Strathmore is presenting their annual free outdoor concert series titled Live from the Lawn on select days,thru 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 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.
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. 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."
The Puppet Co. 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
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, and 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...?"
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."
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+.
Imagination Stage is presenting The Ballad of Mu Lan, written and directed by Alvin Chan, with music by Matt Mazzella, thru 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+."
The annual Montgomery County Fair will take place August 9-17 at the Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.The many events will include rides, food, contests, free entertainment, a KidZone, demos, vendors and more.
The annual Maryland Renaissance Festival will take place on select days, August 24-October 20.The family event offers nine weekends of thrills, feasting, handmade crafts, entertainment and merriment in Crownsville, near Annapolis, Maryland. The 27-acre Village of Revel Grove will feature more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, a 3,000 seat arena with armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. His Most Royal Highness King Henry VIII will attend in the forests and glades with over 140 artisans exhibiting crafts in their own renaissance shops, five taverns featuring cool libations, and 42 food and beverage emporiums providing a vast array of succulent and sweet treats to sate even the most hearty of appetites.
Image below: A view of Jousting at the 2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival by: Donna Headlee.