The Spirit of Conservation
Republic Restoratives Distillery
1369 New York Ave. Northeast
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 Heely, Fiddler
Traditional Scottish Melodies by Tracy Jenkins, Piper
and a Wee Auction of Rare Whiskies
Piper Tracy Jenkins beckoned guests to the distillery with traditional Scottish melodies that resounded down New York Avenue.
A program of the evening’s events invited guests to enjoy the craft cocktails and spirited company.
A wee auction of whiskies tempted guests with rare and notable expressions from the grand Scotch houses.
It was a perfectly Scottish affair.
Lendita Haxhitasim; Her Excellency Vlora Çitaku, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo; and Erinda Alijaj enjoying the Ambassadors’ Tasting before the main event.
Fiddler Seán Heely delighted guests during the Ambassadors’ Tasting.
Did we mention whisky? Drams of Glenfiddich expressions were poured for eager guests.
Fascinating whiskies from Scotland were enjoyed during the Ambassadors’ Tasting.
The Washington Ballet’s Corey Landolt joins Spey founding chief executive Paul Ashe.
Guests Denise Bean, Dan Sherman, Michele Hartlove, and Maureen Macfadden in the upper barrel aging room of the distillery.
Sandi Stewart and her daughter amid resting barrels of future spirits.
Guests Carmen Leibler and Michele Hartlove.
Joseph Shippee, Paul Ashe of Spey, Anne De Santis, and Peter Elam toast the launch of the conservation project.
Guests share a cocktail and a laugh during the reception.
The score for fiddler Seán Heely’s world premiere, commissioned by Spey.
Piper Tracy Jenkins and fiddler Seán Heely perform together during the reception.
Colonel (RET) Thomas Winthrop and Tyler Clendenon find a cozy spot for discussion next to the distillery’s impressive stills.
Alyssa O’Connor joins Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts, for the reception.
Valentin Rivière, Christina Duemler, and Nicolas Dreyer savor their cool refreshments.
Guests Matt Littleton, Christine Rocchio, and Maureen Macfadden gather for the reception.
Guests Christina Duemler, Charo Abrams, Janet Shatz, and Traudel Lange enjoy cocktails and canapés during the reception.
Carmen Leibler joins Diane Coburn Bruning, Chamber Dance Project Artistic Director, at the stacked timber bar.
Derek Davis and Whitney Chebegia during the reception.
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.
Could whisky end extinction?
We think so.
Her Excellency Vlora Çitaku
Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo
Anne De Santis
Reid Rollin Houston Walker