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Capital Guide Online August 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...August, 2019

Message from the President
Prohibition in DC Tour on August 1
Storytelling Circle on August 10
Guild Business Meeting on August 13
Marine Barracks Evening Parade on August 23
Washing the Wall at Vietnam Memorial on August 24
Mt Vernon Update and Business Meeting on Sept 12
Peace Tour on September 23
Underground Railroad Trip on Sept. 23 - 24
Guild Fall Trip on Oct. 26 - 28
Welcome New Members

Message from the President

We had a great turnout for the July business meeting at the Carriage House – close to 100 Guides, Affiliates, and Friends attended. Many thanks to all who attended and especially to our registrars: Debra Wiley, Fiona Clem, and Peggy Lottman. And big congratulations to 2nd V.P. Maria Limarzi who could not join us due to the birth of her first grandchild!

I encourage you to check out our website events calendar. Board committees have been busy populating the calendar with a multitude of different events all the way into 2020 – you can even register for the Annual Meeting scheduled January 14.

For those of you who did not attend the business meeting, I announced that we are replacing our two Yahoo email services with Gmail.The GuildGuide account will be replaced in August. DCGuides will be replaced in the fall.

On August 1, you will receive an email via our website (the same way you are receiving this Capital Guide Online) explaining how to subscribe to one of our new Gmail Google group accounts called Guild-Alert. This is one of four Gmail accounts replacing GuildGuides. The purpose of Guild-Alert is for alerting guides on tour of need-to-know information that might impact their tour (road closures, police activity, etc.).

You will receive invitations via email to join the three other Google group accounts: Guild-Board, Guild-HG4DC, and Guild-WNC-HG4DC, after we launch Guild-Alert and ensure it is working properly.

The Guild-WNC-HG4DC Gmail account is intended for Washington National Cathedral certified guides only. If a Hire Guides for DC request is received and the request includes a Cathedral tour, that tour request will only be sent to Cathedral certified guides.

You do not need a Gmail account to subscribe. The messages will come to whatever account you have listed in the Guild directory.You may subscribe to any that you would like to receive and you may unsubscribe at any time.

The time to subscribe will be August 1 – 31 and during that time, we will continue to use GuildGuides as our primary means of communicating. We will send test Gmail messages in August just to make sure the accounts are working properly.If we have no issues, I will shut down the Yahoo GuildGuides account on September 1, and we will start communicating via the Gmail accounts.

We will continue to use DCGuides on Yahoo until the Gmail account change described above is complete. Once that happens DCGuides will be replaced with Gmail accounts. You will receive announcements about that at a later date.

Thank you, in advance, for your patience as we move toward a more robust group email system.

Jackie Frend, President

Prohibition Tour on August 1

Event: Prohibition in Washington, DC Tour
Date: Thursday, August 1
Time: 6 pm
Place: Cogswell Temperance Fountain, 7th and Indiana St., NW

Commemorate the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919 with your Guild friends on a walking tour exploring Prohibition-related sights unknown to most Washingtonians. Guide Garrett Peck's tour research in Penn Quarter led to his book, Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren’t. After our tour we'll cool off at a nearby watering hole and toast the end of Prohibition in DC in 1934. Register online. For further information contact Chris Bauer.

Storytelling Circle on August 10

Event: Storytelling Circle
Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 10:30 am – 12 noon
Place: Washington Monument and the National Mall

The Training Committee is starting a storytelling group, much like a book group. Here you can practice telling stories related to the people, the events and the monuments that make up our unique outdoor classroom in Washington, DC. Our inaugural event is on a Saturday morning in August. Future events will be different days and times to allow participation from a diversity of our membership. These workshops will be free, but some involvement is expected in the way of presentation, critical listening and evaluation. We will be working on the art of storytelling, but also on presentation and how stories can be interwoven with other commentary. Each event will be at different location.Register online. For further information contact Christen Eliason.

Guild Business Meeting on August 13

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, August 13
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place: St. John Paul II National Shrine
3900 Harewood Road, NE
There will be coffee available during registration starting at 9:30 am.The program starting at 10 am includes a presentation by staff of the Saint John Paul II Shrine, and complimentary lunch after the meeting. A tour of sacred art of the Shrine and the St. John Paul exhibit will follow for those interested. Also on the agenda: A presentation by staff at President Lincoln's Cottage, and an overview of the the Peace Trail presented by Maribeth Oakes in preparation for International Day of Peace events on Sept. 21.

Register online. Note: Attendees who do not register for the meeting in advance WILL NOT earn CEU credits.

Getting To The Shrine
Please note that this is not the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The St. John Paul II Shrine is at 3900 Harewood Rd, NE and has ample free parking.It is a 15 minute walk from the Brookland-CUA Metro. For bus route information please visit Guides planning to Metro who would like a ride from the station can email Maria Limarzi.

Marine Barracks Parade on August 23

Event: Evening Parade at Marine Barracks
Date: Friday August 23
Time: 7 pm
Place: Meeting place TBD

Join fellow Guild members to attend the Evening Parade at historic Marine Barracks Washington DC. The parade is a 75-minute performance of music and precision marching. It features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Cpl. Chesty XV, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.

There is no fee, but there is a limit of 30. Register online. For further information contact: Pat Abler

Washing the Wall at Vietnam Memorial on August 24

Event: Guild Gives Back
Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 6:15 AM - 8:00 am
Place: Vietnam Memorial Wall

Washing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a Guild Gives Back event conducted in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), which provides all cleaning materials. You bring the elbow grease.

We need about 20 - 30 volunteers, so please join us. We’ll meet at the western walkway entrance at 6:15 am and finish about 8:00 am. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. The NPS has a no flip-flop request. As guides we all know that the wet walkways can be slippery, so the no flip-flop request is strongly emphasized.

Guild points are available for volunteers. Please sign-up in advance so we can give NPS an idea of how large our workforce. For further information contact Maribeth Oakes.

Mt. Vernon Update and Business Meeting on Sept. 12

Event: Mount Vernon Update and Business Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 12 Time: 9:30 am
Place: Mount Vernon
The Mount Vernon Update is one of the biggest meetings of the year for the Guild, with useful insights into what is new at Mount Vernon. During the business meeting part of this event we will elect Guild officers for the 2020 - 2021 term.
For further information contact Maria Limarzi regarding the business meeting, and Pat Abler, regarding the Mt. Vernon update.

Peace Tour on September 21

Event: Peace Tour on the National Mall
Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 10 am
Place: U.S. Institute of Peace
Constitution Ave. and 23rd St. NW

Join us to recognize the International Day of Peace 2019 with Guild Master Guide Maribeth Oakes as she leads a tour along the Peace Trail. Many of the National Mall memorials commemorate war, service, and sacrifice.The Peace Trail commentary adds the dimensions of peace, hope, and reconciliation. Guides will experience how to interpret America's commitment to peace for DC visitors. For further information contact Chris Bauer.

Underground Railroad Tour on Sept. 23 - 24

Event: Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad and Chesapeake Culture
Dates:Monday, Sept. 23 – Tuesday, Sept. 24
Time: Departing at 7:30 am on 9/23
and returning 9/24 at 6 pm
Place:Navy Memorial departure and return
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Your Guild Training Committee has put together a special training trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Our focus on the first day will be the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Some of you have been to the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, but have not had time or the service of a guide to visit the other sites associated with Harriet’s life. Anthony Cohen, author, historian and founder of The Menare Foundation (dedicated to the preservation of the Underground Railroad) leads us on this journey. Both Sandra and Christen have heard him on several occasions and are glad the timing could work out for this tour with the Guild. He will also join us for our dinner in Easton.

On the second day we visit the towns of St. Michaels and Oxford. Each are rich in beauty and history. Frederick Douglass is important to St. Michaels and you will learn of that history in a walking tour of the town through its local museum. In addition, we will learn about the Battle of St. Michaels, August 10, 1813, and why lanterns are prized in the town. We will enjoy some self-guided time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum because there is something for everyone to enjoy at this award-winning museum. We will then head to Oxford for lunch at the Robert Morris Inn. The inn has some history, and the food is farm-to-table good. There is one step-on guide in Oxford and he will be our guide as we tour this once international shipping port. We aim to be back before you are hungry!

The price is $285 double occupancy and $340 single occupancy.Proposed itinerary available online.Questions? Contact your training team –Christen M.EliasonandSandra K. Moore

Guild Fall Trip on Oct. 26 - 28

Event: Guild Fall Trip on Trains of West Virginia
3 Museums, 2 Historic Trains, and 1 Lunatic Asylum
Dates: Saturday, October 26 – Monday, October 28

The Guild Fall Trip has become a tradition of camaraderie centered on our shared interests in interesting places, history, scenic beauty, and sites tourists often visit, as well as sites off-the-beaten path. This year Eric McElroy will lead us to Almost Heaven -- West Virginia. Special sites include (1) Spruce Forest Artisan Village which showcases regional artisans; (2) the Green Bank Observatory where the National Science Foundation scans the skies for radio frequencies from galaxies beyond our own; (3) the Davis and Elkins College Stirrup Gallery where 3500 years of history can be experienced. You will eat well at the Penn Alps Restaurant, the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre and the Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar. Guild Fall Trip participants will ride two historic trains on their last 2019 operating routes in both the Cass Scenic and the Cheat Mountain Salamander Trains. Do not be surprised if along the way there are black bear or bald eagle sightings against stunning mountains and waterfalls. Top this off with the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum to view historically, not to leave anyone!

Pricing and other details will be announced in August.

Welcome New Members

Monica Anderson – Monica has been a docent at the Smithsonian Museum of African
Art and the Renwick Gallery since 2017. She has worked in visitor services at multiple museums for more than five years in DC and Philadelphia.

Nicola Claggatt - Nicola has been working as a guide since 2018 with Gerber and USA Guided Tours. Previously she was Dean of Students in the Washington, D.C. School District for more than ten years.

Wayne Griffith - Wayne has been working with WorldStrides since 2018, and before that worked for five years as a docent in New Jersey conducting tours of the state house.

Kurt Helfrich – Kurt is an I.T.M.I. Certified Tour Director and formerly an adjunct professor of architectural history. He holds a PhD in that field from the University of Virginia.

Barbara Hubbard – Barbara has been working with Guide Service of Washington since 2017. Previously she worked in hospitality for more than ten years in the area.

Brian McCauley – Brian has led educational tours with Trek Educational Programs, Global Travel Alliance, and WorldStrides. He is licensed in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Jesse Thomas - Jesse is native to the area; he grew up in McLean and Arlington. He is a world traveler who studied at George Washington University and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. He is an entrepreneur in web design and public relations.

Walt Todenhoft - Walter was a member of “Pershing’s Own,” The United States Army Marching Band, and had previously served in the Old Guard Fife and Drum Guard. He recently retired from the Capitol Visitor Center. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide.

Barbara Longnecker, Membership co-chair

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)
Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)
W. Bart Smith (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)

Kelvin Carter (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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