04/11/14 4:55pm

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From an email:

“We know how well blacksmithing goes with “ragtime” music. So as you take in the cool designs and metal work by Robinson Forged Metals, the 2014 Washington Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band, the Bumper Jacksons will be playing some songs off of their new album from 1-3pm.

Enjoy BBQ, beer and wine.

What: Metalsmithing and Ragtime – Open House
When: April 19th, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Robinson Forged Metals, 5530 Tuxedo Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781
RSVP: HERE

01/16/14 1:30pm

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Rendering courtesy nationalharbor.com

From a press release:

“Soaring 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor, The Capital Wheel, set to debut in May 2014, will join a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.

From its dynamic location at the end of a pier overlooking the river, The Capital Wheel will offer riders a spectacular view of the Nation’s Capital “from a new perspective,” according to National Harbor developer Peterson Companies. Sights visible from The Capital Wheel include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

With its 42 closed, climate-controlled gondolas, each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, as do observation wheels in other locales, where they have boosted economic development and prestige. The Capital Wheel is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually.

The London Eye quickly became the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction, averaging 10,000 visitors daily and some 3.75 million annually. A popular location for films and TV shows, it also hosts events as diverse as corporate launches, weddings and fashion shoots.

In similar fashion, The Capital Wheel will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions.”

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Rendering via MGM National Harbor

Last Friday we learned that “MGM Resorts International (MGM), the largest owner of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, was picked by Maryland regulators to build a $925 million resort south of Washington” at the National Harbor.

From MGM National Harbor:

“At National Harbor, we envision far more than just a casino. We will call on our years of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed Destination Resort Casino that specifically respects the atmosphere of Prince George’s County and meets the needs of the sophisticated Maryland marketplace.

MGM National Harbor would be designed and operated at the same level of quality as our other iconic hotels, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, The Mirage and others. The design and aesthetics would reflect the history and geography of the area, complementing the already successful development and increasing the allure for out-of-state visitors.

While the work of our designers is still underway, our vision for a National Harbor Destination Resort Casino would include:

a luxury hotel
fine dining from local and celebrity chefs
world-class entertainment
shops from among the finest retailers in the world
a luxurious spa

These and other attractive resort offerings would combine to create the complete MGM Resorts experience. Anyone who has ever visited one of our resorts understands the uniqueness of what we offer. MGM National Harbor would be no different.”

The National Harbor is located in Prince George’s county at 165 Waterfront St. Directions from DC say “Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles Take National Harbor Exit 1B”. The casino is expected to open in 2016.

So for this week’s FQotD – do you think you guys will visit/gamble there when they open?

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Rendering via MGM National Harbor

12/13/13 1:00pm

3207 WOODBINE St

This castle is located at 3207 Woodbine Street, Chevy Chase, MD:

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The listing says:

“Call this castle home!: Rossdhu Gate. 1 of a kind Scottish Tudor Castle w/ crenellated rf, 4 stry tower w/ circular staircase, gargoyles, fountain, terrace w/ views of wee Loch Lomond. Enter another world in this unique home w/ newer kit & HVAC, pd baths, exterior stuccoed/repainted. . 2 sections joined by enclosed bridge over wide gate. 3BRs, 3.5BAs, sep library, office, much more. BY APPT ONLY!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

The reader who requested this one adds “I would have to ask for the furniture to convey.”

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,500,000.

11/08/13 9:30am

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From a press release:

“Black Restaurant Group announces that effective November 27, 2013, Addie’s Restaurant located at 11120 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md., will close to the public. Negotiations on the lease for the 18-year-old restaurant have come to an impasse, but owners, Jeff and Barbara Black plan to reopen Addie’s in a new location within the DC metro area. Details on the new space will be released once confirmed. The restaurant will remain open to the public and operate as Addie’s for the next three weeks. Special menu items featuring the “best hits” from Addie’s over the years will be featured for the next three weeks through the restaurant’s last day of service on November 27.

The current lease does carry through December and Addie’s will be used as an event space for private parties during the holidays. For private events and functions at Addie’s contact Jen Dyson at 202-319-1612 or jdysonevents(at)blackrestaurantgroup.com.

Jeff and Barbara Black opened Addie’s, their first restaurant, in December 1995. Amid much skepticism, the chef couple strategically decided to open a restaurant in a neighborhood that was lacking in dining options. Addie’s quickly grew to become one of the most popular restaurants in Rockville, and is where many of Black Restaurant Group’s leading chefs, general managers and servers started before growing within the company – whether staying at Addie’s or moving to other sister restaurants. Jeff Black and Black Restaurant Group have promised all Addie’s staff a job within the company’s restaurants, either at the forthcoming Republic in Takoma Park, or at existing restaurants, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar & Kitchen, Black Market Bistro and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.

To honor the legacy of Addie’s, named after Jeff Black’s grandmother, nostalgic dishes from the last 18 years will be resurrected and offered daily.

Black Restaurant Group would like to thank the many patrons, staff and vendors for whom the success of Addie’s would not be possible. Jeff, Barbara and team look forward to reopening Addie’s in a new location, and will share more details once final.”

10/17/13 10:02pm

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Some friends of mine moved to Hyattsville, MD. I went to visit and took a wrong turn. I passed this. Unfortunately I had a crying baby with me at the time so I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d wanted to but I’m definitely gonna go back!

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09/06/13 1:30pm

Nat'l Children's Museum

Museum Minute is written by Elle O’Flaherty. Elle lives in Mt. Pleasant and previously wrote about the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

I was pretty excited to take my kid to the National Children’s Museum at National Harbor, but after going once I won’t be in a hurry to return.  For starters, entrance for two adults and one kid over 12 months will run you $30.  That’s a lot of dough in the city of mostly free museums.  Once we got in and poked around we realized the museum is really small without all that much to it.  It kind of reminded me of a large, fancy daycare.  They’re trying to give the “exhibits” an educational spin, but really they’re run of the mill children’s activities.  For instance, one exhibit is about what people wear around the world, but it’s just pictures of kimonos, saris, and the like with cheap cotton kimonos, etc. the kids can try on.  The next area over features what people eat which is, again, just pictures and a few puzzles of international food along with a kitchen play area.  It felt chintzy and way overpriced, like paying to hang out at that one friend’s house whose parents bought too many toys.

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I should say that the kids all seemed to be having a good time and my daughter, who was probably a bit young for it at just under ten months, enjoyed the outing.  However, if you’re looking for an incredible children’s museum and don’t mind a drive, I highly recommend the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond instead.  Now that is an awesome museum which, for about the same price, is huge and has real educational exhibits as well as a nice IMAX theater.  In contrast, the National Children’s Museum (much like everything at National Harbor, as far as I can tell) was just designed to part you from your money.

09/04/13 9:00am

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From Montgomery County Police Department:

“Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from the Kensington area.

Hannah Emily Upp, age 28, of the 3000 block of Upton Drive in Kensington was last seen this morning at approximately 7:45 a.m. near Kemp Mill Road and Glenallan Avenue.

She is described as a white female, 5’7″ tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Ms. Upp was last seen wearing a black shirt and brown pants.

Police and family are concerned for Upp’s welfare and her mental well being. Upp has been reported missing before and, when located, she required medical attention. Some of her belongings were found on a foot path near Wheaton Plaza. It is likely that she does not have any identification with her.

Anyone with information regarding Ms. Upp’s whereabouts is asked to contact 4th District detectives at 240-773-5530, or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.”

UPDATE from Montgomery County Police:

“Hannah Emily Upp, age 28, of the 3000 block of Upton Drive in Kensington has been located unharmed. She made contact with her family at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night and was found in the area of Georgia Avenue and Shorefield Road in Wheaton. Detectives have met with her and will continue their investigation later today.”

08/05/13 12:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ³²¹

Last week we learned Metro Transit Police recommends you use two u locks when locking up your bike. If you pass through College Park tomorrow morning you can get one of them for free.

From WMATA:

“As part of their ongoing effort to reduce bike theft, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) will host a special outreach event tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at UMD-College Park Station where riders who register their bike with MTPD will receive a free U-Lock.

Last month, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) launched a free online registration program for riders who park their bikes at Metro facilities. Riders can visit wmata.com/registerbike to submit a registration with their bike’s make, model, serial number, color and frame size.

“Registering your bike is the best way to help police recover it in the event that it is lost or stolen,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.  “I encourage anyone who parks their bike at a Metro facility to take advantage of this new free service.”

Transit Police encourage bicyclists to use U-Lock devices to better protect their property.  U-Locks are sturdier than conventional wire or chain locks, thereby making them much harder for a thief to overcome.

MTPD will distribute the free U-locks to riders who register on the spot at UMD-College Park Metrorail Station between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. In addition, representatives from Metro’s parking office will be on hand to provide tours and information about the station’s new state-of-the-art “Bike & Ride” facility. The Bike & Ride—a first of its kind for Metro—is a 2,400-square foot, secure, enclosed parking structure on the first level of the College Park station parking garage. The facility features bright LED lighting, security cameras, an emergency callbox and card-controlled access. Metro also installed a bike repair stand outside of the garage equipped with a variety of tools for the convenience of riders who may need to make quick bicycle repairs. [More info about the Bike & Ride]

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