Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.
The good folks of the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street will be holding the sixth annual Fall Fest this coming Saturday. Fall Fest grows every year, and includes live entertainment, local businesses & vendors. Check out event details from the Rhode Island Ave NE website:
Rhode Island Avenue’s Signature Event! Fall Fest showcases our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC and attracts thousands of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family.
The event will take place on September 30 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and is free, family and pet friendly. The events will take place on Rhode Island Avenue NE between 20th-24th Streets NE.
Every fall, the friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery conduct a Blessing of the Animals event in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The free annual event is very popular; in previous years, we estimated that there were over 60 animals in attendance. The friars give a brief ecumenical service, do a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then do individual blessings afterward. It is worth checking out, even if your pet isn’t very religious. The Blessing will take place Saturday, September 30th, starting at 10:30 am. For more info, check out the event page on the Monastery website:
Pope Francis writes that to St. Francis of Assisi, “each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection. That is why he felt called to care for all that exists.” Around the world at the time of our founder’s feast, Franciscans bless animals to celebrate the great insight of the saint—that we can come to know God’s love for us, by praising God through his creatures. The friars of the Monastery welcome you to bring your pets for a blessing on Saturday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m., in our gardens (weather permitting).
The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.
Brooklanders who haven’t heard will be happy to know that the long awaited Fox Loves Taco coffee/taco shop opened recently. When we first heard about the new restaurant we anticipated more of a traditional taco spot, but have come to understand their concept better now. In our opinion, it is more like a coffee shop that along with pastries, serves vegetarian breakfast tacos. I like that the tacos are an affordable $3 – $4 dollars each and are a nice size, not too big, not too small. We stopped by twice this week to check it out and took the photos below. (You need flash to see the photos below. If you can’t see them, click here.)
I tried the following items:
Iced coffee and cappuccino: these were both very good. I don’t know a lot about coffee, but it is obvious that they take their coffee program seriously here. They also offer Kombucha, agua frescas and bottled soft drinks .
Kit Taco: This taco is pretty simplistic and straightforward, with just cheese, eggs and potatoes. I found it in the plain side, so I wound up applying liberal amounts of the hot sauce. Speaking of the hot sauce, I appreciate that they make and bottle their own sauce in house, though I tend to like my hot sauce a bit spicier.
Wham! Taco: This was my favorite taco, it was delicious. It had a perfectly poached egg and a tasty black bean “hummus”. I also appreciated that the cilantro and queso fresco, along with the beans, made it taste more like a traditional Mexican taco than just ingredients in a tortilla.
Kwasi Taco: I wasn’t sure what to expect from “cauliflower chorizo”, but I definitely anticipated more of a spicy kick. While it is definitely worth a try, I would recommend just trying without looking for parallels with actual chorizo.
Power Up Taco: The marinated mushrooms come in a nice savory brown sauce, and are probably the best bet for those looking for a heartier meat-like experience. I was a little surprised by the large size of the carrots on top, because I was expecting them to be shredded (carrot and jalapeno slaw) and I really didn’t pick up much heat from the jalapenos.
The tortillas are very good and fresh tasting, though I only tried the (gluten free) corn ones. The other kind offered, made of flour/sweet potato weren’t available the second time I visited, but I hear they are even better. I also enjoyed a side of guacamole, it was straightforward and tasty. They also offer pastries made at their sister store, Little Red Fox.
The atmosphere is cheery and lighthearted, and I appreciated the house plants sprinkled throughout and how light filled the space is. My understanding is that they will have wifi, if they don’t have it already, and I saw patrons working on laptops. The staff was very friendly, and the service was pretty quick, which is nice, since I was on my way to the Metro directly afterwards.
Fox Loves Taco is open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday – Friday and 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out their Facebook page here. Fox Loves Taco is located at 716 Monroe Street NE on the Arts Walk. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Looking for a neighborhood spot to watch football? Check out the Dew Drop Inn. From the event page:
We are opening up at 12pm starting on September 10th, so come on in to The Dew Drop Inn every Sunday for all the locally broadcasted football games. $2 off all Beer, Wine and Liquor during Happy Hour from from 12pm-8pm. Also $2 off all Sandwiches and Wraps until the kitchen closes at 9pm. (We will also be playing the Monday Night Football game every week and will be having a FREE Hotdog Bar starting at 8:30pm.) So come on in for your football fix, then stay for the cold beer and delicious grub!
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association will be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 pm, and there is a lot on the agenda. From an email:
Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
Dance Place Announcements – Amanda Blythe & Sarah Greenbaum
Resolution on Low-Intensity LED Street Lighting – DC Street Light Task Force
Tastemakers Food Incubator Opening at 10th and Franklin – Kirk Francis
Development at RI Ave. & 4th St. NE (Edgewood) – John Begert (MRP Realty)
Organizational Matters and Events
Changing May and November Meetings to Tuesdays
DC Fed. Civic Assocs Annual Luncheon – BNCA Attendees?
Tentative: Nov. 11 Ft. Bunker Hill Cleanup
Updates on Traffic Issues/Meetings w DDOT
Other community concerns and announcements
The meeting will be at Noyes Elementary School (2725 10th St. NE), Please use the Franklin St. NE entrance on the north side of the building. For more info check out the BNCA website, BNCA Facebook page, and follow @brooklandcivic on Twitter.
We thought book loving Brooklanders would be interested in Duende District’s pop up store at the Arts Walk. The focus of the business is to create a bookstore community that “specifically supports and empowers people of color”. From the website:
The bookstore at large will be popping up in our Brookland workspace from September 8 – September 17 with a selection of fiction, poetry, memoirs/essays, beverage + cookbooks, art + music titles, graphic novels, local zines, and children’s books. The pop-up will also feature the work of 2 DC-based artists, Aliana Grace Bailey and Lory Ivey Alexander.
Check out more information here. There will also be a Duende Resident Artist Meet & Greet event on Saturday September 16th from 4 – 6 pm. From the event page:
Come meet Duende District’s first resident artists, Lory Ivey Alexander & Aliana Grace Bailey.
We’ll have an art viewing, light refreshments and you’ll have a chance to go home with gorgeous, powerful pieces from two of D.C.’s finest WoC artists.
Duende District is located at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk (716 Monroe Street NE) at Studio 8.
Neighbors enjoyed the Women in Science series that took place monthly last school year at local jazz club AJACS. We were happy to see that the series is starting back up again. The next event is coming up this Monday and will featuring Dr. Duilia de Mello who is an astrophysicist and professor of physics and astronomy at CUA. The interactive discussion will center on the sun, the eclipse, the stars and the universe. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed. Check out the Tweet below for more info:
Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. This Homecoming event is a fun free event this Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. From the event page:
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:
9 AM- The day kicks off with our annual Freedom 5K race. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and more details about the race. **Please note you must register for the race separately.
10 AM- Tot Dash: 100-yard Tot Dash for FREE following the 5k race. Register the morning of Saturday, September 16.
10 AM- 3 PM: Homecoming continues with Family Day activities, FREE for all:
Explore a Civil War Encampent: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards
Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the ground. Don’t let this chance slip by to ride a pony on Lincoln’s front lawn!
Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree, and create your own top hat!
Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.
Story hour, music, and more!
President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is hosting a Ward 5 Day on Saturday, September 16 from 1:00—5:00 PM at Langdon Park. Check out more information at flyer below and the event page. Langdon Park is located at 2901 20th St NE.
This Saturday, September 9th, Dance Place is hosting an Open House as part of their Family Day. The tweet below gives an overview of activities. Check out their websites for specifics. Come on out and have some fun!