by Borderstan.com July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,175 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Does your dog have what it takes to win the title at the Dog Days Best in Dog Show on August 4? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Calling all dogs that bark, look great in costumes and are just all-around adorable: You may not have a spot in the region’s competitive dog shows, but you sure have one (and a doggone good chance of winning) in the Best in Dog Show on Saturday, August 4.

The friendly competition is part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days of Summer and will take place from 9 to 11 am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (1925 Vermont Avenue NW).

Prizes will be awarded for several different categories, including Best Vocalist, Best Puppy, Best Tricks, Best Costume, Best Look-a-Like, Best Couple, Best Small Breed, Best Large Breed, Best Mixed Breed, Best Sense of Humor and Best in Show.

For more information on the four-legged event, visit the MidCity Dog Days website or email midcitydogdays[AT]gmail.com; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

May the best pups win!

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,437 0

"Buffalo Soldiers"

Members of Buffalo Soldiers units at Sunday's ceremony at the African American Civil War Memorial on U street NW. Click above to see pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

View photos of Sunday’s Buffalo Thunder event on flickr.

Thousands of members of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers from chapters across the country from gathered Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street. They were there for “Buffalo Thunder,” which honors African Americans who served in the U.S. military.

Some were also in town to participate in Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle event held each Memorial Day weekend; Rolling Thunder is dedicated to prisoners of war and those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? As they explain on their Facebook Page, “The name, patch, purpose, and charter specifically pay homage to the original 9th and 10th cavalry black Army units authorized by congress in 1866 and who were subsequently named Buffalo Soldiers by native-American Indians. We are bonded by a camaraderie of military service or uniformed civilian service and an affection for large motorcycles that we enjoy riding.”

The African American Civil War Memorial is at 1200 U Street NW; the Museum is now at a new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,323 0

"Borderstan""Vermont Avenue"

The 9th annual Vermont Avenue Garden Work Party was Saturday, covering S to U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com.

For more photos from Saturday’s Vermont Avenue Garden Work Party, see Shaena Fazal’s collection.

Last Saturday, April 28, a crew of volunteers took to Vermont Avenue NW to do annual clean up, weeding, mulching and other maintenance. They planted a new tree and seasonal flowers, and added a paver path at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street NW.

It was the ninth year in a row to beautify the meridian that runs from S Street to the Florida Avenue Triangle (see photos from last year). Contact Jeffrey Willis at jeffreyhw[AT]yahoo.com if you want to get involved with the group.

Major sponsors of the event were Mark Meyerdirk at Urban Brokers Realty, Gerard & Trish DiRuggiero at Urban Land Realty and Andy Duffy at Duffy’s Irish Pub. Other sponsors are Nellie’s Sports Bar (breakfast for volunteers), the 9:30 Club, Ft. Myers Construction, American Ice Company Pub, CVS, DC FEMS and King Gas.

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by Borderstan.com April 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm 1,048 0

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Click to see more photos from the 2011 Vermont Avenue Garden Work Party. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Residents who live near Vermont Avenue NW will turn out Saturday for the ninth year in a row to beautify the meridian that runs from S Street  to the Florida Avenue Triangle (see photos from last year).

From 9 am to noon, the volunteers dig, plant, prune, mulch, rake and do general maintenance work on the strip that runs one-quarter mile from S Street through the U Street corridor.

Volunteers should meet at African American Civil War Memorial at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW. Training, tools and other supported will be provided for volunteers. Email Willis at jeffreyhw[AT]yahoo.com to volunteer.

Major Sponsors of the event are Mark Meyerdirk at Urban Brokers Realty, Gerard & Trish DiRuggiero at Urban Land Realty, Andy Duffy at Duffy’s Irish Pub (including lunch for volunteers after the work is done!).

Other sponsors are Nellie’s Sports Bar (breakfast for volunteers), the 9:30 Club, Ft. Myers Construction, American Ice Company Pub, CVS, DC FEMS and King Gas.

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by Borderstan.com July 18, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,022 0

Farm to Street Party, Eat Local First Week, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The Farm to Street Party was Saturday on the 1300 block of V Street NW. It wrapped up Eat Local First Week, which was sponsored by the local business organization, Think Local First DC. The roasted lambs were prepared by Local 16 and owner Aman Ayoubi is pictured in the middle row at left. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

You Say Goodbye…

A few days ago, ANC2B Commissioner Kevin O’Connor tweeted: “Post Office (14th & T) withdraws ABRA [Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration] application. May be a problem related to ownership of business. #ANC2B.” Back in May ANC2B voted to protest the license application as a step toward securing a voluntary agreeement. So it looks like Post Office will not be adding to the massive restaurant descent on 14th Street NW. Luckily we have plenty of others that will soon be joining us.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2011 at 9:04 am 1,160 0

Borderstan, U Street NW, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Thunder, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for the slide show: Members of the Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers on Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial at U and 12th Streets NW. Their bikes were lined up on Vermont Avenue between T and U Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. You can view photos of Sunday’s Buffalo Thunder event on Flickr.

Thousands of members of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers from chapters across the country from gathered Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street. They were there for “Buffalo Thunder,” which honored African Americans who served in the U.S. military. Some were also in town to participate in Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle event held each Memorial Day weekend; Rolling Thunder is dedicated to prisoners of war and those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? As they explain on their Facebook Page, “The name, patch, purpose, and charter specifically pay homage to the original 9th and 10th cavalry black Army units authorized by congress in 1866 and who were subsequently named Buffalo Soldiers by native-American Indians. We are bonded by a camaraderie of military service or uniformed civilian service and an affection for large motorcycles that we enjoy riding.”

The African American Civil War Memorial is at 1200 U Street NW; the Museum is now at a new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

by Borderstan.com May 9, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,710 0

 

Borderstan, Vermont Avenue, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for the slide show: Vermont Avenue residents dug, planted, mulched and spruced up Vermont Avenue NW from S Street to the Florida Avenue Triangle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez and Matty Rhoades. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

About 50 residents who live near Vermont Avenue NW turned out Saturday to beautify the meridian that runs from S Street  to the Florida Avenue Triangle. The volunteer group planted rose bushes, shrubs and petunias, and did general maintenance work on the strip that runs one-quarter mile from through the U Street corridor. The brick crossing on the 1900 block of Vermont was also upgraded.

See photos from Saturday’s Vermont Avenue Gardens event.

Coordinator Jeffrey Willis said the African American Civil War Memorial served as sponsor and made a $500 donation. He said that funds to purchase plants and supplies were donated by Urbanland Company and Urban Brokers Realty. Mulch was provided by the National Park Service and safety cones came from Fort Meyers Construction.

Local restaurants and pubs also pitched in with free meals for the volunteers, according to Willis. Nellie’s Sports Bar provided breakfast, lunch came from Duffy’s Irish Pub and free drinks were offered later during the event at 9:30 Club.

This was the sixth year in a row that volunteers have done maintenance-gardening work on the Vermont Avenue meridian. If you want to get involved with the Vermont Avenue Gardens group, contact Willis at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com January 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street Borderstan

The African American Civil War Memorial. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at 10:30 am at the African American Civil War Memorial, U Street and Vermont Avenue NW.

The memorial is part of the the African American Civil War Museum at 12th and U Streets NW.

by Borderstan.com April 16, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,269 0

U Street and Vermont Avenue NW: There was a wreath-laying ceremony yesterday at the African American Civil War Memorial to mark DC Emancipation Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today is Emancipation Day in Washington, DC. On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an emancipation proclamation that freed 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia. This proclamation came five months before Lincoln’s more famous Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the states of the Confederacy. April 16 became an official DC holiday in 2005.

The DC government website has a full listing of Emancipation Day events. Busboys & Poets at 14th and V NW has a program at 4 p.m. today, “2010 Emancipation Day Celebration: DC Almost 150 Years Later.” The event is co-sponsored by Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC).

The African American Civil War Memorial at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW is a lovely–and too often overlooked–memorial here in the neighborhood. It opened in 1999 and honors the African American soldiers who fought with the Union Army in the Civil War. Check it out when you are on U Street; it is next to the U Street-Cardozo Metro Stop.

Regarding city services: The city is picking up trash and recyclables today even though the DC Government is closed. Parking enforcement is suspended except for the area around Nationals Park. However, normal workday traffic patterns are in effect.

by Borderstan.com January 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street Borderstan

Monday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.: There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the African American Civil War Memorial, 1200 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is a event tomorrow for Martin Luther King Day in the neighborhood. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the African American Civil War Memorial at 1200 U Street NW (intersection of U-Vermont-12th). (more…)

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