Monday, May 20, 2019

DC Humanities Council $20,000 grant vote: on the agenda of tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Assn meeting

See the agenda of the Monday, 05-20-2019, Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting to be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

Bloomingdale: to stay or go ?

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 05-20-2019

See the agenda of the Monday, 05-20-2019, Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting to be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

today in LeDroit Park: Tricia Lynn McCauley Public Herb Garden Ribbon Cutting dedication

From: Marcella Kriebel
Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:28 PM
Subject: Tricia Lynn McCauley Public Herb Garden Ribbon Cutting

Hi everyone,                                       

I‘d like to invite you to the dedication of the Tricia McCauley Public Herb Garden and to sincerely thank you all your support of this project.  Many of you donated online, attended a public fundraiser, and gave your time, talents and resources to help make this new growing space a reality. 

Please join us to dedicate this special place to Tricia. 

Sunday, May 19th
Community Garden at Ledriot Park (next to Commons Good City Farm)

This past November through March we raised enough to construct the garden, designed by architect, Greg Upwall.  Bryan Simmons of Green Room DC built the dry stack stone walls with his team over one chilly week in March.  As I write this, the Common Good City Farm Herbs Specialist, Holly Poole-Kavana, is beginning to plant and transplant dozens of medicinal and kitchen herbs into the space.   Right away, this new garden will serve as a public resource and space for Holly to utilize for the Community Herbs program at Common Good City Farm - a program that Tricia started in 2010.  

Here is the program she is teaching~

This garden for our friend began as an idea almost three years ago, and I’m heartened that collectively we’ve made it reality, and can honor Tricia this way.  We are creating a public resource for community grown herbs while celebrating the life of TLM and planting more plants.

Photos of the build are attached, and I hope to see you on the 19th.

Please share this invitation, all are welcome ❤️

Love and thanks,

Marcie Kriebel 

traditional choir, Gospel choir, Mass choir, African/French choir, FAVOUR Singing Group at today's St. Martin's 2019 Pentecost concert

St. Martin's 2019 Pentecost Concert 

Sunday May 19th 4:00PM

This concert is a memorable collaboration of Jewish tradition and Christian inspiration--bridging the gap between faith and religion in a spirit-based, unifying musical event! The St. Martin Church Choirs—(a) Traditional, (b) Gospel, (c) African/French Speaking, and (d) Mass Choir—will perform, along with a "Surprise" Special Guest (to be announced). All who attend are welcome to share and give thanks in our 2019 Pentecost Celebration by being enveloped in wonderful songs of praise!

When: Sunday, May 19th 4:00pm
Where: St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
1908 North Capitol Street, NW
(located on the corner of North Capitol Street and T Street NW)
With Fellowship and light refreshments to follow
Adult Donation: $10.00
Children are free!

For Directions and/or discount Tickets call 202-232-1144

one week from today: Last Sunday Food Truck Night kick-off at Engine Company 12

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three weeks from today: 2nd Annual Afternoon of Jazz featuring the Julian Hipkins Quartet at St. Martn's Pioneer Room

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bloomingdale Farmers Market Sunday Chef J, ice cream and mushrooms!

From: Robin Shuster
Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:56 PM
BFM SUNDAY Chef J, Ice Cream and Mushrooms!

Hi Everyone!

Want to know more about our terrific new ice cream producer?  

Brianna McCollough of Bri's Brookland Creamery  told me this:

"I grew up on a farm in Tennessee, and both my parents and grandparents are multi-generational dairy farmers. We grew up churning ice cream the old-fashioned way, taking our time to get that delicious, homemade creamy flavor. So when I make the ice cream now, I craft it in small batches with that same idea in mind--using a slow, deliberate process with high-quality ingredients to create a premium product that folks keep coming back for." 

"Chocolate brownie and cookies & cream tend to be the most popular flavors! But the coffee has been super popular lately! The chocolate brownie is my favorite, and folks love to hear about how I bake the brownies from scratch so that they're fresh and fudgy."

This week's flavors: Cold Brew Coffee made from Petworth's Lost Sox roastery, Chocolate Brownie, Brown Sugar Vanilla, Mint Chocolage Chunk, Cookies and Cream and Vegan Coconut Dark Chocolate Chunk. I was blown away by the Cold Brew Coffee when we had a tasting with Bri. What I love is that these are not super sweet ice creams.  You taste the flavors and the milk, not the sugar first.  The Brown Sugar Vanilla would love to be plated with Whisked chocolate chess or strawberry rhubarb pie.  And if you are a coffee fiend, a scoop of Cold Brew Coffee in your favorite caffeine would be incredible.


And check our new Mushroom Producer, KING MUSHROOMS: 
From a small farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland , David grows 8 types of mushrooms, along with a great Hungarian mushroom soup and mushroom grow kits.

Our favorite chef at market

Jonathan Bardzik will be here Sunday morning with four new recipes that celebrate this week's seasonal harvest.  (No one else demos 4 recipes at market.He is amazing and a great storyteller as well as cook. I always pick up a new technique or tip when I watch his demos. And the recipes are always good.  Curious about those weird kohlrabi? Jonathan takes up the Kohlrabi Challenge this week plus 3 other recipes.

Are you a Game of Thrones Fan? KESWICK has ideas for a viewing party cheese platter. Mead washed Brie? Spicy Pimento with Dragons Breath? 

Bike HOUSE is back too.
Music back 

What else will we have? 4 kinds of strawberries, apples, green and purple asparagus, gorgeous carrots with fronds to make into carrot pesto, sugar snap peas, onions, spring onions, scallions, young elephant garlic, tons of greens, broccoli rabe, broccoli and cauliflower, swiss chard, kale, collards, beets and greens, tatsoi, bok choi, cucumbers, lettuces, radishes, sweet potatoes, lots of spinach, herbs: thyme, oregano, basil, thai basil, cilantro, flowers and vegetable plants, cherry and early girl tomatoes from the high tunnel, cheeses, yogurt, mushrooms (oyster mushrooms, shittakes, lion manes, enoki, cremini), eggs.  GARNER AND MOUNTAIN VIEW

REID's: In the month of May Reid's stand turns into a huge pop up nursery (with apples as well as cider).  NEW vegetable plants this week:

Zucchini and Yellow Squash plants, Banana Pepper plants: hot and sweet varieties, Cucumber plants.  A few new tomato varieties: Roma, Burpee Beefsteak and Supersonic.  The first of our Geraniums to be ready for planting: Dark Red and Cardinal Red colors... more to follow in a week or two.   NEW herbs this week: Thai Basil, Spicy globe Basil (perfect for container gardening), Orange Mint, Tuscan Blue Rosemary.  Still have supply of cool crop vegetables: kale, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage green and red, lettuce, many tomato varieties cherry, grape and standard; and pepper varieties sweet and hot herbs including sweet basil, thyme, parsley, sage, lavender.  5 different fruit butters.  Themed herb gardens in 24" planters: Pizza Herb garden, French Herb garden, Paul Simon Herb garden (parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil), & Hot 'n Spicy Herb garden.

Number 1 Sons:
  Kombuchas, krauts, kimchi, pickles and ferments

PANORAMA Breads. croissants, breakfast pastries

WHISKED: Strawberry rhubarb, Sea Salt Chocolate Chess, Bourbon Pecan, Cherry, Salted Caramel Apple.  Quiches:  Cheddar Broccoli, Spinach with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Kale, Pesto, Parmesan. pies. Try their cookie packs: Chocolate Chip, Salty Oatmeal, Molasses Sice, Hazelnut Swirl, Pretzel Cowboy, Snickerdoodle.  Vegan Cookies: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Simply Sugar Chocolate, Blackout.  Flourless: Mexican Chocolate

Gardeners: PLANT YOUR GARDEN! Reid, Garner and Mt View have herbs: thyme, oregano, basil, thai basil, cilantro, flowers and vegetable plants for your gardens, pots and patios.

Specials or New this week:

  • Half sour Pickles -- first of the season cucumber pickles  are here--at  Number 1 Sons
  • Virginia Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Habaneros, Szechuan Spears and Lemon Dills too
  • Strawberry rhubarb pie 
  • Last of the ramps: Spring Ramp kraut  and Ramp Surprise at Number 1 Sons
  • Gold Rush Apple Ramp Kimchi-- who knew apples would love to kimchi? 
  • First of the year Summer Squash at Garner
  • Sugar Snap Peas at Mountain VieHalf sour Pickles --
  • first of the season cucumber pickles-at  Number 1 Sons

Robin and the Teds.
Robin Shuster
14 and U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

here's the new HPO staff report for the 1600 North Capitol Street NW development project on the Joe Mamo lot

Here you go:

Florida & Q Street LLC, with plans prepared by Bonstra/Haresign Architects, seeks on-going conceptual design review for construction of a six-story building on a vacant site in the Bloomingdale Historic District at the intersection of Florida Avenue, Q Street and North Capitol facing the former location of Truxton Circle.   

In March, the Board found the concept generally compatible with the character of the Bloomingdale Historic District, but that the design should be revised and simplified.  The Board cited the central tower, the crown element, the colors of the materials (especially at the top set back floor), and the overall busyness of the design as areas that should be evaluated for revision.  The Chair recommended that the design continue to be refined in consultation with HPO and less than a quorum of the Board and return for further review when ready.

Revised Proposal 
As before, the plans call for a six-story, V-shaped building massed with equal-sized wings facing North Capitol and Florida Avenue meeting at a rounded entrance tower facing the intersection.  The sixth floor on each side of the entrance tower would be set back from the main mass.  The building would be clad primarily in red brick with polychrome brick accent bands and articulated with bay projections. 

In response to suggestions in the HPO report adopted by the Board, as well as those made in a meeting with less than a quorum of the Board, the design has been revised to simplify the crown element on the central tower, the framing elements in the tower have been given greater depth and articulation, the belt course at the second floor has been lowered to the first floor, the continuous belt courses at the fifth and sixth levels have been eliminated, the coloration of the sixth floor and projecting bays modified to warmer earth tones, at-risk windows introduced on the side elevations, and the garage door redesigned to allow for a community mural.  

The revisions are responsive to the Board’s direction and successful in improving the compatibility of the design.  The lowering of the belt course and simplification of the brick detailing at the top give the building a stronger vertical emphasis, and the redesign of the corner tower gives the element greater shadow and depth and a more timeless crowning element.  The garage door mural provides an opportunity to introduce a neighborhood identifying element; it is encouraged that this be developed with input from the community. 

The HPO recommends that the Review Board find the revised concept compatible with the character of the Bloomingdale Historic District, and to delegate final approval to staff.

Langley Elementary School at today's Bloomingdale Community Day event!

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Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale this weekend 5/18 & 5/19/19

1827 1st St NW #2 is offered at $469,000.
The featured open house is a condo in Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Tom Buerger with Compass. See the link below for more details and open house times.

Weekend Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in Bright MLS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

TODAY! Bloomingdale Community Day and Yard Sale at Crispus Attucks Park!

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Come walk on the fresh grass and enjoy a day with neighbors at Bloomingdale's biggest annual community event, as well as the largest fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park.  All proceeds go to the support and maintenance of the park throughout the year.

New This Year:
Caricature artist
Best Kiddie activities ever, like an art table by Mango Street Imaginarium & Design Studio

Other Highlights:
Taste of Bloomingdale: Food and drink from local restaurants
Community Yard Sale: Bloomingdale’s biggest yard sale of the year
Dog show: Returning for its second year, back by popular demand
Music & Activities: Local musicians from not one, but two bands!

did you know that the Mitchell family, who founded Industrial Bank, lived on W Street NW in Bloomingdale ?

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Friday, May 17, 2019

North Capitol Main Street promotes The Taste of Bloomingdale at Saturday's Bloomingdale Community Day!

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HPRB agenda for 1600 North Capitol Street NW (consent calendar) -- Thursday, 05-23-2019

From: Office of Planning
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 4:21 PM
Subject: HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - May 23, 2019

The Agenda and Consent Calendar for the May 23 meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Board is posted on the website at:  and copied at the end of this message.  Staff reports are also  posted on the website.  There will be no continuation meeting on May 30. 

PLEASE NOTE - The public meeting begins at 9:30 am.

The staff report for Cleveland Park HD - 3401 Lowell Street NW – HPA 19-270 will post to the website on Monday, May 20.

The staff report for Mount Pleasant HD - 3430 and 3422 Oakwood Terrace NW - HPA 19-278 is now posted on the website. This case is not scheduled for May 23. The earliest this case may be heard is June 27, 2019.

Project Drawings for HPRB applications are now posted on the Office of Planning website at: . Please select the "HPRB & CFA Project Drawings" button and open the appropriate historic district folder. Drawings are filed by address and are in order of the date added to the website. Please send us an email if you are unable to locate specific project drawings.


Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting
May 23, 2019

The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet to consider the following items.  The meeting will be held at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220-South.  Applicants and those interested in testifying should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the assigned time for the case.


1.    1600 North Capitol Street NW, HPA 19-154, revised concept/new construction


1.        717 6th Street SE, HPA 19-315, concept/three-story addition
2.        215 G Street NE, HPA 19-271, preliminary concept/modernization and addition to Logan School


1.        3432 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 19-209, revised concept/alterations and addition to apartment building
2.        3117 35th Street NW, HPA 19-324, concept/two-story rear addition


1.        1229 19th Street NW, HPA 19-310, concept/addition, second floor on detached garage


1.        1460 Rhode Island Avenue NW, HPA 19-323, concept/five-story rear addition


1.        3120 N Street NW, HPA 19-244, concept/one-story rear addition and enclosure of second-story rear porch


1.        1128 6th Street NW, HPA 19-215, revised concept/convert single-family dwelling to multi-family dwelling, three-story rear addition and penthouse


                9:00-9:30   EXECUTIVE SESSION


1.        9:30-10:45 Scottish Rite Temple amendment (boundary expansion), 1733 16th Street NW, Case  19-05


2.        10:45-12:00 1733 16th Street NW, Scottish Rite Temple, HPA 18-668, concept/four-story plus penthouse new apartment building

                12:00-1:00      LUNCH BREAK

WALTER REED HISTORIC DISTRICT                                            

3.        1:00-1:30 7185 13th Street NW, HPA 19-319, permit/solar panel canopy on garage roof


4.        1:30-3:00 3301 Lowell Street NW, HPA 19-325, concept/alterations and addition to John Eaton School and HPA 19-328, permit/substantial demolition of 1930s wing     
5.        3:00-3:45 3401 Lowell Street NW, HPA 19-270, concept/alterations and addition


6.        3:45-4:30 1832 15th Street NW, HPA 19-173, concept/two-story rear addition, garage addition


Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

DC Water: Local artists to beautify DC -- DC Water call for entries

From: Hadiah Jordan
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 4:37 PM
Local Artists to Beautify DC: DC Water Call for Entries

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Storm Drain Mural Contest Announcement

Local artists encouraged to beautify the District one DC Water storm drain at a time
Five winners will receive $500 each and will paint their design on DC Water storm drains 

DC Water this week launched an art contest encouraging District residents to submit designs that communicate the importance of the DC Clean Rivers Project and the need to invest in water and sewer infrastructure in the District.

“The cleaner Anacostia River is bringing a revitalization to the Anacostia River waterfront,” said DC Water CEO David L. Gadis. “In addition to the vibrant city life, the cleaner river is also welcoming back wildlife and aquatic species. This is a unique opportunity for local artists to express their feelings for the environmental and urban resurgence, as well as their vision for the healthier future of all three waterways—the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek.”

Artists should follow the following guidelines to submit an entry:
  • Must have clearly visible the artist's first and last name, address, and an artist statement or bio.
  • All entries must reflect the theme of the contest, “Cool arts and cleaner rivers.”
  • Artists may submit only one entry, but up to three concept ideas.
  • Submissions must be received electronically or postmarked by June 8, 2019.
Submissions can be sent electronically (PDG, PNG, JPEG) to  or by mail to Office of Marketing and Communications, 1385 Canal Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Designs will be judged on creativity/uniqueness, visual impact and skill and technique. Winners will be announced at a Cool Arts & Cleaner Rivers event in June. For more information, please visit:

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DC Clean Rivers
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Washington, Dc 20032

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