According to the plaque outside, the Morrison-Clark Inn began as the homes of two Civil War era developers, David Morrison and Reuben Clark. In 1923, the Morrison Home was purchased by The Women’s Army and Navy League and became an inexpensive place for enlisted men to stay while visiting Washington, DC. Eventually known as the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s Club, First Ladies including Grace Coolidge, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy frequently presided over teas and fundraisers.
The Morrison-Clark Hotel opened its doors in 1987 and is currently undergoing a major expansion. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Surrounding the lunch hour from 11 am to 2 pm, DC Water (formerly WASA), will host a celebration in the Park at CityCenter on I Street, NW between 10th and 11 Streets of the 40th anniversary of the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act enacted in 1974. There will be a water bar, food & demos, live music, and more.
We keep a jug of chilled tap water in our fridge for when we get thirsty and to fill up our portable water bottles for exercise runs around Penn Quarter and downtown. It’s one of the least expensive yet most valuable basic resources we buy. Water is life!
We’re always amused and entertained when retailers take a tailored approach to reaching customers walking around downtown DC and Penn Quarter. The king of guerilla advertising is Zipcar who put a couch and pitched a tent on both sides of 7th Street NW. Not as effective but still fun are sandwich boards such as this one with a joke applied in chalk in front of Luke’s Lobster in the 600 block of E Street NW. We look forward to the next joke – happy Friday!
The annual Oktoberfest kicked off this past weekend in Munich. There are big tents and oompah bands setting up outside of town for the next two weeks, but if you pop over to Cafe Mozart (1331 H St. NW), you can enjoy the specials they have on offer or stock up on wursts and other provisions to host your own party. Prost!
Art4All begins this Friday, September 26 with a launch party in The Plaza at CityCenter DC (enter via H Street archway between 9th and 10th Streets NW) to kick off the three week festival (Sept 26 to Oct 18) of art events around DC. The kickoff features bites from the two newest restaurants to open in CityCenter, DBGB Kitchen & Bar and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, along with a performance sampling of what can be expected and plenty of information about the festival’s events. Tickets ($15) for the event can be purchased online here or at the door for $25 (21+ ID required).
Art4All includes Art All Night: Nuite Blanche, an all night long art open house with venues all over the city participating the evening of Saturday, September 27 from 7 pm to 3 am. Venues participating closest to Penn Quarter are listed as being in Shaw and include the Touchstone Gallery and the Carnegie Library.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (950 I St NW, Suite 501), the second restaurant in D.C.’s CityCenter development to throw its doors open to the public, will open today September 19 at 11 am. The two story restaurant covers 18,000 square feet, offers a private dining space on a third (basement) level, and makes available an expansive wine list to prospective diners; both lunch and dinner are available.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
950 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm – every day (lunch and dinner service)
Come celebrate the freedom to read during the DC Public Library’s Banned Books Week, September 21-27. The kick-off party is this Friday, September 19, at the MLK Library (901 G St., NW) and will feature an art, live music and cocktails inspired by banned books from Derek Brown and Chantal Tseng (from Mockingbird Hill).