Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Brookland Celebration of Lights (Trolley Tour) Tickets Go On Sale Today!

If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance again!
If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance again!

The 22nd annual “Celebration of Lights” will be Sunday, December 11th. From 5:00–8:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. (Check out the photos we took on the tour in 2014.) This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out very quickly, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. The trolley tours will depart from the Mekiti Group Plaza at 3401 8th Street NE.  Check out the Celebration of Lights website for more info and the link to purchase tickets. From the website:

Come early or stay after your tour to enjoy the community reception courtesy of the great Brookland restaurants and businesses.

Trolley tours depart at the following times: 5:00 PM, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and an adults-only trolley at 8:30 PM (Last-Call Trolley tickets are $5.00 each)

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBORS to be included on this year’s tour map. Each person who nominates a neighbor or has their home nominated will be entered to win fun prizes! Washington Capitals tickets, movie passes, etc.

Tickets are $3.00 each (Last-Call Trolley $5) and will go on sale at 9:30 AM on DECEMBER 1, 2016.

5th Annual Brookland Toys For Tots At Smith Public Trust Friday

Neighbors Mike and Patrick have been hosting a toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots that has grown into a neighborhood tradition. Now in its fifth year, the event grows larger each year. Once again the event will be at Brookland hot spot Smith Public Trust, this Friday December 2nd from 8:00 pm – midnight. Check out the flyer below for more details.

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Tree Lighting At Monroe Street Market Friday – Music, Pics With Santa, Activities

msm-tree-lightingThis Friday December 2nd, there will be a free holiday tree lighting event. From the event page:

Join Monroe Street Market for the first ever community tree lighting event on Friday, December 2nd!

Enjoy festive musical performances, free kids activities including face painting and crafts, food & drink offerings, photos with Santa and more. (You can even bring your pets for photos with Santa!)

Schedule of Entertainment:
6:00 PM: Performance from Only Make Believe
6:30 PM: Catholic University’s Take Note Acapella
7:00 PM: Musical performance from Word of Mouth

Event will be held on the Cornerstone Plaza, near Busboys & Poets.

Beeswax Candle And Advent Centerpiece Making Workshops Saturday At The Monastery

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

We thought readers would like to know about these fun workshops this Saturday from our good neighbors at the Monastery. From the event page:

Join us for two new workshops planned for Nov. 19, 2016:

  • Beeswax candle making, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Advent centerpiece making, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Each workshop is $25, which includes everything you need – and you get to take your creation home! Reserve your space by emailing gardenguild@gmail.com. The workshops will be held in the Greenhouse meeting room behind the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Events Saturday- Fall Cleanup, Beer And Membership

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007When I first moved to Brookland I started attending Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meetings. Soon, I found myself taking an active role as treasurer and helping out with the website. Though I am no longer an officer, I still try to keep up with the BNCA’s activities and attend meetings when I can. I have found my membership to be rewarding for multiple reasons – I have met a lot of  great neighbors, gotten involved in community events and stayed abreast of neighborhood developments, not bad for $10 a year! It’s membership drive time for the BNCA so we thought we would pass along this message from BNCA President, Dan Schramm about events coming up this Saturday:

Brookland Friends and Neighbors –

BNCA invites you to join us on Saturday, November 12. When I say “Join Us,” I actually mean that in three (3) ways:

1st: Come join our cleanup event at Ft. Bunker Hill Park with the National Park Service, from 11:30 to 1:30 on Saturday, November 12 (details below)

2nd: Afterwards, come join our tour of Right Proper Brewery, one of Brookland’s newest and most innovative businesses. The tour starts at 2 pm, right after the clean up (more details below).

3rd: Come join – or renew – as a member of BNCA for 2017. This is the start of our First Annual Fall Membership Drive. Here’s the deal: If you become a member any time on or before our meeting at Right Proper on Saturday the 12th, BNCA will cover your first beer! Joining or renewing your membership just got a lot easier: Use our online form on the new website http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/, or do it in person at Right Proper. Annual membership is just $10 ($11 online), so you can see this is a great deal for you.

Remember: BNCA is here for YOU on any and all issues facing Brookland. Your membership gives us strength!

Details:

11:30 AM: Clean Up at Ft. Bunker Hill. The BNCA, in partnership with the National Park Service, will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 12. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact our Member At-Large, Ian MacFarlane, at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net mailto:ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

2:00 PM: Right Proper Brewery Tour. Right Proper is an awesome little DC brewery that recently opened its production house (and tasting room!) right here in Brookland. We thought it would be a fun idea to use our November Saturday meeting to take a tour of this new establishment, and socialize a bit while enjoying their fine products 🙂 Here is their website http://www.rightproperbrewing.com/, and their address is:
920 Girard Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5904

Hope to see you at the cleanup next Saturday, and that you’ll stay around for the tour afterwards. Don’t forget to join or renew membership http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/to get that free beer! It should be a lovely day.
Dan Schramm

President, BNCA

Holy Land Festival – Middle Eastern Food, Arts, Crafts, Music At The Monastery

The third annual Holy Land Festival at the Franciscan Monastery will be on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From the event page:

The festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and music throughout the day. Gifts available for sale will benefit Palestinian Christians. These will include olive-wood carvings from the Holy Land. In our new conference center, special presentations and panel discussions held throughout the day will offer an opportunity to learn about the people, issues and current situation in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Middle East…Free tours of the Monastery church and gardens will be available, as well.

Check out the video about the event below:

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE.

Outdoor Movie Night – Star Wars With Complimentary Popcorn, Glow Sticks & Light Sabers

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group continues this Thursday, July 21st with a showing of Star Wars. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin at 8:30 pm and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Check out the tweet below for more info.

Pint Sized Breakfast Event For The Kiddies – Crafts, Face Painting & Story Readings

The CUA Barnes and Noble, Brookland Pint and Only Make Believe are teaming up for a special kids event on Saturday July 2nd, called Pint Sized Breakfast. Reserve your spot for this event here and check out the Tweet below for more details.

Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

Outdoor Movie Night Saurday, Sponsored By The Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group starts up again this Saturday, June 18th with a showing of Zootopia. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin at 8:00 pm and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Check out the flyer below for more info.

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Third Thursday At The Arts Walk – Beer Garden, Live Music And Art

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

Third Thursday at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk is a great time to get out into the neighborhood and enjoy the summer nights. This month’s event will take place on Thursday June 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will feature live music, open studios and a beer garden. In addition to the open art studios, don’t forget to check out the following specials:

  • 15% off coffee or tea beverages at Filter Coffeehouse
  • 10% off any part, accessory or apparel item at the Bike Rack
  • 10% off any purchase at Wardman Wine
  • 15% off purchases of general reading or $1.00 tall coffee at Barnes and Noble
  • 10% off your tab at Brookland Pint
  • $1.00 off a beer at Brookland Pint’s beer Garden

Check out the Facebook event page for more information. The Arts Walk is located at 701 Monroe Street, NE.