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

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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

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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


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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

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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?

5th District Town Hall Meeting To Feature A Panel Of Crime Fighters

Logo Courtesy Of The U.S. Department Of Justice

At the last Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) Meeting Jamila Hodge, the 5th District Prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia informed the community about an upcoming Faith-Based Town Hall  meeting.  

This focus of the meeting is to share ideas about how to cut down on crime. Jamila explained that the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to encourage people to stand up and be active be in their communities. The Town Hall will feature a panel ready to discuss resources available to the 5th District community and to take questions. The panel will include U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, Metropolitan Police Department 5th District Commander Andy Solberg, Chief of the USAO Victim/Witness Unit Jelahn Stewart, and Chief of the Office of the Attorney General’s Juvenile Division Jennifer White, among others. The Town Hall will take place Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church in Brentwood, located at 1251 Saratoga Ave, NE. The meeting is open to everyone in the community.

Update Of The Catholic U Development, Monroe St. Market

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on the Catholic U development, so let’s see what’s new… Check out these really snazzy renderings of the common area spaces planned for the Monroe St. Market  apartment complex. This is the lounge area. 

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Monroe Street Market Lounge Rendering. Photo Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group.

This is the rendering of the game room.

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Monroe Street Market Game Room Rendering. Photo Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group

This is the rendering of the Library.

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Monroe Street Market Library Rendering. Photo Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group

This is the business center rendering.

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Rendering of the Business Center, Monroe St. Market. Photo courtesy of the Buzzuto Group.

The first apartments will be opening Spring 2013 and there will be a mix of  studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. But, right  now the crews have been busy upgrading the sewer and water lines on Monroe and 7thStreet, among other things. Perhaps the most noticeable progress is in the C Block since both buildings are now wrapped with insulation, and windows have started to be installed. Pretty soon we should start seeing the brick facade installed. Inside the buildings, “rough-ins” are starting. A rough-in is a preliminary stage of laying plumbing and electrical lines prior to building, electrical, or plumbing inspections. Here are some recent photos of the C block.

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As a reminder, here is what the C block is supposed to look like when complete:

Monroe Street Market (C Block) Rendering Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group.

Dance Place’s Open House & Brookland Family Day Was Fun For All Ages

Dance Place Brookland NE Washington DC

On Saturday, September 29, Dance Place hosted an Open House as part of their Brookland Family Day. The event was well attended and boasted tons of activities for everyone. Of course, dancing was the highest priority on the agenda. Free classes in Modern Dance, Afro Jazz, Zumba, African Dance, Hoop Dance, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap, and Step were offered. There were also fun outdoor activities such as balloon sculpture, juggling, hoop making, and jewelry making. The fun-filled afternoon was capped off with a free sampler dance performance including modern, African, step, hoop and more. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th St.