Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday News 'N Notes

- This Sunday from 10-5, Silver Spring will host the first ever Handmade Mart crafts fair, featuring over fifty craft vendors along with live bands playing throughout the day.

Last June, the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring was the site of the first Crafty Bastards crafts fair outside of D.C. Not sure why they didn't repeat the event this year - perhaps the use of the word "Bastards" was just too much for our suburban sensitivities. The stalls of the Handmade Mart, an event that still seems to be loosely affiliated with Crafty Bastards, will occupy prime real estate along The Promenade. I can't say that I'm personally into crafts all that much, but I find these things interesting as you never know what kind of random thing you might find. I did pick up a Obama-supporting piece of tofu at Crafty Bastards last year.

A map of the vendors can be found here. (PDF) Also, check out the Handmade Mart blog for more info on the participants.

- It's a busy weekend on The Promenade, as Silver Spring will also host an outdoor chess tournament from 1:15-4:30 on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully violence will not break out. This event follows the regularly-scheduled farmer's market and will in turn be followed immediately by the Spirit of Silver Spring "dance party", which will feature an 80's cover band...

- No doubt to the great chagrin of frolf enthusiasts, the Park and Planning Department has decided to attempt to continue to maintain the Sligo Creek Golf Course as a golf course. The problem here, outside the apparent financial barriers, is the non-compete clause the county signed with the Revenue Authority. It will be interesting to see if the RA tries to hold the county to it.

Another proposal, submitted by MSI, is to convert the space into soccer fields. I'm not even sure how that would work based on the present hilly landscape. (Personally, I prefer frolf to this idea.)

I still contend that a miniature golf course could bring in much-needed supplemental revenue. The county already operates a course in South Germantown. Wait, there's a South Germantown? Based on the usual naming conventions in MoCo ("North Bethesda", "North Potomac", "North Chevy Chase", etc.), I'm surprised it's not called North Gaithersburg. Perhaps Gaithersburg's name doesn't carry the same cache. They should just call it Bavaria. Now that would be clever.

- Silver Spring: the "Docu-wood of the East Coast"?

- The City Paper: Love the Tastee Diner, hate the food.

- The NAACP is considering moving its headquarters to Silver Spring. More than likely, they plan to use us as a pawn for better leverage with the Baltimore government. Similar things have happened before.



10 comments:

Springvale Roader said...

"Docu-wood" is awful in its inelegance, and misleading as well. We show documentaries here but for the most part, they are not produced here.

I prefer to think of Silver Spring as the Documentary Capital of the country; I also think we should start referring to that other place as "Holly-spring (singular).

ThayerAvenue said...

I'm still trying to put together a plan to ensure that Sligo remains a full-fledged 9-hole golf course. No offense to the Frisbee & putt-putt crowd, but I think if more people knew its potential fate, more people would fight for it.

Sligo said...

I think mini golf and real golf can coexist peacefully.

ThayerAvenue said...

I can live with that.

ian.swank said...

A couple of things about Sligo:
1) Soccer fields? Did they not look across the street before submitting their proposal? There's plenty of soccer space there.
2)Mini-golf and a 9-hole can exist in the same complex. I'm from Long Island originally and one of the best casual golf experiences is a place that has mini-golf, a driving range, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course.

Sligo said...

There used to be similar to what you describe in #2 in White Flint, but sadly they demolished it to build condos.

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