A lucite tree, carved to hold ornaments, was designed by Julie Shanklin and Marielle Shortell of Syzygy Events. © Kevin Allen
At last night’s press preview for the Georgetown Jingle, holiday cheer abounded in the public spaces of the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC—all conjured by top area designers, who created 18 innovative trees and vignettes for the December 15 event. On view until December 16, they are for sale and available to take home before Christmas.
Now in its eighth year, this popular fundraiser benefits Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs. It has raised more than $1.5 million since its inception, and on this occasion, several designers marveled at the spirit of giving that drives the event. “It’s such a sense of community,” commented Elizabeth Krial, whose tree, Christmas Stories by the Fire, features more than 30 pairs of old wire-rimmed glasses, donated by a Lions Club member who collects them for those in need.
The theme of recycled and found materials was popular, with a tree by Camille Saum decorated with repurposed fabric from her workshop and whimsical ornaments made from soda cans. A vignette by artist Lisa Schumaier depicts papier maché figures made from newspaper and twigs, with raku-fired ceramic faces.
A tree by Camille Saum boasts repurposed fabric and ornaments fashioned from soda cans. © Kevin Allen
Lisa Schumaier created a vignette out of hand-built, raku-fired ceramics, papier maché and found objects. © Kevin Allen
Other highlights include a tree by Boffi-Maxalto celebrating Italian style (it comes with a trip to Tuscany); a sculptural tree by the Corcoran School of Art + Design covered in 1,000 aluminum-tape rosettes; and Venetian Fantasy, a tree by Barry Dixon ornamented in blown glass.
On December 15th, the Jingle will take place in two parts: In the afternoon, Holiday Wonderland—a family-oriented celebration from 1 to 4 pm—features craft-making with help from design teams including Claire Schwab Interior Design, Inc., Darlene Molnar LLC, Iantha Carley Interiors, Niermann Weeks, Case Design/Remodeling and Regan Billingsley Interiors. Appearances will be made by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Captain America and treats will be provided by Georgetown Cupcake.
During adults-only festivities from 7 to 11 pm, guests will enjoy live entertainment by Pamela Stanley and sample cuisine from some of the areas top restaurants including Bandolero, Proof/Estadio, Paul, J. Paul’s, Old Glory and Bourbon Steak. A silent auction will offer items from the following categories: great escapes, signed memorabilia, must-have toys, luxury gifts and indulgences and dine & unwind. A raffle drawing will land one lucky winner a Toyota Corolla S, courtesy of DARCARS Automotive Group. For tickets and more information, visit georgetownjingle.com —Julie Sanders
Zoe Feldman’s tree was inspired by the Carolina Herrera wedding gown she wore at her wedding. Its skirt is organza. © Kevin Allen
Alexa Hampton’s mantel vignette showcases an array of antique pieces and is selling for $30,000. © Kevin Allen
Darlene Molnar was inspired by Jama Cocoa’s truffles when she designed her tree using green, red and glittery gold paper. © Kevin Allen
This year’s design directors are Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey and Joe Ireland. The following designers are participating in the 2013 event:
Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton, LLC
Andre Wells, Events by Andre Wells
Andrew Law, Andrew Law Interior Design
Barry Dixon, Barry Dixon, Inc.
Bill Enright, Edge Floral
Brian Fell & Julia Walters, Boffi-Maxalto
Camille Saum, Camille Saum Interior Design
Darlene Molnar, Darlene Molnar LLC
Debra Nicholas, Debra Nicholas Studio with Erickson & Ripper Gallery
Elizabeth Krial, Elizabeth Krial Design LLC with Chemetal | Treefrog | Interior Arts
Julie Shanklin & Marielle Shortell, Syzygy Events
Lisa Schumaier, keenthings
Michael Roberson, Michael Roberson Interior Design
Rachelle Roth & Terri Johnson, Urban Country
Tricia Huntley, Huntley & Co Interior Design
Whitney Osterhout + Ramzah Khan, Corcoran College of Art +Design
Yvette Freeman, Foundry
Zoe Feldman, Zoe Feldman Design, Inc.