Clara Barton's Glen Echo home is a reflection of her dedication of serving the needs of others. Guided tours blend the incredible stories of her courage during the Civil War to her achievements with the American Red Cross within the settings she worked and lived in between 1897 and 1912.
House is shown by guided tour only on the hour.
Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Wednesdays through Sundays.
Apr 5 - Nov 1
Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes
Montgomery Parks offers guided hikes every Saturday at 10am from the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park to historic Sandy Spring and back. The 2.0-mile hike along a wooded natural surface commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring. Hikers learn about various techniques that "freedom seekers" used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom.
Apr 6 - Nov 2
Mongtomery Parks offers guided tours of this late 19th century one-room schoolhouse still existing in Montgomery County. Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of the few that remains in a basically unaltered state. It is being furnished to reflect its historic appearance in the late 1920s based on oral histories taken from former students. Check website for directions and parking information.
Apr 11 - Oct 25
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Montgomery Parks offers guided tours of the Oakley Cabin on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 12-4pm. Oakley Cabin was one of three structures in this historic African American roadside community from emancipation to the 20th century. The dwelling was inhabited until 1976, and now provides hands-on living history experiences.
Apr 26 - Oct 25
Fenton Street Market
Every Saturday, Veteran's Plaza in the heart of downtown Silver Spring is transformed into a market featuring over 60 vendors. Fenton Street Market supports growth and development of locally-owned businesses and visitors a chance to shop for crafts, fine arts, vintage items, imported goods, and participate in community programs. Check website to see which vendors are participating each week.
Aug 13 - Sep 30
C&O Canal Trust offers you a chance to take a step back in time and encounter the Canal's past in C&O Canal Lockhouse. Book your summer stay for a night or two, enjoy the warm sunshine and long hours of daylight, and when it gets dark grill s'mores and enjoy the quiet of the forest.
Aug 16 - Sep 14
Glass: Visions and Voices
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture and Glen Echo Art Glass Center present the Glass: Visions and Voices exhibit showing artists' range of contemporary kiln-forming techniques and material to express their unique artistic voice. One-of-a-kind lampworked Venetian bead and fused jewelry is also on exhibit. The exhibit runs for four weekends with an Artists' Reception on August 24 from 4-6pm.
Aug 30 - Sep 1
Irish Music and Dance Showcase
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture and the Irish Inn at Glen Echo offer a Labor Day Weekend of Irish dance and music featuring a wide variety of the area's finest performers. All performances will be held in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Audiences will have a chance to join a Ceili dance on Monday at 4pm.
Aug 30 - Sep 1
44th Annual Labor Day Art Show
The 44th Annual Labor Day Art Show features more than 200 artists from the greater Washington, DC area and over 450 works of art. Many of the artists have a connection to Glen Echo Park either as instructors, students, or resident artists. Art works include photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles, and more. Art works are for sale.
Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
Gaithersburg's Labor Day Parade returns to Olde Towne for its 76th year.The parade starts at 1:00 pm and features ethnic dances, antique cars and fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, and an assortment of community groups, equestrian units and more. Check website for parade route and free parking information.
Motgomery Parks celebrates the delightful native fruit at Meadowside Nature Center with music, storytelling, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation and most importantly...a pawpaw testing station. ($)
Back in Grandma's Day at Oakley Cabin
Celebrate Grandparents' Day early at Oakley Cabin from 1- 3 pm. Montgomery Parks offers stories of old from members of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, old-fashion games and crafts, an archaeology dig, make-your-own marble-making lessons and guided tours of the Cabin. Check website for parking information.
Bluegrass on the Farm
Attend the 9th Annual Bluegrass on the Farm event at the Agricultural History Farm Park from 12 noon to 6 pm. Headliner band is Grammy nominated Boxcars and also appearing are Clearspring and John Odell and Windy Ridge. Presented by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park Inc. on the 55-acre complex with a historic farm site and a modern farming activity center.
Fall Fun with the Garden Club
Sandy Spring Museum will host a Flower Arranging and Harvest Potluck from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn how to capture the balance, beauty and surprise of your favorite flowers through a presentation and practice session where you will be making an arrangement to take home. Bring a garden-inspired hors d’oeuvres to share. RSVP required. ($)
Sep 14 - Sep 21
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15.. Independence Day anniversaries are celebrated by Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile during the September 15 - 18 period. Check out all the cultural and traditional celebrations held from September 15 -September 21.
Sep 19 - Oct 26
Based on the Award Winning E. B. White book, Adventure Theatre MTC presents the play Stuart Little. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Join him in an adventure when he leaves home to find his friend.
PJ Party with free milk and cookies on Friday, September 19, at 7pm.
Message or Myth: Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Sandy Spring Museum hosts Historian Susan Soderberg during September's History Happy Hour. Susan's presentation will go into the history of quilting in America and the history of the Underground Railroad concluded by her theory on the two. From 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Includes drinks and appetizers. ($)
The 22nd Annual Poolesville Day Festival and Celebration takes place in downtown Poolesville and Whalen Common Park from 10am to 4pm. The event includes a parade with marching band, demonstrations, car/motorcycle show, and a 5K Run. Children's activities include an entertainer, Moon Bounce, pony rides, arts and crafts and Kid's Korner for younger children. Special musical performances by the Morrison Brothers Band.
Sep 20 - Oct 26
Deep Listening: Hearing Our Stories - an exhibition of WORDS
The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project invites submission of entries for the exhibit about text and context - words, language, documents and scripted speech. Things that tell us about what deserves to be pondered or thought about deeply. Exhibit will be curated by Bhodi Tims, Academic Director of Herbal programs, Maryland University of Integrative Health. Opening reception will be held on September 20 from 3-5pm.
Monarch Fiesta Day
Celebrate the Monarch butterfly's inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey at Black Hill Regional Park. There will be exhibits, face painting, story times, crafts, movies, Monarch tagging and more. From 10 am - 3 pm.
Then & Wow
Explore Glen Echo Park's Past and Present! The annual family festival celebrates the Park's revitalization and recalling its history. Bumper Car Pavilion will be filled with arcade games, featuring skee-ball, spin-art, balloon blaster, ring toss, basketball hoops, and bulls-eye games. Also featured are carousel rides, arcade games, inflatable obstacles courses for all ages, face painting, kiddie rides, vintage cars, magic shows, T-ball extreme for baseball batting, mini golf and high strikers, NPS Park History exhibition, tours and films, and magic and juggling. Admission to Park is free. $ for rides.
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