Fall Fun Fest is September 30th!


Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home is coming up on Sunday, September 30th. It will be a full day of fun and events beginning at 9 am and ending at 5 pm.

A full list of activities includes:

Karen Collins & the Backroads Band (bluegrass band)
DJ Billy White (Mix of upbeat classics)
Bounce House
Corn Hole
Bobbing for Apples
Cupcake Walk
Pumpkin Painting
Face Painting
Self-Serve Photo Booth
Critter Connection – Reptile Zoo

Pumpkin Carving Contest (bring your carved pumpkins for a chance to WIN!)

Therapy Dogs

See the list below for the day’s schedule:

Food Trucks & stands including: Ooh Dat Chicken, Rose’s Italian Pizza & Subs, Federal City, Bros, Captain Cookie, Sly’s Sucker Punch, Anheiseur Busch, CMI bake sale

If you are traveling from the Metro Station, the handy map below shows the fastest way to walk to the event.


Hot Outside, But Warm and Friendly Inside at August Happy Hour



Friends of the Soldiers Home had a great time Aug. 28 at this month’s version of Happy Hour at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC. With our long-time partners the Nam Knights, we had a wonderful time. Volunteers appreciated that the joke telling and conviviality was happening in doors at the beautiful, air-conditioned Scott Building rather than outdoors in the 100-degree heat index!

Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln.



Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer gardeners recently had an opportunity to share the bounty of the gardens with residents of the Home. They brightened up the AFRH canteen and cafeteria with bouquets of fresh flowers grown by the volunteers. There are more flowers yet to bloom and more bouquets will be coming to the Home later this summer. Pictured below with some of the bouquets is volunteer gardener Susan Minnemeyer.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Clinehens.

Soldiers Home July 4th Draws Thousands For Music, Fun and Fireworks



More than 2,600 people came to the green open space of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington for a gala July 4th celebration. The seventh annual gathering hosted by Friends of the Soldiers Home featured entertainment by the Hortonville, Wisconsin marching band and two Soldiers Home residents, DJ Billy White and singer/guitarist Waymon Lucas Jr. There was facepainting, a bounce house and pond fishing for kids, who mostly enjoyed running amok on the green expanse of the Home’s grounds. There were many food and drink choices, and of course the highlight was viewing fireworks from the National Mall and the neighborhoods surrounding the Soldiers Home. We can’t wait for July 4, 2019!

Photos courtesy of Betsy Eves, Lauren Kessler, Mike Madden and Drew Schneider.

Your July 4th Event Guide



Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC, July 4, 4pm-9:30pm

Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:
4pm: Waymon Lucas Jr. aka Kool (Guitar Hand) Luke
5pm: DJ Billy White aka The Music Man
7:30pm: Hortonville, Wis., High School Marching Band
9:09pm: National Mall Fireworks

4pm-8:30pm: bounce house, corn hole, tug o’ war, ring toss, water games
4pm-6:30pm: facepainting
4pm-7pm: catch-and-release pond fishing (bring your own bait, gear)
6pm: patriotic bike decoration contest judging

Food/Drink: Rosie’s Pizza & Subs, Ooo Dat Chicken, Quick Bite, Hardy’s BBQ, Dog Tag Bakery, Captain Cookie, Sly’s Sucker Punch, Anheuser Busch
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers

Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event: http://signup.com/go/KrxYHUy

Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this event possible, and to the Capital Chapter of the Nam Knights of America for volunteer support

FOSH’s June 19 Bowling Night Has Veteran Friendship to Spare



Thank you volunteers who came out to FOSH Bowling Night at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on Tuesday! Volunteers maybe had more fun than residents did … or at least as much. We aren’t keeping score, but remember that bowling night happens the third Tuesday of each month. To become part of FOSH Bowling Night — and have fun while giving back to veterans — contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos courtesy of Rocelia Johnson. 

May’s Jingo Night Connects Veterans, FOSH Volunteers in Fun Service



Thank you to the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers who came out for this month’s Jingo Night. This event is our flagship volunteer activity. It is near and dear to our hearts because several residents would be unable to partake if not for volunteers who transport them and help them play. The next Jingo will be June 14, mark your calenders! If you can come and help, contact Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

We thank Lori for sharing these great photos!

Herwig Recognized in May as Friends of the Soldiers Home Volunteer


Volunteers are the Heart of FOSH! For the month of May, we’re sending out special thanks to FOSH garden volunteer, Carol Herwig. Carol puts her gardening know-how to use in many ways for residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. She’s growing flowers for beautiful bouquets in the residents’ cafeteria and will be leading horticultural tours for residents around the campus. Carol also volunteers for Casey Trees and has organized tree plantings resulting in 300 young trees on the campus. Thank you Carol!