Author Archive: Susan
Susan Harris started this blog and the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel in 2012 to get to know her new community and have some fun.
Retired from garden writing and teaching, she still blogs at the award-winning blog Garden Rant.
Susan's primary project in retirement is DC Gardens, a nonprofit media campaign promoting public gardens and gardening in the DC area. It launched in March of 2015.
Opens Wednesday November 25 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. While rummaging through a box of old photos, I found snapshots of my mother, her sisters, and their friends. Taken in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the photos depicted happy young women posing in Easter finery, frolicking at the beach, relaxing […]
On Sunday November 8th the New Deal Cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary – naturally, with a 6-hour party! Bar manager Amethyst Dwyer, who suggested this commemorative blog post, called it ”a festive day filled with music, co-mingling among friends, and fond recollections. The New Deal is truly a miracle story and we are so very lucky […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. An accomplished artist effectively manipulates light and shadow to create a lifelike portrait. Strong contrasts between light and dark give depth to paintings and drawings and create visually interesting cinematic images. Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Joel and Ethan […]
Last month the Old Greenbelt Theatre hosted a fascinating forum on economic development, thanks to Greenbelt’s Community Development Corporation, and now it’s embedded right here! Thanks also to panel-members: Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville’s Community Development Corporation (CDC). John Henry King, Bowie’s Economic Development Director. Valerie Watson, artist, board member for Mount Rainer and Brentwood’s CDC. State Sen. […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Given a choice between living under the rule of law or the law of wolves, I think most of us would choose the former, even with all of the associated paperwork and regulations. We expect that suspects will be read their rights and […]
The Greenbelt Community Center is the prettiest place I’ve ever voted, especially this year. And voila – it’s a polling place! Here’s the entrance at 9:35 this morning. The nice judge told me I could take pictures of poll workers, but not show faces of voters. In this case, New Deal regulars will recognize two of […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “Truthiness,” an intuition that feels right but is not supported by facts or evidence, was coined and defined by Stephen Colbert in 2005, slightly more than a year after the events known as Rathergate. Truthiness and its consequences, however, are the essence of Rathergate—newscaster […]
When a diseased tree was removed from my next-door neighbor’s back yard recently I couldn’t stop watching. It took four men almost two full days and a lot of skill to do the job. Huge pieces of trunk dangled back and forth in the air and had to be guided to exactly the right spot […]
Way back in 1995 some community-minded Greenbelters bought the domain Greenbelt.com and launched it as a much-needed service to the community – “Greenbelt Maryland U.S.A.” It served as an online portal to the town for both residents and outsiders until it stopped being updated in about 2006, though it’s still online as a now-old-fashioned-looking web […]
Opens today at the Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Imagine a political organization advocating for better housing, healthcare, nutrition, and education. One calling to end oppression, police brutality, and mass incarceration. One led by charismatic, photogenic, and media-savvy young people, with one visionary emphasizing unity over racial division. Is this the Green Party or […]
Playing now at the Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. A picture or video; statistics about height, weight, and occupation; and a brief statement about hobbies, including obligatory beach walks, seems a flimsy basis on which to find a life partner. Welcome to the currency of contemporary online dating. The more “scientific” services use an […]
There’s a new blogger in town, and he’s running for Council! True, George Boyce is best known locally as the founder (with wife Eva Fallon) of Greenbelt’s MakerSpace, but as a long-time (by Internet standards) blogger, I was psyched to discover that George started a blog to get the word out. He has lots to […]
by Jeff Lemieux An Economic Development Conference hosted by the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, June 2015 October 4 Meeting On Sunday October 4, the Greenbelt Community Development Corporation (GCDC) is hosting a public panel discussion on economic development in Greenbelt. The forum will be held at the Old Greenbelt Theatre from 1-3 pm. I’ll […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Not all film trailers are created equal. The best give a 5-minute taste that makes you want to savor the main course. Others cram in the funniest clips to promise you a rollicking ride that is not always delivered. The trailer for Grandma is more […]
By Matt Johnson, a Transit Rider in Greenbelt East. For years, many of us in the community have been fighting for Metrobus service on Sundays in Greenbelt. Today, we are closer than we have ever been, but we need your help to make this happen. I cannot overstate the importance of your (yes, you!) role […]
Now Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Sultry dames, smoky nightclubs, and treacherous alleys are easily recognizable as the visual language of film noir. The bleak modern urban landscape it describes is populated by amoral and isolated characters. If light and dark stand in for good and evil, the noir universe is […]
Last night’s showing of Rosenwald at the Old Greenbelt Theatre was a moving and fascinating event that packed the house – every seat. That’s because the documentary was followed by words and answers for the very engaged audience by filmmaker Aviva Kempner and historian Susan G. Pearl, shown above with the theater’s executive director Caitlin […]
Now through September 3 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by Anna Socrates. The Sears, Roebuck & Company mail order catalogue was truly a “wish book.” Depicted in its many pages is the stuff that dreams are made of—dolls and toys to fill thousands of nurseries; stylish ready-made clothes; washing machines and sewing machines; buttons, […]