Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

REI Hosts ‘100 Days Of Outdoor Recess’ Ahead Of NoMa Flagship Store Opening

Take the MBT right to the REI store

Many ourdoorsy Brooklanders are eagerly awaiting the opening of the NoMa REI store at First and L Streets NE.  The store, which will occupy the location of the former Uline Arena, is hosting a series of events to get folks excited about the outdoors – like campfires, outdoor movies, and classes related to hiking, backpacking and kayaking.  Check out the 100 Days Of Outdoor Recess REI website here for more details. Some activities are free and some have a fee. Check out the Uline development project here.

(Hat tip to Hill Rag.)

Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Old Soldiers Home And Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- and just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

SCRAP DC Teams Up With ReCreative Spaces For Spring Pop-Up Events

SCRAP DC logo courtesy of
SCRAP DC logo courtesy of

A lot of neighbors were dismayed to learn that SCRAP DC closed up shop in Brookland in November 2015. Now we were happy to learn that they are doing pop-up events in the area for those who want to get their craft on. From a recent SCRAP DC newsletter:

SCRAP is shaking off the winter doldrums and coming back with new activities to welcome the spring and get on our way with rebuilding our operation. We do not yet have a new space, but we are happy to be partnering with ReCreative Spaces in Mt. Rainier so that we can maintain a presence in the area. We want to thank all of you — our diehard customers, cheerleaders and donors – whose support keeps us going and working towards the next phase.

Our first order of business is to have a pop up store and the first of a series of classes. Yes, you heard it right – a chance to find treasures for your projects and nourishment for your creative hunger. The inventory will be a treasure trove of beads and jewelry making supplies (mostly mid-higher end), some paper and general craft supplies, fabric and sewing supplies, collage packs, and kits for making banners, hot rods, robots and other kids crafts. We may find a few other things along the way, so if what you crave isn’t on this list, there’s a chance it might show up.

What better way to begin classes than to commemorate Mothers’ Day? Read on for more details and registration information. anyway! Our hope is that we will be able to prime the pump and continue these activities until such time as we generate sufficient funding to cover the costs of a new store. Therefore, your continued patronage is most important and appreciated.

The upcoming events are as follows:


Saturday & Sunday, April 23 – 24, 12 – 4 pm, Location; ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 (at the Rhode Island Ave. circle, across from the Mt. Rainier City Hall)

  • Mother’s Day Cards Making

Why buy a card?? Make a fabulous Mothers’ Day Card that will be a gift unto itself. With an enticing assortment of papers, buttons, fabrics, lace, ribbon and other embellishments create a card any Mom will want to frame. Personalize your card with copies made from images of your own. Date: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 pm Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 Cost: $15 per person; $25 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 5 and older

What to Bring – 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (e.g., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet); any personal items you wish to incorporate Note: Parents must accompany children up to age 12.

  • Mothers’ Day Sachet – Mingle and Layer your Love with a Scented Pillow fit for a Dove

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2-5 pm, Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Cost: $25 per person; $35 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 10 and older

What to Bring: 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (i.e., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet) any personal items such as charms, buttons, old jewelry, etc. that you wish to incorporate

REGISTRATION: To register and pay for classes, complete the form on their website. Payment will also be accepted at class. Check out their Facebook page to keep up with their plans.

Evening Tours Of President Lincoln’s Cottage Tonight And Next Wednesday

Lincolns Cottage Evening Tours (photo credit Bruce Guthrie)
Lincolns Cottage Evening Tours (photo credit Bruce Guthrie)

Many thanks to Curtis for letting us know about special evening tours of nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage happening this Thursday, March 17, and next Wednesday, March 23, at 6:00 pm both days. The cottage was President Lincoln’s beloved summer home and where he developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The evening tour provides a different perspective for folks who have been before, and provides people an opportunity to see it for the first time if they have trouble coming during business hours during the week.

Each tour will last an hour and space is limited to 20 people per tour, so purchase your tickets now for this unique opportunity before they sell out. Check out the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Celebrate Valentines Day With Cheese, Chocolate And Champagne

union market dc opening 090912 1We thought readers would appreciate this Valentine’s date idea from the folks at Righteous Cheese, located at nearby Union Market. From the event page:

February is not just for lovers, it’s for Cheese Lovers! And what pairs better with cheese than elegant, bubbly wine? For our annual soirée, we’re opening up some extra-special, extra-fancy bottles of Champagne that you just can’t find by the glass anywhere else. Paired with unique, artisanal cheeses & chocolates – including handmade chocolate truffles from CoCo Sala, hand-dipped chocolate figs and more – this line-up is an extraordinary way to spend Valentine’s Day and makes a great gift. It’s a sure-fire way to warm up your February!

Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. We’ll explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting 4 cheeses and 4 unique Champagnes along with a bounty of chocolate accompaniments. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more.

Tickets are $74/person. Class requires advance ticket purchase, as seating is limited to 30 attendees.

Free SoulCycle Classes At Nearby Union Market

We spotted this interesting tidbit from the Washingtonian Twitter feed, and thought neighbors would be interested in trying these free classes from this SoulCycle, Target and Union Market partnership.

From the Washingtonian story:

The partnership is hosting a series of pop-up classes at Union Market’s Dock5 on January 22, 23, and 24th. The free classes will take place at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12 PM, with two evening rides at 5 PM and 6 PM and 40 open bikes per class. The sign ups go live on Friday, January 15, at 3 PM on the SoulCycle website.

Sign up for the classes here at the event page.

Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory To Open In NE DC

Harper Macaw
Photo courtesy of Harper Macaw via Washington City Paper.

We recently learned from this Washington City Paper article that a chocolate factory and retailer named  Harper Macaw will be opening its doors near us soon. Harper Macaw is located at 3160 Bladensburg Road NE between N Eastern Avenue and  N Fort Lincoln Drive (and happens to be next door to DC Brau to boot).  From the article:

Harper Macaw’s factory will host its grand opening on Dec. 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. with tours and tastings. (They’ve yet to decide if they will charge a nominal fee for tours.) The factory, open only on Saturdays for now, will sell chocolate plus baked goods made out of its products, including salted caramel brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-covered coconut macaroons. There will also be various drinking chocolates, including peppermint and chai flavors. The Hartmans are considering whether they’ll host classes going forward, but they will offer private events and tastings upon request.

Sounds great. We also like that they buy their beans from sustainable cacao farms, and a percentage of chocolate bar sales go to a non-profit that acquires deforested and threatened land in the Amazon rain forest.

Lab 1750 Pop Up Offers Locally Made Crafts And Gifts

If you are looking for unique gift giving options this holiday season, check out Lab 1750, a pop up marketplace near Union Market. We stopped by and took the pictures below. Items for sale included motorcycle accessories, framed art, women’s clothes, cocktail tools, greeting cards, table linens, children’s clothing, exercise wear, and jewelry. There is also a kombucha bar in case all the shopping wears you down. Vendors include Ann Mashburn CapsuleCraft KombuchaDunn Lewis MCLisa ShirkLiving ThreadsMaster WilliamsNiko+AvaRon DavidS3 ActiveSouth BlockThursday Boots, and Time Off, among others.

Lab 1270 will also present events like dinners, yoga classes and more in the coming months. The Lab is  open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and is located at 1270 5th Street, NE

7th Installment Of Art In The Alley Tonight – Art, Food, Music

Art in the Alley Oct. 2013
Art in the Alley Oct. 2013

Art in the Alley is a reoccurring home-grown art event taking place tonight, Friday, October 16th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm in nearby Trinidad. This community arts festival provides guests with an opportunity to see local art and enjoy music and refreshments. Check out the Facebook event page for more information. The event will take place in the alley between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave. and Morse St. NE.

Community Forklift Hosts “This Old Warehouse” Fall Festival This Saturday

The Warehouse
The Warehouse

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! We thought readers would like to know about this free upcoming event. From a notice:

On Sat. Sept. 12th, join us for “This Old Warehouse” a fall festival to celebrate old homes and the folks who love them. You can meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on topics like wood window restoration and electrical systems in old homes. You can also browse our wide selection of antique tools and hardware (normally sold only online). We’ll have live music from local bands, cider and baked goods, and lunch from the Urban Bumpkin BBQ food truck.

10am – 3pm, September 12, 2015 Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets for:

Live Bands:
Enjoy old-timey music from Jacob Panic, Sweet Back Papas, Rodeo Motel, and DJ Right.

Great Grub:
Urban Bumpkin BBQ is a modern rolling cuisine that combines Asian, Native Alaskan and Russian dishes with American smoking traditions and unique bang’n flavors. They say, “Some may call it the identity crisis menu, but it’s definitely the epitome of melting pot ‘Murica!”

Meet the Experts:
Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more. We’ll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:
Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Preservation Maryland
Historic Roofing Company
Wagner Roofing
Prince George’s County Office of Historic Preservation
The Prince George’s Memory Project

Appraisal Advice:
Ever wonder whether Grandma’s knick-knack is worth anything? Sarah Reeder, a specialist at the Potomack Company, will be here to offer advice about antique appraisal. Her particular areas of expertise are mid-century modern design and decorative arts. Individuals with items outside of Ms. Reeder’s areas of expertise are welcome to bring their items and she will document them to be evaluated later by her colleagues.

Free Workshops:
10am- Understanding Your Electrical System
by Steve Palmer of Stephen Palmer Electric, Inc.
Familiar with all types of wiring, dating back to the late 19th century, Steve will be sharing tips to troubleshoot and assess electrical safety in old homes.

12pm- Capturing Our Legacy With Home Movies and Photographs
by The Prince George’s Memory Project
Makarah and Matt will explain the Memory Project and give an overview about collecting and preserving home movies and photographs. They will also show clips from some of their collected historic materials.

1pm- Harvest Farm Tour
by Deb Wren, Head Farmer at ECO City Farms Edmonston
Join us for a crisp neighborhood walk and a fall harvest tour of ECO City Farms. See the autumn setting in on the farm and enjoy some fresh air and nature right in the heart of the Port Towns.

2pm- Restoring Historic Windows
by Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures
An expert in conserving, restoring and reproducing period window styles from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Stephen will introduce you to basic maintenance and repair techniques for your old windows.

Thanks to our Sponsor:
Thanks to the National Association of Remodeling Industries Metro DC Chapter for making this event possible!


Community Forklift  is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078