Friends, Bloomberg Take Soldiers Home Residents to Kastles Match


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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.





July Jingo Brings Out New Friends


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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July Saloon Night Features Patriotic Sing-Along


July’s Saloon Night was a blast with Alan Bjerga playing guitar and singing everyone’s favorite: patriotic tunes!  Residents had a ball singing along to sheet music and standing tall for the National Anthem.  This is the third year Alan has played for the residents in July and he’s always a huge hit!  This month the weather was perfect for sitting both outside and in!

Story and photos by Mary Bucci.






Summer Breeze, Dancing Energizes Monthly Friends Happy Hour


For Happy Hour this month, it was the last day of June – but we all had the spirit of the Fourth of July! We were on the rooftop of the Scott Building with much conversation, laughter and more dancing than we had seen in awhile. With pizza, drinks and volunteers aplenty, many Soldiers Home DC residents took part. The warm – but not hot – temperatures, and cool breeze made for a lovely evening. Come and join us this summer on the last Tuesday of each month for Happy Hour, and enjoy the good fun of the residents. The lovely warm breeze beats the heat and humidity of downtown DC!

Photos and Story by Elizabeth Cocke.





Friends Festival Keeps Getting Better on the Fourth of July



Wet weather didn’t stop about 1,750 people from enjoying the fourth annual Friends of the Soldiers Home July 4 celebration! More Soldiers Home residents joined the fun than in any previous year. It was wonderful to see so many veterans and citizens mingling and having a great time! The Music Messiahs, One Man Band Resident Waymon Lucas and Resident DJ Billy White provided great musical entertainment. The NAM Knights parked their motorcycles in orderly fashion and then did a wonderful job directing parkers and pedestrians at the event. Thank you Knights!


Captain Cookie and Lemongrass continued their tradition of joining us at every single event we have held, and other new, and some returning, food trucks also served delicious treats! Thanks to our sponsor Budweiser there was also some beer to enjoy. For the first time there were also some carnival games to enjoy. People really enjoyed the vast green expanse of the driving range where kids roamed far and wide. Thanks to Friends President Mary Bucci for doing a great job in leading the organization of this event. We are also grateful to the many volunteers who gave several hours to make this event so successful. Yes it was fun, but we’re not done yet! We will see you at Fall Fun Fest on Sunday Oct. 4, which is the next big community event. Mark your calendars!

Story and photos by John Hughes.

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


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


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!


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



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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