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It was good to see The Georgetown Current newspaper give prominent play to the recent power outage that hit the residents in and around Thirty First and P Streets, Dumbarton, O Street, and a few other Georgetown streets. As I said to neighbors, it was "deja vu all over again." And you get that, right? Right. If you've lived here long enough you have vivid memories of manhole cover explosions, followed by power outages, week after week. DAWN ON THE MORNING OF THE SECOND DAY OF NO POWER One thing that did not come across in the story -- and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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There's a new restaurant to try along one of Washington's prettiest and most elegant boulevards. It is called The Riggsby, in The Carlyle hotel on New Hampshire Avenue just up from Dupont Circle. It's a good place to stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or to meet for drinks. I liked it so much I wrote about it in my New York Social Diary column. I love to share new places, but it's not whimsical or random. I think about it. I stopped in The Riggsby a couple of times before I had a meal there. It kept drawing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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SUNRISE ON THE MELLON ESTATE IN UPPERVILLE VA The estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon, which has been on the market for a year as an intact property of 2,000 acres for $70 million, and with no buyer, will be sold in parcels, the executor and real estate overseers have decided. This was an exclusive to me for New York Social Diary and the full story is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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The Washington Post recently broke the news that the Julia Child House -- in Georgetown, on Olive Street -- was sold to a Washington couple, Patricia and Rory Veevers-Carter. It turns out I know them, and on New York Social Diary today I tell readers something about them. They have an interesting backstory, just like the house and Julia Child herself. They have big plans, too, for their new abode. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
Here's my interview with Wednesday Martin, taped on July 16 at the George Town Club. She is the author of "Primates of Park Avenue," the best-selling anthropological analysis of the lives, needs, wants, wins and losses, fears and hopes of rich women who reside on the Upper East Side of New York. We go deep into it and the points she makes are revealing, more than just dishing Botox and Birkin bags, though they get their shout outs. Please give it a watch. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was a good time interviewing "Primates of Park Avenue" author Wednesday Martin today at The Q&A Cafe. We went deep into her memoir, which takes a fascinating anthropological look at the very rich mothers of New York's Upper East Side. She found some parallels with wealthy Washington, too, well covered in The Washington Post's Reliable Source column. The full interview will air on Channel 16, DCN, tomorrow, and I'll post a YouTube link soon. In so many words, she says that the rich in Washington covet "influence" the way the rich of NY covet the Hermes Birkin bag. Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
Get a fix of The Sports Fix at The Q&A Cafe. I hope you have as much fun watching this show as much fun watching this show as we had doing the taping. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I do not know Bill Cosby nor have I ever met Bill Cosby, but once, when I was a producer for Larry King Live, I did a phone pre-interview with him. He wanted to come on the show. Believe it or not, it wasn't a given that any celebrity who wanted to come on would get on. There was a process. The executive producer asked me to call and talk to him about whatever it was. I don't remember the issue or topic - it was a pet cause, not a movie or show - but we didn't book him... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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This photo could be from one of our recent boffo electrical storms, but no, this was my view of the cloud-shrouded July 4th fireworks on the Mall. The clouds and fog played cray cray with the 'works, producing apocalyptic images. I watched from the rooftop of the Capella Hotel, where they hosted a lively party with (loud) music and delicious ribs and burgers. Lots of fun. The photo below, on the other hand, reminds me of an electrified deep sea squid-like creature. Again, thanks to the clouds. Happy 4th, all. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Georgetowner Bill Dean hosts his July 4th pool party every year, but my all-time favorite photo of the extravaganza remains this one from 2010. The pic tells the story. Happy Birthday, America. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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We walked into Fig & Olive today and thought we were on the set of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." There was the distinctive mellow, blonde vibe typical of the restaurants seen so often on that show. The image would have held except the Washington patrons weren't tricked out with enough Botox to scare zoo animals. They looked like real people, having a pleasant meal in a pleasant, sunny room. F&O is in the heart of CityCenterDC, behind the dancing fountains, across from Hermes, adjacent to DBGB Kitchen + Bar, and it is the latest restaurant to open in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Friday, June 26, was quite the day in American history. And in news. I give a roll call in my New York Social Diary column, and tell the story about the photo above. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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THOM LOVERRO AND KEVIN SHEEHAN AT LAST YEAR'S SPORTS Q&A CAFE Please make a reservation today for this evening's Q&A Cafe -- a look at professional sports, DC and beyond, with the hosts of ESPN 980's "The Sports Fix," Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan. We'll discuss the Nats, the Wizards, the Caps, the Redskins, DC United, but also Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Alex Rodriquez ... and more. It's a special late afternoon-early evening taping. Seating will begin at 4:30 at The George Town Club, Wisconsin Ave and Volta, and we'll start the show by 5. They plan to have cocktails... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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For most of the tonight's Nats vs Rays game the rain held off. Maybe it should have started sooner. After a boffo Tuesday the Nats had a less than glam Wednesday. Still, it was a pleasure to be at the ballpark. Win or lose I watch Johnny Holiday and Ray Knight before and after every game. Their style is easy-going and informed. This is my fangirl photo. I took the "children." Ha. My son Spencer Joynt on the left, and then beside me, Nina Charness and Joe Powden. The three of them were high school classmates at Georgetown Day School.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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What does an old dirt road mean? I explain on New York Social Diary today. It has to do with a party on the Western Shore that unexpectedly placed me on that road, and at a home, only a field over from where we lived in the late 80s and 90s. The road was as familiar to me as anything that's held close to my heart. When we packed up and left Galesville, MD, in '99 I had overnight become many things: a widow, solo parent to a 5 year old, saloon owner, federal tax fraud defendant, as well as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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On New York Social Diary today we wrap up the spring social season with the Hillwood Gala, shown above. And from there we go to 14th Street, to an art opening, "Black Whole" at Black Whiskey, which was curated by my son, Spencer Joynt and JD Deardourff. Have fun at both. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Posted this on Twitter today: Weekend movie binge. @entouragemovie ⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️❤️ @SpytheMovie ⭐️⭐️⭐️😃😃@lovemercyfilm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍👍 after a weekend movie binge. But here's a little more on each film. In a silly way, the critics were just plain snarky about the "Entourage" movie. Maybe that's because a lot of film critics don't watch TV shows. So, forgiven. But I liked it from beginning to end - and especially the end. The production values were a tad on the tight budget side, but the boys (and girls) came to play. I was a fan of the HBO series, and actually recently re-watched in advance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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PATRICK O'CONNELL, GLANCING AT HIS NEW BOOK, "THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION." Patrick O'Connell, the man who took a near ruin, an old basket shop and a former garage, and turned the whole package into The Inn at Little Washington, was the guest on The Q&A Cafe on Thursday, May 21. We taped the show at Tudor Place. A steady spring shower fell on the tent where we taped the show, and the temp hit a high of 52 degrees. We smiled through, and Patrick couldn't have been more entertaining and interesting as he took us through... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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To whine that they didn't measure up to some phony social standard is heartless. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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On Memorial Day Weekend I remember and honor those who have served and who we have lost, including my father Richard H. Ross, who is at Arlington National Cemetery, and uncle, Jon Papp, who is buried on one of the Discovery Islands in Canada, and friends, too. I also treasure the tradition of it being a holiday that kicks off summer and the many pleasures of summer. So, in that regard, these few pics, and appropriate words... Sittin' in the morning sun I'll be sittin' when the evening comes Watching the ships roll in Then I watch them roll away... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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THOM LOVERRO AND KEVIN SHEEHAN AT THE Q&A CAFE IN JUNE 2014 I'm happy to announce an encore appearance at The Q&A Cafe of two of my favorite sports journalists, ESPN's Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan. They host the popular midday radio broadcast, "The Sports Fix." Tune in live or download the podcast daily. (I do). They are appealing because they are well-informed and amusing, especially as they spar over different views. Thom is also a sports columnist for The Washington Times and is the author of 11 books, including on the "Redskins," the Baltimore Orioles, wrestling, the Negro League,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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This photo was taken at the end of our hour-long conversation, and we were freezing, but our smiles are sincere because The Q&A Cafe, with Patrick O'Connell as guest, was a pleasure. Later, an audience member noted he could see our breath as we talked, but that's DC in the late May. Any kind of weather can happen. One day summer, the next day winter. Or near winter. Nonetheless, it's in the can and will air next Friday, and when that happens I will make a note here. Also, I will post the full interview when it goes up on... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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ELLEN CHARLES ON THE RECEIVING LINE AT THE PARTY IN HER HONOR The Tudor Place garden party, an annual event that typically is Georgetown's most luscious social occasion, returned to high ground this evening with a revived soirée that honored Ellen Charles. As I walked into the house and down the carpeted path to a sweeping tent, my reaction was, wow, Tudor Place is back! I say that because in recent years the garden party seemed to have lost its way a little, not sure of whether it was a corporate fundraiser or an old school good time. Happily, it... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Have you been to The Red Hen? If you have then you know why I devote my New York Social Diary column to it today. If you haven't been, well, please read the story and make a reservation. You'll thank me, but most of all, you'll thank Chef Mike Friedman for the delicious food he makes. More good news: they are open every evening of the week! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Christoph Waltz plans to make a movie out of one of Washington's most notorious murder cases. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com