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Free Concerts Every Thursday This Summer

In need of a relaxing outing for your family this summer?  Enjoy the FREE concert series, produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership, happening each Thursday evening from 6 PM – 8 PM featuring a wide variety of music from swing to reggae.  The concerts are held at Veteran’s Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. As the weather heats up this summer take advantage of a perfect excuse to get out and play!

On July 11th, Bethesda Urban Partnership will be featuring a favorite of Bethesda365, The 19th Street Band!  Check out our earlier post featuring The 19th Street Band here.  We won’t be missing the chance to get out and see a great show.

Here is a link to the summer line-up:

The concerts will begin Thursday, June 6th and continue through July 25th so rally your friends and family and head out to Veteran’s Park.

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Day 337: Bethesda's Winter Wonderland – Dec 2-3, 2011

Student Concert 2010 Photo from Bethesda Urban Partnership

Black Friday is already a distant memory and winter is just around the corner!  It’s time again to get into the holiday spirit and if you’re looking for a great way to do just that, check out the Winter Wonderland Festival in downtown Bethesda today, Dec. 3rd, 2011.

Most of the activities will take place at Veteran’s Park located at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues and at Imagination Stage located at 4908 Auburn Avenue.  All the events are FREE, including the concert performances held today.

The a capella and gospel performers will begin today at 1 PM and include the Capital Blend, American University Gospel Choir, The Capital Hearings and Vox Pop DC.

Icy guys from from BUP

Santa's grand entrance in 2010 - photo from BUP

From 1-2 PM there will be a live ice sculpture event at Veteran’s Park.  Using tools like picks and even chainsaws, the sculptor will craft his works of icy art right before your eyes!

Following the ice sculpting event, the afternoon will wrap up with a student choral concert from several local schools and a visit from Santa Claus!  Last year santa showed up in a cute red convertible.  I wonder how he will make his grand entrance this year!

So come on out and get into the holiday spirit.  Meet Santa, sing songs, and have a happy holiday!     ~Amy

Day 158: Summer Concert Series – Swingtopia


Veterans Park - Bethesda

The Summer Concert Series hosted by Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) on the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Aves. (Veterans Park) from 6 PM – 8 PM every Thursday evening continues through July 21st.  The full concert series 2011 calendar is available at the BUP website.

This week, enjoy the octet Swingtopia featuring music from Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and many others during the 1930s through the 1950s.   Many of the Swingtopia musicians are also past or present members of the premier service bands in DC, including the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues, and the Navy Commodores, according to their website.  Come on out this warm Thursday evening and enjoy their cool sounds.     ~Amy


Day 146: Bethesda Fresh Farm Market

The event logo from BUP

Located on Norfolk Avenue at Veteran’s Park between Fairmont and St. Elmo Avenues, the Bethesda Freshfarm Market is open every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM through October 29, 2011 – rain or shine!  The first Freshfarm Market was begun in 1997 at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. as a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture in our local area. Their slogan is Promoting Food with a face, a place and a taste in the Chesapeake Bay region

According to the Freshfarm Market website, “all markets open and close with the ringing of a market bell and feature Chef at Market demos by renowned chefs, cookbook authors and passionate home cooks, who celebrate cooking with the seasonal foods in our region.”  Demonstrations tastings and book signings are common.

Chef from Freshfarm website

There are currently 11 markets in the region.  This year marks the second season for the Bethesda Freshfarm Market.  The market offers wonderful opportunities to get the freshest and best veggies, fruits, herbs, baked goods, meats, eggs, flowers and plants all grown or produced by the farmers within a 150 mile radius of the area.  Enjoy the opportunity to sample the seasonal varieties available within our region at their best.  When you want to check out specifically what’s available at the market at different times of year, visit the Freshfarm website or download the attached brochure.

There is another wonderful feature on the Freshfarm Market website that you may want to check out – a recipe finder.  You check off the ingredients you like and then click “search” and the site will respond with recipes using those ingredients.  But not only do you get the recipe, you also get information about the name and background of the chef who created it!  Very cool!  Try it on-line right here.

Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) is the sponsor of the Freshfarm Market in our town.  If BUP is involved, you can rest assured that no detail is missed.  They have put together a terrific group of vendors for our local market including:

Atwaters Bakery

Black Rock Orchard

Four Seasons Nursery

Garden Path Farm

Gunpowder Bison

Knouse Fruitlands

Mock’s Greenhouse

Praline Bakery

Spiral Path Farm

Sunset Valley Farm

Zahradka Farm and others.

The best part about the market is the cost – it’s FREE.  Well, at least until you find that special somethin’ that you can’t resist taking home with you!      ~Amy

Day 130: Play that Funky Music Thursdays

Photo courtesy of BUP website

The arts are an integral part of the Bethesda city scene and as we are now beginning to enjoy warmer weather, we also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor music at our FREE Summer Concert Series courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership.  Every Thursday evening a new band and music genre is featured.  This Thursday, May 12th, enjoy the big band sounds of the 18-piece Swing Shift Big Band.  Their rich, full sound is sure to please and to get you up and dancing!

The Summer Concert Series is hosted at Veteran’s Park on the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Aves. from 6 PM – 8 PM every Thursday evening through July 21st.  Check out our recent blog about Veteran’s Park on Day 109.  The concert series is held there each week and organized by BUP (Bethesda Urban Partnership).  The full 2011 concert series calendar is available at their website

In the coming weeks, Bethesda can look forward to hearing the sounds of rock, blues, West African funk, reggae, dance variety, soul and jazz.  The price is right for this wonderful local event.  It’s a great way to enjoy a nice warm spring or summer evening in our town.  You can grab an awesome burger right there next to Veteran’s Park at The Burger Joint or a coffee at Starbuck’s right at the corner and relax while enjoying the free concert.  I hope to see you there!     ~Amy

Day 109: Veteran's Park

Veterans Park

Veteran’s Park is located in the center of the area they call the “Woodmont Triangle” at the apex of Norfolk Avenue and Woodmont Avenue.  It’s coincidentally a triangular-shaped park.  I like this little park for a couple of reasons.  First, parks in downtown settings are always a nice respite.  This particular one has a nice fountain in the middle when the weather permits. The kids like the fountain because it splashes over the brick side and they can get a little wet.  Second, at the base of the fountain is a flag pole with the American flag waving high above the park.  A granite memorial is “dedicated to the men and women of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area who gave their lives in the defense of our country.”  Each of the wars that have been fought since WWI are listed.  Hence the name Veteran’s Park.

Veterans Park

There’s not a lot of green foliage in this park but the herringbone brick patterned walk and low flagstone walls are nice.  There are beautiful flowering cherry trees here this time of year and planters full of blooming tulips.  I also like the chair and tables nearby especially so close to The Burger Joint (see our blog post on BGR).  This is a great place to chow down a burger and enjoy some sunshine.  Bethesda Urban Partnership has an information stand at the corner as well as a recycling bin for cans and bottles.  There’s also a Bethesda Cares meter here if you’re inclined to help the homeless.  The bus stop for the Bethesda Circulator is also here as well.

Starting May 5 the park is the location for Bethesda’s Summer Concert Series brought to you by Bethesda Urban Partnership.   On Thursday evenings through July the area is treated to free concerts performed by local artists from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Last December the Bethesda Winter Wonderland activities here included an amazing ice-sculptor, a concert and a visit from Santa Claus.

This spring stop by the park, pull up a chair, and enjoy some sunshine.  A Bethesda Korean War veteran, Jim Trawick, helped rededicate the park in 2003 through a generous donation.  He passed away in 2008.  I ask you to reflect on the lives of the area residents that were sacrificed in the defense of our country, in order that we can now enjoy all the wonderful amenities our hometown of Bethesda has to offer.   ~ Brian