Dear Friends, We are so sorry to report that because of expected weather patterns this weekend, the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Friends of the Soldiers Home are not going forward with Fall Fun Fest. We are so sorry to do this because we were so much looking forward to a fun day, and we know that you are too. But forecasts are for an extremely wet, windy weekend, and we feel this decision is best for all. Have no fear! Fall Fest was cancelled in 2013 because of the federal government shutdown and we came back strong in 2014. We expect great things in 2016!
The Friends of the Soldiers Home is in full planning mode for October 4th up at the Armed Forces Retirement Home!
See the Save the Date flyer below for Fall Fun Fest and click here for an early look at the line up of activities for the day. Stay tuned to our site for more information, we’ll post updates as we get them.
Here is information to register for the golf tournaments – there is one for the military and one for the community – if anyone is interested in participating in them, they can do by filling out the military registration form or the community registration form.
We’ll see you on the 4th!
Our last Happy Hour was a great one! Happy weather, happy eating, happy drinking, happy friends being together — both new friends and old friends. Happy hour up on the roof of the Scott Building at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC is always good fun. There didn’t seem to be any dancing this time — but there was great conversation among volunteers and residents, and among old soldiers and old sailors. And there were prizes for those winning the trivia quizzes! Come and be part of the fun. Our next Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer opportunity is Jingo this Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:15pm. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com if you ware interested.
Story and photos by Liz Cocke.
Our August Jingo gathering was a great success when nearly a dozen Friends volunteers joined Armed Forces Retirement Home-D.C. residents for a fun evening. Jingo is similar to bingo, though a trivia question is included to make the game a bit of an intellectual pursuit. These evenings are always special for Friends of the Soldiers Home because the very first volunteer event we did, back in Dec. 2012, was a bingo game. We have now sent volunteers to more than 40 of these types of games, held the second Thursday of each month, and early next year will mark our 50th Jingo! These volunteer events are wonderful ways to connect Home residents with the surrounding community. They go along with many more fun Friends activities, such as Happy Hour the last Tuesday of each month, and Saloon Night the first Tuesday of each month. As always with Friends of the Soldiers Home, one fun opportunity is always followed with another. The best is yet to come!
Story by John Hughes. Photos by Terra Zvara.
President Lincoln’s Cottage, which does so much to preserve the history of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC campus, has two big events coming up. The second-annual Freedom 5K featuring running icon Joan Benoit Samuelson is Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8am. Early-bird registration at a cost of $25 ends Aug. 26. Register here.
Then, the fourth-annual Family Day is Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10am to 3pm. This free event includes a Civil War encampment, petting zoo, arts and crafts and live music. For those who want to take a cottage tour as part of Family Day, normal prices apply. Meanwhile, planning is underway for the third Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Oct. 4. This will be a major collaborative effort of organizations including Friends of the Soldiers Home, the Home’s staff and residents, and Lincoln’s Cottage. Mark your calendars, more details will be coming soon!
Photos courtesy of Lincoln’s Cottage.
Well – that was an interesting Happy Hour! Out on the roof of the Scott Building, we enjoyed ourselves with Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents. Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers served refreshments, listened to entertainment and had great conversations with the residents. We were joined by interns from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who volunteered with us in their last week in Washington. Half way into the evening the thunder began – but no rain. For safety’s sake, we moved inside and continued our enjoyable evening. Come and join us as we enjoy the cool breezes on the roof of the Scott Building for our Happy Hours this summer. Happy Hour is the last Tuesday of every month. The photos show you how much we enjoy our time with the residents!
Story and photos by Liz Cocke.
Tomatoes, beans, peanuts, eggplants, corn — these items from the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC gardens are delicious and nutritious. Not every tomato is perfect, but they’re still tasty. Now in its fifth year, the gardening partnership of Home residents and volunteers from Friends of the Soldiers Home is the centerpiece for a relaxing time in a hectic city. Vegetables in more than 25 plots push through the long hot days of summer with the help of over 50 volunteers. Garden socials offer opportunities to serve beer and grilled food, and to swap tales. Residents bring their coolers filled with bubbly treats. Recent incessant rains has everything in the gardens spiraling skyward, including the weeds. Swallows nesting in Matthew’s new birdhouses flit above everyone’s heads, making tasty morsels of mosquitoes and other pesky garden critters. Michael, Enid, Casey and others carefully tend to Roger’s row of flowers. Kelly’s stewardship of the cut flower bed is rewarding us with yellows, purples, and reds. Good times are ahead too — the cool growing weather is just two months away.
Story and photos by Ken Rubotzky.
For the second year in a row, Friends of the Soldiers Home partnered with Bloomberg to take Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents to the Washington Kastles tennis match. Sunday’s event had the Kastles topping the Springfield Lasers 24-16. Tennis legend Martina Hingis won her singles and doubles match en route to the victory. There was a fun group of Friends and Bloomberg volunteers that mixed wonderfully with the residents for a delightful evening! Friends would like to thank Bloomberg for this very special event.
Story by John Hughes, photos by John Hughes, Phil Ford and Vicki Cerullo.
We had lots of new Friends for July’s Jingo – one of them from as far away as the Netherlands! The theme for July’s Jingo was Presidents and First Ladies, which helped our youngest volunteer keep his mind sharp during the summer break. New player Mr. Ortiz felt comfortable with many Spanish-speaking volunteers in attendance. Surely all of that positive energy contributed to his big win!
A special thank you to Juwan Downing, visiting from Virginia State University, for being our photographer for the evening.
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