Western Grove Park, which is next to (over the wall from) the Giant Food parking lot on Western Avenue in Friendship Heights, opened as planned in late October. The park is nearly two acres in size and is a pioneering project for the Montgomery County Parks Department in partnership with neighboring Chevy Chase Village. The park “celebrates green space in an urban setting & is the first urban park of its kind in the County. The park’s unique design concept “interweaves the latest in 21st century sustainable materials and amenities like WiFi with protection of the land.”
Images below: Several views of the new park.
The main entrance to Western Grove Park
Two main paths into the park
A seat next to part of the in-ground human sundial
Part of the Water Feature
Entrance to the Playground
Part of the Playground
A Pathway thru the Park
St. Albans School Christmas House Tour & Boutiques
St. Albans School at Washington National Cathedral will present their annual Christmas House Tour & Boutiqueson December 1 & 2. St. Albans is a private, all-boys day and boarding school. The House Tour has been an annual tradition since 1983 & is the primary fundraiser of the Parents’ Association and a great community undertaking. The funds raised help the Parents’ Association support the school through faculty grants and bonuses, contributions to the STRIVE Campaign, and other important programs.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will offer Candlelight Tours of the Mansionon December 5, 6, 12 & 14.Visitors can see the grounds lit for the holidays and can enjoy a guided tour of the elegant historic mansion. The experience is for adults and history buffs ages 16+ and is “great for history lovers and Christmas enthusiasts alike!”
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown are temporarily closed to the public until March 15, 2018. During that time, the estate will make large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network as well as enhancement of storm-water management throughout the property.