Upcoming Events

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  • Republic for Which We Stand – A play by John Henry

    republicStone Hill Amphitheater, Flint Hill, Virginia

    World Premiere: “Republic for Which We Stand” –
    A play by John Henry

    Sunday, May 28, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  6:00 PM performance begins

    EVENT TYPE: Play

    WNDC member John Henry will present his second play “Republic for Which We Stand,” portraying the behind-the-scenes struggle of the founding fathers (and mothers) in designing the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. They make the fateful decision to place the War Power in Congress so the new nation, America, can be a republic, not an empire.

    While they await a convention quorum, George and Martha Washington together stage three short plays at Benjamin Franklin’s home.  These plays-within-a-play dramatize the conquests in pursuit of empire by thee great warrior kinds in Medieval England: William the Conqueror, Edward III, and Henry V.

    The play will be performed in costume in the outdoor stone theater in the nearby countryside of Rappahannock County, Virginia.  Food and drink will be available for purchase, and carpools can be arranged.

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  • Mike Canning

    cannonMike Canning:
    Hollywood on the Potomac

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Mike Canning, long-time film reviewer for The Capitol Hill monthly news magazine Hill Rag, saw his first film in his hometown of Fargo, ND at the age of four.  From that magic moment until now, the “flickers” became Mike’s lifelong avocation.

    In Hollywood on the Potomac, Canning, whose first career was serving as press and cultural officer in U.S. embassies for 28 years, takes a look at the nation’s capital’s favorite entertainment pastime, movies.  Canning’s talk will use numerous short film-clips to show how Washington, DC, has been portrayed in feature films—some as iconic as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “All the President’s Men.”  Drawing on over 50 motion pictures, the book includes short essays on politics and film, a history of location shooting in DC, and a broad survey of DC-related topics and themes, often funny, always entertaining!

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.





    Wine & Cheese Happy Hour

    Thursday, June 1, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

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    The Membership Committee invites all members to join us at the Whittemore House for a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour. We especially want to encourage new members to participate, as it a perfect occasion to net-work and socialize, and get to know your other club members while enjoying a special assortment of cheeses and wines.

    PRICE: $10 per person. Includes one glass of wine. This is a Members Only Event.


  • Cinema Night: Lady in the Van

    the-lady-in-the-vanCINEMA NIGHT: “Lady in the Van”

    Friday, June 2, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM—Bar opens with light dinner
    7:00 PM—film starts

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

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    Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.

    Watch the trailer HERE

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members; $10 film only


  • Hillwood Mansion and Garden Tour

    hillwoodHillwood Mansion and Garden Tour

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    TIME:  Arrive by 10:15 am. Tour of gardens begins at 10:30 and mansion at 11:30. Light lunch at Hillwood Cafe, 12:30 pm (separate purchase)

    EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch

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    Hillwood was the magnificent home of Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973). One of the richest women in the world, she inherited the Postum Cereal Company, later expanded into the General Foods Corporation.  Owner of many great residences, including Mar-a-Lago in Florida, she bought Hillwood in 1955 and decided that it would become a museum for her collection of Russian imperial art (the most comprehensive outside of Russia) and distinguished 18th-century French decorative art. Encompassing 25 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodlands, it is the largest, privately-held residence in DC.  A great philanthropist, Mrs. Post was a donor to the WNDC, providing funds in 1966 to restore the main drawing room, which now bears her name and where hangs a beautiful portrait of her.

    No public transportation available to the estate.  Participants may meet at WNDC at 9:50 am to share cab or car.  Free parking at Hillwood is available. (Directions will be sent to all registrants.)

    PRICE: Tour only, $20 Members; $25 Non-members



    plotkinMark Plotkin, Michael D. Brown, MaryEva Candon:
    The Trump Effect: Elections 2016 & 2017

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 

    TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Mark Plotkin, US political analyst for the BBC, noted political pundit and DC statehood proponent extra-ordinaire, will join US Shadow Senator Mark D. Brown (D-DC) to discuss US politics under the Trump Presidency, hopes for elections in 2017, and the impact on DC’s voting rights and autonomy ef-forts. Moderated by MaryEva Candon, DC’s Democratic National Committee-woman, this presentation will provide unique local and national perspectives on a political environment that seems unprecedented.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon 2017

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    WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon 

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

    TIME: 10:30 am Members Only Meeting; 12:30 pm Lunch served (guests are allowed)

    EVENT TYPE: Annual Meeting

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    Please gather to meet our new Board members and officers with a special luncheon to follow. This year’s officers have worked hard to bring us great programs, solid contributions from PPC Task Force members, and other contributions too numerous to name. We want to hear from all of our members as we plan for the future.

    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required. Lunch: $25 Members, $30 Guests.


    WNDC logo8Dinner & Dance at the WNDC

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    TIME: 6:00 —9:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Dance


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    The evening will honor Ward 2 DC Councilman Jack Evans and will feature cocktails, dinner and dancing to the world renowned Motown Band, “Right On”.

    A native of Pennsylvania and an honors graduate from U Penn’s Wharton School with a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Evans was elected to the DC Council in 1991 and has represented Ward 2 ever since. He has been reelected seven times with overwhelming majorities.

    Currently, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue, he is also Chairman of the Board of Metro. He is a Presidential Elec-tor and a six time delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He co-chaired the DC presidential campaigns of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. He’s a past Treasurer of the DC Democratic Party.

    The flamboyantly costumed ten piece “Right On” is called The World’s Greatest Show Band. They have played Motown, Disco, and 70’s Funk dance music all over the world for dignitaries and heads of state. “Right On” is the only band in America to have played for four US Presidential Inaugurals.

    PRICE: Dinner & Dance $100; Drinks & Dance only $50


  • Richard O’Brien

    Rich_013d_CPyatteRichard O’Brien:
    The Most Influential Women World Leaders You Have Never Heard Of

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    TIME: 5:30 -8:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception


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    Join us for Richard O’Brien’s discussion of his newly released book Women Presidents and Prime Ministers which chronicles the 107 women who have served their nations in this capacity. Ground breakers all, these amazing women come from a multitude of backgrounds – teachers, accountants, biologists, chemists, teachers, doctors, activists, journalists, engineers, soccer moms, dancers and even guerilla fighters. They share a common success in overcoming the daunting odds to rise to lead their nations. Many were jailed on the way there, or even tortured, or attacked. When they finally broke through the ultimate glass ceiling, what issues have almost all of them concentrated on? Are women leaders different from male leaders? What is a new strategy that is effectively increasing women’s leadership around the world? And can it be used here in the U.S?

    O’Brien is a human rights activist and educator. As the former Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide, he presented in Congress, at the U.S State Dept., U.S AID, and the United Nations and on national TV and radio as an expert in human rights. At the University of South Florida, he instructed International Human Rights, Conflict in the Modern World, and Ideologies of the World and Women’s Issues at the secondary level. He recently served as Georgetown University’s Administrator for the Foreign Policy Immersion Program, and sits on the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Advisory Board at George Mason University. O’Brien has been a leader in the Democratic Party as a local Chair, Florida State Executive Board Member, multiple-caucus founder, candidate for mayor and advocate against racial profiling in Florida.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University, American University and Culver Military Academy.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $20 Students with valid ID. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • Ori Soltes: God and the Goalposts

    SoltesOri Z. Soltes: God and the Goalposts:
    A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War and Art

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served;
    1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Georgetown Professor Ori Z. Soltes, noted for deep scholarship and entertaining talk, presents a page-turning, eclectic mix of contemporary (and historic) sports—from the gridiron to the basketball court and the Olympics track—that blends with rich detail the fascinating history of art and religion, war, and politics. Georgetown’s Director for Jewish Life Rabbi Rachel Gartner hails the book as a “triumphant example of the kind of intellectually thrilling and paradigm-shifting scholarship for which Dr. Soltes is so beloved!”

    From heroes in the Old Testament to today’s competitive athletes like Tim Tebow (first in football, now in baseball), Soltes delivers his trademark, often funny, always insightful narrative that
    underscores the frequent bloody narrative when the sometimes violent worlds of sports, politics, religion, and war collide, often in scripture, often in art.  From the sports locker-room to the
    campaign finish-line — and decisions to go to war, Soltes scores.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


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