Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill 2012

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If you love DC’s famously diverse spirit then put Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill on your must-do list Saturday, September 22, 2012; festival opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, hundreds of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants. To add to the adventure, llamas, goats and hedgehogs are waiting to meet you at the petting zoo; ladies from nearby Trapeze School New York will be performing at treetop height on “silks” all day long, and Swing Band, Blue Sky, begins at 2:30 p.m. and includes free dance lessons!

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.  Near the corner of 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, including the White House, compete for the trophy as Top Chef in the US Military. This year, four Wounded Warriors will be competing consecutively, too.  Culinary creations are developed right out on 8th Street then whisked off to sequestered judges.  Announcers give the play-by- play as you cheer for your favorite chef teams.

DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill 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 130 booths, including those of DC State Fair.

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 at midway booths: Capitol Hill Yoga, Biker Barre and the amazing Marine Corps Pull-Up Challenge. Thinking about your outfit for an Inaugural Ball? Let the stylist at the Tracey & Co give you a Cinderella up-do. Grab a massage at Skin DC’s booth. Holiday shopping? Start at our booths and finish at our shops!

During the festival, the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! From your photo op with the glamorous Red Skins Cheerleaders to nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival called Barracks Row Main Street.

 

 

Next Virginia Avenue Tunnel Meeting Announced

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Public Meeting Capitol Skyline Hotel 10 I st SW, Washington, DC 20024 Room:Hall of States September 27 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The next public meeting for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project will be on Thursday, September 27th at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at 10 I Street, SW, in the "Hall of States" room. Keep an eye on their website, www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com , for any changes to the date or location.



Volunteer with the Fall Festival

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Volunteer with the Barracks Row Fall Festival!

Barracks Row Main Street can't put on this event without the help of the community! Tackle a bigger role and build your resume or show your civic pride with a smaller project beforehand or a shift the day of the event.

Positions open for Planning Volunteers to help shape the Barracks Row Fall Festival. These volunteers meet weekly from August until Sept. 27 on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at the Barracks Row Main Street Office , 731 8th Street, SE Suite 201- walk 2 block south from the Eastern Market Metro.

We need longer term volunteers who will be involved in planning from now until September 27 for these areas:

Director of 8th Street Access: check- in/check- out procedure the day of the event – must be able to work with a huge variety of groups who are checking in and setting up on Sept. 27; may have to collect booth fees from some participants.

Director of Volunteer recruitment: Organize volunteer who will work the day of the event; The director of Volunteers works the day of the event and manages the Zone Volunteers ( below).

Social Media / Marketing Director: Get the word out- send press release to blogs and newspapers; Facebook/ twitter; post to our page; tweet from the festival, etc

Art Alley Director: Helps to plan the Art Alley plus recruit artists; lead the Art Ally Zone volunteers the day of the event.

Stage Director: helps BRMS Staff plan the Stage line up – recruit acts; works with the Stage Zone volunteers the day of the event.


We also have positions open for Zone Leaders on the day of the event, Sept. 27. If you can work all day from 9 am until 5 pm that is ideal; if not we will change Zone Leader shifts at 1:30.

Art Zone: checking in Artists and overseeing their set up; solving last minute problems; working in the Art Zone with Day-of-Event Volunteers assigned to you who work 2 hour shifts.

Kid’s Zone: Working with the Kid’s Zone Director during the event to check in volunteers who work 2 hour shifts at various different Kid’s areas (face painting; crafts; petting zoo, etc.). Keeping the volunteer coverage balanced at each part of the Kid’s Zone as needs arise.

Stage Zone: stay at the stage with the stage tech/sound engineer to make sure the acts are checking in on time and are leaving on time. This zone leader works very closely with the Master of Ceremonies who is on stage during the event, announcing acts and keeping things going.

Chef’s Cook Off Zone: The Military Chef’s Alliance hosts Iron Chef style cook off during Fall Festival to determine the top chef in the US Military. 5 teams compete in 3 flights. The first flight begins at 7:00 am. Flight winners go to a lightening round at 2:30 and by 4:45 the judges choose the final winner. All sorts of issues can arise … this zone needs cool zone leaders who can roll with the different problems that pop up and solve them on the spot.

DC State Fair Zone: Think of a state fair but only smaller… yes, there will be a pie eating contest! Since this zone is new, it is hard to predict what the needs will be. The Zone leader should be flexible and inventive and plan to negotiate good outcomes with the staff of DC State Fair as situations crop up during the day.

Positions are also open for Day of Event Volunteers - all zones /areas for 2 hour shifts from 8:00am -5:00pm

So come out and help Barracks Row Main Street with this wonderful event! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on becoming a volunteer. And bring a friend!

More Photos for Our 4th of July Parade 2012 Album

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Barracks Row Main Street's photographer took shots of almost every group marching in the 4th of July 2012 parade. Call us at 202-544-3188 and we'll send you the images we have of your group. Here are more photos from the parade: Sports on the Hill; DC Access; Princess Patrol.

The next photos are: Capitol Hill Village; Capitol Hill Restoration Society; and Congressional Cemetery Canine Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th of July Parade 2012 Album

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4th of July 2012 was sunny and hot but the Capitol Hill 4th of July Parade on Barracks Row drew big attendance and a record number of marchers. Here are some shots of the day starting with Tommy Wells, the Grand Marshal,l and followed by the Commandant's Own Drum and Bugle Corp.

It's All Good in the Hood was a group of 10th Street, SE, neighbors; David and Danette Sheldon led a group from their Military Defense organization,512 8th Street, SE; the Girl Scouts were out in record number and the contestants from all 50 of the Miss United States pageants brought their beauty and grace to the celebration.

The parade was full of kids, dogs, wagons and fun. We'll add more pictures to the 2012 4th of July Album next week.

Tommy Wells Grand Marshall

Good in the Hood- 10th St. SE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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