Shayna and Eddie’s Covid-Times Wedding

Who doesn’t love a wedding story – especially one suddenly upended by the COVID-19 shutdown? For this wedding story we follow a couple creatively doing a 180 in their wedding plans, pandemic be damned. Shayna Skolnik first met Eddie Gonzales at a scientific conference in San Francisco (he worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and she for her own company ...
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Musicians Donate to the New Deal Cafe Auction – Live Music 2020-Style

Photo by Dean Boyd The New Deal Caf‌é recently completed its fund-raising auction, with over 100 offerings and over $14,000 in income to help them weather this long national nightmare for restaurants, especially the ones featuring entertainment. Music at the New Deal attracts people from around the DMV and beyond and has won the Caf‌é many regional awards and accolades ...
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New Video: My Front-Yard Make-over…with Vines and Paint

Through the pandemic, I’ve been having a lot of fun making “virtual garden tours,” using a new film editing program that’s powerful yet intuitive enough for even ME – a drop-out from more programs than I care to list. There have been seven Virtual Summer Garden Tours so far and this next one –  of my very own front garden! ...
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Dee and Tim’s Covid-Times Wedding

Masks created by Dee’s “sister-from-another-mister” Kathy Mitchell of On The Shore Embroidery.  Next in our series of stories about Greenbelters adapting to the pandemic is an especially happy one – of how two Greenbelters tied the knot and celebrated with friends and family – covid-safely. Where there’s a will… Original Plan Dee Sweeney and Tim Saurwein’s plan was for a ...
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Great Covid-Safe Day Trips: Sandy Point and National Arboretum

Sandy Point is at the western end of the Bay Bridge. If, like me, you want to take advantage of our fabulous fall weather but are tired of the same old neighborhood – Greenbelt – here’s a couple of very easy get-aways that are also covid-safe. Sandy Point, Maryland The first trip I recommend is to Sandy Point, just 35 ...
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Award-Winning Live Music at the New Deal Cafe!

Congratulations to the New Deal Café on its THREE wins in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2020!! The New Deal Café won: FIRST PLACE in “Best Place to Experience Local Music.” THIRD PLACE in “Best Music Venue.” THIRD PLACE in “Best Place to Have Dinner With Live Music.” As music and bar manager Amethyst Dwyer posted on Facebook, “Wooooo ...
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Virtual Tour of Hope’s Garden

I’m happy to finally have a Virtual Greenbelt Garden Tour outside of Old Greenbelt, thanks to Hope McCalla in East Greenbelt. (Here are the 6 Summer Tours.) I visited Hope and her garden in early September. After we video’d, I mentioned that I’d be looking for music by Greenbelt musicians to accompany the video and told me her next-door neighbor ...
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Day Trip: How to Be a DC Tourist in Covid Times

No traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue. Safe Day Trips from Greenbelt during covid times are a challenge but there ARE ways. Getting There Safely I wasn’t about to take the Metro for an unnecessary trip during the pandemic, but driving from Greenbelt to the National Mall is actually quicker – about 30 minutes, off-rush. (And the “rush” these days is awfully light.) ...
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Trump’s National Garden of Heroes in Greenbelt National Park?

We’re lucky to live so close to the hidden gem that is the Greenbelt National Park with its 1,200 acres of woods, trails and campsites. So close to DC and even a Metro station, it’s no wonder the park is popular with visitors to the area, domestic and international. DC residents sometimes camp there, too, enjoying an easy get-away in ...
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Keeping the Greenbelt Farmers Market Safe

By Gabriel Pietrorazio, Masters Degree Candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Every Sunday, vendors from all around Maryland venture to Roosevelt Center at 9 a.m. to set up their stands in the parking lot for the Greenbelt Farmers Market. But 2020 is an unprecedented season for the market – jugs full of hand sanitizer, face ...
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Tour Katrina’s Garden, Virtually

Today we’re showing off the last of 6 Virtual Summer Garden Tour videos created this year in lieu of in-person tours. For this one, gardener Katrina Boverman recorded a narration, provided the details below, and chose the opening and closing music. Karina selected music by Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes out of several clips offered by Greenbelt musicians. Ed Crowley, ...
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Golden Age Club Goes Virtual – on Zoom, Facebook and Internet

Photo by Rebekah Sutfin Sadly, the last in-person event of Greenbelt’s Golden Age Club was in early March. But it’s September now and the club is back with its regular Wednesday meeting schedule –  on Zoom this time, with plans through the end of the year. Events are open to all members, who receive the Zoom link via email. Nonmembers ...
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Virtual Tour of Sandra Lange’s Garden Oasis

Sandra Lange in her Greenbelt garden. Our next and almost last Virtual Summer Garden Tour is of a cool oasis created by the talented gardener Sandra Lange. Luckily for us, Sandra’s son David Barnes is a professional videographer and was available to work with her to create a PBS-quality tour, with Sandra providing the narration. It’s embedded below. But first, ...
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Lessons from Tony’s Troublemakers Over the Labor Day Weekend

By Gabriel Pietrorazio, Masters Degree Candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. On Sunday mornings, the Greenbelt’s Municipal parking lot usually is a bustling epicenter filled with customers, but not this weekend. The weekly Greenbelt Farmers Market had been cancelled because of the Labor Day holiday. Greenbelt’s famous Labor Day Festival had been cancelled, ...
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Economic Impact and Financial Viability of the Proposed Baltimore Washington Maglev

Guest post by Owen Kelley It is clear from emails flying around, Facebook posts, and items in the News Review that many Greenbelters are concerned about the impact on Greenbelt of the magnetically levitated (maglev) train that has been proposed between Baltimore and Washington. To explore the question of whether the maglev would bring economic benefits that would outweigh harm ...
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Nice Changes to Southway Entrance Garden

This year the median strip along Southway, Greenbelt’s historic entrance, has a new look, and it’s a lot more sustainable, too. Environmentally conscious gardeners salute the switch from mostly annuals (like New Guinea impatiens seen below a couple of years ago) to grasses and Black-eyed Susans! Also known as Rudbeckia, the popular perennial is drought-tolerant, long-blooming, cheerful as can be, ...
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Social Distance Amounts Illustrated, Revised

For months I’ve wondered how far apart I really am when I’m around people, so I solicited volunteer models to help me demonstrate distances in photos. Via the Greenbelters Facebook Group, John Zale and Hannah Ruth stepped up and joined me in the open area of 5 Ridge Road. We all instinctively felt that 6 feet is TOO CLOSE. Better ...
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Virtual Tour of Lesley Kash’s Garden

Our next Virtual Summer Garden Tour uses a very different technique to (try to) replicate the experience of touring a garden – which is the goal in this year without in-person tours. This video uses a music track instead of narration. For information about the garden, the gardener tells the story in text below the video on YouTube. Click here ...
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Where Greenbelters Exercise with Each Other Online

I know several Greenbelters who dearly miss not just their regular exercise class, but the fun and connection of doing it with friends. Or if not friends, at least the regular bunch they see every Tuesday or whatever. Seniors especially are the most isolated AND medically vulnerable, so have the greatest need for online fitness and socializing opportunities. (For example, ...
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Virtual Tour of Amethyst Dwyer’s Townhouse Garden

Our next video in lieu of in-person garden tours comes to us from a small townhouse in Old Greenbelt – a middle unit with no side yards, no less. Amethyst Amethyst Dwyer and Dorian Winterfeld bought their GHI unit 21 years ago, after living next door to it, admiring its gardens and interior renovations, and buying it as soon as ...
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