January 13, 2015


Last night we headed to the Kennedy Center for the fifth annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools teachers presented by the DC Public Education Fund.

DCPS' best and brightest educators were given awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership, and Teacher and Principal of the Year; 1,400 of the city's teachers were recognized. We snapped Powell Elementary School's Kaila Ramsey, 1776's Matthew Garza, NC4's George Johnson and Eastern High School's Lauren Johnson.

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1,800 community members, business leaders and education champions attended the moving ceremony, applauded the passionate teachers, and were treated to a special performance by singer Josh Groban. Here, DOD's Arlene George, Washington Metropolitan High School's Maria Miles, DCPS' Lisa Gallagher and Blue Skies' Matthew Schafer.

Guests then celebrated at a reception on the Terrace with beef skewers, chicken and olives, cous cous and falafel. Here, DCPS' Jenni Lewis, Andrew Whiting and Elizabeth Goff.

All proceeds went to the DC Education Fund to support DCPS initiatives. Here, DCPS' Kate Mester, Dewayne McClary and Stacy Tedesco, and AECOM's Jill Bruning.

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Tom Constanten!

Last night we also went to see Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten at The O Street Museum.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee performed for an intimate crowd. We snapped him bookended by House of Musical Traditions teacher Chris Colvin and Bob Jacobson.

Also performing, guitarist and songster Warner Williams of Takoma Park, one of the great unsung heroes of Piedmont blues, an Eastern Seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country, popular songs, ragtime and gospel. He's flanked by The Mansion on O Street founder H.H. Leonards-Spero and her husband, its president Ted Spero. 

Constanten is the seventh member of the Grateful Dead and recorded the band's second album, Anthem of the Sun. Here, entrepreneur Patricia Furnace with RE/MAX Advantage Realty's Jeff Berman.

Designer Esther Huffman-Bush with NAVSEA's Michael Bush.

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Winter Farmers Market!

We went to Olney to celebrate the opening day of the Farmers and Artists Winter Market. This weekend kicked off its winter season with free tastings, special kids' activities, musical entertainment and the best local produce. We snapped Rare Opportunity Farm's Ruth Thompson, M&M Plants' Margie McGaughan and Great Shoals Winery's Stephanie Roche.

Held in the Sandy Spring Museum, the nostalgia of shopping among the treasures of this local community is an added treat. Here, Parick Design's Scott Taft and Mike Murphy with Arizona Wood's Robert Portanova.

Next month, the market will be recognized with a proclamation from the MoCo Council for its work promoting county business and serving the community. It will be opening every Sunday throughout the winter in addition to for select community events. Here, Pick of the Bay's Patti and Tom Nigro.

Richelle Manansala, Alfredo Flores and Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue.

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Saturday, January 24 6:30 PM, 7th annual Sips at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Taste samplings from renowned chefs and enjoy delicious cocktails, while contributing to the fight against hunger by Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen, $200/VIP, $95/general, info. Followed by Suppers on Sunday, Jan 25, with elegant dinners prepared in over 30 homes by celebrity chefs, $600 per person

Tuesday, January 13

7:00 - 10:00 PM, Anita Diamant In Conversation with Gayle Wald at Sixth and I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. The Boston Girl, discussion and signing. $14, info.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Green Drinks DC January Happy hour at Glen's Garden Market, 2001 S St. NW. Complimentary drinks: sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. Showcasing foods grown or created by local farmers and artisans. Free, info.

Wednesday, January 14

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Architects for Animals benefiting The Washington Humane Society at The American Institute for Architects, 1735 New York Ave NW. $25, info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, An Evening of Sparkling Wine & Sparkling Jewels at Slate Wine Bar, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Jewelry show, shopping, food & drink. Free, info.

Wednesday, January 14

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Pop Quiz: Time Covers the 1960s at Kogod Courtyard at National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F St. NW. Food and beverage for purchase in the Courtyard Café. Free, info.

6:30 – 10:00 PM, January Holiday Happy Hour at L2, 3315 Cady's Alley, NW. Appetizers, cocktails, raffle prizes, live auction, and fun surprises. Benefits the Arts for Autism Gala. $20, info.

5:00 – 9:00 PM, HYPDC Charity Happy Hour for Housing at Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. Join HYPDC, Habitat for Humanity of Washington DC's Young Professionals to celebrate the new year and raise money to support affordable housing in DC! $10/suggested donation, info.

Thursday, January 15

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM,  American Made at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. American products and strategies for selling to Museum Stores, info.

6:30 - 9:30 PM, Android Fever at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Dance party, robot costume contest, dancing, DJ & electronic dance music. Free, info.