Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Cleveland Park Historical Society
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 17,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, September 28 at 6 PM, UNCENSORED: Banned Book Button Bonanza. Join us at the Cleveland Park Interim location (at 4340 Connecticut Ave NW) to create your very own banned books themed button! We will have options for kids and adults alike. Free. More info: This program is part of Banned Books Week at the DC Public LIbrary -- see for other activities and events.  

Thursday, September 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Opening Reception for “Shipwrecked! Preserving Our Underwater Heritage.” This audiovisual exhibit unveils the untold stories of Spanish shipwrecks found on US coasts. The exhibit seeks to raise awareness about the need to preserve and protect our underwater heritage. Free, RSVP required at At the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th Street NW. More info:   

Friday, September 29 from 6 - 9 PM, The Second Annual Lions Club All you Can Eat Crabs and Bake Sale. Come on over to this feast of feasts, sponsored by the Palisades Georgetown Lions Club. The Crab Feast is $30/person pre-registered, and $35/person at the door (BYO Beer/Wine). There is a picnic dinner available for non-crab lovers ($8/per person). Call 202-966-4418 to pre-register. All proceeds go to support charities for the prevention of blindness, restoration of sight, support for the hearing impaired and diabetes research. At St Ann's Gym, 4404 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, September 30 from 10 AM - 12 PM, National Public Lands Day in Rock Creek Park. Join Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service to celebrate National Public Lands Day, a day to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Volunteers will remove invasive plants, clean up trash, and clear debris from the Piney Branch Tributary of Rock Creek Park. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut invasives will be provided. This event is suitable for ages 8 and up. Volunteers will meet at the picnic pavilion off of Piney Branch Parkway very close to the 16th St Bridge. More specific directions including a map with the meeting location will be shared with all sign-ups. Please dress appropriately for the weather; wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. Long pants and sleeves will help protect you from contact with poison ivy. Bring water. Tools and gloves will be provided, but bring your own if you have them. More info and registration at

Saturday, September 30 at 7 PM, UNCENSORED Underground is DC Public Library Foundation's annual fundraising party celebrating the freedom to read, create and express. The evening will include: Banned book-themed cocktails created by DC's best local bartenders; Live musical performances by DC bands; Provocative art installations designed by local artists; Maker crafts led by DC Public Library librarians; Pop-up market with Made in DC businesses; and so much more! At DC Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW. Age 21+ only. Tickets ($50 general admission) at

Sunday, October 1, All Day, Countdown to Halloween Patrol. You have just 30 more short days to get those decorations up! All day long the “Halloween Police” will be driving around the neighborhood, checking to make sure that at least one house in every block represents the true Halloween spirit, indicated by at least three or more of the following: spider webbing in the bushes plastic gravestones in the front yard; skeletons; bats; ghosts/ghouls/goblins; light-up and/or fog-producing cauldrons, super-sized spiders; Frankenstein monsters; and of course, pumpkins. Blocks that are deficient will be published on the Listserv! On Halloween morning the best-decorated block in Cleveland Park will be awarded a prize. To register your block for Halloween spirit compliance or to complain about a non-conforming block, go to:

Sunday, October 1, Cleveland Park Historical Society Tours. From 10 - 11 AM: Tregaron Landscape History and Stewardship: A Behind-the Scenes Tour. From 2 - 3 PM: The Development of Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park, 1916 to 1952. (A third tour of the Kit Houses of Cleveland Park is sold out.) Tregaron tour info: The Tregaron landscape was designed a century ago by the pioneering landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in partnership with Charles Adams Platt, the leading architect of the American Country House Movement. The tour will showcase the Conservancy’s current projects aimed at recapturing the Estate’s historic landscape design and the Conservancy’s ongoing stewardship of the landmark. Led by Lynn Parseghian, Executive Director of the Tregaron Conservancy. Registrants will receive an email with details about where to meet for the start of the tour. Tickets: $15 for CPHS members/$30 non-members. Connecticut Avenue Tour: Judy Hubbard, longtime leader of the Cleveland Park Historical Society, leads a history tour of Cleveland Park’s Connecticut Avenue commercial area, focusing on its development from the 1916 building of the firehouse to the former Cleveland Park library in 1952. There will be an optional gathering for refreshments after the tour. Registrants will be emailed with details about where to meet for the start of the tour. Tickets: $20 CPHS members/$35 for non-members. Register for tours here:

Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 PM, The Blessing of the Animals at St. Thomas Apostle Church. Animals of all species and denominations/beliefs are welcome. In year's past we have had big dogs, little dogs, kittens, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, and people brought pictures of their fish. Feel free to come out and bring Fido, Argos or Fluffy, or if just come out and meet some fantastic animals. Free and open to all. St Thomas Apostle is at 2665 Woodley Rd NW.

Sunday, October 1 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Takoma Park Street Festival. Enjoy the day exploring over 200 vendors booths, live music from 18 local bands, children's activities, food trucks and more. Takoma's unique shops and restaurants are all open and welcoming visitors.Free admission. Along Carroll Ave, from Philadelphia Ave to Eastern Ave NW. Full details at:

Monday, October 2 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, Film showing: Zookeeper's Wife (US/UK/Czech Republic 2017). Based on the book Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, the true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who helped save hundreds of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl. PG-13, 2 hours 7 minutes. Free. At Chevy Chase DC Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Tuesday, October 3 at 6 PM, DC Youth Orchestra at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. After 15 months of intensive renovations, the Terrace Theater, located on the roof level of the Kennedy Center, and newly compliant with the American With Disabilities Act, will once again open its doors to the public. The privilege of bringing the music back into the redesigned space has been granted to the city’s own DC Youth Orchestra. About 60 students from the 700-member organization’s top orchestra are to perform a variety of pieces to celebrate this event. Maestro Mariano Vales will conduct the group opening this element of the Millennium Stage program with the very-appropriate “Consecration of the House Overture” by Beethoven. Along with other pieces selected for this performance, Sydney Ebhersol, DCYO’s concerto competition winner, will play lead in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Free - but seats are first come, first serve. At the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW. More info:

Wednesday, October 4 at 7 PM, Uncensored Fully Charged Productions Presents: Banned! Books are dangerous. Books contain ideas. Ideas are dangerous. Ideas make people question. Questions are dangerous. Questions lead to thinking. Thinking is dangerous. Books are dangerous. Stay safe. Avoid books. Fully Charged Productions presents a world premiere play celebrating banned books. This collection of four short scenes asserts the power of books in the face of fear with humor, parody, and irreverence. Audiences will also enjoy interactive and improvisational moments brought to you by a cast comprised of graduates of DC’s acclaimed National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, to commemorate Banned Books Week with this dramatic representation of the power that words and reading can hold. More info:

Wednesday, October 4 at 7 PM, “Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present” - author talk by Mark Stein. Stein looks at the quirky, yet serious history of how Americans have defined and regulated vices. While we think of bowling as a harmless pastime, it was outlawed in colonial America. Today, we place more and more restrictions on where people can light up cigarettes, yet simultaneously ease regulations on smoking pot. Stein examines with a keen eye our nation’s inconsistent moral compass and how the powers-that-be in each era determine what is or is not deemed a vice. Mark Stein is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He has authored several books, including “How the States Got Their Shapes,” a New York Times best seller and the basis for the History Channel series of the same name, and “American Panic: A History of Who Scares US and Why.” Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, October 5 at 7 PM, First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading. Two featured local poets will read from their original works. Open mic follows the featured readings. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,

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