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    Hello Everyone...thought you d be interested in the Brookland Festival...sounds like fun! Gwen Southerland In a message dated 10/05/2005 5:44:10 PM Eastern
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2005
      Hello Everyone...thought you'd be interested in the Brookland Festival...sounds like fun!
      Gwen Southerland
      In a message dated 10/05/2005 5:44:10 PM Eastern Standard Time, rlaymandc@... writes:

      Brookland CDC

      Brookland Community Development Corporation


      Main Street Commercial Revitalization

      P Cultural Arts P History & Historic Preservation P Housing & Land Use Planning
      For immediate release:
      Contact: Mary Farrell, 202-529-8400, brooklandcdc@...
      Date: Wednesday September 21st, 2005
      Washington, DC -- The Ninth Annual Brookland Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8, 2005, from 11:00 a.m. til 4:00 p.m.  This Festival captures and highlights the special "small-town-in-town" flavor of Brookland, one of the City of Washington's earliest trolley car suburbs, and home to well-known institutions such as the Catholic University of America, the Franciscan Monastery; and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
      The Festival will kick off with the ever-popular community parade along 12th Street N.E. in Washington, DC.  The parade features the John Carroll High School Marching Band and the Festival's traditional spoof brigades, such as the canine and lawnmower brigades.  The parade starts at Franklin Street N.E. and ends at Michigan Avenue N.E.
      The festival is hosted and organized by the Brookland Community Development Corporation and its Historic Brookland Main Street program, a partnership of residents, business owners and other community stakeholders that is working to strengthen and extend Greater Brookland's vibrant character through such efforts as promoting arts and cultural development activities and diversifying the business base.  Festival sponsors include the DC Lottery, Verizon, and The Washington Post.
      Between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m., performances, and exhibits including nonprofit organizations, businesses, and artists and crafts makers will be featured in pavilions along  Brookland's Main Street commercial district, on 12th Street N.E. between Monroe and Otis Streets N.E. 

      The Festival will include a Performing Arts Pavilion featuring the jazz and blues of notable local groups such as the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and the Barrelhouse Brawl.  Children and adult students of Dance Place and Northeast Tae Kwon Do, two well-known Brookland institutions, will also perform. 
      A History Pavilion will include an exhibition that tells the story of Brookland's beginnings and growth, and the many notable African-Americans who have lived and worked in the community, people such as Ralph Bunche and Pearl Bailey.  New this year will be an Arts Pavilion featuring a Clothesline Sale of Art Works On Paper, including prints, drawings, and photographs by local artists. 

      Children's activities, including story-telling, games, and creative activities, will be centered near the corner of 12th and Newton Streets N.E.  Neighborhood stores, service providers, restaurants, carry-outs, and pubs will offer eating and shopping specials. 

      Booths are still available to nonprofit organizations, business, and arts and crafts exhibitors, as are corporate sponsorship opportunities on several levels.  Opportunities to volunteer are also available.  Individuals, corporations, organizations, and government agencies wishing to participate should contact Festival Coordinator, Brookland CDC, at 202-529-8400 or by email at BrooklandCDC @ AOL.com.

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      The Brookland CDC is an historic preservation-based community development corporation. Formed in 1999 by residents of Greater Brookland, the CDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was created to promote the arts and to protect and capitalize on the cultural resources of the neighborhood for the purpose of building community pride and fostering responsible economic development.


      Brookland Visitors Center

      P 3420 9th Street NE P Washington, DC 20017

      phone 202-529-8400

      P fax 202-526-0837 P BrooklandCDC @ AOL.com
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