The Friends of Volta Park are bringing back their Fall Festival this October 2nd. The event (previously known as Volta Park Day) will feature live music, food, carnival games, a bounce house, face painting and more. It will run in the park from 11 am to 2 pm.
Mr. Baxter had been a D.C. policeman for 11 years in 1945 when he decided to go into the boating business. His primary beat was Georgetown below M Street, and he kept a canoe hidden along the riverfront. As a boy he had worked at Capt. Julius Wanner’s boathouse, and he knew his way around the neighborhood.
“I liked being on the waterfront. I’d started building boats down here, and the boat business began making so much money that I couldn’t see staying on the police force,” he told The Washington Post in 1995, 50 years after he established Jack’s Boathouse.
With six rowboats that he built himself, Mr. Baxter opened for business, just as World War II in Europe was drawing to a close. The charge was $2 a day. A half century later the rowboat fleet would be augmented by more than two dozen canoes and several motor craft, and the fees would rise to $10 an hour or $25 a day.
A new farmers market is coming to Volta Park Fridays starting this week. The market will take place from 3pm to 6pm and will last until December 17th.
This will be the fourth farmers market to make a go of it in Georgetown in the recent past. The Rose Park market has been going on for quite a while on Thursday Wednesday nights, and has grown to a robust size in the last several years in particular. The Glover Park-Burleith market ran at Hardy for years (which is technically in Georgetown, not Glover Park or Burleith), but as far as GM understands, it has stopped running permanently. Finally there has been a farmers market at Georgetown University, but it has not started up again yet since covid shut the campus down.
Volta Park generally has good foot traffic, particularly from the tennis and dog sets. So hopefully it will also thrive. Come on out Friday night to check it out!