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 for the popular blog Garden Rant.
Susan's primary projects in retirement are DC Gardens, a nonprofit media campaign promoting public gardens and gardening in the DC area and Good Gardening Videos, a nonprofit, ad-free website for curated gardening videos.

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Review of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”

Review of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”

| September 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. The 1994 biopic Backbeat shows the Beatles before the screaming teenagers, the stadium shows, and the signature haircuts, when they were just working-class boys from Liverpool playing music clubs in Liverpool and the Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s red-light district. They weren’t even the Fab Four back […]

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Bill Edwards and Sea Chanters Coming to ERHS

Bill Edwards and Sea Chanters Coming to ERHS

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Page 1 of this week’s Greenbelt News Review features  a handsome young Navy man, one I barely recognized as a neighbor, thanks to that uniform. But thanks to this article, I learned that he’s Greenbelter and Musician 1st Class Bill Edwards, one of the stars of the Navy Band’s Sea Chanters, and they’ll be kicking off […]

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Road Cycling Races Right here in Greenbelt

Road Cycling Races Right here in Greenbelt

| August 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

No, this isn’t a scene from the outskirts of Rio. These are local racers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not serious about the sport, or so I gathered from watching and talking with family members and other race-followers and supporters. In fact, these weekly races in Greenbelt Park are the ONLY sanctioned bike races in […]

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8 Ridge Road, the Little Court that Gardens

8 Ridge Road, the Little Court that Gardens

| July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Walking down Ridge Road from Westway to my house, I stopped to admire and capture what may be the smallest and prettiest “court” in all of GHI: 8 Court Ridge. Just four homes, and their front gardens are a delight. (I think we can we all agree that if a yard is between a home and […]

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Franklin’s One Night Stand in the Greenbelt Museum

Franklin’s One Night Stand in the Greenbelt Museum

| July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

UPDATE: Here’s Franklin’s blog post about his visit to Greenbelt. Franklin Vagnone is the genius behind Twisted Preservation, a “cultural and museum consulting firm.” Just not your normal consultant. He’s a preservationist with a manifesto – for a more experiential, real-life presentation of historic homes than the usual “beige experience,” as he calls it. So […]

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Meet Greenbelt Park Superintendent Matt Carroll

Meet Greenbelt Park Superintendent Matt Carroll

| July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring our very own Greenbelt National Park. Superintendent Matt Carroll was appointed to the job just last summer, so he’s celebrating an anniversary, too. I asked for an interview and he was happy to help Greenbelters get to know him a […]

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Bold Colors for Small Rooms

Bold Colors for Small Rooms

| June 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

I remember being advised, when I first moved into my small GHI home, that I’d better keep the walls all white so the rooms would look larger. I may have mumbled I like color but quietly I was thinking “Boring!” So I thought it would be fun to post to the Unofficial GHI Facebook Group […]

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A Greenbelt Connection

A Greenbelt Connection

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Recently I launched a new website that curates gardening videos, and I’ve been blogging about it on the team blog Garden Rant (celebrating 10 years this month!). So I wasn’t too surprised when the Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me about his gardening videos. Patrick lives with his family in New Haven, where a neighbor happens to be the long-time […]

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Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

Sorrow and Pride in Greenbelt

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two days after the horrific events in Orlando the good people of Greenbelt held a vigil for the victims. The event was initiated by GreenBeLT Pride, and I know the community thanks them for it – I sure do. Lauren Cummings spoke movingly and read the names of all the victims as a candle was […]

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Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

| May 30, 2016 | 4 Comments

Does anyone have problems in their GHI yard, or solutions to suggest for others? Then leave a comment here or even better, come to this weeks’ Board of Directors meeting to comment on a task force being proposed to explore solutions in GHI yards. (The meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 7:30.) Below is the proposal […]

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Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

| May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some Greenbelters don’t even know we have a National Park just across Greenbelt Road, with campsites, trails, and more. So for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring Greenbelt Park, starting with a Big Events Update. June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration […]

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Movie Review: “Money Monster”

Movie Review: “Money Monster”

| May 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Washed-out newscaster Howard Beale’s howl of rage at “the system” thundered on screens in 1976 and reverberated throughout popular discourse. Even if you never saw the movie, you knew the phrase. You […]

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Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The term “Plant Swap” may not convey what actually happened yesterday outside the GHI offices – the popular event organized by GHI’s Woodlands Committee. Above wearing a baseball cap is Mary-Denise Smith, who organized the event with help from committee chair Kathy Jarva. The swap is always open to all Greenbelters, not just GHI members. […]

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Movie Review: Miles Ahead

Movie Review: Miles Ahead

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre.  Review by Anna Socrates. In graduate school, I shared an apartment with a music student. We were both Michigan girls, but couldn’t be more different, even though people always said that we looked like sisters. More accurately, I was the preppy kid sister in a Fair Isle sweater, […]

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Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

Greenbelt one of “10 Towns that Changed America”

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt was one of just “10 Towns that Changed America” in the PBS series “10 that Changed America.”  Here’s the 5.5-minute segment of the show about Greenbelt. Click here to see the other nine: St. Augustine, FL; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Riverside, IL; Pullman, IL; Levittown, NY; Southwest DC; Seaside, FL; and the Pearl District […]

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Greenbelt’s Bernie Video a Big Hit

Greenbelt’s Bernie Video a Big Hit

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the polls closed on this primary election night,  I can finally post this classic Greenbelt production without having to give equal time to Clinton (as if such a thing exists). Song and video by Joe Harris, who wrote on Facebook, “Our neighborhood made a thing… a thing for Bernie Sanders!!! A big thanks to […]

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Fresh mulch! Come and get it.

Fresh mulch! Come and get it.

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This was the scene this morning at the Northway mulch/compost/wood-chip operation. Very impressive! So out came the smart phone for photos and a 20-minute video, too. Mulch v. Compost I drove up the hill toward the observatory to find plenty of fresh-chopped leaf mulch and, just to the left, last year’s leaf mulch that has […]

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It’s Time to Break up Maryland’s  State Highway Administration

It’s Time to Break up Maryland’s State Highway Administration

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Maybe the best way to fight the state highway is to split it up. By Jeff Lemieux . This is a picture I took last year at the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA’s) District 3 offices in Greenbelt. I don’t even remember what the meeting I attended was about. Instead of listening to the speakers, […]

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Greenbelt Loves Sunday Buses!

Greenbelt Loves Sunday Buses!

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

After years of working to bring bus service to Greenbelt, it’s official, and the first bus rolled into town Easter morning, greeted by Mayor Emmett Jordan.  Via Facebook, he invited residents to join him at 7 a.m. to celebrate the arrival of the first bus arriving at Roosevelt Center. Another group of Greenbelters met and rode the bus that […]

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Seeing Plenty of Greenbelt in Greenhills, Ohio

Seeing Plenty of Greenbelt in Greenhills, Ohio

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of our two sister cities – Greenhills, Ohio – held a Share your Memories Day in 2012 and made a video using lots of the stuff people brought from home. We don’t recognize the people but boy, does their Community Center look familiar. (Ours looks prettier!) Video by the Greenhills Historical Society. I follow […]

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