Photographing and/or Interpreting Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

There’s only one national park dedicated to aquatic plants, and that’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, located in N.E. Washington, about a 15-minute drive from Greenbelt. I was there in Mid-July for their Lotus and Water Lily Festival. All summer but especially at the peak flowering time and during the festival, the place is swarming with photographers. This year the 2-day festival attracted ...
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Bringing Authentic Nigerian Cuisine to Greenbelt

Jodeem African Cuisine owners Amaka and Chuks Nunyerem at the restaurant in Beltway Plaza Mall, Greenbelt A big red sign hanging over the entryway tells me I’ve reached my destination: Jodeem African Cuisine. The smell of homemade curry, slow-cooked chicken and fried plantains rolls out through the door. Inside, customers line up, eagerly waiting for their orders. My stomach growls ...
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New for Greenbelt Entrepreneurs: Business Gate!

Inside Business Gate in Greenbelt You may have heard about the booming business in co-working – places where you can rent a desk, office, or conference room on an hourly-to-monthly basis, with IT and other amenities, plus people to chat with over coffee when you need a break. Well, Greenbelt now has its own – called Business Gate, on Edmonston ...
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“Radical Suburbs” is Greenbelt History through a Big-Picture Lens

Photo by Greenbelt Museum The latest in the Greenbelt Museum’s terrific lecture series was a talk and book signing by Amanda Kolson Hurley,  author of Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City. As the Museum wrote, “The book includes a chapter on Greenbelt and its history, placing our experimental community in the context of a variety ...
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Local Churches and the LGBTQ Community of Greenbelt

Greenbelt Community Church is one of many LGBTQ-affirming churches in Prince George’s County LGBTQ people have struggled to find acceptance within major religions for centuries, but in Greenbelt, created during the New Deal as a solution for Depression-Era city slums, community members are fostering a more inclusive religious environment. Throughout the area, LGBTQ-affirming religious communities are becoming increasingly commonplace. Greenbelt ...
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New at DC Museums: Dinosaurs and the Lawn in Summer

The Montana rancher and the T. rex she found. I first realized that the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History had unveiled a redesigned and expanded Dinosaur Hall by stumbling upon this NPR interview with the museum’s (very impressive) director, the paleontologist Kirk Johnson. He told the story of how a rancher in Montana found a T. rex fossil. She wasn’t ...
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Help Greenbelt Online Now for 100% Matching Funds

Some of the dozens of “Greenbelt Creatives” we want to see listed! Hey, readers! This blog just turned 7, first as “Greenbelt Live” and then here on the expanded Greenbelt Online.org. We’ve gradually added resources and videos, posted hundreds of articles and just recently, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now we’re launching the new Greenbelt Arts Directory and are, for ...
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More Greenbelt Poems, and a Song!

We present MORE great poems from the first issue of Greenbelt’s Iguana Review, published in 2003, plus the audio file of Anne Sucher’s song “Smooth,” based on Rob Baluch’s poem. “Entomologist” by Ella Pia If I could collect people as an entomologist does butterflies I would have an album full of my new and old friends. The amazing aspect of ...
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How the Greenbelt Association for Visual Arts Inspires Young Artists

by Drew Brown, University of Maryland Intern Pallas Bane’s “The Big Cheese” is one of many award-winning animations produced by students in Mr. Geo’s animation course since 1998. A shape-shifting, yellow blob slowly morphs into an enormous prism. Moments later, a grey hand swoops in, snatching the golden mass from its resting place. I’m watching “The Big Cheese,” a stop-motion ...
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Meet Drew Brown, our Very First UMD Intern

Drew chatting with Lore Rosenthal at the New Deal Cafe during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, which Lore helped organize. Recently, the University of Maryland’s English Department qualified Greenbelt Online as a publication meriting for-credit internships, so yay! More good news came when we heard from rising junior Drew Brown about the opportunity, which he’d ...
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After Behnkes, Where to Buy Plants

Updated 6/24 after visits to 8 more garden centers (Frank’s in Bowie; Spicknall’s Farm Market in Beltsville; American Plant, Good Earth and Petals and Plants in Bethesda; and Johnson’s, Grey Goose and Stadler in Gaithersburg.) The dreaded closing of the beloved Behnke’s Nurseries came today and it’s time to face the challenge of finding an alternative source for plants, etc ...
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Greenbelt’s Historic Architecture and Co-op Rules

When people first buy a home in Old Greenbelt’s housing coop (GHI), they become members (not owners), and begin to learn what living in co-ops means, especially if they’re historically significant co-ops like ours. So for reference by new and older members, here’s a brief summary of the significant features of GHI homes and the rules that respect and protect ...
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Catch this Unique Orchestral Music Event at UMD – all June

Greenbelters, if you like orchestral music played well but prefer something closer and cheaper than the Kennedy Center, this month you’re in luck. Throughout June, we can hear great orchestral music at the University of Maryland in College Park, which is not just close and affordable but even provides free parking for the events. This unique event is the National ...
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Musicians of Greenbelt: Joan Rackey

Our next Greenbelt musician to get the GreenbeltOnline profile treatment is Joan Rackey, director of Greenbelt’s very own Concert Band. Here’s who Joan is and changes she’s bringing to the band. Joan was raised in District Heights and continued her musical career playing clarinet in the band at LaReine School (a private girl’s school in Suitland, now closed). She studied Music ...
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Artists of Greenbelt: Chris Corson

Corson in his Community Center studio. Photo by Nicole DeWald by Nicole DeWald, Arts Supervisor for the City of Greenbelt For ceramic artist Chris Corson, “sculpting the human form is exploring the human condition. Inner emotions are always reflected in the body.” Corson is a new resident of Greenbelt and a participant in the ceramics program at the Community Center ...
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Greenbelt Poetry from the Iguana Review

We have a new occasional feature here at Greenbelt Online – The Iguana Review Presents Favorite Poems.  In this first post we’re presenting three poems among the dozens that were published between 2003 and 2006 in The Iguana Review.  The Iguana Review, founded in 2003, is an independent literary magazine based in what its website calls the “historic, artistic town ...
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Spring Garden Consultations for GHI Members

From left: Annie Shaw, Amber Crowley and Nancy Newton, Valentina and Josh. Greenbelt’s historic housing coop has a new Gardening Subcommittee, which I’m part of, and we recently visited the yards of the three members who won our random drawing for a garden consultation. It was fun and we thank the winners for letting us share their problems and possible ...
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Musicians of Greenbelt: Ed (Fast Eddie) Crowley

Not your average student of Arthurian legend at Oxford Our next Musician of Greenbelt to profile is Ed Crowley, long-time Greenbelter and leader of the popular blues band Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes. WAY BACK Raised right here in Prince George’s County, Ed started his music career in junior high, turned on by Hendrix and Santana, among many others. He ...
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Musicians of Greenbelt: Tim Saurwein

Next up for Greenbelt Online’s Musicians of Greenbelt series – Didgeridoo player Tim Saurwein. Kiva Where to See Tim Perform? With Kiva Tim Saurwein currently plays didgeridoo, percussion, and sings with the band Kiva, which he joined in 2001. For 30 years now Kiva has performed its percussive, acoustic, worldbeat music celebrating nature and ancient bardic traditions. It’s music is inspired ...
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Behnke’s to Close in June. Gardeners are in Mourning.

It’s official. In today’s press release, Behnke Nurseries announces that after 89 years, it will be going out of business in June. Thousands of local gardeners will mourn this incalculable loss. Why It’s Closing It seems that the time has just come, and not because business is bad; it’s because there are no family members coming up to take over ...
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