Thursday, September 22, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by NMAAHC
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

This weekend - so much to do! All through Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are events to celebrate the opening of the National African American Museum of History and Culture on the Mall; the full schedule is here: And then there’s the all-day Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday. You can plan ahead using the schedule or you can wander around and walk into any number of talks and discussions featuring lesser-known literary lights and discover new things!

Thursday, September 22 at 6 PM, Lincoln’s Cottage Conversation: Lincoln's Generals' Wives.
Author Candice Shy Hooper and C-SPAN CEO Susan Swain discuss Hooper's new book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. Hooper and Swain will explore the American Civil War by examining the influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant. Wives to John Frémont, George McClellan, William Sherman, and Ulysses Grant, respectively, these women served as confidantes to their husbands influenced their ambitions and actions. The reception starts at 6 PM at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center; the lecture starts at 6:30 PM.  Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz @ lincolncottage dot org or call (202) 688-3735. More info: Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM, “Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens,” a documentary telling the story of Elizabeth Thomas, a free woman of color who owned land in Washington, DC during the 19th century. A discussion, enhanced by re-enactor Patricia Tyson, will follow with Washington, DC film producer Marvin T. Jones. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, September 22 at 5 PM, Isle of Man in the News Day. Celebrate the day that the tiny, quasi-independent Isle of Man, a dependency of the UK in the Irish Sea, rated 32 column inches and 3 color photos in the print edition of the New York Times (9/22/16). The voters among the population of 85,000 went to the polls today to elect their chief minister and members of the Tynwald, as their ancient parliament is called. Polls close at 20:00, or 5 PM EDT, which is when you may wish to start following the elections results: Go to For a list of pubs in Washington, DC where you can mingle with fellow Manx-election watchers, go to:

Friday, September 23 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Games, Lunch and a Movie.” The movie is “Our Town” starring Paul Newman. Assortment of board games will be brought out at 11 AM; lunch served at noon (lunch reservations needed by 9/21); the movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, September 23 at 7 PM, An Evening of Dance With “Errant Movement.” Errant means "traveling in search of adventure." The choreography explores the world we live in through dance, using unexpected movement patterns and ideas. Artistic director Rachel Turner’s choreographic style incorporates technical dance with pedestrian gestures to create movement that is visually pleasing and easy to connect with. Featured artists: Rachel Turner, Mariana Barros, Emelia Kawashima, Kaya Simonson. Free. For more information, please contact the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 202-727-7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert St NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM, NMAAHC Livestream Opening Party. Watch a livestream of the grand opening and dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 11 AM, Historic Chevy Chase DC Walking Tour. Again this year, Historic Chevy Chase DC, in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC, a city-wide organization, will be sponsoring a free walking tour of the neighborhood. This easy 1-hour walk will begin at the Avalon Theatre, led by Keene Taylor Jr., long-time resident and business owner in the neighborhood. Keene will discuss the history of both the residential and commercial areas of Chevy Chase DC. No need to reserve a space, just show up at 11 AM at the Avalon, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW. At the end of the tour, the Avalon Theatre will offer a coupon to tour participants -- buy one small ice cream and get the second free.

Saturday, September 24 from 2 - 4 PM, Workshop: Energy Efficiency and Old Homes, presented by the DC Preservation League in partnership with the Cleveland Park Historical Society. Come learn about energy audits and what home improvements are the most cost effective with particular attention to the issue of window repair and replacement and integrity. Speakers are Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, a managing member of ENCORE Sustainable Design, working to combine historic preservation with energy efficiency and sustainable design; and John Sandor, an architectural historian and expert in the repair and replacement of windows in historic buildings. Free, but please register at At Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM, Time Travel with Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson’s last visit to Washington DC was in 1855. Writer, performer, and educator MiMi Zannino, dressed in authentic attire of the period, takes us back  in time to meet  the “Belle of  Amherst” in this one-woman play that brings American poetry and history to life. MiMi Zannino is a poet-in-residence with  the Maryland State Arts Council and a  Chautauqua actor/scholar. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Saturday, September 24 from 7 PM - 12 Midnight, Art All Night Tenleytown. Art All Night is a celebration of contemporary art in all its forms; ten venues up and down Wisconsin Avenue, including Whole Foods, the Tenley Library, Tenley Bar and Grill, and others will be transformed into pop-up galleries and performance spaces. The lineup is awesome and includes more than 30 artists and performers, most of whom work and live in the greater Tenleytown area.  Art events and installations will include photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more. There will also be lots of live music, dance, and literary readings. Art Night attendees can celebrate their inner artists through interactive crafts and art projects, open dance and yoga mini-classes, and interaction with local artists. Free. Details at Printable map and brochure at

Sunday, September 25 Fall Garden Day at the National Cathedral - a fun family afternoon in the garden! Enjoy: Food for sale, featuring Rocklands Barbecue; Music; Croquet and other games on the lawn; Garden docents to answer all your questions; Herb Cottage mini-cart with specialty jam, tea,and other gifts for sale; Free tote bags and “Color the Cathedral Close” coloring books. Free and open to the public. In the Bishop’s Garden and Lawn of Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW. Event flyer at

Sunday, September 25 from 11 AM - 7 PM, The 14th Annual Turkish Festival. Enjoy: Authentic Turkish Cuisine; Turkish Coffee House and Fortune Telling; Traditional Turkish Music and Folkdance Performances; Turkish Bazaar – Arts & Crafts; Kids' Games and Activities; Cultural Activities. Free admission. Along Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets NW. Full details at

Monday, September 26 from 3:30 - 5 PM, Seminar: “Live and Learn: "Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft and Email Fraud," presented by Dupont Circle Village. How do you protect yourself from online, telemarketing, investment, home improvement, health care and other types of scams?  What about identity theft and financial exploitation? Philip Ziperman, Director of the DC Office of Consumer Protection, will discuss how you can protect yourself from different types of fraud and what you can do if you become a victim. Mr. Ziperman’s newly-created office is part of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. At St. Thomas Church /1772 Church Street, NW. Free. More info: or call 202.436.5252.

Monday, September 26 from 6:30 - 9 PM, AU’s Visiting Writers Series Presents Jacqueline Woodson. 2014 National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson writes for children, young adults, and adult audiences. She is perhaps best known for Miracle's Boys, which won the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award, and Brown Girl Dreaming, which was a 2015 winner of the Newbery Medal. Of Woodson's forthcoming novel, Another Brooklyn, Angela Flournoy writes: "In this elegant and moving novel, Jacqueline Woodson explores the beauty and burden of growing up Girl in 1970s Brooklyn through the lens of one unforgettable narrator…. Full of moments of grief, grace and wonder, Another Brooklyn proves that Jacqueline Woodson is a master storyteller." Q&A from 6:30 - 7:30, public reading at 8 PM. Free and open to the public. In the Butler Board Room, 6th Floor, Butler Pavilion building at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday September 28 at 7PM, Discussion of August Wilson's “Radio Golf.” Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and Series Editor for NoPassport Press's Dreaming the Americas Series, will be on hand to discuss August Wilson's Radio Golf. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW, 

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