Wednesday, March 20, 2019

history walking tour around the perimeter of McMillan Park -- Saturday, 03-23-2019

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Preserve, restore, and reopen McMillan Park for the people.
FRIENDS of McMILLAN PARK

Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00am (rain date: Sun. Mar. 24th) - our first tour of 2019!

Dear Friend of McMillan Park,
          About ten days from now on Saturday, March 23rd, we will be hosting 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 hosted in 2017 and 2018 that were very well attended and enjoyed!  The weather we hope will be ideal for such a walking tour.  This is our first tour of 2019.  We hope to have about four tours per year though no dates for subsequent tours. Space still available!
 
          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 to three hours or so and will start at the triangular park opposite the Big Bear CafĂ© (located at the corner of 1st St. and R St. NW) on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00am (rain date Sun. Mar. 24th at 9:00am). Light liquid 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 restoremcmillan@gmail.com or calling Kirby at 202 213-2690.  We are limiting the tour to 30 people or so 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 from demolition 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, www.friendsofmcmillan.org/merchandise, or in person with cash or credit card with FOMP's Square account on the day of the event. 


          *****News*****
            
- Friends of McMillan Park returned to the D.C. Court of Appeals on January 22nd
  to present oral arguments challenging the District's proposed demolition of the site.
  Now we anxiously await the court's decision, both for that most recent hearing and
  another hearing on October 17th, which of course we hope will be in our favor, or rather
  in McMillan Park's favor. We have no idea when the court's decision will come out, or if
  the court will decide to combine both the zoning appeal and the historic preservation
  appeal into one decision.  


Friends of McMillan Park is now a part of the Amazon Smile program, allowing you to directly and automatically donate to the Friends of McMillan Park when you shop on Amazon.com.  See this link for more information:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-0977224
 
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 restoremcmillan@gmail.com or call 202.213.2690.
 
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