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From a press release:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home  
Approximate address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
 10:00am – 3:00pm | FREE! 
Register for Family Day

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! On Saturday September 12th 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, you’re invited to join us on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at the fourth annual President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Family Day event. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! (more…)

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From USDA:

“The August 21st Night Market will include members of Union Kitchen, a Washington, D.C.-based food incubator, who will offer many of the traditional foods associated with state and county fairs. Union Kitchen members as well as food trucks from DC, Virginia and Maryland will offer menu items served on-a-stick like savory firecracker shrimp, cake, corndogs and key lime pie. Of course, no fair would be complete without funnel cake. Food Trucks participating include Reba’s Funnel Cakes, Fava Pot, Carolina Q, Crab Cab, and RockSalt. There also will be exhibits including 4-H displays from the University of the District of Columbia, other agriculture exhibitions, demonstrations, unique attractions and fun competitions. Market visitors will be able to dance to the energetic, foot-stomping tunes of Notes from the Underground, a DC-based Newgrass trio that performs innovative acoustic folk music drawing on Bluegrass, Jazz, Irish and Old-Time traditions.

If you’ve never taken a ride on the Carousel on the Mall you may get a chance on the 21st for free! 100 free tickets to ride the carousel, which will be operating until 7:30 p.m., will be among the game prizes awarded at the market.

The USDA Farmers Market is located next to the People’s Garden, a beautifully landscaped garden maintained by USDA employee volunteers and steps from the museums on the National Mall. [12th and Independence Ave, SW] Visitors to the August 21st Night Market can explore the garden, play corn hole and picnic on the lawn.

So if you are in the DC area, please join us on Friday, August 21 from 5-8 p.m. There will be lots to eat, see and do!”

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Tough times for Adams Morgan Festivals (an abbreviated Adams Morgan Day is in the works but still) – now the ‘French Maid Relay Race’ at L’Enfant Cafe is moving to NoMa this year.

From a press release:

“L’Enfant Café is proud to announce the 11h annual Bastille Day party, a cultural celebration of all things French, on Saturday, July 11 from 3pm to 10pm. After celebrating the 10th anniversary on Vernon St last year, the folks at L’Enfant have decided to re-locate the fête to sister venue, Wunder Garten (150 M St NE), the all new beer garden space in NoMa.

Entry to this year’s event and D.C.’s biggest masquerade ball is $7. Advance ticket purchase is required and capacity is limited. Purchase online through www.lenfantcafe.com or www.wundergartendc.com. Guests will storm the Bastille via M St NE, just steps from the NoMa metro stop (Red Line).

The memorable performances have also moved to the new location, including can-can dancers, a New Orleans style brass marching band, burlesque dancers and the royal guests of honor, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

The signature folly of the event, the world-famous ‘French Maid Relay Race,’ will take place at approximately 6pm in which racers, men and women, must each wear the risqué black and white maid costume while running back and forth across the street in order to fill a Champagne glass with soup spoons of water. Très chic! Contenders must pre-purchase a costume, with ticket purchase, before the limited supply is sold out.”

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Happier times

One of the oldest neighborhood festivals is not happening this year. WAMU reports:

“Beset by a crisis of leadership, tens of thousands of dollars worth of unpaid bills to the city and a possible federal investigation into financial irregularities linked to a former D.C. Council candidate, the organization that sponsors the festival — Adams Morgan Main Street — recently concluded that it wouldn’t be able to put on the festival in 2015.”

You can read the whole sordid tale here.

There’s been a lot of ups and downs with the day in recent years but this is very sad news. Hopefully they make it back in full force for 2016.

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2014 Kennedy Fest Street Scene

“EVENT: Second Annual Kennedy Street Festival
WHERE: Kennedy Street NW, between 3rd Street and Georgia Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

DETAILS: The second annual Kennedy Street Festival returns this Saturday, June 20, along Kennedy Street NW from 3rd Street to Georgia Ave. This community-driven, crowd- funded event includes artist and artisan vendors, live music, activities for kids and adults, and information on what’s coming next to our long-overlooked corner of DC.

Highlights will include street performances by jazz, soul, classical, folk and root-rock musicians. You’ll be able to complete a neighborhood scavenger hunt or buy raffle tickets for a chance to win Washington Nationals tickets, donated by At-Large DC Council member Elissa Silverman. Look for specials and guests at local favorites Culture Coffee, Andrene’s Cafe, Tony’s Place and Taqueria D.F. Local arts vendors include our local master wood carver Boluwaji Omisore, our funky thrift purveyor Vintage Glam, new local screen-printers Aniton Ink, and many more. Food trucks including Street Cream, Timber Pizza, and Karat Cakery will be filling neighborhood niches.

This year we’re marking 100 years of Kennedy Street (more or less!), which was laid out across the farmland of what is now Manor Park, Brightwood Park, North Petworth, and 16th Street Heights between 1911 and 1918. Today, Kennedy is the commercial heart of these neighborhoods, with huge untapped potential to be a walkable, locally-serving main street. We’ll have several DC government agencies and neighborhood volunteers on hand to talk about what’s coming to Kennedy Street NW, including two streetscape improvement projects, a restaurant and apartment development, and more.”

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Thanks to HOLA CULTURA for sending an “Interview with Rosalina Ticas, top chef at this weekend’s Pupusafest:

Every spring, Washington’s largest Roman Catholic Hispanic parish holds a big celebration to mark the day the church is named for. But this Sunday’s Feast of the Sacred Heart will be especially tasty, as parishioners have turned it into Pupusafest, an official grand festival in honor of a signature dish from El Salvador.

While pupusas have been part of the the Shrine of the Sacred Heart’s annual fiesta for many years, this year will be a particularly scrumptious affair, according to chief cook Rosalina Ticas, who says this special “Day of the Pupusa” will have more types of this traditional meal, a dish that has been part of Central American cuisine since pre-Columbian times. Ticas ticks off a list of the pupusas on the menu: beans and cheese, shrimp and cheese, pork, loroco, among others.

“Many local residents are just interested in the food…that’s why it has to be delicious!” according to Ticas, who says the pupusas are usually all gone by the end of the day and “we thank God that there’s nothing left over no matter how many people plan for.”

Read the full interview here. And remember Pupusafest is this Sunday June 21st at 16th and Park Rd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.