Next-Generation Georgetown on Display at Concerts in the Parks

Sarah Strike with her children, Jordan, Katelyn and Ryan.
Robert Devaney
Sarah Strike with her children, Jordan, Katelyn and Ryan.

If you want to know what Georgetown is all about these days, come to the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s next performance of Concerts In the Parks series. That would be Father's Day, June 17.

You might be surprised—it’s not about the newest businesses, the university, the waterfront, parking or the power brokers who live in our midst.

In a few words, it’s about little kids, dogs, families, rolling green grass, cotton candy, cupcakes, honky tonk music, spreading out picnic blankets, playing catch and catching up with neighbors. It's about the real news of the day, which might be about how kids did in first grade at Hyde-Addison—or elsewhere—as summer approaches, or the latest multi-million-dollar house sale.

At Volta Park, hometown favorite Rebecca McCabe headlined the May 20 kick-off of CAG's Concert In the Parks. She sang about broken hearts, sundry temptations, (“Don’t Do It”) and, yes, “Do You Want to Dance,” along with touches of Elvis and Shania, and Georgetown folks gave up a pretty good imitation of a small town, summer gathering, a real community-village feeling.

The Concert in the Parks series, co-chaired by Elizabeth Miller, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a CAG enterprise, and local merchants and folks where handing out free ice cream, cotton candy, cookies, cupcakes and lemonade. Parents spread blankets and tried to keep track of their small children—there seemed to be hundreds—while various pooches took things in stride and settled in. At the baseball field, fathers and sons and brothers and younger brothers were taking turns batting, catching and running around, while blue balloons escaped to the sky.

Georgetown is, of course, not a small town: it is its own special thing, and what you saw at Volta Park was a Georgetown now being a part of the future with young couples and professionals and lots of children. To that end McCabe led a group of little girls in dancing—boys remain resistant at this age—while a contest for who was wearing the best color combination of pink and green was won by one of the youngest entrants.

Volta Park and Sunday set the scene—clouds but no rain, a heavy hint of summer, blue skies on the whole, a place where the sound and the music and feelings carried—that made you believe for an hour or so that we live in less troubling times and that this was not a year where politicians had turned into professional naysayers.

McCabe, who was celebrating her birthday in fine voice and blonde form, remains a singer-songwriter of note, splitting her time between Washington and Nashville, where she works one week per month on her music, writing and recording. Her optimistic ways and love of family fit the concert bill and Georgetown perfectly. It brought everyone together; it showed the town simply enjoying the day.

The occasion asked for contributions to Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center. The concert's theme was "Pink and Green" to raise awareness for breast cancer and highlight the importance of living green; Sherman Pickey gave out the prize for best color. AOL's Patch held a raffle for a 50-dollar Sea Catch coupon; Elizabeth Miller win it. (Shaun Courtney simply happened to pick that ticket blindly, really.) Concert-goers got the opportunity to plant seedlings or decorate t-shirts. Ball or Nothing Food Truck, run by Miller's brother, sold gourmet meatballs on 34th Street.

Some of contributors, as indicated by CAG, included: Sprinkles Cupcakes, Long & Foster Realtors, Nancy Taylor Bubes - Washington Fine Properties, Tutt, Taylor, Rankin/Sotheby's International Realty (Lawrence Calvert baked the cookies), the Friends of Rose Park, the Friends of Volta Park and Haagen-Dazs.

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