Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Electric Maid grand reopening this weekend

The Electric Maid art space (aka "community living room", aka third place) has received a makeover, which includes the restoration of the cool art deco neon sign that adorns the front of the building.

Here's info about the grand reopening ceremony on Saturday, 05/01/10:

The Electric Maid Community Living Room at 268 Carroll St, NW, Washington, DC 20012 (202-545-3980)(one block from Takoma Park Metro Station, across from the 7-11 between Seekers Church and Torchinsky's Funeral Home) has scheduled its Grand Reopening this coming Saturday, May 1st from Noon to 11 PM to highlight its role as Takoma's "Community Living Room", a coffeehouse style art space and community hangout in the vein of the old Takoma Cafe. The day's events will be followed with the unveiling and of the fully restored landmark neon sign that had graced the building since the 1940's, but had not been functional in recent years. It has now been restored to its full art deco style artistic glory.

The "Friedrich's Dry Cleaners" and "Electric Maid" sign restoration was funded by Friends of Old Takoma, Inc. (FOOT), which sponsors the Electric Maid project, with additional funding by Main Street's Facade Improvement Program. Special thanks will also be given to community leaders who have invested their diligent efforts in the restoration of the sign and interior.

During the all-day reception, a brand new mural by local artist Meghan Taylor will also be unveiled inside the space at 5 PM. The sign will be lit, for the first time in decades, during a ceremony at 8 PM.

Other events during the course of the all day open house event highlight some of the community, social, and educational uses planned for the space (We welcome YOUR suggestions and input as the community!) including free talks, an exhibition of hanging art by local artist Tuesday Winslow, and workshops from Noon to 3 PM followed by a community party from 3 to 8 PM with live music, food, and non-alcoholic beverages available. Please come on by and join us!

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