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

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

(Doll) House Art Show

I’m having an impromptu art show for the young artists in my art camp this week. They assembled (doll) houses and created a theme, designing and creating all the accessories for the rooms. They are turning out amazing!

They worked so hard and I thought it would be nice to showcase their work on the last day of camp.

What: (Doll) House Art Show
Where: Bertie’s Art Studio 2002 Hanover (backyard)
When: Friday, July 15 at 3:30-4:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served.

— Bertie LoPiccolo

Chalk Art Festival Gallery

Behold some of the artistic “submissions” to the first North Woodside Chalk Art Festival…

A walking tour of Chalk Art Festival on Luzerne Ave. Video by David Finkel.

And a gallery of photos from around the neighborhood:

“Happy Summer” on Elkhart St; Big Foot footprints on Grace Church Rd; Butterflies on Luzerne Ave; and a shark on Luzerne Ave.

Chalk Art Festival Commences!

A young artist on Luzerne Ave perfects a drawing of a shark on the first day of the North Woodside Chalk Art Festival.

Today is the first day of the North Woodside Chalk Art Festival!

What will we see on the sidewalks as we wander the neighborhood?  

The weather is perfect and all you need is chalk and inspiration! 

Join in and share your work via our neighborhood listserv or Facebook page! We’ll also be posting a gallery of photos here later this week.

North Woodside Chalk Art Festival

I walk through North Woodside pretty much every day with my dog Charlie and one of the great joys I get is admiring the local hieroglyphics we find on our walks etched on our sidewalks in chalk.

Sometimes they are rainbows.  Other times airplanes and dinosaurs.  And yet others, they are shiny happy stick people.   But the art is always wonderful and joyous!

I’d like to encourage a celebration of local creativity in the neighborhood as we kick off the first official week of summer and challenge folks young and old to break out the chalk and draw on the sidewalk the week of June 20.   It can be silly or monumental.  The artists can be adults or kids (or adult children).   What is important is to share some color and art with other folks in the neighborhood!

Then I’d like folks to take pictures of their chalk and share them – we can post to the NWCA Facebook site or Listserv.

Who’s in?   Let’s get ready to draw!

— Mike Wassenaar (Grace Church Rd.)

Update: Check out the gallery of Chalk Art Festival photos!

Poll: Childcare During Annual Meeting

In a neighborhood survey conducted a few years ago, one of the reasons some neighbors cited for not having attended a NWCA Annual Meeting was lack of childcare.  In the interest of making the meeting more family friendly, the board is looking into several possible childcare options for the upcoming Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

Before we proceed further, it would be helpful to get a sense of how many families would appreciate childcare being offered, the ages of their children, and if there is any preference between the various childcare options we are considering. Towards that end, we invite all parents of younger children (12 and under) to respond to a short poll by this Wednesday, May 11.

Based on the responses we will determine whether or not there is an interest in our providing childcare, and if so, which option/s makes most sense, based on the number and ages of the children, families’ preferences, relative cost, etc

Related, if there are any teens in the neighborhood who babysit and would be interested in assisting with childcare during the annual meeting, please contact the NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Community Yard Sale 2022

The North Woodside 2022 Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 11–12. Sale times generally run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and participation is welcome on one or both days.

We will have 20+ separate yard sales happening at the same time! Sellers have kids toys & books, electronics, household items, games, lemonade stands and more. One seller is running a “Free Sale” and another seller a big moving sale.

A map of all the sales is here: https://tinyurl.com/NorthWoodsideSale2022

Please share with your friends and come out to say hello to your neighbors and maybe come upon a great deal!

Questions? Contact the yardsale organizer.