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BabyLove DC at Tudor Place

May 22, 2011

New York and Washington powerhouses wielded their considerable clout for a great cause on Saturday at Tudor Place. It was the second annual BabyLove DC carnival held on the lush grounds of Georgetown’s Tudor Place. 

 
Isabelle Thorp at the BabyLove carnival. Her mother Elizabeth Thorp is a BabyLove board member. (Photo by: Page Evans) Isabelle Thorp at the BabyLove carnival. Her mother Elizabeth Thorp is a BabyLove board member.
BabyLove was founded by actress Ali Wentworth, who is married to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos. The organization helps Washington’s neediest families by collecting and donating baby gear and clothing. BabyLove makes it easy to donate items by providing collection sites throughout the year.
 
The popular carnival featured local vendors selling jewelry, clothing, and books. Children also romped around the grounds playing games, getting their faces painted, and listening to stories read by presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney.  And, of course, there were plenty of Sprinkles cupcakes on hand.
 
Carney and his wife,  ABC’s Claire Shipman, co-hosted the event with Stephanopoulos and Wentworth. And they brought along some ABC News star power, including White House correspondent Jake Tapper.
 
 
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife Claire Shipman of ABC News. They live near Georgetown in The Palisades. (Photo by: Page Evans) White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife Claire Shipman of ABC News. They live near Georgetown in The Palisades.
Tudor Place welcomes BabyLove DC (Photo by: Page Evans) Tudor Place welcomes BabyLove DC
Ali Wentworth and Jay Carney (Photo by: Page Evans) Ali Wentworth and Jay Carney
Kids get into the act, selling BabyLove T-shirts. (Photo by: Page Evans) Kids get into the act, selling BabyLove T-shirts.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reads to the kids. (Photo by: Page Evans) White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reads to the kids.


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Life happens

May 5, 2011

“Life happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

If there were a manual for mothers, this quote from John Lennon could be the header. The truth is, we never know what we’re going to get. Our kids surprise us in every way imaginable. If we’re lucky, it’s mostly good. But we all know life--and our children--are not perfect. And we, as parents--and people--are not perfect. We need to try our best to stay positive and flexible when “life happens.” Then there are our computers. Yep, they can be imperfect as well--especially when our children make too many movies on them, overloading the system.

Happy Mom's Day! (Photo by: Page Evans) Happy Mom's Day!
So on that note, let me tell you what just happened to me. I was busy writing a Mother’s Day column for The Georgetown Dish. Getting started was problematic. I couldn’t figure out what my message was. Did I want to write about my mother, my role as a mother, what we try to teach our children, what our children teach us. As I was writing, I knew I was teetering on being overly sappy. I was, as my minister Luis Leon likes to say, “indulging my nostalgia.”

 

In any case, I’m sitting at a table at Patisserie Poupon, fully loaded on carbs and caffeine, typing up a storm. Blah, blah, blah...Be kind...Be polite...Be happy...Be grateful...Help others. The screen goes black. Everything I’d just written was sucked into some black hole.

Help! I’m in the middle of writing about how grateful I am for my children and how important gratitude is in life. Hmmmmm.  Looks like the computer is not so grateful for all the movies my little darlings have made.

So here’s my first thought: I think I’m going to cry. But I’m in a public place, so this isn’t a viable option.

Second thought: Smash the computer. Now what would I do if my children did this? Definitely not an option.

Third thought: Think about what I’d say to my children.

Good question. What would I tell them? I’d tell them what I always do: Take a deep breath, have a glass of water, and go for a walk. Things will be better when you get back. Have faith.

So that’s exactly what I did. And where did I get this advice? My mother, of course.


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They danced the night away at 56th annual Corcoran Ball

May 1, 2011

Flowers designed by Jack Lucky at the Corcoran (Photo by: Page Evans) Flowers designed by Jack Lucky at the Corcoran
Known as one of the prettiest parties in Washington, the 56th annual Corcoran Ball on Friday did not disappoint. Revelers enjoyed fabulous flower arrangements designed by Jack Lucky.

They also danced the night away to the sounds of two different bands, Radio King Orchestra and Phil McCuster & Orchestra. And, of course, there was the art!

Featured at this year's ball were works by art students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. 

 

 

Partygoer taking in art at The Corcoran (Photo by: Page Evans) Partygoer taking in art at The Corcoran

 

Enrico and Andrea Cecchi (Photo by: Page Evans) Enrico and Andrea Cecchi

Georgetown Dish contributors Dr. Tina Alster and Page Evans at the Corcoran Ball Friday night (Photo by: Don Williams) Georgetown Dish contributors Dr. Tina Alster and Page Evans at the Corcoran Ball Friday night

 


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