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Thanksgiving Parade Marches into Downtown Silver Spring

November 14, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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It’s coming! The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will make its way through downtown Silver Spring on Saturday, November 22nd. The parade will feature over 100 attractions including floats, giant balloons, fire engines, classic cars, marching bands, colorful dance troupes and more. This year, a brand new 12-foot inflatable turkey will make its debut and as usual, the parade will conclude with a special appearance by Santa.

The parade begins at 10 AM at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south along Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

The holiday fun continues throughout the season with Deck Out Downtown. Every Saturday from November 29th to December 20th you can enjoy carolers singing holiday tunes, performances by local student groups and lots of great holiday shopping.

These fun events, and many others, take place just steps from EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights. If you want to start living your walkable lifestyle today, visit our sales center at 630 Ellsworth Drive to learn more.

Halloween Happenings in Your EYA Neighborhood

October 24, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.Photo courtesy of Flickr's tawest64.

Looking for some Halloween fun? From the Silver Spring Zombie Walk to trick-or-treating at the local boutiques, check out these ghoulishly good events taking place in your EYA neighborhood.

Old Town Alexandria

Get a jump on your trick-or-treating in the Old Town Boutique District. Stop by on Saturday, October 25th for Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques from 11 AM to 6 PM. Old Town’s favorite shops, including Red Barn Mercantile and lou lou, will be giving out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages. Be sure to bring the kids by Pink and Brown for its 5th annual costume contest. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the store.

For the grown-ups, head over to the Fish Market on November 1st for its Nightmare on King Street Halloween Bash. Come in your scariest or funniest costume. Prizes for best costume and scariest scream! For a fun date night, go see the classic interactive musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Now playing through November 15th.

Silver Spring

One event you won’t want to miss is the Silver Spring Zombie Walk! Back from the dead, this year’s Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday, October 25th in downtown Silver Spring. Gather with your fellow Zombies starting at 7 PM next to Jackie’s Sidebar then wander through the streets ending at the AFI Silver Theatre. Be sure to join the Zombie Dance Party along the way! The AFI Silver Theatre will be showing a Zombie movie and retailers will have Zombie-themed specials.

Fairfax

What better way to celebrate Halloween than combining trick-or-treating, shopping and cocktails! Mosaic District has all this and more for your Halloween enjoyment on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 9 PM. Treat bags will be available on a first come, first served basis at the information table at the corner of District Avenue and Strawberry Lane. Come dressed in your best costume and get discounts at select local retailers including 25% off at Langford Market and 15% off at Mint Nail Lounge. Then head over to one of the exciting new restaurants for some scary good cocktails such as Deadly Hot Cider at Matchbox and Smashing Pumpkins at Gypsy Soul.

Bethesda

Bethesda Row offers some “retail scare-apy” on Thursday, October 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM. About 40 shops and restaurants will offer special deals, live entertainment and trick-or-treating for the kids. Participating retailers include Bluemercury and Paper Source, who will have a drawing for a $100 gift card to the store. Georgetown Cupcakes is offering its special Halloween Dozen cupcakes now through October 31st.

If you are feeling adventurous, book a table at Mussel Bar & Grille on October 29th for its Halloween “Mystery” Beer Dinner. For $65, you will receive a 4-course beer and food pairing menu, however the items on the menu are a mystery until you arrive!

Happy hauntings!

Upping the Food Factor at Mosaic

October 8, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
True Food Kitchen, photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.True Food Kitchen, photo by Samson Loo via Flickr.

If there was any doubt that Mosaic has become Northern Virginia’s foodie hot spot, the Washington Post presents three more reasons to discover Mosaic.

In their Express article, writer Holley Simmons provides some “don’t miss” advice when visiting the community, which is just a 16-minute walk from Dunn Loring Metro station. Don’t want to make the walk? Fret not. Mosaic offers a Metro shuttle which runs every 12 minutes during rush hour.

If you’re thinking of making Mosaic “home”, hurry in. We have less than 20 townhomes remaining. Visit our model home and onsite sales center today, we’re open daily from 11 AM – 6 PM.

 

12th Annual King Street Art Festival

September 5, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 12th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad featuring more than $15 million worth of handcrafted art and one-of-a-kind wares!

From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of hands-on activities, live music and the return of the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser! For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department. The event is free and open to the public.

King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services, dog washing station and more.

Take a Scenic Trek along the Capital Crescent Trail

July 29, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.The Capital Crescent Trail connects our new townhomes at Little Falls Place to the Washington Harbor in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Flickr's S Pakhrin.

Have you ever wondered what you pass while enjoying a nice walk, run or bike ride from our townhomes at Little Falls Place to Georgetown? Thanks to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, here are a few of the highlights along the way:

About mile 5.0 – stairs leading directly from Little Falls Place to the Capital Crescent Trail.

Mile 5.0 – Loughborough Mill, named after John Adam’s Secretary of Treasury, Nathan Loughborough, marks where he built a mill in 1830. The mill was later reportedly destroyed during the Civil War.

Mile 5.5 – The last remaining evidence of Fort Sumner, Battery Bailey’s gun emplacements are visible atop the east hill in Westmoreland Hills Park.

Mile 6.7 – An original stone district line boundary marker behind a small fence. These stones were used until the land southwest of the river was given back to Virginia from DC.

Mile 8.2 – Abner Cloud House, built in 1801 by Abner Cloud, is the oldest standing structure along the C&O Canal.

Mile 10.5 – Francis Scott Key Bridge, named after the man who wrote our nation’s Star Spangled Banner, connects Rossyln and Georgetown and pedestrian trails on both sides of the river.

Miles 10.5-11 – Your destination! Georgetown Waterfront Park and the Washington Harbour, preserved by the National Park Service, is home to many acclaimed restaurants and adjacent to all the exciting Georgetown shops.

To learn more about the mile markers on the Capital Crescent Trail visit Points of Interest on the Trail and the map.

Already 65% sold out, EYA’s townhomes at Little Falls Place offer residents unparalleled luxury in a quiet park-like setting with direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail. The townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces unlike anything else in the area, with stunning outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

4th of July Celebration Guide

July 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.The annual 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC light up the sky. Photo courtesy of Flickr's Matthew Straubmuller.

Every year, thousands of people visit DC to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s capital. The city hosts many fun events for the whole family to enjoy, including parades, concerts and spectacular fireworks over the National Mall. Here are a few ideas to kick off your celebrations.

Begin your day reliving history as a founding father and get the chance to sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence at 7th Street and Constitution Ave. After leaving your mark, continue to the National Archives at 10:00 am for the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony. Hear songs, historic speeches, and a dramatic reenacted reading of the Declaration of Independence! Then head over to the National Archive Museum’s Boeing Learning Center for a fun-filled day of events including arts and crafts, stories, a chocolate tasting, and more.

Another fantastic July 4th tradition is watching the Independence Day Parade. The annual parade begins at 11:45 am at 7th Street and travels up Constitution Ave to 17th Street. See marching bands, floats, and political figures as they celebrate this historic day in our country’s history. The events continue at 8:00 pm with A Capitol Fourth Concert! The live music, hosted by Tom Bergeron and televised by PBS, will be held on the US Capitol West Lawn. Enjoy star-studded performances by Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Frankie Valli, The Muppets, Patti Labelle, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Be sure not to miss the famous July 4th fireworks beginning at 9:10 pm!

EYA’s neighborhoods are just a quick Metro ride to these downtown events and many other local celebrations. Visit our website for more information on our actively selling communities. We hope you have a very happy 4th of July!

Get Active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

June 20, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Take in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton ChungTake in amazing city views while staying active on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Payton Chung

Looking for a way to spend time in the beautiful outdoors this summer?

Free yoga and fitness classes are coming to the Metropolitan Branch Trail!  Brought to you by the MBT5K, classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July at 6:30 PM, weather permitting. Walk, run, bike, skate or drive in (on street parking available).

TUESDAYS:  Yoga with Crystal Moore in the mini park at 4th & S Streets NE (and the trail intersection).  Bring towel or mat.

THURSDAYS:  Fitness classes at 8th & Edgewood Streets (at trail entrance near Chocolate City Beer) with Project Fitness.

Join us and bring a friend!  Visit www.facebook.com/mbt5k for news and announcements.  Email metbranch5k@gmail.com for more information.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail winds through DC and Maryland, passing EYA’s new townhomes at Chancellor’s Row. Want your very own walkable lifestyle in the District? Consider EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes in Brookland. Now 95% sold out!

Summer Fun in Downtown Silver Spring

June 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.Enjoy a Summer day in Silver Spring's FRESHFARM Market.

Summer is almost here and downtown Silver Spring offers lots of great outdoor activities for the entire family. From live music to farmer’s markets to playing in the fountains, here are a few ideas to kick off your Summer fun.

Downtown Date Night

Grab your special someone and head over to the Fountain Plaza Stage for some live music. Fridays at 6:30 PM, Downtown Live features a variety of music including reggae, new swing, funk, rock and more. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the many acclaimed Silver Spring restaurants. Voted one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, 8407 Kitchen Bar has a sophisticated menu with mussels, crispy confit pork belly, seared sea scallops and more. If your special someone has a playful side, stop by Throwback Thursday Game Night on the plaza featuring a DJ, Trivia, Name that Tune and dancing!

Shopping in Style

Stroll through the shops of Silver Spring to find the perfect Summer outfit. Pick up some sandals at DSW to pair with the hottest new shorts or sundress from H&M. On Saturdays, head over to the FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market between 9 AM – 1 PM for some locally grown produce. They also offer lots of other tasty treats such as pies, salsas, pastries and more.

Fun in the Sun

Bring the kids by to play in the interactive fountain! Open from 10 AM to 8 PM, the kids will love splashing around on the hot Summer days. On Mondays, grab your co-workers and enjoy lunch and live music with Lunchtime Lounge at the Fountain Plaza. Or get your groove on with Washington Sports Club on Tuesday nights from 7:15 – 8:15 PM for Zumba on the Plaza!

EYA’s newest Silver Spring community, Chelsea Heights, is located in a beautiful, tranquil setting just steps from downtown Silver Spring’s countless shops and restaurants. Chelsea Heights will feature 63 craftsman style townhomes with expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking and contemporary finish options such as linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

Discover Alexandria’s Summer Concert Series

June 17, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.Alexandria's City Hall is the perfect backdrop for a summer concert series. Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Michel Curi Jr.

Looking for a fun, free way to kick off your summer? Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Series happening all summer long! Go back in time to the War of 1812 at the Carlyle House Magnolia Terrace every Thursday evening in June for a fun twist on history with live music or jam out to rock ‘n roll in Ben Brenman Park. Enjoy men’s barbershop tunes during an evening in July or soul influenced rock during an afternoon in August. Additional genres include blues, acoustic jazz, world music, jazz vibraphone, Americana, folk, rockabilly and honky tonk, choral, R &B, and folk rock.

The Venues:

  • John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St.
  • Market Square, 301 King St.
  • Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.
  • Canal Plaza, 44 Canal Center Plaza
  • Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St.
  • Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St.

Check out the 2014 Alexandria Concert Schedule and the Thursday Evening Concert Series Schedule for specific dates, times, and venues.

If you would like to take a stroll to a live concert in Alexandria every night, consider making a move to EYA’s townhomes or condos at Old Town Commons or The Oronoco, both within walking distance of all of these venues. Don’t wait, both communities are nearly sold out!

More Brookland Shops Ready to Open

April 16, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.The group running the Arlington Courthouse farmer's market is coming to Brookland this May. Photo by Flickr's Cliff1066TM.

Brookland’s booming Monroe Street Market is quickly becoming one of DC’s most coveted neighborhood destinations.

Just announced: Locally-renowned Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will be partnering with owners of The Bike Rack to bring a bike shop/coffee house concept to a large retail space along the Arts Walk. Their spot is expected to open this Fall.

A farmer’s market will also open at Monroe Street Market this May, offering goods from up to 20 vendors on Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. The market will be operated by Lydia’s Fields, the same group who organizes the Arlington Courthouse Farmer’s Market (pictured).

Learn more about the variety of shops opening in Brookland here or visit the Monroe Street Market site. Monroe Street Market is just three blocks from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Now selling our final phase, with homes priced from the upper $600s to the low $800s, all ready for summer move-in.