Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bonfire begins after 5 p.m. Friday, assistant farm manager Tyler Butler said.
It might not be too late to get a tree, but time’s running out if your tree shopping must include a warm bonfire. Butler’s Orchard in Germantown is hosting its final bonfire of the year on Friday. There will be plenty of marshmallows to go around, according to Tyler Butler, assistant farm manager. Butler said while it wasn't the first time the orchard has had bonfires, it was the first time they've offered up marshmallows. He said he hopes it becomes a new tradition and attracts people to the orchard on a Friday night. “We get so busy on weekends,” Butler said. “But some people say it’s the only time they can get out to the farm.” On Friday, the orchard will be open until 9:30 p.m. The bonfire begins after 5. More details are available on…
Friday, November 30, 2012
About 40 percent of Christmas tree fires involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction between 2000 and 2004, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
With Thanksgiving behind us, many families are turning their attention toward buying a Christmas tree. The National Christmas Tree Association wants customers to keep a few safety tips in mind when they purchase their tree. Consumers also need to know how to care for it once it's in their home.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Patch stopped by the Christmas tree sale at St. Paul's UMC and snapped a sweet moment.
Greg Kolf, 5, of Rockville bounded out of the family minivan Friday afternoon in hopes of selecting just the right Christmas tree. With his mother by his side, the choice was quickly made: a five foot tall Fraser Fir. The sale was the 184th tree sold at the United Methodist Men (UMM) Christmas Tree Sale in the parking lot adjacent to St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington. "I like coming over here," said Adele Kolf, a former Kensington resident and Greg's mother. "I feel good supporting [the church]." John Scheirer, Venture Crew adviser to boy and girl scouts ages 14 to 21, said the sale started with 200 trees. Part of the proceeds are distributed by UMM to charities including local food banks. Boy Scout Troop 439 joined in as …
Boy Scouts sell Christmas trees, Patch traffic map and gas price tool and harmonica lessons.
Happy Friday, Kensington. We've made it to the end of another work week. Here are your five things to know today. 1. After mild temperatures Thursday, today will be mostly sunny in the morning followed by cloudy skies in the afternoon, according to ABC 7. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Clouds will continue into the evening with lows around 30. 2. Did you know that Kensington Patch now has a Traffic & Gas tab on the home page? There's a live traffic map of the area, as well as a comparison of gas prices nearby. Be sure to check it out as it could prove to be a real time- and money-saver. 3. Nighthawks singer and harpist Mark Wenner is organizing harmonica workshops for the weekends of Jan. 13-14 and Jan. …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Check out our map of various Christmas tree farms in Montgomery County.
Interactive map: Click on each tree for hours of operation, tree types, price ranges, services and products. Then, when you cut down your own Christmas tree, share your photos on Patch! Did we miss any tree farms? Tell us in the comments and we'll add it to the map.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
With the passing of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins, Joe and his wife Rachel have high hopes to bring back the small-town vibe that preceded them.
Hawkins Produce, known for its apple cider and tomatoes, has been a staple in Kensington since 1979. But most importantly, they were known for their family-like atmosphere. Since the owners Jim and Ann Hawkins died in 1998 and 2001, respectively, the business just hasn't been the same. "It was just one huge, big family and we're trying to get that back," said Joe Hawkins, son of the late owners, and current owner of Hawkins Produce. Hawkins and his wife Rachel are the next generation of Hawkins and are working hard to revive the sense of family that existed when Joe's parents were alive, in particular during this holiday season. "It's my wife's first [winter] season here," Hawkins said. "We brought her in because we wanted to keep the …