The Spirit of Conservation

Republic Restoratives Distillery
1369 New York Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC

Spey launched in grand style an expedition to conserve the endangered Scottish mussel. Guests gathered at Republic Restoratives distillery for an evening of cocktails, canapés, and bagpipes in support of the noble cause.


A World-Premiere Composition by Seán HeelyFiddler
Traditional Scottish Melodies by Tracy JenkinsPiper
and a Wee Auction of Rare Whiskies

Piper Tracy Jenkins Welcomes Guests to the Spey Event

Piper Tracy Jenkins beckoned guests to the distillery with traditional Scottish melodies that resounded down New York Avenue.

A Spread of Spey Programs

A program of the evening’s events invited guests to enjoy the craft cocktails and spirited company.

The Whisky Auction Table at the Spey Event

A wee auction of whiskies tempted guests with rare and notable expressions from the grand Scotch houses.

A Very Scottish Event with Spey

It was a perfectly Scottish affair.

Spey Welcomed Her Excellency the Ambassador of Kosovo and Embassy Guests

Lendita Haxhitasim; Her Excellency Vlora Çitaku, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo; and Erinda Alijaj enjoying the Ambassadors’ Tasting before the main event.

Spey Commissioned Fiddler Sean Heely for the Entertainment

Fiddler Seán Heely delighted guests during the Ambassadors’ Tasting.

Drams of Glenfiddich Were Poured for Spey Guests

Did we mention whisky? Drams of Glenfiddich expressions were poured for eager guests.

Spey Guests Tasted Fascinating Whiskies

Fascinating whiskies from Scotland were enjoyed during the Ambassadors’ Tasting.

The Washington Ballets Corey Landolt joins Spey founding chief executive Paul Ashe

The Washington Ballet’s Corey Landolt joins Spey founding chief executive Paul Ashe.

Spey Guests During the Ambassadors Reception

Guests Denise Bean, Dan Sherman, Michele Hartlove, and Maureen Macfadden in the upper barrel aging room of the distillery.

Spey Guests Enjoy the Ambassadors Tasting

Sandi Stewart and her daughter amid resting barrels of future spirits.

Guests Carmen Leibler and Michele Hartlove

Guests Carmen Leibler and Michele Hartlove.

Guests from the Washington DC Fashion Community Join the Spey Event

Joseph Shippee, Paul Ashe of Spey, Anne De Santis, and Peter Elam toast the launch of the conservation project.

Spey Guests Were Poured Craft Cocktails at the Bar

Guests share a cocktail and a laugh during the reception.

The Score that Spey Commissioned

The score for fiddler Seán Heely’s world premiere, commissioned by Spey.

A Piper and Fiddler Played for Spey

Piper Tracy Jenkins and fiddler Seán Heely perform together during the reception.

Guests Discuss at the Stills

Colonel (RET) Thomas Winthrop and Tyler Clendenon find a cozy spot for discussion next to the distillery’s impressive stills.

Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield was Among the Guests of Spey

Alyssa O’Connor joins Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts, for the reception.

Fresh Cocktails and Good Friends

Valentin Rivière, Christina Duemler, and Nicolas Dreyer savor their cool refreshments.

Guests Mingle During the Reception

Guests Matt Littleton, Christine Rocchio, and Maureen Macfadden gather for the reception.

Guests of Spey Gather for a Photo

Guests Christina Duemler, Charo Abrams, Janet Shatz, and Traudel Lange enjoy cocktails and canapés during the reception.

Chamber Dance Project Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning was Among the Guests of Spey

Carmen Leibler joins Diane Coburn Bruning, Chamber Dance Project Artistic Director, at the stacked timber bar.

A Couple Enjoys the Spey Event

Derek Davis and Whitney Chebegia during the reception.

A Guest Makes a Bid at the Silent Auction

So many whiskies, so little time! Guests raced the clock to take home their favorite tipple at auction.

In partnership with The American-Scottish Foundation, this one-night event benefited upcoming conservation work, field studies, and reintroduction programs that will help keep a critically endangered species of freshwater mussel from extinction. The evening supported the launch of an expedition to study the remote area of northwestern Scotland called Cape Wrath, thought to be one of the last remaining strongholds of this species.

Spey and ASF Logos

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Honorary Chair

Her Excellency Vlora Çitaku
Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo

Vice Chairs

Charo Abrams

Aimee Aryal

Tracy Denholm

Anne De Santis

Michele Hartlove

Lendita Haxhitasim

Maureen Macfadden

Kelly Uthoff

Reid Rollin Houston Walker

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