Relive *More* Great Greenbelt Festivals with these Videos

Readers told us they enjoyed this highlights video of the October 8 Crazy Quilt Music Festival, so catch up with *more* Greenbelt festivals and events in the fall of 2022 with these videos. Greenbelt Blues Festival in Roosevelt Center, September 17, 2022 The Blues Festival, sponsored by Friends of New Deal Cafe ARTS and the New Deal Café with support ...

Let’s Grow More PG Beautification Awards in Greenbelt

Ever heard of the  Prince George’s Beautification Awards? They were started in 1960 by the county’s Chamber of Commerce, and the program is now run by the county’s Beautification Committee (members include County Landscape Architect, garden clubs, non-profits and interested members of the community). The current chairman was first appointed in 1978. (!!) More from the program’s website: “The Department ...

Visiting Greenhills, Ohio, Part 2: Homes

[This is Part 2 of my Greenhills report. Part 1 covered public spaces, including a commercial strip.] Housing in Historic Greenhills From an architectural source: Each [residential] section has a mix of dwellings, one or more collector streets, a series of cul-de-sacs or short lanes, pedestrian paths, parks, playgrounds, and public green spaces such as commons or planted median strips… ...

Drumming and Story-Telling in Greenbelt National Park

We’re so lucky to have the wooded oasis that is the Greenbelt National Park right in our midst! And it’s open again for campers (after a great deal of storm damage last month, not to mention the pandemic before that). The park’s Campfire Program, located deep within the campgrounds, is proving to be quite popular. (Scroll down for directions.) The ...

I Visited the New Deal Town of Greenhills Ohio. Part 1: Landmarks and Commercial Center

Welcome to Greenhills, Ohio Most Greenbelters know that there were two other New Deal “greenbelt towns,” named for the belt of forest surrounding each one. After Greenbelt opened in 1937, Greenhills, Ohio, near Cincinnati, opened a year later and then Greendale, Wisconsin, near Madison, in 1939. Greenhills Mayor David Moore holds Greenbelt News Review. In August I was in Cincinnati ...

Relive the 2022 Crazy Quilt Music Festival in 4:14 Minutes

Photos by Katy Gaughan If you were in Roosevelt Center two weekends ago for the fabulous Crazy Quilt Music Festival, now you can relive it with this short, handy summary video of the 12-hour event. And if you missed it, here’s what you missed. You’ll see snippets of the seven bands AND fun events like the Greenbelt Honk! Situation marching ...

Tool Lending Library Opens and I Donate a Trimmer that Intimidated Me

Volunteer Laura Lising greets Tool Library Visitor Greg Rusk Great news! Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative has launched a Tool Lending Library in its new Granite Building location in Roosevelt Center. How it Works The Library’s tentative hours (depending on volunteer staffing) are Fridays 5:30 pm to 7 pm and Sundays 11 am to 1 pm. The Library pays rent and insurance ...

Update on Greenbelt Artists: Amanda Spaid, Poetry+Art Show, and Paul Downs, Too!

Show of Amanda Spaid’s Bird Paintings at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Digital paintings by Amanda Spaid. Now through the end of October, catch Amanda Spaid’s wonderful paintings of birds in the Hollingsworth Gallery at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel. She’s also created an online version where we can listen to individual bird songs and read stories about individual pieces. Here’s ...

Colonial Beach, Va. has lots more than long beaches

Can you believe the second-longest beach in Virginia is along the Potomac River, just across the river in Colonial Beach, Va? I visited last Saturday after hearing about it from Greenbelt friends Jay Bellamy and Bethany Gresser, who spent four nights there in mid-September. The amount of beach there is something the town’s tourism website promotes, and they’re clean and ...

Speaking of Royalty, who’s Prince George, Anyway?

Prince George of Denmark looking grand on horseback; with his wife Queen Anne. While the British royalty is all over the news, maybe it’s time to take a look at the royal family member that our beloved county is named for – Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708), consort to Queen Anne of Great Britain. The name was chosen at the ...

Greenbelters’ Memories of the British Royal Family

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth was announced last week, Greenbelt’s Facebook groups and pages have been flooded with remembrances that Greenbelters have with seeing the Queen or other close members of her family, including her visits to towns in Prince George’s County and Greenbelt itself! Here’s what we know so far and if you have other examples, please leave ...

A Bike Trail from Eleanor Roosevelt HS to NASA?

by Jeff Lemieux for GreenbeltNASAtrail.org Proposed Trail Starting Point – Sidewalk East of ERHS. Photo Jeff Lemieux On Monday August 8th, Mayor Emmett Jordan and I rode from Eleanor Roosevelt High School to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and on to Good Luck Road and DuVal HS. How did we do it? At first, on a narrow sidewalk, then on ...

Select Photos of Greenbelt’s 2022 Labor Day Festival

Photo credit: Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Facebook page cover. 2022’s may just have been best Greenbelt Labor Day Festival ever! After two covid-reduced or -deprived years, the four-day event seemed blissful. Great weather, too! I hope you enjoy these festival photos that Greenbelters posted to local Facebook groups and gave permission to publish here. I’m glad Greenbelt has so many ...

Healthy-Eating Travel with Lisa and Clayton McCarl

McCarl Dental Group’s offices at 28 Ridge Road When I moved here 10 years ago I had no idea there was a “pioneer” dental practice in the middle of Old Greenbelt, housed in two historical co-op units, no less. It opened in 1938 and now the third generation of McCarls practices there, including one who became my dentist – Dr ...

Thanks to the Greenbelt Library, I can ditch my printer!

This is the latest in a long history of printers that I’ve owned and hated – every last one of them! It may be that I’m uniquely challenged in my mechanical abilities (people have told me) and I’m setting them up wrong. Still, I find comfort in the New York Times’ description of printers as “annoying. All of them” in ...

College Alumni Meet-up in Roosevelt Center, with Visits to New Deal Cafe and OGT

I recently learned that a really fun, easy and well-received meet-up for my DC-area college alumni group is to share the Old Greenbelt experience with them. A couple dozen Oberlin College alums, of which there are over 800 in the D.C. area, visited here last month, with the highlight being the New Deal Cafe’s back room for socializing and enjoying ...

Home Repair/Modification Assistance for Marylanders

A very knowledgeable Greenbelt expert in resources for residents, especially seniors and people with disabilities, is City of Greenbelt employee Christal Batey. She recently gave a zoom talk about sources of aid for Marylanders who need financial help modifying their homes in order to age in place or adapt their homes to non-age-related disabilities – but that’s not all!. The ...

Best of Greenbelt STORM Photos

Anyone in or near Greenbelt on Tuesday, July 12 has a story to tell about the humongous wind-and-rain storm we experienced at about 6 pm. To me, as I watched nervously from my upstairs window, it looked like a tornado, with all the whirling going on in the treetops. Others describe it as a “bow echo,” which is “when bands ...

Greenbelt’s Abundance of Nature and Outdoor Activities – an Appreciation

Wildlife, Greenbelt Lake, city pool and a beach just 45 minutes away. Explore the natural resources of Greenbelt and the many ways that Greenbelters and visitors enjoy them When I moved to Old Greenbelt after 26 years in Takoma Park I had no idea that I’d be vastly increasing my connections to nature – my chances to spend time outdoors ...

Meet Rose Xinran Qi: Greenbelt Dance’s New Teacher

by Leah Cohen I don’t know about you, but my heart is warmed by the diversity of people who call Greenbelt home: old and young, families and retirees, university students and essential workers, immigrants, migrants, “pioneers”, those here til death-do-us-part and those who are just passing through. Diversity is nourishing, and we are all the better for welcoming people with ...