Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column October 12 - 18, 2018

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We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, October 12 from 6 - 7:30 PM, Vikings at the Wharf: Draken Documentary Viewing and Q&A with Captain Björn Ahlander. The Vikings are here! During the 10-day celebration at Transit Pier (through October 15), you can take a tour of the world’s largest operational Viking ship, the Draken Harald Hårfagre (tickets $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-16, available here On Friday at 6pm you can attend a FREE lecture by the captain, with a screening of the ship’s documentary. At the Transit Pier at the Washington Wharf. More info:   

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 7 p.m. Author Talk with Markus Zusak. DC Public Library, in partnership with Politics & Prose, presents an evening with Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief. His latest novel, Bridge of Clay, is a sweeping and affecting family saga chronicling the lives of the five Dunbar boys. Masterfully plotted and executed, Zusak's prose leaves readers reeling and applauding, and serves as a reminder that, no matter how winding, the stories we live and share possess indomitable value. Ages 14 and up. This event is free, but advanced tickets are required - Doors will open at 6:30 and seating for this event is first come, first served. To join the signing line, attendees must purchase a copy of Bridge of Clay. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets: The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:   

Saturday, October 13 from 9:15 - 11 AM, An Architectural Tour of the National Zoo by Cleveland Park Historical Society (must join CPHS if you are not a member). Take a special private tour of the Zoo's historic architecture and landscape design: Building and Designs for a 163-Acre Oasis in Our Nation’s Capital: An Architectural Tour of the National Zoo with John Thomann, AIA, Gensler, and Matthew Sellers, Landscape Architect for the the National Zoo. Meet outside the Reptile Discovery Center. Free for CPHS members - spaces are limited to 20 people. Register at If you find the tour is full, please do put your name on the waiting list, since there is likely to be some movement in the list close to tour time. Questions? Email Carin Ruff, staff @ or go to:

Saturday October 13 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Palisades House Tour. The Palisades Village’s 6th annual house tour will feature the lovely neighborhoods of Foxhall and Palisades. Attendees will explore seven historic and beautifully appointed homes. Many of the houses have been remodeled and the interiors have been updated with contemporary amenities and showcase a variety of art and period furniture. Several of the homes have impressive gardens and landscaping. One of the seven homes featured is the “Smart House.” From an enticing foyer to garden folly, the “Smart” House smoothly welcomes guests with modern, streamlined “cool” hospitality. One almost hears ice cubes clinking in the 1950’s style Lucite ice bucket, just one of the selectively chosen items of cool décor. The Zen fountain gurgles soothing cool water, beckoning guests—now with cool cocktail or iced tea in hand—out into the intimate garden. But chic décor and art work, and a compelling lay-out are not the only smart aspects of this home. Lights, sound system, ac, and heat are all controlled by an integrated keypad for the utmost in comfort and atmosphere. Tour tickets on sale at the Lab School at 4759 Reservoir Rd for $35 on the day of the tour or buy in advance for $30 online at 

Saturday, October 13 from 12 - 4 PM, Murch Fall Fair. Take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to stroll up to Murch Elementary School’s Annual Fall Fair! Enjoy our highly anticipated gently used book sale (usually some real gems for every interest and age group at unbelievable 'buy a bag' prices), bouncy houses for pre-k through tweens, hot dogs, pizza, fresh popcorn and we are currently confirming our sweet treats will come from one of the best ice cream/cookie food trucks in DC!  Kids will love our art projects and all can compete at our carnival games like corn hole, giant Connect-4, dual basketball, etc. We even have a dunk booth and a vendor section for local small businesses! More info: Murch Elementary School is at 4810 36th Street on the playground facing Ellicott Street between 34th & 36th.

Saturday October 13 from 12 - 7 PM, The H Street Festival! Everything you want in a street festival, including live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contests and plenty of food vendors across its 14 staging areas, with dozens of businesses participating. Free admission. Location: Ten blocks along H Street NE, from 4th St to 14th St NW,

Saturday, October 13 from 11 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, October 14 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Bethesda Row Arts Festival 2018. The streets of Bethesda Row transform into an outdoor art gallery featuring 190 juried museum quality artists. Art collectors and lovers will find one of a kind top quality: ceramics, drawing, pastels, fiber, decorative, fiber, wearables, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography, digital art, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. Live musical entertainment – all local and amazing. More than 50 nearby restaurants. Admission is FREE. Details at

Sunday, October 14, 10 AM - 12 noon, Tregaron Volunteer Planting and Clean-Up. Both skilled gardeners and novices are encouraged to attend! We will gather by the Lily Pond near our Klingle Road NW entrance. (The GPS address is 3031 Klingle Road NW.) Registration is required. To register, email info @ tregaronconservancy dot org, indicating the number of people in your group. Kids who are supervised by an adult and able to help out are welcome! All equipment will be provided. Breakfast treats and coffee will be served. Please bring a water bottle. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. More info:

Sunday, October 14 at 4 PM. Anderson House Concert: Broadway Classics. Jacqueline Neimat, soprano, Jose Cueto, violinist, H. David Meyers, oboist, and Jose Ramost-Santana, pianist, perform songs from famous Broadway musicals. This is the second performance of the fall American Music Series. Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,

Sunday, October 14 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, “DC: District of Coyotes,” with Megan Draheim, visiting associate professor at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and founding director of the District Coyote Project -- presented by Profs and Pints. When you hear the word “coyote,” do you envision howls through the darkness of Western landscapes? While coyotes likely evolved in the Western part of the country, they are incredibly flexible in their behavior and ability to adapt, and now claim the entire continent as their home. Having learned to live in cities as well as rural areas, they even call Washington DC home. The first official coyote sighting in Rock Creek Park occurred in 2003. Join us for a discussion of all-things coyote: who they are, how they live, how they interact with other animals and humans, and how people tend to react to them. Dr. Draheim will talk about their pack life, what they eat, and their seasonal behavior. You’ll hear about local coyote projects, get tips on what to do if you see one, and gain a newfound appreciation of this truly adaptable and intelligent native predator. Her proceeds from the talk will go to the District Coyote Project. (Advance tickets: $12 at; $15 at the door; $2 off with student ID.) At La Pop DC, 1847 Columbia Road NW.  

Monday, October 15 at 12 PM, Book Talk: "Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC" by Kim Prothro Williams, author and national register coordinator, DC Historic Preservation Office. Washington, DC has a rural history of agrarian landscapes and country estates. In 1791, the area was selected as the capital of a new nation, and the change from rural to urban was both dramatic and progressive. Author Kim Prothro Williams reveals the rural remnants of Washington's past. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, October 15 from 5 - 7 PM, The No-Pumpkin Zone. This time of year, Starbucks has got pumpkin lattes out the wazoo, and every time you walk into a grocery store you see the entrance practically barricaded by giant bins of pumpkins and more pumpkins. Your friendly corner bar is pushing pumpkin ale and your neighborhood deli has bagels with pumpkin spice spread. Still two weeks to go until Halloween and already you are completely pumpkined out! You need a place to get away from all the big orange gourds! This is it - a guaranteed no-pumpkins zone on this mid-October night. The only problem is we have not yet identified a retail or restaurant location that is pumpkin-free and willing to host this meeting. Keep checking this link: to see if a location has been secured.

Tuesday, October 16 at 6 PM, American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era. Born in the aftermath of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati was created to preserve the fraternal connections forged by the officers of the Continental and French armies on the battlefields of the new United States. Framed on the Revolution's ethical ideal of honor, the members of the Cincinnati pledged, "to promote and cherish, between the respective States, that union and national honor so essentially necessary to their happiness, and the future dignity of the American Empire." Led by Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington, the Cincinnati aimed to continue the pledge of sacred honor made in the Declaration of Independence. However, in a time of post-war uncertainty, the hereditary nature of the group elicited cries of aristocracy from the likes of John and Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. The debate over the true nature of the Cincinnati reflected a broader battle over the ideals of the new nation and the understanding of democracy. What exactly was in the interests of national honor? Drawn from his new book, American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era, Dr. Craig Bruce Smith explores how the ethics of the Revolution were incorporated into the new republic and how new understandings of honor were created in reaction to the Society of the Cincinnati. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Free and open to the public. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 PM, Pumpkin Carving. Come celebrate Halloween with carving or decorating a pumpkin. You can make your pumpkin scary or funny! Supplies and Pumpkins will be provided. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 PM, Two Faces of Comedy at Lincoln’s Cottage. Back by popular demand, and drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln's Cottage and The DC Improv are again partnering to present Two Faces Comedy, the first comedy series to transform Lincoln's living room into a comedy den. The theme for the October night is mental health, based on Lincoln's own dealings with depression. Each of our performers will incorporate that theme into their sets, however they choose. Tickets: $5 per person, available at Beer and wine will be available for $5 a drink at each show. This comedy series is recommended for adult audiences. President Lincoln's Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Wednesday, October 17 at 7 PM, Janney Days: A Brief History of Bernard T. Janney Elementary School. Anita Seline, Lena Frumin and a panel present the latest edition of Janney Days: A Brief History of Bernard T. Janney Elementary School, 1925-2000/ 2001-2018. Learn about the school’s role as a neighborhood institution. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,   

Thursday, October 18 at 12 PM, No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick Walking Tour. From the desert to DC! Explore the six outdoor sculptures of No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick, extending the art of Burning Man from the Renwick Gallery into the streets and parks of Washington's Golden Triangle neighborhood. This program is presented in collaboration with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). Free. Meet at Renwick Gallery entrance at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue. More info: Event Link: 

Thursday, October 18 at 4 PM, Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts: Sugar Skulls | Dia de los Muertos Artesanias: Calaveras de Azucar. Join us in celebrating Day of the Dead by preparing an altar. We will be doing arts and crafts to decorate an altar at the Mt. Pleasant Library in the Children's Room. This activity is open to all ages: children, teens, and adults. Altar decorating activities continue for the next two Thursdays with Skull Painting on October 25 at 4 PM and Papel Picado on November 1 at 4 PM. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St.,      

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