Amuse Bouche

Embassy of Sweden Presents Jenny Lind Concert & Reception June 8th

June 2, 2014

Swedish opera star, Jenny Lind, a star in 1850 when she had a grand tour of the United States, is a legend still today.  The Jenny Lind Scholarship is awarded annually by the People’s Parks and Community Center in Stockholm.  The prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Ms. Christina Nilsson, soprano, based on her rich, charismatic and warm voice that expresses great artistry. Her accompanist is Mr. Thomas Rudberg.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm, there will be a reception at Embassy of Sweden with light refreshments (courtesy of Swedish Women's Educational Association), before the concert, which begins prompty at 7:00 pm.

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street. 

Suggested Donation: $15

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Ann Hand Moves to Georgetown

May 15, 2014

After almost 15 years based at her MacArthur Boulevard location, Ann Hand has announced that she will be relocating her American themed jewelry brand to Georgetown in June.

An American staple and the go-to jewelry designer to Washington, DC’s most famous residents and visitors, Ann Hand has been accessorizing women and men for the past three decades. In 1993, Hand received her first commission to design a brooch commemorating the reinstatement of the Freedom statue atop the US Capitol. Since then she has received dozens of commissions from a wide variety of groups, corporations, and national organizations such as the Smithsonian, the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, all of the branches of the United States Military, the Ritz Carlton, Mount Vernon, the National Historic Trust, the Clinton Library, and most recently, the Boy Scouts of America and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. 

Ann Hand (Photo by: Faceboook via Hand Hand) Ann Hand

"My jewelry reflects our pride in government, the military, our faith, our family and the various organizations, corporations and charities that make up the national tapestry of our country and the values we hold dear," said Hand. "We are looking forward to being in the heart of Georgetown, moving into a 100-year old townhouse that we have just signed a lease on across from our dear friend Franco Nuschese and his restaurant Cafe Milano,” Hand went on to say.

While the Palisades location has been incredibly successful for this proud made in America brand, Hand believes that it is time for the brand to make a big move and expand; with the plans to also showcase the designs of a variety of brand new talented jewelry designers.

Hand’s granddaughter, Ashley Taylor Bronczek is helping her expand by ushering in a younger generation. Bronczek will be curating Hand’s newest collection, Handpicked, which will feature specially selected trendy pieces at all different price points.

Hand remarked, “It is time for change. We have loved our friends and neighbors in the Palisades community, but we won't be very far away in our new location. So many people have helped me along the way and I now feel it's my turn to pay it forward. Our new Georgetown location will feature not only my pieces, but also fresh up-and-coming jewelry designers to give them a chance to shine too."

Ann Hand's new location is 3236 Prospect Street.

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Stunning Bannockburn House With Lighted Pool

May 8, 2014

A stunning custom-built home located in the sought-after Bannockburn neighborhood of Bethesda is being listed by Jim Bell and Kira Epstein of Beasley Real Estate. The residence, at 7101 Orkney Parkway, is priced at $3,595,000.

Front of Home (Photo by: Beasley RE) Front of Home

Designed by award-winning architect Glenn Fong and constructed in 2007 by acclaimed Augustine Homes. At just over 9,000 square feet of living space over four levels, there’s plenty of room for cozy family living or large formal entertaining.

The main level's open floor plan boasts stunning architectural details such as arched ceilings and doorways, a grand wide staircase with vaulted windows, and a cohesive room layout in which there is a seamless flow. The remainder of the main level offers a gourmet eat-in kitchen with high-end appliances, tons of counter space, and large center island, all of which opens to the family/great room. Three sets of French doors including a fourth off the kitchen, lead out to the rear flagstone terrace, pool, and landscaped gardens – all privately blocked by large evergreens and lush landscaping. Also on this floor is a large formal dining room, light-filled library with access to screened porch and wet bar, formal living room, home office, two powder rooms, wet bar and spacious pantry off kitchen, as well as access to one of two garages which in total, provides parking for four cars.

Room for spacious living (Photo by: Beasley RE) Room for spacious living

The second level features a luxurious master suite with garden views and fireplace. There are two separate full baths, as well as two separate walk-in closets both with plenty of built-ins. Four other bedrooms finish out this level, each having its own bath. Continuing to the top floor, a large open loft area serves as additional living space, or could be perfect as an in-law suite. There is an office alcove, as well as large storage room, and wet bar complete with refrigerator.

The basement has access to the three-car garage, storage room, a game/billiards room, a studio or at-home gym, wet bar area, a media/home theater room complete with sound system, large laundry room, and an additional bedroom with in-suite bath. All floors are accessible via elevator. Behind the house, in addition to the large flagstone terrace, is the stunning pool complete with lighting, and surrounded by lush professional landscaping. Tour the property here.



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