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Before Match.com, nightclubs and happy hours, singles congregated at community dance halls for a shot at catching Cupid’s arrow. Dance halls were particularly popular in western states — Texas had the most — in the early 20th century, but one of the most spectacular specimens remains right here at Glen Echo Park.
Phil Brown’s woodturnings reside in permanent collections in museums throughout the county, including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Yet this acclaimed Bethesda artist continues to turn out masterpieces as Christmas and birthday gifts.
Bright, shiny objects plus dark night skies is the perfect formula for holiday magic. This month, three Montgomery County venues are bringing out the bulbs to brighten our holidays and light the way to a new year: Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights, Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights in Wheaton and the Festival of Lights at the Visitors’ Center of the W View more
If Frankie Lymon wasn’t a household name in the 1950s, his New York City-based rock and roll group, The Teenagers, was. Their 1956 single “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” rocketed the group’s members to teen heartthrob status. Lymon, the group’s lead singer, is regarded as the first black teenage singing idol.
What started as a mock holiday in 1995 has become kind of, almost, sort of a real thing. International Talk Like a Pirate Day, while not a Hallmark holiday (yet), is widely recognized by kids, as well as history and maritime geeks as a day to talk like a pirate for no good reason.
Montgomery County cooks are eating up Heritage Montgomery’s new “African American Heritage Cookbook,” so much so that a second edition is already in the planning stages.
The relationship between nature and dance is recognized in our language—rain “dances” on a roof; trees and leaves “twist and turn” in the wind. The legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham once said, “The spine is your body’s tree of life. And through it, a dancer communicates.” Dance Exchange honors the symbiotic relationship of nature and View more
On Monday, Aug. 21, participants can party like its 1979 as the GCM marks the solar eclipse at Observatory Park. Not since 1979 has a total eclipse been visible from the mainland United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts a shadow onto Earth. On Aug. 21, the moon will cross the entire country in about 90 minutes. It will begin on the View more
Circuses have been part of the cultural vernacular—and childhood—for hundreds of years. This unique form of entertainment is an ancient form of theater that dates to fifth century B.C. Greece and became popular in England in the 1700s. Circuses are awe-inspiring, charming with a dash of strange. They give us ringmasters, acrobats, tightropes, dared View more
Nothing welcomes warmer weather like the annual “Wings of Fancy” Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. Since 1997, it has grown into one of Montgomery County’s most popular venues for field trips, first dates and Sunday strolls. “Wings of Fancy” runs through Sept. 17, leaving plenty of time to visit.
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