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!
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.
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!
All are welcome, especially the kiddies, to the Brookland Artspace Loft’s Family Fun Day on Saturday December 15th. There will be sing-alongs to live music, a staged reading of “Snowman at Night”, face painting, food, and more. In the spirit of holiday giving, the Brookland Artspace Lofts is also an official Toys for Tots drop-off site, as well as a collection point for canned goods. Admission is a super-reasonable $5.00, a new unwrapped toy donation to Toys for Tots, or canned food items. The event is organized by artists who live there and will run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Brookland Artspace Lofts are located at 3305 8th St. NE.
Every year Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. This year marks the 113th 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 December 15th.
Be a part of one of Brookland’s holiday traditions, the Annual “Celebration of Lights” on Sunday, December 16. From 6:00–9:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. While waiting for the trolley enjoy holiday music, a bonfire, hot chocolate and cider, and other home made holiday treats. Even if you are not interested in the trolley ride, all are welcome to stop by and enjoy the Holiday community spirit.
There will be five trolley runs, the first trolley leaves at 6:10 PM, and they return every 35 minutes. RSVPs are accepted starting today, December 1, for all trolleys run. RSVP by sending an email to brooklandcommunitydevelopment( at) yahoo (dot) com or by phone: 202-297-1125. Line up for the trolley at Wohlfarth Galleries – 3418 9th Street NE (9th and Monroe Street NE).
Snacks, Holiday Treats, Apple Cider, and Hot Food all donated from our local restaurants, and Yes Organic Market.
This Thursday November 29 at 6:30 pm I am going to attend the first class of the “Storms and Trees” series at Casey Trees. Like many Brooklanders I love the trees in our neighborhood. Unfortunately severe weather can cause major damage to our treescape. At the same time trees and branches can fall on power lines and residents have to deal with the loss of electricity. Here is the context of the class from the Casey Trees website:
While street trees only comprise 7% of the District’s canopy, these trees are often the most visible part of the urban canopy. So when storms, like Hurricane Sandy, cause trees to become hazardous it is very noticeable in the urban environment. Join us for the first class in our Trees and Storms series where you’ll learn what makes a tree a hazard and the importance of the right tree for the right place. In this first installment, participants will hear from representatives from PEPCO and the Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) about how their organizations manage street trees to prevent them from becoming hazards and interrupting city services. Come prepared with questions for our instructors and ready to learn about your role in protecting our urban canopy.
The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.
Earl Eutsler, Suprivisory Forester, Urban Forestry Administration, ISA Certified Arborist
Nathan McElroy, Staff Forester, PEPCO, ISA Certified Arborist
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about how trees in Washington are managed to prevent becoming hazards and what you can do to protect D.C.’s urban canopy.
All attendees will be provided with a light dinner. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.
Join me and register online.
Looking for something fun to do on this lovely day? How about stopping by Art Enables. This great organization is “a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities”. Take advantage that they are open today from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and check out some great artwork with a cause. Today they are offering a workshop on wire -art. They will provide basic materials, instruction, and guidance – so why not give it a try? Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.
Next, head on over to Chocolate City Beer, sample some of their delicious beers, and pick up a growler. Today CCB is hosting the Good Grubbin’ food truck. We picked up some de-lish pulled pork sandwiches and arroz con pollo from the truck, all pictured below. Growler Hours are Saturdays from 12:30 – 4:30 pm and CCB is located at 2801 8th St. NE.