Snowballs at high noon

PHOTOS: CONNOR GILLIS, (instagram @eoingillis)

JAN 26 — Big snow, big snowball fight!

Around 40 people joined in fluffy battle, fighting for possession of a Takoma, DC field, Sunday, Jan. 24.

They met on 20 inches of fresh snowfall at high noon at the Takoma Recreation and Aquatic Center on Van Buren Ave. NW, a block west of Blair Road, NW.

“We split off into two teams.” said Connor Gillis, the event organizer. The participants, he said, ranged from eight to 50 years old, most in their 20s – 30s.

“We used the sidewalk as a dividing line, and everyone had a few minutes to prep before the fight began. One team decided to dig trenches to hide behind. … Another team brought shields.”

The battle’s highlight, said Gillis, came when some troops got captured behind enemy lines.

“Their teammates had to formulate an attack plan to get them back” said Gillis. “We didn’t play for score, but just played to “last man standing.’ It’s amazing how fast you tire out trying to run in snow that’s shin-deep!”

After a group photo the weary veterans retired from the well-churned field of honor to Busboy’s and Poet’s for happy hour and some bonding.

One of them, Elexa Waugh-Quasebarth, set up a Takoma Social Facebook Group for the group. Other Takoma residents are welcome to join.

Gillis organized the crystalline combat caper in just two days using Facebook. He couldn’t get to the big snowball fights held at Dupont Circle and Meridian Hill Park in downtown DC because Metro rail and bus service were shut down through the weekend.

So, Gillis held his own snowball battle. It will go down in history as the first Takoma Snowball Fight. He hopes it will be an annual event.

Next time, he said, he’ll award prizes to the winning team and the best costume.