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Our commitment to community comes through in our love for special events. Throughout the years, we have produced and hosted a multitude of events, from backyard parties to Humane Society benefits, Spring Carnivals, Fall Festivals and even holiday parades!

Below is our archive of past events throughout the years. Our two most recent events - The Spring Carnival and The Haunted Garden were such a success that we have decided to make them both annual traditions. We love giving back to the community and we thrive when we see a neighborhood coming together to enjoy the seasons. We hope, you too, enjoy our events and if you haven't been to them yet, we so look forward to meeting you in the future!

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 upcoming EVENTS


Masquerade in The Haunted Garden

Funds raised from the benefit enable the school to enhance its programs in areas including music, art, library, financial aid and teacher professional development. This year, proceeds also support the physical and outdoor education programs.Donna is taking the Haunted Garden on the road to benefit the Evergreen Montessori School of Silver Spring! Please join us for a night of food, open bar and masquerading in the midst of The Haunted Garden’s most popular attractions! There will be live entertainment, a silent auction and more than a few surprises.

When: April 26, 7PM
Where: Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave
Tickets: $40.00 pp or $75.00 per couple

To buy tickets and get more info, visit

 past and recent EVENTS

This year marked the 4th annual Haunted Garden at Donna's house in Silver Spring. It was an uphill battle to get there as Donna and friends fought their case in the courtroom amid the mass media frenzy but they persevered and made the 2013 season its best one yet! From the giant mushrooms and new 18' witch to the massive spider crawling down the chimney, it was a feast for senses and a wonderland for the kids and families to enjoy!  

Donna goes back to court on December 17th to continue the battle to keep the Haunted Garden alive. For up to date info, like The Haunted Garden on Facebook!    

Check out photos and video below of this year's Haunted Garden Experience!  



Pure Energy  presents the 2013 Spring Carnival! This year we hosted the Spring Carnival at the new location of Pinecrest Park in Woodmoor, to accommodate the increasingly large turnouts and bigger, better activities for everyone to enjoy. We had a very special guest Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, who joined us and provided hands-on screen printing and paper making activities. Check out our photo gallery and video of previous Spring Carnivals. We look forward to seeing you next year!! 




The Haunted Garden 2012 VIDEO has arrived! Enjoy an 18 minute walk through of The Haunted Garden and relive some of the fun AND FEAR! Thank you to everyone for visiting and enjoying The Haunted Garden. We appreciate not only your support but your smiles and screams as well! Thank you to Montgomery County Parks for all their hard work making our event safe for the community. A very special thank you to all of the actors, pumpkin carvers, neighbors and  crew members that helped us setup and load out before the storm. We appreciate it more than you know. 

Thanks to those who donated to A Wider Circle! If you didn't get the chance to donate please do visit for info on donations.  

For up to date info, like us on Facebook and let us know which exhibit was your favorite!   

For this year's photos, click the photo gallery link below. We hope you enjoy! See you next year!




Fido on Sligo .................

was an adorable fundraising event, held in October 2010 for the Montgomery County Humane Society. Fido the Wonder Dog was our guest of honor, entertaining the kids and The Dean of Magic stopped by to perform a wonderful magic show filled with an array of "tricks". 

Because we held this event during the Halloween season, the kids enjoyed pumpkin painting, a daytime haunted trail (that created the now famous, Haunted Garden) and all attended in costumes from little witches to Hot Dogs and everything in between!



The mood was set from miles away as our guests were guided to the fun by four revolving spotlights, which were seen as far away as Rockville! The Pure Energy Team went all out on this special night as we walked the red carpet with 250 of Pure Energy’s FABULOUS clients, friends and family. Amid the disco ball, cosmopolitan fountain and nine course of incredible food, we watched the private screening of “Stage This House” on 5 flat screen televisions, before the dancing began. Festivities ran late into the night and an AMAZING TIME was had by all!





In 2006, For the Silver Spring Annual Thanksgiving Parade, we decided to do something crazy and build a FLOAT! So, we brought our various skills together - from builders to carpenters and artists and whipped up a funky Seuss inspired Purple house covered in glitter and flowers and strutted our stuff through the streets of Silver Spring!