Help us beautify the grounds in and around the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., by picking up trash and litter. We will meet just outside the grounds at the triangle park at Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place Northwest. To navigate to this location, use 580 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C. , 20010. Be on time for the 10am start because we will enter a normally locked gate as a group, and late entry won’t be possible. We will supply trash bags, but bring your own garden gloves and any tools you desire like trash grabbers. Last year we had a blast at this event and filled 10 large trash bags of litter. We can’t wait to repeat this activity! Let us know you plan to come by dropping a note to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
On a perfect, sunny day at the Armed Forces Retirement Home golf course driving range, more than 1,000 people joined Friends of the Soldiers Home in a gala celebration of music, games and camaraderie at Fall Fun Fest on Oct. 1.
The bluegrass band Fretnauts and classic rock group The Loose Ends entertained visitors and Soldiers Home residents under the big tent, while scores of children roamed the green grass of the driving range and played games. An obstacle course moon bounce proved particularly possible with young ones, as many climbed through the attraction multiple times.
In the early part of the day, on the upper part of the Home’s campus, visitors and residents enjoyed an antique car show, military medical displays and military drill team demonstrations.
Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making Fall Fun Fest 2017 possible. In addition, FOSH thanks all the volunteers and is grateful for the financial support from the following: Anheuser-Busch, ANC1A, Annie’s Hardware and CollEDGEucation.
Photos by Lauren Kessler