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Film Short “The Wait” Screening Tonight as Part of DC Shorts Film Festival.

September 11, 2015

This is cool. You may remember that local artist Nekisha Durrett painted a new mural at Mothership this past year, which was completed shortly before the restaurant closed. In conjunction with the mural was a documentary by Lorie Shaull which documented the creation of the mural, explores gentrification, and features the surrounding Park View neighborhood to boot.  This past spring, Lorie Shaull entered her film The Wait: A Mural by Nekisha Durrett into the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015.

The film was selected and will screen today, September 11th, at 9:30 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinemas as one of the films in Showcase6. It will screen again on September 13 at 4:30 p.m. and September 16th at 500 p.m. You can learn more about the DC Shorts Film Festival here.

Below is The Wait for those who want to watch it again.

3rd Annual Park View Block Party This Saturday

September 10, 2015

The 3rd annual Park View block party is this weekend according to fliers in the neighborhood and distributed on the listservs. Its from 2-6 pm this Saturday. The brief details are:

When: Saturday, September 12th, 2-6 PM
Where: Princeton Place between Warder and Georgia

There will be FOOD, DJ, BOUNCE HOUSE and GAMES!

Bring a dish to share for COMMUNITY POTLUCK or something to throw on the OPEN GRILL!
Block party flier

Park View Walking Tour Scheduled for September 27th

September 9, 2015
Leading the 2009 Park View WalkingTown tour.

Leading the 2009 Park View Walking Town tour.

It’s that time again, time to reserve your space for Cultural Tourism DC’s Walking Town neighborhood walking tours. This year, I’ll be leading the Park View tour, schedule for September 27th at 10 a.m. (register here).  As in years past, the tour will start at the Georgia Avenue Metro station and end at the school and playground.

If you like walking tours, but have already participated in the Park View tour, consider reserving space on any of the many other tours that have been pulled together. A full list of tours is on the Cultural Tourism DC Web site.


Enjoying the Parkwood Place Block Party

August 17, 2015
One of the tables with DC representatives who shared information with residents.

One of the tables with DC representatives who shared information with residents.

On Saturday, August 15th, the 1400 block of Parkwood Place had their 2nd annual block party. [FYI, the Park View end-of-summer block party will be held on September 12th.]

As one would expect, there was a moon bounce, good music, dancing, and a lot of food. In addition to hamburgers and hot dogs, Papa Johns was there with pizza.

I checked it out and was happy to catch up with Marvin Johnson (Commissioner 1A01) and Matt Goldschmidt (Commissioner 1A04). I also had an opportunity to chat with organizer Ernest Johnson.

As luck would have it, I also learned a new skill — as I was put in charge of the popcorn station for a couple of hours. Now I’m good to go at the next block party with a popcorn station.

Parkwood Place (Commissioner Kent Boese serving popcorn as Commissioner Marvin Johnson chats with Ernest Johnson.)

IMG_9323(Handing out more popcorn.)

Park View Recreation Gets New Safety Netting

July 22, 2015


A new wall of netting was installed at Park View Recreation Center on Tuesday to address the issue of soccer balls sailing into the covered seating area. This is an excellent addition and one that many have advocated for to date. The soccer field and basketball courts are heavily used and this addresses a longstanding safety issue.

Its also good to see the that the recreation center continues to be maintained and improved.


Greater Petworth Fourth of July Celebration, 1916

July 3, 2015

A few months back I was lucky enough to purchase a series of 10 photographs documenting the Fourth of July parade in the Petworth area in 1916. I liked these photos for a number of reason, including the early date and the inclusion of a contingent from Princeton Heights. For those unfamiliar with local history, Princeton Heights is the area within the Park View neighborhood north of Princeton and south of Rock Creek Church Road.

I was able to find an accompanying article from the Washington Evening Star, and as the two photos that accompany the newspaper article match two of the photos in my collection, I presume that the photographer worked for the Star. You can read the full article here.

Below are three of the photos, and you can see all ten on Flickr here.

Princeton Heights(The Princeton Heights contingent on Randolph Street.)

Presidential candidates(A few of the many candidates in the 1916 presidential race: Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Woodrow Wilson, and Wilson’s running mate v.p. candidate Thomas R. Marshall.)

Petworth float(The Petworth float, in the form of a navy vessel.)

July 4th at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

June 30, 2015

According to the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web Site, the weather for the Fourth of July celebration on the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s ground promises to be beautiful. Below is the flyer with details.

July 4th AFRH 2015


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