4th Annual July 4th Celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

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The weather forecast is calling for a beautiful day on the 4th and we are ready to deliver a party for the whole family!  Come join the Friends and the Residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a fireworks celebration.  We’ve got softball, beer and a great line up of food trucks this year.  As always we’ve got tons of fun for kids of all ages.  Hope to see you all on the 4th!

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Enjoying the AFRH Garden

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The second garden social for residents and volunteers in the green oasis of the Soldiers’ Home occurred last weekend. The socials occur once a month and often feature recently harvested crops. Hot temperatures threatened attendance but a constant breeze and the shade of big trees provided respite. A new activity of sketching and identifying common weeds became the focus of this social. 2015’s growing season has drawn in new faces, young and old.

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Another Fun Saloon Night!

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Wow – what a fun night at this month’s Saloon Night!  Betty Entzminger serenaded us and the lucky residents who attended got a sneak preview of the food coming to 201 Uphsur St in only two weeks!!  Slash Run will be opening later this month and will have burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and a full bar.  Co-owners Gordon Banks and Jackie Greenbaum set up a burger bar with all the fixins at Saloon Night and later set up an ice cream sundae bar!  As if all this wasn’t enough, they announced a 15% discount for all residents of the AFRH at their new restaurant!  We are all excited about spending time with residents and neighbors once Slash Run opens!  Many thanks again to co-owners Jackie and Gordon and all the volunteers who made this night so special!

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Friends Help Treat Veterans to Special Day at Anacostia-Bolling

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Friends of the Soldiers Home rented a bus June 5 to take Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC veterans to a Vietnam Commemoration Day at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. The veterans and Friends volunteers were welcomed by a Navy honor guard and treated to lunch at the Bolling Club. They were then treated to a special exhibition by Navy and Air Force drill teams. The purpose of the event was for active-duty personnel to say thank you to Vietnam veterans who didn’t get the appreciation they deserved after their service decades ago. Friends is grateful to the base for the special day and thankful to those who support the Friends and who made the bus trip possible!

Story and photos by John Hughes.

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Our First 2015 Night Out on the Rooftop!

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It was a lovely evening on Tuesday, May 26, with Happy Hour on the Rooftop.  Everyone was glad to sit in the sun, eat some hotdogs and have a soda or a beer.  Clearly there was conversation all around – with Friends of the Soldiers Home, and both new and long standing residents.  And the number of ‘shout outs’ for answers to the Trivia Quiz was incredible.  It’s amazing how sunshine gives us all some spirit.  Join us this coming Tuesday for Saloon Night downstairs in the Saloon Bar.

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May Jingo Spirited and Fun

IMG_1549As usual we had great volunteers and a spirited game at Jingo this month!  3 young Marines and friends and family of our volunteer coordinator, Lori Lincoln, helped Friends host another nice event for our neighbors at the Home. After getting off to a slow start, Ms. Bradford took home the night and just won and won and won!  The volunteers who helped her went home walking on air too – there is much belief in good luck at Jingo!

Volunteer Denver and Mr. Palmer were enjoying each other’s company as usual, and so much so that they forgot to yell out “Jingo!” as soon as they’d won a game; however, when they discovered the mistake a few calls later, the new winner Chris graciously split the big $10 pot with him. Big prizes all evening: $5 per game, and one $10 restaurant gift card!

Come join us next month – bring one of our veterans a little bit of your luck!

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Cinco de Mayo Saloon Night with Friends

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Cinco de Mayo was a festive celebration at this month’s Saloon Night! Friends and veterans mingled over mariachi music and margaritas! We also had tacos, chips, salsa, and guacamole from El Togoroz. There was a particularly strong showing from some of our female veterans this month and of course all the regulars were there, too! Next month we’re expecting burgers from the coming-soon on Upshur St burger joint called Slash Run, which will open across from the gates of the Home in mid-June!

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Spring Fling Energizes Home Campus as 700 Enjoy the Fun

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More than 700 people came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC campus on a glorious afternoon May 2 for the third annual Spring Fling. Community visitors, and the highest number of Home residents who have attended the event yet, enjoyed live jazz, cold beer, delectable food trucks and near-perfect temperatures in the 70s. Loads of children who came enjoyed fun activities such as climbing on a fire truck, flying kites, playing putt-putt golf, kicking balls or simply running on the vast driving range open to their whims. Some “characters” from the Kirov Academy of Ballet also provided fun for kids. The nature walk remained a popular attraction for the event, as roughly 100 people roamed near the ponds to hear naturalists describe the significance of the site. We would like to thank everyone who came out for the day, and we thank the residents and staff of the Home for being so supportive of this event. We also thank the many Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers who came out to make this event such a success!

Enjoy the following photos of the event.

Photos and text by John Hughes except top photo, courtesy of Drew Schneider at facebook.com/petworthnews

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