Used Book Sale Drop off at BCC HS- 1/7/17

Happy 2017! BCC’s Used Book Sale drop off is at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Saturday, January 7th, from 10 am – 2 pm. The staging area is now ready to take on more of your used books, so we
hope you come over and drop off your donations in sturdy bags and boxes.
Please note that the *drop off location ONLY for Jan 7th will be at the end
of BCC’s Chelton Road driveway (Auditorium side; near the ramp- see map). *

Come join us for a Kit House Talk

Preston kit house
Preston kit house
Sears “Preston” circa 1923

Historic Kit Houses of Cleveland Park, Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30 pm

Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St., NW

Join our very own local kit house expert Catarina Bannier for an illustrated talk on early-20th-century kit houses by Sears, Aladdin, Lewis, and other companies. Learn about kit houses in Cleveland Park and how to tell whether your house was built from a kit.

Gather for refreshments at 7:30; the talk will start at 7:45.

Space is limited to 50 people and registration is required. Tickets are free for current Cleveland Park Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. (You may join CPHS on the ticket form here. If you have joined or renewed since October 2014, your membership is current!)

Don’t miss it!

A Toast to Real Estate

It might not seem like real estate and wine making have much in common, but in my small little world, they do! Donna Evers, our broker, not only owns and operates Evers & Company Real Estate, but she also is a successful Virginia wine maker. As owner of Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, VA, Donna has been making wines since 2002.

Just this week I talked my 15-year-old son into accompanying me to help bottle the wine.  To sum it up, Donna hired a bottling truck (for lack of a better word). Within the truck, bottles are funneled along a conveyer belt, washed, dried, filled, corked, capped and labeled.  Then, a la Lucy style (imagine Lucille Ball working at the chocolate factory) the bottles get quickly placed into cases, sealed up, and carried into the old stone farm house for storage. T’is a beautiful thing!

Here are a few photos of our day at the Winery.  My job was to load the bottles onto the truck and get them ready for placement on the conveyer belt.  Malcolm got to carry the bottles from the driveway to the truck (the much harder job). And we both got a chance to load the bottles from the conveyer belt into cases.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip, I highly recommend a trip to Twin Oaks Tavern.  Their tasting room is open most days from 12-6 (open Thursday – Monday), and there’s live music on the weekends.  It’s an easy 1-hour drive from Bethesda, and even closer if you’re traveling from DC. Enjoy!


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Elly May Clampett & Swimming Holes

When I was a kid “The Beverly Hillbillies” was a really big deal.  It was on the air for seven years and led the ratings for two of them. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was on the afternoon rotation (hardly prime time). It was a pretty goofy show, with plenty of canned laughter.

One of the characters, Elly May Clampett, the curvaceous daughter of Jed Clampett, was as famous for her pitching arm as she was for her love of water. She was a big fan of the swimming hole, the ce-ment pond, and the rather dishy pool in the back of their grand Beverly Hills mansion. Let’s just say that she was a water enthusiast.

And so, without further ado, here’s your link to swimming holes across the United States. It’s a great site full of interesting information about, well, swimming holes, hot springs and spots close to major highways (for a road trip dip!).  Natural lakes or quarries are to be found all around the US.  I’ve been to Beaver Dam near Baltimore.  It’s the first time I’ve ever seen people on a spinning log (they weren’t too good, either).  It had a great rope swing that scared the hell out of me when my own kids were on it. I’ve heard that it has closed down, or severely curtailed it’s offerings. Let’s hope the same can’t be said of your local spot.

Summer is upon us.  Make Elly May proud and take a dip!

Waiting for a house? Take a Walk in the Woods

While you might still be waiting for the legendary spring market to present you with an abundance of new choices for a home to purchase, you can at least enjoy the amazing weather we’ve had.

Spring is exploding all around us.  We’re about a month ahead of schedule in comparison to recent years.  The cherry blossoms have come and gone.  Azaleas are just getting started, as are the dogwoods.  Daffodils are looking spent, and tulips are starting to wane.

I took my trusty hound, Willie, out for a spin today in Rock Creek Park.  He likes to drink from the creek, which is convenient, but slightly alarming.  Nothing bad has come from it, to date.  We run into a lot of other dogs on our walks.  My favorite is an overweight boxer… he’s a huge, happy fellow.  I’ll try to get a picture of him next time.

If you’re looking for a good place to run your mutt, this is it.   Rock Creek Park is rather large, after all.