Sunday, October 22, 2017

Live Music & Porch-Hoppin' in Mt. Rainier!

Singer-Songwriter Sam McCormally & Singer  
Checked out Mt. Rainier's Intentional Blackout Porch Night this past Saturday. As you wise ones can deduce from the name, this was an afternoon-into-evening filled with live music performed by musicians local to Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Over nine different sets played for about thirty minutes on the porch of people's homes (sometimes their own porch, sometimes a bud's porch).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct. 20th-22nd

Masking Making Party & more fun ideas, below!
Kicking off this weekend a little early as many folks with PGCPS students are off on Friday! :) or :(
Weekend fun includes the American Indian Festival, Calabash Carnage Pumpkin Carving, Gateway Park Fall Festival, Mask Making Party & more, all below!

While you're at it, check out Route One Fun's Guide to Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 19th-22nd

Check out the work of artist Chadwick Tolley at Pyramid this weekend! 
From a harmonica workshop to hip hop yoga to Chadwick Tolley's fantastic exhibit at Pyramid to Vigilante's Halloween party to a Funkyard Festival to a spoken word/hip hop/theatre and live instrumentation tribute to women, we've got it all here, along Route 1 this weekend!

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School's Out this Friday! Activities & Playgrounds Await Your Exploration!

School's out this Friday (10/20/17) for PGCPS students! Here are my recommendations for free/low cost, kid-friendly things to do and explore along Route 1 (and some beyond) on this fine day! :)

Gametime at Board & Brew (All ages but best for 5+ crowd)
With over 500 board games including Operation, Perfection, Hungry Hippos, etc., you'll easily eat up an hour or two of a cold, winter recess day!  Speaking of eating up, they also have a good menu of kid-friendly options. And for my fellow coffee afficionados, they rotate between Ceremony, Mad Cap and Counter Culture coffee - so you'll be sure to get a tasty, quality brew while you're there! 
When: Opens at 7 am
Where: 8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park Cost: $2.50 p/p for games + the cost of whatever you may order from menu.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sneak Peek Inside MOD Pizza, Riverdale Park (Opening Soon!)

Opening this Friday (10/20)!
This lady here got a sneak peek at the new MOD Pizza in Riverdale Park! Before I get into the pics, know that MOD Pizza's schtick is that you can get an individual, artisan-style, brick oven baked pizza covered or lightly sprinkled with any amount of over 30 toppings for one price and at lightning speed (ditto with salad). I love pizza.  As in, desert-island-what-food-would-you-bring depth of love. Me and the fam have enjoyed many of the pizza places in our neck of the woods and are looking forward to checking out another - especially with this fun twist of any toppings/same price.

New Colorful Mural Adorns Hyattsville's Ballet, Tap and All that Jazz

More beauty to adore along Hyattsville's Route 1! Check out the new mural framing the entry to Ballet, Tap and All that Jazz! Ballet dancers of the pastel and then some variety catch your eye and definitely brighten up the spot. Just one more thing to love about where we live! 👏

I caught up with the artist, Nancy Ramsey, as she was doing her thang this past Sunday. Nancy hails from Alexandria, VA, but we won't hold that against her. 😄

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Coming Soon to Hyattsville: Goshen, a raw, vegan, juice & food spot


Exciting news: We'll soon have a new raw, vegan spot to check out in Hyattsville! Goshen, a self-described "healthy lifestyle bodega" is due to open up over the next two weeks! (It's on the same strip as Franklins.) Purdy excited about this development. I'd heard that they have/had a spot in Union Market, but we hadn't yet checked it out. Now, we can just walk down the street. Whoop, whoop!

Not sure what the menu will be, but if past is prologue, might range from live ravioli made from young coconut meat and stuffed with mushrooms and olives to asparagis nori rolls to molasses macaroons to live/raw tiramisu.  Sign me up! Between this place and Mt. Rainier's organic juice bar, The Waterhole, we're some lucky ducks!

Have you tried Goshen before? What are your local go-to raw/vegan/vegetarian spots you'd recommend?

Goshen (Hyperlinked but their site seems to be in progress/not accessible right now.)
5105 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct. 13th-15th

Touch-a-Truck (or bus!) is this weekend!
Got activities to check off all your boxes! Like Touch-a-Truck Family Festival, Kids' Capoeira Angola Class, Hyattsville's Zombie Run, Greenbelt's Fall Fest & more!

While you're at it, check out Route One Fun's Spooktacular Guide to Halloween Fun Along Route One!
Special Thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide! 
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** ICYMI: I checked out Bouncing Bambini's Strong Mama class. Read what to expect, here

Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween Along Route One!


Check out Route One Fun's spooktacular guide to the many fun, free or low-cost Halloween events we've got going along Route One (and some a bit yonder) throughout October! Check out a couple of them and get your money's worth out of that costume! Happy Halloween, Route 1!  :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 12th -15th

Grammy-winning Don Flemons at Brentwood Arts
Exchange this Friday! 📷 Credit: M-NCPPC
Catch local troubadours Paint Branch Creek at Robert Harper Books, Grammy winner Don Flemons at Brentwood Arts Exchange, Jazzfest at New Deal Cafe, Arts Works' Come As You Art Fundraiser, Hyattsville's Zombie Run, Dracula at Otis Street Arts Project, Hyattsville Music Fest at Polka Dot Park & more, all in Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide! 

                              Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!
Special! Use promo code "firstclassfree" for your free first class!  
** ICYMI: I checked out Bouncing Bambini's Strong Mama class. Read what to expect, here


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Upcoming Community Rummage & Yards Sales along Route One!


Here's a list of upcoming, local events where you can get a great variety of gently used kids' & adults' clothing, baby items, toys, maternity wear and kids gear for very little or, in the case of HY-Swap, free! Missing any sales? Enter info in comments and I'll update this post with the deets! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Beignets, anyone? New Hyattsville spot, BeClaws, is now open

Headed to the Hyattsville library the other day and noticed along the way that BeClaws is now open. From the looks of the lunchtime activity into and out of the place, they must be doing something right!?! I had my napping young'n with me so wasn't a good time to stop in but I plan to, especially after taking a look at the menu: BeClaws Beignets, Vietnamese Coffee,  Abita Turbodog, Flying Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. (So, yeah - I went straight to the dessert & beer menu....) On a more serious note, they serve up a heady menu of Asian Fusion seafood, including crawfish mac & cheese, seafood gumbo, seafood jambalaya, Caj-sian seafood pho and ramen, etc.

I don't think we have this type of cuisine in town already, do we? Have you checked BeClaws out yet? Share feedback in comments! 👏

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct 6-8th


Another fabulous, kid-friendly weekend lineup, Route 1! 👏 College Park Day, Mt. Rainier Elementary's Fall Festival, Open Gym, University Park Children's Clothing Co-op Sale, Riverdale Park Day, and many events for the 10-17 year old crowd in this edition, too! :)

Thanks to Bouncing Bambini for sponsoring this Weekend Guide! 👏
Use promo code "firstclassfree" for your free first class!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 5th-8th


This weekend's got you thinking about: Roustabouts CD Release Party, Rated Pg Black Arts Festival, Rafael's Race, Riverdale Park Day, CROWD FUN.ded: A pARTy Series, College Park Day, Clean Comedy Show & more!

Thanks to Bouncing Bambini for sponsoring this Weekend Guide! 👏
Use promo code "firstclassfree" for your free first class!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Local Tourist: Sis' Tavern / Baby Dee's & Duke Ellington in North Brentwood


I love exploring what's right in our own proverbial and literal backyards. An expert daydreamer, I love wondering about the story behind XYZ and err on the side of trusting that everyone/thing has a story to tell, if given the time to share. Anyhoo - I'm not particularly articulate today so not about to delve further into the hows or whys of it all, just to share that if you look up "local tourist" in Funk & Wagnalls, my picture would be there. And if you don't know what Funk & Wagnalls is, ask a friend.  A much older one.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kids' Weekday Fun Along Route One!


Who says kid-friendly fun is limited to the weekends? Not this lady! Below are just a sprinkling of ways for you and your kid(dos) to have fun along Route 1 during the week! While most of these are recurring events (some weekly, some biweekly), do yourself a solid and call to confirm that they're going on before you make any wild plans, like packing a lunch or a diaper bag. Or maybe both. :)

Be sure to bookmark this page as I'll update this post through the year. 👊 Likewise, if there are events that I missed, go ahead and post a comment below with the information. (Tuesday's lookin' pretty lonely....)  I'll update ASAP.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Check it Out: Local Fun! Patuxent Research Refuge

Me and the little lady stopped by the Patuxent Research Refuge earlier this week for one of their free Tiny Tots programs.  I was a little dismayed when I arrived and found that mine was the only car in the lot.  "Had I gotten the date wrong?" I wondered.  I immediately jumped to blaming my d@mN children.  Always interrupting momma's mornin' coffee intake which = not functioning properly, which = systems fail, which = dates & time and everything bungled.  Poor me.  But not really.  In fact, lucky me - because for once in my life, I had unwittingly managed to get me and my crew somewhere on time (in fact, an entire 30 minutes early).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st


Color with Luna, Open Gym, Xtreme Teens Scrabble, Minecraft, Raptors Reign, Model Rocket Launch, Polka Dot Park, Cyclocross Bike Race, Puerto Rico Relief effort + more, all this weekend!

Did you know that Route One Fun does more than just Weekend Guides? Tis true! Check out this post on all the new murals along Route 1 in Hyattsville, this post on live music at Brentwood Arts Exchange or this guide to where Kids Eat Free along Route 1!

And...do you follow Route One Fun on Instagram?
Follow here & follow for updates & pics of life along Route 1 sprinkled throughout the week!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st

Opening Reception for Chadwick Tolley's exhibit at
Pyramid Atlantic this Friday! Image courtesy of the artist.
Your pick of live music, an opening reception at Pyramid Atlantic for printmaker Chadwick Tolley's "politically charged" exhibit, awesome sounding show by LA's DJ Nosaj Thing (produced tracked for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Kudi & Chance the Rapper) at MilkBoy ArtHouse as well as a 9 Piece Funk Army the next night!, local opportunity to support Puerto Rico relief efforts, Chuck the Monk Book TalkHyattsville's Mayor does Capoeira and you're invited to join in!  All this weekend + more!

Did you know that Route One Fun does more than just Weekend Guides? Tis true! Check out the blog for local business reviews, Kids Eat Free Guides, Spotlight on Schools & more!

And...do you follow Route One Fun on Instagram?  Follow here & follow for updates & pics of life along Route 1 sprinkled throughout the week!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Biz Review: The WaterHole, Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar!


I remember the first time I met Lisa Harris, the owner of The WaterHole in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.  I was on my way out of The WaterHole with my littlest one, after having finished a delicious, made-to-order carrot+beet+apple+ginger juice when Lisa approached from outside and held the door open for us and our wee stroller.  Not realizing she was probably eager to get inside, I started chatting away and picked her brain for recommendations on nearby things to do with my wee one.  Lisa didn't skip a beat.  She pointed out two nearby playgrounds, ran through the merits of each, suggested routes to explore along the way and recommended I check out a local mammas and pappas listserv for even more info on the topic.

Stylish Deals at Macy's Backstage + GIVEAWAY!

{GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER} If you've been keepin' up with Route One Fun, you know that I love a good deal almost as much as I love my husband. 😆 So you can imagine my delight when Macy's Backstage invited me to check out their new spot on the third floor of Macy's at the Mall at Prince George's! Lucky for you, they also shared two $50 gift cards to Macy's Backstage for me to give away to two fabulous Route One Fun readers! 👏

3rd Level - After escalator, head left or right & get yr shopping on!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Get Yr Live Music Fix at the Brentwood Arts Exchange!

BTS = Back to School, right?  Nope. Built to Spill, bizitches. That's the visceral reaction I have (though entirely internally) whenever I see these three simple letters together. You see, while I now pump Kidz Bop jams out my car speakers and subscribe to Real Simple over CMJ, I used to have a decent music sense (says moi). Indie rock shows & distortion pedals used to be a part of my regular ear candy. But then, kids + life + moving out of NYC + DC = what happened?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market


I'm really digging the new Whole Foods Market in Riverdale Park.  Sure, I love all of the incredibly colorful produce and am childishly entertained by fruits that look like they're from outer space (looking at you, Jackfruit), but I also appreciate the increased accessibility to foods that are free from artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners, flavors, etc.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 22nd-24th

Many kids activities at Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival this Saturday!
Photo credit: Wunderaround
Movie nights, Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Laurel's Riverfest, a Parent & Child Aerial Dance Class, your chance to be part of the Hearts in Hyattsville Community Paint Day, all this weekend!

Also, ICYMI, check out these recent posts about new things happening in our area! Eye Candy Galore Along Route 1, Ear Candy at Brentwood Arts Exchange and accessible art at Studio SoHy.
Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 21st-24th

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival - This Saturday!
Check out all we have going on along Route 1 this fabulous weekend: Live music, dance party, Hearts in Hyattsville, the Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival & more! Lucky ducks!

Eye Candy Galore Along Rt. 1 + Yr Chance to Show Some Hyattsville Luv)!


Have you seen the growing number of new, amazingly vibrant murals adorning the facades (and sides & behinds!) of many vacant buildings along the Route 1 corridor in downtown Hyattsville lately? So B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  Turns out, the new murals are the fantastic work of Green Owl Design and UIP Development, who teamed up to revamp this part of the Route 1 corridor. The murals are all designed by local artists (listed below) and instantly beautify abandoned buildings that are slated for demolition. 👏  Methinks these awesome murals will totally be a draw to our area similar to how Union Market's Heart Wall is itself a destination for many folks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Studio SoHy, Hyattsville: Making Art Accessible

Many times when we stop for a coffee at Hyattsville's Vigilante Coffee, we make it a point to stop by Studio SoHy's exhibit space - which is easy to do as it's right next door (just enter the door by the coffee fixins/water table & voila)!  Doing so is a such a great, easy, free and accessible way for us all to check out their latest exhibit and some new art!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: September 15th-17th

Explore Lake Artemesia & more this weekend!
Weekend's here! Hyattsville's Summer Jam Finale, College Park's Old Parish House Family Fun Day, Hispanic Heritage Festival, Hyattsville's Porchfest & more, this weekend!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 14-17th

Pyramid's Anniversary Party is this Saturday!
Mighty fun weekend we have ahead of us, dear buds! Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville is celebrating its "paper" anniversary with a Pulp Fiction-inspired soiree, College Park celebrates The Old Parish House's 200th birthday with tons-o-festivities, Hyattsville's Porchfest, Greenbelt's Blues Festival and Mt. Rainier's Live Music Thursdays keep us movin' & groovin' (yep, just wrote that) & you've got your choice of Yogalates, Open Barre, Yoga, Zumba & more! Read on, subscribe and share Route One Fun with any/everyone! 👏  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: September 8th-10th

Explore a new (to you..) playground, like Fairland Regional Park.
Lovely weather this weekend and tons of things to do in our area! Kick the weekend off with a night hike in Laurel with some nocturnal buds, Waterfront Art Festival in Bladensburg, Arts Drop-In at MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, Kool Kids Book Launch Party in North Brentwood, explore a new-to-you playground, Storytime in Hyattsville & the Prince George's County Fair in Upper Marlboro. More ideas below!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: September 7th-10th

Catch this festival & more this weekend!
📷M-NCPPC
The forecast notes sunny skies and beautiful temps this weekend! Head out, support our live music scene, including Live Music Thursdays at Mt. Rainier's Med Cafe and Riverdale Rails Music at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books. The Bladensburg Waterfront Art Festival is happening and University Park's Second Saturday Lecture is on Wine. Need I write more? ;) Mmm. Not to be outdone, there's a beginner-friendly trapeze class happening in Mt. Rainier. You heard me right. All this & more in your beloved Adults' Weekend Guide! :)

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

District Taco's Almost Here!

Look what I spotted in the Whole Foods Market parking lot this morning:

Appears that District Taco is almost here, people! Or, maybe someone from District Taco was simply shopping at Whole Foods...but my spidey sense tells me it's the former! Compound that with the fact that my astigmatized eyes saw some folks walking in/around the to-be District Taco location and methinks I'm on to something....

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Away this Weekend!

Hey folks! Quick reminder that there'll be no weekend guides this weekend as I'm taking this weekend to soak up remaining bit of sunshine (and Scotch) with my family. Be back next week with fresh, NEW content and your beloved weekend guides! Thanks for visiting and hearting Route One Fun as much as I do!  ❤👊❤

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: August 25th-27th

It's going to be a beautiful weekend so this weekend's guide it teeming with glorious options for outdoor fun! 👊
Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: August 24th-27th

Catch the Chuck Brown Band at Bowie's Fairwood Music Festival! 📷 Chuck Brown Band
It's going to be a beautiful weekend which means more opps to check out all the cool stuff going on around town! Inner Loop plays at Med Cafe's Live Music Thursdays, an Aerial Dance workshop will make you feel light as air,  :) The Fairwood Music Festival will have you movin' to the sounds go the Chuck Brown Band & Macy's Backstage's Grand Opening will have you spending their money (free gift cards to first 100).  Details on all that and more, below!
Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back to School GIVEAWAY + Updates at The Mall at Prince Georges = Awesome!


It's almost back to school time! These mornings, my youngest enjoys vigorously crossing the days off the wall calendar as we inch towards the first day of the new school year. For her, it's an exercise in destruction. For me, it's a countdown to how many days before I can drink my coffee while it's still hot. It's the little things, people. 😃

Speaking of not so little things, it appears that my young man has gone through a couple of growth spurts this summer. I did, too; in solidarity.... ;) So when the Mall at Prince Georges (MPG) invited me to check out their latest renovations and hear about upcoming events while conquering our back to school shopping, I thought: perfect timing!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse Along Route 1 in Prince George's County!


We're pretty excited to check out the upcoming solar eclipse, especially as there are so many local places that are hosting viewing events - like the ones noted below!  Check 'em out!