30 Sep 2011

In the Rearview: September on THIH and Beyond

just a normal day on H Street NE. Uploaded to flickr.com by tedeytan

Has anyone else felt like climbing into a clothes dryer this month?  With over ten inches of rain we’ve endured one of the soggiest Septembers on record.  Perhaps that means we are in for a wonderful October, with autumn now officially here and the promise of cooler temperatures and picturesque foliage.  We can hope at least, right?

So fellow denizens of Capitol Hill, what did we learn this month?

We learned September is THE month for street festivals, outdoor fairs, cultural events, and excessive semi-public drinking.  H Street Festival, Barracks Row Main Street, Blocktoberfest, Booze-a-polooza (okay not that last one) all graced our community with opportunities to mingle with neighbors, drink in “beer gardens” fenced off on the streets, pet wild and ferocious baby farm animals, and enjoy the tattoos that people are all too proud of.   Commentary aside, the events were well-attended, the food was good, and the participation from local businesses significant and appreciated.

We learned just where your allegiences lie as Hill residents were allowed to submit anyone (and I mean anyone) for the 2011 Hilly Awards.  Nominations have closed and voting is set to begin in October.  We also learned just how stong allegiences are to longtime local watering holes that may or may not be closed and renovated.  Feelings run strong on both sides of that issue.

We learned of at least one use for the new Hill Center as writing classes are on the schedule for the fall.  Now if the Center would only open…

Blurring the line between art and vandalism, Chalk Walk 2011 was held on H Street as a kick-off to Hill Fest. Several artists took to the streets (literally) and created temporary works of water-soluble art that somehow resulted in drink specials.  Sounds like a good time to me.

We took time to remember the tragedies of September 11, 2001 as many local institutions held programs in reverence.  It seems so far away and yet so vividly remembered at the same time.

In short, it’s been a busy, soggy, moon bounce-filled, artistic, soggy, chalky, soggy month.  Keep your umbrellas close and stock up on candy for the next installment.


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