Area News Featuring Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Tenleytown & Georgetown
Marriott International officially began construction of the company’s new headquarters in downtown Bethesda in June.The new building will be on Wisconsin Avenue near the Bethesda Metro station and is expected to open by mid-2022. The new headquarters will include a hotel with 244 rooms, and will employ 4,000 workers.The company has been headquartered on Fernwood Road in Bethesda for over 60 years.
The Donohoe Companies, Inc. made a presentation in May to the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission regarding their proposal to redevelop the property at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights. The television facilities and operations for Fox affiliateWTTG, and WDCA Fox 5 Plus are now located on the site; Fox plans to relocate to the new Apex complex, which is under construction in Bethesda, by 2021. The Fox site in Friendship Heights now includes a large walled surface parking lot, several large antennas and a tower....all of which would be removed for redevelopment. Donohoe proposes building a new 6-story+ structure that would include retail at ground level. On the 42nd Street side of the property, the building would step down to 3-stories with bays to break up the massing - mimicking the look of townhouses. The proposed project would have about 280 rental units, including 28 affordable housing units, plus two levels of underground parking.
Image below:A view of the Fox building...The tower is partially visible behind the building.
Upgrading & modernization of PEPCO's Harrison Street Substation continues on Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights.The Substation has been in service since the 1940s and is nearing its maximum capacity. The part of the process most visible to passersby is the historic building façade/storefront, which is now partially covered by a "portrait" of PresidentJohn F. Kennedy. The façade of the building has an art deco design and was constructed to resemble a business storefront with six windows, which will be reopened as the project advances. A clock on the front of the building will be repaired and re-lit with neon, and a new door will be installed with a design based on photos from the 1940s. Renovation of the façade – as well as the entire project - is scheduled for completion in June, 2019.
The rendering below shows the building as it may look after renovation.
Plans to redevelop Parcels 4 & 6 in Friendship Heights are, apparently, still on hold.
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying three exhibitions that showcase artists exploring the edges of their media - thru July 29.
The American University of Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is exhibiting Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987, thru August 12.The WWAC was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization providing professional support and opportunities for women in the arts.
Roti Modern Mediterranean is installing a branch of their chain of restaurants next door to the space formerly occupied by a Panera restaurant on Willard Avenue. The menu is inspired by the so-called Mediterranean diet, which is rich in vegetables, olive oil, wholesome grains, and lean protein. The diet has been described as “a delicious and healthful way to eat.” Image below: A view of the Roti in Union Station in DC.
Olive Bistro & Café opened at 4621 41st Street, N.W. in Tenleytown – just off Wisconsin Avenue - at the end of June.The menu features Mediterranean selections. The restaurant is located near the base of the historic Western Union Tower & has a spacious area for al fresco dining. The company has another location in Atlanta.
Images below:Two views of Olive Bistro & Café.
Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week will take place at participating restaurants, August 13-19. Some 250 restaurants will participate in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The affordable menus offered throughout the region will include $35 dinner, $22 lunch, and $22 brunch. New restaurants in the region will participate alongside established destinations, so diners can enjoy “some of the best dishes in metropolitan Washington at a great price and explore the award-winning culinary scene that metropolitan Washington offers.” Restaurants participating in Chevy Chase/Bethesda are: Lia's in Friendship Heights, Morton's Steakhouse in Bethesda, PassionFish in Bethesda, Susi Ko in Friendship Heights & The Capital Grille in Friendship Heights.
As of the end of June, there was no information available about what company will occupy the space formerly used by Panera Bakery on Willard Avenue in Friendship Heights. There are many rumors about potential occupants and much speculation. The Agenda News will post an article in this column about the future tenancy the minute reliable information is available.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Snow White & the 7 Dwarves thru August 5."Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.’s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids.”
The show is recommended for ages: 4 years old – adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park is presenting a world premiere play titled Tinker Bell, directed by Nick Olcott, thru August 20.The story is based on the works of Sir J. M. Barrie, as adapted for the stage by Patrick Flynn.The tale of Peter Pan is told from Tinker Bell's point of view. The show is recommended for all ages.
Chevy Chase Circle has been completely refurbished for the first time since 1956.The improvements are attractive, but pedestrians are strongly advised to admire the park only from a distance due to fast-moving traffic in the circle.
Image below:A view of Chevy Chase Circle.
Several of the many Spring/Summer gardens in & around Friendship Heights & Bethesda are pictured at the end of this column.
AMC Theatresin Mazza Gallerie and elsewhere introduced their AMC Stubs plan in late June.Participants can see 3 movies every week in IMAX®, Dolby Cinema®, RealD® 3D, or digital for $19.95/month (+tax).
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
Image below: The lobby of AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie
Strathmore will present the annual FREE Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival on the Lawnbeginning nightly at 7:30 p.m., August 23-26.Visitors should “come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities, and grab dinner from Ridgewell's summer grill." Proceeds from sales will benefit the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.The films scheduled are:
Thursday, August 23 – Coco Friday, August 24 – Black Panther Saturday, August 25 – The Lion King Sunday, August 26 – Wonder Woman
No tickets are needed.
Image below:A view of a previous outdoor screening.
Glen Echo Park is offering free concerts in the Bumper Car Pavilion every Thursday, thru August 30. Visitors can "order your special picnic from Pralineat Glen Echo Park while you enjoy an evening of great music." Dancers are welcomed! The schedule is:
July 19: Alif Laila (Sitar) & Suryaksha Deshpande (Tabla) July 26: Real Live Jazz Quartet August 2: Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes August 9: U.S. Marine Band - Free Country August 16: Justin Trawick and The Common Good August 23: James Bazen Big Band August 30: Texas Chainsaw Horns
Strathmore will present their annual Live from the Lawnseries featuring free outdoor concerts in July & August.Visitors are invited to “pack a picnic, settle onto a blanket & enjoy an evening of music."
Amazon Books opened a branch of their chain of retail stores in Bethesda Row - at the corner of Bethesda Avenue & Arlington Road - in late June. In addition to books, the Amazon store features devices and accessories such as Echo and Smart Home.
Image below: The Amazon Bookstore in Bethesda Row.
Whole Foods Market now offers members of Amazon Prime “special deals on select items throughout the store.” Note that there is a fee for participation in Amazon Prime, the benefits of which include free delivery of purchases. Also note that Amazon now owns Whole Foods Market.
Image below: A banner promoting Whole Foods & Amazon Prime.
The Giant food stores in The Collection in Chevy Chase & at Westwood Shopping Center in Bethesda have been offering 5% off for senior citizens on Tuesdays for several years.Ask your checkout clerk about it!
Anthropologie & Co. will open a department store at 3222 M Street in Georgetown on July 12. Items offered will include clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty & wellness products, home furnishings, wedding gowns, garden & home decor & more. Meanwhile, preparations continue to open an Anthropologie & Co. department store in Bethesda Row this Fall. The company plans to close their branch in Wisconsin Place when the Bethesda store opens.
NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase will have their 2018 Quilt Show & Artisan Boutique at Kensington Armory/Town Hall in Kensington, MD, October 5 & 6. The event will include more than 200 Quilts, Opportunity Quilt, Silent Auction with Handcrafted Fiber Art, Raffle Baskets, Calico Elephant, Demonstrations and more.
Image below: the postcard for the show & boutique.
Chevy Chase Florist relocated to The Collection at 7 Wisconsin Circle in June. The full-service florist had been located at 5415 Friendship Blvd. in Friendship Heights for many years.The new location is between Sweet Teensy bakery & Zen Acupressure.
Quotidian Theatre will present An Irish Twiston William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring, July 25-August 12. The temporary change of venue is due to ongoing renovations at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, where plays are usually presented. The production will set the tale in a Regency drawing room in rural Ireland, where there’s live Irish music, dance, and Yeats’s poetry. The show was adapted and will be directed by Stephanie Mumford and Leah Mazade with assistance from Folger Shakespeare Theatre dramaturg Michele Osherow and traditional Irish music/history expert Peter Brice. The production will feature John Allnutt, Grant Cloyd, John Decker, David Dubov, Catherine Marafino, Leah Mazade, Laura Rocklyn, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Laura Russell, and Addison Switzer.
Image below: The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Unexpected Stage Company will present is presenting Be a Good Little Widow, a comedy about life, grief, and longing by Bekah Brunstetter, in the Fireside Room at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building in Bethesda, thru August 5.The production is directed by the company’s co-founder Christopher Goodrich. The cast features Nick Duckworth as Craig, Emily Morrison as Hope, Lansing O’Leary as Brad, and Ruthie Rado as Melody. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is a producer on NBC’s television hit This Is Us.
Rockville Musical Theatre is presenting Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, thru July 22. The shipboard romance includes music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl.
Forum Theatre in Silver Spring announced in June that the company is closing after nearly fifteen years, 53 productions, and nine world premieres. The company has been a trend-setter in the DC area and will be missed.
Select Spring/Summer Gardens in Friendship Heights & Bethesda