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Sign Up Now For The 6th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale!

GBYS Graphic Courtesy of the BNA
GBYS Graphic Courtesy of the BNCA

The good people of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  have set up a new website for the Great Brookland Yard Sale (GBYS), complete with an on-line sign up form. Check it out here. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, here are the basics:

WHAT IS GBYS?  The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. Once again, the GBYS is organized by the BNCA. Last year there were over 70 yard sales.

WHEN IS IT?  Saturday May 11th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (individual yard sale times can vary)

WHERE IS IT?  All over the neighborhood, in individual seller’s yards. There will be a map of individual addresses and information on the website.

Also note that the Greater Brookland Garden Club will be having their annual plant sale at 12th and Newton Streets from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals.)

The 6th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale Is Coming! Save The Date – Saturday May 11th

Photo Courtesy of Stop, Blog and Roll.

It’s that time of year again – where neighbors start revving up for the Great Brookland Yard Sale!  For those of you unaware, the GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. 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. Thus far, the GBYS has been a very successful event, and every year it grows bigger. Last year we had over 70 yard sales, a food truck, and neighborhood organizations like Dance Place participate. But, it takes work. Like previous years, this is an all volunteer event. This year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, and we expect a lot more details to come. Of note, the Greater Brookland Garden Club hosts its annual plant sale on the same day. The sale is located at 12th and Newton and they sell a wide variety of plants (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals).

Casey Trees Is Getting Busy In Brookland And Beyond

The Casey Trees spring planting season started last Saturday. The kick off event of the season was a planting I participated in where a team of volunteers and staff planted 30 trees on the campus of Catholic University. Some of the species we planted were White Swamp Oaks, American Elms and Magnolias. Volunteering with Casey Trees is rewarding in many ways, but in this case, it was great to get to know this institution so close to home a little better. Catholic University has been a partner and supporter in increasing the tree canopy of DC ever since Casey Trees moved to Brookland.


This spring Brookland residents will have the chance to participate in a couple of upcoming plantings in and around their own neighborhood. For example, Langdon Park in nearby Woodridge will get 39 new trees on April 13. Go to the Casey Trees event calendar and sign up for this great volunteer opportunity.

There will also be an event in Michigan Park. Not all details for this event on Thursday April 25 are finalized. Please check back on the Casey Trees Event Calendar for the exact location and time.

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School located on 14th and Jackson Street NE will partner with Casey Trees for a tree planting on March 28. This event is closed for the public, but the youth and education team from Casey Trees will lead the students of MMBDA to plant their own trees and teach them about the value, benefits and vulnerability of trees.

Photo courtesy of Casey Trees

The Casey Trees calendar offers many other opportunities beside plating trees to be involved in activities or learn about trees. Check out their classes, online tree chats, seminars, workshops and special lectures. And we are lucky, Casey Trees is right here in Brookland. It’s just a short walk or bike ride away. The staff is super friendly and always helpful and supportive.

This Saturday – Woodridge Library Book Sale And Off-Rhode Art Show

Image: Deputy. Photograph by Nancy Joseph. Courtesy of Art Enables
Image: Deputy. Photograph by Nancy Joseph. Courtesy of Art Enables.

Here are a few things you could get into this Saturday around the area:

  • The Friends of the Woodridge Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A  wide selection in almost every subject and genre will be available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit the Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Woodridge Library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.
  • Art Enables is hosting OFF-RHODE STUDIO, which is described as  “an auxiliary arts space dedicated to local, emerging, and self-taught artists. Exhibits, panels, discussions, and more happen in this small-scale and intimate environment.”  This Saturday the OFF-RHODE STUDIO will have an opening reception for their latest show Glitterbomb, from 1:00 -4:00 pm.  The show will feature over 50 pieces curated from the personal collection of one of Art Enables board members. Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
  • Chocolate City Beer will be having their usual weekly growler hours this Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30. If you haven’t checked them out, give it a try, plus get a tour of the brewery and sample some of their brews. This week they will have the BBQ Bus DC food truck out there as well, should be good food and good times. Chocolate City Beer is located at 2801 8th St, NE.

Catholic University Drama Department Celebrates Its 75th Year With New Plays, Festivities And A Gala

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of

The 2012-13 Hartke Theatre Season marks the 75th Anniversary of Catholic University’s Drama department. The season will culminate in April with a two-day event filled with performances, festivities, honors and a gala reception.  Now is a great time to check out the fantastic local talent we have right here in our neighborhood; and at amazingly low prices. Tickets prices are as follows: $15 adult/full price; $10 senior citizens, CUA Alumni, Faculty and staff; $5 Students. Purchase tickets here. Here is a rundown of shows remaining in the season:

Brutus (an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar). Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes. February 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm, February 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm. Great words and noble sentiments from a respected and honorable citizen, yet in most modern accounts Brutus lands on the wrong side of history, remembered best as Rome’s most notorious daggered assassin. This abridged version of Julius Caesar, refocuses the classic tale from Brutus’s viewpoint, revealing the path toward his ultimate “call to fate” and contemplating how thin the line can be between hero and villain

Spooky Action at a Distance,  A new play by Matthew Buckley Smith, Directed by Jerry Whiddon.  March 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. March 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm. Love, War and Quantum Physics. In 1971, with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender with a nasty temper, and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon may learn just how exciting uncertainty can be.

Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood (Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play) Directed by Jay Brock. April 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm, April 20 and 21 at 2:00 pm. Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, magically materialize on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Immediately smitten by the glitz and glamour of showbiz the two fairies get their big break on the silver screen playing (who else?) themselves. With a little help from blonde bombshells, movie moguls and arrogant “asses” the mischievous magic of old Hollywood sparkles in this hilarious romp. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City. More information about the playwright here
75th Anniversary Events:
Shakespeare in Hollywood – special performance and pre-show party April 26 at 8pm
75th Anniversary Event and gala reception April 27 at 7:00 pm

Call For 2013 Brookland House And Garden Tour Nominations – Think Yours Is Ready For Prime Time?

The Greater Brookland Garden Club house and garden tour is one of the major annual events that really brings the 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. Last year, our house was a stop on the tour and it was a very rewarding experience. Trust me, nothing gets you motivated to finish the last few projects around the house than knowing a few hundred people will be stopping by! If you think your house and/or garden is one of the best around, contact the GBGC today!

2013 GBGC Home and Garden Tour

Upcoming BNCA Meeting Will Address Recent Spike In Brookland Crime And More

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association’s (BNCA) first meeting of 2013 will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The topics to be covered are as follows:
  • There seems to be an uptick in crime around the neighborhood recently, from home burglaries to the well publicized shotgun robberies. DC Metropolitan Police Department officers from Brookland’s Fifth District will be on hand to provide information about these crimes, provide tips for staying safe, and answer questions and concerns.
  • Brookland’s newly-elected and sworn-in Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners – Carolyn Steptoe, Adrian Jordan, Ursula Higgins, Tiffany Bridge, and Jenese Jones have been invited to meet and greet their constituents.
  • Turkey Thicket playground overhaul update
  • DC Statehood committee update
  • Other Brookland news and activities
  • Annual membership sign-up and renewal
The meeting will be held at the Howard University School of Divinity at 1400 Shepherd Street, N.E.

17th Annual Brookland Celebration Of Lights Was Full Of Holiday Delights And Cheer!

Happy Brooklanders Riding The Trolley

On Sunday, December 16th, the long time Brookland tradition, the Celebration of Lights, continued without a hitch despite drizzly weather. Happy Brooklanders rode trolleys and serenaded the owners of the most highly decorated homes with Christmas Carols, as the trolley made its way through neighborhood. I must say, we had a rowdy, fun-loving bunch on my trolley ride, the last one of the evening. Santa even joined in the fun, stepping aboard to hand out candy canes. It was a great time and really ramped up my holiday spirit. Many thanks to the Brookland Community Development Corporation,  (a historic preservation-based community development non-profit) and in particular Lavinia Wohlfarth and John Feeley for all their hard work in pulling off another successful Celebration of Lights!

Christmas Caroling – A Brookland Tradition For Over 50 Years. Join The Fun On Saturday.

Christmas Carollers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)

I am not sure when the annual tradition began, but for at least 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I participated in the event last year. I 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 22. Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1200 Monroe St., at 6:00 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland, caroling as you go. Last year we began by singing to the firemen at Brookland’s Engine Company 17 Firehouse, and then went down 12th street and sang in a few businesses. We then carolled around the neighborhood, mostly on Newton St. I understand that the route will be roughly the same this year. It was great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as we passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. The caroling will end 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. For more information, contact John Feeley at 202 526 8754.

Hard-Core Brookland Carollers (2011 Event)

Brookland Garden Club Holiday Gala Is A Smashing Success Yet Again!

For many Brooklanders, the Greater Brookland Garden Club  (GBGC) holiday party is the event of the season. Hosts Jeff and Alvin do an incredible job of creating a festive atmosphere with  amazing decorations, a live jazz band and warm hospitality. This year’s party was on December 8th and it was a blast! 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, it doesn’t get much better than the GBGC!