So, with the spring/summer events season getting into full swing, I'm just going to declare my failings right here at the outset, admit that my events posts are going to be awful, and invite my dedicated commenters to fill in the gaps in the comment threads.
* DC DUCK RACE:
On Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, DC's inaugural Duck Race
will be unleashed on the Yards Park. Put on by the DC Rotary Club, it involves rubber ducks sponsored by the community racing along a "contained course" in the Anacostia River. There are prizes for the winners, and the funds raised
go to the Rotary Club and local projects in the DC area. There will also be music, food, activities, and more.
* KINGMAN BLUEGRASS
: This is technically outside the JDLand boundaries, but since it's just up the river it's worth mentioning that the 2016 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
is also scheduled for Saturday, April 30, with music from noon until dark on six stages
and then one after-dark set by the Woodshedders. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. More about it here
I think that's it for this weekend (and, given the weather forecast, that might be A Good Thing.) Anything else going on nearby?
Zimmerman Field Ribbon Cutting at Randall Rec Center on April 9
Apr 5, 2016 11:15 AM
This is a smidgen outside of the JDLand boundaries (and I hope this post doesn't incur a border dispute with SWill
), but I figured readers might be interested in knowing about the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 9, for the new Ryan Zimmerman Field at the Randall Recreation Center, just across South Capitol Street at South Capitol and I Streets, SW. (It's the field you see when you take the South Capitol Street exit from the freeway.)
As you can see on the invitation graphic, Mr. Z himself is expected to be there, along with Dusty Baker, Mayor Bowser, and Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen, among others.
"Fun and games" start at 8:30 am, with the ribbon cutting and first pitch at 10 am, and then the inaugural baseball game at 10:30 am. (Leaving plenty of time for Zimm and Dusty to get to the ballpark for the 4:05 pm game against the Marlins.)
Charles Allen Ward 6 Happy Hour on March 21 at Biersch
Mar 18, 2016 10:12 AM
Ward 6 council member Charles Allen
is having a Ward 6 Happy Hour on Monday, March 21, from 6 to 8 pm right in the heart of Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard/#NeCaBaRY
, at Gordon Biersch at 1st and M Streets, SE.
"Meet up with friends and neighbors for conversation and a beer. Let Councilmember Allen know what's on your mind." And, who knows, maybe beer is on your mind, in more ways than one
Lineup Announced for Summer Outdoor Movie Series
Mar 14, 2016 8:44 AM
The official lineup for this summer's Outdoor Movie Series at Canal Park has been released, and I see that my subliminal attempt to sway the voting
had an 80 percent success rate.
The series is once again being held in the northern block of Canal Park
at 2nd and I Streets SE, and will run on Thursdays from June 2 to August 18, with movies beginning at sundown.
June 2: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
June 9: Inside Out
June 16: Ocean's 11
June 23: Hitch
June 30: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 7: Mean Girls
July 14: Jurassic World
July 21: Minions
July 28: Creed
Aug. 4: Pitch Perfect 2
Aug. 11: The Martian
Aug. 18: Skyfall
It's Spring, and the Events Calendar is Starting to Bloom
Mar 9, 2016 1:41 PM
The calendar may say March, but the current temperature and the activity in my inbox tell me that spring is springing into action. Here's the first wave of events to pass along:
* JDLAND HAPPY HOUR
: Don't forget
! It's tomorrow (Thursday, March 10), at 5:30 pm at Scarlet Oak, at New Jersey and K Streets, SE. And given the weather forecast, perhaps we'll be al fresco.
* ROCK AND ROLL MARATHON
: This Saturday, March 12, is the annual Rock n Roll marathon, which brings with it not only thousands of runners but numerous road closures
. #NeCaBaRY gets off pretty easily (compared to areas north of the freeway
and in Southwest
), with just southbound South Capitol Street closed from E Street across the Douglass Bridge. See the site for details
* COFFEE WITH CHUCK
: Well, it isn't exactly a spring-has-sprung event, but still worth including on a calendar roundup that the next monthly meeting for residents interested in the latest Virginia Avenue Tunnel
doings is on March 16, at 8 am at the CSX office at 861 New Jersey Ave. SE (RSVP here
* PSA 106
: The monthly meeting on issues of public safety is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at 7 pm at 200 I St. SE.
* ST. PAT'S CONCERT AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
: Another year of events at the Fairgrounds just north of Nats Park kicks off on Thursday, March 17, with a free St. Patrick's Day concert
featuring The Pietasters
and opening act Warden
* CHERRY BLOSSOM BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL
: Speaking of drinking (what, like St. Patrick's Day isn't a drinking holiday?), the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival
and its 100+ beverage options comes to the parking lots at 1st and N Street on March 26th from 1 to 4 pm. Tickets can be had
for $35 until noon tomorrow (March 10), and $45 after that.
And then, before you know it, it'll be April, and the red-uniformed neighbors will return home from their time in Florida, first on Saturday, April 2 at 12:05 pm for an exhibition vs. the Minnesota Twins*, then for the home opener on April 7 at 4:05 pm vs. the Marlins. Then there's the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 9, and a few days later Truckeroo will begin its 2016 season at the Fairgrounds on April 15. And then both the DC Beer Festival and the Sakura Matsuri festival on April 16. And much more, I'm sure.
JDLand Happy Hour Meetup on Thursday, March 10
Mar 7, 2016 6:33 AM
This was buried in a tidbits thread a week ago, but it's time for a more full-throated invitation to all:
Want to meet some of your fellow neighbors/office workers/generally interested citizens from in and around Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard/Near Capitol Ballpark River Yards (#NeCaBaRY)?
Then come hang out at Scarlet Oak
this Thursday, March 10, starting at 5:30 pm
--and give me
the chance to meet you
, as well.
Even if you don't ever comment on blog posts, even if you're thinking you won't know anyone, at least stop by and say hello, and join in what I'm sure will be a rollicking conversation about the Nats, the new I Street
, and whether any of us could ever possibly live long enough to ever see the Southeast/Southwest Freeway demolished
. If that doesn't entice you to swing by, I don't know what could.
I'll also have some coveted JDLand t-shirts available
for purchase, for $12.
A peachy time will be had by all!
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival Coming to New Jersey and M
Mar 3, 2016 9:50 AM
The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
, one of the largest of the annual events associated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival
, will be relocating to New Jersey and M Streets SE this year, thanks to a squeeze on Pennsylvania Avenue
resulting from the impending opening of the Trump International Hotel.
The festival, which attracted more than 40,000 people last year, will be held Saturday, April 16--and with the festival listing its entrances
as being at New Jersey and N, First and N, and First and M, it appears to be on the footprint of the Yards, at the former Spooky Building 213
and (eventual Spooky Park) site. (If so, there's a lot of dirt to be covered over in the next five weeks!)
The festival bills itself as the "largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States," and the "grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival." Alas, the official festival web site
has not yet posted a 2016 program guide, or festival map, but tickets are on sale
for $8 in advance--they'll be $10, cash only, at the gates. There are some details available on the food/beverage
and "Bring Japan Home
It doesn't sound like this is a permanent move, with WBJ quoting
the president of the Japan-America Society as saying that “We’re already thinking ahead to 2017 to see where we might need to go."
The Cherry Blossom Parade
is from 10 am to noon along Constitution Avenue, with Sakura Matsuri running from 10:30 am to 6 pm, so judicious non-attendees will definitely want to avoid the Green Line that day.
Choose Your Favorites for the 2016 Outdoor Movie Series
Feb 26, 2016 10:27 AM
While Mother Nature is sending February out like a lion (instead of waiting until March comes in, as custom would dictate), you can dream of warmer days by telling the Capitol Riverfront BID which movies you'd like to see
during the 2016 Outdoor Movie Series at Canal Park.
You get to choose up to five movies from the list
, and the image at right in absolutely no way would be trying to tell you which movies to pick.
The series will run this year from June 2nd through August 18.
Light Yards: Light-Themed Art Installation Through March 6
Feb 21, 2016 4:12 PM
I escaped town for this past week, so apologies on being late on this, but if you've wandered by the Yards Park this weekend and saw either a bunch of scaffolding or a big show, it's Light Yards
, which through March 6 will be "melding light, sculpture, and music to create wonder!"
The large "Point Cloud" and its sibling "Cube" seen in the image provided by the organizers were designed by New York-based light artist and architect John Ensor Parker, and will be joined starting on Feb. 27 by "giant luminescent rabbits," with a special family-friendly event from 3 to 6 pm that Saturday, "to delight in the sight of the enormous glowing bunnies, while enjoying children’s activities, including a giant Lite-Brite."
Also on Feb. 27, from 6 to 10 pm, there will be another light show set to music, performed by electric violinist DC Manifesto.
It's free and open to the public.
A Blizzard of Friday Tidbits: Il Parco Signage and More
Jan 22, 2016 9:31 AM
I am briefly emerging from the JDLand Weather Monitoring Bunker to pass along these items--feel free to talk all things snow (or anything else) in the comments. (The photo is from Feb. 2010, between the two big snow storms, just one of many I took that day
. And no, I'm not going to call it #snowmageddon.)
* IL PARCO:
A reader reports this morning that a sign is being hoisted on the Park Tavern building at Canal Park
for "Il Parco
," with a pizza slice-type icon. I haven't heard anything about how close it is to opening, but the sign should be a good, um, sign. (I expect to have a photo as soon as the official JDLand stringer gets moving.)
: And now the stringer has come through!
* WEEKEND HOURS
: According to Twitter, Scarlet Oak will be open
all weekend, while TaKorean will be open today
(Friday) from 11 to 2 and then closed Saturday. Osteria Morini is closing tonight
at 8 pm, then will be closed Saturday but is expecting to reopen on Sunday
. The Big Stick
is closing its kitchen at 5 pm tonight until Monday, but expects the bar to operate on normal hours. Justin's will be offering
an "extremely limited menu" from tonight at 5 pm through Sunday. Ice Cream Jubilee is closed today and Saturday
but expects to be open on Sunday. I will update if other restaurants announce hours.
is "currently open with a limited menu". Due South is open
all weekend (see down in the comments for the list of their Snow Daze Drink Specials). Aura Spa
is closed for the weekend.
ANOTHER: Nando's is closing
all its DC locations at 8 pm tonight, reopening Sunday at noon.
Everyone will be crushed to hear that the Virginia Avenue Tunnel demolition will be on hold
until Monday morning at 5:30 am. Weekend work will be limited to snow removal and "maintenance of traffic controls."
: Agua 301 is open tonight
, with happy hour drink specials from 3:30 to close. Hugh & Crye is closed
until Monday morning.
* BRIDGE PARK DEEP DIVE
: WaPo's Jonathan O'Connell takes a long look at the 11th Street Bridge Park
and what it might mean for neighborhoods east of the river should it ever be built.
* BILLY JOEL
: The Piano Man is going to be "the first artist ever to play Nationals Park three times," with this week's news of a show scheduled for Saturday, July 30
* RESIDENT SNOW INFO
: ANC commissioner Meredith Fascett has this lineup of tidbits
about city storm preparations and items residents need to know. And snow.dc.gov
is another good resource.
Keep an eye on my Twitter account
for retweets of openings and closings. So far, Bluejacket and TaKorean have said they are closed today, while Willie's and Due South are open. I'll keep updating when I can tear my eyes away from my window.
Bluejacket is open at 1:30, and Morini is open at 2 pm, both with limited menus.
Agua 301 is opening at 3pm.
Due South and Scarlet Oak are open.
Justin's and the Big Stick are open for libations, but the kitchens are closed.
Ice Yards has been moved to Jan. 30.
TaKorean and Ice Cream Jubilee are closed.
The Canal Park Ice Rink is closed, too.
Worried About Crime? Next PSA 106 Meeting is Jan. 6
Jan 5, 2016 7:41 AM
Many residents may not be aware that within the city's seven main police districts are smaller domains known as Police Service Areas
, and that PSA 106
, part of MPD's 1st District
, covers all of Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard along with some areas north of the freeway.
The PSA has had monthly public meetings for many years now on Saturday mornings, but it has been decided that attendance by not only residents but representatives of other agencies would be better if the meetings were held on weeknights. A make-up meeting for December is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 pm at the Capper Seniors Building at 900 5th St., SE, then the meetings are expected to be on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month going forward.
You can go to the meetings with concerns, or with questions about particular incidents, or ideas, or anything else having to do with crime and "order maintenance."
Also, if you haven't joined the MPD-1D mailing list
, that's another location to keep up with crime reports or ask questions of 1D's commander Jeff Brown.
Parcel Market Dec. 5 and 6; Help Decorate the Community Tree
Dec 3, 2015 10:08 AM
This weekend Canal Park
will be hosting the second annual Parcel Market
, from 12 to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with its "interactive art installations, a cozy food pavilion warmed by fire pits, live & local music performances, and a chic festival tent showcasing a thoughtfully curated list of local designers, artists, chefs, and food artisans." *
Plus, the neighborhood is getting a Christmas tree for the first time, in the park's southern block between L and M, and the Capitol Riverfront BID is inviting all residents to help decorate the tree
on Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 am. Bring an ornament for the tree and canned food to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank, and get a taste of coffee or hot chocolate from Philz
, the new coffee shop that will be coming to Tingey Street in a few months.
The tree will then be illuminated at 6 pm on Saturday
, Dec. 5, with Dupont Brass providing the seasonally appropriate music.
The market will feature all manner of items, including clothes, jewelry, accessories, pet toys and apparel, artwork, printmaking, and "home enhancements." Food will also be available for Dirty South Deli, Ben's Chili Bowl, Bluejacket Brewery, Ice Cream Jubilee, Agua 301, District Doughnut, and more.
If you want your visit to be a bit more hands-on, there will be workshops to make greeting cards, wreaths, and more. And of course the ice rink will be open.
(*Sorry to just quote a big chunk of text--today's my last day in the old building at the Post and I arrive with the first wave in the new building on Friday, so life continues to be just a wee bit hectic.
Events: ANC, CSX Open House, Culinary Crawl, and Maybe Skating?
Nov 6, 2015 12:14 PM
A busy week ahead:
* SIDE YARDS
: A reminder that the sideshow event comes back to the Yards Park
on Saturday, Nov. 7.
* ANC 6D
: The monthly Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting is on Monday, Nov. 9
, and this month the party ventures thisaway across South Capitol Street to the meeting room at 200 I St., SE. Agenda items
include a slew of items from Near Southeast, including construction updates for 909 Half
and 82 I/801 New Jersey
, pedestrian issues on I Street, the Virginia Ave. streetscape restoration plan, a DC Housing Authority presentation, and more. The meeting starts early, with presentations at 6:30 pm before the meeting "officially" gets underway at 7 pm.
* CSX OPEN HOUSE
: The quarterly open house
for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project is on Thursday, Nov. 12
, from 5 to 7 pm at the Courtyard Marriott hotel at 140 L St., SE. There will be no formal presentations, but there will be representatives from the project team to answer questions and provide updates. (If you can't make this, the next Coffee with Chuck
is on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 8 am at the same location.)
* CULINARY CRAWL
: The Barracks Row Main Street
folks have organized a three-day Culinary Crawl Nov. 14-16
, with cooking classes at various restaurants not only on 8th Street but also near Eastern Market and down south of the freeway in this neck of the woods, with Ice Cream Jubilee, Bluejacket, and Agua 301 all participation. Here's the schedule
, where you can also sign up/buy tickets.
* ICE RINK
: There were originally plans for a soft opening this weekend followed by a grand opening on Nov. 14, but the weather has played a bit of havoc
with that schedule. I've just heard that the grand opening will now be on Saturday, Nov. 21
, but on the 14th they are hosting a Cinderella-themed event from 11 am to 1 pm--dress as your favorite princess or prince for a chance to win tickets to the National Theater's production of Cinderella
Tuesday Tidbits: Side Yards, BID Survey, Hampton Inn, Va. Ave. Park
Nov 2, 2015 11:33 PM
A Look Back, eight years ago today: The southwest corner of 1st and M Streets, SE, with Normandie Liquors long closed and in its final few months.
* SIDE YARDS
: Back for a second year is "Side Yards
," an "evening of quirky amusement and wonder" showcasing top sideshow performers at the Yards Park on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 10 pm. Contortionists, magicians, juggling, escape artists and snake handling will all be showcased (sounds like a typical day in Congress!). There will also be burlesque acts, live music, and a beer garden. Tickets are free, but available in advance
* DC BEER FESTIVAL
: Also on Saturday, Nov. 7 is the DC Beer Festival
at Nats Park. Admission is $40 and includes unlimited tastings (wheeeee!).
* PERCEPTION SURVEY
: It's time for the Capitol Riverfront BID's annual Perception Survey, so take a few moments to tell them your feelings
about the neighborhood, whether you are a resident, office worker, or visitor.
* OKAY, HOW ABOUT DECEMBER
: Back in September I posted
about reservations being accepted for the new Hampton Inn
at 1st and N starting November 19. It's now December 9
* THE NEW VIRGINIA AVE. PARK
: ANC 6B commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg looks at the ideas
that came out of last month's public meeting to come up with a post-tunnel-construction design for Virginia Avenue Park.
* THE OLD VIRGINIA AVE. (NOT) PARK
: And speaking of Virginia Avenue between 9th and 10th streets, SE, this week's Lost Capitol Hill series on The Hill is Home
looks at the owner of a lumber yard in that spot during the mid-1800s.
: I'll just mention again that JDLand is now on Instagram
, if that's your social media landscape of choice.
: I've been tweaking the mobile version of the JDLand home page to add some of the items that have only been on the desktop page--a random Look Back photo, the Highlighted Projects development map, and even the Latest Tweets box. Visit on your phone to see what I mean.
This Week's Events: ANC, CSX, Dems, and Invasive Plant Removal
Oct 18, 2015 10:18 PM
(Today's not-in-any-way-connected-to-the-content-of-the-post photo: Looking south down 4th Street at M Street, Oct 20, 2003.)
A few items on the calendar this week, in addition to the previously mentioned Halloween festivities
on Oct. 24-25:
* ANC 6D
: The monthly meeting of ANC 6D
is Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 pm at 1100 4th St., SW.
* COFFEE WITH CHUCK
: The next installment of CSX's update sessions on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel
project is on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8 am to 9 am at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L St. SE. RSVP here
* WARD 6 DEMOCRATS KICK-OFF
: Ward 6 council member Charles Allen and the Ward 6 Democrats are hosting a reception at Agua 301 on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 8 pm to meet District Democratic Party representatives and officials. RSVP required for attendance
* INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL
: In the mood to rip some plants out of the ground? Join the Earth Conservation Corps on Saturday Oct. 24 from 10 am to noon at the pump house at Diamond Teague Park
(1520 1st St. SE) to clear unwelcome interloping plants from the wetlands along the Anacostia. Wear old, comfortable work clothes, and "be prepared to get dirty." RSVP to email@example.com. (I'd link to a web page with additional details, but alas, I can't find one.)
Events: Getting the Jump on Halloween Edition
Oct 14, 2015 10:30 AM
Credit for the season-appropriate image goes to the unknown resident at Onyx along L Street, who graciously put out mums and Halloween decorations in a location where the JDLand camera could see them. If you're a reader, thanks!
It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn, and so it's a good time to look at the lineup of the neighborhood's Halloween-themed events, which are conveniently scheduled the weekend before Halloween, since the big day itself is on a Saturday this year.
* PUMPKINS IN THE PARK:
On Oct. 24 from 11 am to 1 pm, the free Pumpkins in the Park
event returns to Canal Park
for its second year, with pumpkin painting, face painting, a moonbounce, and music from Rainbow Rock.
* WHARF PUMPKIN PALOOZA
: If you feel like stretching your legs a bit, you can wander over to the Gangplank Marina Park at 6th & Water Streets SW for Pumpkin Palooza
, on Oct. 24 from noon to 4 pm. "Create your own 'pumpkin' at the Wharf's waterfront art studio while listening to the Wil Gravatt Band." Plus, Grillmaster Bufus will be manning the King Ribs shack.
Halloween goes to the dogs with the Washington Animal Rescue League's Barktoberfest
, on Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 pm at the corner of 1st and N Streets, SE. There's dogs, there's dog costumes, there's bocce, there's shopping, there's food trucks, there's beer. Tickets
start at $10 for non-drinking guests, then go up to $35 in advance ($40 at the door) for general admission, or the $50 VIP unlimited-tastings ticket.
* GREAT PUMPKIN PARTY: The Waterfront Church is hosting a free Great Pumpkin Party on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott at 140 L St. SE (2nd floor). Candy, face painting, cookie decorating, "jumpers" (?), games, and more.
Also, if you're already looking past fall and toward winter, the word is out that the Canal Park Ice Rink
will have its grand opening for the season on Saturday, Nov. 14. And, on Dec. 5 and 6, the holiday-themed Parcel Market
will return to Canal Park.
Tidbits: Tunnel Latest, VegFest (Maybe), MOPS, Ice Cream
Sep 30, 2015 11:22 AM
Without much big news these days (and now without anything big and exciting of a sporting nature happening in the neighborhood in October), it's time to go to the Tidbits hopper.
(Plus a reminder, as always, that the Twitter box on the JDLand home page is a good place to check and scroll through for up-to-the-minute tidbits.)
* SEPT. TUNNEL UPDATE
: The slides from this morning
's CSX "Coffee with Chuck" event have been posted, with photos showing the work being done along each block of the project (taken in locations that nosey neighborhood blogger cameras generally can't get to).
Slide 13 indicates the closure of the 300 block of Virginia Avenue is expected the week of Oct. 12, and that excavation for the tunnel in the 400 block should be getting underway right about now. Slides
also show the temporary driveways and sidewalks in the 300 block of Virginia and at the Capper Seniors building east of 5th.
* DC VEGFEST
: Saturday Oct. 3 is the scheduled DC VegFest
from 11 am to 6 pm in the parking lots at the intersection of 1st and N SE (which, let's be honest, is a stretch to call a "Yards Park" location). There will be more than 130 vendors, cooking demos, free samples, a beer garden, a canine "barking lot" and activities for kids. It's a rain-or-shine event, but with the dicey forecast this weekend, a note on the web site does say that "severe weather conditions may result in a cancellation."
* MOPS GROUP
: The Waterfront Church
is organizing a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group
for the neighborhood, with monthly meetings beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 9 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott at 140 L St. SE. The group's mission is to "connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood." Register here
, noting that there is a $50 annual fee (or $25 if you don't require childcare at the meetings).
* ICE CREAM, FALL EDITION
: In my quest to alert readers to important neighborhood news, I will pass along that Ice Cream Jubilee
has announced its fall flavors: salty apple cinnamon, maple rye pecan, pumpkin honeycomb, and kiwi lemongrass. Also, eight-inch ice cream cakes are now available for custom orders, for $65.
Saturday Events: Parktoberfest, Pups, Barracks Row Fall Festival
Sep 25, 2015 8:13 AM
I know you are tapping your toes so you can go to all the transportation meetings next week
, but in the interim:
: The first hint of fall is in the air, so it's a great time to head to the Yards Park
to drink beer and watch Dachshunds race. It's free to attend, and open to all (though unlike real Oktoberfests, you have to be 21 to buy and consume alcohol). If you think you have the fastest Dachshund in the land, sign up for the 4th annual Wiener 500
Dachshund Race The party runs from 1 pm to 5 pm.
* PUPS IN THE PARK
: Perhaps some of those fast canines will race right over to Nats Park for the final Pups in the Park
of the 2015 season. Game starts at 4:05 pm, and tickets for humans are $26 and $10 for pups (proceeds benefiting the Washington Humane Society) -- but there's no pricetag on crying in your beer as the season ends.
* BARRACKS ROW FALL FESTIVAL
: Out of the jurisdiction slightly, but still worth noting that the 15th annual 8th Street party is on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm
, with a slew of scheduled happenings
(music, dance, illusions, and "donkey processions to center stage") in addition to the usual lineup of tents with offerings. And the Belga/Matchbox beer garden is returning again.
Navy Yard Neighborhood Assn. Picnic, Now on Saturday Sept. 19
Sep 17, 2015 11:01 AM
The picnic is now on Saturday, Sept. 19, with a rain date of Sept. 20 (though the forecast looks fine and dandy for the 19th).
With a theme of "Neighbors No Longer Strangers," the Navy Yard Neighborhood Association is having a combination community picnic and fundraising flea market
from noon to 5 pm at the Joy Evans Park, 555 L St., SE, just behind Van Ness Elementary.
Co-sponsored with the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Village Timebanks and Capitol Quarter Community Associations I and II, paper plates, utensils, beverages and much of the food will be provided, and while grilling won't be allowed (or dogs), attendees are welcome to bring along "food offerings" to share.
Flea market donations such as books, toys, games, and small appliances in good condition (but no clothes) will be accepted.
See the NYNA's Facebook page
for more details about the picnic and the group.
(The first bad weather in weeks has prompted the organizers to postpone the picnic from its original Sept. 12 date.)
Capital Bikeshare Birthday Party at Yards Park on Sept. 19
Sep 16, 2015 9:57 AM
is celebrating its 5th birthday
with a free screening of the classic bicycling movie Breaking Away
at the Yards Park
on Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 7 pm.
There will be a whole lot of swag for CaBi members, with your key fob getting you $1 off a regular cone at Ice Cream Jubilee, $1 off pints of Forbidden Planet at Bluejacket, 10% off all food orders, and 20% off drink orders at the bar at Osteria Morini, 10% off all food orders and Happy Hour pricing on drinks at Agua 301, and giveaways of Capital Bikeshare blankets and tote bags to early arriving members. (Founding members get special reserved VIP seating with their black fobs--like mine, still going!)
As for Breaking Away
, it warms my heart to see this choice, because it is one of my all-time favorite movies, and is highly recommended to anyone who's never seen it. (The word "REFUND?!
" is legendary in my family thanks to Paul Dooley.)
The Swift Invasion Has Begun.
Jul 12, 2015 12:03 PM
I'm minding my own business, walking around taking photos despite the clouds and haze to escape the torture of the Wimbledon men's final, and I turn north from Diamond Teague Park to find....
The trucks were all lined up on N Street as well, and clearly the word was out, because a woman rolled down the window on her tween-filled minivan to tell me that "TAYLOR IS HERE." I didn't see her, but I assume she arrived in better accommodations than one of these 18-wheelers.
For those not tracking this event minute-by-minute, there are two shows, on Monday and Tuesday nights (July 13 and 14). The gates open at 5 pm, and the show starts at 7 pm. Here's the Nats Park page listing all the items concert-goers should know in advance
June's Events, Happenings, Gatherings, Activities, Occasions, Shindigs....
Jun 4, 2015 9:08 PM
Here's a first look at some of the major non-Nats happenings scheduled for the next few weeks. (I originally felt bad for missing the first few days of the month, but the rain ended up absolving me.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 5:
Friday Night Concert Series
- Scott's New Band, Yards Park
, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6:
Total 200 Bike Ride
, Beginning/Ending at Canal Park
. Register here
, if you dare.
MONDAY, JUNE 8:
Monthly Meeting, 1100th 4th St., SW, 7 pm.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11:
54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game
, Nats Park
, 7:05 pm. Tickets $10
Thursday Night Outdoor Movies
, "Selma," Canal Park
, Sundown. Free.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12:
Truckeroo Food Truck Festival
, Half Street Fairgrounds, 11 am - 11 pm. Free.
Friday Night Concert Series
- DC Jazz Fest
, Yards Park
, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
DC Jazz Fest
at the Yards, 2 - 10 pm. Tickets $56.50
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
CSX/Virginia Avenue Tunnel
"Coffee with Chuck
" Monthly Meeting, Courtyard by Marriott
, 7:30 - 9 am. Free.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Thursday Night Outdoor Movies
, "The Princess Bride," Canal Park
, Sundown. Free.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Friday Night Fishing
- catch and release fishing at Diamond Teague Park, 5 - 8 pm. Free.
Friday Night Concert Series
- Texas Chainsaw Horns, Yards Park
, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Free.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Oneness Yoga Festival
, Yards Park, 11 am - 7 pm. Tickets $30
, kids free.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Paddle Nights on the Anacostia
, Ballpark Boathouse
at Diamond Teague Park
, 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Free, but registration required
Thursday Night Outdoor Movies
, "Rush Hour," Canal Park
, Sundown. Free.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Friday Night Concert Series
- Jah Works, Yards Park
, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Free.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Upcoming Biking, Music, Opera, Fitness, and Imbibing Activities
May 14, 2015 10:12 AM
It's a fairly sizeable lineup of events on the neighborhood calendar over the next few days:
* BIKE TO WORK DAY
: The forecast looks swell for DC's annual Bike to Work Day
, on Friday, May 15. Canal Park
is one of the pit stops
, from 7 to 9 am, at which there will be refreshments and food, plus you'll have a chance to win prizes if you have registered
. (Looks like the free t-shirts are all already claimed, though.) Read about commuter convoys, ride buddies and more at the official web site
* FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
: The Friday night Summer Concert Series
at Yards Park
kicks off this week, with the R&B stylings of Jimi Smooth. The concerts begin each week at 6:30 pm, and the Grassy Knoll fills up pretty quickly, so arrive early!
* OPERA IN THE OUTFIELD
: Saturday is Cinderella
Day at Nats Park, thanks to the the return of the annual Opera in the Outfield
simulcast. Gates open at 5 pm, with a slew of pre-performance activities and entertainment, including a Royal Parade that will allow "kids of all ages" to arrive in costume and march around the lower concourse. The actual simulcast begins at 7 pm, and it's all Rain or Shine, and all free and open to the public. Note that sitting in the outfield now requires a wristband handed out on a first-come first-serve basis. More details here
* GLUG GLUG GLUG
: This most assuredly is not free, but Canal Park on Saturday will host "ABV
," an afternoon of "outdoor imbibing" of the "finest craft beverages," put together by Greg Engert
and friends. It will run from 3 to 8 pm, rain or shine, and tickets are $20 at the door or in special advance packages
. The full list of beer, wine, and spirits to be available is here
* FITNESS IN THE FRONT
: Technically not a weekend event, but you may need to toss in a workout session or two after a big weekend--and just your luck, the lineup of outside summer fitness classes
gets underway on Monday, May 19. Brought to you by VIDA Fitness and DC BFIT and located in Yards and Canal Parks, the classes range from Yoga to Zumba to "high energy" to Boot Camps to a once-a-month family fitness session. The schedule is here
, and classes are free and open to the public.
* MARGARITA WARS
: In case you didn't get your fill of drinking in a neighborhood park at ABV, City Paper's third annual Margarita Wars
is slated for May 21 at 6:30 pm at the Yards Park. "You be the judge as the region's top mixologists compete for your vote in a winner take all battle for 'rita supremacy." Tickets are $25 and include unlimited margarita tastings. Also included: one of those extra-special tequila-fueled hangovers. (But you'll want to recover by May 30, when the Tour de Fat extravaganza
returns to Yards Park.)
Events Tidbits: Nerf Battle, Lanterns, River Cleanup, Bard in the Yards
Mar 30, 2015 10:00 PM
A few items to put on your radar, as the calendar turns to April and organizational thoughts turn to event programming:
: The Waterfront Church is holding an Ultimate Nerf Battle
for students in grades 5-12, from 6 to 8 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott (2nd floor) at 140 L St., SE. Admission is free.
: As part of the mega Cherry Blossom Festival
, there will once again be Lantern Making at Canal Park
, with sessions at 10 am and noon. There will be a "variety of Japanese cultural activities," as well as a moon bounce (for the KIDS, not you!). It's co-hosted by Capitol Riverfront BID and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
(Also on April 4 is the Nats-Yankees exhibition game, but we'll discuss that later, along with Opening Day on April 6.)
: There will be an Anacostia River cleanup
event, from 9 am to noon, at Anacostia Park
, put on by Anacostia Riverkeeper
, Near Southeast Community Partners
, the National Park Service, and others.
: Another year of the Truckeroo
food truck festival kicks off at the Fairgrounds, from 11 am to 11 pm.
Did you know that, had he lived, William Shakespeare would have been celebrating his 451st birthday this year? It's true! And so the Folger Theater
and the BID are marking the occasion with Bard in the Yards
, three nights of outdoor films at the Yards Park. The 1993 version of Much Ado About Nothing
will kick things off on Friday, April 24, followed by the DiCaprio/Danes version of Romeo + Juliet
on Saturday, April 25, and wrapping up on Sunday, April 26 with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in The Taming of the Shrew
. All showings are free, and will begin at sundown, somewhere between 7:30 and 8 pm each night. Actors from the upcoming Folger production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
will introduce the flicks. Conversing in iambic pentameter will be optional.
Remember to keep an eye on the JDLand calendar
(scroll down the home page) to be reminded of what's on the neighborhood agenda.
2015 Capitol Riverfront Thursday Movie, Friday Concert Lineups
Mar 26, 2015 8:36 AM
: You voted a few weeks back
, and now the lineup has been announced for this year's Capitol Riverfront's Outdoor Movie Series
at Canal Park
June 4: Back to the Future
June 11: Selma
June 18: The Princess Bride
June 25: Rush Hour
July 2: Independence Day
July 9: Bring It On
July 16: LEGO Movie
July 23: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
July 30: Big Hero 6
August 6: Pitch Perfect
August 13: The Goonies
August 20: Guardians of the Galaxy
August 27: To Kill A Mockingbird
September 3: The Sound of Music
The official start time each week is "sundown," but the BID invites you to come around 7 pm with picnic in hand. All movies are free and open to the public.
: The Friday Night Concert Series
at the Yards Park
is coming back for its fifth (!) year, starting at 6:30 pm each week. The schedule of musical acts:
May 15: Jimi Smooth
May 22: Still Surfin'
May 29: Sponsored by Tour de Fat: Lineup TBA
June 5: Scott's New Band
June 12: DC JazzFest at The Yards: Soul Rebels & Sharón Clark
June 19: Texas Chainsaw Horns
June 26: Jah Works
July 3: Almost Journey
July 10: Hand Painted Swinger
July 17: Wesley Spangler
July 24: Justin Trawick
July 31: White Ford Bronco
August 7: Morrison Brothers
August 14: Jeff From Accounting
August 21: Lloyd Dobler Effect
August 28: Special Guest TBA in August!
September 4: Crowded Streets
Van Ness Elementary Fundraiser at Nando's on March 24
Mar 23, 2015 8:57 AM
Originally scheduled in February but delayed thanks to snow, the fundraiser at Nando's Peri-Peri
for Van Ness Elementary
in advance of the school's reopening this fall is now happening on Tuesday, March 24.
Bring the flyer
to Nando's between 5 pm and 10 pm, order food, and Nando's will donate 40% of fundraiser sales to help raise money for the school. (Don't fret either the Feb. 17 date on it or about the RSVP stuff.)
This is the third in the series of fundraisers for nearby schools put on by the Near Southeast Community Partners
group and Nando's, and there's a mini-competition going on to see which school raises the most money. So, if you're in the mood for chicken and mushed minty peas on Tuesday, print out the flyer and head to Tingey Street....
Tuesday Tidbits: What's in a Name, Anyway?
Mar 3, 2015 9:15 AM
Catching up a bit:
* CHEF SCOUTING
: Master chef Peter Chang
and his partners are "looking in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood for a 6,000-square-foot space that could, when finished, serve as Chang's fine-dining flagship." He is about to open restaurants in Rockville
, alongside his existing Richmond
and Charlottesville offerings that all showcase his "genuine, flame-throwing Sichuan cooking" considered to be some of the best Chinese food in the country. However, given that the word "peripatetic
" is often used to describe him, we'll see what happens. (WaPo
* FESTIVAL FESTIVALING
: The National Cherry Blossom Festival
will close this year with a new event, the Anacostia River Festival
, on April 12 from noon to 4 pm at Anacostia Park. A joint effort by the 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Park Service, it is expected to feature boating, fishing workshops, tours of historic Anacostia, and "other unique programs to engage families with the environment."
* POOL CLUBBING
: VIDA's Penthouse Pool Club
opens on May 1
. Assuming it has stopped snowing by then.
: I've referenced this in a few unofficial places, but might as well just give it the full-on treatment. Recently Mr. JDLand was struck by a creative bolt of lightning (or perhaps was just tired of listening to me rant and rave), and presented me with the design at left. With tongue most firmly in cheek, I admit it cracks me up. If you would like to be among those making such a bold statement, the shirts are $12, available in S-M-L-XL. An in-person hand-off can probably even be arranged if you live within the general JDLand listening area. Shoot me a message
if you are interested.
Vote for the 2015 Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movie Lineup
Mar 2, 2015 10:56 AM
As you watch the ice melt off the trees and drip onto the snow, take a moment or two to vote on the movies you want to see
in the lineup for this summer's Capitol Riverfront 2015 Outdoor Summer Movie Series, which will show movies weekly in the northernmost block of Canal Park
on weather-appropriate summer evenings between June 5 and Aug. 27,.
There's no theme this year other than "People's Choice," and the candidates are a mix of pretty recent offerings (The LEGO Movie
, Hunger Games - Mockingjay
, The Fault in Our Stars
, and Big Hero 6
, to name a few) and classics (Back to the Future
, The Princess Bride
, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
, and To Kill a Mockingbird
This Week's Calendar: Nats Tickets, Jobs, Van Ness, Mardi Gras (and More)
Feb 16, 2015 10:57 AM
A healthy lineup of events this week:
* NATS TICKETS/PROMOTIONS AT THE BALLPARK
: Single game tickets for the Nats' 2015 season go on sale
to the general public Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 am. (Season ticket holders get their shot on Wednesday.) Believe it or not, this will be the Nationals' 11th season in DC (and the 8th at Nats Park
), so there are a whole slew of anniversary-related promotions
planned this year, including 10-Year Tuesdays, six games that will feature special guests, pregame ceremonies, and giveaways. Other offerings of note include the Great Moments in Nationals History Bobbleheads, the Jayson Werth Chia Pet, and the Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome, plus six Pups in the Park days and a Star Wars day.
* FAT TUESDAY AT CANAL PARK (SORT OF)
: The Capitol Riverfront BID
will be celebrating Mardi Gras
on Tuesday, Feb. 17,
with a "Second Line" march scheduled for noon in Canal Park, featuring local band Brass Connection. There will also be king cake served in the light cube,
and of course beads will be flung. (Checking to find out whether they will be marching through the snow. UPDATE
: No parade, no band, no cake, but beads are still to be flung.)
* VAN NESS FUNDRAISER AT NANDO'S (MAYBE)
: Tuesday, Feb. 17 is also the Van Ness Elementary
fundraiser at Nando's Peri-Peri. From 6 pm to 10 pm, the restaurant will donate 40 percent of its receipts from all sales made to people with the fundraiser flyer in hand
. (And if you didn't RSVP, that's okay.) UPDATE:
If there's a heavy coating of snow, this may get pushed to March. The call will be made on Tuesday morning. UPDATE II:
It's been snowed out--the new date is March 24
* JOB FAIR AT ARENA STAGE
: Newly minted councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman are co-sponsoring the latest edition of the DC Job Fair
, at Arena Stage, on Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Businesses that will be there looking to hire include Giant Food, Clark Construction at the Wharf, CSX, DC Water, Sears, Big Bus Tours, the Architect of the Capitol, and others. There will also be a number of organizations represented that provide support services for those looking to re-enter the job market.
* LIVE MUSIC AT BLUEJACKET
: Because they aren't packing enough people in on Friday nights, the brewery at 4th and Tingey is launching a live music offering
on alternate Fridays up until the start of baseball season. It starts on Feb. 20 at 10 pm with Crystal Youth. No cover charge.
* LASER CAT AT THE YARDS
: If you're near 3rd and Tingey this weekend and are wondering about the lasers, music, and cries of "Pew! Pew!" emanating from the old Building 170
, it's Laser Cat
, being presented by the Washington Project for the Arts. The free tickets appear to be gone
for the Friday/Saturday night sessions (oops), but you can still RSVP to Laser Cat Kids
on Saturday, Feb. 21 from noon to 2 pm. There will be cat-ear making, balloon and glitter tattoo artists, the inevitable face painting, and of course, a huge freaking feline.
Aura Spa and Bang Salon Opening Celebration on Jan. 21
Jan 20, 2015 1:07 PM
If you haven't yet ventured into the non-workout portions of the VIDA Fitness complex at Twelve12
at the Yards (or even if you have!), both Aura Spa
and Bang Salon
are hosting a grand opening celebration
on Wednesday, January 21 from 6 to 8 pm.
Champagne, wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Aura Spa will be offering complimentary lip or brow waxing (quantities limited) along with special pricing on massages and facials ($99 for 60 minute treatments). At Bang Salon, stylists will provide personal hair consultations, and guests will receive courtesy gift bags in addition to "fun swag" that will be raffled off.
They're asking that guests RSVP their attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The entrance to both spots is through the VIDA doors on Tingey Street east of 4th.
Ice Yards, A Party with a 'Ski Chalet Vibe', on Jan. 17
Jan 13, 2015 11:26 AM
Cold enough for ya?
Looking to do something to pass the time while it's cold?
Want to be even colder?
Want to have fun while being cold?
Want to do stuff to warm up while being cold?
If you're 21 or older and answered "Why, yes!" to any of the above questions, head down to the Yards Park
on Saturday, Jan. 17 for Ice Yards
, billed as the "ice version" of the big Splash Yards party last summer.
With a "ski chalet vibe," the shindig will run from 2 to 6 pm and is slated to have ice bars, a "frosty beer garden," a DJ, live music, a "ski lounge," fire pits, hot tubs, "Absolut Snow Cones" (SOLD!), and interactive winter-themed video games.
The forecast for Saturday currently calls for a bit of a warm-up, to around 45 degrees, but if that temperature was cold enough to hold the NHL Winter Classic, I'm sure it'll be fine for a party.
It's free, but give them an RSVP at EventBrite
or on Facebook
if you think you're going (1,800 of your closest friends have already clicked "Yes").
NHL Winter Classic Events and Info; Noon Yards Eve, Too
Dec 30, 2014 3:01 PM
It's almost that time, with the NHL Winter Classic
's puck drop now less than 48 hours away, at 1 pm on Thursday, Jan. 1 at Nationals Park. (Check out the webcam
to watch as preparations inside the stadium are rushed to completion.)
While tickets aren't easy to come by without a sizeable wad of cash
, there will be events around the neighborhood where the both lucky ticket holders and unlucky ticket unholders can congregate before, during, and after the game.
* OFFICIAL FAN FESTIVAL
: As mentioned previously
, the official SPECTATOR PLAZA PRESENTED BY GEICO will be set up at the Fairgrounds at Half and M streets, SE, from 9 am until 1 pm, with all manner of attractions, prizes, food, music, and purchasing opportunities.
* ROCK THE RIVERFRONT:
Starting at 10 am and running until 7 pm, Canal Park
will celebrate the Winter Classic with its own free "Rock the Riverfront
" festival, with CBS radio station 106.7 The Fan broadcasting live from the roof of the Park Tavern before and after the game. There will be live music, beer from DC Brau, food, ice skating (natch), former Caps players (including Dave Christian), and more. And the game will be broadcast on multiple TV screens.
* OTHER VENUES
will open at 8:30 am, the Big Stick
at 9 am, Bluejacket
at 10 am, Justin's Cafe
at 11, and Biersch at 1 pm (because of a private event earlier in the day)--the Post's Going Out Guide
has more on what these places will be offering. And of course my Food Options map
gives you the complete lineup of eateries and drinkeries in the area.
* CAPS MASS
: St, Vincent de Paul church at South Capitol and M SE is providing a special Winter Classic Caps Mass at 11:30 am
: (ADDED) There's going to be a corral
from 11:30 am until 30 minutes after the game at the dock at 1st and N SE.
And now, the buzz-kill items:
* ROAD CLOSURES
: MPD has announced road closures
from 8:30 am until approximately 6:30 pm, including Potomac Avenue south of the ballpark, 1st Street south of M, N Street from South Capitol to Tingey, and Half, Van, and Cushing (?) between M and N.