This is a great weekend to be in town looking for something to do. Whether you're into shopping, gardening or art, there's something fantastic for everyone.
The Nature Conservancy chooses several display-worthy gardens each year to open to the public during their "Open Days" garden tours. Saturday the Bethesda area is host to four of those gardens, including the Chevy Chase garden of Kathleen Williams, which I profiled in the January issue of Bethesda Magazine. The 97-year-old artist was a true inspiration for me. Artworks of her own creation are sprinkled throughout her garden. (They have also sat in the Corcoran and Smithsonian museums.) Her creative force and lively spirit are qualities I try to emulate in my own life. I will be going back for another visit.
Photographer Daniel Schreiber will be displaying his work along with 24 other local artists at the Bethesda Artist Market tomorrow at Bethesda Place Plaza. I know Daniel's work firsthand; he took the lovely photographs of Kathleen and her garden for my story, and also had recent shows of his photos at Discovery Gallery and Glen Echo.
Swedish home store Klaradal in Olney (voted "Best Store" by Bethesda Magazine in January) is having a Midsummer sale complete with food, fiddlers and a midsummer pole Saturday from 11-4. Klaradal, located in a quaint little house, frequently hosts fun events. Owner Sue Kopperman makes a phenomenal "Klaradini" (but you didn't hear that from me).
On a bookish note, check out the author event tonight at 7:30 at the Bethesda Barnes & Noble when writer Ali Sethi discusses his book, The Wishmaker. Don't miss author Wheeler del Torro talk about making vegan ice cream, The Vegan Scoop, at the Rockville location (in Montrose Crossing shopping center) Saturday at 3:30.