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Local "Silent" Beverage Company Makes National Noise

North America’s Largest Specialty Food & Beverage Event came to D.C. July 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The Fancy Food Show had 2,400 exhibitors, 180,000 products, but only one Silence Tea.

Silence Tea, originated in Gaithersburg as an all-natural tea beverage with a unique line of relaxation and calming ingredients including Chamomile and Theanine. These elements were infused with essential vitamins and antioxidants for children and adults to experience a balanced, calm, and relaxed existence.

“We have four flavors: Pomegranate Peace, Peach Chamomile White Tea, Black Tea with Lemon, and Honey Green Tea with Ginseng but plan on more.

Afternoon Tea at Strathmore: The Perfect Escape from the Hustle and Bustle of Life

As I entered the cozy atmosphere of The Shapiro Music Room at Strathmore on Wednesday, July 6th; the soothing sound of local pianist Max Hou filled the room and the smell of sweet herbal tea blends and coconut macaroons engulfed my senses. 

The Strathmore off Rockville Pike, provides a unique "Afternoon Tea" experience throughout the year (except for August) with specially made tea from Connecticut.

“If I lived here, I would come to Strathmore every day,” said Seattle, Washington resident Vauneva Greenwood.

 The tea is served with a light lunch of delectable tea savories by Restaurant Associates.

“We have light tea sandwiches and a variety of scones (we usually give two scones) and a wonderful dessert plate which includes coconut macaroons, little tea cakes and bread,” said Tea Manager Mary Mendoza.

Tea begins at 1 p.m. and is $21.00 per person (pre-paid, non-refundable reservations required).

Summer Programs For Children At The National Capital Trolley Museum

Summer Programs For Children At The National Capital Trolley Museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum facility on 1313 Bonifant Road, in cooperation with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, brings the sights and sounds of the streetcar era to visitors of all ages, especially children. This summer kids can enjoy a program of stories, crafts and videos about trolleys and railroads designed to appeal to, and educate, elementary aged children. 


Programs run on the following days:

Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 08, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Magic of Music

The Magic of Music

Washington Conservatory of Music presents a new series of family music and magic shows on Saturday, July 2nd. The Magic of Music, a fun introduction to music for the young (and the young at heart!). The show features Drew Owen,a cellist and WCM faculty member – and musical guest artists in Washington Conservatory’s recital hall. Tickets are $10 at www.WashingtonConservatory. <http://www.mycommunitytickets.com/> org until 1 p.m. on the day of the show.  All shows begin at 3 p.m.

Box office on day of show: (301) 634-2250.

Spectacular Science!

Spectacular Science!

Bubbling potions and cool chemical reactions offer lots of excitement for students interested in science. An incredibly visual and exciting introduction to some basic principles of science. Suitable for children grades K-5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. Registration is not required. A summertime program for children and families.


Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring at 2 p.m.


For more information: (240) 777-0196.


Film Festival Comes to Silver Spring!

June 20-26th- Silver Spring, Maryland welcomes Silverdocs, the most talked about documentary festival in the United States at the AFI Silver Theatre. 

Silverdocs encompasses a seven-day international film festival and five-day conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form. Additionally it supports the work of independent filmmakers and fosters an atmosphere for public dialogue and civic engagement around the issues and ideas explored in the films.

“We are presenting over 100 films this year representing 52 countries. There is a diverse range of films, filmmakers and film subject,” said Festival Director Sky Sitney.

Silverdocs plays host to more than 27,000 attendees from across the globe.

“I’ve come to meet a lot of the filmmakers, to learn as much as I can about the process, and see all the innovative ways documentaries are being made these days,” said AU student Michael Lindley.