by Borderstan.com September 23, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancasterEmail her at [email protected]

17th Street Festival on Saturday

Be there or be square! It’s a free community event, running from 2 to 6 pm. Come check out your area businesses, non-profits and blogs (hint, hint). Visit the pet zone or kid zone to see dogs, people who think their dogs are babies and the kid-friendly attractions. When all the excitement has worn you down, calm your nerves with a beer in JR.’s beer garden (admission to the festival is free, the garden costs $5 and goes to the festival). If you need any other reasons, the Washington Blade does a bang-up job of explaining the importance of building a sense of community in the area, and we’d say that even if they didn’t give us a shout out.

14th and You on Hiatus?

Speaking of the importance of community, we are sad to see the bloggers at 14th and You take a break. How long seems to be up in the air, but they will need a new name. Apparently, the lack of updates are due to their move… to the SUBURBS! Kidding, we won’t hate much on the MoCo move, but we will miss you oodles.

Someone Prefers Arlington to the City

So, in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek list, Arlington was ranked as the second best city. They were ranked on college degree percentages, economic income, crime rates, parks, bars, restaurants and museums, among other things. DC came in at number six, ranking behind Raleigh, Irvine, Scottsdale and Honolulu. While we can understand the Hawaii preference, the others are a bit… interesting. The Washington Business Journal has the story. Arlington has a bad rap, DC has Wale — this hardly seems fair, even if we did lose points for our crime rate.

Well, Bike Beatings May Be Why

Our crime rate is high due to things like irate drives beating up cyclists, among other things. But this item is about a bizarre beating that occurred after a driver veered into a bike lane and hit a cyclist. The driver decided the cyclist was at fault and then beat up the guy he had just hit. The burbs sounding good right about now? Well, the driver was brought up on charges and sentenced today, reports the Washington City Paper. It was pretty light, as it was his first offense, but it’s at least some justice (refraining from Troy Davis comment here).

Or Stolen Puppies?

This story just makes me incredibly sad. Apparently, a dog owner with a recently adopted rescue dog entered a Safeway to buy treats for the dog and left it outside. When the owner returned, the dog was gone. See the poster and post at Prince of Petworth and keep an eye for the puppy. And, as Borderstan’s Tori notes, this is why it is not safe to leave dogs tied up outside of your line of sight.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

We’ll end on a more positive note. Capital Bikeshare happily announced their one millionth ride on their first anniversary! Congratulations to a great organization that seems to be wildly popular. Their press release is pretty neat — they note the time and location, as well as user, of the ride that put them at an even million. So stay safe in  your bike lanes, don’t use your bike to steal puppies and ride it on down to the 17th Street Festival. Are you not cheered or entertained? Well, Freddy Mercury can help you out here.

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,249 0

17th Street Festival, Art Show, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The 17th Street Festival has lined up a wide variety of artists for this year’s show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the event website. See last week’s story, 17th Street Festival Announces Lineup of Bands, Peformers, DJs.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival will again feature an Arts Show as part of the Festival and it will again be sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). The Festival is this Saturday the 24th from 2 to 6 pm from P Street NW to Riggs Place and along R Street from 17th Street to New Hampshire Avenue.

“Last year’s Festival was amazingly successful,” said Festival Co-Chair and Urban Neighborhood Alliance President Lee Granados. “With more interest from the community and more excitement surrounding this year’s event, we expect a great crowd for the artists and vendors showcasing their offerings.”

Wide Variety of Participating Artists

The Festival’s Arts Show Chair, Celina Gerbic, is impressed with the “wide variety” of artists participating in the show this year, including a live body painter, Chris Taylor. “In an art-packed weekend, including the first ever (e)merge Art Fair, we’re excited to have everything from traditional oil painting to pottery to mixed media, jewelry and beyond.  It’s going to be a great opportunity for art collectors!”

Artists will begin their check in at the brand new Dupont Circle office of Century 21 Redwood Realty, which will also be holding an inaugural Art Opening featuring the art of K.C. Davis and selected artists from ArtWhino in conjunction with the 17th Street Festival. Ken Davis’s paintings on reclaimed barn doors have been sold in solo shows in New York, Vermont and New Jersey and he has been the recipient of several awards.

Danny Fein, one of the artists participating in the Festival’s Arts Show, creates lithographs with text from banned books and will be participating in the Banned Book Festival starting the same day as the 17th Street Festival. Another participating artist, Matthew Parker, will feature his Art Trike, inspired by DC’s street food trucks. Parker’s unique photographic collages embody movement of time, experience, memory and spatial relationships as variables captured in the scene.

About the Festival

The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. This year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping plan the Festival. You can find a list of this year’s sponsors on the Festival website; Borderstan is a sponsor again this year.

2011 17th Street Festival Art Show Participants

  • Adah Rose Gallery
  • Anne Rocha
  • Auger Artwork Studios
  • Chris Taylor
  • Cynthia Angeles
  • Ebner Fine Art Sales
  • Elba A. Molina
  • Elissa Leibowitz Poma
  • Evelyn Brooks Designs
  • Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
  • Jean-Baptiste Regnard
  • Jeff Watson Pottery
  • JSW MetalWorks
  • Julia Latein-Kimmig
  • Kreg David Kelley
  • LA Johnson Illustration and Fine Art
  • Litographs
  • Margrét Kröyer
  • Maria Equivel Creations
  • Meta Carr
  • Moses Cook Photography
  • Nataliya Andreyeva
  • NewGeorgiaClayWork.com
  • Photographic Collages Reinventing-Reality
  • RONYC Ryan Owens New York City
  • Ross Ruot
  • Ryan Epp
  • Saheed Fawehinni
  • Shaun Rabah
  • Stand For Art Foundation
  • The Wilson Group
  • Tiffany de Lisio
  • Wendy Plotkin-Mates
  • Yang Ku Designs

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,179 0

Ba'Naka, 17th Street Festival, Borderstan

Ba’Naka performed at the 2010 17th Street Festival last September. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the event website.

The entertainment lineup for the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on September 24 will feature well-known and local performers, including recording artist Inaya Day, cabaret singer and comic Sherry Vine, DJs Shea Van Horn and Bil Todd, and a drag show featuring performers from Drag City:DC. The Festival will run from 2 to 6 pm on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Our entertainment this year will be amazing,” said Stephen Rutgers, Festival co-chair. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better lineup. There’s something for everyone from children to retirees and everyone in between.”

The Lineup on Stage

The stage this year is centered at 17th and Corcoran Streets NW, near Safeway. Performance times are subject to change.

Festival Events

Additional events at this year’s Festival include:

  • Local artists will display their works, which will be for sale.
  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets. There is a $5 cover to enter the beer garden, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

About the Festival

The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. This year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping plan the Festival. You can find a list of this year’s sponsors on the Festival website; Borderstan is a sponsor again this year.

by Borderstan.com September 8, 2011 at 10:00 am 2,096 10 Comments

Stephen Rutgers, Urban Neighorhood Alliance

Stephen Rutgers

The following column is from Stephen Rutgers, vice president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Co-Chair of the 17th Street Festival. Borderstan is a member of the UNA and among the sponsors of the Festival. We welcome similar columns — you can reach us at [email protected].

The Zoning Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B held a forum Tuesday night on the residential building proposed for 17th and O Streets NW. Both Greater Greater Washington and the City Paper‘s Housing Complex blog have reports.

From Stephen Rugters. You can email him at [email protected]. Follow UNA on Twitter @unadc.

Since the recent debt crisis ended there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with how the way Washington operates and how certain sides never want to find a middle ground and compromise. Since getting involved in the neighborhood a year ago, I have come to see a similar parallel in our own neighborhood.

The 17th Street Corridor is a unique and diverse neighborhood and, in my opinion, is one of the finest in the city. However, there seems to be a never ending divide of residents fighting any expansion or new project that will benefit the neighborhood. It’s not only splitting neighbors, but will eventually damage the success of our local businesses.

We need to come together and support the First Baptist Church’s plans for a residential building at 17th and O Streets NW.

17th Street NW, First Baptist Church of Washington,

The parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Washington at the southeast corner of 17th and O Streets NW. The buildings on Massachusetts are commercial. The church is to the east of the lot and fronts on 16th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

I became co-chair of the 17th Street Festival last year to complete 500 hours of work experience needed for my Masters Degree from The George Washington University. During this process I saw first hand the division in the community and the fighting that was occurring in the neighborhood.

As my love for the neighborhood grew, it opened my eyes to the greatness the neighborhood could be and made me more passionate to make it better. After seeing the issues first hand I helped found the Urban Neighborhood Alliance with both business owners and residents.

Our hope is to bring change, bridge the gap and rid the community of the divide between the businesses and the resident. This is not unique to the 17th Street corridor. Talk to those on Capitol Hill or along H Street NE and you’ll find common factors. While we have seen this to be difficult for President Obama on the Hill, it has been equally as difficult on 17th Street and around our city. We are making progress, but it of course has not come without a fight.

First Baptist Church of Washington, 17th Street NW

The view toward the northwest from the parking lot at 17th and O Streets NW. The 17th Street buildings in the view are residential. (Luis Gomez Photos)

17th and O Project Illustrates Divide

The First Baptist Church of Washington on 16th Street NW is proposing to build a nine-story, 228-unit apartment building on the site of its parking lot on the corner of 17th and O Streets NW. Not only will it get rid of a hideous 36-spot parking lot, it will bring a new influx of residents into the neighborhood which will translate to customers for our local businesses.

Unfortunately, a small group or residents are objecting the project and, once again, the issues being raised were far from factual. Instead of working with the business proposing the plan (in this case one of our local churches) some of our residents will fight it until the bitter end. Doesn’t this sound like Washington? Instead of working together some are more worried about having a “W” instead of an “L”, but in reality should be worried about getting a “C” for compromising.

This new building will not only bring in a new influx of residents into the neighborhood, but these residents will start shopping, eating and become customers to the more than 50 businesses along 17th Street. From our fabulous restaurants, bars, and other small businesses these businesses would love the extra business. This project will also provide continued financial support to the First Baptist Church of Washington which houses multi-use community space for the neighborhood.

Concerns Based on Facts?

While I fully support businesses and residents raising concerns over proposed project, I do hope that these claims are truthful and factual. One of the concerns raised is that the building is going to turn into a “dorm” for students and young adults.

It is important to note that the John Hopkins and SAIS campuses next to the proposed building only have graduate students. Most of them work full time or part-time in addition to going to school. Moreover, most GW students would not live in this building as most live on campus in Foggy Bottom for all four years.

As a recent graduate of both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from The George Washington University, I question the assumption that all young 20-somethings have no interest in investing in their neighborhood and building. There seems to be this perception that if young adults move into the neighborhood we will turn into the next Adams Morgan or Georgetown.

Diversity and Age Stereotypes

The one thing about 17th Street is that we have young, old, straight, gay, single, married, and everything else in-between. This community needs to accept everyone because we all bring something unique to this neighborhood.

This notion that one generation is going to ruin things is unjustified and an awful stereotype. Whether or not the church is allowed to proceed, there will always be noise as this is city living from both young and old. After talking to Keener-Squire Management I learned that they do not want their residents being bothered either, and noise complaints are unacceptable in any of the buildings they manage around the city.

Rooftops and Noise

The other main complaint is that there is a proposed rooftop common area for residents. As a resident of a building with a rooftop deck for residents, I have never once heard noise — either in my apartment or on the street from people on the deck.

There is more ground noise from cars and pedestrians driving by then anything else. The proposed rooftop, like most in the city, would have closing times to help prevent any loud noise late at night. Keener-Squire has already redesigned the rooftop to help block any noise that may come from the roof, and will continue to work to fix that concern. While this is a fair item to bring up, this does not need to be an issue, as the management company will deal with any noise complaint and rarely has issue with this at any of their other building with rooftop common areas.

Make Building Work for Everyone

While people should and will raise issues with new projects along 17th Street and across the city, it is my hope that instead of starting an all out war against any proposal we come together as a community and work together in making the proposal work for everyone. Keener-Squire has already gone back to the drawing board to help ease concerns in the community. I commend them for willing to be open to changes and listening.

We all need to be more involved and let the neighborhood know we are ready for the change not only our country needs, but 17th Street.

by Borderstan.com August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,425 0

17th Street Festival, Dupont Circle, Borderstan

This year’s 17th Street Festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the bottom of this story.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is a little more than three weeks away and the organizers are planning for a bigger festival with more sponsors. The Festival takes place Saturday, September 24 on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

“We are very excited that the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping us plan the Festival,” said Lee Granados. “They have been tremendously helpful with business outreach.” Granados is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

To date the Festival has 23 sponsors in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Two additional major sponsors have recently come on board: the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (Gold) is sponsoring the Art Show; and Dupont Circle ANC 2B has signed on as a Gold sponsor. Both organizations doubled their sponsorship levels from 2010.

Festival Events

Among the events at the 2011 Festival:

  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The entertainment stage will be located in front of Safeway and the Red Bull MXT will play host to a DJ in between sets. The Rutstein Group, a realtor with Caldwell Banker, is sponsoring the stage while Level One/30 Degrees is sponsoring the DJs and entertainment.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

Artists, Vendor Apps Due September 9

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist application at by Friday, September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

Vendor Applications. Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in this year’s Festival are also encouraged to fill out a vendor application by Friday, September 9.

To ensure that the 17th Street Festival remains a locally-focused event benefiting residents in proximity to 17th Street, the Festival reserves the right to deny applications for vendors that would compete with existing businesses in the 17th Street NW business corridor.

Vendors can apply to participate in the Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone or General Vendor Area.

The cost for a tent is $100, a table and 2 chairs is $50, and a half table (to be shared with another organization or business) is $25. Additional chairs can be reserved at $2 each.

Sponsors

Platinum: Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, Washington Blade.

Gold: JR’s Bar & Grill, Dupont Circle ANC 2B, Cobalt, Level One, The Rutstein Group, Coldwell Banker Dupont, Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

Silver: TB Bank, PEPCO, Carlyle Suites/Twist Restaurant, Victory Fund, DC Jewish Community Center, Ross Elementary PTA, BaseCamp.

Bronze: Borderstan.com, Whitman-Walker Health, Jack Evans, Salon Rouge, VIDA Fitness.

by Borderstan.com August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,097 2 Comments

2011 17th Street NW Festival, Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Borderstan

The 2011 festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap-up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the festival sponsors again this year.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is coming up soon – Saturday, September 24 – and the festival is seeking local artists and vendors for this year’s event, which will take place from 2 to 6 pm from P to S Streets NW.

Last year’s festival was amazingly successful,” said Lee Granados. She is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

“With more interest from the community and more excitement surrounding this year’s event, we expect a great crowd for the artists and vendors showcasing their offerings,” said Granados.

Info for Artists, Vendors

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist applicationat by September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

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by Borderstan.com October 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle Luis Gomez Photos

17th Street Festival: Ba’Naka the Punk Princess was one of the performers on the live music stage. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Did you attend the first 17th Street Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25? Did you enjoy yourself? What did you think of the festival and its offerings – artists, Pet Zone, kids’ activities, live music, beer garden? More of what and less of what?

Help the Festival organizers plan for next year by taking their online survey. It’s only 6 questions (with an opportunity to leave written comments), so take it today.

About the Festival

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) was organized by the  Ross Elementary School PTA, Historic Dupont Main Streets project  and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers sold sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events. Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross PTA.

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by Borderstan.com September 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm 1,724 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the image to see photos from Saturday’s 17th Street Festival. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above to see the slide show on Flickr from the 17th Street Festival on Saturday.

Warm weather, sunshine and several thousand attendees were part of the first annual 17th Street Festival in east Dupont. Crowds were steady through the afternoon on 17th Street NW between P Street and Riggs Place NW. The Festival was conceived as a way of celebrating the end of construction work on the 17th Streetscape project.

The Festival included almost 60 local artists, Dupont Circle area businesses, a Pet Zone, numerous kids’ activities, a beer garden at JR’s Bar and Grill and a live music stage with several performances throughout the afternoon. Local politicians were on hand as well–Council Chairman Vincent Gray (and Democratic mayoral nominee), Councilmembers David Catania (I-At Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), in addition to many of the commissioners from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B-Dupont. ANC 2B was one of the lead sponsoring organizations.

Festival lead coordinator was Lee Granados of Ross School PTA:

“The 17th Street Arts Committee would like to thank the businesses and residents for coming together for a tremendous day of celebration and festivities. Having pulled this together in less than two months on a zero budget says a lot about the individuals and businesses dedication to making this happen. Special thanks goes to Ross Elementary Parents and Staff, the ANC 2B members and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. Councilmembers Evans, Gray, Mendelson and Catania deserve a big thanks for their contributions and support. And most sincere thank you to George Washington University graduate students Stephen Rutgers and Editra Allen for bringing in their skills and expertise in when we needed them most. We look forward to planning an even more successful event next year!”

Frank Kameny Honored

Veteran LGBT activist Frank Kameny was honored on stage. Kameny was one of the pioneers in the fight for gay rights in the United States and the 1700 block of 17th Street was co-named Frank Kameny Way in his honor in June.

About the Festival

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) was organized by the  Ross Elementary School PTA, Historic Dupont Main Streets project  and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers sold sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events. Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross PTA.

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm 1,099 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle

The Festival will include 56 artists, an auction tent, beer garden, The Pet Zone and lots of kids’ activities. (17th Street Festival logo)

17th Street Festival organizers have added two more performances to the live music stage planned for 17th and Church: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan… and Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.

They join Djesben, Double Life and Tom Goss. Full details below. The stage will be near JR’s Beer Garden.

The festival–from P Street to Riggs Place NW–will feature 56 local artists (10 more have signed up) who will have vendor stalls along 17th Street–a great opportunity to support local artists.

The Festival will also include restaurants, The Pet Zone, kid’s activities and an auction tent.

Live Performances

  • 2 pm: Djseben. The band’s name (pronounced JESS-ben) comes from a 1920s word meaning “jazz band.” The band says their music style has been described “Rock and roll for little kids,” “Iconojazz,” “subtle, like honey mustard sourdough pretzels” and “Massage table music.” You can check out Djseben’s music on YouTube.
  • 2:30 pm: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan was added to the Festival lineup this week. He is also in town Saturday night to perform at Z Lounge to benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization for suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
  • 2:45 pm: Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.
  • 3 pm: Double Life. This six-member group covers songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Natasha Bedingfield to Queen and George Michael, and utilizes innovative vocals and intense instrumentation–“two couples, a twist of B-school and shake with a few degrees of separation, and you’ve got Double Life.”
  • 5:20 pm: Tom Goss. The young Wisconsin native “offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies and a uniquely powerful voice.” Goss has releases The Politics of Love, which he describes as “ore than an EP or music video, more than one person. The Politics of Love is a broad curriculum that gives you the tools you need to teach marriage equality where you are. Perfect for college clubs, church congregations, high-school classrooms and even your home….” Goss has cuts on his website… check out his Facebook Page.
Tom Goss 17th Street Festival

Tom Goss will perform at 5:20 pm. (Tom Goss)

56 Artists

The number of local artists will have vendor tables and displays at the 17th Street Festival is now up to 56 (10 more since Monday). Check out the list at the Festival page.

Kids’ Activities

Festival organizers (Ross School PTA is the lead organizer) are promising a kid-friendly event this Saturday with a “Kids Zone” on the grounds of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. They promise games, arts and crafts, food and other activities for current Ross students and parents as well as prospective students/parents and children. There will be a meet-and-greet at 2 pm at Ross School with the principal.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm 0

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From Alejandra Owens

Sunday Clothing Swap for Martha’s Outfitters

Martha’s Outfitters at 2114 14th Street is a community thrift store where all the proceeds go toward supporting Martha’s Table, which serves meals to those in need as well as running youth programs. On Sunday the Proper Topper (a favorite boutique) is holding a clothing swap from noon to 4 pm in their Georgetown sister store. Whatever items are left will be donated to Martha’s Outfitters. Those who clean out their closets will be rewarded with discounted Winter accessories!

Readers Say Rhee Won’t Stay

Our Borderstan poll of the week asked, Will Michelle Rhee remain as DC Schools Chancellor? Voters said she won’t be around under a new mayor: 78% said she will leave. More specifically, 66% want Rhee to stay but think she will leave… 12% said that Rhee will be leave and that’s just fine with them… 21% think Rhee will stay and that will be make them happy… while 1% want Rhee gone but think she will end up staying on as DC Schools Chancellor.

Find Us at the 17th Street Festival

This is going to be a fun weekend! Yes, we’re facing another heatwave (hopefully the last), but don’t stay inside. Borderstan will be at the 17th Street Festival partying it up with bands, our favorite shop owners and of course, our pets. Look for our table.

Battle Between Food Truck and Restaurants

Be sure to read Washington City Paper’s Inside D.C.’s Food-Truck Wars, which examines what’s going on in DC between the proprietors of food trucks and traditional “brick and mortar” food establishments. The new trucks popping up in town are great for consumers, but tough on the owners of certain types of eateries.

More Milloy

The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy serves up more opinions that make many Washingtonians… crazy? He ponders why so many think Vincent Vincent Gray would fail? (Read the comments if you dare.) See Borderstan post on his first column on the subject of Fenty’s defeat: Courtland Milloy: “Get Off My Lawn.”

DC Central Kitchen’s Vans Are Vandalized

TBD.com reported that several of DC Central Kitchen’s vans were spray painted with red paint X-ing out their logos and a number of them suffered smashed mirrors and windows. A gathering of devoted Twitterati raised the fundraising bat-signal and by close of business several were calling for matches to donations and a few even doubled their money. DC Central Kitchen reported via Twitter Thursday morning that 24 hours had yielded $2,400 in donations. Another great showing by residents to bolster the community!

Hispanic Business Ownership Surges in DC

Washington Business Journal reports a 54% surge in Hispanic business ownership in the district.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 2:21 am 1,021 0

17th Street Festival

The 17th Street Festival kicks off Saturday at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting. (17th Street Festival logo)

Anyone with a dog knows that 17th Street is a great place to walk your dog, especially at night when you want the added security of people around. Moreover, in an area where dogs and cats are pseudo children to many residents (you know it’s true), there had to be something for pets at Saturday’s 17th Street Festival: The Pet Zone, between R Street and Riggs Place NW.

The festival runs from 2 to 6 pm this Saturday, September 25, between P Street and Riggs Place NW on 17th Street. And for people, there will be live music and a beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.

Pet Zone Activities

The Pet Zone will offer up four activities from 2:30 to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Coldwell Banker Group and other local businesses, there will also be a doggy buffet all afternoon in front of the Coldwell office (west side between Q and Corcoran Streets).

Festival-goers can also find out about the pet services, supplies and care that are available from merchants and providers in the neighborhood.

  • 2:30 pm: Dog Ice Cream Eating Contest by Doggie Style Bakery. The first dog to the bottom of the bowl wins a prize from Doggie Style Bakery.
  • 3 pm: Discussion and tips about pets and kids’ safety by the Fur-Get-Me-Not trainer.
  • 3:45 pm: Agility demonstration and a few basic tips for your dog with Anytime K9.
  • 5 pm: Another Dog Ice Cream Eating Contest by Doggie Style Bakery. The first dog to the bottom of the bowl wins a prize from Doggie Style Bakery.

About the Festival

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 20, 2010 at 8:08 am 1,762 4 Comments

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle

The 17th Street Festival kicks off Saturday at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting. (17th Street Festival logo)

Live music is on tap at the 17th Street Festival this Saturday afternoon with four performances scheduled between 2 and 6 pm. The festival–from P Street to Riggs Place NW–will also include local artists, 17th Street restaurants, pet zone, kids’ zone, an auction tent and a Beer Garden at JR’s Bar and Grill. (Look for the Borderstan.com will have a table–we’ll be there, too.)

Three of the four bands have been scheduled for the music stage, which will be at 17th and Church Streets NW near the Beer Garden.

  • 2 pm: Djseben. The band’s name (pronounced JESS-ben) comes from a 1920s word meaning “jazz band.” The band says their music style has been described “Rock and roll for little kids,” “Iconojazz,” “subtle, like honey mustard sourdough pretzels” and “Massage table music.” You can check out Djseben’s music on YouTube.
  • 2:40 pm: To be announced.
  • 3 pm: Double Life. This six-member group covers songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Natasha Bedingfield to Queen and George Michael, and utilizes innovative vocals and intense instrumentation–“two couples, a twist of B-school and shake with a few degrees of separation, and you’ve got Double Life.”
  • 5:20 pm: Tom Goss. The young Wisconsin native “offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies and a uniquely powerful voice.” Goss has releases The Politics of Love, which he describes as “ore than an EP or music video, more than one person. The Politics of Love is a broad curriculum that gives you the tools you need to teach marriage equality where you are. Perfect for college clubs, church congregations, high-school classrooms and even your home….” Goss has cuts on his website… check out his Facebook Page.

Artists and Kids

  • A total of 46 local artists will have vendor tables and displays at the 17th Street Festival. Check out the list at the festival page.
  • Festival organizers (Ross School PTA is the lead organizer) are promising a kid-friendly event this Saturday with a “Kids Zone” on the grounds of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. They promise games, arts and crafts, food and other activities for current Ross students and parents as well as prospective students/parents and children. There will be a meet-and-greet at 2 pm at Ross School with the principal.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2010 at 1:51 am 0

17th Street Festival

Last Call for artists who want to display and sell their work at the 17th Street Festival on Sept. 25. (17th Street Festival)

The 17th Street Festival is coming up in two weeks: Saturday, September 25 from 2 to 6 pm. The festival will take place on 17th Street NW between P Street and Riggs Place. Musical performances, artist vendors, a pet zone, a kids zone and an auction tent are all planned.

Last Call for Artists

Today is last call for artists. Festival organizers hope to have as many as 50 local artists at the festival. Artists will be able to display and sell their artworks. You can get more information from the Call for Artists application, including contact information. The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, September 11 at 6 pm.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

For more information about the 17th Street Festival, contact Lee Granados at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com August 31, 2010 at 9:50 am 1 Comment

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle 17th Streetscape

The first 17th Street Festival will raise funds for tree box plantings, light post flags and the Ross School PTA. (Scott Hall for 17th Street Festival)

The 17th Street NW corridor will get its own festival this fall on Saturday, September 25. The commercial strip between P Street and Riggs Place will play host to musical performances, artist vendors, a pet zone, a kids zone and an auction tent from 2 to 6 pm.

The festival was planned as a way to celebrate the completion of DDOT’s 17th Streetscape project, which got underway last December. The Streetscape project has brought new sidewalks, lighting and tree boxes on both sides of 17th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue NW–after a lot of digging, dust, jackhammers and blocked off traffic lanes and sidewalks.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

Ross Elementary School Open

According to Lee Granados, chair of the Festival, “We want this event to highlight our overall community including businesses, independent entrepreneurs, artists and musicians and our local public school, Ross Elementary.”

This May photo shows work on the brick-accented sidewalks that are now part of the 17th Street corridor. (Borderstan)

Granados said that Ross will be open to the community during the festival on September 25. The PTA is encouraging area residents who are interested in DC schools to visit–especially if they have young children who would be eligible to attend Ross.

Call for Artists: Sept. 11 Deadline

Festival organizers hope to have as many as 50 local artists at the 17th Street Festival. Artists will be able to display and sell their artworks. You can get more information from the Call for Artists application, including contact information. The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, September 11 at 6 pm.

For more information about the 17th Street Festival, contact Lee Granados at [email protected]

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