Saturday, April 28, 2012

Upcoming events and news

1.  On Saturday from 2-3, the Pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will be a blessing of the animals, bring your pet!  Just walk on over to the Church at 8th and N.

2. Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival 1-8pm

Join some of the DC area's best local bluegrass bands for a day of music, food and exploration on Kingman Island to celebrate the revitalization of the Anacostia River.

Take a free tour of the river by canoe sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society. Enjoy food from nearly a dozen of DC's top food trucks and beverages from Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and Heavy Seas. Sign up for bike giveaways and tours of the island from BicycleSPACE. And of course, enjoy the region's best in live bluegrass music from local bands.

When is the Festival?

The Festival is Saturday, April 28th, from 1:00 – 8:00 pm.

How to get to the Kingman Island Festival?

·        The entrance to Kingman Island is off of the Anacostia River Walk Trail near parking lot # 6 at RFK Stadium.
·        Free shuttles will run between Kingman Island and Stadium/Armory Metro Station (blue/orange lines).
·        Abundant bicycle parking is available on Kingman Island and at the entrance (provided by DDOT and BicycleSPACE).
·        MetroBus routes X1, X2 and X3 have a nearby stop located at the intersection of Benning Rd. NE and Oklahoma Ave. NE. The entrance is a short walk across the parking lot.
·        Free car parking is available in RFK parking lot #6.

What does it cost?

The event is FREE. Food and beverage will be sold at the event. There is also a suggested donation of $5 that goes toward Living Classrooms, a non-profit that manages the island and provides environmental education to children in the DC metro area.

How do I learn more?

Follow us on Twitter @KIBluegrassFest

Thanks to our Title Sponsor, DC Events and all the other sponsors that make this event possible, including Office of Councilmember Tommy Wells, Living Classrooms, BicycleSPACE, Sierra Nevada, Safeway, WAMU Bluegrass Country, Create DC and Scott McCarthy Design.

What's the schedule of participating bands?

·        1:00 – 1:50 - King Street Bluegrass -
·        2:00 – 3:30 - Patuxent Partners -
·        3:45 – 4:45 - Split String Soup -
·        5:00 – 6:00 - Hollertown -
·        6:15 – 7:15 - By and By -
·        7:30 – 8:00 - Jam session

3. Waffles in Blagden Alley:

Hot on the heels of Tim Carman’s story on the District’s second class status as a breakfast city, comes news of the opening of a small waffle and smoothie bar on Bladgen Alley named, appropriately, Back Alley Waffles. The intimate breakfast spot is located in co-owner Craig Nelson’s ground-floor art studio, and it was originally conceived as a way to bring attention to his mosaic work.
Though the self-taught waffle maker had no formal kitchen training, he entered the world of professional cooking with some key votes of confidence. “I knew I could make waffles,” Nelson told me. “My friends really love them. And this is a town of world-class wafflers, so that’s really saying something.”

The sign at Blagden Alley’s Back Alley Waffles in Mount Vernon Square. (Justin Rude - The Washington Post)
Right now, Back Alley Waffles is open from 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m., but Nelson may expand the hours. As of now, many of the restaurant’s operations are very rudimentary. High on the shopping list: a dishwasher. “Right now we’re serving on paper and washing everything by hand, which isn’t ideal, “ Nelson says.
The menu is a concise four-items long: Belgian-style waffles served with butter and real maple syrup ($8), a house smoothie made from apple, orange, pineapple, carrot juice, strawberries, banana, yogurt, honey and aloe vera ($6), coffee ($2) and chai tea ($2).

Unfortunately, being a first-time customer might involve some luck. The restaurant, unprepared for the Internet-fueled rush of waffle-starved Washingtonians, ran out of ingredients early today. A note posted on the front door at 10:45 a.m. thanked Prince of Petworth and Urban Daddyfor the coverage and the resultant “9000% increase in business” and asked potential customers to try them again soon “when we have, like, TWO knives with which to cut fruit.”
4.  The new restaurant to be called Table at 903 N is moving forward.  They have a few exterior changes to the facade including the addition of what will be the primary egress door to the left of the roll up garage door.  Plans were approved by the ANC 2F CDC on Wednesday and now they head to HPRB.  I have plans which I'll post on the blog as soon as I figure out how.  The ground floor will be focused around the Chef and their will be tables upstairs as well.  While they will serve beer and wine with meals there is no bar planned.

5. At the 19 April Blagden Alley, Megan Mitchell of Suzane Reatig Architecture presented the new plans for 926 N Street NW.  We were all very pleased with the vast improvement in these plans which were also endorsed by the ANC 2F CDC on Wednesday night.  

6.  Here is the link to the Logan Circle Citizens Association Calendar.  Note the Happy Hour at Veranda this Tuesday.

7.  10th Street Park Celebration:

10th Street Community Park Festival Saturday May 5, 2012
10am – 2pm
(Rain Date: May 6, 2012)
Join the Friends of the 10th Street Park for the Park’s 1st birthday! We have exciting events lined up for all ages.
10:00am YogainthePark Yoga will be led by Dominique Fernandez, the current President of the Board for Quincy Park Condos. Bring a towel, yoga mat and water for early morning yoga on the park’s lawn.
11:30am Storytime Join us for stories about gardening and springtime. Afterwards, meet at the park’s play feature for more fun with your neighbors. ~ Ages 6 months to 6 years old.
1:00 pm Gardening Chat
Join the 10th Street Park Friends Board Members to discuss future park enhancements and other issues impacting the park.
1:30 PM Happy Birthday 10th Street Park
We will have a birthday celebration for the park to commemorate the first anniversary of the park.
2:00 PM Music and Movement with Mr. Skip
Mr. Skip is veteran performer for children’s audiences. Come dance and frolic in the park to his youthful tunes. ~ Ages 6 and younger.
Sponsored by the Friends of the 10th Street Park &
For more information visit:

**Next Month's Meeting: Thursday May 17th @ Chatman's D'Vine Bakery and Cafe, 1239 9th Street (Convention Center)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thursday's Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association Meeting

When: Thursday 19 April 7 PM

Where: Independence Bank Conference Room 1301 9th Street NW

Note:  Bank entrance is on 9th Street to the left of the ATM, if you find the big round clock, the door is right behind you.

Extra note:  Due to security please plan to arrive between 7 and 7:30PM.


* Police
* Updated design for 926 N Street presented by Megan Mitchell of Suzane Reatig Architecture
* City Market at O Street Trucks
* Proposed Yard Sale
* Updated design for CasReigler (9th and N)
* Status of Mood Lounge
* Extended Hours Bar Bill
* Jack Evans legislation to force mandatory closure after 3 voluntary agreement violations (noise, trash, parking, etc.)
* Use of church lot for commercial parking and valet parking (1315-1325 10th Street) and valet parkers driving the wrong way up 10th Street
* Other upcoming meetings and events
* Related LCCA Event: May 1 Happy Hour @ Veranda 6-8PM 1100 P Street

Next Month's Meeting: Thursday May 17th @ Chatman's D'Vine Bakery and Cafe, 1239 9th Street (Convention Center)