Lighting of the Capitol Hill Holiday Tree on Saturday Night – Photo Essay

Approaching the lighting ceremony, circa 5.25pm, Saturday, November 25.

Amanda, daughter of George Didden, III – in whose honor the lighting of the Holiday Tree is maintained – was tapped to flip the switch tree this year.

6:00pm. The lighting. 

Some of the 300 + residents who showed up tonight.

Aftermath. Leaving the ceremony, circa 6:17 pm.

Lighting of the Capitol Hill Holiday Tree on Saturday Night – Photo Essay

by Larry Janezich

Some 300 Capitol Hill residents showed up Saturday night for the 11th annual lighting of the Capitol Hill Holiday tree in the SE quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  The living tree was planted in 2007, in honor of founder of National Capitol Bank, Barrack Row Main Street, and Capitol Hill BID George Didden, III.  Members of his family have been asked to turn on the lights, and this year his daughter Amanda flipped the switch.

At Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman – a 12 year resident of Ward Six – showed up on behalf of herself as a resident of Ward Six but also standing in for Ward Six Councilmember Charles Allen who, she said, was travelling for the holiday with his family.

Entertainment was provided by “Joyous Voices”, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s “Suzuki Strings” and the “Washington Youth Choir”.  The ceremony was organized by founding president of the Capitol Hill BID, Patty Brosmer which began in 2003.

For more on what you need to know about Capitol Hill BID see CHC post here:  http://bit.ly/2lwSJq2

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