Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Colulmn

Pancake Race, photo by Pedro Figuereido - Flickr 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 15,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 4 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, “Capital Houses: Historical Houses of Washington, DC and Environs, 1735 - 1965” - book talk with local architectural historian James Goode, highlighting some of the most distinguished houses in the Washington, DC area. Tickets: $5 - $20; free for Hillwood members - go to for more info and tickets. At the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW.

Thursday, February 4 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, “National Symbol, City of Neighborhoods,” a Humanitini Happy Hour gathering on the theme of how being the Nation’s Capital can eclipse the sense of a city of local communities. Free, reservations required at - at Busboys and Poets (Cullen Room) 1025 5th St NW.

Friday, February 5 at 7 PM, Picnic in the Cathedral with the GW Troubadours. Pack your basket and blanket and grab your friends and family for a mid-winter indoor picnic inside the Cathedral. This event is free and open to the public. Please no alcohol, glass, or metal chairs. The GW Troubadours is a co-ed a cappella group based at The George Washington University. They sing a collection of genres and artists—from John Legend and Sara Bareilles to Coldplay and The Fray. The group has performed at the Republican Presidential Primary Debate at DAR’s Constitution Hall, the White House Holiday Celebration, and American Idol. Doors open at 7 pm. The Cathedral is at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. More info:

Saturday, February 6 from 10:30 AM - 4 PM, “March Through American History.” Enjoy marching through American history with a child during this interactive program for kids and adults. Don historic gear and walk your kids from the American Revolution, through the War of 1812 and the Civil War. This is a joint program of the American Revolution Institute and the Civil War Trust. Each adult must bring at least one child aged 6 – 16. Free, but reservations required - go to: At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Saturday, February 6 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Art for Families: Lunar New Year Celebration. All ages are invited to join in as we ring in the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy a fashion show of traditional Chinese dress, watch a calligraphy demonstration, and create your own dragon puppet. Free. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW. More info:

Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM, The Gerbil Bowl. On Superbowl Sunday, before you watch a bunch of super-sized players scrambling around a stadium and slamming into each other, relax and watch some undersized rodents scurrying around a very large bowl, literally. The Gerbil Bowl puts the furry little guys into a very large wooden salad bowl, and the race is on to see how long it will take them to climb out. The first one over the top is the Super Bowl champion, Gerbil Division. These peewee contestants may not be as cute as the canines in the Puppy Bowl (see for details) but they certainly can hustle! The Gerbil Bowl will be broadcast on the Small Furry Animals Network (SFAN); you can attend the live show at PetSmall - for location and free tickets, go

Tuesday, February 9 at 12:30 PM, Pancake Races at the National Cathedral. Join in the fun for the last day of frivolity before Lent as the Cathedral celebrates Mardi Gras with pancake races on Shrove Tuesday on the west front grounds of the Cathedral. Staff, school students, clergy, and others compete in races including the Gargoyle Gallop and the Satterlee Special, in attempts to win the grand prize of the Golden Skillet. All are welcome. Inclement weather location: Cathedral nave. Free. At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW,

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 PM, Rural Remnants of Washington County: An Architectural Survey of Washington's Historic Farms and Estates - a talk by architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams, the National Register Coordinator with the DC Historic Preservation Office. Ms. Williams will discuss her research into the farms and estates of 19th-century Washington County, the area that lay within the bounds of the District of Columbia but outside the L’Enfant-planned City of Washington. Refreshments will be served. Free for CPHS members, non-members $15 - register at At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St., NW. 

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM, The Restaurant Plate: An Evening Event featuring Chef Jose Andres. What role do restaurants play in the American diet? As more people consume meals away from home, what is the impact on our health and the environment? Explore the DC restaurant scene, hear about new restaurant trends, and learn about the role chefs play in promoting sustainable and healthy eating. Free and open to the public. At George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW. Register at:

Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Kathryn Aalto, author of “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh,” discusses the English countryside that was the setting for the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and other beloved characters of A.A. Milne’s books. Tickets: $7 - $20 at; free for Hillwood members. At the Hillwood Estate, Musuem and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

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