Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

Mark Twain (DC Public Library)
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 15,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, November 26 at 1 PM, Tofurkey Sculpture Unveiling. Every Thanksgiving the President “pardons” a turkey, allowing millions of carnivores nationwide to feel good about that symbolic gesture while sitting down to a feast of a bird that was not so lucky! Now vegetarians and vegans will have their own grand symbol of Thanksgiving, as the President (of PETA) goes to Lafayette Square to unveil a larger-than-life-size statue of a “Tofurkey” -- a 6 ft. tall mass of tofu that has been hand-carved by a team of highly skilled vegan food sculptors into the shape of a gigantic turkey, wire-brushed to create the effect of feathers, and then hardened with acrylic paints in the appropriate shades of brown, red, orange and yellow. The public display of this magnificent creation of 100% meat-free goodness will finally bring the concept of the non-turkey-centric Thanksgiving entree into the mainstream….or would, if this were not the Weekly Fake Event.

Friday, November 27, Opening Day of Tenleytown Winter Fest. Enjoy a craft and food market, Yeti scavenger hunt, live music, the Janney 5K race, special deals from Tenleytown merchants and restaurants, a neighborhood walking tour, special holiday film screenings, live music, and more. Events will take place at Janney Elementary School (4130 Albermarle Street, NW) and the Tenley-Friendship Library (Wisconsin and Albermarle Streets). For the complete schedule of events and locations, please visit Continues through December 5.

Saturday, November 28 from 5 - 7:30 PM, First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at Cathedral Commons. Enjoy festive live entertainment, free photos with Santa (pets are welcome too; dogs and cats only, please) giveaways for the kids, and food & drink.More info: Free. At the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street NW.

Sunday, November 29 at 1 PM, 90-minute walking tour of Tenleytown. Join us for a special tour of Washington's second oldest village and learn about the rich history of Tenleytown through the lens of its “first ladies.” Firsts in their professions, firsts in their families, firsts in the hearts of their neighbors – learn about the women pioneers of education, architecture, and business who influenced the development of Tenleytown. (Don’t worry, we’ll talk about men, too.) Led by Tenleytown Historical Society board member Farleigh Earhart. Meet at the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Free but please register at:

Monday, November 30 at 7 PM, “Mark Twain: The American Citizen” - a special performance by local actor Dwane Starlin as he embodies the life and spirit of the great American author and humorist Mark Twain, a/k/a Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), drawing from Twain's body of personal papers, letters, and biographies ... and in celebration of his birthday, November 30, 1835. Free. At the West End Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,

Tuesday, December 1 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Iona Art Show & Sale. Iona's Artists-in-Residence will exhibit their work in person at this lunchtime show: Barrie Ripin, painter and sculptor; Maureen Moore, jewelry; Cynthia Farrell Johnson, painter and graphic arts; Pauline Jakobsberg, printmaker; Gwen Aqui and Bernard Brooks, painters; Jill Tanenbaum, glass; Dot Proctor, painter and collage; Nancy Feve, quilter; and Phil Brown wood sculptor. Free. At Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street. More info:

Tuesday, December 1 at 5 PM, “Tenley Gets Lit.” Organizers of Janney Elementary School’s winter garden and the merchants supporting the 4th Annual Tenley WinterFest will turn on their holiday lights in unison. Free. At Janney ES, 4130 Albemarle Street NW and at participating shops along Wisconsin Avenue. As part of the event, the Tenley-Friendship Library (4450 Wisconsin Avenue) will give out prizes (while supplies last) to anyone who checks out a library item between 5 - 9 PM.  More info:

Wednesday, December 2 at 7 PM, “1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History.” Historian and New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik will discuss his book, which brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, and the people and politics leading to FDR’s belated decision to help rescue Jews in Europe. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library,  4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,  

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