Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl
August 31, 2016
News from Nantucket
There once was a man from Nantucket … well, we know how that goes. Now, it’s women from Nantucket — or at least those who summer there.
Clinton Fundraiser at Bagley’s Innisfree
Former ambassador and Democratic fundraiser Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, who lives on 29th Street NW, has a very Irish second home — Innisfree — on Nantucket. Also an Irish citizen, Bagley hosted a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser with Hillary Clinton there Aug. 11. The place even has an Irish pub; its first customer 10 years ago was prospective first gentleman, former President Bill Clinton, who appointed Bagley ambassador to Portugal in the 1990s. Bill and Hill have stayed at Innisfree many times.
Kerry-Heinz House: Yours for $25 Million
Speaking of Nantucket, the Kerry-Heinz beach house on the island is being offered for sale at $25 million, according to local newspapers. We’re figuring Secretary of State John Kerry and Teresa Heinz (Mrs. Kerry) are moving on as they get older and new job opportunities emerge in 2017. The Heinz family bought the Nantucket mansion on Hulbert Avenue in 1982 for $1.2 million. The Kerrys were married there in 1995.
Yes, they each own other places, whether in Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, but we know them best from the Bodisco House on the 3300 block of O Street in Georgetown. By the way, their 76-foot yacht, Isabel, is also for sale for about $3.9 million. (It was purchased in 2010 for $7 million.)
Out on a Limb in Georgetown
Meanwhile, the first family arrived home from Martha’s Vineyard. Malia Obama was at the 9:30 Club on Friday and POTUS is at the Lake Tahoe Summit today, Aug 31. (He’ll be in China next week.) We suppose the first daughter didn’t catch 68-year-old Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler — in town for his Out on a Limb Tour at the Warner Theatre Aug. 23. We sighted him in front of the Georgetown Four Seasons and Eno Wine Bar after a very late lunch, as his huge tour bus pulled around Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the celebrity-centric hotel.
Justin Timberlake Saves the Day
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer Justin Timberlake hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton after actor Leonardo DiCaprio had to bail out of his duties. People Magazine reported that DiCaprio, stuck in New York filming, asked Timberlake and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, to play host and hostess at their Los Angeles abode.
Bidens Unveil Favorite Summer Jams
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have unveiled their favorite summer listening. Want to sun in Rehoboth, lick that ice cream cone or take a road trip while jammin’ with Joe and Jill? Then you’d better download some Ray Charles, Sinatra, Adele and Springsteen while you can, before summer 2016 slips away.
‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Donations Not From Trump’s Wallet
The Washington Examiner reported that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he’d make donations in the amount of $460,000 to charities chosen by his NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” The Washington Post found that Trump’s incessant vows to send money out of his own wallet were actually fulfilled by production companies or by his personal nonprofit, called the Donald J. Trump Foundation — the very foundation he hasn’t contributed to in nearly a decade.
Apparently Frank Underwood Is a Drake Fan?
Who knew Kevin Spacey was into rapper Drake? The “House of Cards” star posed for a photo with the “One Dance” singer while taking a break in between dates on his Summer Sixteen Tour. Perhaps we’ll see Drake on a future episode? One can hope.
Nick Cannon Enrolls at Howard University
“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon announced via Instagram that he is enrolled at Howard University. The photo shows him posing by a Howard University sign with his caption: “YOU KNOW!!!!!! #HU2020 My first day as a Freshman!!!! Howard University Class of 2020.” The big question is, will he take a page from his “Drumline” character and join Howard’s prestigious “Showtime” Marching Band?
Vicky Moon:From Middleburg to Georgetown
Longtime Middleburger Vicky Moon is out — with a novel, “Equal Parts: A Tale of Ambition, Politics and Passion Inspired by Actual Events.” The book cover reads: “In the intoxicating atmosphere of Washington, D.C., Isabelle Benton Stoker, a stylish interior designer in Georgetown, falls in love with Johnathan Dent. He is a prominent and very married attorney who resides in the horse country of Middleburg, Virginia ...” Of course, they hook up, and then he decides to run for the Senate. What could go wrong? There will be a reception for Moon and her fresh “Equal Parts” in Georgetown Sept. 8. As it happens, the opening scene in the book occurs on the second Thursday in September as does the book signing party for “Equal Parts.”