Spring has officially sprung in Washington DC. Our spectacular blossoming cherry trees get most of the attention, but let’s not overlook the many less well-known charms of the season.  During the first week of this month, ERCV volunteers are leading special wildflower walks in Rock Creek Park. Depending on the day, you may see bluebells, trillium, star chickweed, wild ginger, or white and yellow violets. These fleeting moments of beauty remind us to enjoy each day and to savor the season with neighbors and friends.


On a celestial note, mark your calendar for another April de-light on Monday, April 8th, when a major solar eclipse will pass across the US. In the DC area the sun is expected to be only about seven-eighths eclipsed. Still, this promises to be an impressive sight. As we all know, looking directly at an eclipse can permanently damage one’s eyes. If you would like a pair of protective eclipse glasses to wear, we have about a dozen to offer ERCV members. Let’s all enjoy this amazing phenomenon safely and with wonder.


From the cosmic to the local: we will celebrate Earth Day a little early by participating in a neighborhood spring cleanup on Tuesday, April 16th. Join fellow ERCVers at Butternut Street and Georgia Avenue, near the fire station, and help neaten the area.  You can volunteer at ERCV’s information table or join the cleanup crew. Afterwards we will go to lunch at the Ledo Pizza a few blocks north, which will graciously be offering a 20% discount to helpers. Thanks go to a long-time ERCV supporter, Commissioner Erin Palmer (ANC4B02), for organizing this community service opportunity.

For those interested in art and culture, we have a special field trip scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, to see the Whistler exhibit at the Freer Gallery on the National Mall. It’s a chance to visit or revisit a local treasure and surround ourselves for a time with the works of James McNeill Whistler, including his famous Peacock Room. And, if you’re looking for adventure from the comfort of home, please join us on Thursday, April 18th, for our online Armchair Travel Series. This time we’ll be visiting Patagonia and Easter Island with wonderful photographs taken by ERCV’s very own Ralph Blessing.

We will finish the month with a happy hour on Thursday, April 25th, outside on the patio at Olive Lounge in Takoma Park. Come join us and unwind, meet new people, catch up with friends, and enjoy the good food and (I hope) pleasant weather.


As we travel through April, let us embrace the spirit of renewal and possibility that spring so generously offers. It can be time to delight in our environment, to notice, to grow, to connect, to create memories together that we might cherish in the future. I personally look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events. Please stay safe and enjoy the community and the beauty that surrounds you.