I just got the following announcement:
The Howard Theatre–
Yesterday and Tomorrow!
Saturday, February 24
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Carnegie at Mount Vernon Square
801 K Street, NW
(enter on K Street)
Gallery Place and Mount Vernon Square Metro Stops
The Circulator Bus stops at 9th and K
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Mercedes Ellington
· Historic pictures
· Plans for the restoration of the theatre
· Remembrances from those who played at and reported on the Howard Theatre
· Music by the Washington Jazz Arts Institute,
· Davey Yarborough, Director
· Shaw Jr. High School Concert Band, Wesley Hoover, Band Director
· Remembrances from the audience
BRING YOUR OWN MEMORIES AND MEMORABILIA
BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc.
National Music Center & Museum Foundation
Washington Jazz Arts Institute
Shaw Main Streets, Inc.
WPFW Radio 89.3 FM
RSVP so we can plan for numbers: 202-383-1837 or RSVP@historydc.org
Sadly, the Howard Theater is one of many projects I have heard plans for years ago. At least 2-3 years have passed since I’ve heard from the last person with plans. There were plans for the O Street Market back when it had a roof. There are plans for the Armstrong School over here in the TC and still nada. I know it takes time for these things to come to be and there are setbacks, but after hearing about plan after plan, I get jaded. I lose the faith and become a Doubting Thomas. I will not believe till I see scaffolding, construction crews working regularly, trucks blocking alleys, and other signs of the resurrection of place.
I know. Stuff happens, money needs to be raised, costs go up, permits are hard to come by, community groups must be met with, markets change and agreements must be had. However, after a certain amount of time, with very little visible progress, it is hard to keep believing and taking things on faith.