Greenbelt Museum and the Pandemic

Time to check in with the Greenbelt Museum to find out how they’re weathering the pandemic shutdown. They’re keeping surprisingly busy. #MuseumfromHome Director Megan Searing Young writes about the new #Museumfromhome blog posts: We had to temporarily close the doors of the Museum as of March 15 in order to conform to social distancing criteria, but we wanted a way ...
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Faces of Greenbelters during the Pandemic, and Contest Winners!

Contest Winners! To entice Greenbelters to share their pandemic/shutdown experiences, Greenbelt Online announced a contest, with two prizes of $50 credit at locally owned restaurants for one winner chosen at random and another winner we’re calling the “Editor’s Choice.” We received videos, poems, narratives, and lots of photos. Here are our favorites. The Greenbelt Museum has offered to be the ...
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Susan Taylor’s Pandemic Song “Zoom Nightmare”

Greenbelt resident Susan Taylor is plenty busy during the pandemic, at home working AND performing videos for the (virtual for 2020) New England Folk Festival. “The Pandemic Song: My Zoom Nightmare” is a parody song commenting on the physical distancing practices, supply chain shortages, working from home gaffes, and unexpected crushes on public figures experienced during the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
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Pandemic Poetry Moment

Empty Roosevelt Center and city playground. “Today I Didn’t…” by Julie Winters Finish my work and jump into the shower and put on my favorite purple blouse, the one with the scooped neck that I hope entices; I didn’t consider which earrings might match which bracelet; didn’t hot-roll my hair like it was still 1987, because lord knows my hair ...
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Katy Gaughan’s Drum Circles go Virtual

by Katy Gaughan Hi!  I’m Katy Gaughan and I am so grateful to be living in Old Greenbelt during the 2020 Pandemic. The small town feel helps with the isolation and the miles of walking paths helps with my wellness routine. I find that I’m happiest when I take 3 walks a day! But the best part of being in ...
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Greenbelt Community Church Adapts Quickly to the Shutdown

by Karen Yoho The Greenbelt Community Church United Church of Christ quickly embraced technology as the pandemic was declared in our area. We started Facebook Live Sunday worship services on March 15. It was quickly followed by adding Zoom for the faces and involvement of our church family. We have multiple church committee meetings and weekly bible study using Zoom and ...
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“The Hypochondriac Blues” by Barb Stevens

This is our first song about Greenbelters’ life during the pandemic and it’s awesome! Enjoy. Barb Stevens grew up in Greenbelt (one of 8 kids in the Baluch family) and after decades in Virginia, recently moved back. She was half of the singer-songwriting duo Annie and Mac with her husband Patrick McCauley until his death last summer, and we can ...
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How to Help the Needy AND Local Grocery Stores

by Sandra and David Lange Turning $1,200 into Grocery Store Gift Cards Recently the News Review published a letter from Jon Bell. Jon recommended donating the $1,200 that most of us recently received from the IRS. Jon’s donation had a double benefit because he purchased 12 debit (“gift”) cards from Co-op – each for $100 – and gave them to ...
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Thanks to Greenbelt’s Sidewalk Artists!

Chalk drawings on sidewalks are popping up all over Greenbelt, and they’re much appreciated! Send photos to editor@greenbeltonline.org for inclusion here. It’s part of this archive of Greenbelters’ experiences during the pandemic. FREQUENT UPDATES! New photos are added at the top. Photographed September 31, 2020. Photographed September 21, 2020. Photographed September 13, 2020 Photographed September 12, 2020 Chadwick Boseman as ...
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A Cycle-By 60th Birthday Celebration for Paul Downs

Susan Barnett and Paul Downs and others cycle through Greenbelt for Paul’s 60th birthday How are Greenbelters celebrating birthdays during the coronavirus shutdown? At least one, 2017 Citizen of the Year Paul Downs, enjoyed a fun ride-by party organized by his partner, Susan Barnett. We’re seeing reports of drive-by birthday parties in other cities, but for Greenbelt’s most famous environmentalist, ...
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Share your Pandemic Experience to Win $50 Restaurant Credit

Sidewalk art in Old Greenbelt Greenbelt Online invites all of you who live or work in Greenbelt to contribute items about your life during the shutdown in any media – photos, text, video, screen shots of zoom meetings, etc – to be compiled here in one place for posterity. Also, sharing may help other Greenbelters during these challenging times. We’re ...
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Seven-Song Sing-a-Longs with Chris Cherry and Stefan Brodd

Check out what’s new from the Greenbelt Arts Department –  videos of Chris Cherry and Stefen Brodd performing popular songs we can sing along to, following lyrics on the screen. The videos are available on the city’s YouTube channel and the city’s Virtual Recreation Center. They’re being released each Sunday for at least seven weeks. Chris wrote to tell me ...
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Face Masks for Greenbelters

UPDATE: The Greenbelt City Council voted to require face masks at Buddy Attick Park, including the path around the lake. Seems like a good idea, based on all the reports of crowding there.  I was so glad to see the executive order from PG County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (also now by Governor Hogan for all of Maryland) that requires face ...
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Gardening in a Pandemic – A How-To for Greenbelters

Hello, fellow Greenbelters, from my near-quarantined self to yours. I’ve been moved by the many examples I’ve seen online and in the News Review of Greenbelters finding new ways to connect, to help, and to inspire people in our community. What can Greenbelt Online do to help? One idea we’re pursuing is to provide a place here for Greenbelters to ...
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Prune those Overgrown Hedges Now! This Expert Demonstrates How

Greenbelt’s historic hedges, originally just 18″ tall, must have seemed like an attractive garden feature in the ’30s. but over the years they’ve gotten out of control and become huge maintenance problems for residents (GHI members), as well as obstacles for pedestrians along the inner sidewalks. And unfortunately, pruning to reduce the size of these overgrown hedges is a skill ...
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Best Local Pandemic Sources and Resources for Greenbelters

Here’s the best collection of accurate, up-to-date quarantine information for Greenbelters that we could find. Please let us know if there are others, and we’ll add them pronto. Especially seeking information about Greenbelt businesses that are open in some fashion, so we can support them. For example, are there Greenbelt-based or -owned fitness or yoga studios that are working virtually, ...
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These Gorgeous Public Gardens May Still Be Open

The Washington Post’s Weekend Section Friday featured “Best Bets” that are all outdoors and include most of my favorite places in DC. They’re all free and OPEN, at least the outdoors part and at least for now. But DON’T go when it’s crowded! Go back during an off-time, which would definitely be after the cherry blossom blooms have faded and ...
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How to ZOOM, and More Safe Events for Greenbelters

Gallery view of New Deal Cafe’s St. Paddy’s Day Party. Our beloved New Deal Cafe held a St. Paddy’s Day Party this week – safely and probably just as drunkenly as it would have without the pandemic – using something I’d never heard of before – Zoom. I clicked the link to participate that was posted to Facebook and found ...
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How New Restaurant Restrictions Affect Roosevelt Center

Great local journalism by Andy Zmidzinski for Greenbelt Access Television! Hope he can keep it up – while staying safe. And readers, go over and subscribe to their YouTube Channel ...
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Best Walking Routes in Old Greenbelt

As a regular outdoor walker for exercise and the sheer pleasure of being outdoors, I’d been frustrated in my search for walking routes around Old Greenbelt. My own attempts had resulted in deadends, stretching of walking in the street and the occasional scarily aggressive dog. So when Matthew Swanson commented on a Greenbelt Facebook group that he had a great ...
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