Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: March 22nd-25th

Community Forklift's Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser is this Saturday!

Exciting Weekend Folks! Lineup includes Joe's Movement's Night at the Club honoring local visionaries like Margaret & Pamela Boozer-Strother, a DIY Zine Workshop at Pyramid, Pop Punk Galore at MilkBoy ArtHouse, Color Story CreativeSaturday ride to March for Our Lives, Community Forklift's Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser, CAMPSpace's Grand Opening & more, all inside Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide!

*Due to tricky weather, don't forget to call ahead to confirm events are still going on.

Thank you to Community Forklift's Garden Party for sponsoring this Guide! 

Mark your calendar for their party this Saturday!

Color Story Creative is Bringing Thought-Provoking Pop-Up Art to Route One Communities!

What do you get when you mix three amazingly creative and talented, local businesswomen together with the mission of highlighting the talent of local artists while bringing colorful and thought-provoking pop-up art into local communities?  You get Color Story Creative! Their first show, HER STORY, shines a light on the contributions of some women who live and work here in Hyattsville and opens on Saturday, March 24th. Tickets here and more details below!

Color Story Creative is (L-R) Krissi Humbard, Betsy Martin & Bronwyn King
📷 by Juliette Fradin Photography
So, who are these ladies and why are they on this mission? Here's a little bit about Hyattsville's Krissi, Betsy and Brownyn:

Krissi Humbard is a journalist and a social media manager. If you haven't already met Krissi, there's a good chance that you've read her work in Hyattsville Life and Times and/or been virtually touched by her social media magic as she manages the Instagram account for ourhyattsville, a lovely look into everyday lives of local Hyattsville residents.

Betsy Martin is an art director, designer, occasional photographer and letter lover (check out her amazing work here). (Also, if you've ever been to Scissor & Comb Salon in Takoma Park, know that Betsy designed their awesome logo and website. She's also worked her creative magic for  NPR, The White House. You know, NBD. 😄 )

Bronwyn King is an artist and curator/manager of Hyattsville's Studio SoHy. Outside of this work, Bronwyn manages her own small design firm, Bronwyn King Design. Check out some of her magic here!

Design by Notjane/Betsy Martin

Q & A with Color Story Creative!

How did you come up with the idea for Color Story Creative?  Color Story Creative really started from a desire to help bring more art events to Hyattsville. There are a wide range of available spaces in Hyattsville that lend themselves nicely to pop-up art installations and there's a huge community of talented artists in and around the area. So for us, making use of the available space to highlight the work of the many talented artists in our area to create something new was the direction we wanted to go with Color Story Creative.  HER STORY debuts this combination and is a sample of the type of art we would like to use in re-thinking these empty spaces.

What are your short-term / long-term goals with Color Story Creative? Our main goal is to help make Hyattsville more of an arts destination. A place where you want to stop and check out art on walls, art in studios, art in businesses.

Tell me a bit about your first installation, HER STORY.  HER STORY is both a collaborative installation and panel discussion featuring women artists and entrepreneurs. With the installation, we really wanted to present positive messaging and make some of it interactive. Several of the pieces are type driven and include a mural wall, a large scale fiber piece that plays with the notion of traditional female crafts, and pieces that encourage the viewer to add their voice to the collective story. The design and creation of most of the pieces are by Betsy Martin. The panel is also focused on delivering a positive message and is meant to shine a light on the contributions of some women who live and work here in Hyattsville, and whose professional expertise, in most cases, sits at the intersection of art and commerce.

How will you involve the local community in your work? From a location perspective, we are involving a number of local businesses. The panel will be hosted at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and will be followed by a social gathering at CAMPspace featuring food and drink from local female-owned businesses. A locally curated swag bag will be available to panel guests and will feature artisan goods from female-owned businesses local to Hyattsville. The actual art installation will be in Studio Sohy, which is housed within Vigilante Coffee.

Courtesy of Color Story Creative. 📷 by Juliette Fradin Photography.

What are you most excited about with this new project? Maybe the most exciting part of this project is the way it's been received by local businesses and individuals who have been tremendously supportive and have made generous contributions as event sponsors. We have been overwhelmed by their generosity and their willingness to support this show in our community.

Speaking of local businesswomen, HER STORY kicks off with a panel discussion at 4pm at Pyramid Atlantic. The Panel is comprised of the following kick-ass female business owners who will discuss their successes and challenges: Ruth Gresser, Chef and Owner of Pizzeria Paradiso, Ashley Bodine, Partner & CFO of Vigilante Coffee Company; Angela Justice, Co-Founder of Green Owl Design; and Heather Roymans, Partner & Executive Director of IFDC. This lively discussion will be led by Kate Taylor Davis, Executive Director of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Betsy’s Faves: Barbara Kruger, Paula Scher, Lisa Congdon (All three of us love Lisa Congdon). And female artists in my family that I always looked up to: my aunt, Carol Black; my great-grandmother, Lena Martin and my great-aunt Grace Martin.
Bronwyn's Faves: Jenny Saville, Margaret Kilgallen, Ilenia Martini, Julia Rothman, Alice Neel, Carla Fuentes and Amy Sherald. Krissi's Faves: Yayoi Kusama, Polly Apfelbaum, and Ellie Whittaker.
Courtesy of Color Story Creative. Design by notjane/Betsy Martin.

HER STORY kicks off with the 4pm panel at Pyramid Atlantic, followed by a meet & greet social at 5pm in CAMPspace (w/ awesome food and drink from female owned/co-owned businesses in the area, including Chaia DC, Vigilante, DC Souk, Baklava Couture, Denizens Brewing, Pizzeria Paradiso and Divine Chocolate)!  The panel + meet and greet are ticked events (ticket includes swag bag). The installation is free and opens at Studio Sohy at 6pm.

Get your tickets here today and support this truly local and creative endeavor to bring more art to our communities! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

February Sights Along Route One!

Enjoy peoples, places and general life along Route One? Me, too. Check out these pics of February Sights Along Route One! Maybe you'll be in one soon! 😊

Spotted Hyattsville's Clarke Bedford's amazing creations up in University Park!

Look at all that detail! Love spotting and exploring Bedford's work! 

DYK there's a roller skating rink in Temple Hills? Temple Hills Skate Palace - It's huge!

Ever taken a look at the awesome paintings that adorn the walls inside the Mall at Prince Georges? (Just outside of Target.) In the "Gorgeous Prince George's Mural Project," 142 students from 12 high schools created works that depict scenes in Prince George's County from colonial times to present. First piece above by Northwestern High School students and second by Suitland Visual & Performing Arts Students.
Exploring snakes at Watkins Nature Center (free!) in Upper Marlboro!

Lil ladies exploring one of the nature boxes at Watkins Nature Center.

Free Kids' Yoga at Riverdale Park Bikram Yoga, courtesy of Dr. Anamelechi (left, below) of Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry

Subscribe to Route One Fun now to stay in the know about free classes like this one! 

"In Harmony" by Paul Steinkoenig, outside Chambers Funeral Home in Riverdale Park. 

More about In Harmony  here.

Please comment below if you dig this type of post. 😊 Maybe I'll do another for March! :) In the meantime, you can check out more photos on Route One Fun's Facebook and Instagram pages!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Take a Hike! Greenbelt Park

Exploring the Great Outdoors at Greenbelt Park!

When the warmer weather arrives, we'll all be itching to enjoy the outdoors, amirite?!? Lucky for us, we've got a ton of great, local options to do just that, including nearby Greenbelt Park! With nine miles of trails and three picnic areas, it's a great place to explore the Great Outdoors!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: March 16th-18th

Clowns, Acrobats, Jugglers all converging in Mt. Rainier this weekend!

Women's History Month celebration, Young Women in STEM Fair, Hands on Drums (+ baba Ras D!), Mad Hatter Party, Clowns Without Borders, Ice Skating Fundraiser and more, all this weekend along Route One!

Thank you to Community Forklift's Garden Party for sponsoring this Guide! 

Mark your calendar for their party next Saturday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: March 15th-18th

Blue Plains is playing at MilkBoy ArtHouse this weekend!

Trivia Night in Laurel, Barre at the College Park Aviation Museum, Zine-making workshop in North Brentwood, Community Yoga in Hyattsville, Fez Tones Hafla in Greenbelt & more - all along Route One, all this weekend!

Thank you to Community Forklift's Garden Party for sponsoring this Guide! 
Mark your calendar for their party next Saturday!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

GIVEAWAY! 2 Tickets to see Clowns Without Borders!

{GIVEAWAY OVER. Congrats, Christine B!)} The clowns are coming to Route One! This Saturday, March 17th, Clowns Without Borders will be performing their 2nd Annual Take Laughter With You benefit performance at Joe's Movement Emporium and they've shared two tickets for me to giveaway to a lucky Route One Fun reader! Enter below to win an evening of acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, juggling and a whole lotta laughs!

From Kolleen Kintz of Clowns Without Borders: "The second annual benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum."

With it being a variety show with no piece longer than 7 minutes, it's sure to capture the attention and entertain your kiddos. They'll even have mats in the front, for little ones who want to sit up close to the action. I've been told that there were children as young as 3 at last year's performance, so really - ages 1 - 1,000 are welcome! :)

CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS at Joe's Movement Emporium on Saturday, March 17th 

Get Tickets!  Door Time: 5:30pm  Show Time: 6:00pm

Enter to win 2 free tickets to the show, thanks to Clowns Without Borders! One winner will be randomly drawn from all forms of entry.

Clowns Without Borders Ticket Giveaway by Route One Fun!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Clowns Without Borders, who provided two tickets for me to giveaway to a lucky Route One Fun reader. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

DSW Opening March 15th at Hyattsville's Mall at Prince Georges!

I know I shouldn't be this excited about a shoe store opening up but - I am. I've been eagerly anticipating the opening of DSW at the Mall at Prince Georges since I first reported this developing possibility here last year. And now, it's happening. DSW's grand opening is next week - March 15th! No more Zappos returns because 8.5 isn't really 8.5!

In case the above visual with Kiddy Kruisin' to the right and the gumball machines to the left isn't providing you with any orientation (lucky you!) of DSW's forthcoming location, it appears that it will be located across from JC Penney, by TJ Maxx.

In related news, Express Factory outlet is expected to open later this year at MPG as well as Five Below (fun for the pre-teen + teen crowd).  Whoop, whoop!

ICYMI, here are my earlier posts about the happs at Hyattsville's Mall at Prince Georges:
What stores or additions would you like to see at the Mall at Prince Georges? (I'd love to see some sort of kids' play area or an indoor Gymboree-ish place!) Share your thoughts in comments, below! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: March 9th-11th

Ice Skating at College Park's Herbert Wells Ice Skating Rink! 
Get a head start on planning your weekend with Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! Will it be super-saver ice skating, celebrating Women's History Month, College Park Nursery School's Fun Fair, Egg Marbling, UMD Gymnastics Home meet?  All of the above?! See below for more great ideas and details! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: March 8th-11th

"We Have To Go Now" by Lenora Yerkes, one of the artists featured in Pyramid's event!

Get a head start on planning your weekend now! From Art openings to live music to a dance party to some live A Cappella, to Los Gallos Negros, there's really something for all of y'all this weekend!

Did I miss something? Enter it in the comments below and I'll update ASAP! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Route One Fun's 2018 Summer Camp Guide!

Drumroll, please....Route One Fun's Summer Camp Guide is back by popular demand! 

⏰ It's time to plan for summer, folks! And lucky for you, Route One Fun's 2018 Summer Camp Guide will help you do just that! 👏 Featuring a variety of amazingly fun, artsy, sporty and creative camps, this Guide will help you find the perfect camp for your child! 😊

Thank you to the many businesses who advertised in this nifty guide! You make my work possible! Are you a camp directors eager to count yourself amongst this menu of awesome camps? Contact Sarah at 

 🌅 Happy Planning, Route One! 😎

Monday, March 5, 2018

Stop & Stare: Route One Entrance to Riversdale Mansion

If you've traversed Route One before (as in, the literal road. Not me. That wouldn't be cool. 😆), then you've passed this sign below before but have you ever taken the time to read what it says? (No judgments; it's taken me over three years to do so.) Turns out, this sign on the triangle between Harrison Ave & Oliver Street (across from El Comalito) sits atop the "[s]ite of the gates at the original entrance to Riversdale or the Calvert Mansion."

First of all, who knew?  (Aside from everyone else who has seen this sign already....) And second of all, Holy Cannoli! So the gates to the original entrance were all the way by Route One?  That's H.U.G.E.  I excitedly told the hubs, keen to drop some local history on his azz but he just looked at me with puzzlement in his eyes. (This happens a lot.👍 ) He muttered something about how the Calvert family pretty much owned this whole area back in the day and then something about how I should really listen to him more often. ;)

I've been to the Riversdale Mansion many times now; I guess I just never really soaked in how much of this area belonged to the Calvert family back in the day. A whopping 729 acres according to this post about the History of Riversdale House Museum.  Hard to imagine anyone, really, owning that amount of land. Unless, of course, you're a descendant of the fifth Lord Baltimore. No amount of puffery on my part can stake that claim.

Read more about the history of the Riversdale House Museum here.

Friday, March 2, 2018

CAMPSpace Opening Soon in Hyattsville (& Patrice is amazing)!

📷 by Mickey Trifecta

Meet Patrice Cameau, UMD grad, Army wife, mother, entrepreneur and owner of a soon-to-open coworking spot, CAMPSpace, in Hyattsville. Wondering where this new spot is located? Well, remember that cool-looking business called "Galaxy Homes" on Gallatin, right across from the street from the playground and along the same strip as Yoga Space? That's the spot.

Recognize it now?
I got to know Patrice last year, when she was testing the waters to see if there was an interest in or demand for a coworking spot in Prince George's County. After hosting a number of successful co-working pop-ups along Route One, she knew the time was right to plant roots in Hyattsville - the City she & her family call home!

Patrice & some giant.
I had a chance to check out CAMPSpace earlier last month, when Patrice invited me and some folks to join in a photoshoot she was taking for her site (so if you see my mug all up in there, now you know why...Hi Mom!). It was a cool chance to get the inside scoop on how things looked and a chance to meet Patrice in person. She's truly a tour-de-force: In addition to getting ready to open CAMPSpace, she had a baby relatively recently and holds down another full-time job, as well. Overachiever. 😁

I really like how bright and airy this space is - and it is going to be so awesome to be able to do some work along the patios in both the front and back of the CAMPSpace.

You can learn more about coworking membership and drop-in rates here. And, the information you've all been waiting on: They will have unlimited coffee by MochaBox, a locally owned coffee roaster in Prince George's County!

If you'd like to learn more about Patrice and CAMPSpace, check out this great article Hyattsville Life & Times did here about CAMPSpace last month.

CAMPSpace is located at 4214 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: March 2nd-4th

College Park Community Library Book Festival is this weekend!

**3/2 Update: Due to inclement weather, please call ahead to confirm event is still on!

It may be chilly outside but there are plenty of fun, indoor events for the kiddos this weekend!  Best Dance Crew Competition, Chef for a Day, Community Art Drop-In, St. Jerome's Annual Irish Celebration & more! Check 'em out!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!