Logan Circle for a long time was one of those places where people would not risk being out after nightfall. As elsewhere in the city, however, the hand of the renovator has begun to change the face of this neighborhood.
For the first time, residents of Logan Circle are opening their doors to outsiders for a tour of the the last remaining Victorian residential circle in the city. The tour, in "Victorian Christmas" style, starts at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church (1306 Vermont Ave. NW) next Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Cost is $5.50 ($4.50 for advance tickets). Call 232-0042.
... Charles Royer, the mayor of Seattle, and a number of noted urban designers, architects and developers, sit down a week from tomorrow to talk about the state of urban development. The discussion, cosponsored by the Washington metropolitan chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Smithsonian's Resident Associate Program, is set for the Hirshhorn Museum's Auditorium, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
A preliminary reception with the participants -- Aldo Giurgola, architect; Edmund Bacon, urban designer; and Rocke Ransen, developer, among them -- is 6:30 to 8 in the Commons Lounge of the Castle Building. ($7.50 for nonmembers. Call 381-5157).
LECTURES, TOURS AND THINGS
... Also care of Smithsonian Associates... Ruth Ann Overbeck, an historian and Capitol Hill resident, takes a group around the Hill for a look at some of the area's old homes and holiday offerings. Floral artist Michael Bonnet shows holiday arrangements and decoration making. The group also will visit the Children's Museum and local boutiques.
... Some goings on at the Renwick. Continuing the "Master Craftsmen" series, Paul Soldner, clay artist and teacher at Scripps College and Claremont College in California, tells about the revival of raku. Tomorrow evening at 8.
... Alan Sonfist, currently showing some of his novel interpretations in the National Collection of Fine Arts, discusses how he relates nature to his art, Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
... And Thursday at 8 p.m., Lisbeth Perrone, a former director of the American Embroiderers' Guild, leads an illustrated lecture on the folk art of embroidery in needle point and cross-stitch... No charge for Renwick events. Call 628-4422.
... Candlelight tours take Alexandria visitors to four of the city's favorite historic buildings: Carlyle House, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Lee-Fendall House and the Lee Boyhood Home, next Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3, children under 6 free. Reservations a must (549-0205).
... Christmas carolers, a harpist and a fire in the Underwood Room are the backdrop for a candelight tour of Woodlawn Plantation this Friday evening, 7-10. The plantation is on Route 1, three miles west of Mount Vernon. Cost is $2.50, $1.25 for kids.
... Barbara A. Nickerson of Expeditions Unlimited in Rockville takes a group of 25 to Old St. Mary's City, Md., Dec. 18. St. Mary's was the state's first settlement, going back to 1634. The tour is $22 (948-6480).
... From many of the states and territories, craftsmen are in town courtesy of the Community Services Administration's Opportunity Boutique '78. The CSA, having supported craftsmen with grants for several years, sets up the boutique as a showcase for their products. Runs through Dec. 22 in the second-floor conference room of CSA headquarters (1200 19th St. NW) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
... Trew and Tony Bennett's Christmas Show is on for the coming two weekends 10 a.m. until dark, as usual at Bennett's Nursery, 1908 Beulah Rd. in Vienna, Va. The Bennetts have moved out of their converted chicken house and into a yurt on Route 1, Buck Creek, Va. Now they call it the Buck Creek Pottery, but they're still making the mixture of art pots and working pots which have made them one of the two or three biggest potters in the area. And they still keep their pottery shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Bennett's Nursery.
... Resident artists of Glen Echo Park open a holiday showing today, from noon to 5. Elaine Mendoza's pillows; Jeff Kirk's ceramics; Raya Bodnarchuk's jewelry; Ellie Sienkievicz's appliqued fibers, and more we just don't have room for, are on display until Jan. 15 (492-6282).
... Rabari and the Gekko, a shop at 2628 Garfield St. NW, has an open house next weekend. Specialities come from the Far East: textiles and artifacts from India, Indonesia, Fiji, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan (387-7161 or 338-6233).
... Designer Christmas cards and jewelry from the hands of local artists go on sale at the Art Barn Gallery (2401 Tilden St. NW, in Rock Creek Park) beginning Wednesday. Much of the work is in brass by a group of nine artists called "The Brass Ring." Demonstrations of jewelrymaking are next Sunday and Dec. 17 (426-6719).
... Work from mountainfolk -- patchwork quilts, applehead and cornhusk dolls, baskets, snake canes and dulcimers -- is displayed through the end of the month at the Virginia Mountain Christmas Craft Fair in the George Washington Bicentennial Center in Alexandria. The show includes toys, wood carving, weaving and other backwoods pastimes. A weaver, spinner and wood carver demonstrate today from 9-3.
...Things of fiber, mostly contemporary textiles, wall-hangings and soft sculpture, are up at the Art in Fiber Gallery (600 New Hampshire Ave. NW) through Jan. 7 (338-7674).
... More than 60 area artists, they say, are selling their wares for Christmas at the Greater Reston Arts Center (11400 Washington Plaza West, in Reston). Among these goods are quilted vests and woven stoles; quilted wall-hangings and patched pillows; porcelain and stoneware; wooden toys and ornaments; blown-glass goblets and hand-printed cards. Through the end of December (471-9242).
... More such is selling at the A. D. Smull Gallery (1606 20th St. NW) starting this Friday. This showing, which runs throgh Jan. 13, brings together the works of designers and craftsmen from around the country (232-8282).
CRAFTS AND SUCH
... The competition is sometimes crewel, but the competitors are all heart at the Montgomery County Department of Recreation's first annual Fiber Festival today at Herbert Hoover Community School in Potomac, Md. Embroiderers, needlepointers, knitters and crocheters battle it out in three age categories. Admission is $1. The school is at 8810 Postoak Rd., Potomac.
... And next Sunday, lessons in origami and gumball Teddy bears are the stuff of afternoon classes at the Smithsonian (costs $25 for the day). Call 381-5157 for more info.
... Classes in making natural decorations begin tomorrow at the Hidden Pond Nature Center in Fairfax County and run through Friday. Reservations and a $5 supply fee required (451-9588).
... Another of the same for ages 6-14 is this Saturday at 1:30 at the Tyson's Pimmit Library in Falls Church (790-8088).
... Susan Duckett specializes in handspun and vegetable-dyed wools. At an open house next Saturday and Sunday, 11-4, she will show handwoven clothing, Vermont wooden toys and leather goods. She's in the white farmhouse at the end of Pennyfield Lock Road, off River Road on the canal, about five miles west of Potomac, Md.
... Then you can head up the road for the open studio at The Potter's Hand, next Sunday, 10-5. The studio is at 13710 Flint Rock Rd. in Rockville (460-8756).
... And, just as long as you're in the area... Mary George Kronstadt and Rima Schulkind open a Christmas show of their pottery the coming Saturday and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m., at 7412 Nevis Rd., Bethesda (229-0279).
... Incidentally, you wayward pot people, last week we listed Carol Ridker's open house showing of her pottery -- Saturday and Sunday, we said. That was yesterday and today. Ridker said she had people in last Sunday, when she was trying to make turkey soup. That's in Bethesda (469-8692). Kiln opening at noon.
... A free demonstration of Polish paper-cutting art at the Renwick today from 1 to 4 (628-4422).
... A sale of decorations, calendars and craft items at 3720 Upton St. NW, just off Wisconsin Avenue, from 10 in the morning until 3 p.m. Thursday, benefits residents of the Washington Home nursing facility.
... Handmade wooden toys, quilts, jewelry, pottery and all sorts of other things show at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. About 150 of the nation's artisans are gathered for the event. Costs $3, children under 10 free.
...And green decorations -- wreaths, garlands, table and hearth pieces -- show at the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs' 24th Christmas Greens Exhibition. Starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday, 9-5 daily, at the Botanic Garden Conservatory, Maryland Avenue and 1st Street SW. Demonstrations in making the things are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No charge.
... A major symposium looks at the whys and wherefores of building restoration, Dec. 11. "Building Reborn: New Uses, Old Places" runs all day at The Museum of the City of New York. Costs $35 (212 534-1672).
THOSE OLD COLLECTIBLES
... The Georgetown Antique Fair, with around 25 exhibitors showing their stuff, starts today at the Georgetown Holiday Inn (2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW) and every Sunday thereafter until March 25. Admission is 50 cents (333-0289).
... Nearly 300 ceramic figures from England's Royal Doulton Figure Collection stop here on a national tour, Dec. 3-28. You can see them at Woodward & Lothrop at 11th and G streets NW.
... Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., auctions medieval, renaissance and later works in pewter, glass, majolica ware, as well as tapestries Friday and Saturday in New York (212 472-3400).
... Translated: "Damned Newspaper Writers." A while back, in an item, we moved the alpine retreat of Adolf Hitler -- the Berghof -- from Berchtesgaden, near Obersalzberg, to Oberammergau, Germany. Responded one reader: "I don't like to read that you placed my beautiful Berghof near that damned town of Oberammergau instead of at the Obersalzberg, near my beloved Salzburg and the little town of Berchtesgaden.
"That's exactly 150 kilometers east of Oberammergau as the bee flies, or more than five hours by train via Munich.
"You may write it behind your ears: My BERGHOF is not near Oberammergau but near Berchtesgaden... All the Americans who come every year to see my Berghof will now be confused and may travel in the wrong direction -- and who will be blamed? Me."
Signed, "Adolf Hitler's Ghost"
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