Austin “Kip” Kiplinger Receives the 2011 Royce Hanson Award

What a beautiful Fall evening we had this past Sunday for the 2011 Royce Hanson Award! Thanks to the Potomac Hunt for providing such a lovely setting for long-time friends to gather. Most importantly, MCA appreciates all those who came out to celebrate Austin “Kip” Kiplinger’s long time residency, preservation, and commitment to Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. May the success of the Ag. Reserve continue, due to the hard work of it’s supporters and of course, Mr. Kiplinger! See The Sentinel’s article on the event here.

Mike Rubin (MCA Executive Committee ), Diana Conway (MCA President), Austin Kiplinger (Recipient), Caroline Taylor (MCA Executive Director), and Dr. Royce Hanson (Founder of Ag. Reserve, for whom the award is named).

Dr. Royce Hanson speaks about the importance of  land preservation and easements through the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Oakley Johnson presents a map of the Ag. Reserve to Mr. Kiplinger

Congratulations Austin “Kip” Kiplinger!

And finally, a HUGE thank you goes to all who made the event run ever-so-smoothly: To Whole Foods Market for their generous donation, Mixed Greens and Community Kitchen from Shiloh Farm, Chef Jim Woods, Carlos Torres, Selby’s Market, Comus Market, Rocklands Farm, Kingsbury Orchards, Bella Terra Family Farm, and Bethesda Chevy Chase Beer & Wine for their generous support for this event! Your hard work did not go unnoticed. The local food and drink were superb!

Savor the Season at Brookside Gardens

Friday October, 28th 2011 6:30-8:30pm

If you haven’t visited Brookside Gardens yet, now is the time! Don’t miss the peak bloom of the Autumn Harvest Chrysanthemum display. This special evening will include a sampling of various chocolates, wines, cheeses, and more. What a charming way to celebrate the goodness of the Fall season!

Base Admission $39 includes entrance, appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages. Click Here to see the invitation.

Space is limited: Support the Gardens by purchasing your ticket.

Countryside Artisans’ 2011 Fall Studio Tour

This weekend! Meet and talk with the artisans as they open their studios to offer an array of handcrafted items for sale! For more information visit

Be on the lookout for paintings, blown glass, fine furniture, pottery, sculpture & more!