On The Look Out

New Georgetown Stream Springs to Life

July 12, 2020

Written by guest contributor Feona Mulholland

(Photo by: Feona Mulholland)

It’s been an ongoing mystery as to the new source of water flowing through the middle of Dumbarton Oaks lower Park.


Walking upstream I discovered the source was a newly formed natural spring just below the New Zealand Embassy. 


I believe the source of the spring water emanates from the Embassy’s rainfall run off retention pond located on the Embassy grounds.


Therefore, I have taken the liberty of calling it Wai Puna Springs which is a Maori name meaning wai= water and puna= spring. 

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Explore Italy's Castello della Manta July 9

July 6, 2020

Escape to the beauty of Italy - no passport required. Join The National Arts Club and Friends of FAI on a journey to the medieval Castello della Manta in the Piedmont region.


The tour is July 9, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Register here.

(Photo by: The National Arts Club)

Built as a fortress in the twelfth century, the Castello was transformed into an imposing palace beginning in the fifteenth century. Set in the rolling hills of the Varaita Valley and commanding a magnificent view of the Cottian Alps, the complex boasts an imposing tower and a majestic garden. Its most exemplary feature, however, is the baronial hall with its fascinating and somewhat mysterious frescoes.


Your guide for this virtual visit will be Chiara de Rege, New York City-based interior designer and granddaughter of Countess Elisabetta de Rege, who donated the Castle to FAI - The National Trust for Italy. The de Rege family still spends time at the Castle, and Chiara will share her childhood memories growing up amid this historic backdrop.


Francesca Fossati from FAI / The National Trust of Italy will discuss the site’s history, its vivid frescoes, and the restorations currently in progress.

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'A Capitol Fourth' Airs July 4th

June 30, 2020

Capital Concerts has announced the 40th anniversary presentation of A Capitol Fourth, the national July 4th TV tradition on PBS.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience. It will air on PBS from 8:00 to 9:30 pm on July 4, 2020.


The concert will also be streaming on FacebookYouTube and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2020. 


This year’s show is co-hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Netflix’s You, Fuller House, ER) and multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams


The nation’s 244th birthday celebration will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history and the stirring patriotic favorites viewers enjoy on the Fourth of July. 

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