Beginning this Saturday, April 20, food trucks will be at the Harrison Recreation Center on the 1300 block of V Street NW. As the Little League season starts, the food trucks will be outside the playing field from 11 am to 1 pm in a rotation schedule, according to a message on the U Street News listserv.
This week’s trucks are The Big Cheese and Captain Cookie. Next week is Rolling Ficelle and Goodies Frozen Custard. Come out enjoy the game and grab a bite.
Last year The Friends of Harrison Recreation Center held a meeting to get input from the community about renovations for the center and playing field.
From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]borderstan.com.
You may want to sit down for this. I’m serious, you really might faint. Are you ready? Okay… here goes.
“The Sandlot” turned 20-years-old on Sunday.
I promised myself I wouldn’t start to feel old until I turn 30 later this year, but when I heard that one of the greatest sports movies of my childhood was turning 20, I logged on to AARP and registered for a membership.
If you’re somehow unfamiliar with “The Sandlot,” it tells the story of a group of adolescent boys spending their summer bonding over their love of baseball. Because really, who doesn’t love summer. And baseball.
The movie has everything my 10-year-old self could have ever wanted. Baseball, a treehouse, s’mores, a legendary “beast,” and of course, a smokin’ hot lifeguard named Wendy Peffercorn. Intrigued?
Check out the 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition, which apparently includes collectible baseball cards of the characters. You’ll keep this FOR-EV-ER.
And if you’re feeling extra nostalgic, strap on your PF Flyers and take a road trip to meet up with the 20th anniversary “Sandlot” tour where they’ll be showing the film at baseball stadiums around the country.
After you’re done taking a trip down memory lane, call up a couple of your closest buds and organize your own game. Borderstan has lots of parks where you can play a quick pick-up game.
Check out the grassy areas at Stead Park (1600 block of P Street NW), Harrison Field (1300 block of V Street NW) Mitchell Park (S and 23rd Streets NW) and Kalorama Park (Columbia Road and 19th Street NW). Sure, you might need to exchange that baseball for a wiffle ball, but it’s the same thing.
We’ll see you out on the lot.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
Pitchers and catchers have already reported to spring training in Florida and Arizona, it’s been above 60 degree two days in a row… if you are still convinced it’s not quite springtime yet, the announcement of Little League sign-ups should convince you.
Banneker City Little League is open to boys and girls, aged 4 to 12, who live in Ward 1. Games take place at Banneker Recreation Center (Georgia Avenue and Howard Place NW) and at Harrison Recreation Center (13th and V Streets NW).
For more info, check out the Banneker City Little League site to register. There’s something for everyone, ranging from T-ball; to AAA division ball (where players learn to throw three pitches, tricks about bat speed and base-running skills); to softball.
Harrison Field is also the home of the U Street Movie Series, “Harrison Field Under the Stars.” The monthly showings run from May through October.
Tuesday is the June date for the U Street Movie Series at Harrison Field. The short is The Poodle Trainer and the feature is Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Gates open at 7 pm at the field of the Harrison Recreation Center on the 1300 block of V Street NW.
Admission is free, and all films, with the exception of October’s Waiting for Superman, will be shown outdoors at the field at Harrison Recreation Center. Attendees are encouraged to come early, starting at 7 pm, to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs.
All shows will begin at sundown, so the exact times will vary. Several local food truck vendors will be on site serving food. On the June and August “family” nights, children can play in a moonbounce from 7 to 8:30 pm before the films.
Donations and sponsorships towards the event are accepted online and benefit Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a nonprofit formed in 2009 that works directly with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The movie series is organized by Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. (See Summertime: U Street Movie Series Starts May 24.)
The U Street Movie Series concludes for the summer on Tuesday night, September 14, with a double feature: Duke Ellington’s Washington and Soul Power. The rain date is September 21.
The films are shown at the field at Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V Street NW. Gates open at 7 pm and showtime is at sundown. DJ Yellow Fever and guests will be spinning from 7 to 8:30 pm. Free popcorn will be provided by Ventnor Sports to the first 100 attendees beginning at 8 pm.
The theme of this year’s movie series paid homage to the musical and culturally diverse roots of the U Street Neighborhood, with a series of documentaries and films telling moving stories of accomplished musicians. More than 800 people attended the previous showings of Michael Jackson’s This is It, the Buena Vista Social Club, and The Soloist in June, July and August.
The movie series is sponsored by the U Street Neighborhood Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B and MidCity Business Association. Donations and sponsorships towards the event benefit Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a nonprofit formed in 2009 that works directly with DC Department of Parks and Recreation.
TUESDAY Update: Tonight’s scheduled movie will be shown next Tuesday, July 20, due to the rain and wet ground at Harrison Field.
The U Street Movie Series is back on Tuesday night, July 13, with Buena Vista Social Club. The films are shown at the field at Harrison Recreation Center on V Street between 13th and 14th Streets NW. Gates open at 7 pm and showtime is at sundown, around 8:30 pm.
The first 100 attendees get free popcorn at 8 pm. Rain date is July 20. There is even valet bicycle service if you ride your bike to Tuesday night’s movie. It’s being provided by the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA). More info is also available on the U Street Movies Facebook Page.
The theme of this year’s movie series pays homage to the musical and culturally diverse roots of the U Street Neighborhood, with a series of documentaries and films telling moving stories of accomplished musicians. The last film, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, was seen by a crowd of over 450 in June.
The movie series is sponsored by the U Street Neighborhood Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B and MidCity Business Association.
The schedule for the rest of the summer includes The Soloist on August 10 (rain date August 17), and Duke Ellington’s Washington and Soul Power on September 14 (rain date September 21).