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 Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 30, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here. From an email:
Buy local, monastery-grown herbs and vegetables, take a tour of the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land gardens and enjoy food and craft vendors at the annual Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale…Sponsored by the all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and held in the monastery’s century-old gardens, the sale features herbs, flowers, roses, plants and shrubs, many of them grown in the monastery’s greenhouse. The monastery-grown plants include lavender, basil, rosemary, kale, carrots, lettuce and lots more.
The sale benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago, as well as newer initiatives of the Garden Guild, including its vegetable donation program.
Since 2014, the Garden Guild, in partnership with parishes, universities and other non-profits, has harvested and donated over 13,000 pounds of food grown at the Franciscan Monastery for area residents in need of healthy food.
We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 22nd. The market will occur every Saturday through early winter and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE. Check out the Facebook post below announcing the start date for 2017 and the lineup activities for the day.
Smith Public Trust continues to host events that bring beer and music lovers together. This time, on Thursday April 20th from 7 – 11pm they will be having an event called Beats By Dre. Entry to the event, which features beer from Right Proper, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works, is free with an RSVP. DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the golden-era hip-hop. From theevent page:
EL LAMBERT & FRIENDS
3 STARS BREWING CO.
ATLAS BREW WORKS
DC BRAU BREWING CO.
RIGHT PROPER BREWING
THE GOLDEN AGE OF #DCBREWS MEETS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIP HOP
This spring’s up and down weather has made it hard to know when winter was finally behind us. I think it is safe to say that by now spring is in full swing abound the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the daffodils and many tulips are done for the season. Still, many trees and flowers are just now strutting their stuff. We took these pictures from 10th – 14th Streets and Franklin, Gerard, Hamlin, and Irving Streets, NE. (You need flash to view the photos, if you cannot see them go here to view.)
Monroe Street Market continues to add to its line up of fast-casual dining chains. We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the BGR the Burger Joint will join Chipotle, &pizza, and Potbelly. From the article:
The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.
BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE.
We thought readers would be interested in this upcoming art show exploring the roles and identities Black women entrepreneurs play in society. From the event page:
C A T A L Y S T was created in an effort to shatter the glass around the roles women have been assigned in contemporary society; who they can be, what they can wear and how they choose to carry themselves.
Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!
Maps will be available in person at each Porch location during Porch Fest or you can download the map HERE…Check out Facebook for performer details and other insider scoops HERE
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource. From an email:
Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.
Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35). Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes. We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.
The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs alongside the Metro’s Red Line.