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Urban Gardening Masterclass June 25th

June 23, 2020

The green-fingered folk at Tulip will be showing you how to create a leafy oasis with gardener Patrick Featherstone on June 25th from 8:00 to 8:45 pm.


Walls, balconies or windowsills – make the most of tiny spaces with low maintenance ideas and failsafe tips to keeping your plants happy and healthy.


You will need:

- Compost

- Plants

- A Pot

- Trowel


This event is free to attend but you will have the option to give a voluntary donation to NHS Charities Together, (registered charity no. 1186569) supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.


Book your place here for information on how to join this live Zoom event.

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Celebrate Summer Solstice with Classical Music

June 15, 2020

Enjoy music from cathedrals across the country: San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington DC on June 20, 2020.


In partnership with San Francisco Opera, St. James Cathedral in Chicago, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., this concert features musical performances recorded in each cathedral. 


The name “TILT” references the tilt of the sun at solstice, and a different angle on classical music. Join the celebration of light and music, and cathedrals as centers of art and solace in difficult times


Experience beautiful music in beautiful settings on the longest day of the year.


In memory of Paul Crane Dorfman (1939-2018)


Special Thanks:

Jane and Peter Carpenter

Valerie Crane Dorfman

Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera


The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington, dean, St. James Cathedral

The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, dean, Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith, dean, Washington National Cathedral


Purchase ticket for $5 and select a time to listen here.

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Spies & Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour June 11

June 3, 2020

Real life The Americans with the Barsky Family!


You can’t visit the Spy Museum right now, but you can hear about favorite stories about the spies who live on in their galleries.

Why not do it over a cocktail? Join online for a virtual happy hour.  


A local bartender from Stoney’s on P Street will be shaking up a cocktail and sharing the recipe for a drink that will cure your pandemic blues, and then we’ll supply a thrilling tale. 


What happens when a Soviet spy decides his American life is the best fit?


Join Jack Barsky and Spy Museum Curator and Historian Vince Houghton for a discussion of Barsky’s double life as an American businessman who was really an East German spy for the Soviets in the 1980s.


Barsky, who shared his story in the book Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America, is featured in our Spies Next Door exhibition. He will be joined by the top reason he stayed in the States—his daughter Chelsea Dittrich. She has told her own unique story in the A&E documentary, The Spy Who Raised Me. Get ready for a cozy family evening spy style.  


You’re welcome to ask questions after the talk—whether they relate to the Barsky family or bartending.



5:30 pm




Need cocktail ideas? This occasion calls for only one drink, the “White Russian!”:


2 oz Vodka

1 oz Kahlúa

1 splash Heavy cream

Directions: Add the vodka and Kahlúa to an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Top with the heavy cream and stir. Za zda-ró-vye agents!

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