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Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Learning to Sing with the Del Ray Kinderchoir

Learning to Sing with the Del Ray Kinderchoir

Today, we talk to Kay Sidhamed about her passion for singing and about The Del Ray Kinderchoir, the nonprofit organization Kay founded in 2015 with her friend Paula and the support of her husband Stefan and friend Elizabeth. What motivated you to start the Del Ray Kinderchoir? I believe that singing is a powerful foundation for a healthy and balanced life. Singing is a whole body and mind activity; it improves posture, promotes healthy breathing, and can bring tremendous joy to the singer, as well as to those listening. At the age of seven I started my own journey as a chorister with our local children’s choir rehearsing in the back room of our village pub. Several choirs, chamber groups and voice teachers came along and I am now proud to be singing in my seventh season with D.C.’s Capitol Hill Chorale. Starting a children’s choir in our community is my contribution to bringing song back into people’s lives and to give our children this sustaining experience of musicianship...

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | 4 comments

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

La Bella Strada: A Chalk Painting Festival Coming to Del Ray

We are so excited about the first ever chalk painting festival coming to Del Ray on May 14, 2016. La Bella Strada is a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, this unique event takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue. As a fundraiser to help the school with the New Building Fund, local artists, sponsored by businessses and individuals, will decorate Del Ray’s sidewalks with their unique chalk masterpieces. Families and individuals can also reserve designated sidewalk squares for making their own colorful work of art. To test out the artist-grade chalk the artists will use and to show how anyone – not only the professional artists among us – can be involved and make a beautiful chalk painting, my co-chair Candi and I designed a couple of squares ourselves. We started by marking off the squares with painters tape. Candi drew a grid on the design she wanted to paint...

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 | 2 comments

A Hamantaschen How-To

A Hamantaschen How-To

Growing up, hamantaschen were my favorite cookies. I lived close to Holy Bagel on Masonic and Haight in San Francisco (this fabulous institution no longer exists). On my way to school most mornings, I would pick up one of their giant apricot hamantaschen and a cup of coffee at Holy Bagel. This was such a heavenly combination. Hamantaschen is a popular cookie during Purim, a Jewish holiday. This year, Purim begins Wednesday and ends on Thursday – don’t worry, you still have time to make these delicious treats. My mom usually sends me a box of home made Hamantaschen every year for Purim. This year, I asked her to send me the recipe, so I could learn to make them. I love baking and enjoy adding new cookies to my repertoire. The ingredients are pretty basic. Dry ingredients first: 4 cups of flour 1/2 cup of sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon salt Wet ingredients: 4 eggs 1/2 cup of oil 1/4 cup fresh...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 | 22 comments

People of Del Ray: Reggie Johns

People of Del Ray: Reggie Johns

Reggie Johns is a beloved Del Ray mail carrier who serves the businesses on Mt. Vernon Avenue and homes on some of the adjacent streets. Reggie is so respected and such a fixture in the neighborhood that the Del Ray Business Association awarded him the 2015 Star Award for going “above and beyond” in his efforts to help and support neighborhood businesses. I tagged along with Reggie the other day while he was doing his rounds, enjoying the way he exchanged friendly banter with everyone he encountered along the way. I had heard about Reggie’s habit of writing friendly or teasing notes on the packages he delivers to people he knows well. And, on this day, he did just that, writing a note to neighbor and friend Megan Bellamy Brown on a mailer. Megan heard us on her porch and came out to see what all the nonsense was about. She remembered the time he left a box for her with the message, “Words cannot convey my feelings as...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #2: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Earlier this month, we shared our first “sneak preview” of one of the homes that will be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016. Today, we’ve got our second preview, a home you may remember from the 2014 tour. Officially named our “project house” in 2014, this fixer upper has now been completely transformed by its DIY-savvy owners. Here’s what the house looked like two years ago after the owners spent months removing carpet, wallpaper and layers of dated ceiling tiles, and painstakingly and meticulously scraped layer upon layer of paint. The DIY didn’t stop there. When they decided to give the kitchen and second level (as well as the entire HVAC system) a complete overhaul, one owner, an architect, designed the project while the other did large portions of the grunt work – restoring original windows and removing every inch of asbestos siding. They hired a contractor to raise the roof on the second floor and complete the interior which now boasts...

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