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From the East Village, It's a Wrap for 2013

December 22, 2013

Call this the year I officially became an adult, having added to my list of essential service providers an accountant, intellectual property attorney, personal trainer and transitional moving specialist. Previous list: dermatologist, hairdresser, floral designer, and dentist.

The suburban house where I grew up, and for four more decades visited weekly, is gone. Poof, not as in conflagration, but emptied of all its stuff, most of which I'd known since I could crawl. European, my parents did not practice consumerism. I learned that on my own.

Now sold, the home's previous nonagenerian owner, who early this year made an abrupt but ultimately remarkable transition to his current state of vulnerability and acceptance, is now thriving in his new assisted living apartment. While my day job as personal assistant and social director takes me there, this year more than ever before, my home is in Georgetown.

For commercial real estate, the times they are a-changin, but the residents here are always fascinating. Those whom I’m lucky enough to call friends make this the most interesting village in which I can imagine living.

In chronological order, from The Georgetown Dish, my list of the year's most Dishiest:

'The List'

Capella Brings Luxury and High Style to Georgetown

Percy Park Dedication at Georgetown Waterfront Park May 23

The George Town Club is Back!

Rutger de Vink, Great American Winemaker

Marcos Galvany Produces 'Oh My Son' Limited Edition CD

Camelot Cocktails with Kitty Kelley

Next year, 'Ubering' will remain my favorite urban sport, and Sicily my new travel destination.

 

Wishing all those who contribute to, support and read The Georgetown Dish a most joyous holiday season and New Year!


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Camelot Cocktails with Kitty Kelley

December 3, 2013

Kitty Kelley with Ada Polla (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kitty Kelley with Ada Polla

Entering the party in a chic red wool coat, radiant and smiling broadly, she was greeted like an old friend by her host and gathering of admirers and neighbors.

It was through the tender tribute to her friend Stanley Tretick and his photographs of the Kennedy White House that Kitty Kelley and I became acquainted last year. As a lifelong and zealous Kennedy follower, Capturing Camelot offered me a nuanced appreciation for the fragile private life of the First Family, and perhaps equally illuminating, insight into the kind of friend Kelley is. So devoted a one, in fact, she recently published a second book, Let Freedom Ring, honoring Stanley Tretick’s iconic images of the March on Washington.

Ada Polla, Beth Solomon, Nate Myles, Kitty Kelley and Mary Holahan Myles (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ada Polla, Beth Solomon, Nate Myles, Kitty Kelley and Mary Holahan Myles

She’s been quoted as saying her writing is about "moving an icon out of the moonlight and into the sunlight." For 30 lucky guests, Monday evening was about getting to know this icon. In a room filled largely with Georgetowners, including Karin Tanabe, whose debut novel, The List was published earlier this year, Kitty Kelley was gracious and engaging and ever so modest. When Ada Polla, owner of the Swiss skin care line, Alchimie Forever, shyly requested Ms Kelley sign six copies of Capturing Camelot, she was genuinely flattered.

Page Evans and Karin Tanabe in front with Jennifer Altemus and Bonni Braverman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Page Evans and Karin Tanabe in front with Jennifer Altemus and Bonni Braverman

Many of the party-goers share a penchant for literary expression, regularly and generously lending their talented voices to The Georgetown Dish. Its founder, Beth Solomon, updated friends on her new position as CEO of NADCO, a lending organization for small businesses.

Gwendolyn van Paasschen, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Katherine Tallmadge (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gwendolyn van Paasschen, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Katherine Tallmadge

Champagne flutes in hands, Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Constance Chatfield-Taylor listened intently to nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge's post Thanksgiving detox tips.

While most commuted yards or blocks, the prize for most miles driven went to the Myles, Mary Holahan and Nate who made the trek from their Pittsburgh home to meet the legendary investigative journalist.

Nate Myles and Mary Holahan Myles with Bill Rice (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nate Myles and Mary Holahan Myles with Bill Rice

Midway through the festivities, as guests enjoyed more than a bit of bubbly and Jackie Kennedy-inspired French hors d'oeuvres from aptly named Paris Caterers, the laughter grew louder and the line between friends and fans blurred. By party's end, after the exchange of business cards and Facebook friending, the hugs commenced.

Every holiday season should begin with a toast to Kitty Kelley and The Village so many of us love to call home.

Kitty Kelley and me (Photo by: Bill Rice) Kitty Kelley and me

A FABIOlous Ultra Violet Arrangement (Photo by: Judith Beermann) A FABIOlous Ultra Violet Arrangement

Kitty Kelley and Don Demitros (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kitty Kelley and Don Demitros

Sara Mokhtari, Bill Rice and Fran Berk (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari, Bill Rice and Fran Berk

Kitty Kelley, Ada Polla and Fran Berk (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kitty Kelley, Ada Polla and Fran Berk

Jennifer Altemus, Peter Rosenstein and Ada Polla (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Altemus, Peter Rosenstein and Ada Polla


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Meet Your New Neighbors, Georgetown

November 24, 2013

We lost The Guards, Mie N Yu, and Third Edition but we gained Tory Burch, El Centro, The Frye Company, Capitol Prague and Billy Reid, to name a few.

2013 has been a great year for showrooming, a new retail concept trending in Cady's Alley starting with Bonobos. Come in, try on, then buy online.

A handful of new pop-ups open just in time for holiday shopping.

Billy Reid (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Billy Reid

Check out the changing landscape of commercial real estate in Georgetown:

 

READY-TO-WEAR

Alex & Ani jewelry

Billy Reid clothing

Bloomers underwear

Bonobos men's clothing

Britt Ryan women's clothing

The Frye Company (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Frye Company

Calypso St Barth  coming soon

Chubbies shorts  Cady's Alley holiday pop-up

Dr. Martens shoes

EGG by Susan Lazar

DSW shoes coming soon

TheFrye Company boots

Goorin Bros. hats 

Lovely DC bridal

Pandora jewelry coming soon

Read Wall men's wear Cady's Alley holiday pop-up

Reebok athletic shoes

Reddz Trading consignment

Lovely DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lovely DC

Sandro women's clothing coming soon

Steven Alan clothing

TJ Maxx

Tory Burch  clothing and accessories

Tuckernuck clothing Cady's Alley holiday pop-up

Victoria Road handbags & accessories  Cady's Alley holiday pop-up

 

WINE & DINE

AGB Restaurant and Observatory Bar at The Graham Hotel

Capitol Prague

Malmaison (Photo by: Ashley Arias) Malmaison

El Centro

ENO  wine bar

Good Stuff Eatery

Gypsy Sally’s

Malmaison

Pho Viet & Grille

Rialto

Ri Ra Irish Pub coming soon

Shop House

SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt

The Grill Room & The Rye Bar in Capella Hotel

ENO Wine Bar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) ENO Wine Bar

 

HOME DECOR

Artists Proof Gallery

DTR Modern Galleries

HomeGoods

Donghia coming soon

R&G Pop-up

Sabun Home

Zestt 
 


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