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Pie in the Sky The approximately 400 residents who flocked to Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ Ward 8 neighborhood picnic last Saturday afternoon never managed to polish off the gathering’s generous array of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and ice cream. Perhaps Williams and his staff should have shipped the leftovers across the river: At another mayorally sponsored picnic the same day, 50 or so Capitol Hill neighbors were reduced to fighting over a few precious slices of pizza. “I saw a half a pizza lying on a table. I don’t call that food,” says Margot Kelly, president of the Barracks Row Business Alliance. After news reports that the mayor was cheaping out on the food at picnics he sponsored, maybe the powers that be decided that they couldn’t afford to let Ward 8 folks go hungry. Williams’ legal counsel Max Brown explains that the Hill event wasn’t intended to be as memorable as the Anacostia blowout. “It was just a low-key event,” says Brown, who claims that turnout was closer to 200. “[It was] more of a block party than a picnic.”

Reporting by Jason Cherkis, Amanda Ripley, and Elissa Silverman.

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