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Garden Party!

Last night we headed to Tudor Place in Georgetown for its annual Garden Party.

On a beautiful evening, we recognized the achievements of its patrons. We snapped Insight Global's Rachel Koch, Georgetown's Darcy Nauman, Pier 39's Mary Keaney, entrepreneur Kristy Akers, and US Institute of Peace's Aubrey Cox.

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GEN Z co-founder and Bisnow's Doug Anderson and his wife Melissa with TTR Sotheby's Georgetown Real Estate “boss” Russell Firestone and his wife Stefanie.

Garden Party Committee member Sarah Kuhn joins Anna Banana Arts & Crafts' Anne Freeman, and Tudor Place supporter Julie Devol. The party took place inside a massive tent on the south lawn and featured an open bar with specialty mojitos.

Tudor Place patron and Georgetown interior designer John Irelan joins Georgetown residents Terry Miller and his wife Noel, with Vertical Job's Marya Pickering. Guests enjoyed an expansive buffet with Tudor Place classics such as Corn Pudding and Tri-Tip.

Architect Val Hawkins is bookended by his wife Sophie and their neighbor, the Porter Family Foundation' Amy Porter Stroh. A live jazz band played summer songs into the night.

The evening ended with the announcement that Tudor Place was recognized with a national award for preservation and collections care, which will be presented this June. Here, Sassanova owner Sarah Cannova joins Guggenheim Partner's Dylan Glenn and Georgetown neighbor Cathie Martin.

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Sterling Women Honors Birth Happy Authors!

Business coach Brigid Herrick teamed up with her midwife, Margie Barndquist, to write the book Birth Happy: The Savvy Woman's Approach to a Satisfying Birth two years ago; together, they led an inspirational presentation at the May Sterling Women luncheon. Here, Margie and Brigid bookend Sterling Women founder and Reston Limousine CEO Kristina Bouweiri. For more info about our great sponsor Reston Limousine, click here. For more info about Sterling Women, click here.

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Ellie Kai!

Last night we also stopped by the Loews Madison Hotel for a private debut of the launch of the Ellie Kai Summer Collection. Designed by Liz Hostetter, it's a made-to-order brand that allows women to customize their style. We snapped Sharon Archuleta and Ellie Kai's Alexis Galoozis.

Ellie Kai is available on-demand through social shopping trunk shows, giving every customer the chance to be their own designer. Here, InTheCapital's Christine Healy, District of Chic's E, and Fifty-Two Thursdays' Sarah Phillips.

Fashionistas enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres while picking out customized garments with specific patterns, styles, designs, and length. Here, Racked DC's Adele Chapin and Capitol File's Amy Moeller.

Curley Company's Jennifer Curley, Ellie Kai's Suzette O'Connor, and personal stylist Flora Cross.

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Come to the Bisnow SuperSchmooze!

Every couple years, you veterans may remember, we put on a big pure networking and food event—so big we can only call it "SuperSchmooze!" The evening of June 12 is our next one. Bring your business cards, and your appetite to the old ESPN Zone downtown. But instead of finding games there, you will find over 20 of DC's top restaurants, offering some of their best food. Plus, a big open bar. And you will find our readers from every local field of business: tech, law, association, finance, commercial real estate, and government, all converging for two hours of fun, food, and schmooze. More info and sign up!

GEN Z – Announcing New Events and Summer Pricing for High School Events

Do you think your high schooler might be interested in business or entrepreneurship? GEN Z is the new program from Bisnow that lets teenagers explore life after college by hearing directly from successful young professionals (like Video Blocks CEO Joel Holland, left), and participating in hands-on exercises. This Spring, more than 140 area high schoolers got started with their futures by attending a GEN Z event. And now, we've just announced new summer GEN Z programs focused on entrepreneurship and real estate. We're offering special summer pricing now, so take the first step in introducing your teenager to all the possibilities! More info and sign up here!

The Cardinal Classic!

Hey, golf and tennis nuts—and folks who love a great cause! Join us in June for one of the marquee charity events of the summer, the 12th annual Cardinal Bank Charity Classic, on June 2 (tennis) and June 9 (golf) at the Country Club of Fairfax. Funds raised support the Inova Kellar Center's health services for kids, young adults, and their families. That tennis powerhouse known as Bisnow Media bravely fields a tennis team every year, and while we have won some and lost some, we always have fun, meet wonderful people, and feel proud to be helping the community (while not having our scores publicly reported). You'll love it, too. Our own Mark and Margot Bisnow are honorary chairs this year. Come on over! More info.

Travis Holler and Mary-Kate Rasa contributed to this issue.


TODAY thru Sunday, May, 25, GI Film Festival, Sundance for the Troops, returns to DC with 56 film screenings and premieres, celebrity meet-and-greets, red carpet soirees, and exclusive embassy and Capitol Hill events. $50 average price, info.

Thursday, May 22

6:00 - 8:30 PM, Young Professionals Driving Range Socials at East Potomac Park Golf Course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. Specials on balls & drinks; free club rental, info.

6:30 - 9:00 PM, 3 Star Ball: Party With A Purpose at Rooftop at the National Association of Realtors, 500 New Jersey Ave. NW. $75, live music, DC-themed hors d'oeuvres, and open bar, info.

7:00 PM, Deleted Scenes (Official Album Release/Homecoming Celebration) at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13, info.

Friday, May 23

5:00 - 8:30 PM, Jazz in the Garden DC Summer Concert Series 2014 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. NW. Free, info.  

10:00 AM, The Capital Wheel Opening at National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St. National Harbor. Soaring 180-feet above the Potomac River, tickets vary, info.

Saturday, May 24

10:00 AM, The Humanities Council of DC and DC Public Library present the Literary Walking Tour: U Street and the Harlem Renaissance. Benefits DC By the Book Project (dcbythebook.org). Kim Roberts, a historian of DC's literary culture, will lead the tour meeting participants at the 13th St. entrance to the U Street Metro, NW, info.

7:00 PM, GIFF14 Heroes Then & Now with Actor Adam Driver + 'Best Of' Awards at Old Town Theater, 815 King St, Alexandria. $50/general, $70/Weekend, $245/VIP, info

12:00 - 7:00 PM, Summerfest DC Beer & Wine Festival at The Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. $40 - $65, info.  

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Continues thru Sunday. $18/adults, $12/children, info.  

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Ln, Delaplane, VA. Music, games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, antique cars and strawberries. Continues thru Sunday, info.

Sunday, May 25

7:00 PM, 4th Annual Pink & White Memorial Day Rooftop Party at the W Hotel POV Lounge, 515 15th Street NW. Music by Caseo and DJ Neekola – benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. MUST wear pink and white! $10, info.

12:00 - 5:00 PM, 4th Annual Crab Festival at Policy, 1904 14th St. NW. $45, includes all-u-can-eat crabs, sides, hot dogs, and wines; select $5 beers, info

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Salute To The Divas DC Pride at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW. $20, info

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, 
18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. $18/adults, $12/children,  info.  

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Ln, Delaplane, VA. Music, games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, antique cars and strawberries. info.

Monday May, 26

2:00 PM, National Memorial Day Parade beginning at the National Archives, Constitution Ave and 7th St. NW. Hosted by the WWII Vets Committee includes floats and balloons. Free, info.  

10:00 AM, Memorial Day tours of Soldiers' Home National Cemetery at President Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. Free, info.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Falls Church Memorial Day Parade beginning at City Hall, 
300 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA. Pony rides, arts and crafts, music and more. Free, info.  

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 70th annual City of Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade at Rockville Town Center, N. Washington St. and Middle Ln. Floats, drum lines, dancers, high school bands and more Free, info.  

5:00 PM, National Memorial Day Concert on the lawn of the US Capitol. National Symphony Orchestra's annual tribute concert hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Performances by Jennifer Nettles and Dianne Wiest (concert at 8:00pm). Free, info.  

5:00 - 8:30 PM, Jazz in the Garden Summer Series launch at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, 7th St and Constitution Ave. NW. Free, bring blanket to sit on - info.  

3:00 PM, Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F. St. NW. US Air Force Symphony Orchestra performs, info.   

11:00 PM, Memorial Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery. A quarter of a million mini flags decorate the cemetery's headstones along with powerful tribute. Free, info.

12:00 PM, Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom – close to 900,000 motorcycle riders honor our POWs and MIAs. Beginning at the Pentagon with speaker program and musical tribute. Free. info.  

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