Barracks Row Fall Festival 9-28-2013

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Barracks Row Fall Festival - September 28, 2013

If you love DC’s famously diverse spirit then put Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill on your must-do list Saturday, September 28, 2013; festival opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, dozens of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants -- most with sidewalk cafés for perfect festival viewing. Matchbox Food Group (Ted’s Bulletin, DC 3 and Matchbox) will be partnering with Belga Cafe and Cava for the first ever outdoor beer garden.

Llamas, goats and hedgehogs are waiting to meet you at the petting zoo; acrobats from nearby Trapeze School New York will be sailing through the air at treetop height and at 2:30 p.m. there is a performance by the world renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.  DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival again this year showcasing unique categories: Funkiest-Looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc.  There are dozens not-to-be-missed DC State Fair contests all day long. This year Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths.

Take Eastern Market Metro then turn down 8th Street, S.E.  There, under the elms, urban adventure hooks up with an All-American small town fair.  At 8th and I Streets, SE, a black-box cook-off starts at 7:00 a.m.  Chefs from all branches of the United States armed forces compete to be named Top Chef in the US Military. As the audience looks on culinary creations are developed in cook tents right on Barracks Row then whisked off to sequestered judges.  Announcers give the play-by-play as you cheer for your favorite chef teams.

Bringing the kids? The freshly renovated Meader Theater, circa 1910, now the National Community Church will play free cartoons so little ones can catch their breaths. Along with the petting zoo there are loads of kid’s activities. Playseum, partnering with the National Community Church, is devising a spectacular Kids Zone.  Older kids can compete in corn hole, shuffleboard and bocce or take in the Labyrinth tent where board game drama unfolds throughout the day.

Watch Chesty, the Marine Corps mascot bulldog out walking; learn the right strokes on an ERG machine from Capitol Hill Rowing Club. Demonstrations take place throughout the day at midway booths: Capitol Hill Yoga, Roller Girls and the amazing Marine Corps Pull-Up booth.

As you enter the festival sign up at Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall to be a contestant in the festival PhotoChallenge, part of Cultural Tourism’s Art4All citywide arts event. Dozens of Barracks Row businesses are participating in PhotoChallenge during the festival where contestants will be sent to businesses with the assignment to use a mystery prop provided by each business to create a photo essay with their camera phone. Photos must then be sent to the contest’s email address and from there the entries will be forwarded by Instagram to thousands of members of Arts on the Hill, a group of Capitol Hill art organizations, to vote for winners. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.

During the festival the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! Meet celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme and hum along with the nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival named Barracks Row.

Councilmember Wells Solicits Community Input on Eastern Market METRO Park / Plaza Renovations

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How would you like to see the public space improved in the two-block area along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, from 7th Street to 9th Streets?  This area, which includes the Eastern Market METRO Station, was intended by Pierre L’Enfant to be one of the city’s great community public spaces. Today, however, instead of a beautiful, exhilarating, green public space, the area is looking tired and in need of renewal and refurbishment, both aesthetically and functionally.

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells wants to hear from the community.  He will be holding two public meetings in order to solicit input from as wide a range of Capitol Hill residents and stakeholders as possible.  The first meeting will be on Monday evening, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. The second meeting will be on Saturday morning, July 13, from 10 to 12 noon. Both meetings will take place in the Lincoln Room at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The objective of these meetings is to gather community feedback on the types of changes you would like to see in the METRO park / plaza area.

More summer feedback sessions planned:

While Barracks Row Main Street has retained a team of expert planners and landscape architects, at this point no planning has begun. Gathering the community’s aspirations, its likes and dislikes, is the essential first step.

Among the questions that you might want to think about and discuss at the meetings are: “What do you wish you could do in this space that you can’t do now?” or “What would you like to see as you come up the escalator from METRO?” and “What is your favorite public space in
DC or another city and what are its appealing characteristics?” The comments and suggestions that are made at these meetings will be collected and made available on the project’s website -- www.easternmarketmetropark.com -- which will go live in mid-July.

If you’re going to be out of town on those dates, fear not. Further meetings will take place later in the summer. A map of the area will be displayed at Eastern Market’s North Hall during July with idea cards available to register your vision for the plaza. It is the goal of Councilmember Wells, the planners, and BRMS to hear everyone’s ideas before lifting a pencil to begin the planning process.

Frager's Hardware suffers devastating fire

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While not actually on Barracks Row, our friend and neighbor on 11th Street, Frager's Hardware, which also includes Frager's Garden Center, Frager's JustAsk Rental (where tents for popular events like the Barracks Row Fall Festival come from), and Frager's Paint, has suffered a devastating fire earlier tonight.

Celebrate Capitol Hill, a division of CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Area Merchants and Professionals), has started collecting donations that will go towards the rebuilding effort of what early reports indicate is a total loss of the Frager's buildings and merchandise.

Barracks Row Main Street will be working with Matchbox Food Group (and hopefully others), responsible for such Capitol Hill institutions as Matchbox on Barracks Row (which has other locations in Logan, Chinatown, and Rockville), Ted's Bulletin on Barracks Row (soon to open a second location on 14th Street in Logan Circle) and DC-3 to help find alternate employment opportunities for the many Hill residents who worked at Frager's while they are displaced from their previous jobs. Frager's employees can come by Matchbox on Barracks Row tomorrow between 2-5pm to talk to management about temporary employment while Frager's gets organized to rebuild.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to show some love for Frager's Hardware, a neighborhood institution for many years beyond what we guess any Capitol Hill resident can remember, you can donate to the Frager's rebuilding effort through Celebrate Capitol Hill here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3UD6BUDHM56QL

Celebrate Capitol Hill is a 501c3 not for profit, which was initially established by Capitol Hill business to respond to the needs of victims of a June of 2011  fire at local bar and restaurant, Tune Inn. Last year Celebrate Capitol Hill coordinated fundraising efforts for a young Capitol Hill father, TC Maslin, who was brutally assaulted near Eastern Market.

Thanks for supporting a nearby Hill business! It's times like these when we remember we really are a community that cares about local business.

 

BRMS Press Release re: Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2013

Contact: Sharon Bosworth

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202 544 3188

Barracks Row Main Street to Initiate Design Study and Transportation Management Plan for Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

Pennsylvania Avenue Area Between 7th and 9th Streets SE Up For Improvement

WASHINGTON, DC – Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) today announced it is initiating a new design study and transportation management plan to improve the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, between 7th and 9th Streets, including the area around the Eastern Market Metro Station. Unlike previous planning efforts, this study will not consider re-routing traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way.

The overall goal of the Park / Plaza design study will be to renew and upgrade, both functionally and aesthetically, the publicly owned land in the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Recognizing that pedestrians and many forms of public and private transportation -- Metrobuses, bicyclists, taxis, the DC Circulator, automobiles, and emergency vehicles – converge at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, the study will examine the best way to accommodate all modes of transportation in the safest manner possible.  Among the transportation and safety issues that may be addressed: improving pedestrian access to the Metro Station, enhancing signalization to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, reassessing the location of the Capitol Bikeshare station and the Metrobus stops, and delineating clearer pedestrian pathways.  In addition to preparing two alternative master plan concepts for the public parcels within the two-block area, more detailed designs will be developed for the portion of the study area north of Pennsylvania Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets, SE, including construction documents for a permanent children’s play area in this parcel.

In response to a suggestion from the city’s Office of Planning, BRMS also will explore the possibility of creating an innovative storm water retention system as part of the effort to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia River.

BRMS Chairman Tip Tipton noted that the area around the Metro Station was envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington D.C. as one of the city’s great community public spaces linked to others by the Plan’s broad diagonal avenues.  “Working with our community partners, our vision is to create a green, beautiful space that will benefit everyone living, visiting, or working on the Hill and that is more in keeping with the grace, elegance, and beauty that the founders intended.”

The master planning effort will be led by Washington architect Amy Weinstein (Esocoff & Associates).  Ms. Weinstein has designed a number of award-winning projects on Capitol Hill including the Townhomes on Capitol Hill and several commercial projects that are within view of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Other members of the team include the nationally celebrated landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, whose offices are located on Barracks Row, and the traffic and transportation planning firm of Kittelson & Associates.  Among its tasks, the consulting team will meet regularly with the various District and federal agencies that have oversight for the study area.

The BRMS Board will establish a local advisory group, comprised of representatives from Capitol Hill organizations and members of the community, to provide input and guidance.  Regular community updates about the project, including interactive plans with feedback mechanisms, will be available via the BRMS website: www.barracksrow.org.

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Barracks Row Main Street

For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community.  The group’s focus includes the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E. Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.

Taste of 8th 2014

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The 2014 Taste of 8th is here! This year's taste will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 1PM - 4PM. 

Our very own Barracks Row restaurants will serve appetizer sized samples of their best-known or newest dishes.


Sample up to 20 of our finest dining options. Tickets are $5.00 for a single taste, equivalent to a small appetizer or
tapas portion, and $20.00 for a 5 pack. (90% of all people buy the 5 pack to sample to most restaurants).
Ticket sales benefit Barracks Row Main Street's year-round work to
maintain a clean, safe and beautiful community for residents and businesses.


TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF 8TH & G STREETS, SE, STARTING AT 12:55.


NOTE, TICKET SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED



Tickets will not be mailed to you.
All advance-purchase tickets will be available for pickup at the Will Call desk
on the southwest corner of 8th and G Streets, SE
in front of Spring Mill Bread on Saturday, beginning at 12:55pm
Tickets that are not picked up by 3:00pm will be released for re-sale.
Ticket purchases are non-refundable; the event will take place rain or shine. 



Saturday May 3, 2014

1PM – 4PM

The following restaurants located on 8th Street, SE, are going to be a part of the Taste again this year!

Each restaurant serves “appetizer size” samples in exchange for one Taste of Eighth tasting ticket.

Ambar   |   Banana Cafe   |   Belga   |   Capital Teas   |   Cava   |   Chat’s   |    DCanter   |   DC3

District Doughnut   |  Las Placitas   |   Lavagna   |   Matchbox |  Medium Rare   |  Nooshi Sushi

 Old Siam |  Szechuan Kitchen   |   Senart’s   |   Spring Mill Bread   |   Sweet Lobby   |   Tash   |   Zest



We hope to see you Saturday!

Watch our website, www.barracksrow.org , or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information about the Taste

and announcements about which restaurants will participate. See you on the 3rd!


And of course, THANK YOU to our 2014 Event Sponsors! 





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