A La Carte

CAG Honors Betsy Cooley at The George Town Club

January 15, 2017

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.

Pamla Moore, Director with Bob vom Eigen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pamla Moore, Director with Bob vom Eigen

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." 

Robert Laycock, Treasurer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robert Laycock, Treasurer

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.

Jennifer Romm and Betsy Cooley (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Romm and Betsy Cooley

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."

Robin Jones and Leslie Maysak (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robin Jones and Leslie Maysak

"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.

VV Harrison with Bob vom Eigen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) VV Harrison with Bob vom Eigen

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." 

Betsy Cooley and Leslie Maysak (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Betsy Cooley and Leslie Maysak
Ray Kikulski (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ray Kikulski
Constance Chatfield-Taylor with friends (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Constance Chatfield-Taylor with friends
Jennifer and David Romm (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer and David Romm
Richard deC. Hinds, General Counsel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Richard deC. Hinds, General Counsel
Jackie Pletcher and Charles Eisen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jackie Pletcher and Charles Eisen
Gerri Solomon and Clarisa Ringlien (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gerri Solomon and Clarisa Ringlien

Leslie Maysak (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leslie Maysak


Click here to share your thoughts.


Welcome to The Avery Georgetown

January 2, 2017

"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.

Reception area (Photo by: averygeorgetown.com) Reception area

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.

Guest room (Photo by: averygeorgetown.com) Guest room

Childhood friend and LA-based photographer, Dan Busta is responsible for the charming "Dots" series adorning the walls throughout the establishment.

Hallway with Dan Busta photography (Photo by: averygeorgetown.com) Hallway with Dan Busta photography

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.

Luxurious bathroom (Photo by: averygeorgetown.com) Luxurious bathroom

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.

Jutin Schneck (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jutin Schneck

The Avery Georgetown is located at 2616 P Street. Tel: 202.827.4390

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


Click here to share your thoughts.


Max MacKenzie Makes The List!

December 29, 2016

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.

 

(Photo by: Max MacKenzie)

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

(Photo by: Max MacKenzie)


Click here to share your thoughts.