Start the holiday season with Peerless Rockville at our Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 1 from 1-4 pm in the historic Red Brick Courthouse. Free to all, this event is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with members of the community, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres provided by Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge, festive punch, music, and 1920s-style decorations. Peerless will also have the gift shop open where guests can find many discounted gifts related to Rockville’s heritage. We hope to see you there!
Suggested donation $10
Glenview Mansion Ornament
Peerless Rockville is proud to launch the fifth Peerless Places Commemorative Ornament highlighting local historic landmarks. The beautifully crafted ornament features Rockville’s Glenview Mansion. Proceeds benefit Peerless’ educational programs and preservation work.
Glenview has been exquisitely recreated in miniature, capturing the details of the mansion. This wonderful 2½” high, gold-plated souvenir will be offered in a limited edition. Packaged in a handsome gift box with a descriptive card, this ornament will be treasured for generations to come.
Peerless member price $21.95; non-member $26.95. Ornaments are available for pickup at Peerless Rockville at our Holiday Open House on December 1, 2013 or by mail after December 2, 2013.
Please see order form for more details or click here to purchase online.
Saturday, October 26
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler will be presented the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature at this one-day annual event. He will read from his work, lead a writing workshop and have a book signing. Special Guest Speaker R. Clifton Spargo, author of “Beautiful Fools, The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald” will lead a talk. A feature of this year’s festival is the screenings of the 1949 and 1974 film versions of “The Great Gatsby” followed by a panel of film critics consisting of Michael Dirda, Jane Horwitz, Murray Horwitz and Bob Mondello comparing these film versions to the 2013 film adaptation. Writing workshops in fiction, mystery/thriller, poetry and memoir led by Alan Cheuse, James Grady, Merrill Leffler and E. Ethelbert Miller are designed for emerging and established writers. For more information, please visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/fsfitzgeraldconference for a detailed schedule of workshops and events.
Rockville City Police Department
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm
Red Brick Courthouse
Peerless Rockville will host its 34th annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm. The awards program honors individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Rockville’s heritage. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please come and join us in honoring these individuals and impressive projects. After the ceremony, we invite you to tour the new Police Station with Chief of Police Terry Treschuk.
Parishioner Ann Maria Weems disguised as a boy to avoid detection during her escape on the Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad—a secret network of volunteers who transported, concealed, fed, and clothed fleeing slaves—helped countless numbers of freedom-seekers make their way north. From the early 1800s to the Civil War, Maryland played a leading role in this movement with Montgomery County as an active hub and Rockville serving as a station.
On Saturday, October 5, historian Anthony Cohen will lead a two-hour walking tour in and around Rockville to explore the surprising places, events, and people connected to the Underground Railroad. You’ll discover how Josiah Henson, Alfred Homer, and Ann Maria Weems made history and imagine what life for a slave was like in Rockville at places such as St. Mary’s Chapel and Robb’s Tavern.
Anthony Cohen, who is a fourth generation descendant of a runaway slave, retraced the 1,000 mile route of the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Canada. He traveled through five states by foot, boat and rail like thousands of fugitives before him including a six-hour trip inside a wooden crate, smuggled onto a train like Henry “Box” Brown, a fugitive who mailed himself to freedom in 1849.
The tour starts at 10 am in front of the Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville. Cost is $7 Peerless members/$10 non-members. To reserve your space, please call 301-762-0096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.