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Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Betty Ladas made the move from Nashville to Greenbelt just a year ago, and seems to be settling in just fine.   Now she can see plenty of her grandchildren, and perform at the New Deal on the third Thursday of the month.  Nice life!  I heard her perform at a recent Open Mic hosted […]

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Going out in Greenbelt, April 11 – 20

Going out in Greenbelt, April 11 – 20

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is a weekly preview of fun, interesting things happening in Greenbelt: music, theater, talks, guided tours, and more.  Only fun events are listed – no meetings! This list covers the next nine days. Friday, April 11, 2014 At the Greenbelt Arts Center: – alight dance theater’s Season Preview! A guest production by alight dance […]

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Deadheads in Greenbelt

Deadheads in Greenbelt

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a regular patron of the New Deal Cafe, I’ve noticed a pattern of Grateful Dead cover bands playing there, and was tipped off by New Deal fixture Bill Barber that there’s a whole culture around those bands, one that I should look into.  Love an assignment like that!  So here’s what I’ve learned, and […]

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Kids Do Open Mic

Kids Do Open Mic

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I stopped by Kids Open Mic at the New Deal Cafe and found it a low-key, friendly place for families to gather and do music.   Also, very cute, like these Suzuki violin students.  Or another little girl singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Kids Open Mic has been a monthly feature at the New Deal for five […]

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New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

New videos on the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel! From GAVA/GATE (Greenbelt Access Television and the Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts) is this animated account of the beaver problem at Greenbelt Lake: And I took the next two videos of one of my favorite groups – the Sligo Creek Stompers – in their recent visit […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Winter Concert

Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Winter Concert

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’d heard great things about ERHS’s music program, and their recent Winter Concert didn’t disappoint. The combined Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir, under the direction of  Michele Fowlin, sounded great, as you can hear for yourself. I learned that the school has (at least) three string orchestras, including the Roosevelt Strings above and Symphony Orchestra […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Greenbelt Arts Center

Behind the Scenes at the Greenbelt Arts Center

| December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

It was seeing the fabulous production of “Avenue Q” last month at the Greenbelt Arts Center that got me wondering – how do they get such a talented cast?  And that just led to more questions about the place so I gave general manager Betsy Marks Delaney a poke and she obliged me with a […]

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Exciting Future for the Greenbelt Theatre

Exciting Future for the Greenbelt Theatre

| November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Impact of Reel to Reel I noticed a new fund-raiser in Old Greenbelt – to bring “reel-to-reel” to the Greenbelt Theatre.  As a cinema novice, I asked film historian Caitlin McGrath, president of the new Friends of Old Greenbelt Theatre group, to explain the technology and why I should care about it. The system […]

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Circus Camp Coming to Town!

Circus Camp Coming to Town!

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m putting this on my calendar – performances by the 2013 Greenbelt’s Youth Circus, entitled “Legend – Myths and Legends from Around the World Told Through Circus.”  I missed it last year but after seeing Erik Zhang’s photos of it on his Greenbelt 2012 blog, that won’t happen again. WHEN AND WHERE: Four performances, all […]

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“TV John Show,” a Monthly Greenbelt Happening

“TV John Show,” a Monthly Greenbelt Happening

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

What’s this “TV John Show” that we see appearing every month at the New Deal Cafe?  My pal Paddy Kilrain was one of the two featured acts in one of TV John’s recent episodes, so I came to cheer her on and check out the happening.  Which it definitely is – a happening.  (There a […]

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Lessons from a Reel and Meal

Lessons from a Reel and Meal

| May 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

The monthly Reel and Meal events at the New Deal are one of the reasons I moved to Greenbelt not long ago, having attended several over the last couple of years with friends from my old ‘hood and loved the whole vibe and the aging hippies, like myself, who create it. And last night’s Reel […]

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Rally for Greenbelt Theatre – Tomorrow in the Center

Rally for Greenbelt Theatre – Tomorrow in the Center

| May 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

The City of Greenbelt is going all out to help the Greenbelt Theatre win funding for much-needed restoration.  Tomorrow, Sunday 5 it’s holding a Rally for the Theatre. There will be a group vote, and a sing-along of songs from the movies with the Children’s Choir from St. Mary’s in Laurel.  Also, free keychains. Bring […]

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The Green Man Cometh!

The Green Man Cometh!

| May 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

If proof were ever needed that Greenbelters 1), care about Mother Earth and 2), know how to have fun, one need look no farther than the Green Man Festival, scheduled to return for the 9th year this coming weekend.  This year it’s dedicated to our forests (didn’t someone proclaim this Greenbelt’s Year of the Forest?) […]

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Great Moments in Local Poetry

Great Moments in Local Poetry

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Greenbelters, these are your poets.  And no, they’re not the Hippie Poets Society but the competitors in a new poetry event sponsored by Friends of the New Deal Cafe.  The poets read their works at a fun reception for them at the New Deal, which event was timed to celebrate the National Poetry Month.  This […]

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Holiday Hoopla at the Farmers Market

Holiday Hoopla at the Farmers Market

| December 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

I know I’m not the only one who’s really missed the Greenbelt Farmers Market these last two weeks since it closed for the regular season.  I’ve been volunteering there all season and it’s such a fun place to hang out and chat people up!  (Thanks to Dorrie Bates for suggesting I volunteer for the Market […]

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A Gardener (and Worker) Reaction to Greenbelt’s Friezes.

A Gardener (and Worker) Reaction to Greenbelt’s Friezes.

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

I recently wrote a story for a national gardening blog I contribute to about the friezes on our Community Center, with the garden-centric title:  “To promote general welfare?  Garden!”  That quote was prompted by the images on the last frieze, showing the raising and holding of flowers to illustrate said general welfare, a correlation I […]

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Greenbelt’s Studio 302

Greenbelt’s Studio 302

| November 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is the first of several posts about the artists-in-residence in Greenbelt’s Community Center, starting with Studio 302.  Great photos of some of the artists’ works coming soon! Next Studio 302 Event December 1-2 Juried Art and Craft Fair during Greenbelt’s Festival of Lights When:  December December 1, 10am-5pm & December 2, 11am-4pm Where: Greenbelt […]

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Artful Afternoons are Pretty Awesome

Artful Afternoons are Pretty Awesome

| November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Whole Lotta Dancing Going On I can’t believe I’ve lived here 10 months and didn’t discover Artful Afternoons til now.   Turns out this city-run monthly event is a well attended and well loved, and I could see why. The theme of this month’s event was Greenbelt Dances! Expo with performances and super-fun workshops. These dancers […]

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Won’t be Missing Greenbelt’s Haunted Hollow

Won’t be Missing Greenbelt’s Haunted Hollow

| October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Oh my goodness.  I knew that Amethyst Dwyer and Dorian Winterfeld invite all comers to their “Haunted Hollow” every Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m., and I planned to stop by.   But from the looks of this video, things WILL get creepy.  Presumably in a totally good way. Here’s a bit about this video from […]

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With Akoma Drummers at the New Deal, the Joint was Definitely Jumping

With Akoma Drummers at the New Deal, the Joint was Definitely Jumping

| October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you missed last night’s happening, the first video shows the mid-show energy – a great sound, a few dancers. Later, the energy was off the charts.   At the center is this next video is birthday girl Amethyst Dwyer, the New Deal’s bar manager and booker of entertainment.

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