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The Latest on Rose Park Play DC Concept Design

September 11, 2013

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Wednesday evening, Friends of Rose Park met with DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to discuss the second Concept Design Plan released by Play DC/DPR and the Trust for Public Land (TPL).

Rose Park is one of more than 30 playgrounds citywide getting upgrades and makeovers as part of the Play DC initiative. 

DC DPR Director Jesus Aguirre introduced the revised concept for the design build to a group of 30 residents, explaining the intent is to "reflect the community use."

Stacy West, Jesus Aguirre, Shilpa Khatri and Kent Whitehead (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Stacy West, Jesus Aguirre, Shilpa Khatri and Kent Whitehead

DPR's concept designer, Glenn Smith outlined the circulation paths for joggers and bikers, described a new five-foot path with signage to discourage bikers, and explained how the three distinct park areas would be connected. Included in the design is an ADA ramp, bike racks, a 15-foot promenade, benches, addition of 14-15 trees,  permeable paving, and swings for tots and handicapped.

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ANC Commisioner, Tom Birch asked, "To what extent do you take advantage of what's there now? My dead dogs' names are on those bricks." TPL's Kent Whitehead assured the group that the bricks would be moved and reused.

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Of concern to many residents was the potential impact of the design on the Rose Park Farmers Market, an important part of the neighborhood, a place not only for shoppers, but for the community to meet. DPR assured the group that finding sufficient space for the market would be addressed.

Other issues raised were types of sandbox sand proposed, maintenance of new equipment, proximity of trash to properties, sufficient outdoor lighting, size of play areas, seating, lack of an intergenerational theme, and a need for a water fountain. Upgrades to the receational center were deemed beyond the scope of the project.

This latest design is available on-line for public comment through September 16, 2013.

Once DPR incorporates public comments, they will post the final design on-line before presenting to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (as publicly requested by David Abrams) and Old Georgetown Board.

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The New George Town Club

September 4, 2013

"The George Town Club that re-opens in October will not be the same George Town Club everyone remembers," says Elizabeth Miller. "The interior will be the first sign that things are different, but everything from the programming to the food to the membership will show that the Club is chic and hip and THE place to be in Georgetown!"

Andrew Law, Dan Sallick and George Hemphill (Photo by: Elizabeth Miller) Andrew Law, Dan Sallick and George Hemphill

Some of Georgetown’s finest talents have lent their energy and time to bring the Club elegantly into the 21st century. The vision starts with the space, but the plan is to shine a warm wood-paneled light on invited musicians, politicians, artists, and museum curators.

"Adding a focus on contemporary art in the redesigned spaces, particularly by Washington-based artists and architects, will not just add to the aesthetics, but more importantly to the creative dialogue happening at the Club," said Dan Sallick, George Town Club member and Hirshhorn Museum + Sculpture Garden Board member.

August 2013 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) August 2013

Leading the design team, interior designer Andrew Law explained, "We sought to preserve the venerable history of the Club's interiors - which include significant period millwork from both England and the estate of J.P. Morgan - while creating an environment that is relevant for today.  To that end, we incorporated linen on the walls, added custom tailored furnishings, and the antique rugs are now showcased atop a layer of sisal, creating interiors that are much more approachable."

Executive Chef Martin Galicia (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Executive Chef Martin Galicia

Remember the fabulous August Georges showroom? For over 25 years, Debbie Winsor has been active in the design community. "I am thrilled to be working with Bo Blair an Andrew Law to re-imagine the spaces at the George Town Club", said Wnsor. "We have left all the beautiful woodworking and unique features, but created something more clean-lined and up-to-date.  The Club is a treasure that we wanted to preserve and re-imagine for the future.  It will now be a place of simple elegance."

New furnishings AND a new Executive Chef: Martin Galicia. Chef Martin's cooking style combines his training in classical French cuisine with his experience working with fresh products, locally raised by Irish farmers and seafood caught in the Atlantic Ocean by Dingle's fishermen.Born in New York City, Martin was raised in Dingle in Southwest Ireland and began his career at The Lord Baker's Restaurant in Dingle.

August 2013 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) August 2013

Stay tuned for details on the grand re-opening.

The George Town Club is located at 1530 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.333.9330

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Isn't It Lovely?

September 2, 2013

Lovely DC owner Julia Simon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lovely DC owner Julia Simon

“When I got engaged three years ago, I started looking for a wedding dress, shopping here in D.C., and it was hard finding my price point. So I went to New York City for the weekend, where my sister lives, and visited Lovely. I fell in love with the store and the experience.” Julia Simon, now the owner of Lovely Bride in Georgetown, kept in touch, reaching out to the owner until she was ready to open Lovely DC.

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Georgetown was the only place she wanted to be. “Much like the NYC and LA stores, Lovely DC was looking for a space with a romantic and welcoming feel, some historical character to play up, in a neighborhood surrounded by other great small businesses. Georgetown offers all of that,” said Julia.

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After scouting around for a few months, she found the perfect spot. Flooded with light, above Urban Chic in Book Hill, the loft space, uncommonly spacious, is actually the width of three row houses. The exposed brick and distressed wood serve as a warm, romantic backdrop for the elegantly flowing gowns.

Julia holding a Sarah Seven gown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Julia holding a Sarah Seven gown

Filling the market gap with great designs at accessible price points, the boutique offers a beautiful environment, great service, and a carefully curated selection. Julia explained, “Lovely has something for everyone, from the classic D.C. bride to a more relaxed bohemian beauty. We carry some of the coolest up-and-comers like Sarah Seven, Carol Hannah, and Ivy and Aster as well as some of the classics, Anne Barge, Lea-Ann Belter, and Nicole Miller. The price point is also lovely with dresses from $1,200 - $5,000."


Lovely DC's Fall Trunk Show Schedule:

  • Nicole Miller – September 13th – 15th
  • Theia – September 20th – 22nd
  • Hayley Paige – October 4th – 6th
  •  Anne Barge – October 17th – 20th
  • Lea- Ann Belter– November 15th – 17th

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Lovely DC is located at 1632 Wisconsin Avenue (2nd floor). Tel: 202.735.0674

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