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The American Trust for the British Library Celebrates 25 Years of American Scholarship in Georgetown

October 25, 2016

Gwendolyn van Paasschen graciously opened her Georgetown home last Wednesday evening to visiting members of the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) for an elegant cocktail party.

Philip Davies and Gwendolyn van Paasschen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Philip Davies and Gwendolyn van Paasschen

The event was held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Eccles Center for American Studies.  Founded by David and Mary Eccles, the Eccles Centre is based at the British Library (BL) which houses the most extensive collection of American books, manuscripts, sound recordings and other materials outside of the United States. In addition to promoting this collection, the Centre supports American Studies in schools and universities.

Randy Shifflett of Virginia Tech (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Randy Shifflett of Virginia Tech

Professor Philip Davies spoke about Mary, Viscountess Eccles, an Anglo-American patroness of literature who founded the Centre. Combining the passions of a collector and the discipline of a scholar, Eccles built a multi-faceted memorial: the world's finest private collection of 18th-century English literature.

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A force of nature, Eccles published her last book in 2002 and shortly thereafter, on her deathbed asked Davies, "And Phil, what are we doing next?”

 

Davies also described the Eccles Centre’s “Writers in Residence” program, which has supported American writers of fiction and non-fiction,included Naomi Wood who worked on Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014) during her residency; Andrea Wulf whose work The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) won the Costa Biography Award in 2015 and the Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 2016; and Olivia Laing whose book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Canongate, 2016) was described by the New York Times as 'a daring and seductive book ... [that] raises sophisticated questions about the experience of loneliness.’  

Former Congressman Jim Coyne talks to ATBL Trustee, Evalyn Lee (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Former Congressman Jim Coyne talks to ATBL Trustee, Evalyn Lee

Professor Crandall “Randy” Shifflett of Virginia Tech, also an Eccles Centre Fellow spoke about his research the Algonquin Indians and the 1996 Jamestown DNA project merging history with technology.  He emphasized that there were materials the British Library that he was unable to find elsewhere. 

 

Former Congressman Jim Coyne was on hand to talk about his experience speaking to students in the UK about American politics as part of the Congress to Campus program, a collaboration the Association of Former Members of Congress.

Sharon West Witiw, Domestic Programs Director of the US Association of the Former Members of Congres (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sharon West Witiw, Domestic Programs Director of the US Association of the Former Members of Congres

Gwendolyn, an ATBL Trustee and Secretary of the ATBL’s Executive Committee, welcomed the group.  “The British library is an amazing institution run and supported by the wonderful group of people at the ATBL.”  The ATBL promotes the work of the British Library.

Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Jerry McCoy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Jerry McCoy

The VIP Georgetown guests had come from a walk earlier in the day to the Peabody Room (named  after American-British financier George Peabody) at the Georgetown Library where they were regaled with tales of the library's recent earthquake and fire by special collections librarian, Jerry McCoy. The ATBL regularly hosts visits of libraries and collections in New York and Washington DC for its membership.

Joanna Wells, head of Major Gifts and Corporates at the British Library examines special BL and ATBL cookies. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joanna Wells, head of Major Gifts and Corporates at the British Library examines special BL and ATBL cookies.

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Georgetown Rocked 2016 Gala

October 23, 2016

The Citizens Association of Georgetown, which devotes itself to protecting the interests of its residential community to preserve the neighborhood's livability, beauty and historic character, hosted their annual black-tie gala Saturday evening. 

Greg and Holly Styles (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Greg and Holly Styles

Held at Four Seasons, Georgetown, this year's theme was "Georgetown Rocks."

 Max Hames with Betsy Cooley and Richard Klem (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Max Hames with Betsy Cooley and Richard Klem

The gala committee, chaired by John & Kristin Cecchi, Mark & Sally Ein, Robert Pincus & Roxanne Little, and Chris & Dana Tavlarides, planned a very special evening featuring the east coast party band, The Rockets.

Jennifer and David Romm (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer and David Romm

Encouraged to wear their best rock n’ roll attire, guests were treated to specialty cocktails, live painting, a silent auction, full dinner buffet, a cigar bar, and, of course, dancing.

Jonn Marc Live Painting (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jonn Marc Live Painting

Tracy and Bill Moroney (Photo by: Jennifer Romm) Tracy and Bill Moroney

This year’s high-end silent auction featured homes in Paris, Aspen and Vail, an election night party, a unique weekend featuring Plank Industries’ Sagamore Farm, an executive coaching leadership package, a rare wine collection, a wellness package, a rooftop party with Via Umbria, and even Wizards floor seats.

Surveying auction items (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Surveying auction items

Jackie Pletcher and Charles Eisen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jackie Pletcher and Charles Eisen

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The nearly 500 oh so chic revelers danced the night away with friends and neighbors.

(Photo by: Patrick Ryan)

(Photo by: Patrick Ryan)

Sponsors included Tracy & Bill Moroney, Chesapeake Management Group, Coldwell Banker, EastBanc, Georgetown Exxon & Georgetown Shell, Georgetown University, IDI Residential/Cecchi Homes, The Levy Group, Long & Foster Christie's International Real Estate, M.C. Dean, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MRP Realty, Thomas Pheasant & Juan Carlos Rincones, Win Sheridan, Christopher & Dana Tavlarides, Trammell Crow Company, and Washington Fine Properties.

Serving Sagamore Spirit (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Serving Sagamore Spirit


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Meet Masseur Daniel

October 19, 2016

When aesthetician and spa owner, Linda Hardiman at Georgetown Salon and Spa decided to add a massage therapist to her practice, she knew she wanted an experienced professional with an expansive approach for the diverse needs of her clients. She added a treatment room and began her search.

Daniel performing deep tissue massage (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel performing deep tissue massage

Enter Daniel Shishkov, highly recommended Bulgarian-born professional soccer player turned massage therapist who has been in Washington, DC for the past year-and-a-half.

With training from the prestigious Spanish massage school, Olesma in Palma de Mallorca, this fully licensed former athlete with 10 years of experience, can do it all. From Swedish and Deep Tissue to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Reflexology, Daniel is a skillful masseur. 

For those not familiar wih MLD (that includes me), Daniel explained, "It's a hands-on technique that gently stretches and releases tissue to help the lymphatic system function more efficiently. That's so important to fight off diseases and to detox and regenerate."

For a limited time, enjoy a 20% discount on all massage services with Daniel at Georgetown Salon and Spa, 2715 M Street NW.

Daniel Shishkov and Linda Hardiman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daniel Shishkov and Linda Hardiman

To make an appointment, call 202.333.8099


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