Happy Holidays!

To all who celebrate the various holidays of the season…Happy Hanukkah!…Happy Solstice!…Merry Christmas!…Happy Kwanzaa!…Happy New Year!

Here are a few photos of last weekend’s community Menorah Lighting, which was followed by the community Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa. Photos by Genevieve McDowell Owen, Phyllida Paterson, and Rebecca Doran

Many thanks to all the neighbors who contributed their time, talents and resources to the event. It takes a village!

And for those who missed, a new song sung at the event:

Woodside Wassail (words by David Kitzmiller)

Wassail, wassail, all over the town!
Our punch, it is red, and our cookies, they are brown.
The goodies are spread by the old Christmas tree,
From the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee!

Here’s to North Woodside Civic so good,
Which strives to keep order in this neighborhood.
From 16th to Linden, all’s well we will say;
So we’re gathered together to brighten this day!

Wassail, wassail all over Woodside!
Remember your neighbors in this wintertide.
At Luzerne and Glen Ross, we’ll now light our tree,
From the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee!

Light and love to all. And stay warm–the northern winds sure are a blowin’ out there!

Add a Leaf to the “Thankful Tree”


The North Woodside Roots & Shoots group invites neighbors to take part in a participatory community art project. 

The “Thankful Tree” the group constructed last weekend can be found in the green space at 3rd Ave. and Lanier Dr.

The kids worked hard cutting out and painting lots of leaves for the tree and enjoyed writing things they are thankful for on many of them…family…friends…vecinos…good tasting food…love…and more!

The kids would be thrilled if neighbors added more leaves to the Thankful Tree: What are you thankful for? Write on a painted leaf and attach to the tree!

Extra leaves can be found, along with a few permanent markers, in a box underneath the bench.  Please tie tightly to branches so they don’t blow off.

Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk 2022

Begun in 2018, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk is an annual local community event that weaves together neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. All are welcome! Come join us in shining our lights in the darkness, promoting unity over division, remembering the past and taking steps toward a brighter future…

WHEN:     Saturday, November 12, 2022*
Gather by 5:15pm, Lantern Walk will commence soon after

WHERE:   4th Avenue and Hanover Street
(North Woodside) to Talbot Avenue (Lyttonsville), via Brookville Road
                   View Route

See below for three different ways to participate

BRING:     Warm clothing, a lantern, and a bell to ring, if you have one

                   Note: Any type of lantern will do, from a tea light candle in a glass jar to
                   something more elaborate, either handmade or store-bought. You can
                   find many ideas online: bit.ly/HomemadeLanterns. If you have the time
                   and energy, we encourage you to get creative!  Extra lanterns and
                   tea light candles will be available for anyone who needs them.

For more information and to RSVP for this event: bit.ly/TABLanternWalk

Questions? Email Event Organizers

* Rain date: Sunday, November 13, 2022 (any event updates will be posted to bit.ly/TABLanternWalk)

Ways to Participate

Residents of Lyttonsville, North Woodside, and Rosemary Hills are invited to participate in one of three ways:

1) Join for the whole lantern walk.  As the route is not a loop, residents of North Woodside will need to walk back or have someone pick you up in Lyttonsville.

2) Join for a portion of the lantern walk.  For example, residents of North Woodside can join for the portion that goes through the neighborhood (e.g. 4th Ave -> Warren St/A Wider Circle).

3) Watch the lantern walk pass by.  Neighbors who live along the route can come out of their homes to watch, wave, and hold a candle or lantern of their own in solidarity.  Neighbors who live elsewhere can come stand along the lantern walk route and do the same.

Safety Precautions

Any young children who participate should be closely supervised by adults. And organizers encourage participants to RSVP ahead of time at bit.ly/TABLanternWalk, so they have a good sense of expected numbers and can adjust safety precautions accordingly.

Check out videos of past Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walks:

1st Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2018). Video by David Rotenstein
4th Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2021). Video by Jay Mallin

Montgomery Hills Street Fest Postponed to Spring 2023

From the Montgomery Hills Planning Committee:

Today, we made the hard decision to CANCEL the Montgomery Hills Street Fest. While we could deal with light rain, the forecast is calling for heavy rain and high winds, and therefore we are postponing the Fest until Spring 2023.  While Ian is dampening our fun, our thoughts are first and foremost with those in the wake of the storm.

Here is our plan going forward:

  1. Don’t head to the Fest,  instead head to Denizens and join us at the ‘Ian Can’t Defeat Us‘ Meet-up from 3 pm until 6 pm
  2. Order food from Meleket and Nothing Bundt Cakes, both of these local businesses planned to sell and share food at the Street Fest, let’s show them our support!
  3. Come to First Fridays! They’re BACK – look for upcoming information about November and December dates at MoHills restaurants
  4. Montgomery Hills Business Roundtable – coming this fall!
  5. 2023 MH Street Fest Take 2 – Stay tuned for the date 

Unfortunately, canceling the Fest means that we lose a significant amount of the funding we raised because we are obligated to still pay for the tents, tables, chairs, sound equipment, and porta-potties we rented. We are grateful to our generous donors — without whom we could not have a Fest. Once we have paid all non-refundable costs, we will bank the remaining funds for use for a 2023 Spring Street Fest. All donors will be recognized for the future Fest.  

Thank you for donating your time to volunteer and money to support the Street Fest! Everyone is welcome to join us at Denizens to celebrate our wonderful community where we all get to live and work and commit to making the Georgia Avenue corridor a safe, pleasant, and vibrant place to be!

Montgomery Hills Street Fest 2022

UPDATE 9/28/22: The Montgomery Hills Street Fest has been postponed to Spring 2023 (exact date TBD) due to weather.

After a two-year hiatus, the Montgomery Hills Street Fest is back! Mark your calendars for:

Snapshot of 2019 Montgomery Hills Street Fest

Saturday, October 1st from 3:00 – 7:00 pm 

Location: Columbia Boulevard (between 16th Street and Seminary Road)

WE NEED YOU…

To ATTEND this year’s Montgomery Hills Street Fest 

Visit our website to find out more about the music, activities, and food at this year’s Fest 

To VOLUNTEER to help ensure our Street Fest is a blast for everyone!

Visit the sign-up to choose a 1-hour shift to help ensure we have smooth event 

There will be great food and drinks for all who fest!

Denizens, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Meleket, Fred’s Ice Cream, Silver Spring Wings are just some of the foods and drinks you can sample while you are enjoying the music, meeting neighbors, browsing the vendor tables, playing games, and making art.

Again, visit the Street Fest Website to learn more about the event!

— Montgomery Hills Street Fest Organizers

Staycationer’s Guide to North Woodside

Sights to See: Natural Wonders, e.g. “The Niagara of North Woodside,” viewable whenever the sky really unleashes.

Want to know where some famous people grew up? Which house still has an old horse hitch and well in back? Where the hidden stream flows? Where to find some delicious guava, mango, or soursop ice cream on a hot and sultry day?

Discover the humble wonders of our very own neighborhood in The Staycationer’s Guide to North Woodside. Written and organized like a tourist guide book—Sights to See (Natural Wonders, Historical Sites, Botanical Gardens), Things to Do, Where to Eat, and How to Get Around—the guide’s 27 pages contain almost 60 things* to see and do around the neighborhood—something for all ages and staycation inclinations!

How to Get Around: By bike! Need a tune up? Contact Freewheeling Bike Tune-Ups, a free service of North Woodside resident Manuel Vera.

The guide was a fun little summer pandemic project a couple years ago for North Woodside resident Anna White. This summer it may be of particular interest to any new neighbors wishing to get to know their new home better, anyone who’s had their vacation plans scuttled by airline cancellations or Covid, and parents and caregivers of young children looking for ideas for simple, fun, and creative activities to pass away downtime.

North Woodside residents and NWCA members who are subscribed to the neighborhood listserv can access the guide in the listserv’s online file section (Click on the “Fun” folder). A digital or hard copy can also be requested by sending an email to the NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Enjoy the Local Art Scene: Check out the painted stones around the neighborhood!

Thanks again to all the neighbors who provided information for the guide!  If after skimming through it you’d like to suggest additional North Woodside-related history, places, things, or activities to include in an updated version, please do!

For a few more things to do and see listed in The Staycationer’s Guide to North Woodside, see below.

* Note: A few listings in the guide are now out-of-date.  Likewise, there are a number of brand new neighborhood sights to see and things to do that are not listed and may be included in a future revised version.

Things to Do: Peruse Used Books. Visit one of the four little libraries in North Woodside. Above: Children read books found in the Philip F. Welsh Memorial Library.
Participate in the Local Art Scene: Color in a North Woodside Coloring Page. Neighborhood resident Barry Galef created one for each of 12 neighborhood scavenger hunts that took place Spring 2020. The one above was for the Scavenger Hunt #1 (One-of-a-Kind Decorations).
Sights to See: Historical Sites, e.g. Houses That Mirror the History of Residential Architecture. Can you find the above Sears Kit House?
Sights to See: Botanical Gardens. There are many small and beautiful gardens to be found in North Woodside through the seasons.
Places to Eat: Tropics Ice Cream. The best tropical ice cream around!

First Memorial Bench Dedication

Amy Henchey cuts the ribbon at the dedication of the North Woodside Memorial Bench in honor of her late husband, Woody Brosnan. Photo by Ryland Owen

On May 1, 2022, the NWCA Board and Community Design Committee dedicated the first North Woodside Memorial Bench, in honor of longtime community volunteer, Woody Brosnan. The short ceremony, held in the “pocket park” at the intersection of Lanier Drive and 3rd Avenue, included a ribbon cutting by Mr. Brosnan’s wife, current North Woodside resident and NWCA Secretary Amy Henchey, plus memories of Mr. Brosnan’s dedication to local service by neighbor Gus Bauman.

If you would like to contribute to the cost of the bench you may make a donation to the NWCA’s new Neighborhood Beautification and Memorial Fund. To donate by check or PayPal, follow the directions on our NWCA Dues page.

NWCA President Genevieve McDowell Owen and NWCA Secretary and Woody Brosnan’s wife Amy Henchey sit on the first North Woodside Memorial Bench while other board members, Community Design Committee members, and neighbors pose behind. Photo by Anna White