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Some recently Tweeted items, and a few new ones, worth wrapping up into a quick post:
* Last week I heard from the owners of what will soon be the Harry's Reserve "upscale" wine and spirits store at New Jersey and I, saying that they hope to be open by February 1.
* This year's NatsFest at the baseball stadium will be held on March 30, the day before the Opening Day home game against the Atlanta Braves. The schedule of events is still to come, but hopefully the decision to better tie in the event to the hoopla surrounding the start of the season won't be offset by it being on a Wednesday, when it's harder for kids to be there. (Especially kids who may already be playing hooky the next day!)
* The Yards Park web site now has information about renting space for public, private, or community events. And if you wander through the calendar, you can see what events might be on tap for this year, though the main calendar shows what's been confirmed, such as the Capitol City Beer Festival on May 28, the previously discussed DC Music Festival on May 7, the MetroDash obstacle course race on July 9, and a monthy Art Market.
* Stephen Strasburg, working on his degree while rehabbing, has written a thesis on the effects new stadiums have on neighborhoods, with a focus on Nationals Park. If he was looking for information on what the neighborhood looked like "before," I hope he found it! (And no, the thesis isn't available anywhere.)
* The National Capital Planning Commission will be looking at the final 11th Street Bridges site and building plans at their February 3 meeting. Gosh, I hope they like where the bridges themselves are placed in the designs!
* Off-topic, but the hunt seems to be back on for a new DC United stadium location, with one of the potential spots being across South Capitol Street at Buzzard Point in Southwest. (Please note that I said Buzzard Point. There is no s on the end. In case you missed 642 tweets about it today.) SWill has some additional information.
And, coming on Thursday (I hope), my 2011 State of the Hood roundup of the past 12 months' worth of activity, and what might be on the horizon. (I'm telling you this to force myself to actually get it done.)
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SW says: (1/18/11 7:28 PM)
Yeah, have NatsFest on a workday. Morons.


Tommy Twotone says: (1/19/11 3:20 PM)
Or maybe they're doing it at night.

Talked to my ticket rep about it yesterday, she said that by doing it the day before the season starts, they're able to get more players to participate.

Also, having gone last year when it was snowing, I can tell you that since everything is held in the Clubs, it gets very crowded, very quickly. Hopefully they'll be able to spread things out around the ballpark, similar to what they do for the picnic every summer.


IMGoph says: (2/5/11 8:35 AM)
JD: DCMud seems to disagree. They say that either spelling (plural or singular) for the Point is acceptable. What's your sourcing for this? I want to nail this down for good.


JD says: (2/5/11 10:35 AM)
IMGoph, you're not really putting me through this again after all that Twitter nonsense that day, are you? Not in my boundaries!

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