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Georgetown: Blizzard 2016

January 24, 2016

I'd say we aced this storm.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

By Sunday morning, what contractors hadn't shoveled, residents had.

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Streets were filled with sweater-clad canines and kids with sleds.

Billy Martin's Tavern (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Billy Martin's Tavern

Martin's was open for brunch, and il Canale was packed all afternoon.

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Ok, some cars were hard to recognize.

Washington Harbour (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Washington Harbour

The waterfront saw snow plows.

Fiola Mare (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Fiola Mare

Birds huddled together in the middle of the Potomac River.

Birds on the Potomac (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Birds on the Potomac

Icy fringe laced storefronts.

Dean & Deluca (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dean & Deluca

And gold-domed banks.

PNC Bank at Wisconsin & M Streets (Photo by: Judith Beermann) PNC Bank at Wisconsin & M Streets

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Crushing on 'Crush'

January 13, 2016

In Crush, Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton ask a distinguished group of literary contributors the eternal question lyrically posed by Bo Didley: “Who do you love?”

To be clear, youthful, wide-eyed, the celebrity crush kind of love. And if you’re under 20, you won’t be waxing nostalgic twenty years from now over unrequited fan mail or waiting a week and fighting with siblings for an hour alone with your favorite TV star. Anticipation and longing ain’t what they used to be.

Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton (Photo by: Ben Carrdus) Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton

Full disclosure: Cathy Alter is a friend and neighbor as is contributor Karin Tanabe. And having the honor of knowing them and their fine work gives this reader a deeper understanding of these talented women through their early fantasies.

Poignant and funny, their crushes made me cry. Well, Karin’s made me laugh more than cry. Especially the part where she talks about Bruno, her real life Corsican mobster lover a few years post a 10-year old's declaration of love for Vincenzo Corleone. Plus, Andy Garcia IS really hot.

Cathy’s six-year old crush on “Puppy Love” crooning Donny Osmond (one of two in the book) is as much a sweet homage to an encouraging mother who served as spell checker and cheerleader helping her determined daughter pen an oh so brief, to the point message: “Dear Donny, I Love you, Love, Cathy” many, many times.

For co-author Dave Singleton, discovering David Cassidy in The Partridge Family at nine and sharing his TV crush, helped him bridge the growing divide between his conservative family and his awakening sexuality.

Sometimes, when celebrities do write back, you learn more about those penning the letters than the celebrities. For Caroline Kepnes, an abiding affection for Brian Austin Green turned into a lengthy correspondence with a protective stage mom and an exaggeration-prone teenage fan. The good news: Brian’s ‘girlfriend’ turned out to be Robin Thicke.

From film icons Bette Davis, Paul Newman and Kim Novak to TV characters Mary Richards and basketball phenom Kareem Abdul-JabbarCrush is a charming, Polaroid look back at our collective pop dreams.

Out April 5, pre-order now here.

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WWS 'Through the Eyes of a Child' at Katzen Arts Center This Weekend

January 8, 2016

James Farmer signing books (Photo by: Judith Beermann) James Farmer signing books

His grandmother taught him two things: "We eat with our eyes first, and, at the table, feed people body and soul." For interior designer, cook and author James Farmer, his book A Time to Celebrate is as much a menu-filled garden-to-table lifestyle resource as it is an homage to his southern roots and traditions. In a delightful luncheon lecture, "Inviting the Generations to the Table," he kicked off the 2016 Washington Winter Show (WWS) at the Katzen Arts Center with childhood tales of a passion for floral arrangements, "grub worms that catch catch catfish that end up on my grandmother's chipped Limoges plates," fried chicken and "blue and white is always right."

Boy's Choir of the John T. Walker School for Boys (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Boy's Choir of the John T. Walker School for Boys

The luncheon program began with a charming musical tribute from the Boy's Choir of  the John T. Walker School for Boys, one of three WWS charities benefited this year. The other two are THEARC and The Founders Board of St. John Community Services. Designer Nina McLemore ended the luncheon with a fashion show.

Fashion Designer Nina McLemore (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Fashion Designer Nina McLemore

This year's loan exhibit, Through the Eyes of a Child: John Mason's Memories of Gunston Hall, showcases 18th century objects from a private collection and serves as inspiration for this year's show.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

With forty-four exhbitiors on three floors, and an event-filled weekend of dealer talks, guided walks, Jazz night, and Sunday activities for children, this wonderful annual Washington tradition truly brings generations to the table, inspiring collectors and art lovers alike.

German carved & painted child's Noah's Ark (Photo by: Judith Beermann) German carved & painted child's Noah's Ark

 For a complete schedule of events, visit Washington Winter Show.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Deidre Healy with Fornasetti plates from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Deidre Healy with Fornasetti plates from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.

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