Thursday, October 9, 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, October 9 from 7 - 8:30 PM: The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (Australia) - part of the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library Book Discussion Series, Literature of the English Speaking World, with Discussion Leader Phil Burnham, Professor of Literature at Geoge Mason University. About the book: William Thornhill is caught stealing an armful of wood in 1806 London. A friend in high places spares him the hangman’s noose, and he’s sentenced for deportation to New South Wales instead. Once in Australia, he finds with his wife Sal the one thing they never had in London—a plot of land they can call their own. That is, until the local Aboriginals appear on the scene. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St NW.Call 202 282-3072 to register. More info about the series at

Thursday, October 9 at 7 PM, A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC. On Sept. 25, 1890, Rock Creek Park was established as one of the largest and first urban nature parks in the country. Join author and historian Scott Einberger for a special evening program spotlighting how this largest of Washington, DC parks was established. . Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW. More info: 

Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11 from 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday October 12 from 1-4 PM Friends of the Palisades Library Huge Used Book Sale. Most books $1 - bargain books 25c. $10/bag (except children’s books). Collectibles corner offers rare, specially priced books. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V St NW (corner of MacArthur Blvd).

Saturday October 11 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Milling, Cider Making and Open Hearth Cooking at Peirce Mill. Take a journey back to the 19th century as you watch the millstone turn corn into cornmeal, view old-fashioned open hearth cooking including fruit turnovers that are cooked in a skillet (samples anyone?). Try your hand at the hand-cranked cider press making cider the old-fashioned way. These events run from 11 AM - 2 PM. Visitor Center open from 10 AM - 4 PM. Learn about the Peirce family and the other mills that operated along Rock Creek. Try your hand at games for children including a self-guided treasure hunt (with small prize), water flow and gravity toys and corn husk doll making. Guided tours of the mill. All events are free. More info Pierce Mill is at the corner of Tilden St (Park Road) and Beach Drive.

Saturday, October 11 from 10 AM to 12 noon, "DC By the Book" Walking Tour of Shaw, U Street and the Harlem Renaissance. Get your walking shoes on for this "literate" stroll around the U Street neighborhood, exploring locations highlighted in significant works. Kim Roberts, a historian of DC's literary culture, will lead the tour of places made famous by cultural icons including Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Edward Christopher Williams, Pearl Bailey, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, and Rudolph Fisher. The tour will include several stops featured in the free "DC By the Book" App (iPhone or Android) that guides users on tours of significant literary sites across the city. To download the free app: For more information about the "DC By the Book" project: . For more information about the tour and to sign up: Meet at the 13th Street entrance of the U Street Metro station Free (registration required).

Saturday, October 11 from 11 AM - 9 PM Columbia Heights Day Festival. Fun and entertainment for all ages, ranging from eating contests, local musicians, a dunk tank, face painters, an adult tricycle race, family fun field day, and much much more. Outdoor movie screening at 7 PM. Free admission. On 11th St NW (from Park Rd to Kenyon St NW) & Harriet Tubman School Yard. More info including performance schedules:

Saturday, October 11 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Taste of Bethesda. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid's corner for face painting and arts & crafts. The annual Taste of Bethesda is held in conjunction with Best of Bethesda Day, which also features Come Back to Bethesda classic car show and Rescue Day.Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets. The event is held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. See

Saturday, October 11 from 4 - 9 PM, Escape from the Woodmont Triangle. Like the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the Woodmont Triangle of Bethesda has long been the subject of tales of lost souls. Some emerge dazed after a seemingly endless time of wandering….others are never heard from again. If you venture out to the Taste of Bethesda, stay to learn about the secret and mysterious forces that sometimes trap unwary visitors….and most important, find out how you can escape, if you are caught in a terrifying repeating loop that keeps funneling you back to the Cordell-St.Elmo Municipal Garage. More info: see (Too bad that the map does not inform you that this is the weekly fake event!)

Saturday, October 11 at 7 PM, Jean Philippe Rameau's Enlightenment brings the beauty of baroque to Levine's Lang Recital Hall. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death and this concert celebrates his long-lasting legacy. This concert will present some of his most innovative and striking works, featuring talented Levine faculty artists Lois Narvey and Ralitza Patcheva, harpsichord, and Jeff van Osten and Vasily Popov, cello. At the DC Campus of Levine Music, Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton Street, NW. Special $10 tickets for members of the Cleveland Park listserv with the promo code “CPFriends” during registration.

Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 12 noon to 7 PM. Taste of DC, a multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital -- 5 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th - 14th Streets packed with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors. Entry tickets available at 11th & E St or at 13th & E St. If you have purchased tickets in advance, enter at 11th St. Tickets, $10; $5 (ages 6-12) available at; under 5 free. Info on beverage and food sales and entertainment schedule at 

Sunday, October 12 at 1 PM, Spies of Georgetown Walking Tour. This approximately 2½ hour walking tour will highlight sites associated with spies, counter-spies, and covert action successes and failures, and will include personalities as diverse as Alger Hiss, "Wild Bill" Donovan, James Angleton, and Betty Pack, an auburn-haired American beauty who successfully spied for the Allies during World War II. Learn real-life stories that took place in the narrow historic streets, trendy restaurants, and stylish homes of "fashionable Georgetown." Cost: $15 - no reservation needed, just show up in front of the Georgetown Public Library, corner of Wisconsin Avenue, NW and R Street, NW. More info at:

Monday, October 13 from 1 - 2:30 PM, Fairy Tea and Treats. Bring your favorite Tinkerbell, as children dress up in magical fairy costumes complete with tutus, wands, and wings. Dressed for tea, costumed interpreters explain the favored drink of early America, while guests enjoy tasty desserts. After the tea, children tour Tudor Place’s enchanting fairy gardens and make a special period craft to take home. For ages 4+. Tickets: member child: $20; non-member child: $25; accompanying adult: $10 Registrations must be received by close of business on Fri. Oct 10 - go to: 

Wednesday, October 15, from 6 - 9 PM, Art Buzz at Sunset. Join Jade Floyd and Cher Freeman for Art Buzz at Sunset, a fundraiser supporting the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, held on the Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Register for free tickets ($10 suggested donation) at More info about the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative at

Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Party by the Park, a festive evening reception to raise funds critically needed to help protect and restore Rock Creek. Held at the House of Sweden located at 2900 K St NW, in Washington, DC, just on the edge of Rock Creek in Georgetown Waterfront Park. More info at Tickets $75 at

Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 PM, Opening night reception for DC Reads 2014 with special guest Dinaw Mengestu, celebrating the selection of his novel for DC Reads 2014: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. Special appearance by author Dinaw Mengestu at 7 PM with meet-and-greet to follow at 8 PM. Free. Food and drinks provided by the DC Public Library Foundation, More info about DC Reads series of programs at The MLK, Jr. Library is at 901 G Street NW.

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