“By Karlísima Rodas-Israel and Marcela Guio-Camargo
The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, in the heart of Adams Morgan, believed to be the first coffee house in Washington, D.C., has been a landmark for over 5 decades. The mission of the Potter’s House is to be the church in the market place. It is not only a coffee house or a bookstore. To understand The Potter’s House, you have to know that it is first and foremost a church and a spiritual gathering place where people of all races and social backgrounds find refuge, comfort and hope.
In 2009 The Potter’s House Mural entitled “The Light of the World” was painted by local artist Karla-“Karlisima” Rodas-Israel. She is an award-winning Salvadorian-born artist who has lived and worked in the Adams Morgan community for more than 22 years. She was featured in an article by the Washington Times “Driven By Work” as one of the most outstanding and talented local muralists. In addition, her drive and perseverance, has brought her international recognition with art exhibitions in London and Berlin in 2005 and 2006. In 2008 she painted the “Mama Ayesha’s Presidential Mural” with 11 USA Presidents including President Obama. This mural has been featured in Wikipedia, Fox News, CNN and PBS-WETA, MTV, and in US History texbooks in Norway.
“The Light of the World” was funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. It is painted outdoors right above the entrance of the Potter’s House at the second level, and it depicts a purple candle with colorful and bright rays of light. Meetings were held with community members to approve the mural’s image and design, which were approved not only by the community, but also by the Adams Morgan ANC and the Board of Directors of the Potter’s House.
To get the design approved and to paint the mural took about nine months to complete. She had to hire five assistants to achieve the task. Now everybody takes pictures of the mural and she gets compliments. People from the community told Karlisima that the mural is cheerful and that it brightens up the street with its attractive colors.
The Potter’s House has recently changed ownership, and it is going through major renovations. It now belongs to the Eighth Day Community Church. They chose a Project Team to make decisions about the future of the Potter’s House, and they decided that they will not keep the mural when they do the renovations. Their intention is to paint over it to give the New Potter’s House a more conservative “corporate, clean look.”
The community really loves the mural and feels that it is already a “landmark” in our Adams Morgan multicultural neighborhood. This mural does not conflict with the overall structural design of the New Potter’s House. They should not paint over this beautiful mural, which is a piece of art. You don’t paint over a piece of art! …especially since it gives enjoyment to the people.
The mural has been paid with community tax payers’ dollars, and, therefore, it belongs to the community. The people have already expressed their opinion, which is that they do not want to see the mural get destroyed. “The Light of the World,” is a mural that has indeed become a beacon of Hope and Light to the people of our community.”
“The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) renewed the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone this morning with two modifications, which includes allowing the issuance of new liquor licenses for restaurants in the area for the first time in approximately five years. The change is consistent with a provision of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C’s (ANC 1C) proposal on the moratorium.
The Board also reduced the term of the moratorium to three years from five years as a means to monitor the effect of new restaurant licenses in the area. As a result, the moratorium will be reviewed again for renewal in 2017. Complete details of the Board’s decision are available in the Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking issued this morning.
Other provisions of the moratorium will remain in place. The zone will continue to be the second largest neighborhood moratorium in the District, extending 1,400 feet in all directions from the intersection of Belmont Road and 18th St., NW. In addition to restaurants, hotels and off-premise retailers such as liquor stores will be exempt from the moratorium. Restrictions of the moratorium include:
No new licenses for taverns and multipurpose facilities.
No nightclub licenses are permitted in the zone.
No more than 10 licenses issued for taverns and multipurpose facilities.
A restaurant holding a license within the zone is prohibited from changing its license class unless there are fewer than 10 taverns and multipurpose facilities within the zone.
A license holder outside of the zone is not permitted to transfer its license to a location within the zone unless it is a restaurant, hotel or off-premise retailer.
The continued restrictions are also consistent with provisions of ANC 1C’s proposal on the moratorium as well as a proposal from the Kalorama Citizens Association. The Board also considered all of the testimony and written comment it received on the issue through Friday, May 9 in making its decision.
The decision is effective immediately on an emergency basis and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final approval from the District of Columbia Council. Members of the public can submit public comment on the decision for a 30-day period.”
“To celebrate Bastille Day, L’Enfant Café Bar is throwing their 10th annual Bastille Day Block Party from 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Entry to D.C.’s ever-revolutionary summer party is $10.
A Washington, DC favorite, the European-style restaurant hosts the largest Bastille Day party in the nation’s capital. The event features a French maid race, a cavalcade of can-can dancers, a raffle for round-trip travel for two from Washington (DCA) to Paris (CDG), courtesy of American Airlines, and a wild masquerade ball. Guests are gifted with masks and encouraged to dance under the stars.
Says co-owner Christopher Lynch, “What started in 2004 as a Champagne toast on our patio with a kooky French maid race for our friends and staff has become a neighborhood tradition. We’ve added new elements, but ultimately, we’re sticklers for tradition. We have ordered more French maid costumes and masks than ever before, and will stamp Bastille Day 2014 with our usual je ne sais quoi, even as we celebrate two days early.”
Co-hosted by King Louis XVI (who looks strikingly similar to L’Enfant co-owner Jim Ball), L’Enfant’s Bastille Day Block Party will again take place adjacent to the restaurant (2000 18th Street NW) blocking the entire length of Vernon Street NW, between 18th and19th Sts., in lower Adams Morgan.
Guests are invited to chill to DJs and enjoy five street bars serving Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe beers, white wine and a vodka cocktail. A food truck station will offer refreshments from popular purveyors including DC Slices, Rito Loco and Crepes Parfait.
Ever popular, the French maid relay race will start at 6 p.m. L’Enfant will provide costumes for 40 competitors (for $20 each). Racers, men and women, must each wear the extremely short black and white maid costume to participate. The winner is the first to fill a Champagne glass with soup spoons of water by running back and forth across the street. Notes Jim Ball, “It’s got all of the fun and excitement of the Grand Prix, and none of the elegance.”
Following the race, there will be numerous burlesque performances on the main stage, and a raffle for two roundtrip tickets to Paris, courtesy of American Airlines. Then Queen Marie Antoinette will gift attendees with a mask, and DJs will keep the crowds dancing under the stars until a fire dance performance at 10:55 p.m. signals the end of the evening.
L’Enfant Café Bar is a locally owned business with a history of supporting neighborhood causes. Their 2014 community partner is Sitar Arts Center. Chosen for its work in creating transformational arts education opportunities for underserved children and youth, the center has operated in the heart of Adams Morgan since 2000.
Schedule of events:
3 p.m. Bastille Day Block Party opens
3:30-3:45 p.m. Children’s performance
5 p.m. Arrival of King Louis XIV
5:05 p.m. Can-can dance performance on Stella Artois main stage
6 p.m. French Maid Race on Vernon Street
6:30-7:30 p.m. Burlesque performances
8:45 p.m. Drawing for round-trip economy class travel for two, courtesy of American Airlines, from Washington, DC to Paris, France
9 p.m. Arrival of Queen Marie Antoinette and her courtiers kick off DC’s largest outdoor masquerade ball
10:55 p.m. Last dance and fire dancer performance
Thanks to all who’ve sent us emails and tweets about the closure of NY Diva NY. In Feb. they faced an eviction notice and in March there was a large fight. I know they’ve been closed for a few weeks now, so we’ll see if they’re able to reopen – looks like they have a number of obstacles to overcome for that to happen:
This rental is located at 2611 Adams Mill Road, Northwest. The listing says:
“Light and bright 1 bdrm apartment in the heart of Adams Morgan walking distance and steps from the shops and restaurants. Small pets OK with $20/pet/month extra rent. $40/app fee/adult. Certified security deposit check required with app. L&F application in docs. Section 8 applicants welcome”