Musicians of Greenbelt: Jennifer Laemmer and Mark Cheater

The Fez Tones Hafla. That’s Jenn and Mark on the right. Our next Musicians of Greenbelt – Jennifer Laemmer and Mark Cheater – are best known locally for their monthly performances with Fez Tones Hafla at the New Deal Cafe and home drumming events in their Old Greenbelt home.  Performing Now Jen and Mark currently perform with these groups: The ...
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Musicians of Greenbelt: Diana McFadden

This is the first in a new series for Greenbelt Online profiling the Musicians of Greenbelt. Know of others you’d like to learn more about? Suggest them in a comment here. Performing Now Greenbelters may recognize Diana McFadden from her many cello performances at the New Deal Cafe, with two bands and as a solo performer. First, the bands. Kiva ...
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The SPACE, Free Art for All, and Shaymar Higgs

Shaymar Higgs and Kathy Jones at The SPACE Have you noticed this storefront in Beltway Plaza close to the entrance to the movie theater? I learned about it thanks to this video on Greenbelt Access TV. It’s called The SPACE, for “sharing positive artistic and creative energies,” which first opened in September of 2018 as a one-month pop-up art-making space. From the ...
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Best Snow Photos of Greenbelt, January 2019 Edition

Roosevelt Center by Alexis Beavers I’m no judge of photography and my own photos are rarely good enough to share. But I sure have favorites, and these 17 are mine from among the dozens of Greenbelt in the Snow shots posted to two Facebook groups to document the 11 inches we got on January 13. I choose shots that depicted ...
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Day Trip to Glenstone Museum in Potomac

Approach to the Pavilions. Photo credit: Iwan Baan, Glenstone Museum The DC area’s biggest art news in 2018 was by all accounts the opening of a much-expanded contemporary art museum on 230 acres in the suburb of Potomac, Maryland. The Washington Post alone has covered Glenstone Museum it at least three times so far. Admission is free but reservations are required, and mine turned ...
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Proteus Bikes is now Bigger, Better and Closer

Good news for Greenbelters who cycle! This past weekend the beloved Proteus Bike Shop moved from its old location on Route 1, where it had stood out for its funkiness since 1972, to its snappy new digs a bit closer – the old Mom’s location in the Hollywood Shopping Center on Rhode Island Avenue in College Park. Above are just ...
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UMD’s Golden ID Program for Retirees: Tuition-Waived!

This fall I went back to college at the University of Maryland, taking an awesome art history course with a teacher who’s SO good, I’ll happily take any course she ever teaches. Two days a week I’ve been on campus, learning, and meeting other people my age PLUS people young enough to be my grandchildren. Next semester I plan to ...
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What I Learned from Megan Searing Young’s Podcast

Photo by William Petruzzo It may seem presumptuous to lifelong Greenbelters, but in my seven years living here and writing about the place, I thought I was pretty well informed. Then I listened to Megan Searing Young interviewed on this very cool podcast about museums – Museums in Strange Places – and was humbled. Megan is director of the Greenbelt Museum, of ...
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Day Trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden for the Holidays

This time of year, visitors entering the U.S. Botanic Garden get this rather somber view of the U.S. Capitol across the street. Inside, from now until New Year’s Day, the views are festive as all get out. I attended a press preview this week before the throngs start lining up for selfies in front of everything photo-worthy. (Visitor details here.) ...
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How Greenbelters Voted

Big thanks to the Greenbelt News Review (page 1) for this full report on local voting in the 2018 midterm and gubernatorial election. Time to look at the races that were in play and what the results say about us. Above, headline and photo from this article in the Washington Post. Governor Statewide, incumbent Republican Governor Hogan won with 57% ...
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GATE Videos Cover Events for Fun or Remembrance

From Greenbelt Access Television, enjoy two new “Greenbelt Minutes” by director Andy Zmidzinski. First up, Pumpkin Walk founder Paul Downs and lots of Greenbelt kids appear in this fun video. On a very different note, the next video captures the moving memorial service at Mishkan Torah for victims of the shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. The service attracted ...
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Medical Marijuana at the Greenbelt Farmers Market!

Years after medical marijuana was made legal in Maryland, it’s finally making an appearance – a very public one – in Old Greenbelt.  At the Farmers Market, no less. These friendly and familiar faces promoting medical marijuana are Greenbelt’s own James Riordon and Martha Heil, a married couple with two kids. James recently left his job with the American Physical ...
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Day Tripping to New York City!

The “Day Trip” feature on this blog has been for destinations within a 2-hour drive from Greenbelt – until now. Though a 4-hour drive away, the Big Apple gets included because thanks to BoltBus, it’s a very do-able and affordable day trip! The Details BoltBus leaves right from the Greenbelt Metro, with the first bus leaving at 7 a.m, which makes ...
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Timely Videos from GATE: Halloween Happenings, MakerSpace, GCAN and Animal Blessing

Thanks to the Greenbelt Access Television for these informative and fun videos posted to their YouTube channel: ...
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Greenbelter Sam Bahr and his UMD Gardens

Horticulturist Sam Bahr, like so many people who work at the University of Maryland, is a Greenbelter, having purchased his GHI townhouse in 2016.. Sam got a coveted job at the university back in 2008 thanks in part to his good education – a B.S. in agriculture from Kansas State University, majoring in ornamental horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design and ...
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New Videos from GATE

Time to catch up with new videos created by Greenbelt Access Television and posted to their YouTube channel. And we thank them for making them accessible online! First up, something new and very cool is happening in Beltway Plaza. It’s SPACE, a converted storefront “where free art is offered to everyone.” Next, a terrific promotional video for the Greenbelt Farmers ...
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Utopia Film Festival is Coming!

Just out – the trailer for the 2018 Utopia Film Festival, happening October 12-15 right here in the heart of Greenbelt ...
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Amidst a Lively Festival, a Musing on Mortality

“Loaves and Fishes” by Annie Farrar By Theresa Diffendal In a hallway with a giant papier-mâché snake slinking across the wall, you wouldn’t expect to find a tri-part artistic reflection on life, death and their intersections. The aptly named exhibit “Where two worlds touch” invited visitors to “dream together” through the work of artists Mary Baum, Jim Doran and Annie ...
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Labor Day Festival 2018’s Community Information Day

A terrific, community-building event during the awesome Greenbelt Labor Day Festival is the Information Day, always Saturday in Roosevelt Center. If you missed it, here’s at least a virtual tour for you. Sorry, the dozens of people in the photos aren’t identified by name, and organizations are named only if their signage in the photo doesn’t identify them. Community organizations ...
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Dr. Mudd’s House and the Greenbelt Connection

This is a day trip AND a Greenbelt story, as you’ll see. I recently visited the Dr. Mudd Home Museum in Waldorf, about a 45-minute drive from here. Here’s some brief history, from the museum’s website: Sam was a 31-year-old country doctor, and the father of four children…when President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Good ...
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