Monday, September 26, 2011


After a long renovation and transformation, the fountain in front of Barnes and Noble at Bethesda Row will officially open again this Saturday, October 1!

From 1-3 PM, you will be able to get FREE Haagen-Dazs ice cream by the fountain!!

I never understood the timing of this renovation. All summer, when the weather was ideal, the fountain was closed. An ugly, wooden Berlin Wall was constructed around the site, and space to hang out or listen to the many musicians who play impromptu concerts there was limited. It gave a bad impression to visitors during the biggest travel time, and disappointed longtime residents. It uglified what is widely considered one of the most attractive urban spaces in the country.

Perhaps one day this logic will be explained.

But the future is here this Saturday, and we can only go forward. During the Taste of Bethesda, you can take the Bethesda Circulator down Woodmont Ave to the fountain. Enjoy your free ice cream, and give your feedback about Bethesda Row fountain 2.0. Then take the Circulator back over to the Woodmont Triangle for more food from the best restaurants in the Washington, DC area!

Stay tuned for my Taste of Bethesda preview - all you need to know for the big event this Saturday!

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