Archive for October, 2010

Out and about

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Just a snapshot from my weekend, taken with the Hipstamatic app on my phone:

Where in Montgomery County am I?

UPDATE: John P. got it right on our Facebook page — it’s the Mansion at Strathmore!
I was there for Friday Night Eclectic with D.C.-based reggae artist Ruth A. Brown. The next Friday Night Eclectic is this Friday with Middle Distance Runner.

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It Takes A Village

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The phrase “It Takes a Village’ has been used so often that sometimes we simply dismiss it. But that phrase couldn’t be more fitting in describing the 2010 Tenth Annual Magical Montgomery Festival that drew a crowd of over 8,000 people on Saturday, October 9th to the beautiful Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza.

Washington Revels, one of the many fabulous acts on our mainstage

Magical Montgomery is not a profit making program of AHCMC, but rather an opportunity for artists and organizations to market themselves to the public at large. Usually, the cost of the festival is underwritten by a sponsor. However, this year we had no sponsor and consequently, we did consider cancelling this marketing opportunity. But the many emails and calls we received from our constituents led us to attempt a new business model instead. While we had to add a modest increase for booth fees, that increase did nothing more than pay the fixed costs of producing this event, allowing constituents to connect with 8,000 participants at less than 1.7 cents per person.

From the yeoman’s work done by Elizabeth Gallauresi, our top notch Event Producer, to the cooperation of my colleagues Reemberto Rodriguez and Gwen Haney at the Silver Spring Regional Center, to the wonderful response of our arts and humanities organizations and individual artists, to the attention paid to the event by County Executive Ike Leggett and State Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, to my incredible staff – Megan, Shellie, Michelle and Karen — everyone’s efforts converged to present the arts and humanities in all its splendor on what surely was one of the most glorious days of the year.

Thanks for believing in us and for giving us the opportunity to present our community to the public in such a magnificent setting! From start to finish, the event was truly Magical.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Fall is here and October is National Arts and Humanities Month! What better time than to discover your new hobby? If you’ve always wanted to paint, write, dance or just create something, this is the month to try it.

Here in Montgomery County, we have an undeniably vibrant cultural community. Working closely with the membership of our Do & Go online calendar, I’m truly amazed at just how many cultural opportunities there are in this county. We have everything from free play readings to orchestra concerts to social dancing to history lectures. There really is something for everyone at every level!

As always, use as a starting point for arts and humanities activities and events. If you need additional suggestions, visit Americans for the Arts’ website and see how you can celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in style!