Friday, December 09, 2011

Thank you honorees.......

Photo credit: Patrick G. Ryan - Sarah Bunker with the Band

by contributors Yoonjeon Oh & Peng Ye

If you've have ever been to Georgetown you'll know what we mean - it's historic yet entertaining, thanks to the constant and vigorous efforts of  the ‘Citizens Association of Georgetown’  that has represented the interests of Georgetowners since 1878 as the first District of Colombia’s civic group.

To highlight the work of CAG, its third annual party took place at the Embassy of Russia Federation – one of the most exquisite buildings in DC.   Entering the iron clad gate of the embassy, you will meet the huge and magnificent buildings built by a well-known Soviet architect Michael Posokhin.  It's gorgeous, especially its white Russian marble which gives special solemnity to the building. 

The interior is full of arts, from its bohemian style crystal used in chandeliers to panels which depict the four main elements of mind of every Russian - the state emblem, the national flag, and the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.   

Every piece of the interior tells Russian culture, and tells it with pride.

The event was showy.  Billed as a ‘Winter Wonderland‘,  Georgetowners enjoyed Russian vodka & caviar, an elegant dinner, a live auction, and endless dancing.   DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Commissioner Jeff Jones, former Mayor Tony Williams, Councilmember Jack Evans, Georgetown Board member Anne Lewis can testify to that.

Photo credit: Patrick G. Ryan  -  Jack Evans, Olivia Flatto, Franco Nuschese. Mayor Vincent Gray

Franco Nuschese was honored for his celebrity "showplace" Cafe Milano, a 13-year-old Georgetown establishment where Bill & Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper drop by.

John D. Richardson was also honored for his work on rebuilding and modernizing Volta Park.  Today, Volta Park has never looked better.  Each year, thousands of families use the park’s playground, tennis courts, pool, baseball field, and gardens. Thank you Franco Nuschese and John Richardson.