Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column, November 29 - December 6, 2018

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec 2 
We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv      

Friday, November 30 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Holidays through History. Celebrate the holidays at Anderson House and two neighborhood museums — Dumbarton House and Woodrow Wilson House — at this annual yuletide pilgrimage. Stroll through the three festively decorated mansions and learn about historical Christmas traditions. Each site will feature a cocktail inspired by their period, as well as holiday music, crafts, and light refreshments. Anderson House is at  2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW; Woodrow Wilson House is at 2340 S St NW. Tickets $25 at 

Friday November 30 from 6 - 8 PM, Tree Lighting at Cathedral Commons. You will find a winter wonderland of fun at Cathedral Commons’ 4th annual Tree Lighting event! Gather with friends and neighbors and enjoy a flurry of activities starting at 6 PM, with the tree lighting countdown at 8 o'clock. Merry into the season with festive performances and food and drink from local restaurants. Roast s'mores, enter to win giveaways and pose with holiday characters as they roam throughout the night. Santa will also be joining us for free photos (pets are welcome too!). Cathedral Commons is at Newark St and Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info: 

Friday, November 30 from 7 - 9 PM, Holiday De-stress Labyrinth. Release holiday stress with a contemplative walk through the labyrinth at St. Columba’s. Special guests Harmonic Introductions, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the art of overtone singing, will provide soothing music to accompany those who wish to walk or simply relax. As always, the labyrinth is free, and warmly welcomes walkers of all ages, faiths, and abilities. St. Columba's is located at 4201 Albemarle St., NW, one block west of Wisconsin Ave. For more information on the many other activities of Winterfest, go to 

Saturday, December 1 from 10 AM - late night, Tenley WinterFest events! Today’s highlights include: Story Time and Winter Crafts for kids and Book Sale for all at the Tenley Friendship Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave) starting at 10am; guided tours of historic St. Ann’s Church (4001 Yuma St) at 10am, 10:30am and 11am: Santa Celebration and holiday crafts from 11am - 2pm at Ace Hardware (4500 Wisconsin Ave.); holiday greenery sales, Winter Market from noon - 4pm at Janney School (4130 Albemarle St.) with over 100 vendors and food and gifts and crafts - along with a capella music! At 5 PM, Tenley Gets Lit! Tenleytown Main Street announces the winner of the 3rd annual Tenleytown window decorating contest. Then, starting at 8:30 PM, dance the night away with Cheaper Than Therapy at Tenley Bar & Grill (4611 41st St) starting at 8:30pm. Their high-energy show has all your favorite rock and blues songs.Find a full list of all the Tenley WinterFest events at

Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Conversation on Creativity - Valerie Tripp "American Girls Collection." Whittle School & Studios welcomes you to its Whittle Readers event, where children's author Valerie Tripp, author of multiple books in the acclaimed American Girls Collection, will lead an interactive presentation on creativity and the creative process. The presentation will include a discussion about the creative process, and engage students in interactive activities about the historical characters, including Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, and Kit. This event is best suited for elementary-aged children. Free. Please register here: At the Whittle School & Studios Information Center, Mazza Gallerie, 2nd Level, 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW

Saturday, December 1 from 11 AM - 12 PM, Miss Ellie's Hanukkah Songfest: Dreidels and Latkes and Lights! Oh My! Come sing and dance with Ms. Ellie (of Ms. Ellie Music) as we sing the story of Hanukkah through songs and dance. Be ready to join in the fun — march like a brave Maccabee, spin like a dreidel, wiggle like a latke, and kickoff the beginning of the Festival of Lights of Hanukkah. Free - donation encouraged. To reserve in advance go to; a limited number of walk-up tickets available on-site on the day of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance time to take a place in the stand-by line. Program is best suited for children ages 4 to 10 years. At The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Sunday December 2 from 3 - 5 PM, Cleveland Park Club Holiday Bazaar. Stop by to meet some local artists and jewelers, and to share some holiday snacks and cheer. There will be a sitter and art projects upstairs for the kids. Free admission, open to all. At the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place, NW.

Sunday, December 2 at 4:30 PM, Glow in the Dark Chanukah in Newlands Park. Come and enjoy loads of Chanukah games and food, kids crafts, dreidel mascot, holiday music, and a Glow-in-the-Dark LED juggling show by Cricket. Get a free light-up gift! This event is free and open to all. RSVP:, 301-260-5000. At Newlands Park, 1 Newlands Street, Chevy Chase, MD.

Monday December 3 at 12 noon, Lecture: Painting L’Enfant’s Washington, presented by Peter Waddell, "Eye of the Bird" artist and historian. See Washington, DC as it looked more than 200 years ago, through new bird’s eye view paintings depicting the city’s origins, on view in Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of D.C.’s Past. Artist Peter Waddell will discuss his monumental works and the extensive research behind them. Free; no reservations required.At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, 

Tuesday, December 4 at 4 PM, Holiday Cards and Snowflakes. Celebrate the season with holiday cards for Hanukkah and Christmas, as well as making your own paper snowflakes! For ages 3 and up. Free. At the Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE, 

Tuesday, December 4 starting at 8 AM, ZooLight. Note: There’s no S! Don’t brave the crowds and the cold at ZooLights with an S! -- go to ZooLight instead! What is ZooLight? It’s a walk through Smithsonian National Zoo in the ordinary light of day. It won’t be crowded on a Tuesday morning in December! You’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself, just you, the animals, maybe a passing pair of cold-weather joggers, and the Zoo staff, happy to talk to you and answer all your questions. Now you may be thinking, Is this the weekly fake event? Well, it could be… or you could really do a walk through the Zoo in the morning light. But if you want to sign up for the official ZooLight Daytime Tour, be sure to register here:  

Wednesday, December 5 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “When” by Daniel Pink. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how good timing can help you live, work, and succeed. Daniel Pink’s newest book, "When” is a New York Times best-seller. He has written five other books, which have won multiple awards and have been translated into 37 languages. Space is limited; come early to get a good seat. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,    

Thursday, December 6 from 12 - 2 PM, Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator. Curious about a rug or textile you have recently inherited or purchased while traveling? Looking for advice on how to properly store and display your piece? Drop in to learn about your objects from the museum's curators and conservators. Please note that our curators specialize in traditional textiles from non-western cultures, but conservation staff can answer questions about caring for textiles produced worldwide.Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Thursday December 6 at 6 PM (for the reception) and 6:30, Cottage Conversation: The War for the Common Soldier. Join us as Peter Carmichael and Adam Goodheart discuss Carmichael's most recent book The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies. Digging deeply into his soldiers' writing, Carmichael resists the idea that there was "a common soldier" but looks into their own words to find common threads in soldiers' experiences and ways of understanding what was happening around them. Cottage Conversations offer relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the conversation, and concludes with a book signing. At the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. Tickets at 

Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Annual Hanukkah Party at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Join us at our annual Hanukkah Party for latkes, jelly doughnuts, gelt and song! Explore the museum and we'll eat, play games and sing. We'll also look at the ways Jews in the American military have continued the tradition of the Maccabees. Tour the museum at 6:00 before the party begins at 6:30. Music from Dan Levine and Robin Schultz. Bring your own Hanukkah menorah for a group lighting. Free. At the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R Street NW. RSVP:          

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