Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Jan. 19th-21st

Lots of fun dancing with Mini Bop Disco, Bibliobop and Leap, Jump & Jam! Art & STEM Activities as well as playground fun ideas - all in this Kids' Weekend Guide!  

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Jan. 18th-21st

DuPont Brass Album Release Party is this weekend!
📷 by DuPont Brass

Weekend plans include the hit play "Rabbit Summer" by Ally Theatre Company, Art of Resistance Workshop, Vodou Symbolism, Dance Dance Party Party, Metal v. K-Pop, Riverdale Park Farmers Market...and that's just Thursday's menu! Read on for more great, local things to do this weekend!    

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Go Check Out "Rabbit Summer" by Ally Theatre Company!

📷 by Ally Theatre Company

This past weekend, I got the chance to check out Rabbit Summer by playwright Tracey Conyer Lee at Joe's Movement Emporium and wanted to take this time to recommend you check it out because it was so good, so timely and so well done. *And I just learned that at this Saturday's 2pm matinee, the audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion with playwright Tracey Conyer Lee, as part of the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival! 👏

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Good vibes & Funky Fashion at Nisey's Boutique, Mt. Rainier

Have you stopped by Nisey's Boutique in Mt. Rainier yet? If not, here's why you should check it out:

1. Meet Ms. Nisey Baylor 

Nisey Baylor is a beloved powerhouse. After running a number of retail businesses in Washington, DC, including two City Kids stores on Capitol Hill, Nisey opened Nisey's Boutique in Mt. Rainier in 1997. Proximity to DC and a growing, vibrant arts scene attracted her to the area; a growing, supportive clientele and firm roots in the local community is what keeps her here.

All four walls of Nisey's Boutique share kind words of praise from celebrities, politicians and community members, acknowledging her work and business ethic. Nisey shared that sometimes people view the photos as a form a bragging. I didn't see it that way at all. What I see are words from folks who appreciate her presence and what she seems to bring to the community. Moreover, you know that were this store to be called "Norman's" and run by a dude, folks wouldn't be speaking this way.  Keep it up, Nisey!

2. Explore the Colorful, Eclectic Array of Jewelry, Clothing, Accessories & More!

From colorful earrings to vibrant daishiki skirts to funky, handmade totes to this beautiful bag below, this lady's got everything. I spent enough time in there to notice a couple of folks stop by and ask for items that weren't on display, like a woman who asked Nisey to show her a collection of African hats. Nisey pulled out a bag from behind the counter and the two of them had a fun time modeling the different styles! :)



3. Check Out the Organic Body Butters and Natural Hair Care Products 

Wide variety of natural body lotions & butters as well as hair products. I didn't get a chance to capture them all but here's a sampling!

4. Enjoy Lively Conversation with an Experienced Small Business Owner 

You'll spot this tea station first thing when you walk inside Nisey's Boutique. It's her way of  welcoming you into the store and introducing you to some of the local events happening in the community, a la flyers and postcards lining the nearby wall.

Linger long enough, as I did 😃, and Nisey will share stories about how this particular bag was made or how this local artist was inspired to create that painting. You can tell she really puts a lot of thought into deciding what items to sell. It also sounds like she does a fair amount of mentoring local artisans and makers, looking to start their own small businesses. Based on her longevity, they'd be wise to heed her advice!

If you are looking for something special, unique and different, support local small businesses and check out Nisey's!

Nisey's Boutique
4007 34th Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Jan. 12th-15th

See below details about the Children's Museum Mission Mobile!

Great local, kid-friendly events this long holiday weekend, Route One! 👏 Got some Leap, Jump & Jam at Joe's Movement Emporium, Children's Museum Mission Mobile, Rise + Rhyme with Lilo & more below! If you attend any of these events, please let them know you heard about it on Route One Fun! Thank you! 👏

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Jan. 11th-15th

Unring the Bell (w/ Mt. Rainier's own Joe Brewer) plays Thursday at MilkBoy ArtHouse!
📷 by Unring the Bell

So many fun things to choose from over the next FOUR days, Route One! From theatre with Rabbit Summer to art with The Art of Resistance and Civil War Soldier to Zumba and Pilates to exploring Maryland Performing Arts Academy's open house to MLK Day service opportunities & more - much more to explore below!

Where to Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Along Route One

Sharing a list of local ways to celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along Route One.

See below for info on this & other local ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Laurel - MLK Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
Mayor Moe, the Laurel City Council and City Staff invite the public to attend the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program with begin with a few words about the importance of this event and the man it honors. It's a touching tribute and we hope to see you there!
When: 4pm
Where: Laurel Municipal Center Peace Pole, 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel
Cost: Free


College Park - City Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The City's annual event honors Dr. King's legacy through a keynote address, performances, art and a City proclamation. Every year a new theme is selected, showcasing how his work still impacts our community and our country and what we can do to continue his efforts in our current era. This year's theme is "We Live Together or Perish" presented by the 2018 Keynote Speaker Jennifer B. Jones. Ms. Jones is a business strategist, legislative advocate, writer and speaker. Artwork and performances from local groups, schools and community organizations are a prominent feature of the Tribute event. This year, Friends Community School, the Talent Group for Children, B'hai Chorale, SGI Chorus, and more will be performing during the event. Stay after the event for a brief reception and an opportunity to meet and talk to the performers. Free event parking is available nearby in University Lots 1b and Z all day on Saturdays (excluding home football games). These lots are about a 2-5 minute walk to the venue. There are also paid parking options in the Stadium Drive Garage as well. For more information, please call 240-487-3570 or visit our Facebook event page here .
When: Saturday, January 13th, 4-6pm 
Where: Kay Theatre - The Clarice, UMD 
Cost: Free 


Greenbelt - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 
Join us in our Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Be part of a community service learning event to protect trees from beavers and invasive species! Bring Warm Clothes, Closed Toe Shoes, a Reusable Water Bottle. High School students, bring a service learning form for hours.
When: 10:30am
Where: Buddy Attick Park, 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free 

Hyattsville - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all are invited to join Mayor Candace Hollingsworth for a large-scale trash and debris removal from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot of Northwestern High School. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, and should dress for the elements: long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes or boots. Safety guidelines, cotton work gloves, litter sticks and trash bags will be provided. Participation can help satisfy the State of Maryland’s Student Service Learning requirement. To register, please call (301) 985-5057 or email
When: 12-3pm
Where: Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville  
Cost: Free 


In case you can't make it out to one of these events or even if you can, sharing this video of YouTube Star Kid President sharing his story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his heartwarming promise of change. Great way to share Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s story with the young'ns. 

Likewise, another great resource on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kids National Geographic.  

Know of any other local events to highlight? Add them in comments, below! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Explore University Hills Duck Pond Park (& Playground)!

Another nearby playground - Lane Manor! Read on....
Yes, it's chilly, I know - but it's supposed to be warming up this Friday so putting this possibly new-to-you playground (and duck pond!!) on your what-should-we-do-with-the-kids radar! 

A while back, we rode our bikes to explore University Hills Duck Pond Park in Hyattsville. We entered the park at 3400 Stanford Street and came across this fun playground area. Two playground sets; one for the toddler crew and another for the 5+ crowd.

It being a lovely day, we decided to ride our bikes along the path and explore a bit more of the area.  Boy, were we glad we did as we discovered TWO MORE PLAYGROUNDS in the same-ish park, again one for the toddler crew, another for the 5-12 year olds. 

Turns out this second playground is technically in Lane Manor Community Park. You learn something new everyday! :) If you want to head to this second playground first and you're driving, you'd do best to enter off of the entrance off of University Blvd East; there's a parking lot adjacent to the playground. For the first playground, head down Wells Parkway. Parking lot next to playground, as well.

BONUS: There's a duck pond at University Hills Park, too!! We love to check out the ducks so sharing in case this, too, might delight your day! :)

Tip: We've always visited during off-seasons, so recreation center facilities were not open for bathroom use. That said, port-a-potties were nearby. And in decent condition, insofar as those things go....

Have you been to either of these playgrounds?  Any local playgrounds on your top 5 list?  Share in the comments! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Joanna Blake's "Great Blue Herons" Sculpture

In my earlier post here about the new sculptures arriving in Riverdale Park, I promised an upcoming post about the nearby "Great Blue Herons" sculpture, meticulously designed by the late Joanna Blake. Over winter break, I got a chance to check out her great work in person and am excited to share pictures of the sculpture as well as some background on the sculpture and its revered artist with all of y'all:

If you've driven by (or walked or biked, for that matter) the intersection of East West Highway and Route One over the last month of so, you've seen this sculpture by its northeast corner.

According to this article from the Hyattsville Life & Times, Blake won a grant by the Riverdale Public Art Initiative and the Prince George’s County Environmental Public Art Project back in 2015 to have her sculpture installed at this intersection. Positioning the sculpture here was deliberate and intended to "serve as an environmental meditation for the heavily-trafficked and highly visible intersection of East-West Highway and Route One," according to this Hyattsville CDC's press release.

The press release goes on to note that Blake's sculpture will "evoke the Northeast and Northwest Branches of the Anacostia River, where the sculpture’s avian subjects can be seen in their natural habitat less than a half-mile away. Herons depicts three herons joined with outstretched wings at their tips, forming the international symbol for recycling, atop a tall steel base at the office building’s south lawn."

I never had a chance to meet Ms. Blake, but I know of how respected and beloved she was by so many folks in our local communities. It's nice to see her work live on in this sculpture and in the “Undaunted in Battle” War of 1812 commemorative sculpture that resides at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Bladensburg. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bouncing Bambini Gets Mama & Baby Movin' & Groovin!

Hey Route One, Mamas!  Looking for a way to stay active this winter with (or without) your little one(s)? Then check out the latest class offerings by Bouncing Bambini! Instructor Amanda Holliday, a mom herself, is a prenatal + postnatal fitness guru who's got modifications galore up her sleeve to accommodate all the new ways our pre & post-baby bodies move. ;) Classes start next week so get on it! 👊

Discover more information about Amanda's classes by clicking on this flyer!

I've taken the Strong Mama Class (& reviewed it, here!) and took my lil lady to the Zumbini class. We had a great time! 👏

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bouncing Bambini - whose classes I've personally attended and enjoyed!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Jan. 5th-7th

Happy New Year, Route One! Are you ready for another fun-filled year of adventures with the young'ns along Route One? Me, too! Check out the menu below for fun, local activities and events to explore this weekend! (As well as a handy-dandy Snow Day Guide!)

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

And...Given the weather forecast, please be sure to check on an event's status before leaving that hot toddy and heading out the door. 😊

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Jan. 4th-7th

Opening Reception for Imaginary Funhouse 👆 is this Friday!
📷 Courtesy of Pyramid Atlantic
Yes, it's cold outside, but that's no reason to just stream all weekend, especially when there are so many fun, cool, local events happening. For real. Like the Imaginary Funhouse exhibit opening this Friday at Pyramid or NSO in Your Neighborhood or a First Friday Networking Event or Elvis' Birthday Fight Club (you read that right!) or - well, read on!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

And...Given the weather forecast, please be sure to check on an event's status before leaving that hot toddy and heading out the door. 😊

Monday, January 1, 2018

Coming Soon: Red Onion Records to Hyattsville!

Happy New Year, Route One! Got some exciting news for y'all; read on! 👇

So I'm taking the kiddos to the playground across from Yoga Space the other day and what do I spot out of the corner of my bespectacled eyes but some funky album covers lining the windows of 4208 Gallatin Street. As a lady who excitedly used up her hard-earned savings back in the day to buy her own 7" of Kajagoogoo's Too Shy Shy, me and records go way back. Sometimes embarrassingly back, as I just admitted, but back nonetheless. Even just the image of a record brings up good memories and stories longer than blog posts will permit.  But anyhoo - back to this post. 

Turns out Red Onion Records (ROR) is coming to Hyattsville! See that storefront, below, right, with album covers in the window? That's where ROR will be opening its second location, first one being in DC on U & 16th. As with the DC location, this location will buy and sell used records, CDs and more. Fun fact: ROR is owned by a local Hyattsville resident - Joshua Harkavy! 👏

According to a recent post on the HOPE Listserv, Harkavy is actively looking to buy used records, "specifically looking for Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, Punk/New Wave, Country, Folk, Soul, and Modern Music." If this call sings to you (get it?!), email Harkavy at  

On a more personal level, it's cool to know that Red Onion Records will be setting up shop in town. Back when we were preparing for the arrival of our firstborn, we sold a number of beloved records to ROR in DC. It was hard parting with the albums but we needed the space - and money. 😖 Josh paid a fair price and clearly knew his stuff - even getting excited about a Garden Variety LP, a band local to Long Island and which we were sure nobody else knew about.... Turns out Josh hails from Strong Island, too! :) Relatedly, when the hubs later returned to sell another round of his records to ROR, Josh remembered him and took the time to share that an eager buyer had picked up his 12" EP by The Clean. As selling the albums wasn't the easiest thing to do, knowing that they were going to folks who were eager to give them a listen brought some sunshine to our day.

Looking forward to your grand opening in Hyattsville 
(& to restarting our record collection), Red Onion Records!