Washington, D.C. — The WETA Guide to Montgomery County, a new local documentary from WETA TV 26, explores the communities, cultural offerings, activities and history of Montgomery County, Maryland. The latest production in The WETA Guide series, the film takes a look at the county’s bustling cities, smaller towns and rural landscapes. The program offers plenty for the longtime resident or new arrival — and for neighbors for the surrounding area as well — as more than twenty different features of the county are explored. This one-hour WETA local production premieres March 14 at 8:00 p.m. on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
“Montgomery County is a wonderful place to live, work, and play,” commented Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager of WETA. “The WETA Guide to Montgomery County provides a look at the county’s intriguing neighborhoods, diverse offerings, and continued growth. We are proud to feature this important Maryland community as our next chapter in The WETA Guide series.”
Dozens of activities are showcased in WETA's tribute to Montgomery County. Audiences will visit the trendy shops and restaurants in Bethesda, attend a community fair in Damascus, cheer at the Maryland Soccerplex, listen to a concert at The Music Center at Strathmore, spend an evening at the AFI Silver Theatre or a stage production at the Olney Theatre Center, paddle whitewater in Great Falls, experience Wheaton’s culinary diversity, and search for a unique discovery at Antique Row in Kensington. Among other segments, the documentary also captures biking along the C&O Canal, a ride on White’s Ferry in Poolesville, a visit to the tranquil Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, a journey on an 1870’s canal boat at the Great Falls Visitors center, a visit to Glen Echo Park, and a trip to Montgomery County’s only winery, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.
WETA highlights the county’s engaging history by visiting the town of Boyds, established to settle workers of the B&O Railroad in the late 1800s; the Sandy Spring Museum to learn about Montgomery County’s early Quaker community; the Woodlawn Manor Museum to follow the Underground Railroad; and the Beall-Dawson House, an important architectural and social reminder of early Rockville.
The WETA Guide to Montgomery County follows the tradition of previous programs in The WETA Guide series such as The WETA Guide to Christmas and The WETA Guide to Fine Dining (available for streaming at weta.org) by spotlighting special places and happenings in the region.
Funding for the local broadcast of The WETA Guide to Montgomery County has been provided by the Broomfield Charitable Foundation and WETA members.
The complete WETA television schedule is available at weta.org. Viewers can watch WETA TV 26 over the air on channel 26.4, and on Comcast 26 and 267, Cox 26 and 802, Dish 8076, FiOS 26 and 471, and RCN 164. WETA HD is available over the air on channel 26.1, and on Comcast 220, Cox 726, FiOS 526, Direct TV 26 and 26-1, and RCN 613.
WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM are public broadcasting stations serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia with high-quality programming. Classical WETA 90.9 FM brings classical music, concerts and specials to Greater Washington. As the leading PBS station in the nation’s capital, WETA Television broadcasts on four channels: WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA Kids and WETA Create. WETA Television celebrates the people and history of this region through programs such as WETA All Access, WETA Around Town and WETA Extras. For national PBS audiences, WETA produces PBS NewsHour; Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal; history films by Ken Burns such as The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and The Tenth Inning; and performance specials from the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Embracing the educational mission of public broadcasting, WETA creates leading public service websites such as ReadingRockets.org, LDOnline.org and Brainline.org; and develops community outreach programs to engage people of all ages in the joy of lifelong learning. WETA’s headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at weta.org.
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