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Georgetown Village Honors Nancy Taylor Bubes

May 13, 2018

Recalling the days when Georgetown was best known for its exploding manhole covers, DC councilmember Jack Evans beamed, "What a beautiful view of the Georgetown waterfront! We've come a long way and Georgetown has never looked better."

Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Gail Nordheimer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Gail Nordheimer

Several hundred friends and neighbors came out Thursday evening to the offices of Foley & Lardner with its panoramic views of Washington Harbour to honor Nancy Taylor Bubes and support Georgetown Village's annual spring benefit.

"Nancy is a fixture in Georgetown," continued Evans. "I remember when she started in real estate and her picture was on Safeway carts." For over 30 years, Nancy has offered her hospitality, talents and generosity to the community, and since Georgetown Village was established 7 years ago by Sharon Lockwood, she has supported every Village event. Evans honored Washington Fine Properties' top seller with a plaque proclaiming May10th Nancy Taylor Bubes Day in the District of Columbia.

David Dunning, Sharon and David Lockwood and Jack Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) David Dunning, Sharon and David Lockwood and Jack Evans

"The spirit of Georgetown is the spirit of Nancy," said Georgetown Village president Gail Nordheimer

Georgetown businesses generously provided silent auction items and Tony and Joe's/Nick's Riverside Grill donated delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Georgetown Village is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer services, educational and cultural programs to enable neighbors to age independently in their homes. Now in its seventh year, Georgetown Village has about 200 members and many trained and vetted volunteers who, with their staff, meet the needs of members. For more information, contact Georgetown Village.

Peter and Motrya Calafiura with Gail Nordheimer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter and Motrya Calafiura with Gail Nordheimer

Luis and Kate Semerad Bakker (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Luis and Kate Semerad Bakker

Gary Nordheimer and Bill Plante (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gary Nordheimer and Bill Plante

Craig Wilson, Melissa Lee Huston and Jack Cahill (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Craig Wilson, Melissa Lee Huston and Jack Cahill

Gail Nordheimer and Dr. Ernest Brown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gail Nordheimer and Dr. Ernest Brown

Dana Landry with David Dunning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dana Landry with David Dunning

Kelly and Greg Casten (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kelly and Greg Casten

Alan and Liz Bubes (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alan and Liz Bubes
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Karen and Bill Sonneborn Host the Georgetown Patrons' Party

April 26, 2018

Belinda Winslow and Frank Randolph (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Belinda Winslow and Frank Randolph

"It all started when my mother wanted to help the Georgetown Ministry," explained Belinda Winslow. It was 2001 and the Grande Dame of Georgetown told her friend, "Kitty, you're going to have a party!" "You can't say no to Frida Burling," was best-selling author Kelley's predictable response.  

Since then, Georgetowners have thrown a Patrons' Party every spring at a prominent residence to kick off the annual Georgetown House Tour. The event benefits St. John's ministries to homeless adults and children, the unemployed, senior citizens, and young children in DC schools.

Patrons' Party at Williams-Addison House (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patrons' Party at Williams-Addison House

This year's gracious hosts, Karen and Bill Sonneborn welcomed patrons, friends and neighbors to their historic home, the Williams-Addison House, also known as the Friendly Estate, where Pultizer Prize-winning former editor of the Washington Post, Alfred Friendly and his wife once lived.

Cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres were served in the tented garden as guests mingled and peeked into the charming guest house on the elegantly landscaped estate. 

Four renowned Washington DC-based architects and designers will lead panel discussios during the Georgetown House Tour this Saturday, April 28th. Christian Zapatka, Deborah Winsor, Dale Overmyer and Frank Randolph will share their inspirations and challenges working in and around historical homes.

Wally Greeves, Sonya Bernhardt and Christian Zapatka (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wally Greeves, Sonya Bernhardt and Christian Zapatka

Tickets to the Georgetown House Tour can be purchased here.

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

Belinda Winslow and Constance Chatfield-Taylor (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Belinda Winslow and Constance Chatfield-Taylor

Williams-Addison House (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Williams-Addison House


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The Spirit of No. 209 Gin

April 15, 2018

Edge Hill Winery (Photo by: Edge Hill Winery) Edge Hill Winery

By Friday afternoon I was learning all about Dutch courage and genever and single-sourced Italian juniper over cocktails at Ris, thanks to Peter Abrahams and a chance encounter at Ace Beverage Fine Wines and Spirits the day before. The former publisher of DC Modern Luxury magazine was in town and in fine spirits for Gin Week. 

After tasting 209 for the first time, he was so impressed, "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life," No. 209's new president explained over his "Hay Barn," a savory concoction of No. 209 Gin, Dolin Dry Vermouth, rhubarb, fennel and lemon. A visit to Edge Hill Winery in St. Helena early last year was all it took. It was on that spectacular Napa property in 1870 that William Scheffler purchased the patent for a new pot still and was granted distillery license 209.

No. 209 Distillery (Photo by: distillery209.com) No. 209 Distillery

Fast forward to 1999 when Leslie Rudd bought the estate with plans to resume making wine there and discovered “Registered Distillery No. 209” painted above the iron doors of what was being used as a hay barn. Turned out the original building wasn't ideal so a new distillery was built over Pier 50 in San Francisco.

With a nod to his hometown, Abrahams describes San Francisco as "a drinking city, very inclusive, like Boston. What do you feel like tonight? They're carefree with a real mixology mentality."

Ranked 12th in the world for taste by Simon Difford, the foremost cocktail bar critic, No. 209 is also the only distillery built over water, making the temperature perfect for year-round distilling.

We were on our fourth cocktail as he described the 11 hour distillation process in a huge copper alembic pot, affectionately named Rosie. "Besides juniper imported from Italy, the recipe includes citrus spices of bergamot orange, lemon peel, cardamom pods, cassia bark, angelica root and coriander seeds." 

Peter Abrahams drinking a Hay Burn No. 209 Cocktail made by Ravi Kukadia (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter Abrahams drinking a Hay Burn No. 209 Cocktail made by Ravi Kukadia

Their handcrafted spirit collection includes the original No. 209 and special reserve blends of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. There's even a gin and vodka that's kosher for Passover.

"This cocktail movement is millenial-driven, I think they will embrace our gin here. DC is a very sophisticated town. This is definitely not your grandfather's gin." 

And how does Abrahams like his No. 209 best? "Equal parts No. 209,  green Chartreuse, maraschino liquer, lime juice, with no ice, poured through a strainer." That's "The Last Word."


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