Friends of Francis Field

Incorporating West End Friends

Serving the West End Neighborhood of Washington, DC

Clean-Up Day on Francis Field: Saturday, April 26

Francis Field photograph We've organized a Clean-Up Day on Francis Field for Saturday, April 26. We'll start at 10:00 am on the field and we should end before noon. We will have trash bags.

Volunteers may want to bring gloves and wear comfortable clothes. We could also use a couple of shovels and hand trowels, and a plastic pail or two for filling in a few holes.

Otherwise, the work we'll do is mostly picking up trash and litter.

Come and meet your neighbors while also doing something nice for our neighborhood!


Duke Ellington Birthday Concert: Tuesday, April 29

The fifth annual Duke Ellington Birthday Concert will be held this year on April 29, at Duke Ellington Park--the triangular park at the intersection of M Street, 21st Street NW, and New Hampshire Avenue.

Duke Ellington at Piano This year the Duke Ellington Society, Inc., will co-sponsor the event with the Friends of Francis Field. Here are the details:

  1. April 29, 2014
  2. 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  3. Duke Ellington Park

The event is free and open to the public. There is some seating on the benches in the park. The featured band is King James and the Serfs of Swing, which has played at the four previous concerts.

Duke Ellington was born nearby, on Ward Place in the West End, on April 29, 1899. The park was officially named Duke Ellington Park in 2010.


Annual FFF Membership Meeting: Tuesday, May 6

FFF President Anita Diliberto has announced the date of the Annual Membership Meeting, when members elect Directors, for May 6, 2014, at 7 pm at the West End Library. Here are the details:

  1. Annual Membership Meeting
  2. May 6, 2014
  3. 7:00 pm
  4. West End Public Library, Second Floor
  5. 1101 24th Street NW

The meeting is open to all, but only members who are current with their dues are permitted to vote. Mark your calendars and please join us!


Meet Our Treasurer ... and Please Pay Your Dues!

We're pleased to introduce John Alexander Williams, our new treasurer. A long-time District resident, John is a retired professor and, he says, "a recovering bureaucrat." A historian with a doctorate from Yale University, he is the author of several books on American history. John has also worked in government at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and the Department of Labor.

John Williams photoJohn reminds us that it is time for all of us to pay our annual $10 dues, and that we invite new members to join. Send your checks to:

  1. John Alexander Williams
  2. Friends of Francis Field
  3. 955 26th St. NW #510
  4. Washington, DC 20037

Please make checks out to "Friends of Francis Field." Donations are also welcome. Friends of Francis Field is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Copyright 2014, Friends of Francis Field

April 2014