Upcoming! Join Us for a Jingo Game Thursday at Soldiers Home-DC



Jingo2We admit it — we were so busy promoting and talking about the July 4 celebration we got a little behind in discussing our other activities. Let’s start with Jingo. Our monthly Jingo game with residents happens this coming Thursday, July 14, at 6:15pm. Below are some previously unposted photos from one of our recent Jingos at Armed Forces Retirement Home-D.C. The photos show volunteers Kaiya and Karam having a lot of fun with residents playing the game, which is a combination of Jingo and Trivial Pursuit. (The trivia at this particular Jingo was about Grimm Fairy Tales. The group was reminded that some of those tales were indeed, grim!) Residents always have lots of fun, and that makes Jingo fun for us!

If you want to participate this Thursday, drop a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com. Remember, Jingo always happens the second Thursday of each month, so put it on your calendar and plan to come and have fun!


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Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits at July 4 Celebration at the Soldiers Home



july42It rained and rained for the wettest July 4 of our five annual festivals held on this day. But the weather didn’t stop 1,500 hearty souls from coming out and enjoying DJ extraoridinaire Billy White and the awesome Music Messiahs band. Small children ran fast and free on the expansive driving range while many tried their luck at the fishing hole — and they found they had good luck indeed in such grey weather. We are grateful that Roaming Chicken and Captain Cookie food trucks came out despite the poor conditions. Lots of people enjoyed the treats and cold beer from the beer truck. We are so happy also that many Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents and staff braved the conditions to enjoy the day! We are particularly grateful to all of you on July 4! The day would not have been possible without the support of the Nam Knights and all of our other volunteers, and our sponsors, Anheuser-Busch and DCCX. Thank you all! And just as we were all about to enjoy the fireworks down on the Mall, mist and fog rolled in over the tree tops, showing that on July 4, 2016, Mother Nature indeed had the last word. But wetness didn’t dampen any spirits and we are so happy that so many from the community came out to celebrate Independence Day!





Rain Won’t Dampen Spirit, July 4th Celebration Still On!



In case you are wondering … yes, the July 4 celebration is on! The rain possibility reminds us why the Soldiers Home campus is so beautiful and green for Independence Day, but don’t let it prevent you from having fun. Weather forecasters are saying we might catch some breaks as we get closer to fireworks time. Come on out! See you there.


Friends Bowling Night Brings Out Caring and Fun With Every Roll


bowling4Bowling is really turning out to be a special program for Friends of the Soldiers Home, and our most recent game was no exception. Not only do the Friends and Residents have fun together, but the care and concern that they exhibit while making sure the less physically-able residents have fun, too, is tremendous! They practically look like engineers as they set up each roll. And nothing is better than everybody rooting for one another.

Bowling happens the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm. If you want to join us, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com



Saloon Night Has Volunteers, Residents Dancing to Waymon Lucas Jr.


saloon5.We had a fabulous Saloon Night this month! Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC resident Waymon Lucas Jr. provided musical entertainment at the Defender’s Inn on the Home campus. The music encouraged several folks to hit the dance floor! As usual, Friends of the Soldiers Home provided the food, the drinks and the “friends” to enjoy the evening with residents. Everybody had a great time! Next Saloon Night — Tuesday evening, June 7. If you want to be part of the fun, write Lori Lincoln, who also took these wonderful photos, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com

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Spring Rains Don’t Dampen Spirits at Happy Hour With Friends



Spirits were high at our last Happy Hour at the Soldiers Home! We had a Catholic University student share a joke with us, and residents who clearly enjoyed the conversation, music, jokes and all the fun. Sometimes we dance at Happy Hour, and this time we did as resident Ray spun tunes from the Golden Era. Resident Chris was the big winner of the trivia contests. Nam Knights Capital Chapter as always supplied the bar — and they tended it. As usual the Nam Knights provided a lot of fun and companionship. The next Happy Hour is the evening of May 31. To join the fun, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com.

Story and photos by Liz Cocke and Lori Lincoln.



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Record Veteran Participation Makes Fourth Annual Spring Fling Special


fling8Rain made a brief appearance, but puffy clouds, some sunshine and loads of fun carried the day at the Friends of the Soldiers Home’s fourth annual Spring Fling on May 7. A record number of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington veterans participated in this year’s event, making it extra special. Lots of families and many children from the community joined in the fun. Cecily, Herb Spice and the Cinnamonstix and Balance, the George Washington University ballet group, all turned in great performances. Children enjoyed organized games, face painting and running free in the driving range, kicking balls. President Lincoln’s Cottage and Christian Family Montessori School also held fun activities for kids. Food vendors DC Slices, Galang Indonesian, Captain Cookie and RockSalt were top notch, and the nature walk with Philip Blair as always was a good time.


None of this would have been possible without our sponsors — DCCX, Anheuser Busch, Annie’s Hardware and Crossfit Petworth. Thank you for your support for this wonderful event! We are also grateful to our great partners for this event — Nam Knights Capital Chapter, Points of Light, Travis Manion Foundation and Petworth News. Above all we are grateful to the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington for welcoming all through their gate and giving such great support to the event. We will see you at the next festival — and it is just around the corner — July 4th!
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Spring Fling Details Announced by Friends of the Soldiers Home


Fling Flier 2016*** Updated May 4, 2016 ***

Rains will be ending in time for friends and neighbors to gather with distinguished veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. this Saturday, May 7, from noon to 5pm. The forecast for Spring Fling is cloudy skies and 74-degree temperatures on the beautiful green expanse of the driving range, where we will gather on the Home’s beautiful 250-acre campus. (Enter Rock Creek Church Road and Randolph Streets.)

We are grateful to all of our sponsors for this year’s event — Anheuser-Busch, DCCX, Annie’s Hardware, Crossfit Petworth, AFRH, Nam Knights Capital Chapter, Points of Light, Travis Manion Foundation and Petworth News.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is proud to announce the final lineup for this year’s Fling, the fourth annual.

Leading off at 12:30 will be the superb jazz vocalist Cecily, back for her second Fling. She promises she will perform her new cover, “Been to the Moon,” which you can preview here: http://bit.ly/26OMiCm

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At 1:30, geologist Philip Blair will lead a nature walk and point out fascinating features of the grounds that many people never realize are there. Phil’s walk-and-talk is always a popular feature of the Fling.

Herb Spice will pick up his saxophone at 1:30 and, along with the Cinnamonstix, fill the driving range with the sounds of smooth jazz. Please come on out on the dance floor under the big tent where Herb will play, and take a twirl!

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Late arrivers don’t panic — Cecily and Herb will perform additional sets at 2:15 and 3:30, respectively.

Meanwhile, FOSH has a special treat at 3pm. Balance: The GW Ballet Group, will make a first appearance at the Fling. These dancers from George Washington University are making a special trip to the Soldiers Home, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they will be performing a 20-minute routine.

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Bring your appetites with you. Food offerings will have a little bit of everything, as Captain Cookie returns for his fourth consecutive Fling with his famous ice cream sandwiched between home-made cookies. Joining Captain Cookie will be main-course food trucks that include DC Slices, Nom Nom Gourmet and RockSalt. There will be a variety of beer choices, and Soldiers Home residents will operate a water stand.

Kids will have fun running on the vast open space of the driving range. But, there are organized activities as well, including kickball at 1pm, relay races at 2:15pm and capture the flag and soccer at 3:30pm.

We will have face painting throughout the event. President Lincoln’s Cottage (located on campus) will be on the driving range with a craft table for kids, and Christian Family Montessori School (located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Rock Creek Church Cemetery across the street from the Home) will be at the Fling to host a corn hole toss game.

Bring a lawn chair and a blanket and make yourselves comfortable. The festival is free if you walk or bicycle in. If you drive and park, there is a $10 donation for FOSH per carload. Leave your pets at home.

If you would like to spend 90 minutes of your day volunteering while you enjoy the Fling, you can sign up here: http://vols.pt/x8Q46B

We can’t wait to see you — come on out for Spring Fling 2016 and enjoy some time with neighbors, friends and distinguished Home residents who served their country so well. See you on Saturday!

Calling All Volunteers for Spring Fling



The forecast for Spring Fling is out and it is a good one — 79 degrees and sunny! Many of you have asked how you can volunteer to help with this wonderful event on Saturday, May 7. Here is your chance! Use this link http://vols.pt/x8Q46B and you will see opportunities to sign up for set up, takedown, games and other activities. Hurry, sign up today, before your favorite jobs are taken!



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