Tour the Strathmore Mansion & Art Gallery
Built in 1899 by prominent Washingtonian Captain James Frederick Oyster and his wife, this lovely former home is now home to an art gallery. My brother discovered Strathmore when he got "lost" on the way to our hotel, and he brought me back to see that it was all about. The house is lovely - lots of wood floors, and the Music Room is stunning - I can imagine a wedding being held there. The galleries were upstairs, and had just opened with an exhibition called "Gold Rush", with artwork by DC-based artist Thomas Xenakis, and another gallery of art, posters and relics of Bossa Nova in Washington DC.
There is no admission to tour the home, or the galleries (they offer a guided tour of the home once per month, but you can go in and wander around the home and sculpture gardens. They also have a very nice gift shop with lots of artsy gift ideas.
Strathmore is also home to modern concert venue - when I visited, John Prine was to play that night. Naturally, the show had sold out much earlier...
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Montgomery Farm Woman's Coop
The Farm Woman's COOP, created in 1932, has become an institution for people not only in the Bethesda area, but in neighborhing communities. From time to time it is written up in periodicals all over the world.
It features stalls that sell produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, flowers, herbs, handcrafts, as well as quilts, oriental rugs, rockers, knick knacks, and items from around the world.
It is open year round.
Times of Opening:
Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00am to 3:00pm.
All year area artists and venders display items for sale.
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