In the few hours before a home game, the Redskins locker room at FedExField yields to a purposeful quiet. The half dozen members of the clubhouse crew lay out pads, cleats, and uniforms but also tend to such arcane tasks as tuning the quarterback’s helmet radio and posting a countdown of pre-kickoff stretches and drills. Above, equipment intern Dylan Clemente polishes players’ headgear, making sure the team will go out under the lights with a winning sparkle.
A few weeks ago, we asked for your best fall foliage snaps, tagged with #washingtonianfoliage. Now that the rain has washed most of the leaves away, we figured we should share the most creative and jaw-droppingly gorgeous snaps we saw in our Instagram feed.
On October 2, education leaders and supporters of the SEED network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools gathered at the U.S. Institute of Peace to honor the innovation and dedication of SEED’s co-founders, Eric Adler and Raj Vinnakota. Event highlights included an interview with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, conducted by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; and remarks by Lesley Poole, The SEED Foundation’s new CEO.
More than 300 guests gathered at Union Station on September 30th for a moving and inspirational night focused on bringing Alzheimer’s ‘out of the shadows’. Senator Barbara Mikulski, B. Smith and Dan Gasby, and JP Morgan Chase (Amy Bell accepted the award for JP Morgan) were be honored for their commitment to the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Senator Elizabeth Warren presented this year's award to Senator Mikulski. NPR’s Diane Rehm was the dinner emcee. Other notables included George and Trish Vradenburg, co-founders of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s; Jill Lesser, UsA2 board member and president of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s; Senator Collins; Maria Shriver; and Meryl Comer; among others.
We turned the big 5-0 last night, and our birthday party was one for the books. Held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we celebrated the people who helped Washingtonian reach our 50th year of publication: past and current employees, sponsors, and of course, our readers.
Here our some of our favorite moments from the party, as told by Instagram:
Pumpkin spice lattes, apple-picking, corn mazes...ahhh, fall. But aside from wearing flannel, drinking pumpkin beer, and running through fields of corn (all in that order, of course), there is the great American sport of leaf-peeping to look forward to.
Some areas surrounding Washington have already entered into peak fall colors (we're looking at you, Shenandoah Valley), but DC seems to be holding out for Halloween and Veteran's Day. Which means, you have a solid two weeks to take lovely, fall foliage photos and post them all over Instagram before winter is upon us.
Here are the 25 locations around DC where we recommend snapping said Instagram-worthy fall photos. And remember, these five tips will help you capture a seasonal landscape photo like a pro.
Fashionistas flocked to The Anderson House for Washingtonian’s annual Style Setters event celebrating the ten best-dressed men and women from the DC area honored in our September issue. Invitees included past Style Setters award-winners, fashion bloggers, VIP guests from the retail industry, and members of the media. Event sponsor, City Center, encouraged their luxury retailers and restaurants to participate in the event with stylish mannequins, accessory vignettes, and food stations. Party-goers admired the latest fashion trends from Zadig & Voltaire, Arc’Teryx, Paul Stuart, Vince, Caudalie, Carolina Herrera, Longchamp and The Great Republic. Attendees kicked up their high heels and relaxed in gorgeous lounges designed by Syzygy Event Production while enjoying Stella, Ruffino wines, specialty cocktails from Mango Tree, and delicious cucumber bites from Fig & Olive. Provisions Catering served delectable fare including an assortment of sushi, coconut chicken, tuna tartar in wonton cups, and mini shrimp tacos. Party-goers showed off their style in the Alist Photobooth and danced the night away with beats from Bruce Pike Productions.
Do you remember your first salary? Your first monthly rent? These Washingtonians do. Take a walk down memory lane with some prominent DC residents as they remember their first job, salary, and rent.
Back in the Day
"Back in the Day" interviews were conducted by editorial fellows Sarah Ehlen, Jackson Knapp, Sarah Lindner, Josh Rosenblat, and Harrison Smith. Illustrations by Jeffrey Everett.
This article appears in our October 2015 issue of Washingtonian.
From the "Nation's Capital" to today's politically-charged "Taxation Without Representation," take a peek through photographs cataloguing changes in the district's license plates.
1903 and 1907—DC's First License Plates
DC passed its first motor vehicle registration law in 1903—motorists were required to purchase a plate at their own expense. In 1907 the city began producing porcelain white-on-black plates for motorists to purchase for a modest $1 fee. The city didn't charge registration fees until 1918.
1966 and 1968—"Nation's Capital"
The first DC license plate to include a slogan—"The Nation's Capital"—was offered in 1953. This was also the year when plates were made in the familiar 6-by-12-inch shape seen today. Between 1953 and 1966, DC officials experimented with different combinations of letters and numbers for general-issue plates. By 1966 they settled on an all-number format.
In 1976, DC officials celebrated the bicentenntial by issuing a new license plate with "1776 Bicentenntial 1976" written across the top. According to DCplates.net, the style template—blue lettering on a white background framed on top and bottom with horizontal red lines—was the first instance of the basic design still used today. The 1976 plate was the second in the nation to be made with graphic reflective sheeting.
1991 and 1998—"A Capital City"
Beginning in 1984, the slogan printed on DC plates changed a total of three times: to "A Capital City" in 1984, to "Celebrate & Discover" in 1991, and to "Taxation Without Representation" in 2000. The 2000 "protest" plate was designed to mimic the slogan of British colonists—"no taxation without representation"—just before the American Revolution. The phrase appears on DC license plates in objection to DC representatives being limited to a non-voting role in the House of Representatives.
2003 and 2015—"Taxation Without Representation"
Since 2000, U.S. Presidents have alternatively embraced and rejected displaying the plates on presidential vehicles. Toward the end of his term, President Bill Clinton had the new plates affixed to presidential vehicles. President George W. Bush had them removed when he came into office, and President Barack Obama continued to leave them off for his first term. However, in 2013 President Obama had the "Taxation Without Representation" plates once again added to presidential vehicles, noting in a White House press release "how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress."
Yale University researchers published more photos taken during the Great Depression in America. The photos are all taken between 1935 and 1945, and show what life was like in Washington during America's most difficult economic times. With nearly 6,000 images in the Yale University catalogue of DC, we chose a handful of photos that depict the realities of life in the Washington area during the Great Depression, along with the original captions published by the Farm Security Administration.