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Reminder: Come Out And Hear GM Talk About Trees

Reminder, this Saturday, GM will be assisting in a walking tour from Dumbarton House to talk about trees. Here’s the information again:

On May 26th, Dumbarton House will be offering a walking tour focused on trees. The tour will be led by professional tour guide Dwayne Starlin, but GM will be there as a special guest to chime in with some wisdom he’s accrued from writing his Know Your Trees series.

Here’s the info:

Washington, D.C. has long been known as “The City of Trees.” But can you identify our trees by name & variety? Frederick Law Olmsted was good enough to label the ones that he had planted on the grounds of our Capitol but we don’t enjoy that luxury along our Georgetown streets and in our parks. Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, and his guest speaker, Christopher “Topher” Matthews of the Georgetown Metropolitan, on a scenic stroll of one of D.C.’s truly green and well-shaded neighborhoods.
DETAILS:
•Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the east garden gates of the Dumbarton House and the tour is start at 12:00 pm sharp. It will take place rain or shine and will last 2 hours.
•You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. They are $20; cash or check only on the day of tour.
•Children 3 years or younger are free, but must be in a stroller. No pets please.
•Tour also ends at Q and 27th Streets, NW.

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Anthony G. Reyes.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Georgetown Metropolis

1500 block of Wisconsin Ave. (it’s a 1963 Impala, by the way)

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Huge Art Installation at Rose Park

Photo by Marnie Kenney.

A large scale art installation is currently gracing Rose Park. Now that it is finally no longer raining, it is a good time to go check it out. It will be there through the end of May.

The artwork is called “Orange Step” and is by Kiril Jeliazkov, a Washington based artist. It consists of 128 huge 22 feet tall canvases suspended on a series of frames. The way it meanders through the park is somewhat reminiscent of the famous Gates installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Anthony G. Reyes.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Georgetown Metropolis

1500 block of 33rd St.

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Georgetown’s Floods

The Potomac river is flooding. After basically an entire week of rain, the engorged river is bursting at the seams. Here in Georgetown that means mostly that the Washington Harbour complex is getting flooded. By the middle of the week all this water will be out to sea and the levels will be moving back down to normal. While impressive, it ultimately will not compare to some of the historic floods Georgetown’s had in the past.

The most recent flood that exceeds this current one came in 2011. Like this week’s that flood came from spring rains. But for comparison, the flood gauge at Point of Rocks Maryland reached just over 17 feet this year. In 2011 it reached 22.5 feet.

What was particularly memorable about the 2011 flood was that the managers of the Washington Harbour forgot to raise the flood walls. It was a really bad mistake:

The water completely filled the plaza and found its way into the garages below. Tenants were, shall we say, not pleased. Continue reading

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