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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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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