Saturday, April 18, 2015

Still Life With Robin: A Night Out With Food & Friends

Photo by Food & Friends
by Peggy Robin

Usually my column is about some little annoyance of modern life, or some bit of local color, or something quirky or amusing I’ve picked out of the week’s news or events. Pretty light fare, on the whole. My topic today could be characterized that way – it’s about something fun to do – but with a more serious purpose lurking underneath. I would like to urge everyone to go out to eat on Thursday, April 23. Why? Because it's Dining Out for Life, one of the easiest and most enjoyable fundraisers of the year. If you think there will come a point next week when you don’t feel like cooking or eating at home, just train your sights on Thursday. You can reserve a table now, if you want to be sure that your favorite participating restaurant is not booked up. There are over 90 restaurants to choose from – visit to view the field. Click on the one you like, make your reservation (for lunch or dinner or both), enjoy your meal out on Thursday, and when you pay your bill, you will know you are also helping to deliver food and comfort and support to people with serious diseases (AIDS, cancer) though Food and Friends

The site is set up to let you choose a restaurant by cuisine, by neighborhood, or by the percentage of sales the restaurant is donating to Food and Friends (from 25 percent all the way up to 100 percent).

If you’d like to know how the money is used without spending time combing over the Food and Friends website, here’s the story in 75 words or less: “Food & Friends is the only nonprofit organization in the Washington, DC area providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. The funds raised through Dining Out for Life allow Food & Friends to continue to provide these critical services at NO COST to our clients.”

So if you like eating out … or even if you don’t and only rarely let others do the cooking for you, make Thursday, April 23 your date to be served, so that others can continue to be served good meals in their own homes.  


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

National Math Festival: The Bridges Organization
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, April 16 from 2 - 3:30 PM, DC Emancipation Day Program: “Marian Barry, DC Emancipator,” a panel discussion about Barry’s life and legacy, featuring: Bernard Demczuk Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for District Relations, George Washington University; Former US Representative Charles Moreland (D-DC); Al-Malik Farrakhan, Founder, Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers Inc.; DC Councilmember Anita Bonds; Moderator Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer. Free. At Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, 801 K St NW. Reservations required:

Friday, April 17 at 12:15 PM, Arts@Midday: Halleluia. Soprano Mary Shaffran will perform works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, a new work by David Caleb, and some surprises, including the chance to sing along on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”  Free.St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,  3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, April 17 from 8 - 11 PM, American University Workshop Living Composers Series: The Music of Steve Antosca. The AU Workshop will explore the music and influences of local composer Steve Antosca whose works focus on integrating acoustic instruments with computers for audio technology and spatialization. Antosca’s work has been described as "spectacular and wonderfully provocative" by the The Washington Post. Tickets: $10; $5 AU community and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. RSVP Required:

Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM - 4 PM, Horizons: Uniting Energy Technology and Consumers. Featured speakers: Hon. LaDoris Harris; Joelle Novey, Moderator, Community Institutions Going Solar; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Keynote Address. Presented by the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia. Free and open to the public - register at At the David A. Clarke Law School, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 4 PM, National Math Festival, an event for all ages, celebrating the delight and power of math in everyday life, featuring interactive exhibits, live performances, talks and demonstrations. At the museums along the National Mall. All free. More details at

Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Kids’ Farm Day at the Zoo. Kids will enjoy a variety of activities with arts and crafts throughout the day and giveaways for visitors to the Kids' Farm exhibit. Special performances featuring children's entertainment will take place on the Lion/Tiger Stage. Free. The National Zoo is at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, April 18 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Revolutionary War Living History Day at Congressional Cemetery. Talk to reenactors from the College Company of William and Mary about life in the Revolutionary War; tour Revolutionary War graves to learn about the fascinating stories of the fight for liberty; learn about the musket through firing demonstrations, and listen to a concert featuring the music of the time as performed by the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. This year, Dr. William Clift will also interpret 18th-century medicine and surgery displays. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. At Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE. More info:

Saturday, April 18 from 12 noon - 5:30 PM, Georgetown University Native American Student Council’s 3rd Annual Pow Wow, featuring dancing, singing, and food. Free. On the Copley Lawn at Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW. More info:

Sunday, April 19 at 10 AM, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Walk & Talk. Sandy Burk, fisheries biologist, naturalist, and author of Let the River Run Silver Again, and naturalist Bill Yeaman, lead this tour in search of blueback herring as well as alewife and gizzard shad at Peirce Mill. Meet at Picnic Grove 1 across from Peirce Mill at Tilden St. NW and Beach Drive. Free. More info:

Sunday, April 19, at 4 PM, Flute Concert by DCFlutes. Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra, will lead the group in a wide-ranging program that will include "Fantasie" by Gabriel Fauré. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert downstairs in Chadsey Hall. Free, but donations are appreciated. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW (on Connecticut Ave., NW between Oliver & Patterson Sts.) More info:

Monday April 20 at 7 PM, Poets on the Fringe, a Glover Park based poetry writers’ group, will have a public reading of original works, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Free. At the Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM, Annual Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture by Local Garden Writer Carole Ottesen: “Twenty Plants That Work So Hard You Won't Have To — In Honor of and with Advice from Henry Mitchell.” At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the 2nd floor large meeting room. More info:

Tuesday, April 21 from 7 – 8:30 PM, Books That Shaped America Series: Leaves of Grass. The Books That Shaped America is a series of conversations about literary works that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text, but the conversations stretch beyond the pages of the books themselves. The discussion leader for Leaves of Grass is Marianne Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free and no RSVP is required to attend. In the Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 PM, The 10th Annual Green Meeting: The Chevy Chase Citizens Association is celebrating Earth Day by featuring two local green projects. The first is a short film recently shown at the Environmental Film Festival produced by DC Greenworks about the green roofs in DC. The second is a talk by the project director of the 11th Street Bridge Project that converts the old bridge into an elevated urban park above the Anacostia River similar to New York's High Line. The meetings are free and open to everyone. In the DC Chevy Chase Community Center at 5604 Connecticut Avenue NW. Light refreshments will be served. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM, The Cleveland and Woodley Park Village Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Learn how you can get more involved in your neighborhood while helping your neighbors out. The orientation is held at the Village office located at the Broadmoor Coop, 3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Free. For more information call 202-615-5853  or go to

Wednesday, April 22 from 11 AM - 1 PM. Earth Day Sustainability Tours at the National Zoo. Celebrate Earth Day with the National Zoo's Sustainability Committee: Learn about the many green achievements and continued efforts across the National Zoo. Group tours of the green features of American Trail leave from the Carousel at 11 AM and 1 PM. The National Zoo is at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 from 9 AM - 12 Noon, DC Department of the Environment’s Earth Day “Path to Zero Waste" Summit. Mayor Muriel Bowser, DDOE Director Tommy Wells, and invited guest speakers from California and Canada will discuss the future of waste management and answer questions such as, “How do we turn waste collection and disposal into materials recovery and economic opportunity?” At the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 at 3 PM, Green Earth Day = Red Birth Day? You may not be aware that Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is on the same day as Lenin’s birthday. Coincidence? Or Communist conspiracy? Come to this eye-opening lecture and learn the Truth about an insidious plot to plant anti-capitalist seeds in the fertile soil of young minds. Skeptical? Just Google “Earth Day and Lenin’s Birthday” to see the number of links to sites explaining the connection. (See for one example.) If there are lots of websites asserting something, there must be something to it. For further in-depth research into this earth-shattering thesis, go to:

Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM, Lecture: Healthy Gardening for Nature. Chevy Chase Village will present Prof. Douglas Tallamy, who will speak on “Bringing Nature Home: How to green your garden and landscaping practices in a way that restores native fauna and flora and creates the basis for a healthy ecosystem.” This is a great opportunity to hear from one the leading practitioners of restorative landscaping in the world. In the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Coffee is served at 7PM: the lecture will begin promptly at 7:30PM. Please RSVP no later than April 17 to the Chevy Chase Village office at 301-654-7300 or email ccv @

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Plugs for Blogs

Photo by By Elvert Barnes, Hyattsville MD, via Wikimedia Commons
by Peggy Robin

If the Cleveland Park Listserv doesn’t fully meet your desire to keep up with the latest goings-on in the neighborhood and around the city, you may want to satisfy your addiction with some stronger stuff. I can turn you on to a few places that can give you more of what you crave.

First up is another listserv, this one run by our local police. Find out about police alerts, lookouts for suspects, arrests, traffic advisories, and get answers to questions about police activity, all without leaving the safety of your Yahoogroup run by Second District Police Station (Idaho Avenue and Newark Streets). To join the listserv and receive messages by email, go to the homepage at and hit the purple +JOIN button and follow the prompts to sign up.

If you’re looking for local news of a more comforting (and filling!) nature, then subscribe to an e-newsletter that delivers the latest word on restaurants, cafes, bars, food trucks and other purveyors of food and drink. Eater DC will enable you to be among the first to line up for the hottest new food truck, or let you follow a chef who has jumped ship from one restaurant kitchen to another, or get you to try that phenomenal new menu item at the place that created it, before it’s imitated all over town. This is one blog that always leaves you hungry for more. Go to click on the person icon on the front page to sign up.

For those with an appetite for something a bit more concrete –I mean literally concrete, as well as being about things made with brick, glass, steel, and  other materials used to create the buildings and infrastructure of this city, I recommend reading Greater Greater Washington, an always thoughtful and often controversial blog on urban planning policy in the DC metro area. The most frequently discussed topics – public transportation, public land use, density, gentrification, streetscapes – can never be described as light reading -- but it’s not all wonkiness and nerd-dom at GGW; just when your eyes are about to glaze over from floor-to-area-ratios, you’ll find unexpected delights in the myriad of images of the city posted in the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr Pool:

No worries about wonkiness at my go-to blog for DC nightlife, theater, arts, events, and fun -- DCist, You can read it on the web or get a daily newsletter with the highlights (go to and click on “More” and then “Newsletter – Subscribe.” My one caveat is for anyone born before 1980: All articles are written with Millennials in mind as the target audience. A typical recent headline: 3 Stay-In Date Night Hacks for Millennials (  If you are Gen X or older, be prepared to feel your age.

And finally a plug for another neighborhood-centric site, the always lively Prince of Petworth ( ), a/k/a Dan Silverman, who not only fills you in on the goings-on in his neck of the woods but will also branch out to bring you items of interest wherever he may find them. Take, for example, his pick for “House of the Day” – this Cleveland Park classic: Perennial topics are housing trends, the comings and goings of stores and restaurants, news photos and videos sent in by followers, and to help you chill out, “Your Afternoon Animal Fix” featuring adorable pooches and kitties. POP really puts the “Pet” in Petworth!


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get Out! - Cleveland Park Listserv Events Column

Anacostia Park NPS photo: M. Marquez
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, April 10 from  8 – 9 PM, American University Jazz Orchestra: A Jazz Spring Swing Fling. Along with the Frederick Community College Jazz Ensemble, the American University Jazz Orchestra will feature bop, swing, cool jazz, and funk. Tickets: $10 general public; $5 AU community and seniors. RSVP (required) at In the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Saturday, April 11 from 8 AM - 2 PM, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Rummage Sale. Housewares, clothes for all ages, books, toys (none older than 2007) and sports equipment. In the Gym at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW.

Saturday, April 11, 10:30 AM - 6 PM, Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th Streets. The Sakura Matsuri festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US -- featuring food vendors, crafts, 50+ cultural groups and performances, and plenty more. Tickets are $8 in advance online at; day-of tickets are $10 online or at the gate, or $5 after 3 p.m. Kids age 12 and younger get in for free.

Sunday, April 12 from 12 Noon - 4 PM, The First Annual Anacostia River Festival, part of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring free kayaking and canoeing, fishing, water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a bike parade, music, food, and more. No admission charge. At Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE. More info:

Sunday, April 12 from 12:30 - 3 PM, The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will celebrate the 74th anniversary with a Gate Reopening Ceremony at 12:30 PM, followed by the Park Celebration Festival from 1 - 3 PM. Learn about the park through interactive exhibits focused on conservation landscaping and environmental protection; children’s arts ‘n’ crafts activities; and more. Confirmed exhibitors include the Rock Creek Park Division of Interpretation, American Society of Landscape Architects-Potomac Chapter, George Washington University Landscape Design program, Rock Creek Conservancy, British School of Washington, and more. Free. At Dumbarton Oaks Park - for directions and more info, visit:

Sunday, April 12 from 12:30 PM - 2 PM, Feast of the Peeps. Last Sunday, April 5, the Washington Post announced the winners of its 2015 Peeps Diorama Contest. You can view the winners here: or see them in real life on display at National Harbor through April 30 ( -- but have you ever wondered what happens to the losers? There are dozens of entries that didn't make the cut. This year, for the first time ever, they will become the stuff of the Grand Peeps Eating Competition. Come this Sunday to National Harbor to watch champion speed eaters from around the world tear down the losing dioramas and gobble up their components in the most unusual eating contest ever held ….or *never* held, as this is the weekly fake event).

Monday April 13 at 6 PM, Grand Poetry Salon. April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate it at this "One Night Only" event.Take the mike and take the room, as you join a community of poets sharing their work at your favorite downtown library. Attendance is open to all, but participants must register online at: Presentations will be limited to three minutes. In Room A-5 of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW. Free.

Tuesday, April 14 from 2-4 PM, Iona Senior Service Center presents Ambassador Training Workshop, a free program designed to reach out to older adults and their caregivers to help them learn about the services and resources available to them through DC Office on Aging. Learn about all of the programs and services that DCOA offers to the community, information on how to access resources, and how to become an Ambassador. Presented by Darlene Nowlin, Customer and Information Services Specialist ‐ DC Office on Aging. At Iona Senior Service Center, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. More info:

Wednesday, April 15 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me,” by Jennifer Teege. When Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List. The more Teege learns about Amon Goeth, the more certain she becomes: If her grandfather had met her—a black woman—he would have killed her. “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past” details her quest to unearth and fully comprehend her family’s haunted history. Buy tickets online: $12; 2 free tickets with book purchase: $25 at

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Still Life With Robin: An Action-Packed Weekend

Image by NASA
by Peggy Robin

So many activities, celebrations, and notable things happening this weekend, I think I'll just run down the top five. Yesterday evening was the first night of Passover, which is celebrated with the Seder meal and ritual – the main elements of which are pretty thoroughly explained in this three-minute video: .

This morning, if you woke up early enough and made it outside to look at the sky at 5:01 am, you would have seen the “blood moon” – a total lunar eclipse with the moon at first appearing orangey-red. If you missed it, take a look: Here’s some background on the “blood moon” and what makes this a once-in-a-century occurrence:

Then, today, it was International Pillow Fight Day -- with the Washington, DC pillow slugfest-a-palooza taking place on the grounds of the Washington Monument at 3 PM in perfect pummeling weather (see To see what the pillow fights looked like all around the world, here are some phenomenal feather-smacking images tweeted by enthusiastic participants: . If you missed it this year, mark your calendars for April 2; International Pillow Fight Day is always the first Saturday in April.

And then tomorrow it’s Easter Sunday. Here’s a last minute reminder about our own neighborhood’s fun-for-all Easter Egg Hunt at Rosedale: “The hunt begins at the stroke of 8:30 a.m. at the farmhouse with bagels and coffee after.  Please remember to enter the park through the Newark Street gate (not the driveway), and make your way up to the farmhouse.  No hunting along the way, and please leave your four-footed friends at home! “

To put you in the right spirit for tomorrow’s action, I provide you with these images of 19 Vintage Creepy Easter Bunnies:
And last, and yes, least, on April 5 it’s National Caramel Day. When you’re done biting off the ears on your chocolate bunnies, have some sticky caramel to complete the sugar overload!


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Public Library Image
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at (events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, April 3 at 4 PM, Easter Egg Decorating. Come learn different ways to decorate eggs. Need inspiration? There will be books to give you great ideas. This program is appropriate for all ages; however, children younger than 3 will need adult assistance. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, April 4 at 10 AM, Tregaron Easter Egg Hunt. We will gather at the Lily Pond near the Klingle Road NW entrance to Tregaron. We'll have over 1,500 treat-filled eggs hidden near the trails, with a separate area designated for kids under five. Bring along a basket or bag and join the fun. Free. RSVP and get detailed directions at

Saturday, April 4 at 11 AM, Eggs-quisite Colors of Easter! Dress for mess: wear your brightest, pastel-iest play clothes and bring a small basket of up to four plain boiled eggs for some Easter fun! We will enjoy an Easter-themed stories, dye and decorate our eggs and take pictures of the visual eggs-quisiteness of it all! We will supply the non-toxic food color dye, stickers, crayons and markers for the egg decoration. This program is appropriate for children ages 3-7 years old. Groups of 5 or more children - please call 202-645-8337 at least 24 hours in advance to ensure enough supplies. "Eggs-quisite Colors of Easter" is a b.y.o.b.e. ("bring your own boiled eggs") event. Free. At the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Saturday, April 4 from 11:30 - 4:30 PM, National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day, Celebrate DC’s famous cherry blossom season with craft activities, live music, gardening demonstration from Smithsonian Gardens, and Tatebanko - Japanese Paper Dioramas from Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets, NW. More info:

Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 PM, Spring Fling Story Time at Chevy Chase Pavilion. Join Chevy Chase librarians for a family Story Time during Spring Fling at Chevy Chase Pavilion. We will have: songs, stories, dancing, library books for you to check out with Library Takeout!* Stay and enjoy the surrounding festivities. *Library Takeout allows customers to get a library card and check out library materials, in real time, at community events. Please note this event is at Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5355 Wisconsin Ave NW -- not at the library. Call (202) 282-2195 for more information.

Sunday, April 5 at 8:30 AM, The Rosedale Conservancy’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone is welcome, so please bring your little ones armed with baskets. The hunt begins at the stroke of 8:30 a.m. from the front porch of the farmhouse. There will be bagels and coffee after. Please enter the park through the Newark Street gate (not the driveway, and make your way up to the farmhouse -- no hunting along the way. And please leave your four-footed friends at home! More info:

Monday, April 6, Easter Egg Recycling Day. This year keep your old, used Easter eggs out of the landfill! DC’s Department of Public Works Recycling Division will hold its first-ever citywide egg recycling event. Please separate all eggs into the following three accepted categories: plastic eggs; biological eggs (includes empty egg shells/hardboiled/raw) and candy eggs (chocolate; jelly bean; marshmallow, etc). Be sure to strip eggs of all non-recyclable decorations (such as glitter, yarn, oil-based paint) and bundle in plastic or paper bags and bring to the recycling center for your ward -- click on this link to find the one nearest you.

Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 PM, Singer Lana Cenčić grew up Croatia and went on to become a highly lauded actress, musician and dancer in Europe. Her repertoire includes very diverse songs, some like a mild version of Ani Di Franco, some experimental onomatopoeia with atonal multi-layered singing and exciting instrumental ornamentation, some studded with abstract references to Balkan folklore. She has performed at the The Blue Note, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Stone, Roulette, as well as at The Winter Jazzfest in NYC, Konzerthaus and Porgy&Bess in Vienna and the Kyoto Music Expo in Japan. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. Tickets: Free - please register at More info: 

Wednesday, April 8 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Smart Growth: Chinatown Green Streets. The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems to manage stormwater, beautify the public right of way, and enable safe access for all users of all ages and abilities. Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, representing the client, and Steven Spears, ASLA, representing the design team, explain how this project aims to become a world-class model for green and complete streets. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. Free for Building Museum members; $10 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. Register at:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Grand Opening of the H2O Bar in Cleveland Park - April 1

~ Announcing the H2O Bar in Cleveland Park ~
Come Celebrate the Grand Opening of Cleveland Park’s Newest 
and Finest Watering Hole
3529 Connecticut Avenue NW (formerly Palena Restaurant)

Photo by PDpics (via Creative Commons)
The H2O bar is a sparkling clean new concept on DC’s bar scene. At the H2O Bar, we serve one thing in all its glory: Water. Here you can find still water, sparkling water, spring waters from around the world. 

  • Over 200 varieties of bottled water from Fiji to Finland, from the peaks of the Andes to the Serengeti Plain.
  • Designer Waters - Our Swiss-trained Wasser Meister will recommend the perfect pour for you. 
  • Custom Blended Waters – You choose the waters and we combine them to achieve the most refreshing blend for balance, clarity, and taste.
  • Tap on Tap - Featuring the finest tap waters drawn from municipal water sources consistently judged by experts to be the best in flavour and purity, available for the first time on tap in DC.
  • Waters aged in the premium metal casks - aluminum, copper, tin, each imparting just the right soupcon of mineral flavour
  • POE Water - “Purity of Essence” Brand - The purest water on earth - chemist-certified and approved - nothing but hydrogen and oxygen in the perfect ratio - no additives or extraneous molecules of ANY KIND 

All waters served straight up or with three cubes of pure Antarctic glacial ice.

Specialty waters made at your table include:

* Steam condensed into water - $16 per kettle/drip method
Glacial ice gently warmed by candle under your glass - $21 for 6 oz.

Flights of waters: 
3 for $17
5 for $25
7 for $32

Tables with individual drinking fountains for parties of six or more – please reserve at least one day in advance. (Deposit required.)

Free tastings from 5 - 7 PM today only!

Experience water as you have never done before! 

The H2O Bar:  Water...and nothing but water served!

Visit our website to view the complete menu and make reservations:

For more information about this event, visit:

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Still Life With Robin: What's the Best Way to Get to NYC?

Photo by Bill Adler
by Peggy Robin

Now that I have a daughter living and working in New York City (outer borough) I am pondering the many modes of transportation that can take me there for occasional visits.

The Washington Post has from time to time assigned a quartet of travel writers to race from DC to a meeting place in New York City, one by train, one by bus, one by plane, and one by driving a car. (The Washington Post web search function is so poor that I could not pull up any of those past articles – but that’s a subject for another column in itself.) Those articles are never any help to me, anyway, because the test conditions never match the peculiar demands of my specific trip.  Take, for example, the time my daughter asked me to bring her several boxes of stuff from home. Lamps, quilts, books – more than could be fit into a suitcase or two. I contemplated boxing everything up for shipping, but after calculating the mailing costs and the harder-to-quantify inconvenience at both ends, the answer seemed clear: I should load up the car and drive, and then unload at her front door.

Then there was the time that moderate snowfall was predicted on the day I wanted to go. I had been thinking of going by bus, but as the date drew nearer and the odds of heavier snowfall increased, I decided to play it safe and book the train instead. It was a wise move: on the morning of the trip, even some trains had been cancelled. Though I got to Union Station half an hour early, the line to board the train was already running the length of the concourse. By the time I got on, there were just a few seats available here and there. I was happy to find a seat in the “Quiet Car” but unhappy to discover that quite a few of the car’s occupants that day were seated there not by choice, and consequently, had no inclination to follow the quiet car rules against cell-phone yakking.  On the packed train, the conductors, usually efficient and diplomatic enforcers of the quiet rule, were too harried by all the passenger ticketing problems and complaints to spend any time shushing the loudmouths. That made for a long, uncomfortable trip. Arriving in the city forty minutes late, I felt fortunate to have made it at all.

Then there’s the bus. It’s my go-to option if I don’t need to make efficient use of time. I know that it’s always possible for a four hour trip to turn into six or seven hours. No matter the weather or the occasion, an hour-long backup  of traffic on I-95 can always materialize for no discernible reason. On most bus lines the seats are of an uncomfortably scratchy fabric and they’re crammed close together. I’m short, but I still need at least a modicum of legroom.The wifi is out more often than not, and the electrical outlets unreliable. But the price is twenty bucks. Or even five bucks, if you can nab a special rate. Or no bucks, if you have a frequent-rider card and you’ve made enough round-trips. For the frugal-minded, that’s reason enough to keep on booking. It’s only when I’m two-and-a-half hours into a five-hour trip, with my overheated laptop balanced on one knee and a falling-apart sandwich leaking mayonnaise onto the other, that I recall the truth of the old cliché, “you get what you pay for.”

Which brings me back to the car. When you’re the driver, you can’t work on your computer (obviously) and there’s nothing more boring than staring at lane markers for hours on end; even the most compelling book on tape can’t make you glad to be on the road. But a co-driver can do a lot to ease the hardship -- assuming that person shares your ideas about speed, frequency of bathroom breaks, and accompanying audio track. Still, a good co-driver is hard to find.

So back to the title question – what’s the best mode of travel to get from DC to NYC? Here’s the answer that seems most truthful to my own experiences: There is no best way, only a lot of not-so-great ways. Depending on the conditions and requirements of the trip, one way may be more practical than another. That just makes it less bad – not best.  

Will the choices ever improve? Where’s that jet-pack we were promised so long ago? (You may find one answer to that question here: ). When we will get our Google Self-Driving Cars? (An answer for that here: The thing I most wish for? “Beam me up, Scotty!”


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.