Georgetown Gathers on Healy Lawn

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Georgetown University mascot Jack the Bulldog. Courtesy Georgetown University.

Different aspects of Georgetown came together Saturday, Sept. 16, for the fifth annual Georgetown Community Day. The event — organized by Georgetown University and held on Healy Lawn — is an opportunity for the neighborhood and university to celebrate “our shared community,” as the university says.

The fun- and family-friendly activities included music, free burgers and hot dogs, a moon bounce, photos with the G.U. mascot Jack the Bulldog, face painting and fingerprinting by the Metropolitan Police Department (in a good way). Tables for community organizations mixed with university departments for a good cause and good time.

“It was great to see so many neighbors, students, faculty and staff come out to our biggest and best Community Day ever — to celebrate our shared community and recognize how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful neighborhood,” said Chris Murphy, Georgetown University’s vice president for government relations and community engagement.

“We had great questions from the community,” said Joe Gibbons, chairman of the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission of the day’s event. “It was the best ever, and it was great to be next to the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Mayor’s Office.” One surprising question for Gibbons concerned what was happening to the old, crumbling trolley bridge, just west of the university’s main campus in Glover-Archbold Park.

Rick Murphy, Joe Gibbons and Peter Sacco manned the table for the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
Citizens Association of Georgetown’s Leslie Maysak with her son Liam.
The Georgetown University a cappella group, the Phantoms.
Georgetown Village’s Toni Russin, Nancy Roll and Gail Nordheimer, president.
Officer Antonial Atkins and Kyi Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department take fingerprints of children for their parents.
Second District Commander Melvin Gresham, Officer Antonial Atkins and Lt. Ralph Neal with Denis Richardson.
Richard Livingstone, Mayor Bowser’s liaison for Ward 2, and Heidi Tseu of Georgetown University’s office of government affairs community engagement.
Leah Urzendowski and Trevor Dawkins of the Neo-Futurists, directors of “The Infinite Wrench,” with Georgetown University Theater’s Laura Mertens and Maria Edmundson.
Officer Mike Augustinos of the Georgetown University Police Department mans the popular cotton candy station.
Kids got a chance to check out several rides on Healy Lawn.
Jack the bulldog with Healy Hall and its clock tower in the background.
Jack the bulldog with Healy Hall and its clock tower in the background.
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