Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

“On Saturday, Oct. 25, hundreds of partygoers will join some of the 65,000 “residents” of the Historic Congressional Cemetery for the graveyard’s annual Halloween celebration. This fifth annual event raises money to support the Congressional Cemetery’s operations and mission to conserve the grounds and infrastructure, serve the community as a resource, and celebrate American heritage.

The spook-tacular celebration puts a distinctive spin on the traditional Halloween party as the cemetery is transformed into DC’s happiest haunt. The event features twilight tours of the cemetery grounds, a costume contest, access to the Public Vault, entertainment, and more. Guests will also enjoy food & drink in a heated tent when not out touring and mingling with some of the cemetery’s most notable residents, such as former first lady Dolley Madison, silent film actress Mary Fuller, and Lincoln assassination conspirator David Herold.

What:       Ghosts & Goblets Soiree – DC’s spookiest Halloween party, now in its fifth year at the Historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill

When:      Saturday, Oct. 25, 20148 p.m. to midnight

                    (Gates open to VIP guests at 7 p.m.)

Where:    Historic Congressional Cemetery

1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Metro: Stadium-Armory (Orange/Blue/Silver)

Tickets:    Visit www.congressionalcemetery.org for more information and links to purchase tickets while they last. General Admission tickets are $70 and include four drink tickets. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $85 and include entrance to the party at 7 p.m. and an exclusive VIP open bar.  Costumes are strongly encouraged for all attendees.”


A reader writes:

“My boyfriend found this girl around 11:30pm at the corner of Oates and Holbrook in Trinidad. She was very friendly, with a collar but no tags. She was scanned at WHS but doesn’t have a microchip. Unfortunately, she started to not get along with my pup so she is currently at the shelter on NY Ave. [1201 New York Ave NE]“


Thanks to all who passed on the email:

“Please help me find my way back home. I was last seen on 8th and T NW. My name is Lizzy but I am deaf so I can’t hear you if you call me please be patient if you find me because I will be a little scared but I don’t run so fast. If you see me or find me please TEXT 202-802-8365 . the nice person will help me get home if you see this please share it so other people can help look for me. I’m very little and very scared and I need to go home”


Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

From emails:

“Dogs, cats and other pets (plus people) will crowd the Franciscan Monastery’s gardens for the traditional blessing of the animals to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land (upper gardens)
1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Franciscan friars, dressed in their traditional brown habit, will pray and sprinkle holy water over the animals. Each pet will receive a St. Francis dog tag. Veterinarians from the DC Veterinary Medical Association will be on hand for free consultations before and after the blessing.

The blessing is free. All pets and people welcome.”


“We are pleased to host the Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 5 at 5pm. at Luther Place Memorial Church on Thomas Circle. We gather in front of the St Francis Mural for some music, reflection and blessing for creatures and their human companions!”


Blessing of the Animals, St. Paul’s at 25th and K

Blessing of Animals St. Paul’s (PDF)


@sarahkliff tweets us the photo above:

“DC: found this lost lady pup in Mt. Pleasant with a purple collar but missing tags.”

and via email:

“I’m at a vet and she’s unfortunately not chipped. I’m going to be taking her to the humane society on New York Ave. Vet estimates she is 6 years old.”

UPDATE: Owner found!


“Our sweet dog, Lulu, ran off while our neighbors were walking her today (14th and Quincy St, NW).”

Update: Lulu found too!

Ed. Note: I really thought this was the found dog above, sadly not.


“Missing Cat — Answers to the name of Plum
Gray cat, lost sometime on Sunday, mid-morning from 8th and S St, NW. She responds to her name and is super friendly. Please call 610.715.3859 if you find her.”

UPDATE: Good news – Plum has been found.


“Dear PoPville,

He usually wanders around Mt Pleasant neighborhood, but I’m afraid he might have crossed 16th St and ventured into the Columbia Heights area. He was last seen on the east side of 16th and Oak.

His name is Peanut, and he’s kinda hard to miss. He does know his name, and if you call him he might walk up to you. He’s about 20 lbs and looks like a Maine Coon. He’s not shy at all, not scared of people or dogs, and he usually lets people pick him up. He’s medium haired, tuxedo cat.

He has a blue collar on with my name and phone number, and he’s also got a rubbery white flea and tick collar on. If anyone has seen him, please give me a call at 610-745-0314.”