Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Four historic house museums will be open Saturday for holiday tours.
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- Beth Lawton
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Dumbarton House, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, the Woodrow Wilson House and the Anderson House will all open Dec. 1 for "Holidays through History." The event, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., allows attendees to "stroll the historic rooms of the mansions, all on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, and see them decked out for holidays from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties," according to an event press release. Tickets are free for members of the four houses, but registration is required. Others can purchase tickets in advance. Shuttle service between the four houses is available at no cost, but the route is also walkable. For non-members, four-museum adult tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door; children under 18 …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
There is a shortage of blood donations due to Hurricane Sandy, and you can help this Halloween.
Scary monsters and pretty princesses can donate blood to the American Red Cross, to help Hurricane Sandy victims at Dumbarton House at 2715 Q St., NW from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Donors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Candy will be offered to donors to perk up their spirits and donors will be given free admission to the Dumbarton House museum. Initially after Hurricane Sandy, Bridgitte Rodguez, Dumbarton House membership manager, wondered if the American Red Cross would still want to hold the blood drive at Dumbarton House. She found that the hurricane made the blood drive even more necessary. Over 300 American Red Cross blood drives were recently canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, which has caused a shortage of over 9,000 …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Dumbarton House kicked off the season of free chamber concert series Sept. 11, 2012.
The Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) held its opening season performance of Music Circa 1800 Tuesday night, filling the historic Dumbarton House at 2715 Q St., NW with era-appropriate music. “We really try to do programs that are centered on the 1800s because that was the music of the house,” said Barbara Gholz, FMMC member and liaison to Dumbarton House. The evening included three performances, but Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 2 played by Monika Chamasyan on violin stole the evening early on. Chamasyan played the entire five-movement partita. The concluding movement of Partita No. 2, Movement Ciaccona (funeral song), was the treat of the evening. Bach wrote Ciaconna when his first wife died. Though it is a symbol of sadness, it is …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The outdoor film festival was an ode to Jane Austen, courtesy of Long & Foster.
The Jane Austen Film Fest at Dumbarton House, courtesy of Long & Foster, was another success. It drew a crowd of more than 200 people Wednesday evening. Two interns decided to come after seeing the event advertised in the Express Wednesday morning. Stephanie Gelband of New Jersey just finished reading "Pride and Prejudice" and her friend Wildivina Rosario told her about the free event at Dumbarton House. "I am a fan of the historic houses in this neighborhood and I frequently check Dumbarton House for events," said Karen Mowrer, a resident of Bethesda, Md. Attendees heard an excerpt from author Sandy Lerner's new book "Second Impressions" a sequel to Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice."
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
'Emma' will be the featured film July 11 as part of the Long & Foster Jane Austen Film Festival.
The second film showing in the summer Jane Austen Film Fest at Dumbarton House (2715 Q St., NW) will be "Emma" tonight (July 11). The grounds open at 7 p.m. and the film begins around 8:30 p.m. The Film Fest is sponsored by Long & Foster Real Estate’s Georgetown office. Each event features food and drinks from Georgetown eateries. “This is our first outdoor film festival at Dumbarton House and it is enjoying such great success,” said Karen Daly, executive director of Dumbarton House, in a prepared statement. July 25 will be the third and final film in the series, "Pride and Predjudice." According to a press release, a special guest will make an appearance and sign books: "Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems; founder of Urban Decay …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
An English half-penny from 1775 turned up in the first minutes of an historic mortar sample study.
The Dumbarton House has history in the very fabric of its construction: during the first few minutes of a mortar sample study, researchers discovered an English half-penny, dated 1775, according to a newsletter from the historic Georgetown home. The mortar study just began, funded through a grant from The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Dorothea de Schweinitz Fund for the District of Columbia. The $4,312.50 grant will help Dumbarton House researchers identify the mortar recipes used to build the house, which was erected in multiple phases between 1798 and 1800. The historic Georgetown saw later changes with the addition of wings in 1915, a restoration in the 1930's, and an addition built in 1991. The mortar study is essential to…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
New officers were sworn in at the Georgetown Business Association 2011 annual meeting and holiday reception, attended by members and elected officials.
That Georgetown businesses have "weathered" the economic storm of the past several years and continue to grow and thrive, was the message offered by leaders at the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) annual meeting at Dumbarton House Wednesday. Newly elected GBA president, Rokas Beresniovas, told the crowd of members and elected officials, "the State of The GBA is a positive one, even though we all know that we still have some challenges before us." Mayor Vincent Gray praised the GBA for its work supporting small businesses, which he called "the backbone of this city." VIDEO. "I know the recession that we've been in...has taken its toll on a lot of our small businesses, but I congratulate you on weathering the storm," said Gray. Council …