For the fourth January in a row, Friends of the Soldiers Home kicked off its volunteer year with an event called “Trivia Night With Zach Hartman.” As usual residents and volunteers divided into teams and competitively tried to answer questions correctly from FOSH volunteer and board member Zach. The action on this Jan. 3 night ended in a tie between one team called Old Geezers and another one called The Rebels. The tie-breaker question? Which year did the White House burn. Geezers correctly answered and won the game! If you know the answer, then consider yourself a trivia master — and someone who might want to join us for a future Soldiers Home “Trivia Night.”
Just before 2018 ended we snuck in one more fun event with Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents. Every year Geico sponsors a bowling challenge for the AFRH residents by providing food and prizes for the occasion. This year, the winning scores only differed by a few pins (107, 106, 103 and 101)! Next year we look forward to an expanded tournament for both the residents and FOSH volunteers.
For those who love great fall weather, cyclocross, and an opportunity to spend a day or two at the Soldiers’ Home, this weekend you are in luck. The annual DCCX races are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. The full schedule of events can be found at https://dcmtb.org/dccx2018/
Visitors can access the race area via the Randolph Street Gate located on Rock Creek Church Rd., NW.
Thanks everybody who came out for Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 30. More than 1,300 people enjoyed antique cars, music, food, games and fun. The weather was glorious! Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for welcoming us to your beautiful campus. We are grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Cocke.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The sixth annual Spring Fling brought 500 people to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington campus on Saturday, May 5, for food, games, music and fun. A large number of Soldiers Home residents mingled with numerous families from the community in this annual ritual that kicks off the warm-weather season at the Home. Rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits, as attendees moved beneath the big tent when the weather worsened and listened to the rocking blues of Nobody’s Business. We are grateful to all the volunteers who helped with this event, and we thank the residents and staff of the Soldiers Home for once again opening the gates to the community. We can’t wait until next time!
Photos courtesy of Lauri Hafvenstein.