Tory Burch Opens In Georgetown

November 25, 2013

Tory Burch has finally come to Georgetown, and just in time for the holidays. The store opened its doors at 1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW, on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Bebe’s old space. As guests arrived they were greeted with Champagne and specially made cookies to enjoy, while shopping around the store. The golden interior, built to emulate an exclusive walk-in closet, is devoted to accessories and carries everything from classic Tory Burch bags and shoes, to her very first-ever fragrance launched earlier this fall. Burch, an American designer known for pretty and preppy fashion, started her label in 2004 and has since expanded to more than 100 stores worldwide. This is her first store to open in D.C.

Veterans Day Events, Nov. 11

November 18, 2013

This Monday, Nov.11, ceremonies will take place all over Washington D.C – and America — in honor of military veterans. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, has been celebrated since the end of World War I. It became an official national holiday in 1954, when Congress passed a bill making it a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day takes place every year on the 11th day of the 11th month, the day in 1918 when World War I officially ended.

It is a federal holiday in the District of Columbia, which also means no parking restrictions in the city, no trash pick-up and government office closures.

Veterans Day Observance
World War II Memorial, 9 a.m

Special ceremony celebrating World War II Veterans. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will speak, and a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp will be unveiled.

National Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetary, 11 a.m.

To honor those who have served in the armed forces. Ceremony starts at the Tomb of the Unknowns with the laying of a presidential wreath and will be continued inside the Memorial Amphitheater.

U.S. Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center, 1 p.m.

Wreath-laying by the Naval District of Washington will take place near the Lone Sailor statue on the Memorial Plaza.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, 1 p.m.

Veterans and their families will pay tribute to those who have served in military in Vietnam and other conflicts. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place by the Wall.

Freedom Bell Ringing Ceremony
Arlington Cemetery, West side Entrance of the welcome center, 1 p.m.

A ringing ceremony will be held by the welcome center at Arlington Cemetery. Visitors can ring the Freedom Bell to pay tribute to the armed forces or to honor loved ones in the military.

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Arlington Cemetery, The Women’s Memorial, 3 p.m.

The Women’s Memorial 16th annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor all servicewomen, past and present. The ceremony will include a keynote address by Susan Scanlan, president of Women’s Research & Education Institute, a wreath-laying, and veterans’ remarks. Five servicewomen will join Scanlan to pay tribute to military veterans.

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,?
Mount Vernon, Va.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Performances by the Harmony Heritage Singers and Air Force String Orchestra and a wreath-laying ceremony. Free admission for all active duty, former or retired military personnel in honor of veterans. Veterans are invited to place a flower on George Washington’s tomb. Admission to Mount Vernon: adults, $17; children, $8.

Raise a Glass to Honor Our Veterans
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St., NW.
6 p.m to 9 p.m

Exclusive tastings of rare single malt whiskies, sponsored by Potomac Wine & Spirits and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, in honor of veterans. Tickets are $100, and proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Honoring Our United States Armed Forces, Our Veterans and Their Families
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW.
7 p.m.

A free concert by the organizers of the National Veterans Day Salute. Host Sheryl Lee Ralph will be joined by artists Katie Armiger, Carolyn Malachi, Y’Anna Crawley, among others, to honor veterans, military and their families.

Choral Arts Salutes JFK With New Work and Verdi’s ’Requiem’

A tribute concert in honor of President John F. Kennedy took place Nov. 10 in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. This Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of his death — a day remembered by every American alive that day — and a story retold to generations thereafter.

The concert, entitled ”Legacy and Life,” performed by the Choral Arts Society of Washington, was conducted by its artistic director Scott Tucker. As a musical and visual reflection of Kennedy’s life, the concert began with composer Steven Stucky’s «Take Him, Earth», composed specially to commemorate the assassination, before venturing into the first movement of Guiseppe Verdi’s «Requiem» to honor the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth.

The two-hour long concert featured special performances by soprano Jonita Lattimore, mezzo soprano Géraldine Chauvet, tenor Patrick O’Halloran and bass Kevin Maynor. As the funeral mass was played, originally composed by Verdi in honor of Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, photographs and film clips of Kennedy were projected on a large screen behind the orchestra – from his days as a young boy in Hyannisport, Mass., to his funeral in Washington, D.C. It was a beautiful and worthy tribute to a president, beloved by so many Americans.

Turn Clocks Back Saturday Night

November 7, 2013

Enjoy that ”extra” hour of sleep. Early on Sunday morning — Nov. 3 — it’s time to turn the clock back to standard time as daylight saving time ends. DST was first suggested in the U.S. by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but it wasn’t until 1918 that a plan establishing standard time zones and summer time was formally enacted. The act didn’t prove very popular and had to be repealed only a year later. However, people continued to turn their clocks based on their local laws until 1966, when Congress established the beginning and the end of DST throughout the country. Until 2006, DST ended a few days before Halloween, but to prevent traffic accidents involving trick-or-treaters it was changed to the first Sunday in November. Change-over time set for 2 a.m.