The Busboys and Poets restaurant at the Monroe Street Market just opened a few weeks ago, but already a great event has been announced: Representative John Lewis is going to introduce the second book of his Civil Rights Trilogy on February 4 at 7pm.
Mr. Lewis was one of the participants at the March on Selma, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this March.
In March: Book Two, the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Recounting his personal and political coming-of-age in the segregated South, Lewis picks up the story after the heady days of the Nashville sit-ins, recounting the more dangerous challenges he faced with the Freedom Riders as the group’s nonviolent actions were met with beatings and imprisonment. Courage triumphed over brutality, and the book ends as the twenty-three-year-old Lewis is elected to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and prepares for the 1963 March on Washington.
For a seat at this event, please register to attend at Politics-Prose.com. If we have reached capacity, others will be seated in the restaurant and will be able to watch via a video stream. All attendees will be able to be part of the book signing.
Reserve your seat soon. I have the feeling that this event will fill up very quickly.
Last week we wrote about a Brookland tradition, the annual Blessing of the Luminaria, at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. If you missed the ceremony on Christmas Eve, you still have time to see the over 1,000 candles lit in dedication to individuals for whom prayers are offered -the candles will stay lit through New Year’s Eve. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights provides a peaceful respite from the daily grind. Here are some pictures we took of the luminaria recently. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC. Information: 202-526-6800 or fmgg.org.
We thought readers would like to see photos from this year’s Brookland “Celebration of Lights”, which took place on Sunday, December 14th. The highlight of the annual event is the trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. This year the trolley tours departed from the Mekiti Group Plaza, where neighbors mixed and mingled and enjoyed holiday treats.
We thought readers would be interested in this Brookland tradition, starting Wednesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve). 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. A Rosary will also will be held daily at 11:45 as well. Reader Susan tells us “all are welcome. This is a great way to kick off Christmas. Its fun because everyone who comes gets to help with the lighting.” From the Monastery website:
Blessing of the Luminaria
The annual Blessing of the Luminaria will be Christmas Eve, 1:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Join the friars in lighting more than 1,000 candles that will illuminate the outdoor Rosary Portico during the “Seven Nights of Lights,” from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The candles symbolize a welcoming path into our homes and hearts for the Holy Family. The monastery is at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC. Information: 202-526-6800 or fmgg.org.
For 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, don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. This year, the caroling will take place on Saturday, December 20th.
Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1201 Monroe St., at 6:15 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland, caroling as you go. Typically it begins by singing to the firemen at Brookland’s Engine Company 17 Firehouse, and then going down 12th street to sing in a few businesses. There is also caroling around the neighborhood. 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 a home near 15th and Otis streets. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.
Every year Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. This year marks the 115th anniversary of this continent-wide annual tradition. The purpose of the event is to have local groups count the birds in their areas and report them to a central counting system. This helps the Audubon Society track populations of birds as they respond to the effects of climate and habitat changes. This year the count will take place on Saturday, December 20th.
Everyone is welcome to join in, including children, whether you are an experienced birder or a first-timer, and children are welcome. The group will take a walk around the neighborhood identifying and counting every bird they see. Meet the group at 8:00 am at the parking lot on the east side of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue NE). To sign up contact Anne Anderson at mobileanne (at) earthlink (dot) net. Expect to walk around CUA’s campus, walk across Harewood Rd. and look for birds in the woods, then move on to the reservoir and the Armed Forces Retirement Home by car.
For many Brooklanders, the Greater Brookland Garden Club (GBGC) holiday party, the Brookland Ball, is the event of the season. This year, host Jake Abbott did an incredible job of creating a festive atmosphere with amazing decorations, a live jazz band and warm hospitality. This year’s party was on Saturday December 13th. It was great to see Brooklanders dressed to the nines, having a wonderful time and spreading holiday cheer. If you are interested in meeting your neighbors, attending parties, and sharing/learning about gardening, consider joint the GBGC!
Thanks to Joe Barrios, 5B04 ANC Commissioner-elect for passing along this information about a Brookland Community Job Fair. M&S Barber Services and VMG Staffing Services are teaming up for the Job Fair on Monday, December 15th at M&S Barber Services, 2900 12th St NE, 10am-2pm. See attached flyer for topics and opportunities.
Although widely published via listserve, ANC and Civic Associations email lists, here a quick reminder about a community meeting at the Brooks Mansion this evening.
As a combined effort of the Metropolitan Police Department, ANC Commissioners and Brookland/Woodridge Cicic Associations a meeting has been organized to address the topic of Neighborhood Watch initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity for all residents, who would like to make a difference in their neighborhood.
Last year, Yelp’s Totally Bazaar at Monroe Street Market was a blast! The Bazaar returns again this Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am–2:00 pm, at both the Edgewood Arts Building (3415 8Th Street NE) and across the street at the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. In addition to the regular Arts Walk studios, there will be lots of vendors with hand-crafted holiday gift ideas, there will be a “do-it-yourself” s’mores bar, visits from Yelper the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a holiday card making station, ice sculpture demonstrations, carolers, and a photobooth. For more information and to RSVP go to Yelp Events.
Here is a list of vendors and partners for this year’s event: