Tag Archives: Cedar Crest Country Club

385: No Way its Jay!! Jay is back and he dug up two classic shots of two legendary skaters(Jamie Godfrey & Tom Groholski)…At CCCC none the less.

Jaime Godfrey Backside air Cedar Crest Country Club, VA

Tom Groholski Andrecht Cedar Crest Country Club, VA
Photos by Jay Henry



I don’t really know what to say about these pictures, just a couple of classic shots of a couple of classic skaters, Tom Groholski and Jamie Godfrey skating a classic ramp, Cedar Crest Country Club. They were taken in June of 1988, and I barely remember skating with them that day. I think I went with Tom, but I may have just met them there. I do remember thinking how cool it was to be skating with Jamie, seeing as he was a skater I had heard of so many times, he was one of the Bones Brigade! Of course it was cool skating with Tom, but then again it always is.
Jay Henry
Jason Oliva
Jay these rule! Total Coolness…Glad to have you back on the THOS payroll. Dig out your Kona pics, you have left your fans bodies limp with breathless anticipation…
Lets get more pictures of Jaime Godfrey into the archive as well…fire up your scanners boys!

244: Wow, I havent been on the site in a long time. Jason Oliva Washington DC 1989…….OR “Commonplace events become adventure when you start recounting them” -> Jean-Paul Sartre!!

Jason oliva washington DC Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool

Jason Oliva 1989 Drained reflecting pool Lincoln Memorial.

Washington DC

P.S. I am wearing a sweatshirt that said College across the front Ala Jim Belushi Animal House…Wish I still had it.

Photographer: Name Forgotten (You went to GW and we used to skate, email me!!)

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

DC was a great place to skate back in the day. The police where so busy with CRACK and maintaining the “Murder Capital of the World” status skaters slipped under the radar. I remember riding amazing public properties (Welfare Building) for months (not days, not hours, not even minutes…yes months)

Some memorable places:

An empty pool at a DC Hotel that we would get chased out of every autumn/winter.(ok this place was private so it was one skater 2-3 hits then scram, always dry though!!)

Jason Oliva DC 1988

Jason Oliva runnin for the fence. Alva Team Shorts (gift From Dan Tag) Dan Tag Brand X prototype (another Tag hand me down, still riding it too)

A couple favorites where the fountains at Malcolm X park(Meridian Hill Park) (try to avoid the days the DEA raids the place though) The Crack dealer’s hung on the balconies an we skated the empty fountain….very harmonious.

Malcolm X park 1988

Also one time they drained the reflecting pool (that large body of still water in front of the Lincoln Memorial and I got to skate in it. Too cool!! (SEE ABOVE PHOTO)


There was also a great ditch (Shady Grove Ditch) outside a parking lot on one of the last Metro Stops In Maryland (sorry no pics, but I am sure its till there).

Proximity to Cedar Crest was paramount!! I actually chose GWU because it was near the most challenging ramp in the universe (CCCC) Anyone out there applying to GW let me know I’ll give you a booming recommendation.

There was a great music scene in DC too:

Hung out with The Bad Brains:

Jason Oliva and the Bad brains

Saw every Fugazi show and took tons of Pics:

Fugazi picture by jason Oliva

Even Guy Picciotto liked my photography


Wow – these shots are crazy ! Great vibe to them —I don’t remember having that weird plastic G taped to my mic stand or much else about the gig though I remember really liking Crash Worship. Thanks again for letting us check your photos out – very cool of you –

Peace – Guy


Weird Plastic “G” in question.

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Fugazi July 6, 1990 St. Augastine’s School (slight loading time but worth the wait)
Photography: Jason Oliva
Music: with permission, Fugazi

John Stabb

John Stabb Photograph: Jason Oliva

Even had John Stabb of “Government Issue Fame” perform (and Crash) at the house I was living in.

Hope your feeling better John!!!! (John recently had a bad mugging which I can relate too, and a benefit show for him in Aug 07 )

Hey Jason,

Very cool stuff that seriously captures a feeling long gone in WDC scene. I forgot that it was you who took that picture of me being a Madchester Man-ha! Ian Brown wishes he could’ve been that cool-ha!

Looking forward to your book in the future.

– John

Worked at The Bayou/Lisner Auditorium/Constitution hall and met: Ray Charles, Public Enemy, All of The Ramones, Mike Muir, MArk Arm, Mick Jones, James Hettfeild (we played Pinball, then he got thrown out of the Bayou for doing to many girls in the club) Henry Rollins at DC Space, Hunter S. Thompson (your welcome Missy/Hunter!) Belinda Carlisle, and a bunch of other cool musicians as well…….

I even spooked Bob Dylan back stage at Constitution Hall…. A story I am saving for my memoirs! (due out by Random House of Steam publishing 2023)

Good times!

Oh Yeah…Shudder to Think ruled!!

Anyway (back to 2007) I got this email today:

Hey Jason,

My name is Jimmy and I came across your photos and such while digging for things for my movie I’m working on in the next few years. Then I recognized your name and tried to figure out where i knew you from and it all came back to me. I met you in 1988 skating in dc. I think you went to GW university. My foster mom drove us to cedar crest a few times. Man those were the good ‘ol days. Anyway, it’s so rad to come across the photos you had of cedar crest and such. I’m doing a movie on the history of dc skating from the 60’s to now. The highlight will be the pulaski park era which i was involved in for 20 years. I was wandering if you have any photos of skating in dc. or maryland , cuz they had a huge scene as well. Mike mapp told me he’s got stuff from 1980 and up. cedar crest too. he helped buid it. i remember you giving me homemade stickers of team steam. i wish i still had those. —–you can check out my website : www.skate-a-thon.blogspot.com —later—jimmy

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

How Crazy!!

20 years later! Yep those where good Ole times for me too. Flying solo with only the occasional Team Steam Member visit. Jimmy and I met skating probably outside the Welfare Building in DC (great spot!!) and he took me all over from there (he was DC local royalty, I was invading Yankee College boy)

Check Out Jimmy’s web page: www.skate-a-thon.blogspot.com and his 45 mile skate, MS charity raising event(always time to donate to MS still). Sorry The House of Steam was late to the party but you are now dually noted and recognized by our community.

Nice one Jimmy you count on our involvement in your film project!


For more Washington DC go to: http://www.theforgottencity.com “Theres no place like home”


182: The House of Tom: Tom Groholski Invert to Fakie CCCC Va

The House of Tom!! Tom Groholski at CCCC VA

Tom Groholski Invert to Fakie CCCC Va

Photo provided by Tom Groholksi

This is a tough one to work out. Its either a layback air or an invert to fakie. Tom killed both tricks…What do we think?

Jason,I think these are both tuck knee inverts to fakie… Straight up, boned out back leg, and straight back… So Sick.

Dennis Kane

tom groholski invert to fakie the house of steam

Tommy G Invert to Fakie Girl Ramp NJ 1987

Nice one Dennis…


Thanks to Chris and Bryce at Skatedaily.net for posting The House of Tom as a news event!!

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East Coast Pride Groholski The House of Steam Jason Oliva

Thanks to Wendy and Tony for getting all this together…(Check out Squindo.net)

Squindo Skull The House of Steam

and Tom for the big Ole stamp of approval!!! You Rule!!


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East Coast Pride by Tom Groholski

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60: Jay Henry Air Walk CCCC circa 1986 “Moose on deck”

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Team Steam’s Jay Henry Air Walk at CCCC circa 1986

photograph Jason Oliva

Darren Menditto watches as Jay Henry pulls one of dozens of crazy air walks throughout our weekend at CCCC.

…AS Tag drove myself, Jim Murphy, and Darren Menditto away from the ramp for the trip home all I remember was looking out the back window and watching Jay slam so hard doing an air walk I swear he bounced.

We found out later he was taken to the hospital with a ruptured spleen or something horrible.


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54: Dan Tag Invert over the Channel CCCC Virginia circa 1988


Dan Tag Invert over the Channel at CCCC Virginia circa 1988

photo jason oliva

That was a big channel.

Dan is sporting an Overkill t-shirt.

He was riding for Alva at the time.

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41: Darren Menditto Backside air CCCC Virginia circa 1987


Darren Menditto Team Steam Power Crew member Backside air CCCC Virginia circa 1987

photo jason oliva

I dont remember being old enough to drive on this trip to CCCC neither was Darren I think so it was either 86 or early 87….anyway Darren killed C.C.C.C. made it look easy too. He just did higher airs then everyone and stalled inverts longer then anyone. Needless to say when you are alone at CCCC with Darren, Dan Tag, and Jim Murphy you wind up taking a bunch of photos.

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