Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Dew Drop Inn 2nd Annual Thrift Store Formal This Sunday

The Dew Drop Inn

This Sunday from 6 pm – midnight, The Dew Drop Inn will be having its Second Annual Thrift Store Formal. From the Facebook event page:

Along with our weekend long Thank You Obama festivities please- Join us for the 2nd Annual Thrift Store Formal. Dig in your attic or your local thrift and find that outfit to make your old high school ex jealous!

We’re raising money this year for City Blossoms DC — City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces in DC www.cityblossoms.org

Pie and Punch will be served along with delicious cocktails
Drink Specials all night!

Dancing all night featured by the one and only – DJ the Question!!!

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

Monastery’s Seven Nights Of Lights Underway

We thought readers would be interested in this longstanding Brookland annual tradition, that kicked off on Christmas Eve. The friars at the Monastery lit over 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through through New Year’s Eve. All are welcome – even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite from the holiday hustle-bustle. Below are some pictures we took of the luminarias Saturday night – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated. The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017. (You need flash to see the photos, if you cannot see them, click here.)

Christmas Caroling On Saturday, Continuing A Brookland Tradition For Over 50 Years

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 17th.

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 at 1527 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.

Monastery’s 7 Nights Of Lights – Order Your Luminaria Soon

Luminarias at the Monastery last December
Luminarias at the Monastery last December

We thought readers would like a heads up that one of our favorite Brookland traditions, the 7 nights of lights at the Monastery is coming up. Every year the friars at the Monastery light 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles stay lit through the 7 nights from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. Order your luminarias here by this Wednesday, and your luminaria will be labeled with the the name of your loved one. All luminarias-flierare welcome to visit the Monastery grounds, which is a great way to mark the holiday season. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite. For more information check out this flier and the event page. The seven nights begins on Christmas Eve (Dec 24th). The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017.

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.