Section 3 has an active social life as a community. We believe bringing people together is a way to foster community involvement and a strong sense of place. We love living here and we want you to enjoy our very special neighborhood by offering as many opportunities to meet with and get to know your neighbors as possible. We are always looking for new ways to bring folks together. At the moment, this is the calendar of events we hold each year:
March: Everybody’s Irish Party—Always held on St. Paddy’s Day, this event serves up green food, adult (Irish) beverages as well as water, soda and juice boxes. It’s a wonderful way to welcome Spring—although we have held it in the snow, because this is a “no rain date” event.
March/April: Easter Egg Hunt and Luncheon. Usually held on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, the hunt in the Gazebo Park is limited to children 6 and under but the luncheon is for everyone. The Easter Bunny always pays a visit too!
May: Annual Elections and Meeting. The second Tuesday in May every year. We usually have a speaker who addresses important planning issues in the larger community and how that will affect our neighborhood. Residents are welcome at all Council meetings but everyone is urged to attend at least this one meeting, always held at the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church just after the elections.
Our Annual House Tour for Section 3 residents only collects gently used towels and travel soaps and lotions for the homeless while providing residents a chance to see neighbors’ latest additions and get ideas for their own home. A popular event held on a Sunday in May.
May/June: Food Truck Night. We invite three fabulous food trucks and one great dessert truck to come to Section 3 so that we can all join in some great food and a picnic in our Gazebo Park.
June: Annual Wine Tasting Event. Three Section 3 residents open their homes to those who sign up for our annual wine tasting event. Residents taste 3 white wines, 3 red wines and 3 of something special—we’ve done different Sangria recipes, ice wines, dessert wines and sparkling wines…all the wines are specially selected to be about $15-16 and under—so if you like one, it’s affordable. All those who sign up pay $15-16 per person for this event usually held on a Saturday night. It’s a wonderful way to meet and get to know your neighbors.
July: Welcome New Neighbors BBQ. New neighbors over the past year are urged to attend and meet the larger community. They are given a welcome lei and everyone wears nametags so they know who they are meeting. Local BBQ caterers have helped us to make this dinner event a huge success every year. The ice cream man comes and provides free ice cream to all who attend.
September: The Party in the Park is our biggest event of the year. It’s usually held the third Sunday in the month if no holidays conflict. A catered dinner, wonderful rides for the kids, a cakewalk with fabulous “cake boss” quality cakes baked by neighbors that brings everyone out and a great DJ who helps keep us entertained. Whole streets are closed, neighbors help with the rides to be certain our children are safe and old and new friends sit at tables on the street eating dinner together and catching up.
October: The Annual Halloween Pizza Parade and Party. Always held on Halloween, rain or shine. Every year a volunteer parent dresses up for the occasion. Children 10 and under meet at the Gazebo Park and parade up the street with siblings and families following along to the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church where families young and old devour free pizza, “eyeballs” (grapes) and “fingers” (carrots) before getting some sort of special safety light surprise and heading out to trick or treat in the neighborhood.
October Food Truck Night: We try and hold this event twice a year (May/June and October) with 3 great food trucks and one dessert truck in the Gazebo Park. It’s become a very popular event because folks can invite friends and family and buy what they like.
November: The Bill Prigg Memorial Warm Clothing and Blanket Drive takes place before Thanksgiving so that warm clothing can be provided to Martha’s Table, a non-profit providing services to the homeless in Washington, D.C. Named in memory of a long-time resident who devoted many hours to handing out blankets and warm clothing to the homeless in the District, this effort always brings out the best in our residents, great generosity. Usually we collect two full carloads of warm clothing which we donate to the homeless just when they most need warm clothing.
December: Our holiday events vary each year. We’ve had puppet shows, collected books for homeless children and decorated cookies…we’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the holidays and also give back.