Just a reminder that the Greater Brookland Garden Club’s 17th Annual House and Garden Tour will take place this Sunday, June 4th, from noon-5 pm (after party from 5 -7 pm), rain or shine. It is so much fun to see the insides of neighbors homes, check out their gardens, meet new people, and party down at the end of it all.
Tickets can be bought online here for $15 pre-sale. (Price goes up to $20 on the day of the tour.) Pick up your tickets and tour maps at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, located at 3906 12th St. between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday. Tickets will also be
on sale at the store on Sunday, June 5th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
We recently learned about Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit writing program and publishing house for those from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices. They will be having an event at nearby Busboys and Poets, to mark the publication of a book, The Day Tajon Got Shot, written by ten teen girls. From the event page:
Join us to learn more about this ambitious project, and be the first ones to get your hands on the powerful new book!
Meet the teen authors and hear about how and why they wrote.
Hear dramatic readings of scenes from the book by professional actors.
Discuss the role of teen voices in the new civil rights movement with all book contributors, including a poet from Split This Rock and teen photographer from Critical Exposure.
Now that spring is under way, one of our activities is back – guided toursof 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 are given from April through September. Here is a video describing the tour, it’s a few years old, so not all the information is up to date, but its a very good overview:
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. The series of Third Thursdays kicks off this month and will take place through September. The kickoff event will take place on Thursday May 18th. From the Facebook event page:
We’re kicking off our Third Thursdays in Brookland event series on May 18th. Join us on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market every third Thursday, May through September, from 5-8 PM.
May 18th is our Backyard BBQ Theme:
– Live music from Rob Curto’s Forró For All (Brazilian Dance Music)
– Performance from Only Make Believe
– Open artist studios
– Grab a bite from participating restaurants and enjoy dining outdoors on our Arts Walk picnic tables
– Face painting for the kids
– Pop up vendor, Kona Ice (ice cream and snowcones)
– Plus, free hot dogs for the kids, courtesy of Brookland Pint
– & more!
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 Sunday June 4th 2016 from 12: 00 – 5:00 pm and the after party/reception will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. You can now your tickets ahead of time here. For updates, “like” the Brookland House and Garden Tour on Facebook and we will post more information as the date approaches as well.
The outdoor movies series in Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group starts up again soon and now is your chance to weigh in on what movies they will show. Vote here and save the movie night dates: Saturday, June 10th, Thursday, July 20th and Thursday, August 17th. The movies will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE).
Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery will be having an open house event Saturday May 13th from 10:00 am -12:00 noon. The open house is hosted by the Monastery’s Garden Guild, whose mission it is to preserve and promote the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery. From the event page:
This is your chance to see behind the scenes at the Franciscan Monastery. Visit our greenhouse, vegetable garden and honeybee apiaries. Learn how you can volunteer and get gardening questions answered. Meet at the greenhouse behind the gift shop.
The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild website, Facebook page or give them a call at (703) 967-0958.
Neighbors have been enjoying the ongoing Women in Science series taking place monthly at local jazz club AJACS. So, we figured we wold continue spreading the word about it . The next event is coming up this Monday and will featuring Dr. Tracee L. Jamison-Hooks who is an electrical engineer at NASA. The interactive discussion will center on Dr. Jamison-Hooks work using engineering and data algorithms to advance space exploration and how meditation and mindfulness has influenced her life. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed. Check out the Tweet below for more info:
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 Great Brookland Yard Sale is this coming Saturday, May 6th, from 10am to 2pm. See more details on the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)’s GBYS webpage, and don’t forget to check out the map of the over 75 sale locations here. We also embedded it below. This event has always been a great opportunity to walk our beautiful neighborhood, meet up with friends and make new ones. Enjoy!