Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do Go Back to Rockville

Rockville once upon a time was a typical American town with shady streets and old houses radiating out from the Montgomery County Courthouse. Over the years however, it's been turned upside down by developers looking to save the town from itself.  I took a field trip there last winter and didn't recognize a thing although weirdly enough the newest idea is to give Rockville back an old fashioned town center.

But one thing at least, has literally not changed: the grave of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald is still right across the Pike in St Mary's Cemetery. Being Memorial Day weekend, the traditional beginning of summer marked by a day of remembering the dead, DC Rocks says why not combine both of these seemingly incompatible traditions? First take a (hopefully) battered copy of The Great Gatsby on a field trip to contemplate the man who so eloquently wrote "and so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

And afterwards, to celebrate summer's onset, the new old town of Rockville is throwing a very large party, and we're all invited.  Lots of our musical friends will be there including Ruthie Logsden and Greg Hardin, Dave Chappel, Billy Coulter, Justin Trawick, The Nighthawks, Dan Hovey, Chopteeth and King Soul. Over 40 free performances on 8 stages should provide a boatload of entertainment for just about everyone Saturday and Sunday from 1 in the afternoon until 10 at night.  Check out the schedule for details.

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