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Natasha Kugel is currently living in the bustling city of Washington, DC where she enjoys the local parks with her two dogs and significant other. Having been raised all over the world by military parents Natasha grew up with an innate curiosity for everything new and different. Her favorite thing to do is to visit all the local museums, which DC has an abundance of. If Natasha can’t do that then a good movie with a cup of hot chocolate does the trick! She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University where she also helped found the Alpha Kappa chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority. Still following her passion of acting and fashion, Natasha continues to audition for local projects and started her own blog named Two Tails One Closet honoring her two rambunctious pets, Louie and Zeus. She also hopes that one day she can start her own charity to support animal rights to give back to all the pets in her life that gave so much love without asking any in return.

Recap: 22nd Annual Tudor Place Spring Garden Party In DC

(Front Row from Left to Right) DC Council Member Jack Evans, Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie Buhler, Garden Party honoree Niente Ingersoll Smith, Garden Party Co-Chair Colman Rackley Riddell, and Garden Party Co-Chair Page Evans. (Back Row Left to Right) Tudor Place President Timothy Matz and Garden Party Co-Chair Liz Dougherty.  (Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

(Front Row from Left to Right) DC Council Member Jack Evans, Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie Buhler, Garden Party honoree Niente Ingersoll Smith, Garden Party Co-Chair Colman Rackley Riddell, and Garden Party Co-Chair Page Evans. (Back Row Left to Right) Tudor Place President Timothy Matz and Garden Party Co-Chair Liz Dougherty.
(Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

Even through the unwelcome rain guests hurried into Tudor Place Wednesday May 21st for the Twenty-Second Annual Garden Party. Tudor Place is a national historic landmark that has been standing since the year 1816. Today it is still considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture here in the nation’s capital and one of a very small collection of buildings designed by Dr. William Thornton; the architect of our beloved U.S. Capitol. Not only is the building itself rich with history but so are the artifacts it holds within its walls. From each generation of the Peter family came a multitude of rare antiquities; from the Thomas Cheesman engraving of George Washington to extensive family photographs displayed all over the house. The minute you walked through the front door you can feel time slowly turn back and place you in the middle of the nineteenth century.

The Levine Faculty Jazz Trio with Noah Getz on Saxophone, Pepe Gonzalez on Acoustic Bass and Joshua Walker on Guitar. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

The Levine Faculty Jazz Trio with Noah Getz on Saxophone, Pepe Gonzalez on Acoustic Bass and Joshua Walker on Guitar.
(Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

After you pass through the house into the back garden you are welcomed by the amazing sight of delicious food and sounds of soft jazz performed by The Levine Faculty Jazz Trio. Under a large white tent, provided by Temple Portico Circle donor Marcia V. Mayo, protected from the unfortunate weather guests mingled and enjoyed their time celebrating the beginning of a wonderful night.

Niente Smith with her son, Winthrop Smith, and daughter, Liz Dougherty (Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

Niente Smith with her son, Winthrop Smith, and daughter, Liz Dougherty
(Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

That night the guest of honor was Niente Ingersoll Smith for her amazing dedication to and support for the history of Washington, DC, decorative arts and architecture. Her leadership as a Tudor Place trustee and service on the many boards devoted to historical preservation earned her place as an Honorary Trustee of Tudor Place. “I am thrilled to announce that Tudor Place has received the nationally competitive Ross Merrill Award for outstanding commitment to the preservation and care of collections. Its awarded by Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). This prestigious national award recognizes this museums systematic and comprehensive approach to conservation over 30 years of its existence. Niente is truly emblematic of the excellence that this museum strives for and this award validates everything that she has worked for at Tudor Place over the years.” said Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie Buhler. In honor of her commitment Leslie Buhler and Timothy Matz presented Niente Smith with a painting of Tudor Place’s south façade in the romantic style of Constable by Tudor Place Trustee D. Anderson Williams.

Niente Ingersoll Smith with Tudor Place Trustee D. Anderson Williams holding the portrait he painted of the Tudor Place mansion that was presented at the event as thanks for her long and dedicated service to the museum. (Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

Niente Ingersoll Smith with Tudor Place Trustee D. Anderson Williams holding the portrait he painted of the Tudor Place mansion that was presented at the event as thanks for her long and dedicated service to the museum.
(Photo Credit: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden)

Through the exceeding efforts of all the sponsors and supporters the event had surpassed their fundraising goal and raised over $270,000 to help maintain the historical site and assist its many educational outreach programs.

Guests enjoying the refreshments as they mingle with friends during a much needed break from the bad weather. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

Guests enjoying the refreshments as they mingle with friends during a much needed break from the bad weather.
(Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

Manny G., Ambassadors Michael and Tatiana Gfoeller, and Ray Kukulski having a wonderful time catching up with old friends. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

Manny G., Ambassadors Michael and Tatiana Gfoeller, and Ray Kukulski having a wonderful time catching up with old friends.
(Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

Supporters Captain James D. Huck and Ms. Jeanne Defliese enjoying the wonderful views and delicious hors d'oeuvres. (Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

Supporters Captain James D. Huck and Ms. Jeanne Defliese enjoying the wonderful views and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
(Photo Credit: Natasha Kugel)

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