July 4th Parade on Barracks Row

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The annual 4th of July Parade is back on Barracks Row! It's always fun celebrating our Independence by watching the parade go up 8th Street. Information about the parade can be found on its Facebook page here, you can also direct any questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Spring Is Here!

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Our spring banners are up and petunias are in the hanging baskets! Take advantage of the beautiful weather and come check them out. They'll be changed seasonally, with themed summer, fall and winter ones as well.

 

Taste of Eighth

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Taste of 8th Tickets are on sale, and we're less than a week away. Click HERE to buy tickets!


This year's participating restaurant list:

AMBAR    |    ZEST    |    TASH    |    DCANTER    |     BELGA     |    NOOSHI SUSHI    |    DISTRICT DOUGHNUT    |    OLD SIAM    |    BANANA CAFÉ    |    SZECHUAN KITCHEN    |    CAPITAL TEAS    |    LAVAGNA    |    LAS PLACITAS    |  

 MATCHBOX    |    TED'S BULLETIN    |    DC-3    |    CHAT'S LIQUORS    |    MEDIUM RARE    |    CAVA MEZZE    |    SPRING MILL BAKERY      

Egg Hunt on 8th & Taste of 8th

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Egg Hunt on 8th and Taste of 8th

Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, April 19th is our Second Annual Egg Hunt on 8th.

The hunt area this year includes the 500 and 700 blocks of 8th Street as well as the lawn at Hill Center!

Enjoy the newfound spring weather and bring the family to take part in Egg Hunt on 8th! Free baskets will be provided for children to go up and down 8th Street looking for a variety of eggs - including the prize winning Golden Egg. 

Our friends at Ted’s Bulletin will be providing complimentary cookies and treats at the event table in front of their restaurant.

The Egg Hunt lasts from 2-4 PM, but we still need volunteers! If you would like to enjoy the day outside and hide eggs for kids to run around and find please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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Saturday, May 3rd from 1-4 PM brings back our annual Taste of 8th! 24 Row restaurants will be serving up appetizer-sized tastes for one ticket each. Many of our favorite restaurants will be back, including:


CAVA MEZZE   |   BELGA   |   MATCHBOX   |   TED’S BULLETIN   |   DCANTER


Tickets are on sale now for $5 each or $20 for a 5-pack, you can get those by clicking HERE. They sell fast, so make sure you get your tickets now!

To make our Taste of 8th happen we need volunteers! Remember, all of our Taste volunteers get free tickets. For great food and an even better time come volunteer! Let us know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



P.S. Enjoy some pictures of previous years Taste HERE and Egg Hunt HERE!

BRMS Applies for Community Grants

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Repairs to 8th Street Sought

The streetscape on Barracks Row, installed in 2003-04, has begun to show the effects of its own popularity. Ten years ago Barracks Row Main Street petitioned the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for the funds that added brick sidewalks, new trees, and historic lampposts to the corridor, but it’s clear now that the Row needs maintenance. We documented over 120 issues that need repair, most involving broken pavers and broken or missing bricks.

Help may arrive soon in the form of a grant from DDOT. The thinking in 2008, as the ballpark was completed, was that with the arrival of throngs of fans, season after season would be willing to pay special game-day rates at DC’s programmable parking meters, a part of this windfall should be shared with nearby neighborhoods that would experience the wear and tear of 81 annual home games.

Authored by Charles Allen and sponsored by Tommy Wells, the “Performance Parking Pilot Zone Act” was passed in 2008, and DDOT has been setting aside a portion of ballpark meter monies ever since to be distributed to affected neighborhoods. The funds may only be used for non-automotive projects. This year local groups including BRMS, the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, and the advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) were invited by DDOT to submit competitive proposals for the grant money.

Second Grant Request – Reinstall Tree Boxes

There is also a second Performance Parking Fund project requested by BRMS, a logical extension of our application for money for sidewalk repairs. This is to re-install the tree box surrounds that were once an integral part of historic 8th Street SE. When the new streetscape was completed, the original tree box surrounds were removed and never seen again.

DDOT has not revealed yet which grant proposals will be selected, but neighbors as well as ANC 6B are all rooting for our projects.Chis Hutson, who lives nearby, observes that“having broken bricks and muddy sidewalks on such a landmark street as Barracks Row … looks like we don't care about our neighborhood.” Longtime 9th Street resident Anne Seymour noted, “I fondly recall the elegant tree surrounds on Barracks Row. Our neighborhood is known for its beautiful gardens, and Barracks Row has the opportunity with new tree surrounds to switch from dirt and mud puddles, to become a showcase.”


GWellness Foundation Grant for Virginia Avenue Community Garden

BRMS is currently applying for a grant authored by the GWellness Foundation - managed by students in the Human Services at George Washington University -  for the Virginia Avenue Community Garden, located at the terminus of Virginia Ave. and 9th Street, SE. Tragically the Garden's shed was vandalized and many tools were stolen, and the Garden's rainwater harvesting system is in need of an upgrade. The grant application will hopefully give them a larger, more secure shed as well as a new and improved method to water their garden sustainably. 

The Garden has 60+ plots, and benefits many residents of the neighborhood. They host seminars on gardening to local scout groups and schools, routinely donate part of their harvest and funds to the local non-profit 'So Others Might Eat,' and even have fruit trees bordering their garden that anyone can pick from. The awarding of this grant would fund great additions to the garden and help spread healthy and sustainable practices in the neighborhood!


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