- As previously mentioned on Thayeravenue.com and elsewhere, Ellsworth Drive will be transformed into a poor replication of Diagon Alley in honor of the release of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Borders in Silver Spring is celebrating the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" with a "Grand Hallows Ball" on Friday, July 20 that promises to be the biggest Harry Potter midnight event ever. The Ball will transport guests from their ordinary muggle world into an evening of enchanting music, imaginative costumes, fun activities and fabulous prizes. The surrounding area will be transformed into Diagon Alley, and guests are encouraged to attend dressed in magical attire or muggle finery.If you are planning on lining up at Borders before midnight - be forewarned. There's always the possibility that someone with advance knowledge may come by and yell out the ending to the book, as some did with the previous one (***Spoiler! - Don't click if you haven't read the book. Here's the video, too.). If you are going to expose yourself to this possibility, I highly recommend investing in some earplugs, or better yet, some QC3 headphones. Um, or you eschew muggle technology, you could always perform a deafness spell on yourself...
- My "ugly Silver Spring photos" project has so far met with limited results. I now have some photos from that era, but very few that capture the true essence of 80's & 90's Silver Spring. Some good examples of subject matter would be:
- The acorn gazebo overgrown with ivy and with a homeless person sleeping in it.
- The police substation in the Silver Spring Shopping Center.
- The really crappy McDonald's at Ellsworth and Georgia.
Why anyone would ever take photos of these things I don't know, but I guess therein lies my problem. Perhaps the couple in this photo have some pictures they could share.
I imagine they sit around in the evenings and wax nostalgic about the urban utopia that was Silver Spring in 1990. Big thanks to AG for the pic.
- The AFI Silver will be showing Al Pacino movies all summer in honor of his having received AFI's Life Achievement Award. How S1m0ne was omitted from this retrospective, I'll never understand. My question is this - whatever happened to the Walk of Fame that was supposed to be started on Colesville Road?
- I have to highly recommend Moren, Inc. on Georgia Avenue if you need any watch or clock service performed. I've gone there a few times and I was really impressed with their work. It's rare these days that you can go to a store and they really know what they're talking about.
- So much for the parking fee increase.