Thursday, December 5, 2013

Get Out! - Cleveland Park Listserv Events Column

Photo by Thomas S. Mann
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 13,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, December 5 from 6 - 9:30 PM, The 7th Annual DC Community Heritage Project Showcase celebrating the work of 18 grantee organizations who have created exciting new projects that interpret and preserve Washington, DC's historic landmarks, neighborhoods, and culture. Among this year’s projects are: Crestwood History Project, Dunbar High School Alumni and Pioneers, Langston Terrace Dwellings Oral History, Mt. Zion Cemetery Website Development, and DC Gardeners' Oral History Project. Location:The brand new Dunbar High School, 101 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP for the Showcase at:

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM - 2:30 PM, Christmas House Tour - St. Albans School. Tour 5 festively decorated, spectacular homes in Mass Ave Heights, just blocks from the Cathedral Close. Friday, 11 am - 4 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm. Complimentary shuttle buses to and from St. Albans School. Tickets $40. Gift Boutiques - over 50 vendors (jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, unique gifts). Marriott Hall's Holiday Marketplace at the school on Fri Sat, 9:30 AM - 5 PM - no tickets needed. Holiday Luncheon - 3 courses served in the Merry Bulldog Café in the school's Refectory. Fri Sat, 11 AM - 2:30 PM - tickets $20. Tickets for tour and luncheon available at St. Albans the days of the event. Go to:

Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM, Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8 at 4 PM: The Messiah at the National Cathedral. With its resounding “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s masterpiece glitters through the winter evening. Canon Michael McCarthy directs the Baroque–period orchestra and
the Cathedral’s combined boy, girl, and men’s choirs. Guest soloists are Gillian Keith, soprano; Claire Wilkinson, mezzo; Rufus Müller, tenor; Nathan Berg, bass. Tickets $29-$85 at

Saturday, December 7, 10 AM - 4 PM, Turkish Artisans Holiday Sale. You can do your seasonal gift shopping at the Anatolian Artisans annual holiday sale of beautiful hand-made items from Turkey! New location this year - at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, at 1 Chevy Chase Circle. Dazzling jewelry, hand-knitted items large and small, silk scarves and clothing; hand-blown glass; kilims and carpet pillow-covers; pottery, ceramics, jewelry, handmade caftan robes and stocking-stuffers like purses and slippers – all available at reasonable prices. Turkish pastries, coffee and other refreshments will also be available.
Anatolian Artisans is nonprofit that provides product development, micro-business management training and marketing skills to low-income Turkish artisans, especially women in rural areas.

Saturday, December 7 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Winter Fair at the Lycee Rochambeau (French International School), 9600 Forest Road, Bethesda. Come to this festive annual event for the whole family: unique shopping experience, delectable foods drinks, children’s activities, seasonal crafts, music entertainment.

Saturday, December 7 from 10 AM - 10 PM Tenley WinterFest events: At Janney School from 12 - 4 PM: Winter Market offering unique gifts and handmade items, Winter Garden of Lights with crafts and Yeti Village, grilled eats, hot cocoa, roasted chestnuts, Lego train, historic walking tours, music and more. At 10 AM Janney 5K Race. At Tenley Library: winter storytime, crafts, and children’s booksale. At Middle C Music Store: live music outside storefront at Brandywine and Wisconsin from 4 - 10 PM - WinterFest tent with live music and winter brews.

Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM, Benjamin Britten's St. Nicolas Cantata. St. Albans Parish
St. Alban’s choirs - both children and adults - will perform St. Nicolas, a cantata written in 1948 by Benjamin Britten, conducted by music director Sonya Sutton. The work presents nine scenes from the life
of Nicholas, patron saint of children and the historical figure behind the story of Santa Claus. $10 donation; children under 16 are free.

Sunday, December 8 at 3 PM - Concert featuring eight different Chanuka songs – one for each day of Chanuka – plus songs invoking peace, and luscious musical settings of beautiful winter poetry are on the program for Mizmor’s second concert. (There will be lots of English in addition to the Hebrew lyrics.) Mizmor (Hebrew for “melody”) is an a cappella group under the direction of Cantor Michael Mandel. We sing both liturgical and secular music from the Renaissance to modern times. Everyone is welcome, free of charge, to this concert at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St SW. Take the green line to the Waterfront metro stop in SW DC. Parking is available in the churchyard, on Maine Avenue, and on Water Street.

Sunday, December 8 from 5 - 6:30 PM, Handel’s Messiah - The National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir Orchestra present Rejoice Greatly: Our Coming Savior in Handel’s Messiah. No tickets required. A freewill offering will be received. A reception with light refreshments follows the performance. The National Presbyterian Church is at 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, 202-537-0800, Ample free parking available; the campus is also easily accessible by public transportation via the Metro Red Line.

Sunday December 8 from 11 AM - 5 PM - Make It Mount Pleasant returns for the Holiday Season this year. There will be a pop-up Handmade Craft and Vintage Market in the parking lot of McCormick’s Paints at the corner of Mt. Pleasant Kenyon Streets. Also, Mt. Pleasant’s annual Lamont Park Holiday Party will be from 1pm – 3pm in Lamont Park. Santa Claus will be joined by the Three Kings to chat with little girls and boys. Santa and his helpers will have a small gift for each child they visit with. There will also be a Hanukkah Puppet show and art projects for the kids to enjoy. For more info visit and and

Sunday December 8 at 4 PM, New Dominion Chorale concert - Welcome Yule.  Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Thomas Beveridge’s Welcome Lord, at Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street. Tickets are $30, $25 for Seniors.

Monday, December 9 at 7 PM, Holiday Letter-Writing Recycling Workshop. In this eco-friendly holiday themed workshop, you will learn how you can reuse another family’s holiday newsletter and make it your own. We will provide you with a free smartphone app that will allow you to use your phone’s camera to capture the image of any holiday letter you have received, substitute your own photos for the embedded images, and then change names, dates, and activities as desired. Or keep the words, if you prefer the travel, and sports, honors and adventures of the original letter over your own family’s dull or uninspiring year! It’s up to you. When done, just hit send to your contacts to email your creation to everyone you know, saving on stamps and paper. This free, fun workshop will be held on the 4th floor craftshop of the Cleveland Park Club, but since the club house doesn’t have a 4th floor, you should realize that this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, December 10 at 7 PM - Generation Why?: Engaging Millennials in the New Jewish America. Panelists discussing this topic include Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View columnist; Bethamie Horowitz, assistant professor of Jewish education at NYU; Julie Finkelstein, program director of Slingshot; and Alan Cooperman of the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project. Free but reservations requested. At 6th I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW,

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