily greet guests with New England Clam Chowder and those famous Lobster Rolls.

Ben Conniff serving soup (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ben Conniff serving soup

Official opening is Thursday, but Tuesday it was friends and family night. As the crowd thickened with Georgetown neighbors, friends from Luke's Lobster in Bethesda and Penn Quarter, and old college friends of Luke (a graduate of Georgetown University) the place took on the ambience of a decades old favorite hangout.

You will not be disappointed. The freshest, juiciest pure claw and knuckle lobster meat on a griddled. top-split bun.  Shrimp and crab rolls too.

Darcy's on Luke's Team (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Darcy's on Luke's Team

Welcome back to Georgetown, Luke!

Party from the old Maine lobster rope staircase (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Party from the old Maine lobster rope staircase

Luke's Lobster is located at 1211 Potomac Street.

Jennifer and Darcy enjoying lobster rolls (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer and Darcy enjoying lobster rolls


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Rubacam Debuts Hard Fix

August 20, 2012

In Washington D.C., members of Congress hold the power, but one man holds the secrets. Declan Kelly, a local Irish pub owner, is the “go to” man, the “fixer” who can make problems go away ... for a price. When he’s hired for one more job involving a influential U.S. Senator, he quickly finds himself confronted by betrayal and violence.

Rubacam Productions. Remember that name. Very soon you'll want to say you knew them before the debut of their first hit web series, Hard Fix.  Add 'webisode' to your lexicon, and stay tuned during the next few weeks for exclusive previews on The Georgetown Dish of this political thriller pilot, behind-the-scenes with the actors, and all the news on a late September launch party.

So what’s this all about? It’s been a year-and-a-half since I literally bumped into Aaron Mullins and Tyler Colin Perry filming their first short film on 31st Street. As graduates of Boston University, Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) in Georgetown, these young filmmakers (together with Ross Stansfield, Dave Campbell and Sean Sonnenberg), formed a production company and began filming their pilot in January.

AaronMullins and Tyler Colin Perry (Photo by: Stephanie Bragg) AaronMullins and Tyler Colin Perry

“The vision of our production team is to use their skills and filmmaking expertise to demonstrate the type of original, quality online programming that can be accomplished in the Washington, D.C. area,” says Mullins.

Everything in Hard Fix was filmed on locations throughout the city. The team brought together current CDIA film students to work as crew on the production, and the website (launched last week) was built by current web & design students at CDIA. Behind-the-scenes photographs were taken by CDIA photo graduate Stephanie Bragg. 

Several key scenes in the pilot were filmed here in Georgetown, at the Monticello Hotel and under Key Bridge at Jack’s Boat House. Can’t get more local than that.

For more on Rubacam, visit their website.

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