Author Archive: Susan
Susan Harris started this blog and the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel in 2012 in order to get to know her new community and have some fun.
Retired from garden writing and teaching, she still blogs at 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.
There’s a new blogger in town, and he’s running for Council! True, George Boyce is best known locally as the found (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, […]
There’s a new Greenbelt Museum exhibit in the Community Center that I highly recommend – it’s about the New Deal Art of Lenore Thomas Straus, whose work we see on that building and in Roosevelt Center. There I learned that Thomas Straus was only in her 20s when she carved several important works in Greenbelt […]
Opening at the Old Greenbelt Theatre tonight. Review by Anna Socrates There are those who believe that the audacious big books that men write represent the pinnacle of literature and that grand size and scope measure literary manliness. Think of Melville, Hemingway, Joyce, and our contemporaries Pyncheon, Franzen—and David Foster Wallace, the grandest of them […]
Guest post by Greenbelter H.L. Brooks, author of Red August - a “sexy fantasy romance adaptation of Red Riding Hood set in 1980s Maryland.” When I was invited to do a guest post for this blog that was related to my debut novel, Red August, I tried to imagine what people might want to know about the novel, […]
There was a big crowd at the New Deal Open Mic night for the first-ever performance in Greenbelt of “Roosevelt Rap.” This telling of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s major life events was written by Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, and performed by our own Rebecca Holober (rapping) and Barbara […]
Opened Friday August 14 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Reviewed by Anna Socrates. Like it or not, the election season is already here 15 months before we vote for president. We’ve passed the first mega-debate among the GOP contenders, and each put-down has already been exhaustively dissected in print and online. We’re also hearing laments […]
The Greenbelt Step Club had been a hub for recovery and 12-Step meetings of all kinds since it opened in 1990 in its original location behind and beneath the former Domino’s Pizza in Roosevelt Center. Then for reasons that remain unclear (at least to this blogger), they lost their lease – but happily found a new location […]
Opening Friday August 7 at the Greenbelt Theatre; reviewed by Anna Socrates. Existential dissatisfaction, as it appears in a Woody Allen movie, is often a malaise peculiar to the well-off. The working poor and the marginalized are just too darned busy with survival—making ends meet, getting by, hanging on, living paycheck to paycheck, and dealing […]
What a surprise to receive my Old Greenbelt Theatre membership card, shown above. It’s the exact same watercolor that’s been hanging on my wall for decades. They’re displayed with three other scenes I chose because I love them: the Takoma Park Farmers Market, the Uptown Theater, and the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo. I bought […]
Recycling Plastic Pots These are just some of the plastic pots I unwittingly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying. I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better way to package […]
Playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective is literally a man of many faces. More than 70 different actors have played Sherlock Holmes, among them Basil Rathbone, Robert J. Downey, and Benedict Cumberbatch. These noteworthy and very different portrayals all show a man at the peak […]
Chatting with Greenbelter Aaron Solomon at the Farmers Market last Sunday I learned that Greenbelt Access TV is now on Youtube. So yay! And here’s what’s there so far, followed by offerings from other all-Greenbelt channels online. Greenbelt Access Television Channel There I found the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dixieland Combo playing in Roosevelt Center. […]