March has been a busy month around here. We’ve been lucky enough to have a great lineup of things for people to see and do around the area. Whether you’ve watched a bout of roller derby, cheered on a few runners, or shopped at the local Farmer’s Market, we hope you’ve participated in shaking off the winter blahs and welcoming spring!
The DC Rollergirls had their season opener on February 24 this year against the Charlottesville Derby Dames. The National Maulers took the bout 272-251. Come out and support the team at their next home game on April 7 at the D.C. Amory.
The Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship was held at the Capital One Arena from March 7-11. This was the first time Washington, DC had hosted this tournament and it was extremely successful. Salute to the Military Night took place on March 8 in which active and retired military members received free tickets to the game.The Armed Forces Color Guard presented prior to a U.S. Air Force vocalist singing the National Anthem. Halftime action was provided by the U.S. Army Drill Team and the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon and Half Marathon Expo, a two-day health and fitness expo, returned to the DC Amory on March 8 and 9 for the sixth time. This free event was open to the public and provided information on the latest running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information, as well as interactive displays. The expo also served as the official race packet pick-up site.
The following day, we cheered on all the runners in the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington DC Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. The Finish Line Festival at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds – Lot 3 brought lots of cheering – for the runners and for the amazing musical acts!
America’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festival, ShamrockFest, was held at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds on March 17. This year’s event featured musical performances by top acts such as Sum41, Shaggy, and Less Than Jake. More than 9,000 Irish enthusiasts came out to celebrate the wearing o’ the green.
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget that the DC Open-Air Farmers Market is open for business. The market runs on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Merchants are offering up all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies that are sure to make your day brighter. As a bonus, the market features a “double dollars” program for food stamp holders. Every food stamp dollar spent at the market is worth two dollars.