Thursday, December 4, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Vincent Desjardins via 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

Ongoing Through Saturday December 6, Tenley WinterFest! Highlights include: "WinterFeast" of dining specials at more than a dozen local restaurants. Thursday at 4 PM: Screening of “Elf” at the Tenley Library; Friday at 7 PM: Screening of “Frozen” at the Tenley Library. Saturday: Janney 5K race through the neighborhood. Story Time, Sing-a-long & Book Sales at the Tenley Library; Caroling with the Children’s Chorus of Washington and DIY Stocking Craft for kids at Whole Foods Tenley, 4530 40th Street NW. Live music at Middle C, 4530 Wisconsin Ave NW, from 12 - 6 PM. Live music and winter brews at Public Tenley. Holiday tree sales. Plus festive decor and other special offers and events throughout the neighborhood. See for the full schedule of events with dates, times, and locations.

Thursday, December 4 at 7 PM, Native Washingtonian and history aficionado Stephen R. McKevitt will discuss his latest book “Meridian Hill: A History.” Meridian Hill has been home to a lot of fascinating historic characters, including Commodore David Porter, John Quincy Adams, and Mary Henderson. It has housed Union Soldiers during the civil war and international diplomats in the twentieth century, and it remains a diverse, thriving residential neighborhood to this day. Free. In the large meeting room on the main floor at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Friday, December 5 from 11 AM - 4 PM and Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM , The 32nd Annual St. Alban’s Christmas House Tour, featuring 6 homes in historic Cleveland Park, plus a holiday marketplace with more than 50 boutiques; option for luncheon. Tickets: $40 for the tour and $20 for the luncheon, available at: St. Alban’s School is at Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues NW.

Saturday, December 6, 10 AM - 4 PM. Friends of the Cleveland Park Library One-Day-Only Holiday Book Sale. Select from children's books, holiday-themed books, and coffee table & gift books -- all in pristine condition suitable for gift giving. DVDs and CDs too! This will be a limited but very wonderful sale! Book prices: $1, $2, and $5. 2nd floor Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street.

Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM, International French Bazaar, featuring French and African food; handicrafts; jewelry; French books, comics and DVDs; toys; flea market; silent auction. Free. Presented by the French-Speaking Protestant Church of DC. At Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. More info: Note: The website begins in French, but if scroll down to the part about the Bazaar and you don’t read French, just be patient, and it will magically change to English.

Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Turkish Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair presented by Anatolian Artisans, Scarves, jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, copperware, carpets, leather goods, embroidered textiles, toys and decorations--all one-of-a-kind artisan handicrafts, coming direct from the makers to you, only at this sale. Turkish pastries and refreshments available. Anatolian Artisans is a tax exempt non-profit organization that helps talented low-income artisans in Turkey, mostly women, through product development, micro-business training and marketing. Credit cards accepted; free gift wrapping. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW.

Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, Irish Christmas Revels. Travel to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s to celebrate the Irish spirit. Gather at the hearth of the village pub for fiery tunes and mesmerizing rhythms from our Irish Band, the flashing feet of step and céilí dancing, and rollicking songs and toasts—all beckoning the joys of Christmas! Then board a ship bound for the new world, where songs of longing give way to powerful anthems of hope, and children lift our spirits with sean nós dances. Journey with us through the struggle, triumph and fierce joy that epitomize the Irish-American heritage. More performances December 12 - 14. Tickets $12 - $50. Go to for tickets and more information. At GW At Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW.

Sunday, December 7 at 10 AM, Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Friends of Volta Park. Enjoy hot chocolate, doughnuts, and other treats, and have your picture taken with Santa, who will arrive on a DC Firetruck. Free admission, food and drink for sale, photo with Santa for sale. At Volta Park, 34th Street and Volta Place. More info:

Sunday, December 7 from 1 - 5 PM, Logan Circle Holiday House Tour 2014. Join the tour of traditional and contemporary homes in the Logan Circle neighborhood, the always warming Wassail Party during the tour at Studio Theatre and a variety of musicians and singers posted at many of the homes, and carolers roaming the neighborhood to get you in the holiday spirit. As always, proceeds from the tour help fund the Logan Circle Community Association’s ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Logan Circle and all of Washington, DC. Association Starting Point: The Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW. Tickets $30 - $35 available at

Sunday, December 7 at 2 PM, “Signature Tastes of Washington, DC” by Stephen Siler - book discussion in The Legends & Lore DC book discussion series. With the holidays coming, it means cooking for visiting family and friends. Do you need some recipe ideas? Come swap or talk about your favorite ones. We also will be discussing what titles to read in the new year. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Sunday, December 7 from 1 - 2:30 PM (Session I) or from 3 - 4:30 PM (Session II), The Cleveland Park Historical Society’s annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Which Cleveland Park home will be your inspiration? Houses to decorate are $30 per house for CPHS members and $50 per house for non-members. We provide the houses and all the decorating materials. Space is limited to 20 houses at each session, so book your space soon. Please only 2 houses per family. Reserve and pay for your house(s) online at Eventbrite: At the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW.

Monday, December 8 from 5 - 6 PM, Grander Than Gingerbread: Building Edible Homes in Luxurious Style. Want to design a house out of foodstuffs but on a more ambitious scale than the usual little gingerbread cottage? Create a McMansion from marzipan or a chateau from sugar cube bricks at this chef/architect’s workshop, which will provide you with the tools and materials to construct the palate-pleasing palace of your dreams…. with a chocolate fountain in front, a blue Jello lagoon in back, and well-groomed lawns crafted from green cake sprinkles carefully planted in a fondant base. Choose from Country French, Tuscan Villa, or Georgian Manor styles. For previews of what you can do, go to On second thought, you had better stick to gingerbread, as this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, December 9 from 6 - 9 PM, The annual DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) Showcase will feature the work of 16 DCCHP grantees who have worked for the past year to preserve the history, stories and culture of their neighborhoods and communities. The showcase will feature a keynote address by Washington Post Columnist John Kelly. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Free, but please register at At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. More info at

Wednesday, December 10 at 6 PM, Holiday Party with Ugly Sweater Contest. Enjoy snacks, hot chocolate, crafts, games -- and wear your ugliest sweater. For all ages. Free. At the West End Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW.

Thursday, December 11 from 7 - 8:30 PM “Literature of the English Speaking World” Discussion Series continues with “Looking for Transwonderland,” by Noo Saro-Wiwa (Nigeria). The facilitator is Professor Phil Burnham of George Mason University. About the book: A travel writer for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, Noo Saro-Wiwa finally took up the challenge of writing a travelogue about her native Nigeria. This biting and compassionate account gives an insider/outsider’s view of the richest and most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa. The fact that Saro-Wiwa’s father, Ken, was executed by the Nigerian government in 1995 gives this book a gritty and touching point of view. The Book Discussion Series is free and open to all -- you don't have to be a member of the Friends of the Library. While you're encouraged to attend all six sessions, it's not mandatory. You can attend as many or as few as you like -- but you do need to register -- please call the library at 202 282-3072. More info:

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