Friday, June 15, 2018

Riverdale Park Station Bridge Opening June 22nd!

Rejoice, people!  The CSX Bridge connecting Riverdale Park Station (& Whole Foods, Gold's Gym, District Taco, MOD Pizza, Burtons Grill, Starbucks) with the Discovery District in Riverdale Park will open on June 22nd!  These grumpy "road closed" signs will soon be no more!

According to Alan Thompson, Mayor of Riverdale Park: "It is with immense pleasure that I announce the opening date for the new bridge and associated roadway to connect Riverdale Park Station across the CSX tracks to Lafayette Avenue, Rivertech Court, and the Discovery District (formerly known as M Square). The bridge and roadway will have a ribbon cutting next Friday, June 22, at 9:30 am, with the bridge opening to the public at 10:00 am. We've been waiting a long time, and I'm glad it's about to open!"

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 15th-17th

Did you say you wanted to get the kids involved in a Public Art Workshop? Well, looky here; there's one this weekend! How about getting their hands busy building some wooden model thingamajigs? There's an option for that as well! There's also a Family Fest Book Fair, Juneteenth, Paw Patrol at Eastern Rhodes and more, all this weekend! Read on!

Many thanks to this Weekend's Sponsor!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: June 14th-17th

Proverbs Reggae Band will be at HyFest this Saturday! 

Hyattsville's HyFest, Yoga in College Park, Summer Concert Series in Riverdale Park, Juneteenth in Upper Marlboro, Eastern Rhodes Public Place Opening and Lesole's Dance Project's Freedom of Expression in Mt. Rainier and more, all this weekend along Route One!

Thank you to this Weekend Guide's Sponsor! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Have you played along yet to #whereamiwednesday? Folks are saying it's a fun way to get to learn more about the wonderful neighborhoods of ours! Play along in the comments, below! 😊

This free standing abstract sculpture was "fabricated from reclaimed oil barrels...[and] is intended to make visible the impact of air pollution on the environment. Inspired by an International Energy study stating air pollution leads to 6.5 million deaths each year, the artist place black numbers on a stark white background to symbolize these losses."  

Do you know where this cool and thoughtful sculpture is located in Prince George's County? Play along in comments below or head over to Route One Fun's Facebook Page and/or Instagram Page to bid your wager!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Local Music + Tasty Local Craft Beer? Yes, please! (Hyattsville's HyFest is this Saturday!)

Tomato Dodgers all up in this piece! 

If I told you there was a music showcase happening at Hyattsville's Polka Dot Park THIS Saturday featuring four local bands playing some r-n-r, punky reggae, action funk rock, and rootz reggae as well as some tasty local craft beer from Denizens and Calvert Brewing Company, you'd be like, "shawt up!" And I'd be like, "Totes Magoates." HyFest is happening this Saturday, people!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 8th-10th

A giant slip and slide?!? Indeed - at UPES's F4 this Saturday! An evening bat walk, Arts Drop-Ins an Astronomy Star Party and more, all this weekend!

Special thanks to this Weekend Guide's sponsor!

Adults' Weekend Guide: June 7th-10th

Caesura Obscura by local phenom Clara Cornelius opens this Sunday!

Black Panther screening in the park, Boot Camp outside, Yoga inside (or out!), Dogs for the Arts, Crazy Quilt Festival, Astronomy Star Party, Pump House Pop-Up Reception & more, all inside this fantabulous Adults' Weekend Guide!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Where Am I Wednesday!

Time for #whereamiwednesday! 

Chances are, if you've been to this iconic place, you've taken a picture with this revered First Lady. Or maybe one with her husband - but me and my lady wanted one with the politically astute and socially progressive Ms. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt! 

So, where was this pic snapped? Hint: Their popcorn is cooked in coconut oil - and it's DELICIOUS! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

PHOTOS: May Fun Along Route One!

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour was a chance to meet some of the many amazing artists who live and work in our area, including Juliana Vallejo and Julia Walther at Mt. Rainier's Red Dirt Studios:

Julia Walther and her handmade pottery are delightful!
Hyattsville's Pizzeria Paradiso's Spring Fest was super fun! About 10-12 breweries to try from as well as live music from the Smokin' Polecats! :)

Can't wait for Hyattsville's Streetcar 82 to open!
 University Park Civic Association's Porch Fest, organized by Emily and Jason Jackson, was a hit! Over 15 local bands and musicians performing to the delight of friends and neighbors! 

Interstate Rivals played some post ska/punk band.

Local celebs Paint Branch Creek did their thang - in Sharon & Fred Werth's backyard, 
which was a dream. #backyardenvy
Memorial Day observance in Bladensburg was a chance to meet these two American heroes:

Uncle Buck (L), an Army veteran of the Korean War, 
accompanied by his nephew, Retired Lt. Colonel Robert Kiker 
of the Prince George's County Office of the Sheriff. 

Cheverly American Legion's Commander Joseph Pruden grew up in an Army family 
and later enlisted in the Army to serve in the Vietnam War. 
Packed house for University Parks Elementary School's Art Takeover Night! Such a great way to see the students' art and partake in some creative art-making yourself!

An eel was spotted in Wells the delight of nearby students!

Have you liked Route One Fun on Facebook yet? Go ahead! Do it! :) 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 1st-3rd

Hammerin' away at a Kids' Workshop at Home Depot! 
Nature Center fun, Classic Car Modeling, Afternoon Aviators, Pride Month Collage, Birds Gone Wild, Puppet Show & more indoor + outdoor fun inside this Kids' Weekend Guide!

*Due to the forecasted rain, please be sure to call or check event website before heading out. Likewise, I will try to update the Route One Fun Facebook page when I learn of updates!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: May 31st-June 3rd

Riverdale Park Station kicks off its summer concert series, Forklift First Friday in Edmonston includes a clothing Swap-O-Rama, Treasures in the Attic appraised in Laurel, festival fun at Brentwood Day, Decorate a t-shirt for Pride in Hyattsville, Pops Extravaganza in College Park, Mutt Strutt in University Park & more, all in this delectably local Guide!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


This beautiful mural entitled, "We Grow Together" by Alexandre Keto adorns the wall of an amazing museum in Prince George's County. Can you guess where this mural is located? And have you been to the museum? Play along in comments, below. (And no Googling, ppl! 😎)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wizard of Oz Playground at Upper Marlboro's Watkins Regional Park!

We loooooove the Wizard of Oz-themed playground at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro yet! If you haven't checked it out yet, here's a peek at what you've got to look forward to at this truly amazing, huge, colorful and creative playground! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Route One Kids' Weekend Guide: May 25th-27th

Plenty of options for outdoor and indoor fun along Route One in this Kids' Weekend Guide!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Memorial Day Events Along Route One Corridor, Prince George's County

Here is an alphabetical list of Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies and events happening in and around the Route One Corridor to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: May 24th-27th

Check out (EN)lighted this weekend!
πŸ“· : M-NCPPC

Paddle Night on the Anacostia, Labor Film Fest and a Laborpalooza Music Fest, House Concert for Pyramid featuring Lauren Calve, barre in Magruder Park only to be followed by free community yoga the next day! SO much to get excited about this weekend! πŸ‘Š

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide! 


For the second installment of this soon-to-be-beloved-but-not-yet-fully-discovered series, I present you with a picture of this beautifully painted elephant statue which stands in front of the town hall of which lovely town in Prince George's County?

Make your guess in the comments, below! Likewise, if you know any details or more information about this elephant, please share your insight! Or play along over on Facebook or Instagram! πŸ‘

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Mount Rainier-in Goats are here!

And the Chicago Cubs did finally beat every team in the league! ⚾ Our world is full circle now, people. πŸ˜‰ No clue what I'm talking about? Well, the City of Mount Rainier is having some goats visit this week so that they may do their goat-y thang and feast on overgrown vegetation at Rogers Park in Mt. Rainier (4011 Eastern Ave, between Bunker Hill and Shepherd St). Annnddd The Mountain Goats are an Indie Folk band who presciently sang of a time when the Chicago Cubs would "beat every team in the league!" See? Full circle. So much knowledge packed into one paragraph!  You're welcome. 🀣

πŸ“Έ by Margaret Boozer-Strother

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Queen at West Hyattsville's Giant & Terps v. Tar Heels Game in College Park!

Are you getting caught up in the royal wedding frenzy?  I thought I wasn't, but as the time approaches I find myself getting excited to watch it all! Thinking about the royals also reminded me of a story local armchair historian and friend, Shonin Anacker, shared about a visit the Queen made to the Queens Chapel Giant Food Store in West Hyattsville and a Terp's game at Maryland Stadium in College Park back in the day.  Say what?

Queen Elizabeth II at University of Maryland football game, October 19, 1957. (Source: Library of Congress)
πŸ“· source: Library of Congress

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: May 18th-20th

Waterfront Art Festival is this Saturday!
πŸ“· by M-NCPPC
Get your STEM on while exploring the life cycle of butterflies, bounce around in a moonbounce at Summer Jam, shake your groove thang at a bibliobop dance party, have fun at Mt. Rainier Day, the Waterfront Art Festival and more - all this weekend!

*Given the rainy weather we've been having, please be sure to call or check the event website before  heading out!

Special thanks to this weekend's fabulous sponsor! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: May 17th-20th

Waterfront Arts Festival is this Saturday! 

This weekend's lineup includes the kickoff of Hyattsville's Summer Jam, local musicians Run come see and Fellow Creatures kickin it at MilkBoy ArtHouse, David C. Driskell exhibit at Frame Savvy, Hyattsville Historic House Tour, Mt. Rainier Day, Waterfront Arts Festival, BeyoncΓ© Yoga & more!

Special thanks this weekend's sponsor!


It's time for #whereamIwednesday!

(And please forgive me; I got too caught up in deliberating the proper grammar for this phrase so I capitulated and just ran with the simple hashtag....If your a grammar fiend, drop some knowledge on me. (Also: See what I did there?! πŸ˜‰))

Any guesses on where you can find this bright and beautiful mural?  Hint: It's in Prince George's County. πŸ˜† Drop your knowledge in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spotted! Capital Bikeshare Stations in Hyattsville & Riverdale Park!

While no official announcement has been made as of yet, our spidey senses have detected the precise locations for the Hyattsville and Riverdale Park (two of the three) new Capital Bikeshare stations coming to Route One (just in time for Friday's Bike to Work Day)! (6 total in Prince George's County.)

As you can see above, the Riverdale Park location will just inside the Route 1entrance to Riverdale Park Station, which makes sense given its proximity to the bike trails, methinks. Looks like there are about 17 slots for bikes. Though that's an odd number and math was never my forte, so let's run with "more than ten." 😁

πŸ“Έ by Rebecca Baldwin
And from what local resident Rebecca Baldwin shared on Twitter, the Hyattsville Capital Bikeshare Station is located on the corner of Jefferson and Route 1. 

As you can see, neither are open for business yet - and won't be, until May 18th. According to a Washington Post article, "[T]he stations will be in the Anacostia Trails Heritage area, which includes Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, and parts of Riverdale Park and in riding proximity to existing Bikeshare stations available in the District and Montgomery."

The other two three locations Capital Bikeshare locations in Prince George's County will be at the Largo Metro station, and another at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building in Largo and at Largo Road & Campus Way (Prince George's Community College).

So, all we have to do now is find out where the Mt. Rainier Capital Bikeshare Station will be location and our sleuthing will be done - for today! :)

5/16 Update:  Thanks to Route One Fun reader, Tom Liddle, for sharing the location of the Mt. Rainier Capital Bikeshare Station on Perry & 35th Street!

Here's the complete list from the Capital Bikeshare site:

Where Can You Find the Stations?

Stations are located in Largo and Hyattsville with an expansion planned along the Route 1 corridor and National Harbor. Current locations:

Baltimore Ave & Van Buren St / Riverdale Park Station
Baltimore Ave & Jefferson St
Perry & 35th St
1301 McCormick Dr / Wayne K. Curry Admin Bldg
Largo Town Center Metro
Largo Rd & Campus Way / Prince George’s Comm Coll

Updated 5/17/18

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    What's Coming to the Old S & J's Space in Riverdale Park?

    Word on the internets is that the old S & J's in Riverdale Park will be reincarnated as a tapas restaurant!πŸ‘

    As y'all know, since S & J's closed in 2016, the spot has been vacant. Given that Douglas Development has been marketing the space as "ideal for a restaurant," it's safe to say that we'll soon have another restaurant in that spot. And it's sounding like it will be a tapas-style one! Anyone else hearing this or otherwise? Share your 411 in the comments, below!

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Forever 21 to Open in Hyattsville!

    Forever 21 is coming to the Mall at Prince George's, y'all! The store is slated to open in/around the end of 2019 and will be the first Forever 21 in Prince George's County.  πŸ‘

    πŸ“Έ source: PREIT

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Kids' Weekend Guide: May 11th-13th

    Kiddos can meet Mikaila, founder of Me & The Bee's Lemonade, this Saturday!
    πŸ“Έ Whole Foods Market
    Teddy Bear Parade, Youth Publishing Workshop, Life of a Butterfly, Arts Drop-In, Chance to meet 13-year old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer & more, all this weekend!

    Special thanks to this weekend's fabulous sponsor!

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Adults' Weekend Guide: May 10th-13th

    Pizzeria Paradiso's Spring Fest is this Saturday!
    This weekend - with Pizzeria Paradiso's Spring (Beer) Fest, Gateway Arts District's Open Studios Tour, cycling through our area's aviation history, alight dance theatre's Faerie, Festival of Literary Arts & more - is a prime example of how awesome it is to live along Route One in Prince George's County! Pat yourself on the back!


    Special thanks to this weekend's fabulous sponsor!