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Dupont Circle Neighborhood Tree Lighting Heralded Beginning of the Festive Season

Accompanying images can be viewed in the November 2013 issue PDF

P.L. Wolff

After an absence of several years, the neighborhood’s long-time Tomate restaurant at Connecticut Avenue and R Street resumed its tradition of many years with a handsome Christmas tree that beckons from the restaurant’s patio at the apex of the block.

Partnering with La Tomate in the early evening of Saturday, December 7th was Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets group which assisted with organizing this community event featuring Ward 2 Councilmenber Jack Evans lighting the 15-foot tree bedecked with over 1,000 colored lights.

The event also featured Santa who was meeting with neighborhood children to make note of their Christmas gift lists while the grown-ups were visiting with neighbors and taking photos of the lively scene. The weather, while on the chilly side, was clear and beautiful –- in sharp contrast between that of the day before and the after.

And for those who wished for more that evening, there will be something of an encore on Saturday, the 14th. Between 2 and 3 p.m., the public is invited to join a chorus for a holiday sing-along with caroling around the tree; music books will be provided for those who want help with the lyrics, and La Tomate will provide the hot cider.

The mission of the Main Streets group includes initiatives to retain, expand and attract a mix of neighborhood businesses and to lend assistance to those independent business owners; to preserve the diverse and historic character of the neighborhood; to manage and improve public spaces; and to promote Dupont Circle as a destination. For more information, visit