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Archive - 2016

December 8th

Never Bogged Down: The History of Swampoodle

“Swampoodle” is one of those strange terms you might come across in DC. But what is it? Well, it’s not a type of dog – although there is a Swampoodle restaurant in Northwest that has a poodle logo. There are in fact several Swampoodles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Jonathan Lewis is a Capitol Hill writer, poet, and history enthusiast. You can read his recent article on arts education in East of the River.

With 500th Membership, Capitol Hill Village Marks 10 Years of Serving the Hill

Last month, local nonprofit Capitol Hill Village (CHV) marked a landmark milestone in its decade of operation. The group, which supports neighborhood senior citizens, welcomed its 500th member by gifting that membership to Barney and Mary Ellen King, a couple who recently relocated to Capitol Hill to be near their daughter and her family. As a former military family that relocated often, the Kings know better than most how important community is when building a new home.

Bridey Heing is a freelance journalist and book critic living in Capitol Hill. Her writing has been published by The Daily Beast, The Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, and others. You can find her on Twitter @brideyheing. 

December 7th

New Ballet Studio Opens for Tiny Dancers

Studio One Dance Will Offer Classes at Rooted Pilates on Capitol Hill in January

Rebecca Ward remembers her first recital as a three-year-old ballet dancer: her mom took her and she danced on stage in a snowflake outfit. After years of studying ballet and teaching, Ward wants to now share more moments like those with young aspiring dancers on Capitol Hill.

Building Community, One Inspiration at a Time

In the wake of a bruising national election whose outcome was dictated by voters in distant states, some Capitol Hill residents may feel helpless to influence the direction of our country. That’s when it’s most important to realize what you can do in your own backyard or, more accurately, from your own front stoop.

Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm, and a new member of the CHCF board of directors. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill.

December 6th

Council Pushes Bill on Nats Park LED Displays Forward

Neighbors and Local Leaders Still Strongly Oppose the Proposal for Five LED Displays

The DC City Council moved forward legislation on the proposed Nats Park digital display boards on Dec. 6 against calls from neighbors and local leaders to shut down the proposal.

A final vote on Bill 21-919 is expected to take place on Dec. 20.

A Fishy Christmas Eve

‘Tis the season for holiday traditions, and what better way to celebrate than with good food and friends? For the second straight year, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Masseria owner/chef Nick Stefanelli will recreate a beloved family tradition: Festa dei Sette Pesci, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Italian/American culinary observance will be held at his newly Michelin-starred dining destination, tucked behind Union Market. Other Italian restaurants will celebrate as well.

Deck the Halls with Unique Local Ornaments

Photograph By
Karen Cohen

While shopping for veggies, meats, and other holiday goodies at Eastern Market, don’t miss the flea-market vendors located along the 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh Street, who are stocking choice decorations for the holidays. A leisurely stroll is rewarded by enough fun ornaments to deck the halls with style and cheer.

Vendor Shumba Masani fashions ornaments out of discarded soda and iced-tea cans. He weaves strips of aluminum into whimsical tree decorations or desktop ornaments and calls them “canimals.”

December 5th

Notebooks for Story of Our Schools

A DC Business Partnered with the Education Nonprofit to Raise Funds for Students' Projects

Holiday shoppers looking to support two local ventures can now buy Appointed’s limited-edition designer notebook, profits of which benefit DC's Story of Our Schools non-profit. Sales started on Oct. 20 and run through May 1, 2017 for the $24 notebook.