Hoedown in Georgetown!

Hoedown in Georgetown!

Photo credit: Janet Donovan

The only thing missing from The Stroud Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilites hoedown at the Georgetown home of Brooke and Stephane Carnot was Willie Nelson.  

No one rode in on a horse – that we know of – nor did anyone bring their own banjo, but most guests showed up in full cowboy regalia and after a few ‘beverages’ hit up the dance floor for a little Do-si-do Square dancing and “yee-haws.”


Brooke with her brother Lindsay Stroud

There was lots finger-licking good eats: classic cowboy sides, barbecue baked beans, coleslaw and succulent chocolate fudge brownies all washed down with wine by the bottle……

The Stroud Foundation was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Washington DC’s favorite pediatrician Dr. Frank Stroud.

“Dr. Stroud cared for tens of thousands of children but he was particularly devoted to children with learning differences and their families. He consulted with Psychologists and Psychiatrists who specialized in Learning Disabilities, including ADD and ADHD; he consulted with schools, their nurses and teachers on behalf of the children he treated; and he advocated for children who needed someone that believed in them. He often said, ‘No child wants to fail'” according to the mission statement.

Frank and his wife Kandie lived for many years on the small block of 31st and O that was littered with lots of colorful media personalities: Rollie Evans, half of the  “Evans-Novak Political Report” – Barbara Gamarekian, Society writer for The New York Times and assistant to President Kennedy’s press secretary Pierre E. Salinger who ironically lived across the street with his wife Poppy.  So it was fitting that Frank’s daughter Brooke currently resides just a few blocks away.