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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

Friends Of Edgewood, MBT 5K Host Outdoor Movie Night On The MBT Thursday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCThe 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.

Community Forklift First Friday: Kid Activities, Craft Beer, Live Music, Pho Wheels And More

huge old doors
Now get your reclaimed wood with a side of beer!

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

Union Market Area To See 8 Development Projects In The Coming Years

Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates
Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

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.

Spring Fling At The Old Soldier’s Home This Saturday – Family Fun, Food Trucks And More

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.

old soldiers spring fling

One Eight Distilling Opens In Nearby Ivy City, Get Local Vodka, Gin and Whisky

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Image courtesy of One Eight Distilling

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.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in on Saturdays from 1:00 -4:00 pm for tours, samples, and sales, and there will be food trucks on hand. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE.

Honor Our Vets By Volunteering At The Nearby Veteran’s Hospital

picture courtesy of the VA website
picture courtesy of the VA website

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.

Fall Fun Fest At The Old Soldier’s Home – Something Fun For Everyone!

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. Fall Fun Fest Flyer

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

First Annual Freedom 5K XC At President Lincoln’s Cottage This Saturday

Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of Old Soldiers Home
Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage 

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.

Angelika Popup Brings ‘Micro Cinema’ to NE DC

Angelika PopupIn 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).