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Please join Councilmember Wells this Thursday evening September 23rd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. for a Special H Street NE Community Office Hours at Fruit Bat, 1236 H Street NE (formerly the Martin Lounge, located next to The Pug). Come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and bring your community concerns.
In order to provide accessibility to residents who cannot attend the morning office hours, Councilmember Wells will periodically host H Street Community Office Hours in the evening.
Mary Ellen (Dolly) Vehlow, owner of Gallery OonH, and president of Pensare Design, an award-winning graphics firm, that also does the graphics for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Pew Foundation, Downtown BID, and many other groups. Creative genius and muse for the Festival. She also provided the Festival website which now includes design continuity. Dolly and her husband Steve Hessler have long been involved in H Street. They sponsor the Art Car exhibit which is conducted as a juried event. They also sponsor the Speed Chess, Oral History tent, and many of the artists who show at the Festival. They contribute generously to H Street causes especially the Festival.It was awesome. Thanks all!
Steve Lambert, Talent Buyer for Rock and Roll Hotel and head of Hood Booking, one of the Top 10 music bookers on the East Coast. Steve books over 100 bands a month from the 1000s he listens to until his ears bleed. He books the stage talent for the Festival and coordinates with the production company.
Julia Christian, Executive Director of CHAMPS. She is a "corporate loan" from the Board of Directors of CHAMPS to organize the applications process, day-to-day graphic, production of the Festival program, and other invaluable items. Julia can do anything.
Gail Montplaisir, Taurus Design, who specializes in environmental design. Gail organized the Green Street Exhibit and obtained grant money from DC Arts and Humanities to cover the costs of some of the artists who performed at the Festival.
Leonard Howell, Donohoe Companies, commercial real estate, who organizes vendors. He orders all of the equipment necessary to stage the Festival and oversees its installation within a few wild and crazy hours on the morning of the Festival. Leonard also arranged extended service for the H Street Shuttle and added a route from Eastern Market for the Festival.
Cody Bateman, the sound producer from National Events LLC the professional production company that provided all of the stages, sound equipment, mechanicals, and technicians.
Charles Allen, Chief of Staff to CM Tommy Wells, who provided a government liaison nexus, helping with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Metropolitan Police Department, DC Fire and EMS, DDOT, DCRA, and other. Tommy Wells' office also facilitated the free bike valet in addition to lending us the services of Charles Allen - right in the middle of a political campaign. We are really grateful.
There are others that did stuff but that's the main crew in addition to, of course, the business community who all worked to provide special offerings and to help promote the event.
H Street Construction Contractor To Move Jersey Barriers Saturday, September 11,
In Preparation For The H Street Festival
The District Department of Transportation has authorized the H Street construction contractor, Capitol Paving of DC (CPDC), to move the H Street jersey barriers on Saturday, September 11, in preparation for the H Street Festival on Saturday, September 18.
The northernmost bank of jersey barriers from 3rd Street to 13th Street will be shifted south next to the southernmost bank of jersey barriers. During the September 11 work, the northernmost jersey barriers will be replaced with orange traffic barrels for the next few days, while CPDC completes backfilling and clean-up work to make the south center lane usable as a traffic lane.
Then the barrels will be removed, and a lane switch will be put in place with new directional signs. In the new traffic pattern to take effect on or before September 18, the north curb lane will be restored as a parking lane except during morning and afternoon rush hours. There will be three full-time traffic lanes – two for westbound traffic, one for eastbound traffic – and all three will be to the north of the jersey barriers. The south curb lane – currently serving as the eastbound traffic lane – will be blocked to traffic to accommodate renovation of the roadway and installation of streetcar tracks.
For the H Street Festival on Saturday, September 18, DDOT and its construction managers, MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, and CPDC worked closely with the Festival sponsor, H Street Main Street, to assure that construction activity, barriers, equipment, and signage will not hamper Festival activities.
Festival tents, displays, and entertainment activities will take place on H Street from 8th Street to 14th Street, which will be closed to traffic during the Festival. In the 1300 block, the Festival will have full use of all H Street lanes. In the 800 through 1200 blocks, the Festival will have the use of all lanes except the south curb lane.
The work is part of the District Department of Transportation’s H Street Reconstruction Project. More information about the project is available on the DDOT website, http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/ under the Ward 6 portion of the “Projects and Planning” section.
Evolve Urban Arts Project (1375 Maryland Ave) presents “What We Leave Behind” featuring encaustic collage artist Marty Ittner and painter Michele Cormier. The opening begins at 4 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m.
Over on Florida Ave, see three exhibits door-to-door. First, G Fine Art (1350 Florida Ave) presents Julia Oldham “Strange Readings” an exploration of physics and art. The opening show runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Conner Contemporary Art (1358 Florida Ave) launches three concurrent shows. The first is John Kirchner “Infinity”, the second is John Stark “Mercurius Duplex” and Third Susam Macwilliam: Video. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Above Conner, Industry Gallery (1358 Florida Ave) presents two new designs by architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino entitled “Data/ Nature.” The show run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
CITY Gallery (804 H St) opens “Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy,” new work by Ellen Cornett. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
Q: You were eager to mention that in its heyday the H St. corridor was Washington's most important shopping district, please tell us more about that.
A: We’ve all become so accustomed to glitzy shopping centers that’s it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t that long ago that people shopped at local merchants – exactly what they’re saying now that they prefer. Local, authentic, and unique. Yes, H Street has always been amazing. It was second only to downtown as the place to go, yet it retained a decidedly neighborhood character. The 30s, 40s, 50s were something of a golden age for window shopping, having lunch, meeting your friends, looking long and hard before you purchased. Isn’t this social component what people are looking for now? The personal character of H Street with its small retailers has always fit that model and I think that our attention to that model is what’s driving our success. Tough economic environments are nothing new, yet H Street prospered through them just as it’s doing now. The single family homes surrounding it were mostly owner-occupied in its heyday, and that’s the most important thing driving the renaissance now: people truly caring about their own neighborhood. Despite that, there were major anchors. The first Sears department store in the District. Two large luxury car dealerships in a time when private vehicles were moving from dream to reality for ordinary Americans. Things that drew destination shoppers while still serving the local community with personal relationships. H Street has always had astonishing diversity. Old census records show that the people who lived adjacent to it were a serious melting pot that was reflected in the shops and restaurants of H Street. Greeks, Italians, Jews, Muslims, Germans, Jamaicans, and more. When the city’s Central Market at the site of the present National Archives was demolished in 1931, the wholesale market for the entire area moved to Florida Avenue. Many of Washington’s great buildings were built then using the skills of immigrants. The workers and their families lived and shopped on H Street. GIs during WWII poured out of Union Station and enjoyed the stores and restaurants, as did the federal work force that surged during the war effort. Can you imagine how vibrant all of those different people made life on H Street? Post-War recovery brought America a new prosperity and H Street was an important factor in a new optimistic spirit in Washington. This community was a wonderful place for everybody as you can hear in the stories of some of the older people who have added to the H Street Main Street’s ongoing oral history projects. The most difficult period for H Street coincided with the decline of America’s great cities as homeowners moved to suburbs and inner city neighborhoods became rental properties and began to deteriorate. Vacant building bred despair and the breakdown of the social fabric, culminating in rioting in the late 60s and early 70s in urban centers across the US. The four days of riots in Washington following the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King were the final death knell for what had once been the prosperous H Street Corridor. Few buildings were left unscathed and it would be decades before serious renewal would take hold.
My name is Michael Showalter and I'm setting up a small Music Together center on H street this fall at the Douglas Memorial Church at 800 11th Street, N.E. It's the big red church on the corner of H and 11th NE. www.mistermikesmusic.com
Classes meet for 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. During the class period, children and their caregivers play with music and movement exploring a diverse range of sound and rhythm. Caregiver participation provides an atmosphere that allows children to freely explore music and dance. Music Together classes allow parents and young children the chance to explore their relationship in a musical way. In addition, the diversity of music provides a strong musical foundation for future formal instruction.
I've been involved in music for as long as I can remember. Once my wife and I had children I became interested in how children develop musically. Music Together classes are especially fun for parents because they provide us with a way to observe musical development in our children as they play.
If you're interested in registering for classes, please visit my website www.mistermikesmusic.com or feel free to call me at 202.251.7205
H St. Festival Menu for The Queen Vic
Cornish, Chicken & Ham, Curried Potato & Pea
Mini Steak & Ale Pies
Pineland Farms All Natural Beef & Guinness
Lamb & Beef Sliders
With three onion jam
House Made Pork Sausage
With our English mustard & fresh pickles
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)
Tandoori style chicken with pureed tomato, cashews, ginger & garlic
Please join the Ward 6 Democrats for a Ward 6 Council Democratic
candidate forum on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 7:30 pm. The forum
will be held at Christ Our Shepherd Church - located at 8th & North
Carolina Ave SE (801 North Carolina Avenue SE, near Eastern Market
Metro) – and will be moderated by WTOP investigative reporter Mark
The Ward 6 Democrats are proud to co-host this forum with a group of partners that share many of the same priorities for our Ward and city, including the Defeat Poverty DC coalition and Fair Budget Coalition.
Please join us next Wednesday evening, TOMORROW, for a great
discussion about the future of Ward 6 and your choices on the
September 14th primary ballot.