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Things to Do This Weekend

October 5, 2012

Staying in town this weekend and not sure what you’re going to do? Maybe one of these suggestions will appeal to you.

Area seniors will be having a Harvest Fest & Yard Sale at the Park View Recreation Center on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (see flyer to the right). At the same time, the Rec Center will be having a Beautification Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If neither of those appeal to you, how about heading over to the 6th Annual Columbia Heights Day at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Of course, the timing is such that you could hit all three if you want to.

On Sunday, don’t forget the Oktoberfest on the Soldiers’ Home’s grounds from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

And, if all you want to do is relax with a cup of coffee and a mid-day breakfast, head over to 3415 11th Street (202-290-3342) and check out The Coupe — which just soft opened on October 4th. Hours of operation are below.

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Columbia Heights Day Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010

August 19, 2010

Our neighbor to the west is hosting the 4th annual Columbia Heights Day a week from this Saturday. The community celebration features live music and dance, family activities, local artisans, food and more.

Those wanting to know more can find it after the jump>> (more…)

Lincoln’s Shakespeare at Lincoln’s Cottage, June 3, 2010

May 28, 2010

I thought this looked interesting and wanted to give people enough of a heads up to plan for it if they have interest. According to the Lincoln’s Cottage Web site, this is listed as a free event on the south lawn of the cottage. In the event of rain it will be moved into the cottage. Click on the flier below for more details.


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This Saturday: Grounds Tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and Armed Forces Retirement Home

May 19, 2010

UPDATE: I’ve just learned (5/21/10) that Cultural Tourism was, in fact, taking reservations. Those that did not make reservations may still get in by just showing up, but could be turned away if the group is too large. The tour will be offered again in the Fall.

Eagle Gate, Soldiers' Home ca. 1920

I’ve been informed that Cultural Tourism DC will have a free walking tour of the grounds around President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 22, 2010. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. at the bandstand just inside the Upshur Street gate. It ends at the same location at 10 a.m. It will involve quite a bit of walking, including out of the grounds and to the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery, and then back again onto the AFRH grounds, but the pace will be easy.

There is no need to register for this free tour. Merely show up at 8:30 a.m. and be prepared to walk.

For anyone that’s ever wanted to walk the grounds and get to know the Soldiers’ Home better, this is a great opportunity.

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Improved Pool Will Open on Weekends — May 29th

May 5, 2010

Pool and changing rooms being renovated

As the pool at the Rec Center is preparing to open later this month, by the time children enjoy it the pool will have been resurfaced and repaired, a filtration system will have been installed, and the changing rooms will have been fixed up.

Two other changes may be particularly of interest. The pool will also be a little deeper and use of the pool will be extended to the weekend. Prior to this year, the pool was traditionally open from 1-5 pm on weekdays.

The pool will open on weekends this year on May 29th, and it will open for weekday use on June 21st.

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Baseball, Park View, and the Suburban League

April 6, 2010

A popular past time in pre-World War I Washington was baseball. Still, to call the sport popular is misleading. There was probably not a neighborhood or section of the city that wasn’t caught up in the game. Numerous amateur leagues sprang up across the area — such as the Sunday School League, the Railroad League, the Marquette League, and the Suburban League to name a few.

The District Suburban League organized sometime in mid-1908 with only four teams: Brightwood, Woodburn, Park View, and Petworth. The schedule for that season ran from September 1-24. The 1908 season was successful enough that it formally organized the following year and considered expanding from four teams to either six or eight teams. The four leading contenders for inclusion were Mouth Pleasant, Silver Springs, Takoma, and Rockville.

The Park View baseball diamond was likely located on this site, once part of Schuetzen Park

When the 1909 opening day began on May 3, the decision had been to only expand to six teams. Added to the original four teams were those from Takoma and the Reed Athletic Club. The season opener was between Park View and Brightwood at Park View’s diamond located at Georgia Avenue and Kenyon. In looking at real estate atlases of the period, the ball field would have to had been located on the east side of Georgia Avenue between Kenyon and Irving.

Southeast corner of Kenyon and Georgia Avenue today

The pairing of Park View and Brightwood for the opening of the season proved portentous, as both teams battled it out for the league Pennant that year. When Brightwood beat Park View with a score of 6 to 1 on July 27, 1909, the umpire had to be escorted off the field and taken to the police station for safety from the incensed crowd that threatened to mob the official.

The Park View nine ultimately prevailed, winning the Pennant in August in a game that reportedly drew a crowd of 1,200. The final score was 1 to 2 with all runs occurring in the first inning. To finish out the 1909 season the leading teams from eight popular leagues played off for the titles in two sections, A and B. Park View bested the Aggies (of the Independence league) 5 to 1 in Section B winning the trophy as a result. The other teams in Section B that year were A. S. and T. Co. of the Bankers League and the Station of the Railroad Y.M.C.A. league.

The Petworth Team, from the Washington Herald, Aug. 19, 1909

Oddly, Park View did not field a team in the 1910 season, though Silver Spring and Mount Pleasant did join the league. Mount Pleasant’s participation was short lived, however, as the 1911 roster of teams showed a return of Park View, included Petworth, Woodburn, Brookland, Silver Spring, and added Takoma.

The Petworth club was a mainstay throughout the league’s existence, and it was actually the loss of the Petworth ball field at Grant Circle and Upshur that caused the Suburgan League to collapse in April 1914.

The Brightwood Nine, from the Washington Herald, June 6, 1909

Sources consulted:

“Amateurs will open season tomorrow; prospects are bright in every league.” The Washington Post, May 2, 1909, S2.

“Enter Suburban League.” The Washington Post, June 28, 1910, 9.

“Page will pilot Suburban League.” The Washington Times, August 30, 1908, 2.

“Parkview cops the pennant.” The Washington Herald, August 18, 1909, 8.

“Pennant to Parkview.” The Washington Post, August 18, 1909, 9.

“Riot at ball game.” The Washington Post, July 28, 1909, 9.

“Suburban League Active.” The Washington Post, February 5, 1909, 8.

“Suburban League Circuit now definitely completed.” The Washington Post, March 25, 1911, 9.

“Suburban League to disband — two others may not reorganize.” The Washington Post, April 19, 1914, SP3.

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Then and Now: Washington Snowball Battles

February 9, 2010

Senate pages in snow ball battle at Capitol, 1/2/25Dupont Snowball battle

(Click on images for larger versions — left image from Library of Congress; right photo by flickr user zugaldia)

Washington has had its share of snowball battles this season, but they are nothing new. The historic image above documents a snowball battle by Senate pages on the grounds of the Capitol that occurred on January 2, 1925. The image above to the right shows the snowball fight that occurred on Saturday, February 6, 2009, at Dupont Circle amid the historic storm that Washington is still digging out of. Over 2,000 people participated in the Dupont Circle battle.

Park View’s Own Kim Roberts Compiles First Poetry Anthology Focused on Washington

February 9, 2010

With all the snow that’s been first and foremost in the news — not to mention the lack of newspaper delivery — this gem might have been lost in the shuffle.

Sunday’s Washington Post reviewed Full Moon on K Street, poems about Washington, DC. In describing the book, the Post called it “the first anthology of modern poetry to be wholly for, about and by current and former Washington residents — [teeming] with poets who’ve distilled the region’s lifeblood into verse over the past 50 years” … and we have Park View’s own Kim Roberts to thank.

Roberts has lived in Washington since 1987, with much of that time working out of her home in Park View. Its hard to believe that a work such as this could have been compiled and edited by anyone other than Roberts, an accomplished poet in her own right with a deep appreciation for the city she calls home.

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Park View in Fiction: You’ll Sense You Were There

January 27, 2010

Here’s something on the lighter side for the middle of the week. A neighbor of mine brought this book to my attention, and its a good thing he did since I generally don’t gravitate to reading this genre.

D.C. Noir is a book of short crime stories, each based in a particular part of the city. It was originally published in 2006, but don’t let that cloud your impression of the content. Each story is by a different author, in a different part of town, and captures a particular era — from just after World War II to just after 9/11.

The lead story takes place in our own Park View. With the exception that Park Place is referred to as “Park Lane” three of the four times its mentioned (and that Park View is located too far south on the map in the front matter), it is generally well written. I found it easy to imagine all the places along Georgia Avenue, on Quebec Place, or even in the alleys where the action takes place.

Other neighborhoods represented in the book are Benning Heights, Chinatown, Shepherd Park, Hill East, Georgetown, Petworth, Chevy Chase, Congress Heights, Edgewood, Mt. Pleasant, Deanwood, Capitol Hill, Thomas Circle, Cardozo, and K Street.

Even if fictional crime is not your thing, you may find this an enjoyable read due to the familiarity with the neighborhood. You can read the first few pages here>>


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