Saturday, June 30, 2018

#poolparty: Ally Theatre Company Explores the History of Racism in America's Swimming Pools

A 2010 study by the University of Memphis found that 70 percent of African-American children had little to no swimming abilities. That same year, six African American teenagers drowned while wading in Louisiana's Red River as anguished friends and family watched in despair, unable to help because they themselves did not know how to swim. If you're not yet familiar with the history of racism in America's swimming pools and its detrimental legacy on current generations, then do check out Ally Theatre Company's latest production, #poolparty, at Mt. Rainier's Joe's Movement Emporium before it's too late (on now to July 15th).

Photo by Teresa Castracane 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 29th - July 1st

Beech Tree Puppets are at it again! :)

Astronomy Star Party, Splash Parks galore, Puppet Show, STEM for families and more, all inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! 👊

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: June 28th - July 1st

"This is America" Sip & Paint, Shane Hines at the Summer Concert Series, As IF 90s Band, HY block pARTy + Scavenger Hunt + Skate Jam + Art Show, Five on Friday at Final Friday Jam Series & more, all this weekend! 

Special thanks to this weekend's sponsor! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


You all played along so well to the last #whereamiwednesday (with Berwyn Heights being the correct answer) that I've decided to switch the game up a little this week! This time around, I'll tell you where the picture was taken and you tell me the name of the artist(s)!  Play along in the comments below or over on Route One Fun's Facebook Page and/or Instagram page!

Here goes: This cool mural can be found on the side of one of the buildings of Hyattsville Middle School. While none of the individuals featured in the mural appear to be named, I believe the figure on left to be Colin Kaepernick and Justice Thurgood Marshall to the right. 

As you can see, the mural is quite a big one and includes other figures whom I could use your help identifying.

So, who knows who the artist(s) behind this beautiful mural may be?  

Play along here, over on Route One Fun's Facebook Page or Route One Fun's Instagram page!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Shipping Container Full of Wine Gets Ready in Hyattsville

If you've recently traveled along Route One in downtown Hyattsville, you may have noticed a big ol' shipping container resting in the parking lot of the vacant-though-beautifully-colorful garage at 5334 Baltimore Ave (across from YES Organic Market). More recently, you may have noticed the container now has the letter "H" artfully emblazoned on its side. So, what's the container's story and why have I seduced you here with the draw of wine in a big ol' box? Well, because makin' wine is exactly what the magical container is fixin' to do! 

Hibernaculum Winery Hyattsville Frederick County

Some time ago, Nathan Zeender (head brewer and co-owner of Right Proper Brewing Company) decided he wanted to build an off the grid, self-contained and solar powered mobile winery - the Hibernaculum Chamber - to produce low-intervention wine and cider. He enlisted the support of lifetime bud Bret Stevenson (Hyattsville 💓 resident, Maryland based polymath, levitator and dude who's skilled in the building and repair trades) to help with the container's build out right here in Hyattsville.

Hibernaculum Winery Hyattsville Frederick County
Buds Nathan & Bret, hard at work. 📷 Hibernaculum Wine Instagram

I caught up with Nathan and asked him a couple of really hard questions.  Like:

What are you doing here? He politely shared that they're building a hibernaculum chamber that will serve as a mobile winery, entirely solar powered and not connected to utilities. Nathan grew up in Hyattsville and Bret now lives here, so they're familiar with the area and invited anyone interested in the project to stop on by for a chat / look-see. He anticipates they'll be wrapped up by the first week in July. After which, they'll be trucking the mobile winerty to the property of Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Frederick County, Maryland. 

Hibernaculum Winery Hyattsville Frederick County
A peek inside the magical chamber! 📷 Hibernaculum Wine Instagram

What type of wines or ciders will you be making initially? "The focus will be on living wines and ciders that are native yeast fermented, unfiltered and we will not be adding sulfites."

What's the genesis of the name, Hibernaculum Wine? "Hibernaculum is a quiet, dark place for a hibernating animal like a bear, bat, snake, etc.  It references the seasonal and low-impact nature of this project." I totally knew that. 😜

Parting words? "We encourage anyone interested to support our Kickstarter campaign and help spread the word through their community and personal networks."

Done and done! Can't wait to try the Route One blend. Just sayin'! 🤣🍷👍

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 22nd-24th

Open House at Adelphi Pool this Sunday! Details below. 

Get a head start on your weekend plans now! Plenty of indoor/outdoor, nature, STEM and everything in between options to choose from! 😎

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: June 21st-24th

Intro to Melt & Pour Soap Making in Brentwood this weekend!

Soap making workshop in Brentwood, Ally Theatres's #poolparty opens in Mt. Rainier, live music in Riverdale Park, Book Preview Party in Hyattsville for local author, Nick Pyenson's "Spying on Whales," Adelphi Pool Open House, Pollinator Fest in Brentwood, Dupont Brass returns to College Park & more, all inside Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide!

Special Thanks to this Weekend Guide's Sponsor! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Mosey around this historic Route One neighborhood and you'll see some beautiful Victorian houses as well as this house here, which functioned as a 2-room schoolhouse from the 1920s to 1958: 

According to Preservation Maryland, this house is "one of the best surviving examples of a 1920s schoolhouse in Prince George's County."

❓ So, which Route One town does this house call home? Play along in the comments below or over on Route One Fun's Facebook Page and/or Instagram page!

*The house is now a lovely - private - residence so don't go by expecting a tour! 😄

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Habit Burger Opens July 11th at Riverdale Park Station

I was all ready and excited to break the news about Habit Burger opening at Riverdale Park Station on July 11th when I learned that the Riverdale Park Station Blog had already made the announcement this evening...! Well done, neighbor, well done. 😁

Last week, I accosted / caught up with Tony from Habit, who shared the opening date information and the news that they'll be training early July to prep for the grand opening.

Greetings, Tony!
I've never had a Habit Burger but have heard them compared to the quality and caliber of In-N-Out Burger. It is not my intention to start a burger war here, though if you have an opinion on the matter, have at it in the comments below!                                                                            

Monday, June 18, 2018

Bella Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa Coming to Riverdale Park Station

There's a fancy new nail salon coming to Riverdale Park Station! Soon enough, you can get your nails did pre or post-workout / grocery shopping / fountain frolicking at Bella Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa. 💅

I'm not exactly sure what a "lifestyle" nail salon place & spa may deliver, and my imagination is running a little wild, but a look at the Bella Nail Salon in Annapolis shows a list of competitively priced services you typically find at a nice nail salon, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, massages, skin care, eyelash extensions, etc.

Excited for all the new places opening up at Riverdale Park Station!  Speaking of, have you checked out the Riverdale Park Station Blog yet?  It's run by a local dude who lives in one of the townhomes in RPS. He chronicles why he and his family chose RPS and gets really into the weeds (in an interesting way) about the buildings and development there. 👏 Check it out!

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: