From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.
View the photo album of Sunday’s Drag Kickball at Stead Park.
Sunday afternoon was the perfect time for the Annual Stonewall Kickball Dragball tournament game the JR’s and Cobalt divisions. The game took place at Stead Recreational Park (1625 P Street NW). Neighbors and and fans jointed the fun. Players were there on time and, in-between dresses, heels and hats, the game started.
The Tug of War was part of haft-time festivities as was an eating competition and a run of the bases in drag. JR’s division won the kickball game by a score of 10-7.
The event was presented by JR’s and Cobalt, and donations raised help The DC Center.
Learn more about the DC Stonewall Kickball on their Facebook page and website. Their spring season is about to wrap up with the summer season getting underway shortly; Stonewall Kickball also has a fall season. For more information, email info[AT]stonewallkickball.org.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
It wouldn’t be Capital Pride Week without the Third Annual Stonewall Kickball DragBall. That’s right, it’s time for a matchup between “Stonewall kickball players in drag and DCs loveliest Queens in kickball uniforms.”
The game takes place this Sunday, June 2, from 3 to 6 pm at Stead Park (1625 P Street NW). Come cheer on your favorite team and players as they run the bases as fast as they can in their heels.
If that bit of entertainment isn’t enough to bring you out, know that the games are being staged to support and raise money for the DC Center and Capital Pride. Organizers are asking for $5 donations, which include entry, a raffle ticket, and access to the after party at Cobalt.
Click to see photos of last year’s tournament from Borderstan photographer Luis Gomez.
For more information or to RSVP, check out the Kickball DragBall Facebook page.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
The spring equinox may have come and gone back on March 20 but the recent spate of days in the 80s and upper-70s has unofficially confirmed that spring has arrived. Hopefully it’s not raining while you’re reading this, as that can be and has been an unfortunate component of spring in the city.
But that rain and these temperatures have allowed for the beauteous growth of the trees and flowers in our parks. So before any dark clouds come back, head outside and take a swing around the neighborhood.
Places to Enjoy Nature
- Meridian Hill Park — one of our largest parks, this is a great place to just wander around on a sunny afternoon.
- Logan Circle — a shady, quiet park to relax with friends, have a picnic or take a nap.
- Dupont Circle — is it more about relaxing or about people watching? Who says you can’t do both? This may be the most popular/best known of all the parks/circles in DC.
- Thomas Circle — there isn’t much nature to take in here, but come by on any weekday and you’ll see the base of the statue covered with office workers taking in the sun.
- Spanish Steps — a great gem tucked away where 22nd Street should be between Decatur Place and S Street. The Spanish Steps were built in 1911 and stand today as a testament to some of DC’s more beautiful city planning.
Places to Play
- Shaw Dog Park — the larger Dog Park in the area. The location may not be as convenient as the S Street Dog Park, but if you’re looking for a big space where your dog can get in some good running, this is your place.
- S Street Dog Park — the more centrally located Dog Park. It may not be as big as the above site, but the turf and the address make this a great spot for playing and socializing (for both humans and dogs).
- Stead Park — a local favorite, this is a great place to bring the kids or for organized sports.
- Cardozo Playground — located next to the Shaw Dog Park, Cardozo features both a skate park and a large field for team sports.
- Rock Creek Park — there’s no way to avoid this behemoth in a list like this. Rock Creek Park is a great park for both taking in nature and engaging in any sort of play or exercise.
Let us know which is your favorite place to enjoy Spring around the neighborhood?
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
Experience a celebration of music and culture at the 14th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs Sunday, April 28, through Saturday, May 11. Hosted by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW), the festival will showcase the diversity of Jewish music through a variety of live performances at venues all around the Washington DC area.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased online, by phone (202-777-3251), or in-person at the various performance venues. Full festival passes are also available.
- Accomplished Israeli artist Noa kicks off the festival on Sunday, April 28, with a performance at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Rockville. Noa’s performance will feature songs from her newest album, “The Israeli Songbook”.
- A double bill at the Artisphere in Arlington on May 2 will showcase Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music from artist Sarah Aroeste and the Yiddish punk sensibilities of Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.
- Bring the whole family to Stead Park in Dupont Circle on Sunday, May 5 for a day of FREE outdoor concerts. WJMF in the Park will feature performances by children’s entertainer Robbie Schaefer, bluegrass fusion band Margot Leverette and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and the pop duo Stereo Sinai. Come for the music and stay for the moonbounce and face painting.
- On the evening of May 6 at the DC Jewish Community Center, catch a screening of the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” by director Doug Shultz. The film tells the story of a group Theresienstadt prisoners who found hope through their performance of Verdi’s Requiem in front of the Nazi high command.
- Don’t miss a performance by the “Prince of Kosher Gospel”, Joshua Nelson, on Thursday, May 9 at the DC Jewish Community Center.
Visit the Washington Jewish Musical Festival website for see the entire festival performance schedule.
As things stand with the current proposal, funding for these upgrades will not come until fiscal year 2015 and the earliest that any construction will begin is fall 2014.
As a member of Friends of Stead Park (FOSP) and a commissioner of ANC 2B, Kishan Putta is organizing the testimony following the securement of $1.6 million in funding for the project from the Council and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR).
This action from FOSP comes on the heels of their having spoken with Mayor Vincent Gray at the public Ward 2 Budget Town Hall. It was at this Town Hall that the mayor expressed an interest in speeding up the timeframe of the upgrades to the park after hearing of both the community’s excitement for the upgrades and the community funding that will go with city funding.
FOSP was bolstered by the mayor’s reaction and, according to Putta,”The April 29 meeting will be an opportunity for members of the community to speak before the committee about why the timeframe for the Stead Park upgrades should be advanced.
The upgrade plans for Stead Park include shade trees and benches along the perimeter of the playing field, a jogging/walking track, a performance stage, a miniature water park for children, and maintenance of the playing field that will continue to accommodate two simultaneous games.
Members of the community agreed upon these plans after two years of discussion and consensus building, which included a series of community meetings with the FOSP Board of Directors. The new plans are designed to make the park more usable and better suited for the changing community.
Anyone interested in supporting an advanced timeframe for park improvements may send short letters of support kishan.putta[AT]dupontcircleanc.net before this Sunday, April 28. Community members are also invited to join the hearing at 10 am on Monday, April 29, before the Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs at the Wilson Building, Room 412.
This Saturday, May 30, is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park field on the 1600 block of P Street NW.
Last year the event drew a large turnout of kids and parents, around 200.The festivities included snacks, face painting, balloons and, naturally, a good sport who wore an Easter Bunny costume.
This year the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:45 am. The hunt will be in waves so all the kids get a chance to go — and and organizers say there are plenty of eggs. The event is sponsored by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate.
Come early to get a balloon, have your face painted and grab a snack. (Be sure to bring your own basket!)
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park field on the 1600 block of P Street NW drew a large turnout of kids and parents late Saturday morning. The festivities included snacks, face painting, balloons and, naturally, a good sport who wore an Easter Bunny costume.
According to Logan Circle parent Joelle Myers, “There were about 100 kids and more than 100 adults there. There were lots of families on the playground as well. They let the age 2-and-under crowd start to hunt for eggs, and then opened it up to all kids. The kids really had a blast fetching the eggs!”
It was the 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park field, which is sponsored by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. The turnout on Saturday confirms what many long-time residents of the neighborhood have noticed for the past five-plus years: more families are choosing to stay in the area after kids arrive, instead of leaving for outer DC neighborhoods or the suburbs.