Capitol Hill Business Improvement District President, Patty Brosmer, was recently elected as the new President of the DC BID Council. The DC BID Council is an association of Washington DC's ten business improvement districts that brings together BID leaders and stakeholders to collaborate on issues and concerns that cut across all of our boundaries and impact the entire city.
Brosmer, who served as the BID Council’s Vice President for the past four years, is taking over for Joe Sternlieb, who works as the President of the Georgetown Business Improvement District. “Joe leaves big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with him and the other BID leaders as we grow our brand and enhance our services to our Nation's Capital,” said Brosmer.
Brosmer was instrumental in getting the necessary legislation passed in 1995 to allow the formation of BIDs throughout the District of Columbia and is the founding President of the Capitol Hill BID, which began in 2003. Patty has an extensive background in planning and development, public and government relations and community leadership.
This past Saturday, the Capitol Hill BID joined local businesses and organizations in celebrating the annual Barracks Row Fall Festival. Our bright blue booth emblazoned with the BID’s star-spotted logo was just one of the vividly colored stations along 8th Street, which was a flurry of excitement and fun. Many happy families, groups of friends, and excited kids strolled down the street over the course of the afternoon, stopping to marvel at the acrobats stationed a few tents down from us, perusing products and promotions from local shops, and even taking the chance to pet goats and an alpaca at the temporary petting zoo. Despite initial clouds, the weather held out for a perfectly temperate fall day.
Our tent drew Capitol Hill residents and business owners by the dozens, ranging in age from babies to lifelong residents. People were eager to chat about how much they loved living on Capitol Hill, and how we as a BID can best serve our community. Most who stopped by were drawn in by the ”free gifts” sign, including magnets, buttons, shiny gold beads, back scratchers, and sunglasses. They stayed, however, to fill out our survey about the BID’s work on Capitol Hill, and were rewarded with a variety of giveaways. I loved hearing about how impressed a lot of people were with our safety ambassadors and clean team. India was there to represent, and she drew a large crowd with her friendly and outgoing personality and dazzling smile.
Along with popular food offerings from local restaurants, artisans showcased their beautiful wares, including jewelry, clothing, antique maps, home décor, pet supplies, and handmade DC- themed crafts, to the attendees of the Fall Festival. After enjoying ice cream, pizza, popcorn, and barbeque, among lots of other tasty treats, visitors could check out gyms and fitness classes to work off those delicious calories.
The many exciting attractions included an African Drum Circle that kicked off the morning with a literal bang, followed by the Marine Corps Brass Quintet, which was just one of many talented musical groups that filled the air with lovely music throughout the day. The American Youth Chorus performed on the center stage, and Jacks Are Wild jammed out to great applause. Batala, the all-female Afro Caribbean drum group was a big hit, as well as Monument Dance and the Fellowcraft Band. Max Major, “mentalist and escape artist,” performed his mind-bending tricks, and Taoti Creative released monarch butterflies that mingled with the bubbles propelled through the sky by Skillzone. Several nonprofits, schools, and churches came to represent their communities, as well.
Among the crowds of residents and visitors, some notable characters could be spotted, like a Viking on stilts and an Accordion Lady who led the parade. “Screech,” the Nat’s mascot, was a big hit with the kids in attendance. Spotted in the parade and among the crowd were several adorable furry friends, including the National Zoo Donkeys who were paraded down the street. Among the many dogs we saw that day, several were up for adoption, brought out by Rural Dog Rescue so they could find a forever home. The Barracks Row Fall Festival showcased the best of Capitol Hill, from commercial to cause-based groups, and the neighborhood pride was tangible as people from all walks of life came together to celebrate and enjoy the best of Barracks Row. Check out some more photos from the event here.
Catherine Kushan is our 2016 Summer Intern who will be writing periodically about her experiences at the BID. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in English from The George Washington University.
In addition to her internship with the Capitol Hill BID and Ready, Willing & Working, Catherine is also a blogger for GW's English department, where she advertises and promotes weekly literary and cultural events.
Isaiah, Hospitality Ambassador India's son, spent his summer working for the BID on our Clean Team. He was a great asset to the team and will always be a member of the BID family. Below, he shares his experience. Thank you for all of your hard work, Isaiah!
My time with the Capitol Hill BID has been great. Even though this was my first time working with them, I’ve been a part of the BID family for thirteen years growing up. From holiday events, to parades – the BID knows how to have fun. It’s a great place to get work experience while benefiting the environment. The work atmosphere was always positive and everyone was hard at work all the time. They get the job done, it’s as simple as that.
My mom has been working for the BID for 13 years now as a Hospitality Ambassador. I have her to thank for my opportunities to work with the BID and meet some cool people while being there. I always admired her and the tough job she chose. Luckily, her supervisors are amazing people to make her job that much easier.
Speaking of supervisors, I’ve had on the best out there - Arnold Lee, the brother of my mom’s supervisor, Andrew Lee. Arnold always was in the mood to work and apparently he was also always in the mood for gospel music. He listened to it so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if I still remember the words! At the end of the day, that’s just one more thing I can say I learned from being with the Capitol Hill BID and I truly appreciate everything they’ve done for me.
On Wednesday, October 19, The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will share for public review the Washington Union Station Expansion Project concepts and the screening criteria by which the concepts are being evaluated and advanced for further study in the Environmental Impact Statement.
This meeting is also part of the concurrent Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) consultation process.
The meeting will be held from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Presidential Room at Union Station, with formal presentations at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. For more project information, visit www.WUSstationexpansion.com.
We know, we know, it's just starting to feel like fall! But before we know it the holidays will be here, so mark your calendars for our 2016 Holiday Events!
The 10th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 26, 2016
NE Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza
Join us for the 10th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 26th at 5:30PM in the NE Quadrant of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza! Our "Men in Blue" will serve hot chocolate and doughnuts while local musical groups perform your favorite holiday carols! Kathy Didden will flip the switch to illuminate the tree that was planted to honor her late husband George Didden for his many contributions to the Capitol Hill community.
The 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Community Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 26, 2016
NE Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza
The Capitol Hill BID and Hill Havurah will host the 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Community Menorah Lighting on Monday, December 26th at 5:00PM in the NE Quadrant of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. There will be hot chocolate, potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and festive Hanukkah music as BID Past Chairman Paul Pascal illuminates the menorah that was dedicated to him in 2014 for his seven years of service as Chairman of the Capitol Hill BID.