Noyes Park Community Meeting And Park Clean-up Saturday

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. Now that spring has sprung, it is time for a clean-up. From the Friends of Noyes Park Facebook page:

Live in the Brookland neighborhood? Want to share thoughts on how to improve Noyes Park? Come join us at our Community Meeting & Park Clean-up April 8th @ 10 am and share your thoughts! We’ll be serving coffee and donuts and officially opening up our community garden.


The park is located on Franklin Street in between 10th and 12th Streets NE. You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed.

Solitude (And Serenity) At The Franciscan Monastery’s Hermitages

We’re excited to bring on Brookland-based freelance writer Zak M. Salih for an occasional series of longer-form posts. Zak’s written for blogs and publications including UrbanTurf, Washington City Paper, The Millions, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. You can learn more about him at zmscopy.com — or just look for him sipping Manhattans at Steel Plate. Welcome aboard, Zak!

Hermitage at Franciscan Monastery (interior)

Peace. Quiet. Solitude.

For some people, that sounds like a horrible idea. For others, it sounds like just the respite needed from a frazzled, hyperactive life.

One solution to that, it turns out, isn’t hours away in the mountains. It’s right in our own backyard.

The hermitages at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America (1400 Quincy Street NE) offer anyone – not just the deeply religious – an opportunity to retreat from the world. To sit and contemplate things bigger than themselves.

Inside each hermitage (there are currently two) is 350 square feet of handicapped-accessible living space, including a bed, a desk, a kitchenette, a washer/dryer, and a small deck. The most important asset, however: the profound sense of removal from the world. (There’s a reason the hermitages are built to fit only one person.)

It’s a retreat in every sense of the word: physical, mental, and — if you’re so inclined (though it’s not a prerequisite) — spiritual.

As Father Jeremy Harrington, former Guardian of the Franciscan Monastery, said during the opening dedication ceremony of the first hermitage in September 2012:

Saint Francis regularly went to remote places, caves, and mountaintops to pray. So this is the hermitage for people to come and have the opportunity right in the middle of Washington for prayer, for solitude, for communion with God.

Designed in collaboration with architecture students from The Catholic University of America, the hermitages are a far cry from the dank caves and grottoes Saint Francis preferred. They’re more like 21st-century cabins dropped onto the Monastery’s 42 acres.

Hermitage at Franciscan Monastery (exterior)

And they’re getting more popular. A second hermitage opened last year on December 1 to accommodate increased interest in stays (the first hermitage hosted 76 visitors in 2016).

According to Susan Gibbs, a spokesperson for the Franciscan Monastery:

The original vision is to have a maximum of four hermitages, depending on space, finances, and demand. The second hermitage is located near the first, but the layout is different, so each experience will be unique.

If you’re interested in booking, it’s best to send an email to hermitage@myfranciscan.com. You can also call 202-526-6800 with general inquiries.

The cost is $80 per night and includes everything except food, for which the hermits themselves are responsible. As far as length of stay, people usually stay between one and seven nights, though longer retreats can be arranged.

This writer (and closet hermit) certainly plans on making a reservation in the coming months, once spring arrives for good.

Learn more about the hermitages here.

BNCA Sponsors Ft. Bunker Hill Park Cleanup Saturday

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. A national park, it is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets, NE. Unfortunately, sometimes it is in need of some TLC. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring another cleanup event.

From an email:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 8. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 10:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Brookland – Thursday At Menomale

Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, April 6th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm located at Brookland’s own Menomale. These events are always lots of fun, come on out and meet some neighbors.  Weather shouldn’t be an issue since Menomale will host the event in the (heated) outside patio.

For more information check out the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour Facebook event page, contact them via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail. com or on Twitter @ward5happyhourMenomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.

Free Women In Science Event Monday – Let’s Go To Mars!

Neighbors have been enjoying  the ongoing Women in Science series taking place monthly at local jazz club AJACS. So, we figured we wold continue spreading the word about it . The next event is coming up this Monday and will featuring Aprille Joy Ericsson, Ph.D, who is an aerospace engineer, technologist, project and program manager at NASA.  The interactive discussion will center on space exploration, particularly missions to Mars. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed. Check out the Tweet below for more info:

The event will take place at AJACS, 2813 12th Street NE on Monday April 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Spring To CUA Sunday – Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, Activities And More

The annual Easter community event on CUA’s campus is always a fun event for neighborhood kiddies. This year the event, Spring to CUA,  will take place on Sunday, April 2nd from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. The event is free and includes an egg hunt, moonbounce, face painting, duck pond game and an obstacle course. From the event page:

CUA invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon! Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including an Easter egg hunt. The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the day a safe and enjoyable time for our welcomed community guests.

*No dogs please.

RAIN OR SHINE

Register/RSVP for the event here. The event will take place on CUA’s Columbus School of Law lawn, between the Pryzbyla Student Center and the Columbus School of Law.

Pre-Order Easter Lillies And Palm Crosses, Support The Franciscan Monastery

Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery are hosting their annual Easter Lily and Palm Cross sale on Palm Sunday weekend. The high quality of the lilies at this annual event have become well-known, so if interested, you should consider pre-ordering now. From the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild website:

Enjoy beautiful Easter lilies and palm crosses this Easter while supporting the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Click here or stop by the Franciscan Monastery visitor center or gift shop  to pre-order your lilies and crosses.

Enjoy a $1 pre-order discount if ordered and paid for by April 4 (just $8 for pick-up April 8 or 9, or $7 if donated to the monastery). This is a beautiful way to share the Easter season with loved ones or to remember them in your prayers. Questions? Contact us at gardenguild@gmail.com or 703-967-0958.

The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE.

NE Eats Returns – Save The Date And Tickets On Sale Now. Great Event, Great Cause.

Pic of the indoor portion of last years NE Eats event

Last years inaugural Northeast Eats event was a fundraiser and tasting event which showcased local food and beverage production in and around the NE DC. We were happy to hear NE Eats coming back. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Brookland’s Washington Jesuit Academy. WJA is a tuition-free middle school for boys from the District’s low-income neighborhoods. WJA leverages an 11-hour school day and 11-month school year to help young men get ahead in school and unlock their potential. As all students attend on full scholarship, and WJA must raise 98% of its annual operating budget each year.

NE Eats tickets include all food and beverage tastings, live music, and kids activities (under 8 free). From an email from organizers:

We are thrilled to announce that NE Eats will once again take place on Saturday, May 6th 2017 on the campus of the Washington Jesuit Academy. With your help, the first NE Eats surpassed our wildest expectations, and we are hoping for the event to be even bigger and better this year. Live Music, additional local food and beverage tastings, lawn games, and enhanced kids activities are all in the works as we seek to have the event fully outdoors.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Jesuit Academy

Check out the preliminary line up of great local businesses participating, more are being added all the time:

  • Union Kitchen
  • Mess Hall
  • DC Brau
  • Three Stars Brewing Company
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Wardman Wines
  • Brookland’s Finest
  • Sloppy Mamas BBQ
  • El Camino
  • Ruby Scoops
  • Homestead
  • Whisked!
  • Captain Cookie
  • Goodie’s Frozen Custard
  • Nando’s Peri Peri
  • Panera Bread
  • Premium Distributors

Check out event details on the NE Eats website here. The  event rus from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and tickets are $50 each. Washington Jesuit Academy campus is located at 900 Varnum Street NE.

Bethune Day Academy Hosts A Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th And On Line

Bethune Playground

From a community announcement:

The Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, April 3rd-7th. 1404 Jackson Street NE Washigton, DC 20017. All Brookland Community Members are welcome to attend. All proceeds will help us to stock our school library. In school hours are 3:30pm-5:30 pm daily.

Sounds like a great cause. You can also shop at their online fair here.

10th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale – Registration Now Open

Save the date for the Great Brookland Yard Sale – now in its 10th year,  it will take place on Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm (though individual sale hours may vary). The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales and sign ups are underway. To register your sale use the GBYS online sign-up form, or call 202-733-5475. More details below the flyer.

  • This year there will be a staging location at Atlantic Electric, 3726 10th Street NE  (near Turkey Thicket) with vendors, booths and neighbors.
  • There is limited space for vendors and neighbors without a yard.
  • The published map of sales closes on May 1st, 2017. Registrations will be accepted afterward, but may not be included on the map.
  • Yard Sale registration is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • Want to donate unsold items? There will be a donation truck across from Turkey Ticket at Atlantic Electric; 3726 10TH ST NE. Bring unsold items before 3PM.
  • The rain date is May 13th.

The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a positive event for the neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money.  Check out the GBYS website for more information.