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“In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, Casey Trees will present four educational hikes through Rock Creek Park with local author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley. During these hikes, participants will hike the entire length of two major hiking trails, the Valley Trail and the Western Ridge Trail, to see Rock Creek Park throughout the seasons.
The Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike will take place on February 1, 2015. During this first tour, participants will hike the Valley Trail, after a linking hike on the Theodore Roosevelt Trail. The spring hike, on April 12, will take place along the Rock Creek floodplain and its upland woods, where participants will learn about Rock Creek’s woody plants and spring wild flowers. The subsequent hikes will take place on June 28 and October 25, 2015.
The distance of each hike is about 5 miles with some elevation change. All hikes are open to the general public. Participants may register for each hike separately for a fee of $35 or for the entire series at a discounted rate of $125.
Each registered participant will receive a copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, recounting the park’s many seasonal change and how it park came to be. Becoming one of the first federally managed parks in 1890 after broad deforestation during the U.S. Civil War, the park has since regained its lush canopy. The Rock Creek Park (Administration) will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with numerous events and initiatives.
For more information on the tree tours, visit here.”
Ed. Note: first tour is already booked but the next three are available here, here, and here.
“Jamie Leeds, Chef/Owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar is announcing her newest concept, Twisted Horn. The cocktail and small bites bar is slated to open at 819 Upshur Street, NW in the Petworth neighborhood of DC.
Leeds has tapped Megan Coyle as the General Manager who will also head up the cocktail program. Megan currently serves as the Beverage Director at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont. “I am excited to help support Petworth and become a deeper part of such a great neighborhood.” says Coyle “Jamie has a really cool vision. I am proud to be a part of it.” A few highlights of Coyle’s cocktail list are Dance of the Seven Veils (Mezcal, cocchi torino, currant and orange oil jam, whole egg, topped with saffron), Ghostwood Development (gin, port, Sapins aperitif, Salmiakki Dala, egg, fresh nutmeg, black pepper), and Louisiana Purchase (cognac, dry and red vermouth, Bénédictine liqueur, muddled cucumber).
Chef Leeds’ opening menu will be perfect for snacking all night long and guests will be greeted with an old-school touch—jars of pickled eggs on the bar. The menu reads elegantly but it is still fun. Herb Puffed Escargot is very fancy but at Twisted Horn it’ll be served on a stick! Other items include Hank’s Mac n’ Cheesy Fritters, Tuna Melt Crostini, and French Onion Dip with Chips. If you are feeling indulgent, some other items will include Togarashi Dusted Tempeh, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Lemon Fried Olives, and Cheese & Charcuterie. Leeds is keeping things in the neighborhood by going “micro-local” with ingredients as much as possible. Straw, Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and Qualia Coffee are some of the neighbors from whom Leeds will be sourcing.
A reincarnation of an old church, the entire space will be new. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a really cool bar. Since my recent move to Petworth, I wanted to create a neighborhood bar that I can hang out in and meet my neighbors.” The interior architecture and design will be created by Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit, in collaboration with Streetsense. Some of their most notable porjects have been Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capilal Hill, Red Hen, and Daikaya. The décor at Twisted Horn will feel edgy and industrial, yet welcoming and candlelit. The bar will have 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There will also be an outdoor patio for approximately 40. Leeds plans to have a wood-burning fire pit on the patio for toasting marshmallows and enjoying cozy cocktails.
Hours will be 5 pm to 2 am, 7 days a week. Leeds is very excited about this project and hopes to open in Spring of 2015. More information to come but for now, folks can get up-to-date with the progress by going to Twisted Horn’s page on Facebook or by following @twistedhorndc on Twitter.”
I live near the 747 Morton St. house. Well, it use to be a house. It looks like the developer is expanding up and out the back. The place use to be the same size as 749 Morton St. Do you know what’s happening here? Are they building condos?”
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 6-8 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.
“Name of pet: Jerry
Neighborhood: Chevy Chase”
“Jackson from H Street is getting into the Christmas spirit.”
3050 K Street, NW (entrance at 31st Street and the waterfront)
From an email:
“Wanted to quickly let you know that Fiola Mare’s best-kept secret is back! Starting January 28, join Bar Manager Luca Giovannini every fourth Wednesday of the month for Fiola Mare’s Speakeasy Cocktail Series. Revel in cocktail classics from the 1920’s while enjoying delectable bar bites from the Adriatic coast. The exclusive series will also be offered on February 25th, March 25th and April 22nd, and is something your readers definitely won’t want to miss out on!
In addition, Fiola Mare will be extending happy hour until 7pm starting on February 2nd. Drinks specials and $5 bar bites will be available:
This rental is located at 1421 F Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“A great size townhome. Half bath on first floor. Renovated kitchen. All floors freshly painted. Screened in sun porch. Carpets cleaned. A few city blocks to street cars once they begin service. Close to Gallaudet University.”
“I saw Pepco crews who appeared to be burying power lines on 9th and Varnum this morning. I heard something about burying cables last spring but didn’t know what the outcome would be. Any idea if this is what they were actually doing? Will this result in utility polls coming down? That would be fantastic if we can make it happen!”
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