It's the last weekend before Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday rush. Take time to enjoy yourself at one of these fun local events.
Start your weekend with the Friday night performance of "Our Town" at Seneca Valley High School. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m., with a repeat performance on Saturday. You can also see the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Harvey" at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn in the Kentlands. This weekend closes the show, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($13 for City of Gaithersburg residents).
Would you rather watch youth football? Head to Rockburn Park Field #6 in Elkridge, Maryland to see the Germantown Panthers 10-12 National Team fight for the title against the Columbia Ravens in the Mid-Maryland Youth Football & Cheerleading League Super Bowl. The game starts at 8 p.m. on Friday night.
On Saturday, over 100 units in the 13th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will wind their way through the streets of Silver Spring. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Dr. near Veterans Plaza. This year's parade honors our Montgomery County first responders.
The Buddhist Temple Kunzang Palyul Choling in Poolesville is hosting their Annual Open House & Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Spend time in the Prayer Room or meditate in Peace Park. Learn about reflexology, reiki, astrology, haiku poetry, and calligraphy while browsing imported gifts and a large collection of minerals and crystals. Admission is free.
Looking for something closer to home? Take the kids to see Milkshake at BlackRock Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. Then drop by Butler's Orchard from noon to 4 p.m. for their Holiday Open House. Enjoy a hayride through the Christmas tree fields with hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Butler's celebration continues on Sunday.
The Germantown Men's Basketball Team takes on the College of Southern Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Head to Montgomery College's Germantown campus at 3 p.m. to catch the action.
On Saturday night, Trio Caliente hits the BlackRock stage at 8 p.m. Part of BlackRock's Jazz Series, their music has been described as a seamless combination of Bossa Nova, gypsy rhumba, jazz, and contemporary flamenco. Tickets are $20-25.
Need some art for holiday gift giving? From Friday through Sunday, BlackRock hosts The Art League of Germantown's "Winterglow 2010" Art Show. In addition, the Sugarloaf Craft Festival has returned to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
Both shows feature jewelry, pottery, and affordable prints for purchase, but Winterglow 2010 is a smaller venue leaning toward fine arts. Admission is free. Sunday's hours are limited, but if you go from 1 to 3 p.m., you'll have a chance to meet the artists.
Sugarloaf, with over 350 artisans, is a much larger show that includes craft items like baskets, clothing, and leatherwork. Tickets are $9 for all three days; children 12 and under are admitted free. With this online coupon, you get $1 off admission. The craft fair closes an hour earlier on Sunday.