That’s “Spring” with no “S” at the end, despite what you may have read here in the past and what you would hear me say if we were ever to meet and have nothing better to talk about than this Washington D.C. suburb in Maryland. I always want it to be Silver Springs…but it’s not. According to every blogger’s friend, Wikipedia:
“Silver Spring takes its name from a mica-flecked spring discovered there in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who subsequently bought much of the surrounding land.”
However, I digress. This is a Thursday Doors post. An entry in the worldwide celebration of all things door, led by the renowned explorer Vasco da Frampton, and his sidekick, (did he name that tadpole yet?) the little blue frog. Each week, Vasco, sorry, I mean Norm, leads us on an expedition to discover the most interesting doors on the planet. He invites people to join his party and share their discoveries. To participate (or observe) go to Norm’s Landing. Once there, look at Norm’s doors and then click the little blue frog. The tadpole will let you into the collection AND DON’T FORGET to fill out the form and add your doors if you have some to share.
I put the introduction at the top for two reasons: 1) it’s really important, if you are sharing doors, that you fill out the entry. Otherwise, people might not see your doors. 2) Other than the mica-flecked thing, I got nothing about Silver Spring.
I was in Silver Spring for the Annual Meeting of AIIM International, an association of
geeky folk Information Professionals of which I was the Chairman in 2017. As of January 1, 2018, I am the Immediate Past Chair and I can make small jokes like that. Anyway, I was staying at the Courtyard Hotel and from my window, I spied a church that had an interesting window. Where there’s an interesting window, there must be doors.
Here’s a tip: When you leave your hotel for a doorscursion, you are likely to be disoriented by hallway configurations and elevator placement. Standing in the lobby, you might not realize which direction leads to the target building. Don’t expect a good answer if you ask the desk clerk for directions to the church with the nicely arched windows. Instead, look for a more pedestrian landmark (I chose CVS) and ask the clerk how to get there.
I could see how to get to the church from the CVS, and the clerk knew how to get to CVS, so my doorscursion was underway.
The gallery includes the photos I took of St. Michael’s Church and school, and a few less stately doors. You can click on any door to begin a slide show. I should mention that there’s a surprise in the gallery for people from the US who are of a certain age.