Annual Meeting Attracts a Crowd; Andy Shallal Speaks on Advocacy
The Village celebrated its 2nd year with a capacity crowd in attendance
at its Annual Meeting March 25th in the Mount Pleasant Library.
reported on the Village's achievements in 2016 and restaurateur Andy Shallal and Councilmember Brianne Nadeau spoke.
owner of Busboys and Poets restaurants and a former mayoral candidate, to talk about his experience as an advocate, offered his perspective on what it means to be an immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, and stressed the importance of being informed on local and national issues, especially as they are impacted by race and culture.
Councilmember Nadeau, Chair of the DC City Council Human Services Committee, spoke about her priorities, including affordable housing and the need for more units for the homeless.
Board Election Seven board members were re-elected to 2-year terms: Katie Tyler,Rebecca Shannon, Rob Fleming, Sharon Hart, Susan Rees, Tom Conway and Larry Rickards.
Annual Report to Members. The Mount Pleasant Village Annual Report 2016highlights the Village's achievements during the year: The Village is on a very sound footing, with 175 members, is in a solid financial condition, enjoys productive relationships with the Mt. Pleasant business community and DC senior groups, and maintains a continuing commitment to enriching the lives of its members.
In 2016, the Village offered a variety of social, wellness, cultural, and educational opportunities, including trips to the theater, musical events, and art galleries, excursions to Mount Vernon and Hillwood House and gardens, parties, a picnic, and ongoing groups. Through partnerships with local organizations, the Village co-sponsored information sessions with Iona Senior Services and All Souls Unitarian Church; got discount tickets for plays at Gala Hispanic Theatre and performances by the Solas Nua Irish arts organization.
The Helping Hands program, can now tap 36 trained and vetted member-volunteers to help neighbors with daily tasks. Members can get assistance by contacting Helping Hands by:
- Phone: Call the Helping Hands Hotline 202-854-8381 to leave information about what's needed
- Email: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, describing what's needed
- Online: Login to this website and click on the blue “Get Help” button on the home page.
Finally, the Village, informed by its recent Member Survey, is developing new events and activities for the current year. Members are encouraged to continue to inform the Village leaders of new and/or improved programs and services they would like the Village to provide.
Capacity Crowd for Irish Music at Villager Bonnie Cain's House Concert
Three of the most talented and entertaining contemporary Irish musicians performing today thrilled the crowd that filled Villager Bonnie Cain's front rooms in a house concert March 12th. Mount Pleasant Village and its partner Solas Nua, a DC Irish arts organization, co-sponsored the evening of Irish music by Hannah McPhillimy, a Belfast-based singer-songwriter with "a hauntingly beautiful voice; Cat Dowling, whose voice is "one of the most evocative in Irish contemporary music; and Lizzie Donaghy, former principal cellist at Queens University Symphony Orchestra in Belfast. Around 50 Villagers and other Irish music fans attended.
Since early 2015, Mount Pleasant Street restaurants Purple Patch (specifically its downstairs lounge, Habit Cafe), Marx Cafe and Dos Gringos have helped Villagers come together in informal settings to socialize with each other several times a week. A lively group assembles every Thursday morning for chat, coffee and sometimes breakfast at Dos Gringos Cafe. Tuesday evenings finds another group of Villagers intently playing cards, Scrabble, or other board games at either Habit or Marx Cafe.
One recent Tuesday, Bobbie Stewart (left) handed out packets of her home-made springerle cookies, a German-Swiss concoction. In between turns at Scrabble, Villagers helped Purple Patch owner Patrice Cleary celebrate her birthday and the December 7 article Washington Business Journal published about her and how she built her business around her mother's recipes for Filipino food. She is standing at right with Villager Marsha Berry at the weekly Village game night and happy hour.
Villager Jim Srodes Discusses His New Book at the Library
Villager Jim Srodes regaled about 30 people in a recent talk on his new book,
Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn, at the Mount Pleasant Library. Sarah Aaronsohn and her siblings were among the first wave of Jewish immigrants who settled in the province of Syria-Palestine in the 1880s. In World War I, they formed an espionage network to spy on the Turkish Army. As its leader, Sarah was idolized by T.E. Lawrence, “Lawrence of Arabia.” The talk was the first in a new Village program to showcase members who are authors and to learn about their work. C
ontact email@example.com to recommend an author or book to discuss.
Dozens of Villagers Frolic at Village Holiday Party
Nearly 90 celebrants partied at the Village holiday party at Linda and Rob Low's beautifully decorated Park Road house on Saturday December 17. Festivities included live piano music, a veritable feast of sweets and savories, a raffle of vouchers from Mount Pleasant Street businesses, and a celebration of the Village's 30+ Helping Hands volunteers. A highlight of the evening was the raffle organized by the resourceful Julie Byrne. Winners got vouchers donated by Purple Patch, Dos Gringos and Haydee's Restaurants, Each Peach and Old School Hardware, and the Village raised $235. Five of our neighbors became new members, several others renewed their membership for the coming year. Photos by Rick Reinhard.
Villagers enjoyed food, music, chat, a raffle of vouchers donated by Mt. Pleasant stores. From top left, hostess Linda Low and Village newsletter editor Larry Rickards; Larry laughs at a joke; Linda welcomes the crowd; Julie Byrne supervises the raffle drawing by Katie and Melissa Tyler, as partiers Bob Hoffman and Jan Fenty and others watch in anticipation; John Carhart shows Katie his winnings; and, bottom, Village yoga classmates demonstrate their best poses with yoga leader Kethia Clairvoyant.
Village's Senior Member Celebrates his 90th Birthday
Hil Langrall, the oldest member of Mount Pleasant Village, celebrated his 90th birthday November 30th. Here he is with neighbor Fay Armstrong and Villagers Martha Shaw and David Alfuth. A graduate of the Duke University Divinity School, Hil served several congregations as a minister of the United Methodist Church. After his retirement, he was active in Quality of Life Retreats
, serving as chairman of the board for 17 years. He has lived in his home on Lamont Street since 1965. Hil has been an early adopter of the Village's Helping Hands program: Following his recent surgery, Village volunteers placed check-in calls to him every morning and did his grocery shopping for a month.
Villagers Tour Great Ape House at the National Zoo
The Village Walking Group stopped by the National Zoo for a tour of the Zoo’s Great Ape House with docent Jane Scholz, a member of the Foggy Bottom Village. She introduced the group to long-time Zoo residents Lucy and Iris, friendly female orangutans, and Calaya, the socially savvy female gorilla, and described the workings of the Zoo’s orangutan O-line. Mary Anne Gibbons and Lucy, the Zoo's senior female orangutan (left), mug for each other (left). Jane (right) explains how orangutans traverse the O-Line between the Great Ape House and the Think Tank to Mary Anne and a visitor from Uruguay.