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“WETA Neighborhoods” Features Georgetown in July

Washington, D.C. — Georgetown will be the subject for the next installment of “WETA Neighborhoods,” a mini-documentary series produced by the station and broadcast on WETA TV 26, Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager at WETA, announced today. WETA is producing four two-minute stories on Georgetown, highlighting the community’s culture, history — both clandestine, commercial and musical — and nature. The Georgetown features premieres on Sunday, July 1, immediately before “Nature: A Mystery in Alaska” at 8:00 p.m. on WETA TV 26 and will air throughout the month.

Georgetown is located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., bordered by the Potomac River, Rock Creek, and Glover Park. Formerly separate from Washington, D.C., Georgetown was settled in 1751, then grew into a thriving port. The population boomed following the Civil War, but the neighborhood converted to a slum after a late 19th Century flood and expanding rail lines brought destitution. Politics helped revive the community, in the form of gentrification, when member of various administrations chose to live there, including John F. Kennedy, who lived in Georgetown as a congressman and senator, and left for his presidential inauguration from his Georgetown townhouse. Many leading figures in politics, media, and commerce continue to reside in this community, which is popular for its high-end shops and restaurants and well known as the home to the main campus of Georgetown University. “WETA Neighborhoods” includes the following stories:

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Integral to the development of Georgetown, which was a critical port on the Potomac, the scenic canal stretches from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland. WETA explores the canal’s history, and today’s incarnation as a national historical park and recreational destination.

Spy Town

Georgetown provides ample evidence to the saying that there are more spies in Washington than in any other city on earth. From Chadwick’s Bar, where Aldrich Ames met his Russian contacts, to what is now a Five Guys restaurant where KGB defector Vitaly Yurchenko walked away from his CIA handlers and returned to his homeland, WETA tours the favorite haunts of spies.

Blues Alley

Founded in 1965 and still providing live music every night of the week, this restaurant and nightclub, located in an 18th-century carriage house, is almost as legendary as some of the musicians who have played there. WETA visits this nationally renowned jazz supper club, where greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Wynton Marsalis and local favorite, Eva Cassidy, have played.

Gardens of Georgetown

Many Georgetown residents take great pride in maintaining their homes and some take even more pride in maintaining their gardens. WETA will take a peak behind the historic brick facades at the private gardens of Georgetown.

Past and present residents of Georgetown and all communities are encouraged to share their memories at weta.org/neighborhoods, where visitors can also view video segments and photographs.

“WETA Neighborhoods” spotlights communities throughout the Greater Washington area. Segments produced to date include: Shaw and LeDroit Park in Washington, D.C.; Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia; Bowie, Maryland; Southwest in Washington, D.C.; Shepherd Park in Washington, D.C.; Glover Park and Adams Morgan in Northwest Washington, D.C.; and Anacostia in Southeast Washington, D.C. and Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. New installments of “WETA Neighborhoods” will premiere in October with more community visits throughout the Greater Washington area.

WETA TV 26 and Classical WETA 90.9 FM are public broadcasting stations serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, and news and public affairs programming and related services. WETA is committed to producing programs that highlight the history and people of the Greater Washington area. WETA regularly produces “WETA All Access,” “The WETA Guide,” — featuring the Washington Nationals and Best Views, respectively, in July — “WETA Around Town,” “WETA Hometown Heroes” and “WETA Extras,” spotlighting local people, places and events. WETA’s headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia. WETA was founded by public television pioneer and Arlington luminary Elizabeth P. Campbell. For more information on WETA and its services, visit weta.org. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA.

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