Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, July 12 - 18, 2019

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 18,300+ 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, July 12 from 6 - 8 PM, Community Showcase: Model Home and Daniel Bachman. Luce Unplugged Community Showcase pairs DC’s best local bands with local beers surrounded by beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. Enjoy some experimental hip-hop beats from Model Home and the syncopated acoustic stylings of Daniel Bachman. Free beer tastings (21+) provided by a local craft brewery. Additional beverages and small snacks available for purchase. Free admission. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor), 8th and F Streets NW, more info:   

Friday July 12 at 6:30 PM, MPD 2D Community Movie Night. Come and hang out with your local Police Officers at the Second District Station, for a viewing of the animated film "Wonder Park". We will be serving hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, nachos, and snacks! Doors open at 6 PM, movie starts at 6:30. Limited seating - MUST RSVP to kyi.branch @ dc dot gov. Free. In the Community Room of the  Second District Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue NW.

Saturday July 13 from 10 AM - 6 PM, French Festival at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens. Indulge your inner Francophile with French amusements from the 1700s in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection. Add to the festive atmosphere by making and wearing a French bergère or Napoleon hat. Experience the festivities of French court come to life in a play by Happenstance Theater. Enjoy the best of baroque dance with New York Baroque Dance Company. Immerse yourself in music of the 1700s with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar. Explore Hillwood’s luscious gardens. And of course, admire the exquisite collection of French decorative arts from the 1700s collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post. For schedule of activities, visit Come rain or shine, performances and activities take place indoors or in the airy and open shelter of the C.W. Post courtyard tent. Tickets $5-$18 available at Free for children age 5 and under. Hillwood Estate is at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW. 

Saturday, July 13 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Commemoration: Battle of Fort Stevens. This year is very special - the 155th anniversary of the battle (which occurred on July 11-12, 1864). It was the only Civil War battle that occurred in the Nation's Capital and the only time in the nation's history that a sitting President (Lincoln) has come under direct enemy fire. An important event in both our local and national history! The morning program will start with the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices performing some beautiful, traditional songs and two verses of the National Anthem including one written in 1861 by Oliver Wendell Holmes. They will conclude by singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Negro National Anthem. Keynote Speaker is Dr. Jonathan Noyalas, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, Shenandoah University, who will speak on Early's Escape: From Fort Stevens to Cool Springs. Afternoon programs will feature Civil War reenactors (military and civilian), cannon and musket firings, living history demonstrations, historic walks and talks, kids and teens tent, and live period music and dancing. Free. Location: Quackenbos Street NW between 13th St. and Georgia Ave. More info at     

Saturday, July 13 at 1 PM, Peabody Room Presents "A 1961 Dream Lands in July 1969 - 50 Summers Ago." Jamie Stiehm, a Washington, DC journalist and Creators Syndicate columnist, discusses how President Kennedy's goal to “ a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth" was accomplished. Free. At Georgetown Library 3260 R St. NW,

Saturday, July 13 at 2 PM, African American Family Histories. Assuming that finding pre-Civil War ancestors requires tedious review of slave transactions that are frequently not well documented, African American genealogy buffs may overlook thousands of documents focusing on free ancestors that lived in northern states and the District of Columbia. In the District of Columbia, the number of free blacks outnumbered those enslaved by 1830. Drawing from his own fascinating experience that includes documenting free ancestry back to the late eighteenth century, Guy Weston will talk about methods to search family history of free Blacks as well as methods to identify those who were enslaved. In addition, he will discuss the development of a free Black community called Timbuctoo in New Jersey, where his 4th great-grandfather purchased a parcel in 1829 that has remained in his family since that time. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Saturday, July 13 from 2 - 4  PM, French Fete for Bastille Day. Join Tenleytown Main Street and the Friends of Fessenden Park for an afternoon of French-inspired fun in celebration of Bastille Day. Savor crepes and profiteroles from Le Chat Noir and Matisse; sip French wine, Perrier, or Orangina; learn to play the French lawn game Petanque; plant a sunflower to take home with you and add a bit of the French countryside to your windowsill; participate in family-friendly craft projects; enjoy music as you relax at a cafe table. Tickets are just $20; one child ticket (age 10 and under) included free with a paid adult. Additional child tickets, $5/child. Tickets include all food, beverages, and activities. Purchase online at Fessenden Park is at Wisconsin Ave, Fessenden St, and 42nd St.

Sunday, July 14 from 2 - 4 PM, Le 14 Juillet - The 2nd Annual Bastille Day Picnic at Opaline at le Sofitel. The celebration features picnic fare, champagne, rosé, and prizes for best French attire and parasols. Have your photo taken with famous French cutouts. We’ll have a caricaturist, tri-color snow-cones, and live French musical entertainment. Prizes may be: overnight hotel stays, dinners and cocktails. French poodles and other canines are welcome too. Opaline’s Bastille Day Picnic is free and open to the public, but space is limited and tickets must be reserved on Eventbrite: At Lafayette Square, 806 15th St NW

Sunday, July 14 from 4 - 6 PM, Anti-French Revolution Day. What better day than Le 14 Juillet to protest the overthrow of the ancien régime and rally behind the true heir to the French throne?Monarchists and royalists say it’s never too late to redress the historical wrong done in 1789 when mob rule replaced le roi. You need not be French or part French to show up in front of the French Embassy on Reservoir Road - just come in a powdered wig and knee breeches or come dressed as Marie Antoinette, and wear lots of rouge. We will supply you with a  fleur-de-lis flag to wave. But first you must choose which of three royal bloodlines (Bourbon, Orleans, Bonaparte) you believe leads to the rightful heir to the throne. You can review the options on this helpful Youtube video “Who would be king of France if France restored the monarchy?”: If enough people show up on behalf of each of the three living candidates, this anti-Republic/pro-monarchy rally will turn into a battle among the three parties. To find out the rules for battle, what to wear, and how to identify yourself as a supporter of one of the three royal houses, go to:

Monday, July 15 at 12 noon, Artist Talk: The Indispensable Plan for Washington - Peter Waddell, artist. Two panoramic paintings of Washington, DC, by renowned Washington artist Peter Waddell, return to the museum in the exhibition Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City. The recently commissioned works, The Indispensable Plan and The Village Monumental, explore the evolution of Washington, DC. One painting shows the grand city that planner Peter (Pierre) L’Enfant envisioned. The other captures the city's development by 1825, the year L’Enfant passed away. Join us for a gallery talk with the artist for a behind-the-scenes perspective on his process. Free, but reservations are required - or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street NW.

Monday, July 15 at 1 PM, The Georgetown Neighborhood Library Presents: California Typewriter. A documentary look at the people who remain loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, and a portrait of California Typewriter, a typewriter service and sales company in Berkeley that has been in business since 1949. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Tuesday, July 16 at 10 AM, Managing Finances in Case of Incapacity. Please join financial advisor, Kevin Henry, of Oppenheimer & Co. for a comprehensive overview of the primary aspects of financial and estate planning. Topics discussed: Important Documents;;Managing Income Sources; Investment Principles; Wills and Probate; Tax Considerations; Lifetime Gifting, Trusts; The seminar is strictly educational. No products or services will be promoted. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Tuesday, July 16 from 10 AM - 1 PM, World Snake Day at the National Zoo. Head down to the Reptile Discovery Center to celebrate World Snake Day at the Zoo! Watch a snake feeding, learn about venom and discover how you can be a friend to snakes in the wild. Free. The Smithsonian National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info about this event and about other special animal discovery days at:

Tuesday, July 16, at  6:30 PM, Researching "Red Summer." NAACP Executive Secretary James Weldon Johnson used the term "Red Summer" to describe bloody and violent race riots in cities and towns throughout the United States in 1919. In some cities, including Washington, DC, African Americans resisted attacks from white lynch mobs by fighting back to protect themselves and their homes and families. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of "Red Summer," DC Public Library archivist Derek Gray will discuss how to conduct research on this dark chapter of DC history using collections and resources in several DC-area archival institutions, including DC Public Library Special Collections. Please register for this free event if you are planning to attend: At Woodridge Library, 
1801 Hamlin Street NE,

Wednesday, July 17 at 2 PM, Senior Care Providers Information Workshop. Join us for a free information session about Senior Care Providers presented by adviser Tim Howard of Senior Retirement Lifestyles. Tim will discuss companion care, home care, pairing other services with home care, home health, configuring your home for at home care, community care for independent living, assisted living, nursing homes and memory care. Tim will define the differences between at home care and community care, list its benefits, outline the qualifications, and summarize how you can pay for it. For questions, please contact Tim Howard at 540-330-4103 or email thoward @ seniorretirementlifestyles dot com. Free. At Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, July 18 from 5 - 7 PM, Take 5! with Integriti Reeves. Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz music in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard. In this installment of Take 5! vocalist Integriti Reeves celebrates the great Nat “King” Cole, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Reeves is a graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Baltimore’s Peabody Institute, and Howard University, where she was a member of their award-winning vocal ensemble Afro-Blue. Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts, NW, 

Thursday, July 18 at 7 PM, Go-Go Book Club: Take Me Out to the Go-Go. In partnership with Solid State Books, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's "The Social Power of Music" and Washington Performing Arts, Go-Go Book Club will meet at Solid State Books to discuss books that detail the history of Washington DC's own indigenous music. The book for this session is Take Me Out To The Go-Go: The Autobiography of Kato Hammond. Next month’s book club on August 15 will focus on Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City by Natalie Hopkinson. Free. At Solid State Books, 600F H St. NE,    

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