Thursday, February 16, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart
(Public Domain)
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 16,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM "Crossing the Rubicon: The Battle for Black Public Education in the District of Columbia" - a lecture by C. R. Gibbs, noted author and researcher - part of the Black History Month series of lectures at DC libraries throughout the month of February. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Friday, February 17 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Program: Commemorative textiles and yard goods were produced and sold as souvenirs or for household use, to celebrate or memorialize an historical person, event, time or place. As early as the late 1700s, textile printing processes evolved and began to include information and figural imagery, rather than merely simple patterns. Katherine Hill Winters, museum collections manager, shares the rise of various printing processes used to create commemorative textiles, as well as the wide range of printed textiles available between the American Revolution and World War I. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:

Friday, February 17 at 6 PM, Edna Greene Medford, Chairperson and Professor of History at Howard University, will give a Black History Month lecture at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Dr. Medford's publications include: Lincoln and Emancipation (2015), The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (co-authored with Harold Holzer and Frank Williams, 2006), and she is the editor of Historical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground: New York Blacks and the Diaspora. Q & A and refreshments will follow the lecture. For more information, please contact the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center at 202-727-7527. Free. The Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert St. NW.

Saturday, February 18 from 9 AM - 4 PM, DC Greens will present “Rooting DC,” an all-day gardening forum that aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment, featuring: interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event also hosts 60+ green businesses and nonprofit from throughout the region at an information fair.a gardening forum about efforts to grow a healthier food system in the nation’s capital. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Register at: At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW.

Sunday February 19 at 10:30 AM, Matthew Zeller, co-founder of the nonprofit organization, No One Left Behind, will speak about the group’s mission to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. Zeller's own interpreter, Janis Shinwari, will join him for the forum. Zeller is the author of Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. More info:  

Monday, February 20 at 4 PM, They Shouldn’t Have Been Presidents Day. Out of 45 presidents, five --which is to say, one in nine-- have become President of the United States after losing the popular vote. They are: John Quincy Adams (1825-1829); Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881); Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893); George W. Bush (2001-2008); and Donald Trump (2017 - ?). This Presidents Day, we’ll hear a lecture from a well-known Presidential Historian of Asterisked Presidents on how the electoral process has occasionally worked to put Not-the-People’s-Choice in the most powerful position in the land. Free. Location still to be determined but will be posted at:

Wednesday, February 22 at 6 PM, A Vintage Evening: Whiskey and Rebellion. Celebrate the spirit of insurgency at this Vintage Evening on the Whiskey Rebellion. Learn about the uprising against a tax on distilled spirits in 1791 and George Washington’s bold response to subdue the protesters, while sampling whiskey from Lyon Distilling Co. of Saint Michaels, Md. and Wigle Whiskey from Pittsburgh, Penn. This event is in commemoration of George Washington's 285th birthday. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Reservations required. Tickets $15 at must be 21 years old or older.

Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 PM, “Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100
Days of His Presidency.” In recognition of Black History Month, join us in the Black Studies Center for a lecture by WAMU Radio News Director, Alicia Montgomery, who will speak about Mr. Trump’s first 100 days in office. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW,

Wednesday February 22 at 7 PM, The University of the District of Columbia’s “JAZZforum.” Trombonist and jazz historian David Sager will discuss the first jazz recording and the events leading up to and following that historic event in 1917. Free. In the Recital Hall of UDC, Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Wednesday, February 22 from 6 - 7:30 PM “A Toast to the General: Washington’s Birthday Evening Tour.” Celebrate Washington on his actual birthday with an elegant evening tour at the home his step-granddaughter built. The Peter family of Tudor Place inherited, purchased, and carefully curated more than 200 Washington artifacts into what is now one of the largest public Washington collections anywhere. See furniture, art, and personal objects all with ties to the founding first family, including several not normally on view, and enjoy wassail and light nibbles. [What is wassail? A mulled cider popular in Washington's day, whose name originates from the Middle English toast, "Waes Hail", meaning 'be you healthy.'] Tickets: $10 Tudor Place Member; $25 Non-Member available at: Tudor Place is at 1644 31st Street NW.

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