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  • Wed, November 06, 2019 8:58 PM | Anonymous member
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    This Thanksgiving Day, before the feast and football, lace up your running or walking shoes and meet Crestwood neighbors for some exercise and friendly competition for a good cause!

    Whether you are a seasoned jogger competing for neighborhood bragging rights, or just looking for an excuse to reach for a  second slice of pie later in the day, the Crestwood Turkey Trot is the perfect way to get your 10,000 steps in, take advantage of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and help benefit our neighbor, Rock Creek Park. 

    The Crestwood Turkey Trot will feature a 1 mile family run/walk (strollers and wagons welcome) and a 5k run. The starting line is at The Triangle, near 18th & Argyle. Pre-registration is $20 per person, starting line registration will be $25. 

    Register here today!

    Proceeds from this event will benefit Rock Creek Conservancy  

    Rock Creek Conservancy exists to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.
     

    Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks. The creek meanders 33 miles through the Washington metropolitan area, crossing federal lands as well as district, city, county, and state boundaries.  Although parkland borders much of the creek, the surrounding development threatens the health and beauty of these natural areas.  Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek.
     

    We work through a combination of education and advocacy.  Our strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations.


    As of 2017, Carter Barron Amphitheatre is closed for repairs. The National Park Service wants to take this opportunity to rehabilitate the beloved amphitheatre and as their official partner, Rock Creek Conservancy wants to make sure your voices are heard during the process. 

    As the National Park Service begins its restoration, the Conservancy is collecting your stories about the Carter Barron Amphitheatre on its website so that we can celebrate its rich local history and give it an even brighter future. 

    Learn more about the redevelopment here. Let's help bring our neighborhood venue back to its full glory!

    You can register for the Turkey Trot here or at https://www.crestwood-dc.org/event-3620469.


  • Sun, November 03, 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Crestwood's Aging In Place Committee will be hosting an estate planning seminar on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 1 PM to 4 PM  at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th Street NW.  Attorneys Chris Darby and Scott Wells will discuss various topics in estate planning. This seminar will be useful to ANYONE that is interested in estate planning, not just older adults. 
     

    Chris Darby is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC and a principal in the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). He is also the Co-managing Attorney of the Counselors Title Dupont Circle Office. A native of the Washington area, Chris entered into the title business in 1998 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina.  
     

    Scott M. Wells, Esq., LL.M. has practiced law since 1985. He specializes in tax and estate planning. He worked for a large firm, of which he was part owner, until he semi-retired five years ago. He now operates as a solo-practitioner.

    Sandwiches will be provided!

    Thank you to John Mahshie and Jay Fazio of TTR Sotheby's International Realty for organizing this seminar and providing the refreshments!

    Please RSVP by clicking "Register" on this page so that we can get a count for catering. 

  • Sun, November 03, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member

    On a gorgeous Fall Sunday one week ago, neighbors, friends, and supporters came, toured, viewed and generated a whopping $11,425 for Thrive DC at the 2019 CASA Crestwood Tour of Homes. $3,425 more than last year! 

    How? Short Answer: 230 of YOU! 

    Longer answer: More than 50 people stretched their wallets and contributed $50 per ticket for the chance to experience the first Mi CASA Es Tu CASA pre-party inside the stunning tree top home of Myron Murdock and Judith Herzog. Attendees were incredulous that the event was not catered out of a professional kitchen due to the magic that Bonnie Benwick created on a plate. Equinox restaurant even got in the picture, providing a gorgeous salad. The Crestwood Punch created by Made to Measure Cocktails was a hit. While this was our first Mi CASA es tu CASA, it clearly will not be our last!

    Mother Nature smiled down on all of us as the day went from raging wet to shiny beautiful and the homes shone. The neighborhood was awash with people sharing stories, seeing homes, connecting and creating community.

    The list of people who made this event soar is almost as long as the cast list for a biopic:

    • This years’ CASA was built from the walls of support from our homeowners! It is an understatement that offering your home is a singular gift. We could not have opened up a thing without: Kevin O. Ward & Tommy L. Callahan, Kathy Stein & George Jansen, Merry & Massie Ritsch, Emily & Keith Murphy, Saint John the Baptist, Jane & Vello Kuuskraa, and Mary-Morgan & David Culver
       
    • Every event has the unseen and overworked volunteers who get it done without trumpets or glory. The CASA planning circle starts working in May and makes sure CASA pulls it off: John Favazzo, Pavan Khoobchandani, Beverly Wyatt, Daryl Muller & Deb Lathen. (Interested? We have infrequent meetings, wine, treats and fun - contact Denise at woodsassoc@gmail.com). 
       
    • Volunteers are $10,000 a dozen and CASA only functioned because of the contributions of: Deb Saxon, Lidia Campos, Steve Cain, Matt Gianferente, Eugenie Anderson, Grace Park, Sonia Moore-Williams, Janice Sterling, Dawn Prosser, and all the MGM volunteers who ensured the home ❤ love happened. 
       
    • Thrive DC threw it down for CASA with the help from: Alicia Horton, Daniel Meloy, Mariah Cowsert, Catherine Moore and KC Price

    CASA Crestwood 2019’s exclusive sponsors Jay Fazio and John Mahshie of TTR Sotheby's International Realty yet again had our back and we are forever grateful!  

    If you just can’t wait to offer your home for CASA 2020 scheduled for October 18, 2020 - please email me at woodsassoc@gmail.com.

    Peace and gratitude, 
    Denise Woods
    CASA coordinator


  • Sat, October 12, 2019 9:05 AM | Anonymous member



    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 27th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


    Register NOW!
     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC


    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.


    A Treasure in Crestwood


    Peer inside this home and treasures are revealed. In fact - illegal cache. Open an antique globe and four bottle-size holes appear - a prohibition-period hiding place for liquor. Don’t miss the unique collection of spirits on the owners' wet bar.

    The design of their home was revealed through the excavation of their dreams: five walls moved, the original wood floors revealed and 52 windows replaced -  but who is counting :). 

    Unexpected fabric choices and art work spanning the world, Madagascar, Alaska, Paris, Mexico, Montreal and China create a tantalizing motif. Traipse up four floors to reach the charm-filled attic which holds the highest gem - an iron bed from Mary’s great aunt. Ok I lied, there is an even higher up valuable, a new solar panel system on their slate roof which almost completely powers their home. 
     

    And if you are really lucky you will meet Harper, their Westie who is the sweetest treasure - but don’t be fooled - she rules the house! 



     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive

    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (bonus home - see below!)


    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA! Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a Mi CASA es tu CASA ticket and support Thrive's mission even more! In exchange you'll get an extra hour to be wined and dined in a bonus home one hour before the tour starts. 

    This philanthropic experience takes place in one of the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of CASA Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Thrive DC Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 




     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


  • Fri, October 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member


    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 27th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC


    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.


    Crestwood Crafts


    You would not be far off if you thought you stumbled into a craft show when you visit this home. Jane volunteered for 21 years with the Smithsonian craft show and her home is the display cabinet: glass vases that emanate light, wooden baskets that soar, bisque ware bold and bright. Stunning Russian, Estonian and Australian pieces share the stage. Any seriousness you might expect with this quality of art is whimsically contrasted by her collection of teddy bears randomly sprinkled though out.  Her son's first teddy bear  - Herman Bear - led to a delightful proliferation. 

    There are other ways this home is unique including a kitchen in a closet in the living room - just ask! - and 5 1/2 baths. 

    Over the years the home has had many expansions, and while the impetus was convenience, the visual impact is more country garden. French doors hug the back of the home and open on to a splendid garden. Not your typical backyard, there are vases scattered among the grasses and you can hear the trickle of water flowing over a large rock. A Steinway piano will serenade your steps with classical music and whomever enters the home will be part of a select group: Over the 45 years Jane, Vello and their two kids lived here, only six parties have been held. Now seven!



    Register Now!

     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive
    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (bonus home - see below!)


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    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA! Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a Mi CASA es tu CASA ticket and support Thrive's mission even more! In exchange you'll get an extra hour to be wined and dined in a bonus home one hour before the tour starts. 

    This philanthropic experience takes place in one of the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of CASA Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Thrive DC Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 



     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


  • Sat, September 28, 2019 8:54 AM | Anonymous member

    A Colonial Revival Rescue


    There is "love at first sight" and there is "horror at first sight." These owners had both! The home was advertised as "Mt Vernon meets Amityville Horror," yet they did not let that or rotted columns stop them.

    They had a vision.

    Although the house had not been lived in for years, they could see through to the other side helped along by symmetry and space. This 1931 Dutch colonial called their names and when their furniture fit perfectly in the home they knew it was their destiny. The sun shining through windows on three sides of the house reduced their doubts even more.

    The owners learned the ways of painters and contractors. Ceiling lights, window pulls, and knobs were lovingly saved and refurbished. The original wood work was burnished and restored room by room and now it calls and winks as you walk through. 

    The home now a love story to the period with a gambrel roof, gable and shed dormers, and a porch with a hipped roof. The beautiful window treatments and wallpaper seal the deal. Kathy and George now have lived in this home as long as either has lived anywhere else.



    Register Now!


     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive
    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (see below)

    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA! Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a Mi CASA es tu CASA and support Thrive's mission even more! In exchange you'll get an extra hour to be wined and dined in a bonus home one hour before the tour starts. 

    This philanthropic experience takes place in one the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of CASA Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Thrive DC Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 



     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


  • Sat, September 21, 2019 8:48 AM | Anonymous member
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    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 27th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC


    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.

    A Crestwood Chrysalis

    While most need to go to Rock Creek Park to take a forest bath, this home brings its love of nature inside. From the gold butterflies that reach for the sky as you enter, to the graceful cherry blossom chairs, nature abounds. Look closely and you'll see butterflies, pomegranates, lotuses, and themes of oceans and skies throughout. Each room a unique marriage of elegant expression and a modern esthetic. Even the bathroom is a memorable explosion of color and shape.

    This home was an easy sell for Keith who saw echos of his childhood stone home. They call it a simple colonial and you may believe them when you walk up. Then the front door opens and Emily's Taiwanese influence is beautifully felt and seen through out. Did I mention it is 5,400 square feet? Yet it is the garden's breadth that again takes the breath away. 1/3 of an acre beckons and their beagle puppy is in bliss. It is tiered and large enough that you might not even notice the soccer playing area. It is easy to see why Emily and Keith were elated to find this gem in Crestwood. 


    Register Now!


     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive
    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (see below)

    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA! Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a Mi CASA es tu CASA and support Thrive's mission even more! In exchange you'll get an extra hour to be wined and dined in a bonus home one hour before the tour starts. 

    This philanthropic experience takes place in one the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of CASA Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Thrive DC Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 

    Volunteer!
    We need volunteers! See the homes for free as a volunteer!
    Contact Denise Woods for more information.

    THRIVE DC - Since 1979 Thrive DC has been ground zero for vulnerable people in need of housing and basic emergency services. Thrive DC acts as a critical connector, linking people to services and agencies that can help provide housing for over 2,000 people a year. Thrive DC is honored to be the featured DC non-profit of the year at Google and you can view their feature in the Google Economic Impact Report here and visit their website by clicking on the photo above.

     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


  • Sun, September 15, 2019 8:23 PM | Anonymous member

    Announcing CASA Crestwood 2019!


    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 27th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC


    Six homes and a not-to-miss church will be revealed each week until Oct. 27th!


    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.


    Classic Comfort

    Looking for more space after 10 years in a Bloomingdale rowhouse, these recent arrivals to Crestwood certainly found it in this six-bedroom Tudor.  While the 90-year-old home’s exterior is classically Tudor, through a top-to-bottom renovation the homeowners found ways to incorporate Tudor details while bringing an open and bright feeling to the house. Removal of a staircase, relocation of a powder room and creation of a second entrance into the living room enabled a more contemporary, circular flow that works well for entertaining and for chasing around the family’s elderly terrier.

    When the family bought the home in 2017 they enlarged the kitchen and added tones of midnight blue, white and sunflower yellow and it now functions as a central gathering place. The home’s eclectic furnishings and art include contemporary acquisitions mixed with family heirlooms, including a leaded glass sideboard, a 200-year-old tall clock and a Steinway player piano dating to the same era as the home.

    Register Now!

     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive
    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (see below)

    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA!  This philanthropic experience takes place in one the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of Casa Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 

    Volunteer!


    We need volunteers! See the homes for free as a volunteer!
    Contact Denise Woods for more information.

    THRIVE DC - Since 1979 Thrive DC has been ground zero for vulnerable people in need of housing and basic emergency services. Thrive DC acts as a critical connector, linking people to services and agencies that can help provide housing for over 2,000 people a year. Thrive DC is honored to be the featured DC non-profit of the year at Google and you can view their feature in the Google Economic Impact Report here and visit their website by clicking on the photo above.
     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


  • Mon, May 20, 2019 10:04 AM | Anonymous member


    The latest edition of the Crestwood Newsletter, the Crest, is here! Please click here to download a copy or you may view it online here. This edition will not be delivered to homes unfortunately.

    Inside read about: 
    • Grace Lutheran Church Rain Garden, Trees, Games, Summer Camp, and More!
    • Your Home For CASA Crestwood
    • Calling Crestwood Gardeners!
    • Crestwood Aging-In-Place Team
    • Carter Barron Project & Party
    • Crestwood Dog Stations
    • Crime Statistics
    • ANC 4A08 Update
    • Crestwood and the 2020 Census


  • Mon, November 26, 2018 10:56 AM | Anonymous member

    Thank you for making the 2018 Crestwood Turkey Trot the most successful yet! It was amazing to see so many of you begin Thanksgiving by exercising for a good cause! In all, we had 215 people register for the Trot.

    Thanks to your efforts, we raised around $3,000 for our friends at Rock Creek Conservancy, a nonprofit that works to restore Rock Creek and its parklands, and is at the center of the effort to make sure Crestwood residents have a voice in the Carter Barron rehab project. 

    Congratulations to Winston Bauer-Wolfe for running the fastest 1 mile recorded (6:51). And to Matt Hoelle for running the fastest 5K recorded (18:28). The finish times as self-recorded for the 1 mile and 5k can be found here (1 mile) and here (5k) - apologies for any misspellings.

This website and the Crestwood Citizens Association is supported by the dues of CCA members. Membership has its benefits including access to members-only resources and the knowledge that you are supporting a great neighborhood!


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