Father’s Day is celebrated differently across the world. In America, a woman named Sonora Louise Smart of Arkansas inspired the national observance of Father’s Day. The story goes that Sonora lost her mom when she was a teenager and she helped her father, a farmer by the name of William Jackson Smart raise all her younger brothers. Her family eventually moved to Spokane, Washington and after witnessing all the things that her Dad did for her and her siblings, Sonora decided to approach a local Church organization and ask them to help her recognize the fathers in their community. June 19, 1910 was the first official Father’s Day celebration. (Read more here).
Yesterday, Capella Washington, D.C. hosted the first ever Father’s Day celebration at The Grill Room. One guest I had the pleasure of speaking with was John Oliver Smith of Lima, Ohio. He is the father and stepfather to eight children – seven boys and one girl. As I sat with John on the outdoor terrace, enjoying a delicious Chesapeake Egg Benedict, I was reminded of how history repeats itself in many surprising ways. John represents all the father figures, who are patriarchs that give so much of themselves to make others happy. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and get to know his family and honor and appreciate the love our father’s bring to each and every family across the world.
During our breakfast, John spoke happily to me about how the outdoor seating on the C&O canal felt very European, much like sitting along an Italian canal, or sipping coffee at a Paris café. “The whole ambiance had a city vibe but was tucked away in such a quiet and luxurious location, with unbelievable architecture,” says John. I couldn’t agree more and was so delighted that he was able to relax and enjoy this special day in such a peaceful and gorgeous setting.
If you were not able to be here to celebrate this past weekend, there are plenty of other opportunities. I highly suggest looking into the Fourth of July special, with rooftop views of the firework show at the National Mall! To see a description of this package and specials for this year, click here.