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Great Scots of Georgetown: Tudor Place Lecture October 1

September 26, 2013

Scottish snuffbox

Scottish immigrants, including the father of Tudor Place founder Thomas Peter, shaped the Georgetown we know today. A few -- including Robert Peter, who came to Maryland from Crossbasket Castle in Lanarkshire -- became wealthy merchants and landowners. For its first Landmark Society lecture of the fall, Tudor Place welcomes John King Bellassai, J.D., of the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington.

Mr. Bellassai will look at the history of Georgetown viewed through its Scottish roots. Afterward, take a close look at a few items closely tied to the Peters of early Georgetown, including Robert's snuffbox from Scotland, a mourning ring commemorating his life, and his daughter-in-law Martha’s pink kid slippers.

On Tuesday, October 1st, the lecture will begin at 7:00 pm. Beforehand, enjoy a glass of Scotch and the sound of bagpipes. 

Admission complimentary for Landmark Society (member + 1 guest).
     Others: Members, $15 | Non-members, $20

To rsvp, contact Jennifer Schleining, 202.486.0400 ext. 104.

Landmark Society members provide substantive support for Tudor Place while enjoying special access, complimentary admission, and other benefits. Click here for information.

Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street.


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Art & Sentiment To Be Displayed at Egyptian-Themed Exhibition

September 15, 2013

The paintings of Egyptian-American artist Mona El-Bayoumi will be exhibited at a reception sponsored by Syra Arts at the Alla Rogers Gallery in Georgetown’s Canal Square from 6 pm-8 pm on Thursday September 19.

“'Dig Out’ is my hue on the current uprising in Egypt,” said El-Bayoumi, who was born in Egypt.  “It represents my reserved optimism for Egypt in the hope that it returns to its more glorious, productive and dignified days.”

Mona El-Bayoumi (Photo by: Mona El-Bayoumi) Mona El-Bayoumi

Her work has been featured in galleries and institutions in the United States and internationally, notably in Cairo, Paris and Johannesburg.

“I hope my colors and compositions take the viewer to all the different emotions that Egypt has gone through and leaves them with new visions,” said El-Bayoumi, who has a home studio in the DC Metropolitan Area.

“During the past months, like many who have followed the happenings in Egypt, I, too, have been taken in many directions as both a spectator and an artist, I was drawn to more varying colors for this show, colors which reflect hope, anger and optimism…reflecting the different directions my homeland has gone in over the past few years.”

Syra Arts displays works of art and jewelry at the Alla Rogers Gallery. Syra Arts was formed by Sylvia Ragheb who spends time at her homes in Georgetown, McLean, Va., and in Egypt.

The reception/exhibition is open and free to the public. The exhibition goes through Oct. 10. The gallery is at 1054  31st Street NW near the Capella Hotel.

For more information; www.syra-arts.com

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Uber Rides: An NFL Partnership

September 4, 2013

Uber has announced announced a national partnership with the NFL Players Association called 'Uber Rides'. This program leverages the Uber app to provide a safe, discreet, and reliable way for professional football players (including the Redskins!) to get around during the 2013-14 season.

As part of this alliance, every active NFL player will receive a personalized keychain card with Uber credits that can be used to summon a high-end ride in any of Uber's locations around the world, including nearly 20 U.S. NFL team cities and Pro Bowl host, Honolulu. They’ll also receive new rider gift cards for friends and family to promote traveling responsibly to those closest to them.

NFLPA Player Representatives will be sharing the details of the program with all active players during the month of September.

Uber prides itself on finding creative solutions to difficult challenges and being able to use our platform to create a safer environment for players and their communities was a natural fit,” said Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick. “Many professional athletes love and have used Uber organically so this was a great opportunity to help raise awareness about our technology while helping the NFLPA tackle a serious issue.”

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