Brookland History Lives! Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House

Famous Writers Homes Brookland NE Washington DC
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home

 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born in this Brookland home at 1221 Newton St. NE in 1896. Her parents were Arthur Frank Kinnan, an attorney for the US Patent Office, and Ida May Traphagen Kinnan. Rawlings grew up here in Brookland until she went off to college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A writer, Rawlings is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Yearling,” and her memoir, “Cross Creek.” In 1938, The Yearling was the best-selling novel in America and is considered a classic of American popular fiction. Her body of work includes short stories, novels and nonfiction works about life in the backwoods of Florida, where she lived as an adult. Ms. Rawlings has a Historic State Park named after her in Florida where she lived when she wrote The Yearling. In 2008 The United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in honor of Rawlings.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Nelly!


 I met sweet, adorable Nelly last night at the happy hour.  Which makes sense since she is quite the social butterfly  – she has so many buddies dropping by her yard, that she barely needs to go to the dog park! We hear that she has one special friend though, her handsome boyfriend “George the beagle” at 15th and Hamlin. If you would like your pet featured here, contact us using the contact page.

Last Nights Ward 5 Happy Hour At Menomale – Good Times And Great Neighbors!

Last night over 40 Ward 5 residents showed up for the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour at Brookland’s own Menomale. As usual, it was a huge success. It was great to see old friends and meet new neighbors. The Ward 5 Community Happy Hour takes place on the first Thursday of every month at alternate locations. Check back  here for announcements, visit the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour Facebook page or find announcements on one of the many Ward 5 listervs. Many thanks to Jennifer, the organizer and Menomale for hosting. A great time was had by all.

Catholic U Drama Dept. Kicks Off Its 75th Season With Deep Discounts

Catholic U Theatre Brookland NE Washington DC
Photo of Hedda Gabler Flyer. Flyer Courtesy Of CUA Drama Dept.

The 2012-13 Season at Hartke Theatre promises to be a special one -they are celebrating their 75th anniversary! Catholic University’s Department of Drama  was founded in 1937 by Father Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P. I really dug how they sent the flyer to the left out to Brookland community. In honor of the Anniversary Season, they are offering 75% off tickets for their first production of the season, Hedda Garbler. The show runs from October 9 – 14th. Just use the code “Celebrate” when ordering.  Here is a description of the show from CUADrama’s website: 

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen,translated by Michael Meyer, directed by Eleanor Holdridge. Considered scandalous in its day, Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler examines the life of an ambitious, talented woman trapped by obligation and societal conventions in a boring and loveless marriage. One of modern theater’s most infamous protagonists, Hedda Gabler lies, cheats, schemes and steals to escape her own boredom, heedless of the consequences to those around her, until the very bitter end.

Order your tickets to Hedda Gabler here. Here are the other shows offered this Season:

  • #crazypants – A new play by Katherine Clair. Directed by Kathleen Akerley
  • Brutus (an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar) – Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes
  • Spooky Action at a Distance – A new play by Matthew Buckley Smith and Directed by Jerry Whiddon
  • Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood – Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play and Directed by Jay Brock

The Season will be capped off in April with two days of performances, festivities, honors and a gala reception:  

 April 26 at 8pm – Shakespeare in Hollywood
(special performance and pre-show party)

  April 27 at 7:00 pm – 75th Anniversary Event
and gala reception

NE Distillery Produces Green Hat Gin – DC’s First Liquor In Over 100 Years

Green Hat Gun New Colombia Distillery Brookland NE  Washington DC
Green Hat Gin Bottle. Photo Courtesy Of New Colombia Distillers.

North East DC is turning into quite the incubator for DC’s  renaissance in adult beverage production. The New Columbia Distillers, located just south of Brookland in Ivey City joins other NE establishments DC Brau and Chocolate City Beer in breathing life back into DC’s commercial production of libations. The distillery’s first product, Green Hat Gin , is now on sale at Schneiders of Capitol Hill. This marks the first time in over 100 years that a DC produced spirit is available commercially. But, no need to go all the way to Capitol Hill, as you can stop by the distillery and pick up bottle for $36. The distillery is still working on getting a tasting licence; but I bet checking out the rehabbed warehouse and their custom-made still and mash tun, fermenters, and hot water tanks, all imported from Germany, is worth the short trip. You can also check out the charred oak barrels along the wall of the distillery that house New Colombia’s rye whiskey production, aging for three to five years. According to DCist, “they’re usually at the distillery from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. For now they can only take cash or checks, but eventually they’ll be able to accept cards.” New Colombia Distillery is located at 1832 Fenwick Street NE.

Our Favorite Brookland Houses – Everything And The Picket Fence Edition


Beautiful front porch brookland NE Washington DC

I just love the color scheme of this house – and look at the gorgeous details on the porch – who wouldn’t love to come home to that? The light fixture, red double front door, and porch swing scream old-timey romance, to me, anyway 🙂 I’ll bet this house gets tons of natural light throughout as well. Top it off with a perfect white picket fence, and I’m smitten.

Project Rain Barrel – Do It Yourself

This is the story about my latest DIY project …… a rain barrel.

I spent a lot of time online looking at all kind of different options. From complete ready to install systems from the home improvement or specialized garden stores, most of them ugly – to used barrels, you never know what you get – to plain food grade barrels that still needed a spigot and overflow fittings – and everything in between.

I finally came across a website that sparked my interest. Veteran Compost is a business owned, managed and staffed by veterans and veteran family members. Their main product, as the name says, is compost. But they also build and sell rain barrels, that are available in original blue ($70), or painted ($150). I was very close to ordering one of their painted designs, but I did one more “google” search for individually designed rain barrel images. I found an easy method to design my own barrel. So I placed an order with Veteran Compost for a blue barrel. The transformation and installation of the barrel can be seen here:


Ward 5 Happy Hour To Meet Thursday At Menomale In Brookland

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC
MMmm MMmm Menomale

Last month’s Ward 5 happy hour was a great time. This month the event is returning to Brookland. This is from the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook page:

It’s official! Menomale will host Ward 5 Happy Hour – October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! And I am sure they would welcome you to stay and drink/eat afterwards too 🙂
Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE. As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not?