Every year, FCA either sponsors or co- sponsors several community events. Past events included the annual Easter Egg Roll on the Saturday before Easter, initially held at the DC WASA, Anacostia Facilities Yard, at 18th Street and Minnesota but later moved to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 1800 Good Hope Road. Children up to age 12 are invited to hunt for eggs, play games, and have refreshments. Thelma Jones,
as well as, Patricia and Fred Jones recalled the annual spring parades the Friends of the Library would have with the support of the FCA. One year, there was a float decorated as a big book. Florence Powell, who lived at 17th and T
Easter Egg Roll, Fairlawn Citizens Association, Inc.
Streets, used to get the Anacostia Chrysler Plymouth car dealership to put their old classic cars in the parade. The vintage cars, school bands, and the local National Park Service staff led by Burnice Kearney, would join in the parade as it traveled down Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and up Good Hope Road to the library. Afterwards, punch and hot dogs would be served to all the parade participants.
Overnight trips to Atlantic City and cruises have been also been used as social activities and fundraisers. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held on the first Saturday in December in Fairlawn Park at Minnesota Avenue and Good Hope Road. At the ceremony, residents exchange holiday greetings, sing carols, and enjoy holiday treats, including hot apple cider and soup. The December FCA meeting is devoted to a potluck holiday dinner where residents share their culinary delights with their neighbors and friends. In 1998, the FCA held its first Annual Harvest Ball, a dinner and dance to raise money for the FCA Scholarship Fund. And, in recent years, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Police Department‟s Sixth District Police Service Area 607, the FCA has sponsored a National Night Out gathering at Fairlawn Park on the first Tuesday of August. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and to generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs.
Optimistic About the Future
“Optimism is alive in Southeast D.C. neighborhood of Fairlawn.” So ran the title of a special article by Amanda Abrams in the Washington Post real estate section on October 23, 2010. Despite some feelings that there are forces at work that are beyond their control, Fairlawn residents are optimistic for a vibrant future. There is really nowhere to go but up. The recent and planned new developments in and around Fairlawn all portend a vibrant future for its residents. These include the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation Building which houses the DC Office of Housing and Community Development, and a branch of the Industrial Bank of Washington; the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library; the Yes! Market; the modernization of Anacostia Senior High School; the rebuilding of the 11th Street Bridges to separate the interstate and local traffic; the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative‟s River Walk bringing increased access to Anacostia Park; the Department of Homeland Security moving to the St. Elizabeth‟s west campus; and, the planned new retail and residential development at Skyland. But these developments don‟t just happen automatically. They happen because of residents who take ownership in the future - residents who articulate what they want and what they don‟t want, building a consensus and staying the course to see things through.
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