Neighborhood Spaghetti Dinner At St. Anthony’s This Saturday

St. Anthony School and Church

What’s better than a down home community spaghetti dinner? 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 10. The dinner will be held in Margot Hall, 3400 12th St., NE. The event is open to all Brookland neighbors. From principal Mike:

St. Anthony Catholic School welcomes all neighbors and friends to enjoy a delicious Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, June 10 (5:30-8:30 PM). The fundraiser/ dinner will be held in the parish’s Margot Hall, 3400 12th Street, NE.

Adults- $15
Children- $10

Includes dinner, wine, and dessert!

Contact the school with any questions.
Thank you,

Mike Thomasian
michael.thomasian@catholicacademies.org
(202) 526-4657

Free Yoga On The Met Branch Trail Returns For The Summer

Grab those mats and go!

Here is a great series of events for anyone interested in getting out and getting active. From an email from instructor Crystal Moore:

For the 4th straight year, I am partnering with the DC Road Runners Club to offer a FREE weekly, outdoor community yoga class on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

This All Levels class will accommodate every yogi, from beginner to advanced. We begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesdays after Memorial Day.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 30 through July 25
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Metropolitan Branch Trail
at foot of Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian Bridge

Get more details and sign up for classes here.

Brookland LGBT Neighborhood Pride Party/Potluck Saturday

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 there will be a potluck celebration for Brookland LGBT neighbors and friends at Wohlfarth Gallery (3418 9th Street NE) from 7:00 PM to 10 PM. Grilled Nathan’s Hot Dogs, a large cake, and a non alcoholic punch will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring other items to grill, or a side dish and/or wine or beer. Hope to see lots of neighbors there!

Brookland Outdoor Movie Nights Kick Off Saturday With Moana

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group starts up again Saturday. From the event page:

Menkiti Group and DCTV are proud to present Moana for our first Brookland Movie Night Under the Stars of the season! Bring your friends, family and a blanket to this fun neighborhood event!

The event will begin at 7:30 pm and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Also, save the date for the upcoming movie night dates: Thursday, July 20th and Thursday, August 17th. The movies will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE).

 

Brookland’s Finest Celebrates Its 3rd Anniversary With Special BBQ Menu All Weekend

How time flies!  Popular neighborhood restaurant Brookland’s Finest will have its third year anniversary this coming weekend. Check out the menu below and don’t forget to order one of DC Brau’s special Pride Pils German Pilsner in honor of Capital Pride Week. From an email:

Brookland’s Finest will celebrate their 3rd anniversary on June 9, 10 and 11 with a weekend-long BBQ. For this weekend only, the restaurant will feature a smoker on the outdoor patio, which they will use for various special menu items created by Partner/Executive Chef Shannan Troncoso, including smoked wings, smoked mac and cheese, a smoked crab cake sandwich and a smoked chocolate brownie. Together with partners Tony Tomeldon of The Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s, who both celebrated their bars’ respective 10th anniversaries earlier this year, the trio will celebrate their official third anniversary on June 9.

Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

14th Annual Brookland (Tuesday) Farmer’s Market Returns Next Week

We are happy to report that Licking Creek Bend Farm, a sustainable farm located in Pennsylvania will be returning to supply Brookland with their amazing selection of fresh produce.  Every year they have been known for excellent items like  juicy peaches, huge heirloom tomatoes, nectarines and corn. In addition to the amazing produce, there are others vendors selling items like breads, home-made granola, pastries and more. I encourage all  Brooklanders to come out and support our farmers market! The market will set up every Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm under the Drew Bridge (Michigan St.)  next to the Brookland Metro starting Tuesday June 6th.

DC Brau Releases Pride Pils In Support Of Capital Pride, Get It At Brookland’s Finest

We were excited to learn that nearby brewer DC Brau will re-package 200 cases of their Brau Pils as Pride Pils in honor of Capital Pride, Washington, DC’s celebration of the LGBT community. If you would like to give it a try, Brookland’s Finest has partnered with DC Brau for the weekend to serve their special Pride Pils from June 8-11. From a press release:

Proceeds from the sale of PRIDE PILS will benefit local LGBTQ youth empowerment program, SMYAL, and The Blade Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the Blade’s legacy while funding new enterprise journalism projects and encouraging the next generation of LGBT journalists.

Sounds great! We can’t wait to try it.

17th Annual Brookland House And Garden Tour This Sunday – Get Your Tickets Now

Petals Ribbons and Beyond

Just a reminder that the Greater Brookland Garden Club’s 17th Annual House and Garden Tour will take place this Sunday, June 4th, from noon-5 pm (after party from 5 -7 pm), rain or shine. It is so much fun  to see the insides of neighbors homes, check out their gardens, meet new people, and party down at the end of it all.

Tickets can be bought online here for $15 pre-sale.  (Price goes up to $20 on the day of the tour.) Pick up your tickets and tour maps at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, located at 3906 12th St. between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday. Tickets will also be
on sale at the store on Sunday, June 5th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

See you on the tour!

Arts Park Offers Free Family Friendly Activities Through September

Last spring we wrote about the groundbreaking of the Arts Park,  a project by Dance Place that turned an empty alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now, a year later, there is a full spring/summer line up of activities for the whole family. Check out the flyer below and the Dance Place event calendar for further information.

All That Jazz at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society

Outdoor murals set the scene for the cool vibes inside.

Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, which has its second anniversary this month, certainly isn’t shy about the music it celebrates.

Right from the street, striking murals of jazz musicians lead you toward an unassuming front door. Step through that portal on a typical Wednesday or Sunday evening, and you’ll find yourself in one of Brookland’s coolest little haunts.

Inside, rustic brick and plaster walls are decorated with photographs of jazz musicians, framed prints of jazz-themed artwork, and African masks and artifacts. A collection of tables and chairs line up in front of the main stage, where from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., local and visiting musicians play everything from Cuban jazz to blues to neo-soul.

JACS celebrates jazz musicians of all generations.

Visit midway through a set, as I did several times recently, and you’ll be pleasantly shocked by the blast of trumpet, the cool tinkling of piano keys, the heartbeat thrum of a guitar, the rumble of drums. It’s a unique sensation all the more precious for being right in our own backyard.

While the ambiance is leisurely, it should be noted this isn’t the kind of jazz you zone out too. There’s nothing smooth or quiet about the music here at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society. This is jazz that holds your heart in its palms, that excites you, that moves you. It’s impulsive, scattered, free-form.

Artistic director DeAndrey Howard has another, simpler way of putting it. His first words at the start of a recent show say it all: “Jazz, jazz, jazz.”

Jazz, and its historical roots, are everywhere you look.

The brainchild of Howard and Dr. Alice Jameson, Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, is about more than just great jazz performances. It’s also about jazz education, about sharing the music with different generations of listeners and performers. During two shows I attended, the room was filled with people of all ages and backgrounds, some alone, some in groups, everyone looking straight up at the stage in the dim lights, marveling at these cats working their musical magic.

During breaks in the sets, people chat with one another or with musicians. There’s also time for guests to grab a meal from a local caterer serving dinners on-site. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available throughout the evening.

In addition to serving as a cultural center for jazz, JACS also hosts other events, including lectures, spoken word performances, and writer’s groups. The building itself is available to rent for parties and special events.

A spoken-word performance piece celebrating the spirit of jazz

Coltrane. Ellington. Davis. Titans of jazz music, all of them. And all of them resurrected – along with other voices just waiting to be discovered – twice a week at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society.

So the next time you pass by those vibrant jazz murals on 12th Street between Franklin and Girard and you hear that cymbal crash or trumpet call, do yourself a favor: Go inside and listen closer.

Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society is located at 2813 12th Street NE. Open on Wednesdays and Fridays. For a list of upcoming performances, visit jazzandculturalsociety.com. Cover charge is $5.00 (some events are free).