Monday, September 24, 2018

two buildings on the 1600 block of North Capitol Street NW to be razed

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Jose Ucles: Mayor's 2018 Arts Awards 50th Anniversary Celebration -- today, Tuesday, 09-25-2018

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Jose Alberto Ucles:

Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:07 AM
INVITE: 2018 Mayors Arts Awards & DC Commission's 50th Anniversary Celebration! * Tuesday, September 25th * 5:30 PM White Carpet and 7 PM Awards Show * Lincoln Theatre

Dear Friends and Supporters & Lovers of the Arts, Humanities and Culture in our Nation's Capital:

It is my pleasure as Chairman of the Mayor's Arts Awards (4 Years in a Row!) to Invite you and a couple of friends to

Join us in Recognizing DC’s Creative Community and Supporters!

And as a Commissioner to Our DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities'* 50th Anniversary Celebration!  

 6 PM White Carpet and 7 PM Awards Show

*Check the list of Honorees, the Nominees and our 50 Year History below. It will be a dynamic and fun Celebration.

Theme: White and Gold or Dress to Impress!

**I will be on White Carpet to Welcome you, so stop by and say HI!

There will be limited paid Valet parking in front of the theatre - so arrive by 5:30 PM as lines can be long on this busy street!

Uber/Lyft or public transportation recommended.

See you next Tuesday, Thank you for your support

Very Best Always 

José Alberto Uclés

*How to RSVP and what it means is at the End/Bottom of this email. Please do it as soon as you can and print your tickets to avoid a line.

33rd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor's Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Artists and Organizations are recognized in six categories: Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in Creative Industries, Excellence in Arts Education, Excellence in the Humanities and the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards.

Join us in Recognizing DC’s Creative Community

TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 | 7 pm

1215 U Street NW, Washington DC

White Carpet Pre-Show 5:30 pm
 202-724-5613 | RSVP 

2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honor Awards 

Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor
Allyn Johnson

Musician, Composer, and Director of Jazz Studies, University of the District of Columbia 

Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership
C. Brian Williams

Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!

Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement
Rare Essence

Go-Go Band

2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Finalists

Excellence in Creative Industries
Michael Marshall Design | DC Jazz Festival | DC Independent Film Festival

Excellence in Humanities
Tara Campbell  | African American Civil War Museum | One World Education

Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Youth
Madeleine Freedberg | Uniyah Campbell | Arisemma Okrah

Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Adult
Kitty Felde | Elizabeth Acevedo | Martha Addy Young

Excellence in Arts Education
Young Playwrights’ Theater | Inner City - Inner Child | DC Scores

Excellence in Visual Arts
Tim Tate | Jay F. Coleman/Jahlion | Cory L. Stowers

Excellence in Performing Arts
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington Performing Arts | Chloe and Maud Arnold

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is Celebrating 50th Anniversary!

A Brief History

1968 - 1969
On November 29,1968, the DC Commission on the Arts was formed with a purpose to “encourage the development of programs which promote progress in the arts.” The first chairman and executive director were appointed in 1969. 

1970 - 1979
In the 70s, things started to pick up for the Commission. It started to receive more funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, allowing the commission to give out more grants to local DC artists. In 1971, it started an Artist in Residency program, and in 1974, following the District’s Home Rule Act of 1973, the name was changed from DC Commission on the Arts to DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH). Roughly $200,000 was given to artists and organizations each year during this decade. Also during this time, in 1978, local businesses started to donate money to CAH, which was then distributed to arts organizations.

1980 - 1989
The 80s was a big decade for CAH. The agency saw a steady increase in budgets, grant recipients, and it was the beginning of many programs which are still in effect today. Such programs included  the Larry Neal Writers Awards, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and CAH’s public art program, DC Creates! Nearly $1.5 million was awarded to local artists from 1980-1989. During this era, Peggy Cooper Cafritz was chairman of the commission. Decades later, she went on to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the Mayor’s Awards.

1990 - 1999
During the 90s, more grant programs were established, making the awards more tailored to specific needs. These grants were given names such as the Arts Education Projects, City Arts Projects, and Grants in Aid. These grant opportunities are still the types of grants that artists and organizations can apply to today. It was during this time, in the 90s, that hundreds of grants were given to artists and organizations each year. In fact, in 1997 over a million dollars was distributed to local grant recipients. Charles Stephenson served as chairman during the later segment of this decade. He is well known for his contributions to Go-Go music in DC.

2000 - 2010
This decade brought in much revenue for the CAH through public art fundraisers such as Party Animals and Pandamania. Many new programs were also added in this era. These programs included Poet in Progress, Poetry Out Loud, and Murals DC. In 2009, close to nine million dollars was awarded to artists and organizations. During this decade, the CAH began to offer funds to help District arts and cultural organizations improve, expand or renovate their facilities. 

2010 - 2018
This decade saw a drastic increase of award money granted from the start of the decade to the end. In 2010, $4.1 million was awarded, and by 2016, $9.1 million was given to artists and organizations of DC. The biggest increase was seen in 2013, when it awarded 5 million more dollars than the previous year. Many successful programs were also added and are ongoing in this time period, such as 202Creates. In addition to new programs, many new grant opportunities were started as well. Such opportunities focused on heritage, buildings, youth employment, events, festivals, field trips and much more. As CAH approaches its 50th anniversary in November 2018, the agency will do so with the largest budget in its history, a testament to the city’s creative professionals and the tremendous support of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

*Here is How to Get Your Tickets to Event Celebrating Washington DC Arts & Humanities:

Please Note: Reserve you tickets As Soon As Possible and print them to speedy entry.Admission is first come, first served - No Assigned Seating - it is general admission. 5 Tickets Maximum- so invite your friends or art colleagues. So when you arrive - go in and get your seats!RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. Your order will be waiting for you at the venue's Will Call pick-up location on the day of the event. Please bring photo ID 

Get tickets to Mayor’s Arts Awards Celebrating 50 years of the DC Commis... at The Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC on 09/25/18

Further Info:

Mayor's Arts Awards The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Artists and Organizations are recognized in six categories: Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in Creative Industries, Excellence in Arts Education, Excellence in the Humanities and the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards.

Ward 5 CM McDuffie: Join North Capitol Main Street for Art All Night this Saturday evening, 09/29/2018

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tonight: Spark at 12 pig roast -- $35 at the door

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Produce Plus last day at the LeDroit Park farm stand is this Wednesday, 09-26-2018

Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:26 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] September 26: Last Day of Produce Plus at Wednesday LeDroit Farm Market

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that next Wednesday, September 26 is the last market of the year that the Arcadia-Common Good City Farm market will be distributing and accepting Produce Plus.

All Produce Plus vouchers must be redeemed by Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Wednesday, September 26
3-7 pm
Last Day for Produce Plus Distribution and redemption at Arcadia-Common Good City Farm Market 

Additionally, from October 3 - November 14, the market will run only from 4-6 pm on Wednesday’s.


Josephine Chu


Josephine Chu
Program & Outreach Manager
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd & 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)
631-355-2348 (cell)
mailing address: PO Box 26030 Washington, DC 20001
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OTD educator and political activist Mary Church Terrell born, 1863

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 And here is the Mary Church Terrell House in LeDroit Park at 326 T Street NW.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

one week from today: 5th Annual Fall Fun Fest with the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home

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four weeks from today: 70th birthday party for Father Michael Kelley of St. Martin's Catholic Church

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five weeks from today: LeDroit Park House and Garden Tour

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

CANCELLED: Sunday's Back-To-School Bash at the Park at LeDroit - due to the rain forecast

Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:40 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] CANCELLED - park back to school event

The forecast is showing a 100% chance of rain so we are cancelling the back to school event. 

Stay tuned for the Falloween Event!

grilled chicken, pulled pork, ranchero beans and more -- at the Sunday BBQ at Big Bear

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this Monday: Spark at 12 pig roast -- #seeyouthere

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a week from today: Art All Night in the North Capitol corridor!

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five weeks from today: Boundary Stone Bike Ride

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Friday, September 21, 2018

for 1634 North Capitol Street NW: concept application and updated floor plans

The DC Historic Preservation Office has posted two large PDFs from the 1634 North Capitol Street NW project developer.

I have provided those two PDFs below.

This project is on the Thursday, 10-04-2018, HPRB hearing agenda.

1634 North Capitol Street NW

150 S St NW on the 09-27-2018 HPRB hearing agenda, while 1634 North Capitol St NW is on the 10-04-2018 HRPB agenda

See this HPRB agenda for Thursday, 09-27-2018, and Thursday, 10-04-2018.

Note that the two first Bloomingdale Historic District HPRB cases are on different days:

Thursday, 09-27-2018: 150 S Street NW
Thursday, 10-04-2018: 1634 North Capitol Street NW

And now you know.

Friends of McMillan Park: Citizens’ initiative to save McMillan Park returns to the DC Court of Appeals on Wednesday, 10-17-2018

See this 09-21-2018 press release from the Friends of McMillan Park:

Friday morning the Friends of McMillan Park issued the following press release concerning their return to court to counter the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation's decision earlier this year that would allow the rather imminent demolition of McMillan Park.

Kirby Vining

Friends of McMillan Park

starting next week, Tyber Creek will be open during the day - Tues-Fri at 11 am

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HPO issues its staff report for 1634 North Capitol Street NW

The DC Historic Preservation Office has issued its staff report for the proposed development of 1634 North Capitol Street NW in the Bloomingdale Historic District.

No renderings are included.

Not sure if this project is still named #TheDenizen.

Here is the recommendation from the end of the staff report:

This staff report will be discussed at the Thursday, 09/27/2018, HPRB hearing.

1634 North Capitol Street NW

HPO issues its staff report for 150 S Streeet NW - "with the condition that the stabilized facade and corner tower be retained as a contributing element to the historic district"

The DC Historic Preservation Office has issued its staff report for 150 S Street NW in the Bloomingdale Historic District.

No renderings are included.

Here is the recommendation from the end of the staff report:

150 S Street NW

history walking tour around the perimeter of McMillan Park -- Sunday, 09-23-2018

See this event announcement from the Ward 5 list:

Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:30am (rain date: Sun. Sept. 30th)!

Dear Friend of McMillan Park,
          About a month from now on Sunday, September 23rd, we are planning another history walking tour through Bloomingdale and around the perimeter of McMillan Park. Once again, we are fortunate to have our neighbor and friend Paul Cerruti leading the tour.  Paul has compiled a tremendous amount of detail about the park and its role in our neighborhood through the years since it was first opened to the public. This will cover a lot of the information presented in history walks we did in 2017, and in our March and May 2018 tours, that were very well attended and enjoyed! The weather likely will be ideal for such a walking tour. 
          The tour will showcase McMillan Park, its vistas, unique history, and connection to historic landmarks in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.  The first part of the walk will include information and bonus highlights about the history and development of Bloomingdale, much of it in anticipation of the opening of McMillan Park.
          The tour will last about two hours and will start at the triangular park opposite the Big Bear Café (located at the corner of 1st St. and R St. NW) on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:30am (rain date Sun., Sept. 30th at 9:30am). Light refreshments will be served and a selection of some of our favorite mounted art photos of McMillan Park offered for sale at the end of the tour, as well as some lovely greeting cards of those same photos!
          Please register by sending an email to or calling Kirby at 202 213-2690.  We are limiting the tour to 30 people to ensure all who join it can hear easily and participate fully. So please register early to guarantee that you'll be able to be part of this special day.  

          Kindly note, a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event to benefit the Friends of McMillan Park's efforts to save this registered national historic landmark is greatly appreciated.  Even if you are unable to join our tour, please consider a donation to help support these efforts.  You can donate via PayPal or Crowdrise links on the web page,, or in person with cash or credit card with FOMP's Square account on the day of the event.          


-  The D.C. Court of Appeals overruled the District's plan to
   demolish most of the McMillan  site and put up a huge
   development in a decision dated December 8, 2016 (one
   day after the Mayor's official groundbreaking event for the
   project). The court also remanded a series of questions
   for the Zoning Commission and the Mayor's Agent for 

   Historic Preservation to consider, and hearings were
   held on those questions late last year. Earlier this year
   those two offices issued their final decisions on the
   remand -- siding with the city once again and affirming
   the development project.  So Friends of McMillan Park is
   working right now to bring these decisions -- that we
   obviously disagree with -- back to the D.C. Court of
   Appeals for reconsideration.  No dates for oral arguments
   have been set, and the matter will be presented in two
   parts this time: one court case for the preservation
   aspect, one for the zoning aspect. 


- DMPED/DGS/Gilbane Construction Company has
   commenced historic preservation
 and rehabilitation/
   stabilization work on the regulator houses and the
   sand silos
 in the north and south service courts. We
   are supportive of this work because it's long overdue
   (the site has been a D.C. Historic District since
   1991) and the District is arguably guilty of demolition
   by neglect if it does NOT do this work. No other parts
   of the site are affected by this work. If you see building
   activity on McMillan, that's what it is, and that's
   ALL that it is -- no demolition or construction going on.

- Effective September 9, 2018, Bloomingdale
   is a new historic district, adjacent to but separate from
   McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District,
   see more on that here.  

Thank you for your continued interest and support, 

John Salatti, Kirby Vining, and Hugh Youngblood
Board of Directors, Friends of McMillan Park, Inc. 

If you have any questions, please contact or call 202 then 213.2690.

three weeks from today: The Nightmare Before Christmas -- #BloomieNights at Crispus Attucks Park -- first of three Friday night Ghoulish Movies in October

Bloomie Nights: Ghoulish Movies in Crispus Attucks Park this October

Bloomie Nights are Back:

Mark your calendar for spooky movies in Crispus Attucks Park

October 12, 19 and 26
Neighbors  ~  Picnics  ~  Movies

Check out our Ghoulish October lineup:
Join us for a free movie under the stars--right in your neighborhood. Come early to meet, mingle, and picnic with neighbors. 
Movies start at 7 pm:

Oct. 12: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 19: The Goonies
Oct. 26: Hocus Pocus

Bring a blanket or low-to-the-ground chair and of course, all your friends and family! Fido is welcome...on leash, of course.Movie Nights in Crispus Attucks Park are provided by the CADC Board and volunteers; no cost to attend, but donations are welcome.
Come Early ~ Stay Late ~ Enjoy the Show

In the event of inclement weather, the movie night will be cancelled.
Please look for information and/or updates on our website and Facebook.
The movie slated for that night may be shown at a later date if possible.
See you in Crispus Attucks Park!

In addition to hosting movie nights, all maintenance and upkeep of Crispus Attucks Park is paid for entirely by the CADC (an entirely volunteer non-profit organization) and generous friends of the park like you. Please consider donating a little extra this year to fund the reconditioning and re-sodding of the lawn.  
Thank you for your ongoing support

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