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Capital Guide Online March 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...March, 2018

  • President’s Message
  • NGA Training and CMG Event on March 1
  • Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds on March 2
  • Sackler Gallery Part 2: An Underground Haven of Tranquility on March 4
  • Irish American Influences in Washington DC – Walking Tour on March 8
  • Docent-led Tour of the House of Sweden on March 10
  • Book Signing by Guild Author Bess Beatty on March 11
  • Refresher Tour of the US Capitol Exterior and Grounds on March 12
  • Business Meeting on March 19
  • Dupont Underground Tour on March 19
  • Welcome New Members

Message from the President

Many thanks to all our volunteer members who made our February 14 business meeting at the Olney Theatre a success! Andrea Urciolo, who offered the opportunity to meet there and ensured we had pastries, coffee and tea upon arrival; Maria Limarzi who organized and planned the meeting; all who offered rides from Metro stations including Mary Beth Lane, Ruth Roberts, Carol Wilken, Steve Kline; and our dependable registrars, Zee Mostofi, Bart Smith, Carol Yannarella. Thank you all for your collective efforts – they are greatly appreciated.
As we head into the busy tour season, we will slow our operations so we can all focus on tour guiding. Our last board meeting is March 5 and last business meeting is March 19; after that, we will resume in July. Please be mindful when posting messages on GuildGuides and DCGuides during the coming months. GuildGuides is need-to-know and official announcements; DCGuides is general information. If you need to respond to a post, please do not respond to all.

Are you ready? The new crop of 8th graders is already arriving! It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Have you reviewed your tour guide notes and updated them with current information? Have you checked and re-checked your schedule to make sure you did not double-book yourself? Have you updated all your apps and contacts on your cell phone so you have the latest information? So much to do and so little time. To assist us, Jim Carr and Shannon Mikush, our CMG co-chairs, along with Sandra Moore and Christen Eliason, our Training Committee co-chairs, are working on etiquette guidelines while touring and will share them with us shortly.

Pat Abler and Chris Bauer, our Education Committee co-chairs, have had such an overwhelming response to their events that it is not uncommon to have members on wait lists. If you registered to attend an education event but need to cancel, please contact Pat or Chris so they can fill your spot with the next person on the wait list.

The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival is March 20 – April 15. Check out their website for details.Finally, I hope to see many of you at the March 19 business meeting at the Anderson House. Speakers include representatives from Anderson House, the National Park Service, and the Washington National Cathedral.Maricar Donato will have details about the 2019 WFTGA Convention in Tbilisi, Georgia and she will introduce us to Mariam Tarasashvili from the Embassy of Georgia.Best wishes for a successful tour season and I’ll see you on the streets real soon!

Jackie Frend

CMG Visit to 'The Line" on March 1

Event: CMG visit to “The Line”
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 11 am
Place: 1770 Euclid Street NW
CMGs and Candidates will get a personal tour of “The Line,” a very special boutique hotel in Adams Morgan, which was originally a church! After the tour we will have a convivial lunch at “Brothers and Sisters,” the restaurant in the lobby of the hotel. We are limited to 20 CMGs and candidates for this event.
You can take the Red Line to the Woodley Park- National Zoo Metro stop and catch a bus to “The Line” hotel OR you can walk a quarter of a mile from the Metro station. If you drive, you may want to carpool with other CMGs.For further information contact Jim Carr.


National Gallery of Art Training on March 1

Event: National of Gallery of Art Training Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 12:45 – 4:00 pm
Place:West Building Rotunda
Limited to 30 participants – FULL but join our waiting list

The National Gallery of Art and the Guild Training Committee are pleased to offer this workshop for the second time – the first training program, held last October, was popular with Guild members. Building on that success and the feedback it brought, the National Gallery has focused the upcoming training program on highlighted art in selected galleries, in both the West and East buildings, with the goal of preparing guides to lead docent quality tours for their groups. National Gallery of Art will offer tips for leading groups through galleries, as well as model docent methods for engaging visitors with the collection. Additionally, a Q & A is planned for all your questions.
For further information, contact your Training Committee co-chairs, Sandra Moore, or Christen Eliason.


Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds on March 2

Event: Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds
Date: Friday March 2
Time: 1 pm
Place: Meet at Tidal Basin Parking Lot (refreshment stand/ paddleboat rental)

Trace the Potomac River's original shoreline as we track more than two centuries of change and uncover nearly forgotten tales of humor, tragedy, and mystery. NPS Ranger Michael T. Kelly will lead us on a two-hour walking tour around the monument grounds.Meet at the Tidal Basin parking lot (near refreshment stand/paddle boat rental.) Tour will end at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street.Register online here. For more information, contact Pat Abler.

Sackler Gallery on March 4

Event: Sackler Gallery Part 2: An Underground Haven of Tranquility
Date: Sunday March 4
Time: 1:15 pm
Place: Sackler Gallery of Art
1050 Independence Avenue SW
This tour is a sequel to the FreerGallery tour in January which delighted the Guild attendees. Back bypopular demand will be docent Martha Bari. The Sackler collection is the Smithsonian's second museum of Asianart. Itfeatures incomparable examples of jades, bronzes,paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics from China, Japan, Korea, India,Southeast Asia, and the Near East. Prepareyourself to offer a multicultural experience to your tour groups thisspring in an underground haven of peace and tranquility. Open to allguides. Tour duration: 90 minutes.
Meet at the Sackler Pavilion ground level entranceadjacent to the Enid Haupt Garden on Independence Avenue. Register online here. For more information, contact Chris Bauer.

Irish American Influences Tour on March 8

Event: Irish American Influences in Washington DC – Walking Tour
Date: Thursday March 8
Time: 10 am
Place: Starts at John Barry Statue, Franklin Square
14th Street NW, between K and I Streets

Get in the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day by joining Guild member Maribeth Oakes on her walking tour that explores Irish-Americans’ imprint on the city. Look through an Irish lens at city parks, historic landmarks, the White House (exterior), and the church hosting DC’s oldest parish.While individuals’ contributions vary – Revolutionary and Civil War heroes, U.S. presidents, artists, social justice reformers, suffragettes – in common they all share an Irish heritage.
Meet at the John Barry Statue at Franklin Square on 14th Street, NW – between K and I Streets. The two-hour walking tour begins at Franklin Square and finishes at Gallery Place. Optional warm-up at an Irish pub after the tour. Register online here. For more information, contact Chris Bauer.


Tour of House of Sweden on March 10

Event: Docent-led Tour of the House of Sweden
Date: Saturday March 10
Time: 2 pm
Place: House of Sweden
2900 K Street NW
The House of Swedenis home tothe Embassy of Sweden. The building is a stunning example of contemporary Scandinavian architecture, a physical representation of Swedish values such as openness, transparency and democracy. It is theflagship of Swedish public diplomacy in the United States. Located adjacent toGeorgetown Harboron the Potomac River, House of Sweden is owned and managed by the Kingdom of Sweden and also houses the Embassy of Iceland.
We'll begin with an exterior tour led by Guild Certified Master GuideCatherina Ford, followed by a docent-led tour of the light filled interior spaces,art exhibits, and rooftop terrace.Panoramic PotomacRiver views are a bonus!The total length of the event will be 60 to 90 minutes.
Register online here. For more information, contact Chris Bauer.

Event: Book Signing
Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 2 pm
Place: Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Guild colleague Bess Beatty has a new book, Traveling Beyond Her Sphere: American Women on a European Grand Tour, 1814 to 1914. In recognition of International Women’s Day this week, Bess will give a presentation and slide show about her findings. Bess is a professional historian, an active guide in DC, and a Guild member since 2013. For further information contact Chris Bauer.


Refresher Tour of U.S. Capitol Exterior on March 12

Event: Refresher Tour of the US Capitol Exterior and Grounds
Date: Monday March 12
Time:10 am - 12 noon
Place: West End of Union Station (Top of OUTDOOR Metro escalator)
50 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Get ready for the spring season with a refresher tour of the U.S. Capitol exterior and its grounds. Led by legendary guide and friend of the Guild, Steve Livengood of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, this outdoor event will re-acquaint you with our favorite hill!Register online here. For more information, contact Chris Bauer.

Business Meeting on March 19

Event:Guild Business Meeting
When:Monday, March 19
Time:9:30 am – noon
Where: Anderson House/ Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Refreshments will be available during registration. Participants will be welcomed by Emily Parsons, Deputy Director and Curator at Anderson House. On the program will be two speakers from NPS National Mall and Memorial Parks: Paul Ollig, Chief of Interpretation & Education, & Sean Kennealy, Chief, Division of Professional Services. Representatives from the Washington National Cathedral will explain changes in tour routine for the spring. Maricar Donato will have a presentation about the upcoming convention of the World Federation of Tour Guide Associations in Tbilisi, Georgia, in January, 2019 (Registration information is available here Maricar will introduce Mariam Tarasashvili, 2nd Secretary in the Embassy of Georgia, who will take part in interactions with the Guild throughout 2018.

Register online here for the business meeting.The accommodations can hold 100 people, so register without delay.After the meeting participants will have the option of going on a tour of Anderson House and getting an advance look at the new exhibition on Alexander Hamilton.

Dupont Underground Tour on March 19

Event: Dupont Underground Tour
Date: Monday, March 19
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Dupont Underground
Discover one of DC’s most unusual art and event spaces – under Dupont Circle. Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 15,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’sstreetcarsystem shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the westplatform in the mid-1990s, the space remained empty.Today, the non-profit organization Dupont Underground has transformed the abandoned space into an art gallery and performance space used by a variety of groups. We will tour the space and learn more about the past, present and future of the subterranean tunnels. Meet at the Dupont Underground entrance on 19th Street (next to Starbucks)Look for the orange railing. Note: Stairway access is the only way to get in to Dupont Underground. Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. No restrooms once you enter the underground, so plan accordingly.Register online here. For more information, contact Pat Abler.

Welcome New Members!

The membership team would like to introduce the newest members: Guild Guides Nick McCall, Ira Deutsch, Susan Nickbarg and Amy Gold, who all officially joined the Guild in February, 2018.
Barbara Longnecker and Jamie Johnson, co-chairs

Ira Deutsch
Ira became licensed as D.C. tour guide in 2016 and led many student tours last spring, and comes to us with high marks from his instructors at I.T.M.I. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force and is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Nicholas McCall
When speaking to Nick about joining the Guild, he had the following to say:
“As a native Washingtonian, I bring a different flavor to the tour guide business! I was a commercial driver for 12 years before becoming a guide. My tours are a lot of fun as my passion for history, and love for people makes this a dream job. I love everything about my city!”
For those of us who know Nick for his years of guiding in D.C., we know him for his infectious enthusiasm and quick wit.

Amy Gold (photo not currently available)
Amy became licensed in 1999, and has especially loved leading internationals groups. She described it as “a thrill to find a common bond with people from cultures I would not otherwise be able to meet and grow to love.” She serves on many historical associations in Maryland and in the District of Columbia.

Susan Nickbarg (photo not currently available)
Susan has been leading tours in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria since 2014. Susan has led both ghost tours and done step on work during her time as a guide. She is also a world traveler who has been to 20 nations and hosts internationals home stays.

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)
Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)
Bill Adams (Acting Treasurer)
Mary Thorne (Secretary)
Karen Miller (Affiliate Rep)
John Days (Guild Guide Rep)
Bill Adams (Admin & Ethics)
Shannon Mikush (CMG)
Jim Carr (CMG)
Russ Norfleet (Communications)
Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)
Maribeth Oakes (Gov't & Tourism)
Chris Bauer (Education)
Pat Abler (Education)
Jamie Johnson (Membership)
Barbara Longnecker (Membership)
Christen Eliason (Training)
Sandra Moore (Training)
Tammy Belden (Past Pres. and Guild Administrator)
Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)


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