Entertainment (39)

Heritage Days draws thousands into county's historical background

HeritageDays2016 CoverHeritage Montgomery hosted the Heritage Days Celebration June 25 and 26, an annual festival which highlights the history of Montgomery County. COURTESY PHOTO

Last weekend, more than 10,000 people attended one or more of the events of Heritage Days, an annual countywide festival designed to tangibly introduce visitors to various aspects of Montgomery County history.

“We were thrilled that the good weather held all weekend,” said Sarah L. Rogers, executive director of Heritage Montgomery, the nonprofit historical society which sponsors Heritage days.


Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists

Old SS PD StationArtspace has plans for the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO 

The former 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring may soon become both an affordable place to live and work for artists.

ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit company that creates affordable living and working space throughout the country, has submitted plans to convert the former police station into 30 artist studios amid an affordable housing development that will include up to 68 multifamily homes and 11 townhouses.


She was the next contestant on "The Price Is Right"

Price Is RightEva McQueen-Gates with host Drew Carey on "The Price Is Right." COURTESY PHOTO   

While waiting in line for "The Price Is Right" tickets March 29, Eva McQueen-Gates offered her pricing strategy to her three sisters and their friends if someone selected her for the show.

It was an idea the 63-year-old Brandywine resident thought about when she began watching the show while she was in high school.

“No matter what nobody did, I was going to bet $1,” McQueen-Gates said. “Even if they bid $2, I would still bet $1. It was a big joke.”


Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

20151211 Sentinel Awards 5The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club was the site of last year's Sentinel Awards ceremony.   FILE PHOTO  

Disagreements between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s owner and investor have led to the possibility of foreclosure on the property. Auction Markets, LLC has already set the foreclosure auction for June 29 at 11 a.m.

According to club owner Rick Brown, the conflict of interests began last spring, when the club’s investor, Kenneth Welch, filed two lawsuits regarding two other properties in North Carolina and Virginia.

Welch refused comment through his attorney David Musgrave.

Brown said this foreclosure suit is a “vengeful act” from Welch’s part from not winning the other lawsuits.

“He’s taken this action, we think, because of revenge after the other two properties have been substantially repudiated as his attempt to sue us. So it’s a shame because (with) a simple phone call, we would have been able to resolve, at least in conversation, how he would like to do something with this property to secure his interests,” Brown said.


Gaithersburg welcomes new citizens in ceremony


GAITHERSBURG – Forty-six people from 29 countries took the Oath of Citizenship on Sunday during the 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg festival, an event attended by several thousand people.

The festival began at noon with a naturalization ceremony for several local residents who had completed the requirements to attain United States citizenship.

“It’s a great achievement, now I’m aligned with all three of them,” said Daniela Goina, a Romanian immigrant who lives in Potomac, referring to her husband and two children. “It’s easier to travel and find good jobs.”


Museum offers glimpse of transit’s wartime history

National Capital Trolley MuseumNational Capital Trolley Museum. COURTESY PHOTOCOLESVILLE – During Memorial Day weekend, the National Capital Trolley Museum offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the vital role public transit played in the Washington, D.C. region during World War II.

The exhibit, entitled “Homefront Street Cars,” featured displays and historical documents illustrating the role of street cars in Washington during the early 20th century.


New café’s bark as strong as its bite in Gaithersburg

Barking Mad CafeInterior of new restaurant Barking Mad Café in Gaithersburg. COURTESY PHOTOGAITHERSBURG – Foodies in Montgomery County have a new place to call home.

The owners of the Barking Mad Café, which opened for business earlier this year in Watkins Mill, aim to provide guests with an upscale casual dining experience.


Music teacher inspires local students

Terry EberhardtTerry Eberhardt, Summer Camp Director of Young Artists of America. COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA – Terry Eberhardt originally did not want anything to do with musical theatre but today, he’s a beloved instructor in the subject for many of Montgomery County’s youth.

Eberhardt credited hearing an opera singer perform after high school with influencing his career choice.

“I always knew I wanted to work in music, but when I heard that singer, I thought ‘I want to sound like that,’” Eberhardt said.

Eberhardt attended the Peabody Conservatory, one of the country’s most prestigious music schools, and later earned a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland.

“When I got out of school, I was a bit of a music snob, and turned up my nose at musical theatre,” Eberhardt said. “But slowly, I fell madly in love with it.”


Hometown Holidays turn from large national acts to stress local musicians

Rockville Hometown Holidays 3Instead of large national acts, Rockville now relies more on local musicians to perform at Hometown Holidays. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

ROCKVILLE – The Hometown Holidays festival is more condensed now than in the past.

The city no longer hosts the large concerts like a decade ago because the development that sprang up in recent years absorbed the space needed for an event of that scale, according to city officials.

Tim Chesnutt, director of Rockville Parks and Recreation Department, said the city will not be able to host another performance with matching what the festival in 2005 drew when Hootie and the Blowfish headlined.

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