Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fluorescent Motherhood. "Rips" by Amy Hughes Braden

"Woundhead" by Amy Hughes Braden
I'm not sure if it was the bright, fluorescent colors of the images that drew me in or if it was the words Amy Hughes Braden used to describe her latest show at Red Dirt Studio that struck a chord, filled with references to the insane expectations on motherhood. Either way, when the announcement for the opening reception of her latest exhibits, Rips, found it way into my Facebook feed, I knew I wanted to check it out.

Braden describes her latest exhibit this way: "Shitty diapers and mountains of laundry take up space not only in my home but also on my canvases. I’ve hacked paintings apart, sutured pieces back together, and assembled cloth and resin forms as a way to break free of limiting gender roles, and address my internalized disdain for the expectations around motherhood. My work is loud and messy— I’m looking for space to exist that way in the world."

"Piles" by Amy Hughes Braden
As a working mother with two children who every day/minute wonders whether she's doing this thing right and when she might actually get around to doing those thank-you cards/dinner or even something as seemingly simple as that pile of laundry, it was significant and meaningful to see an exhibit that seemed to recognize some of the i$h that we go through. I mean, take a look at homegirl above: Pumping away through a LEGO flower, looking all nonchalant as she deftly tends to the leakage situation going on with her other breast. Truth be told, there's nothing nonchalant about what she's doing but as with so many of the things mothers do, we grit our teeth and make it look effortless. I should note that I'm totally projecting here, which I get to do as the ladyforce behind this blog. But my point is that I dug and related to this exhibit in a profound way. 

From "The Infinite Histories of Mothers" by Amy Hughes Braden
πŸ“· by Krissi Humbard 

Close up of "The Infinite Histories of Mothers" by Amy Hughes Braden
πŸ“· by Krissi Humbard
I also love / appreciate how Amy sprinkles her Instagram feed with pics of her, getting i$h done, all whilst Junior is chillin' in the corner or right there on her back.

πŸ“· by Amy Hughes Braden
RIPS by Amy Hughes Braden runs until March 10th at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier (4051 34th St, Mt. Rainier). Gallery hours are by appointment, so reach out to Amy here, check out her work & support our local artists, Route One!

The artist as herself. :) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Feb. 16th-19th (Presidents' Day Wknd)

This weekend's rockin' with fun activities like Bibliobop, Leap, Jump & Jam, Kid Koders, African Folktales, Peter and the Wolf Concert, face painting, balloon twisting & more - all in this Kids' Weekend Guide!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Feb. 15th-18th

Linwood Taylor Band, w/ a style a la Muddy Waters, at New Deal Cafe this Friday!
πŸ“· by New Deal Cafe

From Artist Talk about "The Elements that Define Us" to a reception for Rips, an exhibit addressing the artist's "disdain for the expectations around motherhood" (πŸ‘Š) to ParkRun & Zumba to Yoga + Wine to a Welcome to Wakanda Afterparty to Beekeeping 101, we really do have a ton of events to pick from this weekend! πŸ‘

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Art Supplies + School Projects + Birthday Gifts = Get Thee to Artist & Craftsman Supply Hyattsville

Stepped inside Artist & Craftsman Supply (A&C) in Hyattsville for the first time back in November of last year; they had set up an ugly sweater photo booth and were offering folks free pics of themselves donning these beaded creations, so you know I had to be there. πŸ˜‰

I'm so glad I'm attracted to cheap thrills (like my husband πŸ˜†) because this little adventure opened my eyes to all that the amazing things this place has to offer - and not just to experienced artsy/craft-sy folks, but to dabblers like me, too. Beginner origami packets, amazing range of decorative, handmade paper to serve as the background for that vision board I never finished, markers and paints in every color you can imagine, paint brushes ranging in sizes from teeny tiny to holy cannoli, poster boards that come in more colors the usual meh, blah and whatever (and costing less than those insipid CVS  versions)! It's perfect for a bajillion things, but as a momma with the school's Literary Extravaganza on my mind, it's an especially great place to get all your school project supplies!

Big brush or just a tiny kid? 
There's a whole section dedicated to kids' toys, puzzles, card games, board games, fortune telling fish (remember those?!?!), mobiles, puppets, etc.

Also a section dedicated to kids' art and craft supplies:

So on top of having an artist's wishlist of supplies, A&C is staffed by top notch staff who are knowledgeable about the products and who, as artists themselves, know of what they speak. In fact, one such employee and artist, Isak Shah, has a show on right now at Studio SoHy in Hyattsville! Speaking of employees, A&C is a 100% employee-owned company. πŸ‘

A & C fab employees Colton, Isak and Ray - and behind them an amazing
wall of beautiful sheets of paper (~$5/sheet)!

James, Paloma, Appollon (gato) & Ellen of A & C Hyattsville!
As you may have noticed in Route One Fun's Weekend Guides, A&C many times offers free or low-cost events to our local communities - like a recent Valentine's origami event and a kids' thank you card event. So go, check 'em out. And then, after you enjoy a coffee at Vigilante, stop nextdoor to check out Isak's show.

Artist & Craftsman Supply
4902 43rd Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 887-1104

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Glassblowing, perchance? Check out DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studio in Hyattsville

Studio space of Beth Hess & Leo Lex (w/ dope mural of both in background).

At last year's Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, I struck up a conversation with local glassblower Beth Hess at her Wunder Around booth, stocked full of colorful, beautiful pieces of blown glass. I was so curious about the glassblowing process that I kept asking Beth a bunch of questions like; how do these different colors appear and not bleed into each other? How are the shapes are made, etc. What is your sign? (Just to mix it up. πŸ˜‰) All was going well until I noticed I was holding up the line, so we parted ways with so many questions left unanswered. I've been empty ever since, which is why I was elated when Beth reached out recently to let me know that DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studio was having an open house. Glassblowing demonstrations and more opps for my questions-a-plenty? SO. THERE. 😊

DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studio is located in a part of Hyattsville that I love exploring. Just before Franklins, take the Rt. 1 overpass on the left, head to Decatur. So many warehouses and industrial-type buildings whose stories I hear whispers of as I pass by. Or maybe that's my kids, yearning to be fed. Anyway. Tangent. Back to the post.

Here's Leo, demonstrating how it's done! πŸ‘Š

According to its website, DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studio was designed to be a "well maintained studio with professional equipment that was open to all persons in the DC Metro area. Over the years, we have expanded the amount of equipment, opened up the metal fabrication area for classes and rental, and added metal casting to the curriculum." 

What I didn't realize is the classes bit. I'd always imagined glassblowing to be way too intimidating for one to just dip their toe into, a la a class. Turns out, I'm wrong. (Never happens. Enjoy this fleeting moment.) They've got a class where you can make your own paperweight, a beginning glassblowing class, a vases class, etc.  Who knew?  Now you do. Take a look at this handy calendar of classes. All this schmitter, schmatter about needing to head into DC for art classes is malarkey. We've got it all along Route 1, folks. You just need to actually set foot inside and explore. Some straight-up hangry talk for y'all. 😎

I got a chance to meet a couple of the artists at the open house, including Leo and Shari Flynn, who had many interesting brain sculptures and showcased this lovely looking glass, perfectly sized for a beer (like everything, really. Amirite?):

Shari Flynn
Beth's rainbow vase, Leo's murrini vase and Shari's brain sculpture (in back)
πŸ“· DC GlassWorks
Andddddddddd: I got a chance to purchase a vase of Beth's that I'd been eyeing for a while now on her Instagram account here. Look at the beautiful colors and shapes of these beauts below.

College Park's Beth Hess of Wunder Around.

I went with the yellow/pink combo! πŸ‘Looks lovely on my windowsill, eh? Happy Valentine's' Day to me! :)

You can check out more of Beth's work (and shop) here. And don't forget to keep you eyes peeled for this spring's Gateway Open Studios tour. Like this open studio tour, it's a great way to get to amazing local artists, see their workspace and buy some fantastic local art. I'll share news about it here as soon as I've got the info.

DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studio
5346 46th Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Feb. 9th-11th

Shrinky Dink Fun at Brentwood Arts Exchange this weekend! 

Care to Live Like a Star (of course!), Children's Choice Smile Party, A First Tooth Yoga Inspired Class, Puppet Show, Kid Koders, African Drumming & Storytime, Valentine's Origami, Unshrink My Heart....& even more!! Below!


Family Fun: Who was here? 
Winter is a great time to be a “nature detective” and look for animal tracks in the snow (or mud). Even when we don’t see the animals themselves, we can tell who has been there -- and maybe what they were doing -- by looking at their footprints and other things they leave behind. Come learn
about tracks, scat and other animal signs through hands-on activities and games for all ages. This is a drop-in program: come when you wish, and leave when you’re ready.
When: 10am-1pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

STEM for Families: Brainiacs
Join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math. Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities about the brain!
When: 2-3pm
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Live Like a Star!
Are you a star like our Sun? A less massive star? A more massive star? But wait – you aren’t a star at all, are you? Well, in a sense, you are made of star stuff! Come take on a star persona, find out what happens during your lifetime, and find out how your star persona affects your human persona! Interwoven throughout the program is a tour of the night sky.
When: Doors open 7:15pm; Program at 7:30
Where: Howard B. Owens Science Center Planetarium, 9601 Greenbelt Rd, Lanham
Cost: $3 students/$5 adults (cash/check only)


Children's Choice Smile Party at Art Works Now

Join Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in a special 'What Makes Me Smile' art session. Art Works Now celebrates each of our young artists weekly…and then they clean up the mess! Siblings, young and old, always welcome.When: 10-12pm
Where: Art Works Now
Cost: Free!

Family Fun: Who was here? 
Winter is a great time to be a “nature detective” and look for animal tracks in the snow (or mud). Even when we don’t see the animals themselves, we can tell who has been there -- and maybe what they were doing -- by looking at their footprints and other things they leave behind. Come learn
about tracks, scat and other animal signs through hands-on activities and games for all ages. This is a drop-in program: come when you wish, and leave when you’re ready.
When: 10am-1pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Puppet Show - "The Hollow Stump"
Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The cuddly, hand-crafted rod-puppets will enchant any child as the characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, these songs interweave. Adapted from the popular tale, The Mitten, this tale celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space.
When: 11am 
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: Free

Kid Koders
Learn the basic of coding through game-based activities that will challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming. Ages 5-12. Read here about what's to love at the Laurel Library!
When: 12-1pm & 1:15-2:15pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Museum in a Box: Black History Month
Through the examination of historical artifacts and arts and crafts, students will gain a deeper knowledge of African American history in Prince George’s County.
When: 12:30pm
Where: North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St, Brentwood
Cost: Free!  (Registration required - behind link)

Winter Adaptations Hike (All Ages; Registration required)
Come and enjoy a winter hike around Cash Lake. Learn about the adaptations animals and plants use to survive this frosty time of year. Bring water and dress for the elements. The hike will start inside the visitor center. Call 301.497.5887 to register. 
When: 12:30-1:30pm Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Unshrink My Heart
The DIY arts and crafts icon from the 80's is back! And nothing says "love" like a hand-made pre-shrunk Valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains, and other Valentine's Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first 2 sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available to purchase for 50 cents each. As seen above, the kiddos had fun at this one last year, watching their dragon, flower and other drawings come to plastic life! 
When: 2-4pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
Cost: Free!

African Drumming and Storytime
This program is an exploration of the traditional music, storytelling and dance of a typical African village. Through “call-and-response” songs, games, rhythms, and the employment of authentic instruments, we will explore the rich heritage of Africa.
When: 2-3pm
Where: Hyattsville, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Say "Ahhhhh" - A First Tooth Yoga Inspired Class (Ages 4-9)
This fun creative class is filled with music, movement, stretching and breathing exercises. Designed to stimulate the growing curiosity of the young mind thought playful yoga poses and breathing exercises. This special Kids Foundation Yoga class will be followed by a 15-minute Q & A with pediatric dentist Dr. Jonelle Anamelechi - plus fun giveaways!
When: 11:30am-1pm
Where: Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free! Limited to 25. MUST PREREGISTER (link above)

Valentine's Origami (Best for ages 10+ but all welcome (w/adult)
Learn how to make a simple origami flower, followed by a more complicated origami heart box. Materials are free for one flower and one box per customer.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Artist & Craftsman Supply Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Feb. 8th- 11th

Catch a glassblowing demo at DC Glasswork's Open Studio is this Saturday!

Sumthin, sumthin for everyone this weekend! πŸ‘ Essential Oils workshop, Album Release Party, Heartfest, DC Glassworks Open House, Seoul to Soul, maybe some opera, perchance? All this and more in Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide!

*Due to tricky weather, don't forget to call ahead to confirm events are still going on.
**Did I miss any events? Add them to the comments below and I'll try to update ASAP!
***For Valentines Day, share this post with your beloved(s). You can thank me later. πŸ˜‰


Meet Clinical Herbalist Colleen Zuntag to chat about herbs and receive a free, 5 minute check-in on how herbs may help some of your most important health concerns.
When: 1-4pm
Where: Smile Herb Shop, 4908 Berwyn Rd, College Park 
Cost: Free! 

Riverdale Park Farmers Market
One of my fave farmers markets moves indoors for the winter! Get your fresh and local produce right here! We love strolling around the Riverdale Park Farmers Market, buying some fresh, local produce, grabbing a bite from one of the vendors and then heading to Town Center Market for a tasty beverage.
When: 3-7pm
Where: 4650 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale Park
Cost: No entry fee.

Inferno Pilates
Everybody loves instructor Tyecia (Ty) Powell and her interval-rhythmic ways!  Now's your chance to check out her pilates class (FREE for new folks: use code ROUTEONEMOVESIT). Check out my post here for more on Adults' Classes at Joe's!
When: 6-7pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $13

ICYMI: FREE CLASS at Joe's Movement Emporium! Yoga, Pilates, Dancehall, Hip Hop ++

Films: I Am Not Your Negro
Join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Dance Dance Party Party!
Dance Dance Party Party is a women-only freestyle exercise dance session! Come in your exercise clothes. Burn anywhere from 200-400 calories Dance your heart out to an eclectic mix of music for an hour straight. Make new friends, leave refreshed!
When: 7-8pm
Where: Community Forklift Resource Room, 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Blue Plains Release Party w/ Olivia & The Mates
Blue Plains is a local indie rock band who've been compared to Wilco, Radiohead, Mumford and Arcade Fire. And they're your neighbors. If you haven't heard them yet and happen to be downtown, stick around and check out their album release party at the Black Cat.
When: 7:30-10:30pm
Where: Black Cat, DC
Cost: $10

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
When: 9-11pm 
Where: Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville
Cost: $5 cover


Exhibit: One Woman's Lasting Legacy: Henrietta Lacks
This exhibit honors the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a black tobacco farmer from southern Virginia who had cervical cancer when she was 30. Read about her extraordinary life, her struggles, and how she left a legacy that changed modern medicine. Memorabilia and other items will be on display.
When: 9am-8pm
Where: Berwyn Heights Community Center, 6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Zumba Happy Hour
Ease into the weekend with an awesome Zumba class taught by instructor Chantal Ross - who will have you with a smile on your face as you dance the evening away!
When: 6:30pm
Where: Espaco Cultural Samba Trovao - Brazilian Culture, Music and Capoeira Angola, Hyattsville
Cost: $10

Town Hall - Maryland Opera Studio New Work Reading 2018
Maryland Opera Studio students premiere an opera by the winner of the annual Opera Composition Contest. In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their senator questions about the politics of the day, and the proceedings are live-streamed on social media by a young intern. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage.
When: 7:30pm
Where: The Clarice, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: Free!


Open Barre's Anniversary Open House
Tour the space and meet the instructors! All classes today are free but we recommend registering online in advance to reserve your space. Arrive 10 minutes early or space will be given to another.
When: All day (see schedule)
Where: Open Barre, 7338 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Free!

Heartfest - Listen, Paint, Give, Love
Enjoy the smooth funk sounds of Damon Foreman while enjoying MilkBoy’s holiday food and drink specials. Learn how to create your own hand-painted wine glasses. And if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, the Pop-up Shop presented by Brentwood Arts Exchange has everything you need all made by local artists.
When: 11am-4pm 
Where: MilkBoy ArtHouse, College Park 
Cost: Free (no entry fee)! 

Meet the artists, see their latest locally handmade creations and watch the magic happen. See free glassblowing demonstrations, tour artist studios, or work with our artists to create something awesome from hot glass for a fee. Artists will also be there to answer questions, explain the process and show their finished pieces (some would make great locally-made Valentine's gifts!). And on a cold day, the glassblowing studio is the perfect place to be!
When: 1-5pm 
Where: DC GlassWorks, 5346 46th Ave, Hyattsville 
Cost: Free!

Public Reception - Relics and Prospects
Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through an exhibition of contemporary artwork that reflects the lives and perspectives of the African-American experience. Using symbolism and found objects, artists explore the journey and history of being Black through painting, mixed media, and sculpture.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Scents and Scentuality - Learn, Make, Take
Join Sharon Johnson for a discussion on how Essential Oils support your physical, emotional/hormonal and sexual health! 🌹When: 2:30-3:30pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $30

Second Saturday: Author Kim Schmidt discusses her novel, "Magpie's Blanket"
In Magpie's Blanket, a thoughtful award-winning novel, Kimberly D. Schmidt brings to life the history of Plains Indian women and the white invasion--an account not solely of violence and bloodshed but also of healing and forgiveness. Through the memories of three generations of Cheyenne people, the novel recounts the events of the massacre and the century-late reconciliation after the townspeople's misguided attempt to re-create the "battle" of the Washita with descendants of US soldiers.
When: 5pm 
Where: University Park Church of the Brethren, 4413 Tuckerman Street, University Park
Cost: Free! 


Valentine's Origami 
Learn how to make a simple origami flower, followed by a more complicated origami heart box. Materials are free for one flower and one box per customer.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Artist & Craftsman Supply Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Music in Mind: Marimba and Strings
Faculty percussionist Lee Hinkle joins School of Music colleagues to premiere a new work for marimba and strings.When: 3pm
Where: The Clarice, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: Free!

Seoul to Soul
Music, drumming, and dancing are universal languages, and in honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, hosted by South Korea, the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) and the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation have joined together to celebrate the commonalities and distinctions of these essential forms of expression. Fascinating, entertaining, and joyous, this international multi-cultural event is perfect for the whole family.
When: 4pm
Where: Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly
Cost: $15

Community Yoga
An informal group led by neighborhood instructors. Bring a mat - all levels, including those new to yoga are welcome. Questions? Email:
When: 5-6pm
Where: Hyattsville Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Love Can Work
Want to have a conversation about single, married, divorced or dating life? The Woman of Empowerment and Destiny will be putting it all on the table.
When: 6-9pm
Where: Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville
Cost: $15/person; $25 couple

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Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kenyan-style Samosas at Bowie's Samosa Supreme!

Sisters Jayne Musonye and Rose Musonye-Smith, co-owners of Samosa Supreme!
πŸ“· Source: Samosa Supreme

After attending a kiddo's birthday party in Bowie this past weekend, I grew hungry and decided that no amount of last week's leftover goldfish retrieved from the nearest carseat was going to be enough for me. I needed real food. A quick search on old reliable listed Samosa Supreme as being the nearest restaurant; I love samosas and the reviews sounded really good - so off we went.

This place is great for carnivores and vegetarians alike! On the meat side, they've got samosas with ground beef, turkey and chicken. Vegetarians will similarly enjoy their variety of either a lentils or potatoes and peas-based samosas. They've also got sweet samosas (think mango and cream cheese, guava and cream cheese, etc).

When I first looked at the menu, I was expecting some sort of chick pea or spinach and paneer-based samosas to choose from. (Up until that point, the only samosas I'd eaten were of the Indian variety.) I think my prolonged staring at the menu is what prompted co-owner Rose Musonye to save me from myself as she took the time to graciously explain that these were Kenyan-style samosas. As their website notes: "Samosas originated in India and eventually spread to other areas of the world including Kenya where the local residents added their own cultural twist to the dish."

One such twist would be their serving wedges of fresh lime for you to spritz on your samosa. Instead of yogurt/raita, you spritz a bit of lime onto the top of your samosa after each bite. I love lime and all its nutritional benefits so baby girl and I had a grand time spritzing after each bite! These samosas also differ from the traditional Indian ones in that the dough here is lighter and crisper (almost phyllo dough-ish but not as fragile). As the food here is made to order, expect to wait about 10-15 minutes for your order (or call ahead, as they recommend).

We got the Samosa Scrumptious (lentils, spices, onions, peppers, cilantro, scallions), the Samosa Delectable (potatoes and peas, spices, onions, cilantro, scallions), Emerald Rice (spinach, white rice), Savannah Beans (baby lima beans, sweet corn) and french fries. Because, I love french fries like no other. And these were delish! They were thick, long, substantial and subtle-y salty. (Being a Dubliner who frequented chippers with her fam back in the day, I know a thing or two about good chips/french fries!)

We'll definitely be making another visit to Samosa Supreme next time we're in Bowie. Until then, you go and check it out and report back in the comments below!

Quick note: If you ever find yourself at a kiddo's birthday party at Silver Stars Gymnastics in Bowie, know that Samosa Supreme is just around the corner!

Note 2: This was a carry-out style place. It was no worry on this end, but just noting in case you make a trip out expecting to be able to sit down. Your car will have to do (hopefully not as many random goldfish as mine)!

Note 2: All of their dishes are prepared without any egg product or preservatives; helpful to know for those with egg-related allergies.

Note 3: They offer curbside service for customers with disabilities. πŸ‘ All you have to do is park in the space denoted by the disabilities sign and call the listed number for assistance.  Good to know as there are a couple of steps involved before getting inside Samosa Supreme!

Thursday - Saturday: 11 am — 8 pm       Sunday: 11 am — 5 pm

14207 Old Annapolis Road
Unit C
Bowie, MD 20720

Monday, February 5, 2018

Will you help? School Supplies for Puerto Rico

Marco Sanchez School in Puerto Rico; πŸ“· by Global Solace

Students at our local University Park Elementary School (UPES) are working to collect basic school supplies for students at the Marco Sanchez Elementary School in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico - and they'd love your help! There's more information below but in a nutshell, donations of the following school supplies to the front office at UPES by COB Wednesday (2/7) would be greatly appreciated:  
  • Safety scissors for children (rounded edges); 
  • Individual erasers; 
  • Individual pencil sharpeners; 
  • Dry erase marker sets for teachers; &
  • Lined paper for lower elementary students. 
According to Ms. Alyse Sanders, Parent Engagement Coordinator at UPES, "Ms. Neff will be personally bringing the most needed supplies to Puerto Rico this Friday (2/9), but we have another round of supplies going out shortly after." So even if you can't make it to the School by COB Wednesday, there's still a chance for you to help with this effort! 

Quick trip to Target or Artist & Craftsman Supply in Hyattsville & you're done! 

More info: 

From what I learned here "[The Marco Sanchez School] has no electricity and no operational generators, and is currently functioning at a reduced capacity. The school has no water supply and children must bring drinking water from home." 

UPES's "Community Builders" - a group of students who come together with ideas and actions to help the community locally and globally - is coordinating this effort to begin helping by bringing donated school supplies to under the guidance and support of their fearless gym teacher, the beloved Ms. Neff

Ms. Sanders also shared that a Solar Power for Puerto Rico, a community group in University Park, with the mission to help build small solar projects on the island, is working on getting solar power to Marco Sanchez Elementary School because it is still without electricity. So far, they've raised about $15,000 in their efforts to power three different buildings in Puerto Rico. πŸ‘

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Route One Day Trips: Sandy Point State Park

I know it doesn't feel like it right now, but warmer weather will be here faster than you know it (groundhog be damned...) and the time will be just right to do some day-trippin' - so sharing this rec for you to explore Sandy Point State Park. At about a 45-minute drive from East West Hwy & Route One, it's a quick and easy destination to get to from here. 

We first visited Sandy Point a little over a year ago - in fact, it was an unseasonably warm February day - and had such a great, relaxing time. We brought a picnic, some blankets, beach chairs, shovels, buckets & some friends - you name it. We come prepared. πŸ˜„ The kids loved that they basically had a beach to themselves and well, we loved that, too!  :)

Visiting during off-season meant that admission was only $3.00 per vehicle. Major score! Parking was also a breeze (and positioned us just steps from the beach) as there were few cars in the lot. I will note that concessions were not open at the time we went, so prepare accordingly.

Great views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, easy going beach, gentle waves, quick drive, $3 admission = put it on your calendar to explore before the summer crowds arrive! (I'm sure it's lovely then, too - but this post is for an off-season, weekend visit!)

1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409

January 1 through March 31 -- 7 a.m. to sunset
April 1 through October 31 -- 6 a.m. to sunset
November 1 through December 31 -- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays
January 1st to April 30th -- $3.00 per vehicle
May 1st to September 30th -- $5.00 per person for Maryland resident -- $7.00 per person for non-Maryland resident
October 1st to December 31st -- $3.00 per vehicle*Children in car seat or booster seats are offered free of charge.

Weekdays (not including holidays that fall on a weekday)
January 1st to April 30th-- $3.00 per vehicle
May 1st to September 30th -- $4.00 per person for Maryland resident -- $6.00 per person for non-Maryland resident
October 1st to December 31st -- $3.00 per vehicle
*Pets are permitted October - April. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Feb. 2nd-4th

Putting some Heart in her Art at HAP's Valentine Event!

Valentines Day Fun at HAP's Put Art in Your Heart Workshop, Gymnastics Workshop, Songs & Stories in Chicken Soup with Rice, Leap, Jump & Jam, make your own Valentine Bean Bag Toss - all this weekend, all inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide!

Special thanks to the sponsor of this Weekend Guide!