The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra(BSO) restarted its Music Box Concert Series, which is designed for children ages six months to three years, at AMP by Strathmore in February 2019. AMP by Strathmore is at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, MD. The performances are presented in partnership with Strathmore education and in collaboration with Levine Music.
Strathmore will present their annual free outdoor concert series titled Live from the Lawn on select days,July 10-August 28.Guests are invited to “pack a picnic and settle onto a blanket” to enjoy the funk and the soul, the rhythm, and the harmony.
Strathmore will present their annual Backyard Theater for KIDSon Thursday mornings in July.The eclectic program offers “a perfect summer escape for busy families. Pack a picnic and enjoy live performances by highly esteemed and innovative family-friendly entertainers. From folk and jazz to the amazing sounds of the steelpan, Backyard Theater makes it easy to engage kids at every stage."
Strathmore has partnered with Montgomery County Recreation to present a series of free, fun, family-friendly events to suit all tastes as part of its ongoing Bloom initiative. Live concerts will occur on the second Saturday of each month from April to August 2019at the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center (14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD). The concerts will feature a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, and even steel pan fusion. People interested in a more hands-on musical experience can sign up for classes. The Bloom initiative was founded by Strathmore in 2015 & supports Strathmore’s mission to amplify the arts and make them accessible to everyone who wishes to take part in them. Visit www.strathmore.org/bloom
Glen Echo Park
The Puppet Co. is presenting Cinderella, thru June 23.The show evokes “the elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince.” The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival, and performed by invitation at the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta. The show is recommended for ages 5 years old – Adult.
The Puppet Co., led by Christopher Piper, Artistic Director, will present Circus! June 28-August 4. The "Greatest Show on Strings" will feature a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for "Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus." The show is recommended for "Children of All Ages." Visit www.thepuppetco.org/
Adventure Theatre MTC is presenting Winnie the Pooh, based on the book by A.A. Milne, adapted for the stage by le Clanché du Rand and directed by Shirley Serotosky, in Glen Echo Park, thru May 26.Winnie normally “spends every day of his life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat a little something, but now he & Piglet must face unusual challenges. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.”
Adventure Theatre will present The Cat in the Hat, based on the book by Dr. Seuss and directed by Adam Immerwhar, June 21-August 18. It's the classic tale of young Sally, her brother, & the mischievous cat in the hat. "With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, the cat is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home...?"
Imagination Stage in Bethesda is presenting Escape from Peligro Island, written by Finegan Kruckemeyer & directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer in the Lerner Theatre thru 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."
Imagination Stage will present The Ballad of Mu Lan, written and directed by Alvin Chan, with music by Matt Mazzella, June 26-August 11. The production is inspired by Peking Opera and is presented in partnership with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. The setting is China in a time of war, when a young heroine proves that girls can do anything....including save a nation. Students from the O-mei Wushu Center- under the direction of Martial Arts Master Sifu Xiaolin Lu – "round out the cast in this girl-powered adventure!" The show is considered "Best for Ages 4+."
Bethesda Urban Partnership will present Imagination Bethesda - A Children's Street Festival Celebrating the Arts- on June 1 on Woodmont Avenue & Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. Activity tents will line the streets, face painters will "bring butterflies and pirates to life" and a stage of live entertainment "will have the whole street dancing and more!"
The annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will take place in the Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues on May 12 & 13.The festival will feature fine art created by 130 of the nation's best artists, live entertainment and food from Bethesda restaurants.
The annual Washington Folk Festival will take place at Glen Echo Park on June 1 & 2. The festival is presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington & Glen Echo Park Partnership. The event celebrates the many folk music, dance and craft traditions of the greater Washington area. The Festival features over 400 of the best traditional musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople representing our diverse and multi-faceted region. Seven stages simultaneously present music and dance for a total of nearly 60 hours of live performance. The festival also includes a storytelling stage, dance workshops in the Spanish Ballroom, a craft marketplace in the Bumper Car Pavilion, and many spontaneous picking sessions in the Park’s picnic grove.
Image below: The Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park.
Heritage Days Montgomery will take place June 29 & 30. The festival will feature historic, cultural, and outdoor recreation sites offering special programs including exhibits & demonstrations, live music, activities for children, and much more! Heritage Days "is the perfect chance to enjoy many small sites that are not regularly open to the public."
Image below: A view of a previous Heritage Days Montgomery
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