Brookland Community Picnic Saturday At The Monastery – Food, Music, Fun

Brookland Community Picnic 2016The Second Annual Brookland Community Picnic will take place at The Franciscan Monastery  this Saturday June 18th  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be a dunk tank, face painting, lawn games, magic shows, food, music and of course, a moon bounce. Checkout the event page here. Thanks to local real estate team Abbott Klar for hosting. The rain date is Sunday June 19th. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.

Mayor Bowser To Attend Girard Street Senior Residences Ribbon Cutting Thursday

Senior Housing on GirardWe have been following the affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences from initial discussions through the groundbreaking last summer. The building is located at 1545 Girard Street NE and consists of 25 one bedroom apartment homes specifically designed for seniors. The building was developed via a partnership between local development firms the Menkiti Group and Dantes Partners and financed by utilizing a combination of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), gap financing from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and private first trust debt.  From a press release:

Each apartment home offers a generous open floor plan and energy-efficient, individually-controlled heating and cooling systems. Unit kitchens are equipped with energy efficient appliances and granite countertops. Residents will have access to a wide variety of amenities including a large community lounge featuring a sun room and library. A wellness area provides recreational space for exercise and yoga. The lobby level features multi-functional seating areas for gathering and relaxing as well as free WiFi connectivity. A landscaped courtyard provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comforts of home. The Girard Street Apartments’ location adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue NE commercial corridor places public transportation, shopping and dining options all within easy reach.

The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Girard Street Senior Apartments will be Thursday, June 16 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and will be attended by government officials like Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and others.

If you are interested in the apartments contact Dantes Partners at (202) 536-5777.

Congrats To The Greater Brookland Garden Club For Another Successful House And Garden Tour

The 16th Annual Brookland House and Garden Tour took place last weekend, and once again, it was a terrific showcase of what a fantastic neighborhood we live in.  The tour, which is organized by the Greater Brookland Garden Club is one of the major annual neighborhood events that really brings our community together, as you can see from the pictures we took of the after party below. We were proud to be a sponsor of the event this year and look forward to participating again. (You need flash to see the slide show. If you can’t see it, click here to open the slide show in Flikr.)

Here is a message from Mary Pat Rowan, President of the Greater Brookland Garden Club:

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 16th annual Brookland House & Garden Tour a wonderful event. Thanks especially to the eight generous groups and families who opened their homes and gardens to guests and to the Capital Area Food Bank for guiding guests through their demonstration gardens.

Special thanks go to our major sponsor, Abbott Klar Real Estate Group (Jake Abbott & Shemaya Klar and crew). The reception, as always, was a celebration of our wonderful Brookland neighborhood with fantastic food and drink provided by our local merchants: Askale, San Antonio Bar & Grill, Brookland Grill, and Brookland’s Finest. The Brookland Bridge Blog publicized the Tour and provided a generous donation of wine. Jeff Wilson and Alvin Truesdale, our Founding Fathers, donated champagne from their recent Brookland wedding. Sara Lucas of Petals, Ribbons & Beyond delivered lovely
flower arrangements for the houses and sold tickets. St. Anthony Catholic School guaranteed we had enough chairs and tables to accommodate all our guests. And, not to be forgotten, everything moved smoothly because of the competent, helpful and cheerful young Brooklanders who were there to set up, greet guests and finally clean up.

Thank you all, especially garden club members and friends, for helping to make the event special for everyone.

We recycle our yard signs so if you have one or see one anywhere (in a yard or on public space) please take it and return it to the front porch at 1233 Newton Street NE or the front porch at 1518 Kearney Street NE.

Mary Pat Rowan
President, Greater Brookland Garden Club

Tuesday Brookland Farmer’s Market Returns For The Season

Farmers Market Washington DC
Brooklanders Enjoying The Farmers Market

The team from Licking Creek Bend Farm is back for this year’s season of the Farmers Market at the open space under the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge. The market started Tuesday June 7th and will continue on following Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm through the fall, rain or shine. Also, don’t forget to bring your bike, and our buddy  Lucky will tune it up for you and teach you how to take care of your bike. From a community message:

We’re glad to be back for the 2016 season!

The weather has been quite odd – too wet, too dry, too warm, too cold, but our amazing staff has been persistent and we’ll have early farm produce, especially RHUBARB, RED and GREEN SWEET SCALLIONS and plenty of individual HERB bunches – MINT, OREGANO, SAGE, TARRAGON, CHIVES, SORREL.

don’t forget to bring BAGS for you and the market.

We’ll have some really delicious STRAWBERRIES. We’re afraid the season will be short but these VARIETIES are wonderful, sweet, and juicy. They are so fresh and local, they won’t keep well in the refrigerator. They are grown to be eaten quickly (or you can freeze them).

We’ll also have some amazing MUSHROOMS – GOLD AND BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOMS along with SHIITAKES – registered as ORGANICALLY GROWN.

Believe it or not, we’ll have some early PEACHES in baskets and in quarts.

and possibly some BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES
and plenty of plants for your garden
…and other early seasonal goodies.

All our own crops are grown beyond organic standards.

Chris and his amazing breads, Ester’s Granola and Lucky will be back. Don’t forget to bring your bikes for their tuneups!

We look forward to a productive season together.

Dew Drop Inn First Anniversary Party This Sunday

The Dew Drop Inn
The Dew Drop Inn

Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their one year anniversary this Sunday June 12th, staring at 4:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and live music. From the event page:

Space Gilly would like to invite you in celebrating The Dew Drop Inn’s 1st birthday! Party starts at 4pm with music, food & trains all night. Do help us celebrate by droppin in & raising a glass.

The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Free Stand Up Comedy At Right Proper Brewing Friday

Right ProperWe thought neighbors would be interested in a free stand up comedy show from the Power of Positive Drinking, an  interactive open-mic comedy concept which combines stand-up and drinking games. From the event page:

Comic book characters are everywhere now. Movies, television, comedy shows, weird vigilantes who dress up wander around in real life “fighting crime.” At some point it we’re going to hit peak superhero and people will finally stop paying to just see Robert Downey Jr. be troubled but witty for two and a half hours. But until that moment happens, you’re stuck with Power of Positive Drinking and the finest comedians in DC making fun of these melodramatic fictional universes and the brightly-colored spandex-clad characters that exist in them. Might as well dust off that old collection of Action Comics, pull up a chair and have a drink!

The show is called the Anti-Superhero Comedy Show, and will take place on Friday June 10th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Brookland’s Finest Second Anniversary Specials Thursday

Commercial Property Washington DC 2009
12th and Jackson Streets NE Circa 2009

How time flies! This is how the location at  Brookland’s Finest looked when we moved here – boarded up, metal bars and all. It’s hard to believe this popular neighborhood restaurant will have its two year anniversary this Thursday.

We spoke with Craig, the restaurant’s general manager who said that patrons will enjoy happy hour prices all day and specialty cocktails from One Eight Distilling and more. Hope to see you there!

Spaghetti Fundraiser At St. Anthony’s Saturday – Music, Cash Bar, Raffle

What’s better than a down home community spaghetti dinner? One with a cash bar! We learned from our friend Mike Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony Catholic School, that the school will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser on Saturday, June 11.
The dinner will be held in Margot Hall, 3400 12th St., NE, from 6:00-9:00 PM and will include dinner, dessert, music, cash bar, and a 50/50 raffle. The event is open to all Brookland neighbors and the cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children and you can pay at the door. (If you know of anyone who would like to attend but cannot afford it, please call Mike at (202) 526-4657.) Check out the flyer below for more details.

Saint Anthony's Spaghetti Dinner

Black Girls Code To Host Parent-Daughter Workshop At Noyes

Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.
Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.

We were excited to learn that the DC Chapter of Black Girls Code will be hosting a workshop at Brookland’s Noyes School on Saturday, June 11. From the event page:

During this workshop, participants and their parents will explore coding fundamentals combining circuits, and Makey Makeys or littleBits as we introduce The Internet of Things (IoT): a network of physical objects and devices that can be controlled with a series of sensors, electronics, and software used to control objects in the physical world…Our Tech Divas and their parent partners will learn a little bit about circuits and get to jump into the making and designing together as a team in this introductory IoT class for girls ages 6-13 and their parents / guardians. The workshop is designed to encourage student (and parent!)-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.

Sounds awesome! As of now, it looks like the slots are filled, but sponsoring a girl or parent, or volunteering is always an option, as well as checking out future Black Girls Code events.

DDOT’s Crosstown Study Seeks Feedback On Proposed Changes

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketIn recent months we have posted about two DDOT Crosstown Study workshops, which sought feedback from the community about improvements along the east-west connections in Wards 1 and 5. Now you can see proposed changes that have been submitted on this Interactive Map. Greater Greater Washington also has a nice write up of proposed changes,  which includes new bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes that would make getting from Brookland to Columbia Heights quicker and safer for bikers.

There will be a third workshop  to gather input on the potential plans on June 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Trinity Washington University. In addition to this workshop, DDOT will have a Public Engagement Event on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Monroe Street Farmers Market (716 Monroe Street NE). For more info on these two events go here.