Photo by Judith Beermann
Cathy Cruise, Cathy Alter, Mereditch Maslich and Andrew Gifford
Cathy Cruise, Cathy Alter, Mereditch Maslich and Andrew Gifford

Way too much talent (and 100% local) for a Sunday afternoon in June. But we're not complaining. Zena Polin invited The Georgetown Dish to a literary and musical feast at her RAMMY-nominated The Daily Dish.

Zena Polin (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Zena Polin

Three celebrated authors: Cathy Alter, Cathy Cruise and Andrew Gifford joined five year-old Leo Feldman in readings of their latest works following The Santa Fe Writers Project Book Festival.

Leo Feldman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leo Feldman

As Feldman told the audience about How to Make Your Mom Happy, "I wrote this book because "my mom hit her head."

Cathy Alter (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cathy Alter

In honor of Independence Day, instead of a passage from Crush, Feldman's mom, Cathy Alter chose her latest essay: "Girlhood Liberation Came from a Catcall," a poignant tale from her adolescence where the author discovered, after idolizing her stylish mother, that it was finally her turn to see something in the mirror "that could take me places, that could, and would, get me into all sorts of trouble."

Cathy Cruise (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cathy Cruise

Cathy Crusie read from A Hundred Weddings, her debut novel about being dragged to too many weddings by her wedding planner mother.

Andrew Gifford (Photo by: Judith eermann) Andrew Gifford

In We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford's Ice Cream Empire about his childhood and the family ice cream business, Andrew Gifford read of learning of his grandmother's death several decades after the fact by an all too secretive mother who had left her six year-old son to watch "The War of the Worlds" as she attended the funeral.

Carmen Musalem Pinto (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Carmen Musalem Pinto

Then The Rockville Swing Band performed contemporary jazz big band arrangements and traditional swing with the amazing 16-year old singer Carmen Musalem Pinto. Remember that name. Incredible, incredible voice!

 

Add a little wine and the restaurant-turned dance hall was a most joyous place. 

The Rockville Swing Band (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Rockville Swing Band

Andrew Gifford and Eugenie Oliver (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andrew Gifford and Eugenie Oliver

Listening to Anderw Gifford (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Listening to Anderw Gifford

Carmen Musalem Pinto and Claudia Pinto (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Carmen Musalem Pinto and Claudia Pinto

Scallops and Rose (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Scallops and Rose

8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, MD (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, MD