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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

Columbia Heights Home & Garden Tour in the Works

June 26, 2015

CoHi Home and Garden banner

DC Home Buzz — a local real estate brokerage firm in Washington, DC — is in the process of organizing the first ever Columbia Heights Home and Garden Tour. They have scheduled the event to take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. According to Columbia Heights Home & Garden Tour Web site, attendees will be able to tour homes and gardens in Columbia Heights with a focus on extraordinary architecture, superior interior design or eclectic history. There will be a reception immediately following the tour, included as part of the ticket purchase.

The organizers are still encouraging people interested in participating as a volunteer, attendee or showcasing their home to contact them, which is also possible to do from the Web site.

CoHi Home and Garden Tour

Zumba Class at Bruce Monroe Park This Wednesday

May 19, 2015

From the Core Studios is planning outdoor classes at Bruce Monroe Park this summer (at the corner of Irving Street and Georgia Avenue), which will be held under the Pavilion rain or shine. The following details are from their class announcement for the Wednesday Zumba class:

Zumba Jam- Bump the Hump!  

From the Core Zumba(Zumba at From the Core Studios)

Come celebrate our Bump the Hump day on Wednesday with an invigorating, high-energy Zumba class with dance instructor extraordinaire Lola! Disco lights and great music under the night sky will have you gyrating around within moments of arrival. We will be holding our Bump the Hump Zumba Class at the Bruce Monroe Park- and when you sign up, bring a friend free. Just email From the Core a name ahead of time so they have the slot reserved for your buddy.

Disco lights, great music, friends and fun with Lola V. What more could you ask for in a class?

Class is $17 drop in, or for first timers, get our Just Try It 3 class pack for $24. Members may use their class passes for entry.

Go to the link for tickets, then choose the Group Exercise Basics option. Choose either the Drop in, or for first timers, go for the Group Exercise Basics Just Try it 3 class package.

When: Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Where: Bruce Monroe Park, at the corner of Irving Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW
Cost: $17 drop in, or 3 class pack for $24
Link to register: From the Core Studios Online

Washington’s May Day Celebration, 1924

May 1, 2015

May Day maypole dance 1924(Maypole dance at unidentified D.C. playground, May 1, 1924. Photo from the Library of Congress.)

“Fairies, flowers, and queens, personified in several hundred children,” were once a common site at District playgrounds in celebration of May Day, particularly during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Early on, Mrs. Susie Root Rhodes, supervisor of District playgrounds, made May Day celebrations an annual event.

First Lady Grace Coolidge receiving May Basket

First Lady Grace Coolidge receiving May Basket from James Owens, Maurice Towney, and Virginia Yingling (Photo from Library of Congress).

The celebrations in 1924 were particularly notable as May Day coincided with the American Child Health Association’s Health week (April 28 to May 3), and thus received citywide attention. For her part, Mrs. Rhodes began planning for the annual celebration two months in advance. May Day festivities were organized at 26 playgrounds across the city with locations including Park View, Bloomingdale, McKinley, and Rosedale, to name but a few.

The day began at 9:00 a.m. when three little children from the Child Welfare Society visited the White House and hung a May basket for Mrs. Coolidge on the north door of the White House. After placing the basket, the children were beginning to run down the steps of the portico when Mrs. Coolidge saw them and called them back to thank them. According to local newspapers, Mrs. Coolidge hugged and kissed the youngest of them – James Owens – remarking: “I once had a little boy like you.”

Midday featured Miss Grace Abbott, of the children’s bureau, who was schedule to speak for an hour at the health meeting at Keith’s at which Corcoran Thom presided. Later in the day, the focus shifted to the city’s playgrounds where May queens – by the acclaim of their subjects – presided over the May Day festivals beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The May queens were elected by the votes of their playmates at the playgrounds where they presided. During their fleeting reigns, they watched over athletic contests, folk dances, the dances of the flowers and fairies, and the maypole, with the events scheduled to end at 6:00 p.m.

May Day Park View 1924(May Queen Margaret Appleby (center) on the Park View playground, May 1, 1924. Photo from the Library of Congress.)


“Children of District Revel Tomorrow in May Festival.” The Washington Post, April 30, 1924, p. 10.

“Children to Hang May Day Gifts on White House Door.” The Washington Post, May 1, 1924, p. 2.

“Children’s Pageant Charmingly Given.” The Evening Star, May 2, 1924, p. 17.

“Many Child Health Activities Planned.” The Evening Star, April 30, 1924, p. 2.

“May Day Festivities at 26 Playgrounds.” The Evening Star, April 30, 1924, p. 17.

“May Day Joyously Observed in D.C. At Playgrounds and Social Centers.” The Evening Star, May 1, 1924, p. 17.

“Mrs. Coolidge Kisses Boy In Reward for May Basket.” The Washington Post, May 2, 1924, p. 11.

“White House Lady Kisses Little Boy Who Hung Basket.” The Evening Star, May 1, 1924, p. 2.

Soldiers’ Home 3rd Annual Spring Fling is this Saturday, May 2nd

April 30, 2015

The third annual Spring Fling on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home is this Saturday. The annual event has become a popular local way of enjoying the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, meeting neighbors, and welcoming in spring. Last years event was attended by over 800 residents. You can read more about last year’s event on the Friends of the Soldiers Home Website.

Spring Fling Flier-2015-1

Park View Field House Project Progressing

April 29, 2015

The restoration of the old field house at Park View Recreation Center is coming along nicely. Among the many changes people will notice is that the porch is being opened up as it originally was and the areas that had been cut out of the original brick wall are being reconfigured to their original door and window openings. I was surprised to see the original supporting posts for the porch roof were buried withing the wall when the porch was enclosed. The entire project is aiming for a completion date of July 31st, 2015.

Park View field house

Park View field house


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