- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

No need to get your vision checked if you suddenly see a tree on a Georgetown street where none had been before: It’s there thanks to a band of dedicated volunteers who gathered for cocktails on Thursday at the home of the Chiswell Langhornes.

Denise Cunningham, president of the Georgetown Citizens Association, outlined the efforts of the Trees for Georgetown group. Members fund the removal of the neighborhood’s dead trees, plant new ones and monitor their growth (which included expensive twice-weekly watering during the summer drought).

Private donations fuel their work — and excellent classic martinis fueled their fundraiser evening, aptly named “Shaken Not Stirred.”

The martinis were the happy inspiration of organizer Kinsey Marable, said Barbara Langhorne, adding: “Kinsey told me the group would take care of all the details, and they did. I’m just having fun at the party in my own home.”

On this balmy night, the crowd enjoyed the wide expanse of the lawn and admired the powder-pale lilac tint on the living room walls, the work of guest Whitney Stewart, who ran design studios in Los Angeles and Paris before she moved here. (The subtle shade, we learned, was from the must-have spectrum of the C2 Collection, a collaboration of several leading paint companies formed to create outstanding colors.)

More beautification talent present included landscape designer Brent Krueger and Manhattan interior designer (by way of Alabama) Keith Langham.(“He’s now working on my new home,” Mr. Marable said. “This is the fifth he has done for me.”)

Alabama-born Baba Groom was talking enthusiastically about Oliver, the horse she had just bought for her Eastern Shore property; “He’s dark red, 17 hands high and gorgeous.”

Just-hatched lawyer Blair Sanzone was celebrating her first day of work in the Washington legal world and her first Georgetown party since moving here. Other guests included Niente Smith, Frank Randolph, Robin Johnson, Jimmy McCarthy and Georgetown doyenne Frida Burling — who always loves a party.

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