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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
American Express’s small business division recently named Greenbelt’s own Proven Management LLC as its 2015 Woman Contractor of the Year for outstanding success in government contracting. Proven Management is a certified woman- and minority-owned small business offering facility and logistics consulting services and generates 98% of its revenue through contracts with 28 federal agencies, including the U.S. […]
Blizzards are fun to photograph, and Greenbelters were out taking lots of shots this last week – and then donating some of them to this Commemorative 2016 Blizzard Blog Post. So a big thanks to everyone for the shots! The blizzard started January 22, a Friday afternoon, and by the evening Roosevelt Center looked like […]
I recently blogged about using prayer flags to screen an unsightly view in my yard, including my complaint that they only come in primary colors. I posted the link to my regular Facebook page and immediately got this offer to help: If I wanted to do this as a craft to match my garden I would […]
I’m no architectural historian, and when I first moved here I wasn’t initially a fan of the look of the 1937 block homes, including my own. It’s just so plain. But some education has turned me around. I’ve learned (via Wiki) that our homes are modernist, with International Style influences seen in their white walls and flat roofs. Below, these […]
Passing Lake Artemesia on the Green Line always makes me want to go there, so early last month I visited with my camera and time to read the signage. With a little online research I’ve come to love its origin story, and how it’s being enjoyed today. How it Came to Be We have the Green Line […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]