This Week in Potomac 9-14-05

This Week in Potomac 9-14-05


Planning for Potomac Day 2005 is in full swing and volunteers for the event, as well as nominations for the citizen, businessperson, and youth of the year are needed.

"Planning has begun for our biggest year ever," said Andrea Alderdice, president of the Potomac Chamber of Commerce.

Alderdice said that the Chamber strives to improve and expand the celebration each year, but that it isn't making major changes.

"It's been working successfully for many years," she said. "If it's not broke, don't fix it."

Potomac Day is Saturday, Oct. 29.

Nominations for the annual awards — sponsored by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce — are due Sept. 25. Youth nominees must be high school students who live in Potomac, who have exhibited scholarship, leadership and a spirit of community service.

Businessperson nominees must work or do business in Potomac, be a member of the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, and have made contributions to the welfare of the community.

Citizen nominees must be individuals or groups in Potomac that have made a contribution to the local, regional or national welfare.

Winners are selected by the Chamber of Commerce board and recognized at an awards banquet Nov. 17.

For nomination forms and more information, visit or call 301-299-2170.

To volunteer on Potomac Day, or for information about sponsorship, contact the Chamber by Oct. 1 at 301-299-2170 or

Potomac Day will feature a 10:30 a.m. parade followed by a business fair, and outdoor celebration music, games, rides and food.


Potomac native Kristie Miller will sign copies of her award-winning biography "Isabella Greenway" on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at a reception in her honor at The Surrey, 10107 River Road.

The 4-7 p.m. reception is open to everyone. For more information, call 301-299-6608.

Miller, a graduate of Holton Arms School, earned her bachelor's degree at Brown University and her master's at Georgetown. She grew up in Potomac at Al Marah where her mother Bazy Tankersley owned the largest Arabian horse farm in the county.

No stranger to highly successful and motivated women, Miller enthusiastically researched Greenway's history. She discovered a women who faced adversity, as well as advantage, with determination and perseverance.

From her debutante days in New York to homesteading on a New Mexico ranch, Greenway — the first Congresswoman from Arizona — managed to "make do" when necessary, nursing a terminally ill husband, managing a ranch and an airline, and running for Congress.

She was also the founder of the world-renowned Arizona Inn, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

When Beltway sprawl encroached on Montgomery County and Tankersley moved her establishment to Arizona, it was to the former Greenway ranch near the Grand Canyon.


Potomac Artists in Touch will launch the final stage of its year-long Ponymania project Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, with "hunt" and meet the artists weekend.

The nonprofit Potomac group arranged sponsorships last year to buy 10 ceramic horses for a public art project, similar to "Pandamonium" in Washington, D.C.

Artists designed and painted the ponies, which will be auctioned off for charity in November.

On Saturday, children and families can begin a tour at any of the 10 ponies — which are on display in front of Potomac businesses, and meet the artists. Visit all 10 to win a free Ponymania momento.

For more maps and other information, visit or call 301-767-7944 or 301-983-0669.


Join the first annual Page’s Run 5K, a 5-kilometer race and quarter-mile fun run through the neighborhoods around Winston Churchill High School on Oct. 16. Page’s Run honors Kimberly “Page” Whetsell, who died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 22 on June 3, 2005. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Call race director Steven Bettis, Churchill’s cross country coach, at 301-343-5633, e-mail, or visit


Peer2Peer Tutors, an MCPS-approved student-to-student tutoring service, hosts its second Free Tutoring Day Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Potomac Community Center from 3-5:30 p.m. Bring homework, family and friends. Visit or call 240-744-2470.