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After 13 years serving, as Betsy Cooley calls it, "the best hometown," The Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) bid their esteemed Executive Director a most fond farewell last Friday evening at The George Town Club.
CAG President Bob vom Eigen sang her praises, citing numerous community achievements, most recent of which "turning a profit in 2016, something that hadn't happened in three years."
Director Pamla Moore said, "Betsy makes the trains run on time," applauding her ability to handle all the issues along with a multitude of volunteers.
Treasurer Robert Laycock called her "the consummate diplomat" while General Counsel Richard deC. Hinds marveled at how well "Betsy performed under pressure, with the phones constantly ringing."
"I never would have anticipated after the last CAG Gala, what started as a heartbreak would turn into an opportunity," said incoming Executive Director Leslie Maysak. "All that we're doing is because of Betsy" she added, before graciously accepting the baton.
After toasting and a round of applause, Betsy addressed her many friends, "I've seen the organization grow from 800 to 1,300 members. The most important thing is the wonderful people I've worked with."
"It had a lot of bathrooms and eight bedrooms," explains Justin Schneck about his decision to convert two adjoining Federal-style houses, most recently occupied by a law firm, into The Avery Georgetown, a chic new boutique hotel, which he named after his daughter.
Open since June, with 15 guest rooms and suites, designed in a style Schneck calls "minimally playful," this charming addition to P Street’s East Village feels more like a pied–à–terre than a hotel.
Childhood friend and LA-based photographer, Dan Busta is responsible for the charming "Dots" series adorning the walls throughout the establishment.
Interior designer Kate Ballou worked closely with the owner in carefully selecting the decor, with its cheerful color palette, custom tailoring and clean modern lines, a welcoming fresh touch in this historic neighborhood.
Guests are treated to a true residential Georgetown experience, with luxury touches from a complimentary mini bar and wifi to nightly receptions with complimentary craft beer and local wines.
The Avery Georgetown is located at 2616 P Street. Tel: 202.827.4390
Famed architectural photographer Maxwell MacKenzie's most recent exhibit, Going Deep, has been selected as one of the "The Ten Best Photographic Exhibits in DC for 2016" by Louis Jacobsen of the Washington Cty Paper.
Not surprising, MacKenzie has made the list five times. Shooting decaying architecture on the Great Plains is a subject this photographer has been exploring for more than three decades.
At Georgetown's Cross MacKenzie Gallery, in a space he owns with wife and gallery director Rebecca Cross who conceived and curated the show, the photographer focuses on the effects of time and weather on old structures in rural Minnesota, the place where he was born.
Finding approximately a third of its old buildings deserted, MacKenzie was moved by their melancholy beauty, and began photographing the sagging barns and empty houses set in expansive stretches of prairie that were once home to thousands of settlers from Sweden and Norway.
The result of these efforts was the seminal exhibition and book titled, “Abandonings.” After multiple museum and gallery shows and two more books, this show includes a selection of those photographs. American artist Andrew Wyeth said, “Pick a subject and go deep.” MacKenzie took this to heart as he documented the vernacular architecture of his beloved native plains over the last 35 years.
For more information or to purchase any of the photographs, visit Cross MacKenzie Gallery at 1675 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel: 202.337.3970