The Hillcrest Heartbeat – September 2022
In this issue, we’ll discuss Hillcrest Day, Porchfest, share info on a Hillcrest walking tour, important changes to the HCCA by-laws, and more.<!–
A Message from the HCCA Leadership
Falling Into The New Normal
By Villareal “VJ” Johnson
Summer officially ends on September 22, and autumn begins. We hope everyone has enjoyed this post-COVID summer with some travel, despite high gas prices, which are fortunately now on the decline. Whether you went to the Vineyard or Outer Banks, South Beach or the South of France, it has been a summer to be fully and wholly “outside.”
Some of us are back to working in the office. Children are back in school locally or away. The Centers for Disease Control has relaxed many of its pandemic restrictions. For some, this means we can mix and mingle with one another again. For others, this means more time to enjoy downtime and pick up new activities.
For the Hillcrest Community Civic Association (HCCA), it means we are once again being more intentional in planning engaging activities for our members and neighbors. Read More >>>
Join/Renew Your HCCA Membership!
General Membership Meetings
All Hillcrest residents are invited to join the association to promote the welfare of our neighborhood. Our September 10 meeting will be hybrid. You can attend in person at the Hillcrest Recreation Center or continue to join us via Zoom.
Meetings are typically held on the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. If you plan to attend via Zoom, please register now for the September 10 meeting!
Missed the August meeting? Listen to the recording. (Passcode: KZ0Dd+js)
Register for the September HCCA Meeting (Zoom only)
Ward 7 Happenings
Black Business Popup Shop – Hillcrest Edition
August 27, 2022 | 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Think Backyard Bougie meets Black Business Marketplace. Join Team CCC for a day of music, superior products, and positive vibes. This very special pop-up event will be held in Hillcrest and supports the HCCA Yantee Neufville Memorial Scholarship.
Please use code: HCCA for a $5 discount. For every ticket purchased using the HCCA code, a donation will be made to the Scholarship Fund.
Hillcrest Day is Back and Better Than Ever!
Join us for Hillcrest Day 2022 on Saturday, September 24, as we celebrate our community’s annual tradition with neighbors, family, and friends for “Blankets and Baskets in the Park.”
There will be something for everyone! Enjoy live music from local artists, painting in the park, dining alfresco, lawn games, and hand dancing. There will even be food and dessert trucks available to purchase meals and snacks in celebration of Hillcrest Day. This event is an opportunity to build community with neighbors and friends of Hillcrest, receive community updates from civic leaders, and learn more about Hillcrest Community Civic Association.
Hillcrest Day highlights include: Read More >>>
A Music Festival in Hillcrest: Porchfest DC Southeast Edition
Join neighbors for the 4th Annual Porchfest DC Southeast Edition on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Enjoy live musical performances on lawns and porches throughout our Hillcrest community.
What to expect?
A music crawl to enjoy with the entire family featuring a variety of musical genres including Acoustic, Gospel, GoGo, HipHop, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Rock, and more!
Bring Your Own Lawn Chair and cooler as you relax and listen to live music and entertainment by local performers on porch stages throughout Hillcrest
Wellness activities led by FitDC and other local organizations including Bold Yoga and ZGoGo
A kids party with youth performances in partnership with the Senior Wellness Center
And much more!!!
(click on the links below)
Important Changes to the HCCA By-Laws
In August, the By-Laws Committee made its submission, which included recommended changes. In accordance with the current by-laws, Article X, states the HCCA will present the changes at the September membership meeting. The membership will have the opportunity to vote on any changes in October. This should enable the HCCA to conduct its election in November in a timely manner.
Please take a moment to review the brief summary of the changes by article. View the current By-Laws with edits.
Legend: Deletions are in red and yellow highlighted areas are additions or changes.
The History of Hillcrest
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of our beautiful neighborhood? Well, we’ve invited neighbors who are interested in its history to share stories about our community. Please send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Tourism DC will produce its 2022 WalkingTown DC program from September 17-25, 2022. Composed of nine days of free, guided “bite-size” lunchtime tours, after-work “happy hour” tours, and longer weekend tours. The 2022 WalkingTown DC will offer up to 70 tours including biking tours. Plan to join them for these informative, engaging tours held across every quadrant of the District of Columbia. Following is the Hillcrest tour, which will be curated by Jim Byers.
WalkingTown DC: Hidden Gems of SE – Hillcrest Architecture
Saturday, September 17, 2022 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Challenging popular assumptions about ‘East of the River” neighborhoods, this highly rated tour is led for the nineteenth year by Jim Byers, host of WPFW 89.3 FM’s Latin Flavor, and featured in the Season 2 premiere of WETA’s “If You Lived Here” focused on Hillcrest, SE.
Discover the area’s history and stunning houses by legendary DC architects, including Wilfred V. Worland, A.H. Sonneman; Leon Chatelain; Edward Burton Corning, James J. Baldwin, George T. Santmeyers, and pioneering black architects R.C. Archer, Jr., and Lewis W. Giles. Guest will once again enjoy an interior tour of architect John Joseph Earley’s Art Deco “Dr. Fealey House” for the first time since the pandemic (masking required).
RSVPs are required, and must be made through Cultural Tourism DC at https://www.culturaltourismdc.org
See more info on Facebook (Note: Facebook RSVPs will not be accepted, you must RSVP through Cultural Tourism DC, see link above.)
NSO In Your Neighborhood – East of the River
The National Symphony Orchestra’s In Your Neighborhood program uses the power of music to unite, empower, and celebrate our DC communities in collaboration with local organizations and schools. Join them for a week of FREE performances and activities to celebrate the legacy and tradition of Ward 8.
Save the date for two FREE full orchestra concerts as part of this year’s NSO In Your Neighborhood. Arrive early to enjoy pre-concert festivities and events!
Free Concert at the Fort Stanton Recreation Center
Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm
1812 Erie Street, SE | Washington, DC 20020
Presented in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Free Concert at the Entertainment and Sports Arena
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 pm
2427 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20020
Presented in partnership with Events DC
DPR Weekly Veggie Giveaway
For more information about giveaways, available produce, volunteering on a farm, and weather updates contact Joshua Singer at email@example.com.
Every Tuesday – Edgewood (Ward 5)
Every Wednesday – Lederer (Ward 7)
ANC 7B Monthly Meetings
Join the ANC 7B Advisory Neighborhood Commission on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm for their monthly public meeting. Learn More >>
MPD Sixth District Virtual Meetings
On the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm, join the Metropolitan Police Department 6th District for their Monthly Sector 3 Community Meeting for PSAs 605, 606 & 607 to discuss crime stats and community issues with the 6th District PSA Officials.
Join the Meeting >>
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