Tuesday, May 7, 2013

food, art, giant trike at long branch super block party!

Super Block Party Flyer
Flyer! Click to see it in English or Spanish.
Last August, I started the Flower Theatre Project in an attempt to revive the historic but vacant movie theatre in Long Branch. Since then, we've held a charrette to generate ideas and turned it into a report. We successfully convinced the theatre's owner, Harvey Companies, to turn the exterior lights on at night. We testified at the Planning Board in support of the Long Branch Sector Plan. We even got to ride a giant tricycle.

This weekend, however, we get to celebrate Long Branch as a community with our friends at the Long Branch Business League, along with Montgomery Housing Partnership, the University of Maryland and Montgomery County Public Libraries. They're hosting the first-ever Long Branch Super Block Party this Saturday from 2 to 5pm at the Long Branch Library, located at 8800 Garland Avenue in Silver Spring.

Highlights include live music from local bands, drums and dancing, and food (I heard there will be food trucks, but I'll have to get back to you.) For the kids, they'll have kite-making, face painting, and magic shows. The giant tricycle, made by Colesville sculptor Howard Connelly, will also make an appearance.

I'm most excited by the temporary exhibition of "interactive, site-specific design installations" made by art and architecture students at the University of Maryland. The 10 pieces have already been set up along Flower Avenue and will remain there through May 20. It looks like the neighborhood kids have already taken to them:

"Thirsty for Change," an installation made from recycled plastic bottles.

I hope to see you at the Super Block Party this weekend! Once again, that's 2 to 5pm this Saturday at the Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Avenue. Check out these printable flyers I helped design for the event in English and Spanish.

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