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May 2006 The Logan Circle Community Association Newsletter
Inside: pg. The President’s Column 2

Celebrate Memorial Day in Logan Circle Park!
officials, dignitaries, and musical selections by the Murphysboro High The Logan Circle Community School Band, led by band director, Association (LCCA), the National Justin Klarer. Park Service, and the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC are The ceremony will conclude with a hosting the Third Annual Memorial wreath laying ceremony, followed Day Commemoration on Monday, by a garden reception will be held at May 29, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Logan the Mary McLeod Bethune Council Circle Park. House National Historic Site, 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW. This Memorial Day Commemoration celebrates the lives of milit- Mary McLeod Bethune Council ary and nonmilitary individuals that House is seeking volunteers for the fought and died for our country. following activities:

Spring Cleaning and Celebrating Cherry Trees


Welcome New Officers


Business Spotlight: Viridian


Home, Garden & Food: Walking Down the Aisle Green 5

Featured Residents: Donald and Pat Smith


Planning for the LCCA Holiday House Tour


The ceremony will also honor Congressman John A. Logan for issuing General Order No. 11, which instituted Memorial Day as a National Holiday in America. The Murphysboro High School Band will kick-off this event with a pre-program concert starting at 1:00 p.m. The Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard will open the ceremony with the posting of the colors at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature speeches from National Parks Service

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Help pass out program flyers Prepare and distribute boxed lunches to the homeless Be a Ranger for a day Help caterer set-up food for the reception Serve food at the Council House reception

If you would like to help, please contact the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House at (202) 673-2402.

The President’s Message:

A word from Jennifer Trock
As a Board, we are mindful of our Some of the proposed changes goal statement for LCCA to be include: “One Vision and One Voice” for Logan Circle. • Longer terms for Board members, which we hope will aid in To better serve you, we have been continuity from year to year; reviewing everything from our • New categories of membermeeting formats to our website ship, which we hope will design. involve the greater community; and Each of our Board members has • updates and technical correcttaken on a particular area for review ions to aid in the administand suggested improvements. At ration of LCCA. this month’s membership meeting on May 10, 2006, we will be presenting to you, our membership, some of our initiatives for review, discussion, and where necessary, approval. Below is a highlight of some of our proposed initiatives – we hope to see you at our meeting to find out more: Website Update: LCCA is currently developing a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to redesign and update our website. New features we are considering include an updateed and more user-friendly layout, an online membership database, transfer of the LCCA blog And apartment buildings, membership drives, and a new welcome/community information brochure for our members. The new membership proposal also includes modest increases in member-ship fees for 2006. Events in the Park: In lieu of regular membership meetings in July and August, the Board is exploring the possibility of biweekly series of music in Logan Circle Park. We have been in contact with local jazz and music establishments to explore the availability of musicians and will keep you updated. Memorial Day Celebration in the Park: We are co-sponsoring a Memorial Day Celebration in Logan Circle Park with the National Park Service. Stay tuned for more details. We welcome your suggestions and input on these and other initiatives we have planned for 2006. While some of these changes will not happen overnight, we hope that you will agree they are good for the future of LCCA. If you are unable to join us in person this month, please send your comments and suggestions, please feel free to email me or any of our Board members at the addresses listed on the back page.

LCCA President Jennifer Trock

Membership Proposal: With our ever changing and growing neighborhood, the increase in mid-rise and high-density housing, and the influx in new businesses, our membership committee has developed a proposal to increase membership and involvement in [www.loganupdates.blogspot.com] LCCA. to the website, a new and more user-friendly calendar, community The proposal includes business photo albums and more. We antic- incentives to our business memipate that we’ll have the RFP bers, package-rates for large condo completed this summer, with a new website rolled-out by the fall. Bylaws Update: We are proposing some updates to our by-laws. LCCA Newsletter 2

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Spring Cleaning and Celebrating Cherry Trees!
On Saturday, April 8, 2006, LCCA volunteers joined with the Office of Neighborhood Services and the National City Christian Church to “spruce up” Logan Circle. Volunteers helped sweep the sidewalks, inventory the number and condition of tree boxes, and plant new flowers in the tree boxes. Later that day, Candida's World of Books hosted DC-author Ann McClellan who discussed and signed her book, The Cherry Sakura Blossom Festival®: Celebration. McClellan’s book details DC’s famed National Cherry Blossom Festival® and its 94-year history! And, later that day, volunteers gathered at the Scott Montgomery Elementary School, 421 P Street, NW, to plant LCCA’s gift of a trio of cherry trees from the National Cherry Blossom Festival®. The trees were given to the school as part of our community building efforts with East Central Civic Association.

Volunteers plant a trio of cherry trees.

Welcome New Officers!
On May 10, 2006, LCCA held a the floor, nominations were closed special election to formally fill the and the membership voted. vacant positions of Vice President and Treasurer. Chasta Piatakovas was elected Vice President and Brian Vargas After accepting nominations from was elected Treasurer. LCCA Newsletter 3 Both Chasta and Brian have been involved with the LCCA, serving as at-large board members. Congratulations Brian! to Chasta and
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Local Business Spotlight: Viridian
A Store that sells everything from eco friendly home remodeling supplies to organic clothing

“14th Street is one of the last great avenues of this city to have both commercial and residential development come together with the potential for many small regional retailers with a great mix of arts and a retail scene.” That’s what Viridian co-owner Giorgio Furioso said when asked how he and business partner Saied When asked for his favorite menu Azali decided to locate their rest- item, Furioso responded that, “since the menu changes with seasonality aurant on 14th Street, NW. of the food, I always have a new Viridian opened on 14th Street favorite.” between P and Q Streets, NW in November of 2005. It is housed in the 1515 Arts Building, which is also home to several galleries including G Fine Art, Hemphill Gallery, Adamson Gallery and The Curator’s Office. Azali, who also owns of Perry’s restaurant in Adam’s Morgan, and Furioso, a real estate developer and co-founder of the Washington Arts Museum, opened Viridian to serve the ever-growing Logan Circle neighborhood. Viridian searches for the best seasonal ingredients available and chooses simple cooking techniques and recipes to bring out the ultimate potential of the food. The versatile menu allows the diner an opportunity to experiment and yet meets some special dietary needs by offering some non-dairy, vegetarian and vegan options. Furioso loves to have a glass of Nebiola with the blue crab salad with cucumber, apple, and ginger; however, right now he likes to order the sesame-crusted wild mahi mahi with red curry and coconut milk or the vegan gnocci dish. “As the owner, I eat everything on the menu to make sure it is great, so I try not to favor any dishes over the others, said Furioso. “We also just got in a great new Cabernet, if you come in, ask Neveen about it,” added Furioso. Viridian’s service is casual but professsional. The dining room is elegant and large but remains quiet enough to easily enjoy conversation; even at the busiest times. All of Viridian’s breads and desserts are made by their pastry chef. And all of the condiments used are made in house.

The wine list features artisan winemakers seeking a coexistence between food, wine, place and season. Furioso reports that, in the short time they have been open, they have had many “famous” customers. Singer Lou Reed ate at Viridian and loved the wine list. George Stephanopolous and his wife Allie Wentworth have also eaten at Viridian. Other famous diners have included political pundit Mark Shields, news anchor Gordon Peterson, filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer; National Geographic Journalist Lisa Ling, DC Councilmember Linda Cropp, and actress Jodie Foster. Furioso said, “since we are located in the 1515 arts building, which houses several of DC’s best galleries, we are frequented by many artists such as Linn Meyers, Iona Roseal Brown, Maggie
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Local Business Spotlight: Viridian (Continued from page 4)

Michael, Dan Steinhilber, Spaulding, Linda Hesh.”

Jeff on 16th Street, NW. He lives in a building that he developed with development partner Phillip AbraBorn in Tagliacozzo, Italy, Furioso ham called The Tapiés. Furioso has immigrated with his family to lived in this neighborhood for the Canada and later to New York. He last seven years and in DC for a total became a fine artist and then a of 26 years. university professor. He came to Washington, DC as a visiting prof- If you want to be included in essor of art and stayed. Viridian's upcoming lunch promotional offer, email your name and Furioso lives in the neighborhood, full contact info to Jason Kenlaw at jason.kenlaw@viridianrestaurant. just two blocks form the Veridian


Viridian recently received a favorable review by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. See: “Lean and Green,” which ran in the Sunday, April 30th edition of the Washington Post. Viridian 1515 14th St. NW 202-234-1400

Walking Down the Aisle Green
LCCA’s Home, Garden & Food Column
Preparing for your wedding is a time to show your style and personThere is nothing more daunting and ality, as well as a great way to fun than planning a wedding. I share your sense of concern for the know, I planned mine in eight environment. months. From organic foods at the recapMy husband Tomas and I married tion, to tree-free or recycled paper in late October 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland in front of our fifty closest friends and family.

For example, Organic Weddings (www.organicweddings.com) has been featured in Bride & Groom magazine, The New York Times, Grist Magazine, and countless other magazines, newspapers, and on television stations. It is one of many comprehensive wedding planning resources on the Internet that provides resources, products and services to busy couples so they can plan stylish and eco-friendly weddings. And while you are looking for that natural hemp wedding dress, trying to find the right nature preserve for the ceremony, or call several transportation companies looking for hybrid cars, don’t forget to help your guests be more earth-aware by giving them a favor that is environmentally friendly. For example, instead of traditional
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Some guests traveled from as far as Lithuania, Tomas’ home country, to attend the ceremony. With calla lilies, sage and white décor, and organic bath & body products as favors for the guests, it for the “save-the-date” cards and was a day that I will never forget. the invitations, to flowering plants as centerpieces—your wedding can Not only did I marry a wonderful be infused with environmentallyman, I single-handedly planned the sound tips without adding any more event myself! And it definitely stress or to your budget. reflected my unique style and personality—informal, fun-loving, There are plenty of Web sites out adventurous, and eco-friendly. there that can help you plan. LCCA Newsletter 5

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Walking Down the Aisle Green (Continued from page 5)

wedding favors, make a donation ($1.00 or $2.00 per guests) to an eco-organization such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace International, or World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Your wedding is sure to be remembered for all of the creative ways you helped the environment. And, your guests will probably learn a lot that they can apply to You can also print a list of their everyday lives as well. So, Or for the bride with a bigger environmental tips on the back of have fun making your wedding budget, give gift memberships. For the place card. eco-friendly!

each place setting, design a small white place card with the organization’s logo and text that describe the charitable donation.

Raising a Family in a Castle!
This month’s featured residents, Don and Pat Smith, talk about living in a castle on Logan Circle.

kids to what then was real inner city. But in time, she relented and bought In the spring of 1974, Don Smith out Don's first wife's interest in the had just finished fixing up a house. small house on Capitol Hill. Seized with delusions of grand- Living in Logan Circle opened her eur, he went looking for a larger kids’ eyes—for better and for project and found what reminded worse. Both she and they quickly him of a castle—albeit an fell in love with downtown life and abandoned one that looked as if particularly with Logan Circle. it had been sacked by Visigoths. It was deep and pie-shaped— even bigger than it looked from the street—and had a lofty center hall and nine fireplaces. He was a goner. For years during the restoration he had dreams that he would open a door and there would be a whole new section that he'd never seen before. Both a good thing and a bad thing.
Donald and Pat Smith

Pat’s favorite things are the stimulating vibration of living downtown, the cosmopolitan mix of people who live in Logan Circle, and the lovely old homes kept forever intact by the historic designation. Don likes living in the city in a house that's older than he is; plus the five-block commute to the National Geographic—and the even shorter one to his home office. He also likes to see old friends and make new ones. When asked about their favorite business in the area, the Smiths respond with, “That’s a hard choice.” “Our own bed and breakfast (Chester A. Arthur House: www. bedandbreakfast.bz) comes first, of course,” Said Pat. “But what would we do without Wachovia Bank, Whole Foods, Logan Hardware, Logan Tavern and all the rest of the businesses we use every week?” added Don.
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Don arrived in April 1974. Pat bought into the house in 1991, mostly to humor Don. After their marriage in 1988, she was reluctant to leave her house in upper Northwest, and bring her LCCA Newsletter

Now, her grownup kids think it's really cool that they can say they grew up on Logan Circle (ditto with Don’s kids), and that their Mom still lives there. 6

Raising a Family in a Castle. (Continued from page 6)

Pat’s parents in leafy Bethesda thought she was nuts when she moved into an old house in a “transitional” neighborhood, as it was delicately put. As her father said, “That place doesn't even have storm windows.” The Smith’s always believed Logan Circle would become once again the jewel that it originally was. They are happy to see all the

revitalization and new faces. Pat Smith is a freelance writer, and works to conserve endangered butterfly species in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the 1990s, with a grant from the EPA and Urban Forest Council, she spearheaded creation of a butterfly meadow on the vacant land on the Circle where "Logan Mansions" now stand. She served on the LCCA board during the

1990s, and headed the publicity effort for the Christmas House Tour for two years. Don Smith was president of the LCCA for two years during the mid-1970s, and has served on the board and various committees thereafter. (See his website, www.donaldsmith.net, for more information.). ☺

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Holidays!
Getting ready for the Annual Logan Circle House Tour

That’s right. We need you help now to plan for the Annual Logan Circle House Tour. This year’s tour is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2006. The Annual Logan Circle House Tour is an event when we can appreciate the great homes in our neighborhood, catch-up with our neighbors and invite others to spend a little time during the busy December in Logan Circle for a fun afternoon.

House Tour Committee Chairperson Heather Vargas says, “The House Tour is LCCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.” So, to get the job done, we need volunteers, committee members, and houses.

fun and meet people,” added Vargas. The next planning meeting will be on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm at the home of Tim Christensen & Walter Ochinko, located at 1320 13th Street, N.W., Apartment # 13. To gain entry, look up "Christensen" or "Ochin-ko" on the security display and press “Call.” The committee will be busy this Summer and in to the Fall making preparations. “Working in the house tour planning committee is not only satisfying, it is a great way to have For more information or to RSVP for this month’s meeting, please contact Heather Vargas at (571) 215.2339 or heathervargas@10forward.com.

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The Logan Circular is published monthly by the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA). LCCA is one of the most effective and successful community associations in the District of Columbia. Established in 1972, it has achieved a remarkable record of steadily improving the environment and the quality of life in the Logan Circle area. The association represents the Greater Logan Circle area, bounded by S Street to the north, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, 9th Street to the east and 16th Street to the west.

Visit us on the Web at www.logancircle.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Jennifer Trock jennifertrock@gmail.com Treasurer: Brian Vargas brian@ardvaark.net Recording Secretary: Heather Vargas hedda@procrastinators.org Corresponding Secretary: Michael Benardo mike.benardo@logancircle.org At Large Board Members: Eric Korpon ekorpon@logancircle.org Chasta Piatakovas nckaos@aol.com Samuel Robfogel Samuel.robfogel@logancircle.org Linda Sheaffer sheafferlj@aol.com Bob Simpson bsimpson@treefarmsystem.org

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS Volunteer committees provide an opportunity for members to become involved in shaping the outcomes on issues affecting their homes and community. This year's committees and their respective points of contact are: Membership: Linda Sheaffer (sheafferlj@aol.com) Bob Simpson (bsimpson@treefarmsystem.org) Database Administrator: Don Hawkins (donald.hawkins@earthlink.net) Membership Meetings & Special Events: Chasta Piatakovas (nckaos@aol.com) Monthly Newsletter: Mike Benardo: (mike.benardo@loganccircle.org) Web site: Samuel Robfogel (Samuel.robfogel@logancircle.org) Bylaws Review and Compliance: Jennifer Trock (jennifertrock@gmail.com) Brian Vargas (brian@ardvaark.net) Environment: Eric Korpon (eykorpon@verizon.net) Chasta Piatakovas (nckaos@aol.com) House Tour: Heather Vargas (hedda@procrastinators.org) Crime and Public Safety: Jennifer Trock (jennifertrock@gmail.com) Historic Preservation: Jennifer Trock: (jennifertrock@gmail.com)

Join the Logan Circle Community Association today! Your financial support is vital – it enables LCCA to address issues of concern to you while providing opportunities to meet your neighbors through social activities and community events. Becoming a member or renewing your membership has never been easier! You may renew on-line at our web site (www.logancircle.org) or simply complete and return the membership form below, accompanied by your check payable to LCCA. LCCA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), and contributions to LCCA are tax deductible. LCCA MEMBERSHIP FORM
Please complete and mail this, along with a check payable to: LCCA, to PO Box 12007, Mid City Station, Wash., DC 20005. Name _________________________________________________ E-Mail _______________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Membership categories (please check one)
$45 Household (best value)___ $25 Individual ___ $100 Business/sponsor ___ $10 Senior ___ $100 Benefactor ___ $250 Leadership ___

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