At the end of July, my former residence in DC ceased to be a residence. Chalk it up to disagreements with the landlord. It may become a residence once more, with new tenants and a different pricing plan, but it will likely never be the place that it was.
While I haven’t lived at the house since June of 2010, I have returned on several occasions, often for events like the one below.
My keys for a true party are as follows:
- Free and nonexclusive
- Children – kids party harder than most adults
- Uninhibited dancing
- Live music, preferably from a band like the Archives who play roots, rocksteady and early dancehall
- Front porch rather than back patio (this goes along with the nonexclusive part)
- Activities such as water balloon duels
- A grill
- Materials for spontaneous artwork
- Fresh squeezed lemonade that has vodka in it
This list is not comprehensive, but I believe it covers many critical items. Here are a few pics:
We rigged up the tarp because of a rain/thunderstorm threat. While it only rained for 15 minutes, the tarp prevented a break in the music. Worth it.
Archives warming up on the porch and a small crowd forming in the street.
I tried to teach these girls how to draw camels but they were in their own world, a world that is/was probably much better than any world you or I know.
These two twins later started a balloon mosh pit.
1607 — You will be missed.
If you are interested in hosting a party like this, let me know, and I will help you with planning (in exchange for an invite). Also, you may not be able to book Archives — they are getting a little too big for porch parties — but you can check them out at thearchivesdc.com, where they have a new album (think vintage reggae, the best parts of it) that is available.