COVER: 10th anniversary cover illustration by Amanda Smallwood
78 How We’ve
Since Bethesda Magazine
published its first issue in
2004, our area has changed
dramatically. We’ve seen the
emergence of new downtowns
and shifting demographics in
schools, and been taken on a
roller-coaster ride in local real
estate. Here’s a look back at how
the area has changed and grown.
By Eugene L. Meyer
93 Hats Off!
To celebrate the magazine’s 10th
anniversary, we pulled together
some of our favorite people,
places and things—all in the
form of Top 10 lists. From the
best places to have a cold one
to a collection of little-known
historical facts to celebrities we
are proud to call our own, here
are some of the many reasons
we love this community.
By Teddy Amenabar, Nevin
Martell and Mark Walston
102 One of Th
Paddling the treacherous
Falls earns kayakers a sp
knit community. When th
of Shannon Christy, local
leave her behind.
By Amy Reinink
112 Fields of Dreams
Whitman grad Greg Glenn took a different path
than most of his classmates—and ended up
running a farm.
By David Frey
122 In Two Worlds
Like many amateur cartoonists, Chris Mararac
can’t make a living off of his art. But Bethesda’s
community of underground artists provides a
safe haven to pursue his passion.
By Nevin Martell
130 Immigration Face Off
Derwood’s Brad Botwin wants to make sure
we shut the door on anyone trying to enter this
country illegally, while Gaithersburg’s Alfonso
Aguilar is urging his fellow Republicans to see
reform as the ticket to the future.
By David Frey
138 Cooking with Ink
For local chefs, showing their true colors
is a matter of art.
By Theresa Sintetos
144 Love’s Her Job
How Bethesda’s Sophia Nash wrote romance
into her life.
By Kris Coronado
152 Bethesda Interview
Writer and Silver Spring resident George
Pelecanos is known for gritty crime novels
and television work such as The Wire.
He finds his greatest inspiration on the
streets of Washington, D.C.
By Julie Rasicot
159 Write On
The winners of our annual Short Story
and Essay Contests.