Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oktoberfest by Andreas Steinhoff (Wikimedia Commons)
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 14,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @
Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Friday, October 3 at 4 PM, Oktoberfest at the Petworth Library. If you can’t make it to Germany, come and celebrate with pretzels, root beer and fall crafts for children ages 5 and up. Free. The Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,
Saturday, October 4 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Let`s Move! DC Children & Families Health Expo. The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) presents the 2nd annual Expo, featuring cooking demonstrations, fishing and dance lessons, music, games and a farmers market. Community organizations will also present information for families on healthy eating, early childhood education, and youth fitness and enrichment programs. The expo is free and open to the public. At the Deanwood Recreation Center at 1350 49th Street, NE. For more information, visit 
Saturday, October 4 at 4 PM, “Steel Sculpture: Anxiety and Hope.” Meet sculptor Sam Noto and learn about improvisational technique and his use of found metals to create the beautiful sculptures featured in the sculpture garden at the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, October 5 from 8 AM - 5 PM, Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Washington, DC. The Oktoberfest Tent portion of the festivities will run from 1 to 5 PM. In addition to the fun under the tent, the day’s activities include an antique car show, golf tournaments, beer and bourbon tasting at Lincoln’s Cottage, a fishing rodeo at the ponds, military displays, food trucks, exhibit booths and much more! The Edelweiss Band and the Bavarian and Austrian Dance Company will perform. Fun Fest schedule and flyer at: Cars enter at Randolph St and Rock Creek Church Rd, parking $5.
Sunday, October 5 from 3- 6 PM, Volta Park Day. Rides, games, flea market. East Vs. West softball game at 2 PM. Enter to win a free iPad! Fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, plenty to drink. Music by Basement Riot. Flyer at:
Sunday, October 5 from 2 - 4 PM, Traditional Irish Music & Dance Celebration: The Embassy of Ireland, in conjunction with Dupont Festival, The Dupont Circle Hotel, Tourism Ireland and Comhaltas Ceoltórí Éireann O’Neill-Malcom branch, will proudly present a free open-air traditional Irish music and dance celebration at Dupont Circle in honor of 90 years of Ireland-U.S. diplomatic relations. Performers will be drawn from the cream of local Irish music and dancing talent, including the Irish Inn Mates & Friends, and the Bog Band and Brian Gaffney, as well as dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and Shannon Dunne Dance – along with a few other Irish surprises! More info at
Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 PM, Landmark Society Curator Talk: The Key to the Desk. Join Curator Erin Kuykendall for a close look at the Francis Scott Key “partner’s desk.” In the early 1800s, Key and James Dunlop, Jr., were law partners well-established in Georgetown (then part of Maryland). Called to negotiate the release of an an American imprisoned by the British in August 1814, he spent a fateful night outside Baltimore. The 25-hour attack he witnessed there inspired the poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry,” that became the US national anthem. While Key is well known as the source for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” his achievements as a lawyer and politician are significant, too. Hear that story brought to life through the solid artifact of his twice-signed desk, with fresh insights into his legal and political work and the ways of Georgetown society. Tickets: Free for Landmark Society members, $15 for Tudor Place members, $20 for non-members: At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street, NW
Tuesday, October 7 at 7 PM, The “Books That Shaped America” series features a discussion of A Street in Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks. The discussion, led by American University’s Timothy Staples, will start with the focal text, but the conversations in the discussion series often stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves.Attendees are encouraged—but not required—to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free for this series, and no RSVP is required. You need not have attended any previous discussion to join in this one. More info: Location: Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Tuesday, October 7 at 7 PM, Vikings: Life and Legend. This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the exhibition “Vikings: Life and Legend” that was on display through June at the Museum in London. The accompanying 90-minute film is being shown worldwide on this date. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by the celebrated broadcasting historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes, the exhibition will be brought to life by curator Gareth Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy. With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a torch-lit burial staged in the grounds of the museum, Vikings from the British Museum will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped modern lives across four continents of the world. Showing in DC at Mazza Gallerie Cinema - tickets $12.50 at More information at:
Tuesday, October 7 at 8:45 PM, Vikings - A Re-Enactment. Following the worldwide showing of the British Museum film about Vikings (see above entry for details), there will be a gathering of Viking re-enactors outside the Mazza Gallerie Theater. Anyone who can throw together a Viking-ish outfit is welcome to participate (but no horned helmets, please -- that’s inauthentic!). Once we have amassed a suitable number of warriors to form a shield-wall, we will then advance up Western Ave, march across McKinley St and descend upon the Chevy Chase Public Library in a fearsome simulated onslaught. (The library will serve as a stand-in for the Lindesfarne Monastery that fell to the Vikings in A.D. 793, as it is the most convenient nearby place of contemplative scholarship.) There will be mock pillaging, mock swordplay, and carrying off of captives and loot. Bring your own foam battle-axes and plastic swords. Women assuming the role of shield-maidens are welcomed as equal opportunity raiders. We will finish off with a rousing Viking funeral, with feasting and treasure in Valhalla for all. If you can’t make it to this week’s fake event, be sure to view the splendid Viking funeral in this You-tube clip:
Wednesday October 8 at 6 PM, Chocolate Through Time: A Tasting at Dumbarton House. Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. An interactive presentation will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process over time. The presentation will be followed by a chance to taste 17th c. Style Spanish Hot Chocolate, an 18th century style chocolate tart, a 19th century style chocolate cake, the 20th century milk chocolate truffle, and the latest 21st century chocolate incarnation! Tickets $15 - $20 ($60 for 4 Tasting Events) at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW.
Wednesday, Oct. 8th, at 7 PM, Daniel Pink will discuss his book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, which explores the power of selling, something each of us does every day - whether we know it or not. Whether we’re entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers encouraging and coaching kids, we spend our days trying to move others. Today, like it or not, we’re all in sales. Free. Book sale and signing to follow event. The library is at 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:
Thursday, October 7 at 7 PM, A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC. On Sept. 25, 1890, Rock Creek Park was established as one of the largest and first urban nature parks in the country. Join author and historian Scott Einberger for a special evening program spotlighting how this largest of Washington, DC parks was established. . Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW. More info:

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