Fruit and Florals, the Bohemian life, and America’s Story

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Stephanie Green marveling at the peonies at Tudor Place’s 31st annual garden party in the heart of Georgetown.

Fruits replaced florals on the dresses at Tudor Place’s 31st annual garden party where lemons, oranges and grapefruits added a vibrant dash of color amid the pastels.

Two guests wore the same fruit inspired frock, but that caused no embarrassment — and no surprise. Good taste is always abundant at the annual affair, now in its 31st year. This soirée honored arts patron Diana Prince and highlighted the educational and historic preservation work done at Tudor Place, the Federal style home originally owned by Martha Parke Custis Peter, Martha Washington’s granddaughter.

Maura Norden and Zoe Persina. →
Bridget Dadd and Paige Janes.

L. to r.: Ellen Waugh, Autumn Allen, and Blair Bourne; Lizanne Reger.
Val Hawkins, David Bell, and Christian Zapatka.
L. to r.: Beth and Terry Collins; Kim and TJ Holland.
Tommaso Campanella and Luce Dalge.
Dan Dowd and Jessica Zaluzec.

When guests weren’t meandering the rose garden, they were under the party tent with luscious lilac arrangements and elegant comfort food — including chicken biscuits, butterscotch pots de crème, tomato tarts, and more!

Earlier in the month, the Kennedy Center doffed its chapeau to the French setting of Puccini’s La Boheme with a Parisian cafe setting for its opera ball.

Crepes, mini bowls of boeuf Bourguignon, and pistachio macarons were on offer after the opening night of the tragic tale of Bohemian life, which brought out opera fan Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

The arduous performances of Gabriella Reyes as Mimi and Jacqueline Echols as Musetta didn’t stop them from hitting the after party and indulging their fans with selfie requests.

Opera stars Gabriella Reyes and Jacqueline Echols at the after party for La Boheme at the Kennedy Center; Andy Warhol’s Red Jackie (1964) keeps a watchful eye.

And a few days prior, legal scholar and author Kermit Roosevelt, great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, was honored with a steak dinner at the City Tavern Club where he signed copies of his book The Nation that Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story.

Lawrence Washington, Eve Lemon, and Kermit Roosevelt.

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