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2014 Columbia Heights Day Has Good Turn Out

October 13, 2014

Columbia Heights Day 2014(The stage area by Wonderland)

Despite a cool, overcast fall day, the turn out for this year’s Columbia Heights Day was relatively strong. The live music at the Irving Street end of 11th Street was a popular hang out, as was the food vendors. As expected in an election year, political candidates were everywhere. The Mayoral candidates were all represented and at the festival during one time or another, with Carol Schwartz, David Catania, and Muriel Bowser all present … but the best place to see candidates was in the dunk tank. As a participant in the tank, I’ll tell you, it was cold, cold, cold.

All the candidates for the Ward 1 State Board of Education (who we are featuring on this blog) were also present to speak with community members.

Below are some photos from the day.

Columbia Heights Day 2014(Band at the festival)

Columbia Heights Day 2014(Muriel Bowser’s booth)

Columbia Heights Day(David Catania speaking with residents)

Columbia Heights Day 2014(At-Large Council candidate Elissa Silverman in the dunk tank)

Kent in Dunk Tank October 11, 2014(Kent Boese, representing ANC 1A, in the dunk tank. See him get dunked here. Photo by Juan Camilo Barragán.)

Celebrate Petworth is Tomorrow, May 10th

May 9, 2014

If you’re looking for something fun to do tomorrow, Celebrate Petworth might be the ticket. The festival begins at noon and runs through 6 p.m. For a full list of activities, check out their Web site and see the map below.

Celebrate Petworth

Children’s Kite Festival Planned for Saturday

March 24, 2011

April 4, 1943, was too windy for kites in Park View

The Park View Kids Zone is planning to have a kite festival in the afternoon on Saturday, March 26th. It will be the first such festival in quite a while to be organized on the grounds of the old Park View playground.

There was a time when kite festivals and contests were commonplace at District recreation facilities and playgrounds, particularly in the late 1930s and 1940s. Of course, that was also a time when children would spend hours planning and building the kites themselves. I suspect that many of the Kids Zone children will also be learning to build their own kites.

Let’s hope this year’s children have a better time of it than those of the 1943 season had. During that year the kite contest had to be postponed a week when winds reaching 41 miles per hour disrupted the Park View event … snapping kite frames and ripping the paper. Not to be defeated, 13-year-old Joe Friedman of 721 Princeton Place simply stated that he’d spend the week building a bigger kite. At nearby Macfarland Junior High, District Recreation Department director Clint Price stated that “one little boy about 9 years old was still crying long after the others had left, the wind freezing the tears as they rolled down his cheeks.”

In looking at the forecast, it looks like colder weather and rain could be in store for Saturday. Let’s hope the kids get in some fun before the weather turns rather than having to postpone the event.


DC Hispanic Heritage Sports and Health Festival

October 10, 2009

This event is a bit west of Park View, and I was given this very late so this is short notice, but Sunday is the Hispanic Heritage Sports and Health Festival over by Columbia Heights Education Campus (formerly Bell Multicultural). I also understand they will be giving away Under Armour apparel, so it may be worth checking out, especially if its a beautiful day. The Press Release and flyer are below.

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and the District’s Latino community is excited to present the first DC Hispanic Heritage Sports and Health Festival as part of Binational Health Week on Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm at DPR Headquarters, 3149 16th Street, NW.

The DC Hispanic Heritage Sports and Health Festival is free and open to all ages.  Over 30 community organizations, businesses, and government agencies will be present offering information and services, including give-aways of new athletic apparel, free health screenings, food, entertainment and music, and sports clinics.

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