Friday, December 15, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Dec. 15th-17th

Catch the Largo High School Choir Saturday at the Mall at Prince George's!
📷 Largo High School Choir

This weekend gives you a chance to catch some great local bands like Paint Branch Creek, Black Masala as well as the chance to hear the festive sounds of Largo High School Choir (they're #7 on Gospel Billboard, people!!!) as well as Riverdale Park's Holiday Market, an Essential Oils Workshop, a YART Sale at Artist & Craftsman (deep discounts I've heard!) and more. Check it out and report back on all the fun you had along Route One! :)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Dec. 15th-17th

📷 by Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department!
(Check out their event this Sunday!)
The Holiday fun continues this weekend with a Gingerbread House Hullabaloo, Holiday Ornament Workshop, Riverdale Park's Holiday Market w/ Santa, The Nutcracker, Breakfasts with Santa & more! Check it out!

**Riverdale Park's Town Clerk reports that they're "in need of toys for the Toys for Tots program this year. This program directly benefits families in our Town. If you would like to contribute, please deliver new and unwrapped toys to Town Hall or the Police Department by Friday, December 15."

Going, Going, Gone: ReCreative Spaces & Robert Harper Books

I try to keep my posts on the more positive side of things; there's enough gloom out there to occupy your mind and thoughts. But this post is going to be less Q-Tip's Vivrant Thing and more Elton John's Yellow Brick Road than you're used to getting from me. 

Here's why sad Elton's in my ears: We're losing two small businesses that - from what I've seen - have hustled like crazy to be a spot for our community to gather, connect, hear new music, support local artists and musicians, buy local art, happen upon a great used book, buy a Sonic Youth t-shirt, etc. Mt. Rainier's ReCreative Spaces announced last month that they're closing their doors at the end of the year and Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books announced this month that it will be closing its store at the end of January (online sales will continue).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alan Binstock's Ribbon of Life at Hyattsville's University Town Center

Ever wonder and wander around the outside of Safeway along Route 1 in Hyattsville and stop to take in this colorful, winding, glass sculpture right on the corner near Pollo Campero?  Me, too!

Open Gym (& Amazing Foam Pit!) at PG Sports & Learning Complex

Amazing foam pit that the kids can slide, dive, jump, swing into.
This pit alone is reason enough to check this place out! 
If you haven't checked out Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover yet with your energetic 1-12 year old(s), then let this winter be the season you do so! This place is HUGE and heir "gymnastics workshops," i.e. open gym, is a time when kiddos can run around and try their acrobatic skills on equipment usually reserved for budding / training gymnasts - for the most part. They can jump, swing and bounce along to their hearts' content, just like these kiddos below!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sneak Peek Inside District Taco, Riverdale Park

Hey hey, Taco luvas!

This lil lady here was invited to check out Riverdale Park's District Taco (DT) at its soft opening today and took a number of photos to share with y'all! While DT doesn't officially open its doors until Monday (12/11/17) at noon (more on that, here), hopefully this sneak peek will satiate your curiosity's appetite enough to get you through the weekend! Solidarity.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Dec. 8th-10th

Holiday Fun, Storytime, STEM activities, National Hoopfest & more, all this weekend!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Adults' Weekend Guide: Dec. 8th-10th

Catch Potomac Winds at Robert Harper Books this wknd!
Will it be a Holiday Fashion Show, a Candlelight Holiday House Tour or maybe some Zumba (just to mix it up)? Saturday brings Open Studios Tour, Brentwood Arts Exchange's Craft Fair & Beer Tasting Lounge (featuring Hyattsville's own Streetcar 82 Brewing Company)! More to explore below!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Route One Kids' 2017 Holiday Fun Guide!

 📷 HVFD: Santa Claus is coming to town! 

🎅 Welcome to your fantabulous guide for 2017 Kid-Friendly Holiday Fun Along Route One! Below you'll find fabulously local (and mostly free!) listings for Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa fun to help you and your wee ones get into the holiday spirit! Scroll down for categories including Santa, Holiday Events, Holiday Music & Performances and Holiday Lights! Know of other, great local events happening in our area? Drop your knowledge in the comments section below! 

🎄 I'll be updating this list throughout the holiday season, so be sure to return to learn of new events. Subscribe to Route One Fun and you'll automatically receive an email when a new post has been published. Share Route One Fun's Kids' 2017 Holiday Fun Guide with a few of your friends so they can join you in the fun!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Route One Christmas Trees - Where to Get Yours!

📷 by Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Dept.
A Route One Fun reader hit me up on Twitter, asking "Where's your favorite spot to get Xmas trees nearby? Looking to avoid Home Depot this year!"  So, erm. Real talk: We bought from Hyattsville's Home Depot last year. 😐 Don't judge; it was easy, we were rushed, trees were available and well, that was that.

This year, though, we're getting into the game sooner and I, too, am game to check out buying locally for our Xmas tree. Compiled below is a list of local places that neighbors have recommended as well as ones I've come across on listservs.

Know of another great, local place to buy a Christmas Tree?  Add it to the comments below & I'll update the post with your wisdom!

Friday, December 1, 2017

District Taco - Riverdale Park - Opens December 11th!

Exciting news, Route 1! District Taco Riverdale Park is opening its doors on Monday, December 11th at noon! I'm already dreaming about their queso and fish tacos and breakfast tacos and.... Back in the day, when District Taco started as a food cart run by owner Osiris Holi, Route One Hubs 😃 would trek out to Rosslyn Metro just to indulge. My man is a Texan and ❤ his breakfast tacos, so his 👍 is golden. To me, at least. 😎 

Here are Opening Day details from District Taco: 

"The Grand Opening for Riverdale Park location will be on Monday, December 11th at 12pm. The first 100 customers in line will receive District Taco swag and a free meal. A portion of the day's profits will go to Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, a local organization that offers support for homeless families and works to transform the lives of homeless children by creating personalized birthday parties that make them feel valued. Patrons can expect a large celebration and are encouraged to get their place in line early."

They're also doing a little something special for UMD students, offering them a 25% discount with their student ID from December 12th through December 19th.

District Taco will be on the same strip at MOD Pizza (another great spot to check out)! Many thanks to Route One Fun reader Cynthia Henthorn and District Taco for the info! 

📷s by District Taco