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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Summer Fun at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo ParkGlen Echo Park will begin its annual summer concert series on Thursdays, beginning June 20 through August 29. Admission is free.

The concerts will run from 7:30 – 8:30pm/Thursday evenings in the Bumper Car Pavilion, no matter the weather (the pavilion is fully covered).  Some attractions will be open including the historic carousel, which will offer rides at $1.25 each.  Also open, the Ballroom Cafe.  The line up includes:

– June 20: MD Classic Youth Orchestra
– June 27: QuinTango
– July 11: Hot Society Orchestra of Washington
– July 18: David Schulman & Quiet Life Motel
– July 25: SongRise
– August 1: Bitter Liberals
– August 8: Rockville Swing Band
– August 15: Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner
– August 22: Washington Revels Gallery Voices
– August 29: Veronneau

On Sunday, July 21, the Park will host Family Jazz Day in conjunction with Blues Alley (a famous jazz club in DC).  It will feature the US Army Blues Band, the Blues Alley Youth Ensemble, the Capital Focus Jazz Band and other local bands.

Glen Echo Park offers a variety of events and classes. Click here for a link to their calendar.


Little Falls Parkway Farm Market

My friend, Dave, just embarked on a new venture… Little Falls Parkway Farm Market in Bethesda, MD.  They got started about three weeks ago. I just stopped by for the first time today, and the pickings are good.  Heirloom tomatoes, fuzzy peaches, corn on the cob, and lots more.  They do a better job of describing it, so… ta da:

*Little Falls Parkway Farm Market*

(Located in the parking lot at the intersection of Little Falls and Arlington Blvd)

Expected Produce for August 17th and 18th

With the summer harvest season at its peak in Maryland, we have traveled to Carroll County to find some of the biggest, best tasting yellow Peaches we’ve had this year. Along with Yellow and White Peaches, Baugher’s Orchards of Westminster will be providing some very sweet and juicy Nectarines and Plums, as well as the first Apples of the season: Gala and Honey Crisp!

Most of the summer staple crops this week will be coming from Deep Run Farms in Hampstead, Maryland, just 15 miles east of Westminster. Your farmer Greg and his crew will be up early Friday morning picking Bi-Color Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Squash, Zucchini, Red Bell Peppers and Cucumbers for the market. Enjoy the Maryland Peaches and Sweet Corn while you can, the season for these summer treasures is always shorter than we want it to be.

With such a wide variety of crops, it is hard not to find some wonderful organic options to include this week from our good friends at the Tuscarora Organic Grower’s Cooperative up in central Pennsylvania. While their crop of great-tasting Heirlooms are in limited supply this week, we will have plenty of their candy-like SunGold and Red Cherry

Tomatoes on hand, as well as the long-dark Oriental Express Eggplant, a Purple Stripe Garlic, White Garlic, Red and Sweet Onions, New Red Potatoes and New Gold Potatoes.

Farm-Fresh Eggs Anyone? All Natural Chicken Eggs from Hare Valley Growers in Pennsylvania are here this week. See the difference, taste the difference.

Friday 2pm – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 7pm

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Dave Ebner & Steve Thomas


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.  I’ll include an interactive map at the bottom of this post to help you pinpoint the entrance… Rock Creek Park is rather large, after all.












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