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!

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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! 

Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park in Prince Georges County

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

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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!

    Don Becker's at it again! Tree Stump Reborn As New Park Bench

    As finishing touches are being put on the new playground in University Park (grand opening 5/19), I caught local sculptor Don Becker working his magical, chainsawing ways to repurpose an old tree stump into a new park bench! 

    Purdy cool. Love the animal theme! More about Don's other tree stump sculptures in UP herehere and here

    Speaking of the new playground, Andrea Marcavitch, Assistant Town Clerk for UP, shared that the Town will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 19th, which will be kicked off at 9:45am with a performance by Blue Sky Puppets!  (If you haven't caught a performance by this group, it's well worth your time. Kids love the shows and parents (in my experience) dig how they peppers the performance with humor that parents appreciate.) 

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    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Many Hands Make Light Work: University Park's Stream Clean-Up

    Wells Run, a small tributary of the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River that runs through University Park (UP), can get quite dirty from time to time. Candy wrappers here. Plastic bags there. Hub cap there, too (srsly). When it gets to this point, I usually start mumbling something about how somebody should really do something about all this garbage. Somebody should coordinate a clean-Stream Clean-Up.  Pointing fingers everywhere except inward. Thankfully, there are folks like UP's Jodi Cohen and Scott Bolden who think and act otherwise.

    UP's Scott Bolden & Jodi Cohen, Stream Clean-Up Organizers Extraordinaire! 
    Last month, Jodi & Scott invited groups, residents and friends to bring ready hands to beautify our park and the stream. Maybe it was the promise of free coffee and doughnuts or maybe it was just an interest making the stream look lovely again - either way, over the course of approximately two hours, about 60 volunteers came out to remove 34 trash bags worth of garbage. πŸ‘

    According to Jodi, "this year's 'treasures' included a giant parking space stopper, a fishing rod, 2 1/2 pairs of socks, a Luxury apartment sign, and far too much packaging from 7-11." I'll also add the hub cab below to the list of treasures!

    Shout-out to the University Park Civic Association, who sponsored the event with assistance from the Town Police and Public Works departments. πŸ‘ The clean-up is coordinated with the area-wide Alice Ferguson Foundation's 30th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. πŸ‘

    Free coffee + doughnut = I'm there! 
    Also, shout-out to fantabulous neighbor Aida Maru, who stopped by to leave some freshly made scones for all the volunteers. πŸ‘ All while caring for a wee infant. #superwoman.

    This Stream Clean-Up is yet another example of how our Route One communities rock!

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    FREE Comic Book Day at College Park's Big Planet Comics!

    Rejoice! Free Comic Book Day is happening this Saturday (5/5) at Big Planet Comics of College Park! As Big Planet's own Daniel noted, part of the day's effort is to show that there are more to comic books than just capes and tights. Which intrigued me. Because I could live in a world of just capes and tights! πŸ˜„

    Kids' Weekend Guide: May 4th-6th

    Grand Opening Festivities for Grand Opening of
    Riverdale Park Station Playground this wknd!
    No matter what the weather may be this weekend, Route One Fun's got you (and your offspring) covered with great ideas for free (or practically free) family-friendly fun around town! Share the Guide with your friends, neighbors and even fremenies! πŸ˜„

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Adults' Weekend Guide: May 4th-6th

    Forklift's Fist Friday kicks off this - you got it - Friday!

    It feels like the summer, ppl! Which is a-ok, as so many of this weekend's events are outdoors and involve some brewskys. πŸ˜‹  Lake Fest, Food Truck Frenzy, Puppies & Barre, Paint Branch Creek Album Release, UP's Porchfest & more! Get to plannin', Route One! πŸ‘Š

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    PHOTOS: April Fun Along Route One!

    Man, oh man did this month fly by! With temps in the 90s, feels like it's already summer! In this spirit of not rushing things, sharing some pics of April fun along Route One!

    Riverdale Park Station celebrated the one-year anniversary of Whole Foods Market in Riverdale Park with a fun carnival, full of games, live music, a bouncy house and beer tastings from Denizens Brewing Company! Mmmmm. 🍻

    Denizens is coming to Riverdale Park Stations!  
    (Here w/ Denizen's co-owner Emily Bruno)
    The 2018 Spring Greening Fair & Expo in Mt. Rainier was a great chance to learn about ways to live more sustainability and maybe even save some money by living green. And there were llamas to feed! :)

    Recognize this face? 
    You will soon, as Urban Farmer Doug Adams sets up shop in Mt. Rainier!
    University Park's Wells Run was home to a number of singing bullfrogs this month (who caught the attention and delight of many UPES students!) as well as a new tree stump sculpture, carved via chainsaw by local sculptor Don Becker!

    University Park also got busy with it's annual Azalea Classic, raising funds for resources for University Park Elementary School students!  Even Pamela Boozer Strother and her kiddo stopped by! :)

    Hyattsville's Mall at Prince Georges threw a Super Hero Party last weekend, full of superhero-themed arts and crafts!

    Look at those three, pink caped crusaders! :)

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