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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!


2014 Fall Festival Announced!

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Saturday, September 27th 2014 marks the return of our longest running event, the Barracks Row Fall Festival! At each Fall Festival our activities and booths blend urban diversity with the curiosities of small town fairs. There's no fair like this fair anywhere! And it's just 6 months away.

Our event partners and participants include the United States Marine Corps, The Trapeze School New York, DC State Fair, and the Military Hospitality Alliance (sponsors of the Military Chef's Cook Off) as well as a medley of memorable booths and acts. This year a much expanded, live ice-carving competition will be added to the midway (the artists use chain saws).

Last year's big hit, the BRMS Fall Festival Beer Garden is returning, hosted by Cava, Belga and Matchbox. Also, for kids, last year's National Symphony Orchestra's Instrument Petting Zoo will be back, set up adjacent to our ever popular farm animal petting zoo! 

If you want a booth on the midway, now's the time to apply: 2014 Booth Application

Public comment period ends - Task Force meeting 2-26

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The end of January brings to a close the the public comment period on the two Master Plans developed for the Eastern Market Metro Park. However, if you have late breaking ideas, there is still a way! Any comments left on the project website between February 1 and February 15 will be reviewed by the design team.

Project designers are definitely open to mixing and blending ideas from the two Master Plans. You can leave comments on the project blog (orange button on website) or leave a comment directly on one of the Master Plans. It's also ok to go old school and just make a sketch on paper. All comments and sketches can be emailed This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or dropped off at the Barracks Row office at 731 8th Street, SE, Suite 201 or sent by US mail. Finally, you have the option to call us between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and tell us your vision - we will make notes and pass on your comments to the design team.

The next EMMP task force meeting will be held at Hill Center on February 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The project task force is responsible for giving direction to the design team.


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