Georgetown Day School’s (GDS) construction project near Wisconsin Avenue and 42nd Street - on the northern edge of Tenleytown - is advancing quickly.The new building will unify the school’s two campuses, which are now four miles apart. The new building - on the former Safeway site – will house the Lower/Middle School (Pre-K to 8th grade), which is now on MacArthur Boulevard and will be near their existing High School campus on Davenport Street, NW. GDS also owns the former Marten’s Volvo dealership site on Wisconsin Avenue and is considering how to redevelop the property. There has been some discussion of constructing apartment buildings on the site.
Marriott International anticipates completing construction of their new headquarters at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda in the second quarter of 2021 and opening the adjacent 244-room hotel in the first quarter of 2022.
Excavation and hauling operations along Wisconsin Avenue are underway and should be completed in July.
At all times, two-way traffic will be maintained "as reasonably as possible. Meanwhile, sidewalk closures remain in place along sections of Woodmont, Norfolk and Wisconsin Avenues."
The developers and general contractor hold bimonthly construction updates for the public in downtown Bethesda at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The next update will take place on August 6.
Image below:A rendering of the future Marriott International headquarters and hotel.
There is nothing new to report on plans for re-tenanting vacant spaces in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Signage on the windows of the former H&M store indicate that a retail tenant is being sought for that space. Elsewhere, the World Market (WM) store on the lower level of the Pavilion has, reportedly, signed a new 10-year lease on their space.
Target is moving forward with plans to open a 46,000 sq. ft. branch in Tenleytown in 2020.As reported before, the store will be in the space formerly occupied by a branch of Sears – next to the Tenleytown Metro.The Container Store and Ace Hardware continue operations elsewhere in the building.
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is presenting Summer Exhibitions thru August 11. Meanwhile, the ongoing exhibitions of Forward Press and Squire Broel continue on view as well through August 11. Visit https://american.edu/
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt thru January 12, 2020. When he photographed heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the founder of Hillwood, for a 1965 issue of LIFE Magazine, Eisenstaedt "cemented her place among the most notable people of the twentieth century."
Images below by Alfred Eisenstaedt: At left, Einstein & Oppenheimer & at right "A Waiter on Skates."
The Mansion atStrathmore is presenting the 32nd Biennial Exhibition of the Creative Crafts Council in the Mansion thru July 31. Visit www.strathmore.org/
The 49th annual Labor Day Art Show & Sale will be held in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park August 31-September 2.The exhibition will feature the work of more than 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. The show will include works in a wide range of artistic media, including: sculpture, painting and drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, furniture and works on paper.
Image below: A view of a previous art show and sale.
WaWa, a chain of convenience stores, opened a branch in Tenleytown - next door to Whole Foods Market & behind Panera Bakery - in June. As is common among convenience stores, there is no place to sit and dine inside. Wawa offers food, beverages, desserts & much more. The company has more than 800 stores nationwide.
Image below: The exterior of the new WaWa store. To read more about WaWa, visit www.wawa.com/
Capital Crab and Seafood opened at 5534 Connecticut Ave. on the DC side of Chevy Chase in June. The company is well known in the D.C. area for their food trucks.The company also owns the nearby Avenue restaurant.
Prima, a fast-casual restaurant featuring Italian cuisine, has opened at 7280 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda Row.The restaurant is in space formerly occupied by Taylor Gourmet.
Peet’s Coffee at Wisconsin Place - near the corner of Wisconsin & Western Avenues - has added outdoor seating at umbrella tables since the opening in May. The company offers a selection of baked goods and sandwiches as well as freshly-made coffee and tea. Image below: The exterior of Peet's Coffee.
Junction Bakery & Bistro, the fast-casual restaurant based in Alexandria, Virginia, will, as reported previously, open in The Collection at Chevy Chase late this year in the former Ralph Lauren building.
BeeHive Craft Bar and Restaurant will open in the former Ralph Lauren spacein early 2020. Image below: The former Ralph Lauren building.
The Little Beet Table (LBT) will open in The Collection this summer.“The LBT is a convivial all-day restaurant that serves nourishing and gluten-free food." To read more about LBT, visit http://collectionchevychase.com/
The Collection at Chevy Chase has a summer lunch series on select days called Nosh and Notes. The local community and office tenants are encouraged to grab lunch & gather on The Green -as the tiered plaza across from Clyde's is called. The events typically include a food truck and music. The series will continue on:
July 26 – Featuring The Jazz Experience Aug 23 – Featuring Gary and the Groove
The Collection had a Summer family event on June 22. It was a day filled with family-friendly activities, food and diversions. The photos below show some of the many attractions offered.
There is nothing new to report on plans for the former Paneraspace on the corner of Willard Avenue & The Hills Plaza in Friendship Heights.
Chatter, the restaurant at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue & Jenifer Street in Friendship Heights, closed at the end of June. The owners, led by newsman Tony Kornheiser, bought and renamed the former Chad's restaurant in 2017. Kornheiser made his sportspodcasts from the restaurant. He will continue his podcasts from another location. The future use of the Chatter site is unknown.
Cafe Deluxe, the venerable restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue in Cathedral Heights, closed at the end of June. The lease on the restaurant, which was owned by Chef Geoff's Deluxe Hospitality (CGD), was up for renewal, and the property was, reportedly, in need of extensive renovation. Other branches of Cafe Deluxe and CGD continue operations as usual.
Summer flowers at the many sidewalk restaurants in Chevy Chase add considerable color to the community. Sushiko and the Capital Grille have two of the best displays this year.
The Capital Grille
Adventure Theatre MTC is presenting The Cat in the Hat, based on the book by Dr. Seuss and directed by Adam Immerwhar, thru August 18. It's the classic tale of young Sally, her brother, & the mischievous cat in the hat.
Adventure Theatre MTC will present the musical MTC Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play, based on the books by Mo Willems & directed by Cara Gabrfiel, September 20-October 20."Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie’s even happier and more excited than usual. They’re going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible."
The Puppet Co., led by Christopher Piper, Artistic Director, is presenting Circus! at Glen Echo Park, thru August 4. The "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe." The show is recommended for "Children of All Ages."
The Puppet Co., led by Christopher Piper, will present The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, August 8-September 1 at Glen Echo Park.The show is “a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.” The show is recommended for ages: 3 1/2 - 9 years old
Imagination Stage is presenting The Ballad of Mu Lanthru August 11. The setting is China in a time of war, when a young heroine proves that girls can do anything....including save a nation. The show is considered "Best for Ages 4+."
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present A Special Presentation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, September 28-October 27.The show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, is based on Eric Carle’s Books and is directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. The production will use more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music as it makes favorite characters from Carle’s beautiful illustrations come to life through theatre magic. There’s a lumbering brown bear, a curious caterpillar, a fleet of rubber ducks, and countless other critters. The show is best for Ages 3+.
The Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM) is presenting Casual Concerts at Glen Echo Park at 7:30 p.m. on first Fridays, now thru September.The concerts are held at The South ArcadeBuilding, which is pictured below.Concerts are planned on:
August 2 Jazz trio: Marty Nau, sax/Robert Redd, piano/Steve, Novosel, bass Sept 6 Mike Kligerman, ukulele
The concerts are FREE (donations are welcome at the door)
Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park
The Folger Consort, led by Christopher Kendall, will perform Music for Machiavelli: Florence Circa 1500 at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill, September 27-29.Niccolò Machiavell, who is best known as the author of The Prince, lived in Florence 500 years ago and was a true Renaissance man – a philosopher, playwright, diplomat, and a composer. Along with the carnival songs that he wrote for the Medici family and music for his two comedic stage plays, the consort will perform works by Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, and native composers of Northern Italy.
Washington Bach Consort, led by Artistic Director Dana Marsh - pictured below - will perform A Royal Occasion - music composed for Kings and Queens in 1727 - at National Presbyterian Church, near Tenleytown, on September 22. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s now rarely-performed Trauerode (BWV 198) and George Frideric Handel’s set of enthralling anthems for the coronation of King George II, introduced by his Zadok the Priest. The soloists will be Margot Rood, soprano, Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto, Aaron Sheehan, tenor and Jonathan Woody, bass.
Quotidian Theatre Company is presenting Hubert Henry Davies's The Mollusc, directed by Jack Sbarbori, at The Writer's Center in Bethesda thru August 4.It's the story of a woman whose aim is "to do nothing."The Edwardian comedy of ill manners debuted on the London stage in 1907.
Unexpected Stage Company is presenting Samuel D. Hunter's The Few at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Fireside Room at 6301 River Road in Bethesda, thru August 4.The drama, directed by company cofounder Chris Goodrich, is about the search for connection by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant recipient Hunter. The play is set in small-town Idaho in 1999. Unexpected Stage Company is a professional regional theater "dedicated to honoring the intricacies and intimacies of the complete human experience and, to that end, seeks to unite people, place and storytelling in order to explore interconnection."
Image below:Andrew Flurer, Dawn Thomas Reidy and Baakari Wilder.Photo by David Lewis
Work began in mid-July to repair The brick sidewalk above the Friendship Heights Metro Bus Station at Wisconsin & Western Avenues. PLEASE NOTE:The Village of Friendship Heights is in no way responsible for the sidewalk.
The new pedestrian walk/don't walk signal on Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights remains, as before, in the middle of the sidewalk on the west side of the avenue - near the Barlow Building. Concerned citizens have made repeated efforts to draw attention to the danger of having the signal pole in the middle of a space through which pedestrians, bikers, runners, baby carriages, scooters, medical gurneys, wheelchairs, skaters and others traverse.
The signal was previouly near the curb, where is was virtually out of the way.