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What once stood as the historic Bethesda Theater in 1938 has now been transformed into suave live music supper club. Still carrying the glory of the yesteryear, Bethesda Blues and Jazz houses a small concert hall that serves brilliant continental fare. While 300 seats are ticketed as dinner seats, there are an additional 200 performance seats made available later. Come and enjoy this acoustically enhanced wonder on a fine evening.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
McCrillis Gardens was gifted by William and Virginia McCrillis to the Maryland-National Capital Park in 1978. Since then this beautiful, shade garden has been a gem of a place for nature lovers. You will find perennials and other gorgeous blooms that make this place vibrant with color and life. This garden also features a pavilion and benches.
Terasol, being a contemporary French Bistro, also provides a great platform to local artists to showcase their talents. With some authentic French dishes on the menu, Terasol is known for its soups, sandwiches and some delicious and irresistible desserts like Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee and more. Enjoy your meal while listening to soothing sounds of the pianists and musicians on Fridays and Saturdays. Check website for upcoming events.
This former amusement park changed its focus from thrilling rides to artistic amusements, many of which are directed at families. A beautiful hand-carved carousel is the only ride still operating in the park, now administered by the National Park Service. Visitors will find plenty of entertainment ranging from performances at the Puppet Company Playhouse to children's stories at the Adventure Theatre. Dances like swing, square-dancing and the waltz, among others, are held at the Spanish Ballroom.
This venue at Strathmore has been hosting music shows since 1981. World class performances by local, national and international talents take place here. The center is home to five resident organizations, each unique in their own way, thus offering a variety to the guests. Concerts are held at one of the four spaces - the Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Music Room, the Outdoor Pavilion, the Outdoor Sculpture Garden and the Gudelsky Gallery Suite space.
Named for its acorn-shaped pavilion, the Acorn Park is a city park that was originally built by Francis Preston Blair in 1840. It was part of his estate and contains a spring with water containing mica, that gave it a silver color. This 'silver spring' in fact led to the city being named after it! A tiny park, just 0.12 acres (0.0485623 hectares), the Acorn Park can easily go unnoticed amidst the tall building surrounding it. There is an artificial cave here, as well.