Thursday July 25th at 7:00 pm, the Peabody Room will be hosting an interesting book talk about one of Georgetown’s most famous (although today mostly forgotten) former residents: E.D.E.N. Southworth.
Southworth was one of the most popular authors in the 19th century (or as the postcard above describes her: an “authoress”). She wrote over 60 novels in the second half of the 1800s. She was also a long time Georgetown resident, residing in the “Prospect Cottage” on Prospect Street, which stood until 1940.
Read here for a great background on Southworth and the Prospect Cottage.
The talk will be given by Rose A. Neal, in connection with her book on Southworth: “Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth: Teacher with a Golden Pen”.
Come on out!
Photo by John McCarthy.
Remember a few weeks ago when GM told you about the exciting Georgetown 2028 effort by the BID, and how there would soon be a chance for you to weigh in on what you want Georgetown to look like in 15 years?
Well that time is nigh. The first community engagement meeting will be held next Thursday, June 13th, at the Foundry Building on Thomas Jefferson (across from Baked and Wired) at 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Continue reading
GM doesn’t pass on every request he gets to plug a charity. If he did, that’s all he would write about. But when a request comes from a Georgetown-related cause GM cares about, he makes an exception. And that’s the case for Rose Park and Volta Park.
Both parks are treasures for Georgetown. While Montrose Park is probably the prettiest park in Georgetown, Volta and Rose are truly hives of the neighborhood. Volta park packs a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, a softball field, a community center, a pool, a garden, and more open space, all in a city block. Rose Park a larger and a little more sprawling, but also offers a wide variety of activities with a little league field, two playgrounds, the best tennis courts in Georgetown, basketball courts and a ton of open fields.
These parks share something else in common: a “friends of” group that helps maintain and enhance these treasures. And you have an opportunity to help both of them right now. Continue reading
Tomorrow is the annual Taste of Georgetown street festival. It will again take place on Wisconsin Ave. between K and the canal. And as always, the beneficiary of the event will be the valuable Georgetown Ministries, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The event will go from 11 AM to 4 pm. For $5, you get one ticket to sample some food. $20 buys you five tickets. There will be a beer garden again this year, offering craft beer and fine wines.
If you drop enough money (for a good cause!) you may walk away finally figuring out what Georgetown tastes like.
Or you can look at GM’s chart:
But you should do both.
GM’s packing up for the long weekend, but he wanted to let you know about an important meeting next week to discuss parking changes.
As you may recall, back in January, DDOT held a lively meeting to gather ideas from the community on what changes could be made to the way public space parking is managed in Georgetown. They’ve taken those ideas, and discussed them with a group that was formed to consider the ideas. Now they’re ready to present back to the community what some of the options could be.
So come on out to hear what changes could possibly come. It’s at 6:30 pm at St. John’s church on O St. across from Hyde.
Last week, GM was invited to attend a concert at Evermay as part of the S & R Foundation’s Overtures series. While the music of classical guitarist Soichi Muraji was highly enjoyable and the ostensible point of the evening, the surroundings of Evermay can’t help but steal the show.
The S & R Foundation was founded by two Georgetowners, Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno. The husband and wife team made a fortune with their bio-med company Sucampo. The private couple splashed across the news several years ago when they bought the long-listed (and coveted) Evermay and Halcyon House estates.
Instead of living in these massive properties, they’ve converted them into use for their worthy foundation, which is focused on “support[ing] talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the sciences and arts, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.” Music is a key objective of the foundation, and it began hosting concert series at Evermay last year.
GM had heard good things about the series, but had not until last week attended a concert. And it is really quite an experience. Continue reading
This Friday is Bike to Work Day here in DC. And for the first time, Georgetown is participating in the festivities.
Bike to Work Day was started way back in 1956 by the League of American Cyclists. Recently it has grown in popularity, particularly in cities like DC that are putting serious efforts into encouraging those that can to consider riding around town on a bike.
How it works is that you register here and select a pit stop to stop at during your trip on Friday. These locations will have on hand “bike ambassadors” to answer any questions you have about biking and how to incorporate it more into your routine. Also, you’ll be entered to win prizes, such as a free bike. Plus there’s free food and drinks to help power your ride into work.
As mentioned above, this year will be the first year that Georgetown will host a pit stop of its own. The stop will be at the waterfront park and will be run by the BID. It will be open from 7:30 to 9:30. Continue reading