Cinco de Mayo Saloon Night with Friends


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!






Spring Fling Energizes Home Campus as 700 Enjoy the Fun



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






March Saloon Night Trivia Competitive



Wow – nothing like March Madness – Soldier’s Home Style!  The fierce energy at the Duke-Wisconsin NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Match had nothing on Saloon Night Trivia  this month!  The April theme was, appropriately, college sports, and it was neck-and-neck as the teams battled it out for first place.  In the end, team “College Basketball Sucks” (see picture!) pulled out the win and much fun was had by all.  Join us next month for a Cinco de Mayo celebration and live music!


Plus here’s a few photos of Spring at the Soldiers’ Home.



Happy Hour at the Soldiers Home


3-31-2015enjoying himselfIt’s Spring!  It was clear at Happy Hour on March 31st that everyone is looking forward to spring – and looking forward to seeing the familiar faces among residents and volunteers.

Residents enjoyed conversation with each other, with the volunteers, and joking around with all of us.  It was great to have a group of women from Zeta Phi Beta join us – and the residents enjoyed chatting with them.  Come and join us the first Tuesday of every month – and we’ll see you soon at the Spring Fling.

3-31-2015 Zeta


March Jingo has Abundence of Little Ones



IMG_1501A great turnout for March’s sports themed Jingo and we had an abundence of little ones  who joined in to help!  Lori’s sorority sister friend, Elizabeth Lloyd came to meet veteran, Elizabeth Lloyd and they enjoyed their time together immensely.

(Photos by Lori Lincoln)





IMG_1493Caption: Kathleen and Auggie came to meet Marvin Archer and sprech ein bischen Deutsch (speak a little German).

February Jingo Features Fairytales and Fables


JingoOur Jingo theme last month was Fairytales and Fables and to set the mood we were relocated to the top of the Scott Building in the 3rd floor recreation room. (Due to a water pipe bursting below not so that we could let down our hair). The clues covered a wide range of story lines so every resident and volunteer was able to participate in sharing an answer and explaining the story it came from. As always we are grateful for our fantastic volunteers and look forward to seeing them return for our March Jingo event!





Presidential Pub Trivia the Highlight of Saloon Night


The Friends of the Soldier’s Home ushered in the month of Presidents with a rousing round of Presidential Pub Trivia at our monthly Saloon Night. Just like the Superbowl, Trivia came down to the wire with a two-way tie for first place between Team Stagehounds and Team Snowflakes. After a grueling tie-breaker, it was Team Snowflakes that brought home the win! Everyone enjoyed the food this month – special thanks to our friends at the Hitching Post for the donated fried chicken! See you next month for some Mardi Gras Madness!

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Cold Outside, Warm Inside At First Happy Hour of 2015


Happy Hour at the Soldiers Home started up again in the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. No dancing this time but a very pleasant evening indeed! Several conversations went on in earnest, and staff coordinator, Carol, provided the jokes and quiz questions. Soft drinks, beer, and a mix of residents and Friends of the Soldiers Home loved talking about the snow! Thanks to FOSH volunteers Rebekah Tosado, Tim Jones, Lori Lincoln and Liz Cocke for helping to make this happen on a cold January night!





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