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Greenbelt Day in Photos

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Day in Photos

June 1 is Greenbelt’s anniversary – its 77th – so Greenbelt Day celebrations were all over the place.  What a fabulous day, with gobsmackingly beautiful weather, to boot. The Greenbelt Museum-sponsored Roosevelt Ride began the day, with riders in period and regular attire. Folks from Proteus Bicycles were on hand. Nice touch of still more period […]

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No-Cost Garden Make-Over on Ridge Road

| May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments
No-Cost Garden Make-Over on Ridge Road

One reason I moved to Greenbelt was to downsize, especially in the garden, and with my small townhouse property new, mission accomplished.  But I soon realized I needed more, more, more outdoor spaces to make-over, make-overs being the most fun gardening projects there are, right? So here’s a nearby spot of land I’ve tackled this […]

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Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Concert Band Looking for a Few Good Musicians on the Young Side

The Greenbelt Concert Band caught me by surprise the first time I ever heard it, in a good way, because they sound nothing like the community bands I’ve heard before.  Sadly, that’s especially true of Takoma Park’s, which is almost painful to listen to. But OUR band, Greenbelt’s, sounds so good it had me wondering […]

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Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

We’re lucky to have so many amazing gardens to visit near us, most of them for free.  (And boy, can public gardens be expensive to see.)  I’m visiting all 16 gardens in the DC area that are open to the public and making videos showing what they look like, by month. So first up, the […]

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Lessons from a Plant Swap

| May 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
Lessons from a Plant Swap

Yesterday’s Plant Swap was easy to organize, fun to be part of, and really helpful to gardeners.  People with established gardens found homes for their extra plants, and people with bare yards got freebies to take home.  So I say let’s make Plant Swaps a Greenbelt tradition, with two every year, spring and fall.  To […]

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Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

I’m happy to report a growing resource documenting the natural parts of Old Greenbelt, from the GHI’s Woodlands Committee.  Or to be exact, from member Rachel Channon.  She’s photographed and then uploaded to Flickr these subjects: Animals and Insects in GHI.   My favorite photos of the lot, including the one above.  Gorgeous! Then there are […]

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Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

Greenbelt’s beloved Green Man Festival is almost here, and here’s what’s new and fabulous about it this year, the 10th annual! The theme!  This year we celebrate the beauty and importance of the pollinators… especially the Monarch Butterfly. Because there there are fewer wild fields and open natural spaces where they feed and lay their […]

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Greenbelt Kids Hunt Eggs by Land and Sea!

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt Kids Hunt Eggs by Land and Sea!

First, by sea.  Once again the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center is where the action is, and this time it’s diving for eggs, some of which prizes of some kind. And there’s more… Lifeguard on duty, with appropriate headgear.  (Name to be supplied.) Aquatic Center staffers’ names to be supplied, though I do know that’s […]

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

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Straight from Nashville (Drumroll) it’s Betty Ladas!

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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The Tiny House Documentary

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Tiny House Documentary

Researching smaller homes recently put tiny houses on my radar, so when I noticed the documentary “Tiny” at DC’s Environmental Film Festival I made a point to see it. The film follows Christopher Smith and his girlfriend and fellow filmmaker Merete Mueller, as they built a 124-square foot home in the countryside outside Denver.  Because […]

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Greenbelt’s 1st Mini-Maker Faire – Wow!

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Greenbelt’s 1st Mini-Maker Faire – Wow!

Big congrats to George, Eva, and everyone else at Club 125 and beyond who made this a terrific event. So in response to George’s call for photos, here are most of mine, to do with as he wishes.     \                

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The Blogs of Greenbelt

| April 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
The Blogs of Greenbelt

To start with the question “What ARE blogs?,” they’re simply a type of website that’s updated frequently, with the newest articles at the top of the home page, and comments allowed.  They’ve become ubiquitous because of their ease of use, and the more conversational and casual writing style that most bloggers use. When blogs began […]

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Welcome the Greenbelt Girl to the Blogosphere

| April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Welcome the Greenbelt Girl to the Blogosphere

There’s a new Greenbelt blogger on the Interwebs, and it’s Heather Brooks, the GreenbeltGirl!  I asked Heather to tell us why the blog, why now, more info please!  She obliged: Blogging to Connect with Greenbelt I started Greenbelt Girl out of a desire to integrate myself with the Greenbelt community.  I first dated my fiance, […]

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Lake Signage Needs Help!

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Lake Signage Needs Help!

There are two signs at Greenbelt Lake about the wildlife there, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and they’re terrific.  There’s a sign for fish and the one for other animals – foxes, beavers, Mallards and snakes.  They may well be a sign about birds that I missed. The first one I saw, about “Wildlife,” […]

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Deadheads in Greenbelt

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Deadheads in Greenbelt

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

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kids Do Open Mic

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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Call for Makers, Crafters & Performers for Greenbelt’s 1st Annual Mini-Maker Faire

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Call for Makers, Crafters & Performers for Greenbelt’s 1st Annual Mini-Maker Faire

There’s a Deadline:  Makers, Performers and Crafters must sign up before March 31! I love what Geroge Boyce and Eva Fallon and their pals are doing over at Club 125.  Like, the upcoming Maker-Faire!! Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire Hosted by Club125, Greenbelt’s Makerspace, the 1st Annual Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire will be a family-friendly celebration featuring […]

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Fitness at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

| March 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
Fitness at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t taken full advantage of my membership at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, much less blogged about it.  But when I received an email announcement some new fitness equipment I jumped on the chance to ask for a tour of the facilities, and Aquatics Coordinator Cheryl Conrad volunteered […]

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

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
New on Youtube: “Beavers Attack” Animation, and Sligo Creek Stompers

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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In Homes, Smaller is Smarter

| March 6, 2014 | 7 Comments
In Homes, Smaller is Smarter

Finally we’re seeing a trend toward smaller homes being built in the U.S., after decades of increasing square footage.  For example, the U.S. Census reported that from 2007 to 2010 the average size of a new, single-family home in the U.S. fell from 2,504 square feet to 2,381 square feet.  The figured does not include […]

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