SPCA Potluck Continues Tradition
On Sunday evening, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association (SPCA) continued a grand tradition by bringing in the New Year with the Annual “New Year – New Neighbor” SPCA Potluck at Northminster Presbyterian Church. According to SPCA President Mark Pattison, over 160 neighbors came out to enjoy chatting between neighbors, great music by local underground funk band Zodiak and, of course, the terrific food.
Speaking of which, it has been a long time since I’ve seen as spread as delectable as what we witnessed on this day. There was roasted chicken, ham, curry chicken, salmon salad, macaroni and cheese, chocolate cake, key lime pie….the list goes on and on. Now, I have to be honest and say that I am not normally a fan of eating O.P.F. (Other People’s Food). But everything that I could carry on the plate Sunday was delicious…especially that chocolate cake (I ate two pieces). I am already thinking about going back next year.
Neighbors both old and new
During an intermission in the music set, Mr. Pattison took to the mic to lead the the audience through the “Oldest and the Newest Residents” game. We discovered that the neighbor in the room who has lived in Shepherd Park the longest moved here in 1967. Two couples vied for the Newest moniker, with the final winners having moved here in mid-December of 2016. Both received door prizes for their honors.
SPCA Potluck draws familiar friends
D.C. Councilmembers Brandon Todd (Ward 4) and Elissa Silverman (At-Large) were both present and shared warm greetings with the audience. Ms. Silverman gained a hearty laugh from the crowd. She announced that she was happy to be “in one of my eight favorite wards!” Mr. Todd gave a brief update on some upcoming Council and Ward business and pledged to continue fighting for seniors and schools here in Ward 4.
Near the mid-point of the event, one of our newer neighbors, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined the celebration. After chatting with a few of her constituents, she took to the floor to share her remarks. What followed was the most emotional and inspirational speech that I have heard her give since I’ve been watching her career.
The actions of the new Trump administration over the weekend have placed the Mayor in the unexpected position of being a Moral Counterweight to the speech coming out of the White House. So far, she appears to be rising to the challenge. She assured the community that the values that we held on election night were still the values that we hold today. Ms. Bowser stated that the city would fight hard, even in the face of difficult odds, to maintain our status as a sanctuary city so that our undocumented neighbors will never be afraid to call the police or the fire department. She reassured the room that we would continue to push for D.C. Statehood. She also praised the officers of the Metropolitan Police Department and the protesters who attended the Women’s March. Anticipating some of the plans of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Madam Mayor stated, “All we want the Federal Government to do for us is to leave us alone”. The audience erupted in applause.
To conclude, she asked we let our neighborhood, which values diversity so dearly, continue to be a shining example of what it means “to be America” and to show that to others who don’t know.
Overall, the SPCA Potluck was again a great success. Thank you to the many volunteers, members and donors who make it
Written by Christopher Alexander and Savannah