Area News Featuring Montgomery County, Tenleytown & Georgetown
H&M, the apparel vendor from Sweden, closed their store in The Chevy Chase Pavilion on March 16 - as planned. The H&M store had a major street presence on Wisconsin Avenue, as shown in the photo below.The owners of the Pavilion are planning to turn some/all of the vacant retail spaces into medical offices.The local neighborhood commission has opposed the transition.
WTOP, the commercial FM radio station, and its sister station, Federal News Radio, completed the move from Idaho Avenue in D.C. to 5425 Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights in February. The new space is much larger than that in the previous location and allows room for all of the station’s departments to be on the same floor.
Urban Investment Partners plans to convert the office building at 4620 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown into an 8-story rental apartment building to be called Broadcast.The mixed-use property – next to the new Tenley View rental apartment building - would have 146 apartments and 11,000-square-feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor.
Tenleytown, which is almost surrounded by schools and the campus of American University, is particularly attractive to students – as well as owners of rental apartments and cafes.
Image below: A rendering of the planned building
The Collection in Chevy Chase continues to evolve. DePandi men’s apparel shop plans to move to space formerly occupied by Louis Vuitton on Wisconsin Avenue in the Spring. The Collection building on Wisconsin Avenue, where Little Beet Table is expected to open in May, is undergoing extensive renovation – note the photo below showing work in progress on the exterior. The spacious venue will include a patio for alfresco dining. Little Beet Table features “a vegetable-forward menu and a relaxed dining room experience.” Although the focus is on vegetables & fruit, the menu is not strictly vegetarian/vegan. To read more about the company, visit www.thelittlebeettable.com/
The Mansion at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore opened Flora/Fauna; Garden of Wonder in The Mansion on February 28. Upcoming exhibitions will open on:
April 14:Kaleidoscope Spectrum; The Artist’s Hand: Lis Zadravic June 6:Creative Crafts Council biennial
The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the Local Writer's Showcase April 25-26.The annual contest, in partnership with Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Poetry Contest, will honor local writers. Permanent, fulltime residents from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia can submit their original works. All finalists will be honored at the Local Writer's Showcase.
The branch of Arthur Murray dance studios in The Collection in Chevy Chase is offering Zumba Fitness Classes as an alternative way to exercise and burn some calories. The classes will continue through the Spring and Summer. For more information, call 301 657-2700.
Sugar & Ice Candy Shop – a popup - has opened on Wisconsin Avenue in The Collection in Chevy Chase....next door to Tiffany's. The boutique is a modern twist on the classic candy shop. Based in DC, the shop offers a curated selection of candy favorites, unique confections, and delightful surprises for parties, weddings, and every days. The company will continue to expand and offer additional products and services in coming weeks. They will be at The Collection at least through the summer months. To read more about The Collection, visit http://collectionchevychase.com
Peet’s Coffee & Tea will open a branch at Wisconsin Place this Spring and has advertised jobs for supervisors and baristas.For information about the openings, visit www.simplyhired.com/ To read more about the company, visit www.peets.com
The owners of Surfside, the new restaurant which is preparing to open at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Tenleytown, have applied for permission to erect a new unenclosed sidewalk café at the premises. The cafe would have 13 tables and would seat 32 patrons.
Millie's, the popular restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue in Spring Valley, now offers Millie's Food Truck.The restaurant advertises that "the coastal fare and beachside vibes can now come to you!You can book the truck for gatherings, and your guests can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, lobster rolls, salads, and more." Incidentally, the Food Truck was stationed for a short time in The Collection in February.Visit https://milliesdc.com/
Please see the Transitions column above for information about plans for TheLittle Beet Table at The Collection.
The space formerly occupied by Panera Bakery on Willard Avenue remains vacant. As reported previously, the space is being marketed now as "retail."
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Jack and the Beanstalk, March 28-May 5.The classic story is told with rod puppets and "some surprising twists."
The National Zoo will celebrate Easter Monday & Earth Day on April 22. Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. The free event will include hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and opportunities to meet and greets scientists and conservation partners who are working to protect wildlife around the world.
The annual Georgetown French Market - Book Hill's signature European-style open air market & sidewalk sale - will take place on April 26 & 27.The Book Hill neighborhood will be transformed into an inviting open-air market by over 35 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries displaying discounted items and unique finds. The event will feature live entertainment and children's activities, “evoking the outdoor markets of Paris, where guests wander between shops and galleries tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants. C'est magnifique!”
Image below: A previous French Market - Photo by Sam Kittner
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have The Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic on April 28.It’s a once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the historic estate.Visitors should “bring your own picnic and blanket.”The event takes place rain or shine! The Plant Sale will feature heirloom and native sun-to-shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for the garden, plus tropicals and houseplants. Purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place. Image below: A view of a previous Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present Escape from Peligro Island, written by Finegan Kruckemeyer & directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer in the Lerner Theatre April 27-May 26.The audience can "create your own adventure! Callaway Brown – an unlikely young hero – has been stranded on a desert island, and it’s up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway’s actions in an energetic romp through time and space."
The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the annual Bethesda Film Feston April 5 & 6 at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda, MD.The Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. Each screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session with the filmmakers. The same five films will be shown at each screening.
Cinema Art Bethesda will present a Greek film titled Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis)on April 7 at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema. The film was released in 2016 and won 5 awards at international film festivals. Filmmaker Yannis Sakaridis "presents a clever satirical view of the Greek migrant crisis by exploring both xenophobic and sympathetic sentiments of Greeks towards foreigners escaping the war and hardships that engulfed their native lands. Told from three different points of view, the story follows through to an upbeat, yet realistic and plausible ending." The film will be screened in Greek and English with English subtitles. The ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
St. John’s Episcopal Church will host the annual Georgetown House Tour on April 27 to raise funds for ministry and outreach. The Tour always features a number of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes that are within easy walking distance and can be visited at your own pace and in your preferred order. The tour price includes a House Tour Magazinethat serves as admission to each home, and includes a map of the houses along with historic information and background on each house. The tour also includes a Parish Tea at Blake Hall and an Architects and Designer’s Panel Discussion featuring four renowned Georgetown architects and interior designers.They will speak about classic and modern residential design in the Georgetown neighborhood.
Image below: The flyer for The Georgetown House Tour
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland will present the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillart Exhibit in the South Conservatory, April 17-September 22.As visitors enter, they will be surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Perfume & Seduction, thru June 9. The exhibition features the finest examples of eighteenth-century luxury items that were used in the bathing and dressing ritual known as la toilette.
Chevy Chase Concerts will present the 42nd Annual Bach Marathon at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on March 24.The concert will feature ten organists in half-hour programs performed on the church's splendid organ.The theme will be the Schübler Chorales.
Chevy Chase Concerts will present bass-baritone Eric Owensat Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on April 28.The international star of the Metropolitan Opera and other houses will be accompanied by Mark Markham.
Kristin Chenoweth, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, will return to the Music Center for a performance on April 8.She will perform her latest release of American Songbook classics, The Art of Elegance, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart in 2016. The eclectic performer starred in Strathmore’s groundbreaking I am Anne Hutchinson/I am Harvey Milk production in 2016.
Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Finghin Collins at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ at One Westmoreland Circle in Bethesda on April 20.The concert will feature works by Mozart, Brahms and Schubert. Finghin Collins (pronounced Fineen) was born in Dublin and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at the Geneva Conservatoire. He has collaborated with conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach and Leonard Slatkin.
Bel Cantanti Opera, in collaboration with Olney Ballet, will present W. Gluck's Orfee ed Euridice, led by Producer and Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova, at Silver Spring Black Box Theater, April 12-14.The role of Orfee will be sung by Francesca Aguado; Euridice by Chelsea Lehnea & Amour by Robin Steitz. The Opera will be fully staged, in costume, and accompanied by an orchestra. The performances will be in Italian with English supertitles.
Sun Trust Bank closed their branch at Willard Avenue& The Hills Plaza in Friendship Heights in late February and has reopened at their new location at the corner of Willard and Wisconsin Avenues.
The ATM at the new branch is within the lobby of the building - but visible through the building's windows. Customers can access the ATM after office hours using their ATM cards.
Image below: The new branch of Sun Trust Bank
The owner of the Chevy Chase Design Center on Wisconsin Avenue has decided to have an Estate Sale due to the death of the head of the family, Moussa (Moshe) Mashihi, who is pictured at right. The family business was founded in 1916. They plan to offer "huge savings of 50% & more on the entire inventory," including fine rugs, home furnishing, accessories, art & more. The offer is for a limited time, and, "as a token of customer appreciation, the owner has decided to not refuse any reasonable offer.” Visit https://chevychasedesigncenter.com/
Moussa (Moshe) Mashihi
Quotidian Theatre Company will present Michael Hollinger’s play titled Ghost-Writer, directed by Laura Giannarelli, in The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, April 5-28. The haunting love story is set in New York in 1919, when novelist Franklin Woolsey, played by Steve LaRocque, dies mid-sentence, but his typist, Myra, played by Carol Spring, continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press, and Woolsey’s jealous widow, played by Stephanie Mumford, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger.
Round House Theatre, which normally presents plays in Bethesda, MD, will present OSLO, written by J. T. Rogers, and directed by Ryan Rilette, in The Lansburgh Theatre in downtown D.C., April 24 -May 19. The plot is based on the true events surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords.
Bike to Work Day 2019 will take place on May 17. Registration for the event, which is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is now open. Thousands are expected to register and participate in this year’s event. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with refreshments, giveaways—and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as part of a free raffle. Also, the first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free T-shirt.
Images below: Views of Bike to Work Day at the Friendship Heights Pit Stop in 2018
The planned pedestrian countdown signals at a mid-block crossing on Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase – near the Barlow Building - continue to be a matter of concern in the neighboring community. As reported earlier, resident Barbara Tauben, who is an advocate for pedestrian safety, addressed her concerns about the new crossing signs to theAdministrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration in December.As of the end of February there were indications that concerned parties will – eventually - meet onsite to discuss the poorly-placed signals …… hopefully before the signals are activated. Meanwhile, the signals continue to be a safety hazard to pedestrians and others.