The Brookland Bridge is proud to be a sponsor of the 16th Annual Brookland House and Garden Tour. The tour, which is organized by the Greater Brookland Garden Club is one of the major annual neighborhood events that really brings our community together. It is also a terrific showcase for those outside of Brookland to see what a fantastic neighborhood we live in. You can now buy your tickets on line for this year’s tour, which will be on June 5th 2016 from 12: 00 – 5:00 pm and the after party/reception will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person and can also be purchased at Petals, Ribbons and Beyond at at 3906 12th St. For updates, “like” the Brookland House and Garden Tour on Facebook and we will also post more information as the date approaches as well.
Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. Lincoln lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency at the Cottage, where he visited wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated former slaves, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently we attended the Cottage’s Bourbon And Bluegrass annual event and enjoyed live bluegrass music, Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails, lawn games, and stepped back in time to the historical roots of this great location. Check out the pics below. (The side show requires flash, if you can not see the photos, open the folder on Flikr here.)
Shout out to local bluegrass musicians By & By and Ezra Deutsch-Feldman and Rocklands Barbeque food truck for making it a great day. (All proceeds from ticket purchases went toward the preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage.)
Check out Cottage tours here, upcoming events and programs here, and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.
This Saturday, May 7th there will be a donation event for Seabury Resources for Aging at our local Annie’s Ace Hardware. Seabury is a DC-based non-profit that serves senior citizens in the DC metro area. Their “Age-In-Place” program helps adults 60 and over stay in their homes safely and affordably by providing free, volunteer based yard work and house cleaning. You can help our elders stay independent for longer by dropping off needed tools and supplies for yard work and house cleaning at Annie’s Ace Hardware, located at 3405 8th Street, NE.
It’s that time of the year again. Time to rifle through our neighbors used items and see if you can find a treasure, or just something that you know you can give a new purpose, That’s right, the day everyone has been waiting for, the Great Brookland Yard Sale is this coming Saturday, May 7th, from 10am to 2pm. See more details on the GBYS website put together and maintained by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association BNCA. This event has always been a great opportunity to walk our beautiful neighborhood, meet up with friends and make new ones. Enjoy!
The Greater Brookland Garden Club House and Garden Tour is one of the major annual events that really brings our community together. Not only that, but it is a terrific showcase for those outside of Brookland to get to know what a fantastic neighborhood we live in. This year the tour will be on June 5th 2016 from 12: 00 – 5:00 pm and the after party/reception will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. For updates, “like” the Brookland House and Garden Tour on Facebook and we will post more information as the date approaches as well.
By now the neighborhood has started revving up for the Great Brookland Yard Sale! The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. This year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm [individual sales hours may differ] Interested in joining in the fun with a yard sale of your own? Sign ups are underway. Registration is free- use the GBYS online sign-up form , call 202-733-5475 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a positive event for the neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money. Rain day May 14th. Check out the GBYS website for more information.
We thought neighbors would be interested in a free stand up comedy show from the Power of Positive Drinking, an interactive open-mic comedy concept which combines stand-up and drinking games. From the event page:
Let’s face it. We are in the Golden Age of television escapism and it is great. Never before have so many people been willing to say “Screw it’ and spend 12 hours binge-watching. How is binge-watching even a thing? We are so easily distracted. Come ponder Netflix addiction and other such curiosities with DC’s finest comedians and drink some of DC’s finest craft beer! We promise to only steal a few hours of your life.
The show is called Fuller House of Cards, and will take place on Wednesday April 13th. Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
We are excited to report that one of our favorite summer activities is back – guided tours of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds. If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. The Franciscan Monastery has existed for over 100 years and the beautiful gardens and grottos have been in place for over 80 years.
While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery gardens daily from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the Garden Guild docents explain the history and significance of the statues and shrines, the architecture of Monastery buildings, and of course, all the amazing plants, trees and flowers in the gardens. Guided tours are Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Check out the Monastery’s Garden Guild event page for more information, or you can schedule a tour by calling 202-526-6800.
The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE and tours will be given starting this Saturday, April 2nd and run all summer through mid September. Here is a video describing the tour, it’s a couple of years old, so not all the information is still accurate, but its a good overview:
National Community Church is hosting their Easter Eggstravaganza this Saturday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at nearby Langdon Park. According to the website, this free event will include:
Egg hunt! Games! Sports! Inflatable obstacle course! Come join in some community fun Easter weekend!
Register for the event here. Langdon Park is located at 2901 20th St NE,
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. Now in its 6th year, the 5K Walk/Run will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 with a race time at 9:00 a.m (check out race information here). Register here to run, or you can volunteer, or sponsor the event. Also, there is free registration for runners under 18. Hope to see you out there! (The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs alongside the Metro’s Red Line.)