Citizens Association Celebrates Spring with Concert and Dessert at Evermay

Historic Evermay Estate at 1623 28th St. NW in Georgetown opened its perfectly manicured gardens and mansion terrace for the first time since the pandemic lockdown in 2020 to the Citizens Association of Georgetown on April 14 to celebrate spring with a flute and cello concert, a full bar and French desserts.

“We are thrilled to be here in person to celebrate our new year of community activities,” said CAG President Tara Sakraida Parker to guests and Evermay’s co-owner Sachiko Kuno, who bought and refurbished the estate first completed in 1802 and now used as a musical venue and for special events. Organized in 1878, CAG is one of the earliest neighborhood civic associations in the United States and dedicated to actions for the betterment of Georgetown such as historic preservation, while focusing on public safety and crime prevention, alcohol and beverage control, rodent and pest abatement and the like. It also provides advice and counsel to Congress, federal agencies and D.C. government.

In keeping with the historic venue, flautist Shaughn Dowd and cellist Nancy Jo Snider played a concert of 18th century duets from G.F. Handel, Joseph Haydn and Igmal Pleyel as well as a lively four-movement piece by Heitor Villa-lobos.

The event was organized by CAG board member Karin Wheeler. Desserts, the full bar and coffee were donated by Georgetown real estate agent Nancy Taylor Bubes.

Kuno and her then-husband Ryuji Ueno — founders of Bethesda-based Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and S&R Technology Holdings — purchased Evermay in 2011. A year later, they also bought Halcyon House at 3400 Prospect St. NW, which was developed into a global center for innovation and entrepreneurship — Halcyon Incubator. “We focus on making money while doing good,” Kuno told The Georgetowner at the concert.

Tom and Annemarie Ryan with Richard Hinds and Tara Sakraida Parker of CAG. Photo by Sheila Katoff.


Flautist Shaughn Dowd and cellist Nancy Jo Snider at Evermay. Photo by Sheila Katoff.


Betsy Emes and Jean Smith. Photo by Sheila Katoff.



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