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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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From a press release:

“Just as temperatures start to creep up, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is excited to announce the reopening of its rooftop Tiki Bar for the season, starting on Thursday, July 23. The hidden bar, located just off the rooftop terrace, will be open Thursdays through Saturdays with refreshing tropical cocktails, island-inspired fare and a special “Tiki Thursdays” Happy Hour. Transporting guests to the tropics, boozy flavors of coconut, pineapple and passion fruit will fill ceramic Tiki mugs, while fresh shrimp and whiskey wings will come hot off the grill.

TROPICAL COCKTAILS

Jack Rose’s craft bartenders are combining fresh fruit juices, quality rums and even jalapeno-infused whiskey, in a special tropical menu of Tiki cocktails. These refreshing, boozy concoctions are all $13, and available for half-off at $6.50 during “Tiki Thursdays” happy hour:

Palm Pine
Jameson Black Barrel infused with Jalapeno, Pineapple, Banana, Ginger Beer

Bahia
Captain White, Coconut Cream, Pineapple

Ti’ Punch
Rhum Agricole, Lime, Cane Syrup, Tiki Bitters, Cinnamon

Worlds Collide
Aviation Gin, Aquavit, Lime, Lemon, Passion Fruit, Sam Adams Twisted Tea

The Tiki Bar will also offer a selection of refreshing canned and bottled summer brews for $6 ($5 during Tiki Thursdays happy hour), such as Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler, Victory Summer Love, Devil’s Backbone Trail Angel, and Troegs Sunshine Pils.

TIKI-INSPIRED FARE

Executive Chef Russell Jones is grilling up fresh island-inspired fare on the terrace’s wood-fired grill. Half-price on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., menu items will include:

Pacific Shrimp Tacos with pickled cabbage & mango salsa ($13)

Flank Steak Tacos with charred pineapple, onion & cilantro ($13)

Pit Grilled Whiskey Wings with hot & sour dipping sauce ($11)

Jalapeno Hushpuppies with Old Bay mayo ($6)

“TIKI THURSDAYS” HAPPY HOUR

Launching on July 23 is Tiki Thursdays, a special Tiki Bar happy hour every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where tropical cocktails and island-inspired fare are half-price. Cocktails which are usually $13 will be $6.50, and food that ranges from $6-$13 will be $3-$6.50. All canned beers will be $5.

The Tiki Bar at Jack Rose will be open Thursdays from 5 p.m. to close (with “Tiki Thursdays” happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to close.”

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Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted word about BicycleSpace opening in Adams Morgan.

“Delighted to invite you to our BicycleSPACE ¡Grand Opening Extravaganza! this Friday-Sunday, July 10-12.

The festivities take place at 2424 18th St NW during our regular business hours:

Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 11-6

It’s a double header as we hold grand openings in both Adams Morgan and Mt. Vernon Triangle at 440 K St NW.”

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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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Lots of readers wrote in and tweeted just before 11pm last night:

“I’m seeing lots of police and police tape up around Rabaut Park, near 16th & Columbia Road, but I haven’t seen anything about it on the DC Police twitter feed. Both Harvard Street and Argonne Place are blocked off and filled with police vehicles, and it looks like police tape is blocking off any pedestrian entrance to the park. It’s been like this since around 10pm. Have you heard anything about what might have happened?”

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From an email:

“Songbyrd Music House (Bar & Restaurant) will OPEN tomorrow at 5pm! This is the space adjacent to the recently opened Record Cafe (coffee/sandwich shop).

Hours: 5pm – 12am Tuesday – Thursday | 5pm – 2am Friday & Saturday. (CLOSED Monday)”

Check out their menu here:

songbyrd_resturant_menu (PDF)

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“Dear PoPville,

Recently tried out the new Songbyrd cafe in Adams Morgan. The food was really, really good! The vibe is pretty cool and I am excited for what will hopefully be a small music venue in the second half of their space. Plus, check it out, they saved the old BOB sign from outside and it’s part of the decoration inside.

Any other readers try this spot?”