Thursday, June 29, 2017

Get Out! The Events Column

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 17,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, June 30 - through Tuesday, July 4, Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Folklife Festival on the National Mall. There are three themes: “Circus Acts” - all about life under the Big Top; “On the Move,” exploring how American culture has been shaped by the movement of people to and within the United States; and “50 Years,” showcasing 50 objects from the past 50 years to highlight the treasures of the past 50 years of the festival. Go to the website for schedules and details of performances, demonstrations, exhibits, food, etc. The second segment of the Folklife Festival will be on from July 6 - 9. Along the National Mall from 7th - 12th Street NW. Free.

Friday, June 30 at 11:30 AM Docent-led Tours of Katzen Arts Center Exhibitions. No RSVP required. Tours last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. Free. To see what's on exhibition now, go to: For more information on the tour, email Lucy Crowley at museum @ american dot edu or visit The Katzen Arts Center at American University is just northeast of Ward Circle on Massachusetts Avenue.

Saturday, July 1 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM, The Battle of Fort Stevens - A Power Point Presentation. The Battle of Fort Stevens (July 11-12, 1864) was the only Civil War battle in the Nation’s Capital and the only time in the history of the United States that a sitting President (Lincoln) has ever come under direct enemy fire. A surgeon standing next to Lincoln was, in fact, shot and had Lincoln been hit or killed the course of the Civil War, the nation’s history would have drastically changed. This program is free and will be held at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd NW, off Military Road. It is a prelude to the commemoration of the 153rd anniversary of the battle, to be held on July 8. Free. Questions - call Park Ranger Kenya Finley, Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, 202-829-2163. More info:

Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM, Canada Day for Canadian Wannabes. Have you found yourself daydreaming about turning Canadian? Do you wonder what it would be like to have national health insurance that no one’s trying to take away? Do you long for someone to say “Sawrry!” the instant they brush by you accidentally? Do you think you’d look good in a toque? If this describes you to any degree, then come to this amazing Canada Day Gathering for Canadian Wannabes and go for your chance to live the dream! We’ll have free Molsons and Red Rose tea, as well as poutine, fries with mayonnaise, and of course, lots of Canadian bacon. And maple syrup. You will learn to sing “Oh Canada” and play ice hockey. And that crazy ice rink thing with the brooms sweeping the ice in front of those rocks. At the end of the evening there will be a lottery drawing, and the 5 lucky winners won’t have to go home but will immediately board an Air Canada flight to Montreal, where Canadian citizenship will be bestowed on them upon arrival, in a ceremony concluded with a kiss on both cheeks from PM Justin Trudeau. And then a kiss on the mouth. And then you will wake up and as soon as your head clears, you will realize that this dream is just the Weekly Fake Event.

Sunday, July 2, at 2 PM,  “Freedom Concert” by DC Strings. This performance is directed by L.A. conductor Ahmed Alabaca and includes works of by Beethoven, Britten and Saint-George. Free Admission. Donations welcome. DC Strings Workshop is a non-profit organization composed of young amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians under the leadership of founding artistic director Andrew Lee. At St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW. Details at

Sunday, July 2 at 2 PM, Music to Celebrate the Second of July. The Second of July is the day the Continental Congress voted for American independence, and you can celebrate at Anderson House with music the founding fathers knew well. David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform 18th-century songs—including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs—in costume with period instruments. Free. At Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW. More info:

Monday, July 3 at 12:30 PM, Organ Demonstration at the National Cathedral. A Cathedral organist gives a short talk about the 10,650-pipe great organ followed by a mini-recital. Free. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW,

Tuesday, July 4 at 11 AM, Independence Day Concert at the National Cathedral. The whole community is invited to the Washington National Cathedral’s annual 4th of July Concert, featuring Cathedral organists Benjamin Straley and George Fergus, the Washington Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters. This beloved holiday tradition features patriotic favorites and music from the silver screen. The hour-long concert is free and open to the public, but can be so popular that the Cathedral is frequently at maximum capacity, so be sure to arrive early. Details at The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW.

Tuesday, July 4 at 11 AM, the 51st Annual Palisades Fourth of July Parade and Picnic. Council member Mary Cheh invites you all to march with her in this friendly neighborhood parade. Marchers should arrive around 10 AM at Whitehaven Parkway (enter from Foxhall Road). The parade has bands, floats, dance troupes, clowns, funny cars, bicycles, horses, dogs, fire engines, city officials, and lots more! The parade ends at the Palisades Recreation Center with a free community picnic (hot dogs and beverages), plus live music and a moon bounce. If you will be joining Mary Cheh, please RSVP to Ricardo Guerra, rguerra @ dcouncil dot us for details of the meet-up. For more info about the parade, see:

Wednesday, July 5 at 7 PM, PAL Pajama Party. It's a Pajama Party... with doggies! Join us in your jammies for a doggie story time and an opportunity to read to a dog from PAL (People Animals Love). The whole family is invited to join in the fun at the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW, Free.

Thursday, July 6 at 10:30 AM, Mini-Makers: Design a Boat. Come tinker with boat designs and learn about wind power. At the end, see how long your boat will float with cargo. This program is for ages 3-7. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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