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RESCHEDULED: BID Hosts Georgetown 2028 Meeting at House of Sweden Feb. 3

January 28, 2015

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The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is holding a community meeting on February 2rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the House of Sweden to discuss plans to improve Georgetown.

Marking the first year of progress, the BID will celebrate achievements and invite the community to get involved in initiatives to improve the historic neighborhood.

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown.


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Architects For Animals Builds Shelters for Homeless Cats Jan. 14

January 12, 2015

Architects for Animals, a fundraising and awareness initiative that supports CatNiPP,  is holding their annual “Giving Shelter” one-night event that will benefit the Washington Humane Society on January 14, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Held at The American Institute od Architects (1735 New York Avenue, NW), participating architectural design firms build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide DC’s homeless cats with refuge from the season’s freezing temperatures. These shelters will be on display to the public at the event and at the end of the evening all shelters will be donated to care givers who work with the WHS. The shelters will be distributed throughout DC to be utilized by community cats.  

In addition to the professional cat shelters that will be on display at this event (designed and produced by local architects) there is an opportunity to help create even more shelters for DC's community cats.  They will be collecting cat shelter supplies and you can bring any of the following items with you to the event:

- Large plastic storage container with a tight-fitting lid
- Insulation: a styrofoam cooler 
- Straw (not hay)
- Duct tape
- Zip ties
- Catnip or cat treats 

For more information or questions: or 202.735.0324.

If you cannot attend Architects for Animals, but would like to make a donation, please click here.

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Last Chance to See Cartier Jewels at Hillwood Museum

January 7, 2015

Carried over through January 11, 2015, Hillwood Museum is hosting a rare exhibition of Cartier jewels.

One of Cartier’s most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories, and finely-crafted jeweled frames of any American collector. Following their return from the Grand Palais where they dazzled in the exhibition Cartier: Le Style et L’Historie, jewelry and objects from Hillwood’s Cartier collection will offer a notable perspective on the important role that Cartier played in the life and style of this American icon.

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Marjorie Merriweather Post frequented the Cartier firm’s three establishments from the 1920s through the 1960s. Pierre Cartier, the brother with whom she dealt most directly, shared an interest in Russian imperial art and even sold Post her first piece of Faberge. Post and Cartier collaborated in designing jewelry and accessores for many years, developing and refining her personal style while creating exquisite works of art. Sketches from the Cartier archives throughout the exhibition illustrate this fruitful partnership. 

An exotic brooch made of seven carved Indian emeralds (considered to be one Cartier’s finest creations,) a glittering diamond and sapphire necklace, and other impressive pieces collected in times of war and peace, prosperity and depression, show the changing styles and enduring quality of Marjorie Post and Cartier’s relationship.  Situated among paintings, photos, and attire, each piece is contextualized within the Post’s life and times.

In addition to buying their latest jewelry designs, Marjorie Post patronized Cartier by purchasing an array of jeweled objets d’art. In the 1920s and 30s, she commissioned a number of picture frames for family photographs, paying attentive attention to the materials and colors in order to enhance each portrait. Other personal luxury items, including a silver and enamel dressing table set and a beaded and platinum evening bag as well as glamorous portraits, paintings, and historic photos and correspondence, illustrate Post’s enduring use of Cartier to contribute to her persona.

Hillwood Museum is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW. Tel: 202.686.5807

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