We hope you are staying safe and warm during the storm today! We would love to see any snow photos you have to share from your commute or of what's coming down outside your window. Send them our way at email@example.com or tweet us @washingtonian. We will post our favorites right here!
The National Zoo's elephant exhibit will get a bit more crowded next spring when it adds three female Asian pachyderms on an extended loan from the Calgary Zoo. When the trio of elephants arrives, the Elephant Community Center's herd will grow to seven. Two of the newcomers, Kamala and Swarna, were born in the wild in 1975 and were transported to Calgary the following year by way of a Sri Lankan elephant orphanage. The third, Maharani, is Kamala's offspring, born at the Calgary Zoo in 1990. When they arrive—and complete a customary 30-day quarantine—the new elephants will join the existing herd comprised of 65-year-old Ambika, 38-year-old Shanthi, 11-year-old (and lone male of the bunch) Kandula, and the most recent addition, 37-year-old Bozie. Bozie, recently imported from a zoo in Baton Rouge, La., is the one with a much-publicized knack for painting, though she hasn't exercised her artistic talents since arriving in DC. (National Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Zoon says that here, zookeepers try to focus on the elephant's natural, rather than trained, skills.) And even though seven pachyderms seems like a lot, there's room for more. The National Zoo says its elephant exhibit is large enough to house eight to ten adult specimens and their young.
Michelle Obama tweeted the announcement Monday evening that the First Family had added a new puppy to the mix, a female Portuguese water dog named Sunny. She’s intended as a companion for Bo, who Mrs. O. has said doesn’t get enough interaction with other dogs. So what can Sunny expect as a presidential pet? Check out the slideshow for a glimpse at a White House dog’s life, as told by Bo.
Meet DC’s tiniest resident, the Little Heart Man.
He’s the brainchild of Lorie Shaull, a government consultant by day and pipe cleaner sculptor by night. Inspired by street artists, Shaull began placing the men around the District this past summer.
You’re most likely to catch him hanging out around Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill, says Shaull, who puts her creations in places she thinks they will be easy to spot.
Her goal? Simply to make DC residents smile.
“I happened to notice someone walk by one of them once and just saw them react positively to it,” she said. “And I thought that was really sweet.”
You can see more photos of the Little Heart Man in action on Facebook.
Well, that happened. The federal government closed yesterday in anticipation of the Snowquester/Saturn storm—which turned out to be, as our own Sophie Gilbert astutely named it, a major “snoverreaction.”
Still, some of you managed to snap pictures of the snow before it completely disappeared. Check them out in the slideshow—and tell us in the comments how you spent what might have been the last “snow day” of the season.
Happy snow day! We hope everyone in the region stays safe and warm during Snowquester/Saturn’s arrival to the area. Got the day off? Having an especially interesting commute? We want to see your snow photos! Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian. We'll post our favorites to the website!
Last week Ann Taylor hosted an exclusive preview of its new store in Union Station. Guests enjoyed cocktails, Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and music while shopping the fabulous winter collection. The evening also included special remarks from Ann Taylor PR manager Arlena Pordoy and Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett, as well as a violin solo by Evelyn Song of Washington Performing Arts Society, Ann Taylor’s partner for the evening.
We hope everyone in the region stays safe during Hurricane Sandy’s arrival to the area. While we encourage you to remain safe (maybe sing a few of Sandy’s favorites from Grease to pass the time and stay positive), we hope you’ll send us your best photos at email@example.com or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian.
If you’re even a little familiar with our website, you know there’s nothing we love more than photos of cute animals. Except, that is, for photos of cute animals in costume. We asked you to send your cutest (or funniest) photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and our editors chose their favorites to feature on the website. Your pet’s dignity is a small price to pay, right?
Let us know what your favorite is in the comments!
Last night, The Washingtonian celebrated the July Best of Washington issue with a party at the National Building Museum. The event featured food from more than 60 of the 100 Very Best Restaurants, cocktails, and an old-fashioned candy bar. We asked guests to tweet their thoughts, photos, and favorite parts of the event with the hashtag #bestof. Here are a few of our favorites.