Area News Featuring Chevy Chase, Bethesda, & Tenleytown
Parcel 6 in Friendship Heights was back in the news in February, as owners of some of the properties there announced plans for redevelopment.The Parcel consists of a large block between Willard & North Park Avenues. The developers’ focus at this point is on the spaces occupied by detached houses, as shown numbered 1, 2, 4 & 5 in the roughly-drawn map below.Early indications are that the Village Council has no plans to sell the house which the Village owns and leases out on North Park Avenue (house number 3 on the map). Furthermore, the owners of office properties in the Parcel are, reportedly, not planning to sell. Initial indications are that the owners of the Pink House on Willard Avenue envision building a mid-rise residential building (5-6 stories?) in that space - number 5 on the map below. Meanwhile, a highrise residential building (9 stories?) – possibly a nursing home - is envisioned in space occupied by two detached residences on North Park Avenue (1 & 2 on the map below). During the time that redevelopment of nearby Parcel 4 was discussed, the Village Council voted to stand by the ongoing Sector Plan for Friendship Heights.The Plan calls for preservation of green space and the views of residents from their high-rise windows. Plans for developers to discuss Parcel 6 at the Village Center in March have been called off. They will not make presentations as previously expected.
The Collection continues to evolve in Chevy Chase. DePandi, the men’s store which moved from the 5500 block of Wisconsin Avenue in February, has relocated temporarily to space next to Sushiko in The Collection. DePandi plans to resettle permanently in April in the space formerly occupied by Louis Vuitton on the Wisconsin Avenue side of The Collection. Plans are advancing for Chevy Chase Florist to move to a space at Number 7 Wisconsin Circle in The Collection this coming Spring. The full-service florist has been located at 5415 Friendship Blvd. in Friendship Heights for many years. Plans to open a branch of the Little Beet Table restaurant chain will move forward as redevelopment of the adjacent park is completed Meanwhile, Tuckernut, a company which features “classic yet unique apparel and gifts, curated for a fun-filled life,” opened a Popup Shop in the space formerly occupied by Ralph Lauren on Wisconsin Avenue in The Collection. The shop was only open for a few days but attracted considerable attention. Tuckernut's flagship store is at 1053 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, DC.
Please see the Shopping column below for an update on changes at Mazza Gallerie.
The Mansion at Strathmore is exhibiting Still Lives: Jennifer Allevato, thru April 29. Allevato paints floral still lifes, tablescapes, and interiors in pastel hues “with gestural pencil marks still in place, offering a window into the artist’s process. As a nod to her background in costume design, she sometimes layers vintage clothing patterns into her paintings, using a lighter hand to allow the text to peek through.”
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying Up in the Air, an exhibition that explores the artistry of kites in their “abundant color and sculptural design,” thru April 29.Kites were used for ceremonies, military campaigns, and scientific experiments before flying kites became a traditional pastime. The exhibition shows how modern-day kite makers use state-of-the art materials, complex construction, and intricate designs “to elevate kites into fine aerial art.”The exhibition was curated by Lesley Lundgren. Strathmore will present Kite Fly Dayon April 22.Visitors are invited to “grab your kites and head to Strathmore for a day of fun and spectacle! The event offers an opportunity to see these amazing artworks gliding on the breeze before Air Play in the Concert Hall. ”
As of the end of February, 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.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will have their annual Fabergé Egg Festival, which is a celebration of Spring's arrival in Russian style, on March 24 & 25.Visitors can admire the estate’s collection of exquisite imperial eggs and other fanciful Fabergé creations collected by the estate's founder Marjorie Post. There will also be festive folk music performed by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and spirited dancing by Kalinka Dance Ensemble.A family play produced by Happenstance Theater will feature stories of Russian Easter traditions. A traditional Russian egg-rolling game is a highlight of the event, and visitors can “step into Fabergé's Workshop" to decorate a Fabergé-inspired egg.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs March 29-May 12.The production tells the classic tale - in rap - from thewolf's point of view.The show has been called “one of The Puppet Co.'s funniest productions,” and it includes lots of audience participation! The show is recommended for Ages 3 years old to Adult.
Image below: The poster for Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs
Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Spanish film Julieta at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema on April 8.The film was released in 2016 and was the winner of 10 International Awards including Best International Film at the San Diego Film Festival. It's about a mother who is abandoned by her young daughter in a time of grief for the two of them.It’s also about “fate, about guilt complexes and about that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed.” The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.Ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Katerina Souvorova, will perform Sadko - a fairytale opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov – at Randolph Rd. Theater in Silver Spring, MD on March 18, 23 & 25.The story is set in the Russian city of Novgorod in the 12th century as young gusli-player Sadko, travels around the world, finding love, wisdom and knowledge, magic and truth. The opera will be performed in costume & fully-staged and will be sung in Russian with English projected supertitles. (A gusli is the oldest-known Russian multi-string plucked instrument.) The production will be presented in collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers, directed by Elena Indrokova-Jones and The Olney Ballet, directed by Patricia Berrend.
Image below: A backdrop for Sadko, painted by set designer, Ksenia Litvak.
World Gem Jewelry & Art Treasures opened a shop on the street level of Mazza Gallery in February – next to the main entrance to Neiman Marcus. The shop features many elegant items from all over the world. The walls of the shop are lined with richly-designed rugs, and glass cases are filled with striking jewelry. There are many sculptures designed to ornament a home and much more. The owner, who travels the world to select treasures for his company, plans to add display space behind the main showroom in the future.
Image below: World Gem Jewelry & Art Treasures entrance.
Pampillonia Jewelers plans to close their shop in Mazza Gallerie after 40 years in that location, and will reopen in Bethesda Row in the Spring. The new store will offer the same selection, service and repair facilities as did the store in Mazza Gallerie.
Friendship Heights Transportation Management District (TMD) has updated their very informative report to include a tribute to the late Judge Robert Schwarzbart.The report is a valuable resource featuring detailed information about Friendship Heights – most notably transportation. The TMD tribute to Judge Schwarzbart is as follows:
“Montgomery County owes a debt of gratitude to Robert Schwarzbart, who served as a valued member of the Friendship Heights TMD Advisory Committee for six years, during which time he also served a term as Committee Chair. Judge Schwarzbart retired in 2002 after a 44-year legal career, but remained an active and engaged member of the community. In addition to his service on the TMD Advisory Committee, he also served for 13 years on the Friendship Heights Village Council and on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. His energy, intellect and keen sense of humor will be missed.” Everyone who is interested in Friendship Heights should be aware of the report, which can be accessed via: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-DIR/commuter/tmd/index.html#FHTMDAC