So Mary reports:
I decided to go outside and try the colander as a vehicle to see the eclipse (I got the suggestion from Neil Degrasse Tyson and others). I hope you can see it from the picture - I thought it was pretty, every hole showing the pattern of the eclipse. We didn't get a full eclipse, I think it was up to 82%. Jill joined me and my neighbor Matt in the alley so we were able to look at the eclipse through her glasses. It was pretty cool.
I made a shoebox viewer which worked well and joined some neighbors out on the patio/tennis courts.
A neighbor Michael made a big box viewer which was neat (see big white box in photo) and several others shared their eclipse glasses (best views). It was heartwarming to see we are attuned to the cosmos. Spectacular even though d.c.only had 80% coverage.