Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Writer's Center offerings

The Writer's Center in Bethesda offers a lot, perhaps more than its name would suggest. Here's a sampling:
  • Year-round workshops for writers of all abilities in fiction, essay, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, business writing, TV writing, comedy writing.
  • Open-door poetry and prose readings held weekly by writers and poets.
  • A bookstore, with one of the largest selections of literary journals in the mid-Atlantic, open for browsing at the Walsh Street location. There also is an e-bookstore. Most of the authors are Writer's Center workshop leaders or writers who have given readings at The Writer's Center. 
See the center's monthly calendar for upcoming workshops and events.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Madonna of the Trail

There is a great deal of history in Bethesda. The old Bethesda Post Office on Wisconsin Avenue has been in the news recently. However, the "Madonna of the Trail" statue next to the Post Office commemorates something even older.

The statue of a pioneer mother marks the spot where the pioneers spent the first night out of Georgetown on their way west. Bethesda was the eastern terminus of the Cumberland Road, the first portion of the National Old Trails Road leading to the Santa Fe Trail.

Erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1929 (and dedicated by then Judge Harry S. Truman) the statue is one of twelve that can be found between Maryland and California.