Thursday, July 17, 2014

Get Out! The Events Column

Rock Creek Park, 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 14,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Thursday, July 17, 6 – 8 PM, “So, What Brought You Here?” A Conversation With The Artist. Join artist Judy Byron for a reception and vibrant conversation about cultural drifts and personal identity in the context of the exhibition, Continental Drift. At American University’s Katzen Art Museum, Massachusetts Avenue at Ward Circle. Free. More information at: 

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7 PM, Author talk: Chesapeake Legends and Lore from the War of 1812. In the two hundred years following the War of 1812, the Chesapeake Campaign became romanticized in tall tales and local legends. In Baltimore, the defenders of Fort McHenry were reputedly rallied by a remarkably patriotic pet rooster. In Virginia, the only casualty in a raid on Cape Henry was reportedly the lighthouse keeper's smokehouse larder, while Admiral Cockburn was said to have supped by the light of the burning Federal buildings in Washington. Newspaper stories, ordinary citizens and even military personnel embellished events, and 200 years later, those embellishments have become regional lore. Join historian Ralph E. Eshelman as he searches for the history behind the legends of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW,

Thursday, July 17 at 11:55 PM, Brew At the Zoo for Wiccans. The annual “Brew At the Zoo” Beer Fest may be sold out, but you can still enjoy real brew -- the kind that witches stir up in a giant cauldron at midnight under the moon -- at the first annual “Brew at the Zoo for Wiccans.” Come dressed as one of MacBeth’s “weird sisters” or come in your birthday suit or however you choose to celebrate this fusion of ancient Druidic rites and modern-day pagan festival. But don’t expect the Zoo staff to have a clue why you’re there -- or expect the Zoo gates to be open for this week’s extremely fake event.

Friday, July 18 at 1:00, 1:30, and 2 PM, Candyland at the Library! Play a life-size version of the famous board game. For ages 8 and older. Free Reservations required - please sign up at the Children's Desk or call 202-282-0021. More info: 

Saturday, July 19 from 10 AM - 12 PM, Rock Creek Park Ivy Removal. The Rock Creek Conservancy invites you to join in on the effort to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and will eventually weaken and kill the tree. Ivy cutting tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms. Meet at the intersection of Park Road and Peirce Mill Road, NW. Dress for the weather but no sandals - wear boots or sneakers. Bring your own water bottles. Register at the Rock Creek Conservancy website: 

Sunday, July 20 at 4 PM, President Lincoln and the Civil War Night Sky. Discover how President Lincoln and Civil War soldiers utilized the night sky during this Battle of Fort Stevens -- part of the 150th Anniversary Commemorative program series, led by Ranger Tony Linforth. Recommended for ages 7 to adult. Free. At the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW, 

Monday, July 21 at 7 PM, Preservation of Rock Creek Park. Historian Simone Monteleone will talk about how the Rock Creek Valley was protected from development as the city expanded during the 20th century. Rock Creek Park will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Ave and Macomb St. 

Tuesday July 22 at 3 PM, Storyteller Donna Washington tells classic children’s tales including Rumpelstiltskin and Brer Rabbit, for ages 5-12. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V St NW, 

Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30 PM, The African American Heritage of Foggy Bottom, a walking tour led by cultural historian Bernard Demczuk. Free. Meet in Room 209 of the Multicultural Student Services Center of George Washington University, 2127 G St NW. Call 202-638-4183 to sign up.

All week long - the Capital Fringe Festival, continues through July 27, with hundreds of shows of all types -- drama, musicals, comedy, dance, improv, interactive, monologs, experimental theater -- you name it, it’s there, plus some things for which titles are inadequate. The listserv gives a special shout-out to The Goddess Diaries by local author Carol Campbell -- see for more information.

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