We are heading into a very exciting time at 2M Street as we put the finishing touches on the building and begin welcoming our first residents! Along with the excitement at 2M Street, NoMa also has some fun activities and events in the coming weeks. So what’s new in NoMa? Here’s an update on the latest happenings in our favorite neighborhood:
Our neighborhood outdoor movie theatre returns tonight, May 28, at the Loree Grand Field! The theme this year is “Unlikely Friendships”, and kicks off tonight with the crowd-pleasing Back to the Future. In addition to a picnic style screening, some of our favorite food trucks will be on hand providing snacks for sale. Tonight you can expect to see Popped Republic, The Big Cheese Truck, TaKorean, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Dangerously Delicious Pies serving up some deliciousness.
-Admission is free
-Children, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome
-Show up around 7 to secure a seat, enjoy some music, play some games and have a bite to eat
-Movies start when the sky goes dark
-All movies are subtitled
[box] Full Lineup via NoMaBID.org:
• May 28: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
• June 4: Silver Linings Playbook (2012, R)
• June 11: Midnight in Paris (2011, PG)
• June 18: Up (2009, PG)
• June 25: When Harry Met Sally (1989, R)
• July 2: Clueless (1995, PG-13)
• July 9: The Muppets (2011, PG)
• July 16: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, PG-13)
• July 23: The Dark Knight (2008, PG-13)
• July 30: Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13)
• August 6: Top Gun (1986, PG)
• August 13: The Sandlot (1993, PG)
• August 20: Rain Date, movie TBD[/box]
The construction that has long been a part of First Street NE is now complete, and that is something worth celebrating! This Friday afternoon, May 30, NoMa BID and some local dignitaries will host a celebration to thank the DDOT workers and contractors for their hard work. Over the past 12 months, they have created a distinct bike lane, spruced up tree boxes, and installed new street lights, adding to the charm of our bustling neighborhood. The party kicks off at 11:30 AM at the field on the corner of First and Pierce Streets, and you can expect there to be free treats and goodies on hand.
NoMa is rapidly becoming a cultural center for the arts and this free concert series only confirms that trend. Each Thursday from June 5 to July 17, the Union Center plaza will be home to a lunchtime music break for NoMa residents and workers. Concerts will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM with the following musicians taking the stage:
[box] Concert List via NoMaBID.org:
June 5: Johnny Artis (R&B)
June 12: Levi Stephens (Funk/Blues)
June 19: Annie Sidley (R&B)
June 26: The Pantones (Steel Drums)
July 10: Liz Biones (Jazz)
July 17: Sam’O (Reggae) [/box]
With warmer weather ahead, it’s time to take the party outdoors at Union Market. Every Sunday from May 4 to October 26, local vendors and farmers file in with their goodies for sale between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Vendors this year will include:
[box] Via UnionMarket.com:
Capitol Kettle Corn
Full Cellar Farm
Ritchfield Farm and more![/box]
This traveling festival, founded in 2002, is focused on green, sustainable living and is coming to town May 31-June 1. Attendees will learn all about making healthier choices in everything from food and fashion to construction and design, and enjoy some demos and samples along the way. Live music, panels of inspiring speaker, shopping and cooking demos are amongst the activities you can expect to enjoy. This year, the Green Festival is teaming up with the Washington Humane Society, so Adopt Force One will be on hand matching pets with their forever homes. Adopters will receive discounted admission the the event and gain a new BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever). The festival will be held just outside of NoMa at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
At 2M, we are big fans of our NoMa neighborhood. In addition to our convenient location 2 blocks from the red line Metro, we enjoy close proximity to dining, shopping and the night life and entertainment of H Street. With our NoMa Neighbors series, we are taking to time to recognize some of the businesses in our community. We’ve already declared our love for Union Market, but we have yet to discuss the wonderful project that is our NoMa Neighbors-Union Kitchen.
Union Kitchen is a refreshing concept that allows members of the food service industry to share a space and resources while growing their businesses. The UK website describes their business model:
[box] “Our goal is to build a platform and a megaphone for small businesses by providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to grow and establish their operations. We eliminate the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a business. UK has over 4,500 square feet of food prep and cooking areas, dry storage, frozen storage, and cold storage. UK offers parking, a full slate of business services, and covers all costs for its members, including utilities, taxes, cleaning, trash collection, pest control, and everything else. As an independent operator, these services are not only costly (thousands of dollars each month) but are also a headache that distract business owners from focusing on what matters most: preparing their best product and finding more customers.”[/box]
In warmer months, a parking lot adjacent to Union Kitchen called, wait for it, The Lot at Union Kitchen, hosts neighborhood events. Food trucks pull in to deliver delectable dishes and UK staff serve refreshments while local bands perform. On summer nights, residents stop by for a happy hour of sorts before wandering over to the NoMa Summer Screen, where movies are projected on an outdoor screen.