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Toy Train Raffle - we have a winner!

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Final AlbumSanta Arrives on 8th Street- 2016

Brother - sister team, Declan and Meghan Chadra, who entered the drawing together, are the winners of Barracks Row Main Street's 2016 Toy Train Raffle. Entries were collected during our Santa Arrives on 8th Street event on December 10 and the winning ticket was pulled right before we left for the holidays. 

Here's the final 2016 Santa Arrives Album. Many thanks to our volunteer photographer, Mary Godier, for these magical shots as well as to Richard Sherman of Frame of Mine who crafted a whimsical fir tree forest. Cheers to Chef David Gaus and his wife, Simone of Bayou Bakery for providing snacks!

Santa found a comfortable spot under the trees, reviewed all Letters to Santa and listened intently all afternoon to everyone's wish lists.

We want to especially thank all Elves and Santa, himself, for swinging by Capitol Hill early, as well as the entire staff at Taoti Creative along with owner, Brent Lightner who masterminded this year's event and added many new features including the very popular Santa Letter Writing Station!



BRMS Events Calendar 2017

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BRMS events and activities held on a recurring basis

Inauguration Day- Friday, Jan 20 - Possible promotion for BRMS restaurants 

Culinary Crawl - weekend of January 28 & evenings before/after

Annual Meeting- Wednesday, Mar 15

Egg Hunt on 8th- Saturday, Apr 15

Taste of 8th- May 6 

Garden Party - TBD 

4th of July Parade- Tuesday, July 4 

Fall Festival – Saturday, Sept 23 - first weekend of fall

Santa Arrives- Saturday, Dec 16

Santa Visits Barracks Row - Early Album

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Santa swept through Capitol Hill last Saturday for his annual listening visit. Each year Santa makes a quick stop in DC just to make absolutely sure he knows what kids here want to have waiting under the tree.

This year Taoti Creative agreed to host Santa in their brand new website design studios located at 530 8th St. SE. To make Santa feel at home Taoti owner, Brent Lightner made sketches of whimsical snow-covered fir trees and Richard Sherman of Frame of Mine transformed Brent's drawings into a remarkable forest of  snow laden wooden trees.

A very large blow-up Penguin joined the party and Bayou Bakery Chef David Gaus was ready for Santa, elves and fans with delicious hot chocolate (topped with homemade marshmallows) as well as hot cider.  A large display of Toys for Tots gifts was assembled on Taoti's bookshelves near the Santa Letter Writing station.


Our trusty Polar Express chugged and whistled as Santa as

Santa listened to kids and reviewed their wish lists.
At 5:00PM Santa packed  everyone's letters into his bag for further study before his world-famous ride on Dec 24.

More photos and the name of the winner of the toy train raffle will be released soon!



Santa arrives on 8th Street!

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Event Sponsorships Now Available!

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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 is the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E.

Barracks Row Main Street was chartered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program in 1999, thanks to a group of Capitol Hill residents and business leaders who were concerned about the state of disrepair on the oldest commercial corridor in the nation’s capitol. Crumbling sidewalks were replaced with brick pavers, American Elms were planted, and historic black-iron “Washington Globe” street lights installed. In 2005 Barracks Row Main Street won the prestigious Great American Main Street Award.

Barracks Row Main Street, with the help of generous sponsors, produces a number of events each year to promote the corridor and the Main Street program’s supporters to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the rest of the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.

Sponsorship levels:

Taste of 8th:

    • Signature Sponsor: $7,500
    • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
    • Event Sponsor: $2,500
    • Community Sponsor: $1,000
    • Ticket Sponsor: $3,000

Fall Festival:

    • Signature Sponsor: $10,000 (one available) 
    • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000 (six available)
    • Event Sponsor: $2,500 (three available) 

Culinary Education Crawl:

    • Signature Sponsor: $5,000
    • Platinum Sponsor: $2,500
    • Event Sponsor: $1,000

Bunny Trail:

    • Signature Sponsor: $5,000
    • Platinum Sponsor: $1,500
    • Community Sponsor: $500

Annual Meeting

    • Meeting Sponsor: $2,500 (one available)
    • Annual Report Sponsor: $3,500 (one available)

4th of July Parade:

    • Event Sponsor: $2,500 (one available)

Garden Party:

    • Designer: $5,000
    • Gardener: $2,500
    • Neighbor: $$1,000
    • Friend: $500

Santa Arrives on 8th Street:

    • Signature Sponsor: $10,000
    • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
    • Event Sponsor: $2,500
    • Community Sponsor: $1,000

Read more about our events and sponsorship opportunities here. 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at 202.544.3188 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

Some of our 2016 sponsors include: 

CSX logo    National Capital Bank      Capitol Hill BID       pepco        Coldwell banker




District of Columbia Main Streets DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district.  Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.