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Spectacular Jewelry on Display at Hillwood

July 27, 2017

Through January 7, 2018, visit Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens for Spectacular Gems and Jewelry and discover exquisite examples of historic gems and the most beautiful jewelry of the twentieth century.


Left by Marjorie Merriweather Post for the benefit of future generations, the exhibition affords the opportunity to examine the great quality and beauty of gems in the collection, their historical significance, and the evolution of twentieth-century jewelry design from the 1900s through the 1960s.


When changes after World War I added powerful figures to the ranks of the wealthy, the world’s most exquisite jewels passed into new hands and revolutionary changes in fashion led to innovation in jewelry design. Marjorie Post was among the new elite and she acquired jewelry with the same discrimination that she applied to her acclaimed collections of fine objects from imperial Russia and eighteenth-century France.


Marjorie was not just interested in wearing jewels, but was a connoisseur. Her resulting collection represented the finest assemblage of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura among many others.


Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW

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Hillwood Museum Celebrates Japanese-Style Gardens

July 5, 2017

During July, celebrate the Japanese-style garden at Hillwood Museum all month long with tours, workshops, and a family festival celebrating Tanabata on July 22, 2017.


Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year on one day during the summer months.


Hillwood and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC invite you to celebrate this festive holiday at Hillwood.


Explore the enchanting Japanese-style garden


Listen to fascinating tales by storyteller Tara McGowan, who brings Japan's famous Tanabata legend to life through story, song, and visual arts


Listen to delightful music, performed by the Washington Toho Koto Society


Write poems and special wishes on colorful strips of paper, called tanzaku, to hang on bamboo, following the traditional Japanese custom to celebrate Tanabata


Decorate a paper lantern, make paper ornaments, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, and more


Please note: Performances take place rain or shine and are located inside the visitor center theater and conservatory. 


Schedule of Activities

Kamishibai Storytelling

10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.

Koto Music

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Tanzaku, Origami, Calligraphy, and Paper Lantern Decorating

10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Hillwood Museum is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

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Pre Fireworks at The Yard

June 27, 2017

Kick off your Fourth of July festivities in The Yard at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown before the big fireworks display at Washington Harbour.


From 5:30 to 8:30 pm, enjoy bottomless bourbon cocktails by local distiller Jos A Magnus; summer snacks featuring hand crafted corn dogs and spicy BBQ chicken wings; and delectable dishes such as watermelon salad or crab cake sliders with Chesapeake remoulade.


Complimentary valet parking will be provided for guests.


Cost: $95 per Adult, $45 for children under 12

Tickets:  Please purchase tickets here


The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown is located at 3100 South Street NW.

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