Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Dew Drop Inn’s Thrift Store Formal To Benefit CityBlossoms Sunday

We thought readers would be interested in this event coming up at the Dew Drop Inn on Sunday. Some of the proceeds will go to Cityblossoms,  a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources. Check out the tweet below for more info and stop by Brookland’s own second-hand shops, Bartered Threads (3924 12th St NE) and Dragonfly Vintage (3624 12th Street NE) for your party threads.

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Clean Out The Closet And Help Others Via St. Anthony’s Coat Drive

St.Anthony's Coat DriveThanks to St. Anthony’s school principal Michael Thomasian for reaching out about their coat drive.  See his message below.

Clean out your closets! Together, we can help keep our neighbors warm during this cold winter season. St. Anthony Student Council is hosting a coat drive to benefit needy men, women, and children, January 4- January 22, 2016. This project is in collaboration with the Archdiocese and Catholic Charities. Coats can be donated at the school’s main office, 3400 12th Street. Contact the school for more details, (202) 526-4657. Thank you!

Your Rundown Of Local New Years Eve Events

new years eveWhen we moved here six years ago, there really wasn’t anything in the way of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings. How things have changed! Here is a rundown of NYE events for those who want to stay local.

  • Brookland’s Finest and Sloppy Mama’s are teaming up to offer a $35 fixed price, 3 course dinner that includes charcuterie, ribs, pork belly, pulled pork and smoked chocolate truffles. (If you miss the NYE dinner, collaborative all-day menus will be available between December 30 and January 3, as well as a special New Years Day brunch menu). Brookland’s Finest is located at 3126 12th St NE.
  • Brookland Pint  will have a special menu that will be served Thursday evening along with the restaurant’s  regular menu. For $35 guests will get camembert-stuffed dates to start off, then a choice of oysters or french lentil-vegetable soup, lamb ragu or lobster risotto, and chocolate opera cake for dessert. There will also be a special three cheese plate with beer pairings offered. Also, kids eat free from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and parents get a free glass of bubbly. Reservations are recommended. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.
  • Dew Drop Inn is offering up the ‘Inter Galactic New Years Eve Party’, a dance party with a DJ starting at 8:00 pm. Free admission, drink specials and a midnight toast. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
  • Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting room will be open from 5:00 – 9:00 pm for those that want a low-key casual and early evening or want to jump start their evening before heading elsewhere. More info here. Right Proper is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
  • Smith Public Trust is having a NYE dance party called Smith Space Camp starting at 7:00 pm with six DJ’s through the night. The event is free but you have to RSVP here to get in.  Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12TH Street NE.
  • Steel Plate is hosting a New Years Eve party, starting at 9:00 pm.  Purchase tickets at their event page for $15. Because they are looking to have a pleasant, non-crowded environment, tickets sales will be limited to a reasonable number. There will be a DJ, champagne toast at midnight and snacks like sliders and grilled cheese after midnight. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.

Free Nutrition Seminar – 10 Tips To A Healthier You

We thought readers would be interested in this event at Excel Pilates– just in time for new years resolutions. Check out the flier below. From the event page:

Whether your concerned about your weight, health or just want to learn how to eat healthier, this class will help you identify simple and gradual changes you can make that add up to major improvements to your diet! Learn 10 tips to improve your
diet, overall health and boost your energy levels.

Registration required. Please call (202) 269-3020 or email to reserve your spot!

excel event

Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Monastery’s ‘Seven Nights of Lights’ With Over 1,000 Candles Starts Thursday

We thought readers would be interested in this Brookland tradition, starting Thursday December 24, (Christmas Eve) at 1:00pm.  The friars at the Monastery will light 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through the 7 nights from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. All are welcome to this event, which is a great way to kick off Christmas. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite. Here are some pictures we took of the luminarias last year – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated.

For more information check out the event page on the Monastery’s website. Also, here is a rundown of more Christmas events taking place at the Monastery:

  • Dec. 24, 1 p.m.: Blessing and lighting of the luminaria
  •  Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: Christmas Vigil Mass
  • Dec. 25: Midnight Mass (music begins at 11:30 p.m.), followed by a procession to the Nativity Grotto, where the infant Jesus will be placed in the manger. The grotto, below the church, is a full-size replica of the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem that marks the place of Christ’s birth.
  • Dec. 25: Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon
  • Dec. 27: Rosary at the luminaria, 1 p.m.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017.

Arts Walk Third Thursday – Shop Local For The Holidays

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 support local artists. This month’s event will take place on Thursday December 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. From the Facebook event page:

December is here, bring on the cheer! Visit the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market for a Holiday terrific, Third Thursday! On December 17th, the Arts Walk will be the perfect place to find all of your last minute gift needs for family, friends, and party hosts alike.

The Happenings:
Marcella Kriebel Art + Illustration: Marcella Studio (Studio 14): Grand Opening and Holiday Market from 5-10 PM; drinks and appetizers will be served

• Tamora Ilasat & Karen Van Allen (Studio 22): Celebrate their second year on the Arts Walk. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, a $50 and under Art Box and new paintings and works on paper from 5-8 PM.

Rachel Pfeffer Designs (Studio 13): Last minute shopping extravaganza! Save 15% off the entire store during Third Thursday, 12/17.

• Marcelle’s Coop (Studio 15): Stop by and check out the many new vintage pennant pillows and quilts, as well as amazing new items from all local women artists.

Latela DC (Studio 27): Make a hommeade gift for your special someone during Latela’s soap making class at 7pm (RSVP:

Maroulla Sculpture (Studio 12): View and shop a unique line of miniature sculptures in bronze and marble as well as one of a kind artistic jewelry creations perfect for a special gift.

Only Make Believe (Studio 1): Shop a special Abby Joy Jewelry Pop-Up Shop in OMB’s Studio! 20% of all jewelry sales will be donated to OMB. Check out Abby Joy Jewelry here:

Black Lab (Studio 16): View the new book release of As In Queen (the abecedarium of a typophiliac) and meet the award winning artist, Leda Black, herself! Sales from Black Lab’s “Peace Dove” shawl will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, an organization committed to responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Christmas Caroling – An Over 50 Year Brookland Tradition

Christmas Carolers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)
Christmas Carolers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)

For well over 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I have participated in the annual event in previous years and have had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, again don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. This year,  the caroling will take place on Saturday, December 19th.

Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1201 Monroe St., at 6:30 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland, caroling as you go. It is so great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as you passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. The caroling ends up with a pot luck party at1527 Otis Street NE (you can drop off your dish ahead of time). All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

Sierra Club Holiday Party At Smith Public Trust Wednesday

Sierra Club Holiday PartyThe DC Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold its annual Holiday Party & Silent Auction this Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Smith Public Trust. From an email:

Advanced tickets ($25) may be purchased on eventbrite here.

Bonus: Capital Bikeshare has generously donated a number of 24-hour passes and we’ll be giving them away with each of the first 50 tickets sold online (pickup passes at the party). Donations of $25+ will be counted as a ticket purchase. Be sure to purchase your ticket for the party today!

Tickets are required for entry to the event. We’ll have a spread of delicious food with plenty of vegetarian options. Cash bar.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook. All are all welcome- you do not have to be a member to join in the festivities. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th St NE.

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Community Performances, Santa, Coat Drive Saturday

rhode island row christmas tree lightingWe thought readers would like to know about this fun way to kick off the Holidays.  From an email:
It’s the season to celebrate – and there’s no better way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year than with a holiday tree lighting. Join family and friends during the Rhode Island Row Neighborhood Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 5. With performances by community groups, entertainment for all ages, giveaways for kids, a hot beverage bar and, of course, a visit from Santa, the event starts the holiday season on a warm and high note. To help those in need, WPGC Radio is conducting a coat drive throughout the day. Families who donate a winter coat or accessories receive a free photo with Santa. More information about the festivities is available on Rhode Island Row’s Facebook page or by calling 877-806-6009.
 The event will be from  5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7 p.m.

Nativity Event With Live Animals, Snacks, And Caroling, Sunday At CUA

Nativity CUA
CUA is inviting the community to a live Nativity (with real camels and donkeys!) on Sunday, December 6th. Here are some details from the event page:

Join Campus Ministry and the Alumni Association for the Greccio (Living Nativity) in front of St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Enjoy the living nativity while you hear the story of how St. Francis recreated the manger scene in a cave in the hills of Greccio, Italy to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Seasonal snacks and warm drinks will be provided!

Sunday evening’s regularly scheduled 9 p.m. Mass will be held following the nativity. All are welcome.

The event is free and will begin at 6:30 pm.