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Have a Festive Year in Potomac

<ro>Go to the Azalea Festival

<lst><b>Landon School

6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda

301-320-3200

www.landon.net </b>

For more than 40 years, the Landon School has celebrated springtime with its annual Azalea Festival, which takes place in the Perkins Garden and throughout the entire Landon 75-acre wooded camps and gardens. Proceeds benefit Landon’s scholarship fund and faculty fund. The 2005 Azalea Festival was held on the first weekend in May. Attend the Maryland Craft Show, purchase many varieties of plants and flowers as well as items from the festival boutiques.

<ro> Go to the Strawberry Festival

<lst> <b>Potomac United Methodist Church

10300 Falls Road, Potomac

301-299-9383

www.potomac-umc.org</b>

Strawberry season is celebrated in style each May at Potomac United Methodist Church with its annual Strawberry Festival featuring berries, a silent auction, bake sale, rummage sale, craft fair, dollar items and games and activities for children. Proceeds benefit charitable programs for women and children in need.

<ro> Go to an Arts Festival

<lst><b>Festival of the Arts

Winston Churchill High School

www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/churchillhs

Walt Whitman High School

www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/whitmanhs

Thomas Wootton High School

www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/woottonhs </b>

Tremendously talented artists attend local high schools, and each year three local public high schools all host two-day arts festivals in mid-May, featuring live performances; painting, ceramics, photography, and visual art displays; silent auctions and more.

<ro>Take Part in the Farm Tour

<lst><b>Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

P.O. Box 507, Poolesville

301-428-8128

www.animalsanctuary.org </b>

Poplar Spring hosts the annual County Farm Tour on Saturday July 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet animals, enjoy hay rides, lemonade, and vegetarian food. Shop at the gift shop and browse the annual giant yard sale in the carriage barn. All sales at the event benefit rescued animals.

<ro>Go to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

<lst><b>Montgomery Village Fairgrounds

301-926-3100

www.mcagfair.com </b>

Potomac serves as a “Green Wedge” between Montgomery County’s suburbia and the Agricultural Reserve — upcounty, land development is restricted and there are still plenty of thriving farms. Celebrate the county’s agricultural traditions at the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which runs from Friday, Aug. 11 through Saturday, Aug. 19. Check out arts, crafts, photography, pony club events, traditional carnival rides and more. For a schedule of events, prices, parking information, and times, visit the Web site.

<ro>Go to a Renaissance Festival

<lst><b>Maryland Renaissance Festival

Crownsville Road, Crownsville (outside of Annapolis)

1-800-296-7304

www.rennfest .com

info@rennfest.com </b>

This fall, get thyself into period costume and back in time at the nation’s second-largest renaissance festival. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a celebration each weekend from late August through late October. Gates to the recreated 16th century English village, Revel Grove, open at 10 a.m. Pause to listen to a musician, watch a glassblowing demonstration, quench your thirst with ale, catch the gossip from the fishmonger, catch a Shakespearean play, see comic performers or watch a jousting match.

<ro>Have Fun with the Family

<lst><b>Family Fun Day

Potomac Community Center

11315 Falls Road, Potomac, 240-777-6960

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rectmpl.asp?url=/content/REC/recipix/Potomac.asp </b>

Spend time with your family at the Potomac Community Center's Family Fun Day on Friday, September 29 from 5-8 p.m. Play carnival games, bounce on the moonbounce, get your face painted, laugh with the clown, and take a ride on the ferris wheel. It's $5 for unlimited rides and games. Finish the evening off with Family Bingo Night, immediately after the Fun Day, from 8-9:30 p.m. Come out for a funfilled evening with friends and family!

<ro>Celebrate Potomac

<lst><b>Potomac Day

Potomac Chamber of Commerce

www.potomacchamber.org </b>

Potomac Day in October is the biggest community event of the year. Thousands come out for the morning parade followed by a fair with rides and games for children, live entertainment and displays by local merchants and organizations. Potomac's leaders and local politicians come out, and the community honors its person of the year, businessperson of the year and youth of the year. The event is organized by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. Potomac Day 2006 is Saturday, Oct. 28.