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The neighborhood of Featherhead and his mushroom-eating, President-threatening friend has more history than their unfortunate episode. The tract of land originally called “Pleasant Plains” was one of the earliest attempts at suburban bliss. It was originally bought by the Holmead family in 1727 from Lord Baltimore, but was divided up several times, sold to developers in the early 1800s, and rented out to the Washington Race Course in 1840. (Coincidentally, the neighborhood newsletter recently cited gambling as the most common crime in the place.) Today, the community is one of the most ethnically varied and artistic places in the city, and will fete itself at the Celebrate Mount Pleasant Festival. The day features a volleyball tournament (sign up those group-house teams early), and performances by local bands including Congregation and Citizen Cope. The festival takes over the neighborhood’s main drag from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mount Pleasant St., between Irving & Park Rd. NW. FREE. (202) 588-0507. (Tina Plottel)