The Friends of Edgewood and the Met Branch Trail 5K are hosting an Outdoor Movie Night series, the first of which will be Thursday, July 30th. The movie shown will be the Princess Bride. The movie begins at dusk but folks can come early and picnic. The movie will located on the Met Branch Trail under the Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge. The event is free thanks to sponsors Boundary Stone, Rustik, Smith Public Trust and neighbors who have been raising funds for the last three years to make this happen.
One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we still post about it from time to time, since it’s not too far and is a great destination! Anyone working to maintain the original character of their home or simply fond of antique and re-purposed items would enjoy a visit.
We thought readers would like to know about this free monthly event. From a notice:
Forklift 1st Friday’s are Here! Ever wonder what it’s like here in the Community Forklift warehouse after 6pm… Come join us to find out! Come on by every First Friday between May and September for lively entertainment, food, beer and wine!
This Friday, June 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm they will have the following:
- Dance and jump rope activities for kids and parents
- Indie Folk group The Iris Bell will perform
- $3.50 craft beer and wine
- Vietnamese food from Pho Wheels
- Three local Hyattsville artists displaying & selling their art
Check out the event page here for more information. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Community Forklift is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078
In December we wrote about a development coming soon on top of nearby Union Market. Although it is not in Brookland, we thought readers would be interested in knowing that the development we wrote about is really only the beginning of a development frenzy about to take place around Union Market.
According to this article in the Washingtonian, there is going to be a boom of eight new housing, retail and green space developments in the next five years, which will include:
- The Edison residences at 340 Florida Ave NE will be the first residential development in the Union Market area and will have ground-floor retail. The 187 rental units will resemble lofts and feature wide, nine-paneled windows.
- Another residential development on Fourth Street, NE, may have up to 500 apartments, and will incorporate an existing 1950s warehouse.
- The expansion of Union Market at 1309 Fifth St. NE which will top Union Market with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office or residential space.
- The Highline, an 315 rental unit development at 320 Florida Avenue will replace the Burger King near the Metro tracks and expects to break ground by July 2016.
- Another apartment building, Elevation is replacing a vacant lot. The developer, Level 2, is hoping to get the city of DC to convert property next to development into a park with a pedestrian walkway that leads to Union Market.
- A three-block pedestrian promenade, called the NoMa Meander is planned that will include green areas and water features,.
- Underground parks featuring artwork beneath four underpasses created by Metro and Amtrak tracks should begin by the end of 2015.
Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Fling at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: live music, food trucks, and children’s games and activities. Check out the event flyer below for more information.
Although this is outside Brookland, we thought readers would like to know about One Eight Distilling, which opened January 10th in nearby Ivy City. From their website:
We distill sophisticated, handcrafted spirits in small batches from grain to glass all in our distillery located in the nation’s capital. Our custom designed stills from Holland and Germany use cutting edge technology that gives us an unparalleled degree of precision and control over the distilling process. If we’re not busy distilling Rock Creek Whiskey, Ivy City Gin, or District Made Vodka, we’re experimenting with new mash bills and spirits, so please check back with us and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for limited releases sold only from our tasting room.
Here at the Bridge, we think it is important to thank and honor our Nation’s Veterans – not just on Veteran’s Day – but everyday. A great way to show your appreciation is to volunteer at the nearby Washington DC VA Hospital Center. There are a lot of ways to help out, for example, picking up and escorting veterans, calling them to remind the of appointments, and helping with the information desk. If you don’t have time to volunteer, they also need monetary and other donations such as bottled water, clothing and coffee. Interested? Sign up here, call the Voluntary Service Office, 202-745-8000, ext. 58320 or visit the Voluntary Service Office. But really, all it takes to make a difference is stopping by the hospital and simply visiting with the veterans. Just a little of your time, and some friendly conversation, makes a big difference to these good men and women who sacrificed so much, and are working so hard to recover from injuries. The VA hospital is located at 50 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20422, and is easily accessible by car, as well as a shuttle that picks up and drops off at the Brookland CUA Metro station.
Looking for something local, free and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Fall Fun Fest at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Sunday, October 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: an antique car show, Oktoberfest style beer and bourbon tasting tents, food trucks, children’s games and activities, golfing, live music, a military drill team, and tours of buildings on the Soldiers’ Home Campus. Check out the schedule of events and event flyer below.
8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Army Hum V vehicle display
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Antique Car Show
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Medical Response vehicle display
9 a.m.: Public Golf Tournament
9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: DJ Music Man Billy White
9:30-Noon: Quarters 1/Sherman Tower/Lincoln Cottage Tours
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Information booths/exhibits
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Resident Arts and Crafts Sales
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Navy Drill Team performance
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: beer/bourbon tasting
11:45 a.m.: Model T Club demonstration
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Brass Quintet Band performance
12:15 p.m. Car Show Awards presentations
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: City of Memory Project digitizing memorabilia
1 p.m.-5 p.m.: Edelweiss Band/Bavarian-Austrian Dancers
1 p.m.-5 p.m.: Beer, Food Trucks, Children’s Activities
1:30-4 p.m.: Pumpkin patch picking, painting, field games
1:30-2:30: PAL animal visit
1:30-3:30: Fishing Rodeo at ponds
1:30: Military Golf Tournament
Thanks to reader Peter, who passed along info about a cross country 5K happening right around the corner from our neighborhood this Saturday, September 27th. From President Lincoln’s Cottage website:
The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. The race traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.
Register on line here. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road in NW.
In June, the Angelika “pop up’ theater sprang into action near Union Market. We thought readers who are unaware of this local venue would be interested in checking it out. The three screen ‘micro cinema’ has been a huge ht in New York City and now it brings its mix of specialty film programming and unique events to North East DC. The pop up location will be running independent movies while the permanent Angelika Film Center is built, which is expected to open in late 2015, also near Union Market. Check out movie listings and get additional information at the Angelika website. The Angelika Union Market page is also worth a look for discounts in conjunction with Union Market eateries. Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market is located at 550 Penn Street NE, Unit E (between 5th and 6th Streets NE, next to Gallaudet University and Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab).
Last summer, nearby Union Market hosted a drive in movie series that was very popular. This summer we are happy to see that they are doing it again. The movies begin at 8:30PM and are free to attend, but there is a $10 parking fee. Last year there was a lawn area that was free and opened at 6:00 pm. Right now, the Union Market event page is light on details, so make sure to check back as the dates approach. Here is a rundown of the movies they will be showing:
Friday, July 18, 2014 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Friday, July 25th, 2014 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Friday, August 1, 2014 – Finding Nemo
Friday, August 8, 2014 – Casino Royale
Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. Check out their website here.