Friday, September 28, 2018

Kids' Activities Along Route 1 This Weekend Guide: Sept. 28th-30th

Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park
Great weekend for some fun at Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park!
Yahoo! The forecast calls for sun this weekend! 😊🌞😊! Get a head-start on making your plans with Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! 

Special thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Things to Do this Weekend Along Route 1: Sept. 28th-30th

Pizzeria Paradiso Hyattsville Five on Friday
Dinner & drinks al fresco + live music this weekend!

Live music in Hyattsville, Brentwood and College Park, Rated PG Black Arts Festival in North Brentwood, MilkBoy ArtHouse's One Year Anniversary featuring Paint Branch Creek, Yoga at The Farm & Mead Tasting in Mount Rainier & more, all this weekend! 

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Route 1 Corridor Real Estate Agent

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

College Park Day, October 6, 2018: Free Fun for Everyone!

College Park Day Pumpkin Painting
Pumpkin Painting at College Park Day!

College Park Day 2018 

Mark your calendar: College Park Day is happening Saturday, October 6th from 12-6pm at the College Park Aviation Museum! Hosted by the City of College Park, this event brings together neighbors and friends for a fun-filled day that wonderfully showcases College Park. With free admission, live music, fun activities for kids and adults, local vendors, local food and craft beer as well as helpful information from local organizations - there's really something for everyone at this year's College Park Day!

College Park Day 2018 Flyer

2018 marks the 9th anniversary of College Park Day (and our fourth time at this fun event)!  College Park Day is where we first witnessed the amazing acrobatics of Gymkana, where we learned a ton about all the great local businesses and organizations we have in our area, where our kids played on bouncy houses, painted pumpkins, danced to some zydeco jams and where they high-fived Testudo, like this wee one from last year's College Park Day!  Read on for a sneak peek on who and what will be at this year's College Park Day!

University of Maryland's Testudo Mascot
Testudo will be there for pics and high-fives!  

Awesome Kids' & Adults' Activities!

FOUR large-scale entertainment pieces, including a HUGE Navy Aircraft Carrier obstacle course, Klime Waltz, Chaos Obstacle Course and Candy Land Bounce House! ALL FREE!

Navy Aircraft Carrier obstacle course
Always a crowd favorite! 
College Park Day 2018 Climb Waltz
Adults' (and kids) will love this awesome Klime Waltz!

Face painters will turn you into your superhero or unicorn of choice and pumpkin painting activities will give you a head-start on fall decorating!

College Park Day Face Painting
Come get your face painted!

Amazing Performances! 

Gymkana will amaze with their high-flying acts, Mandy the Clown will have your sides aching from the laughter (seriously - she's that good!), UMD's DaCadence a capella will sing their hearts out, Pelukyta the Clown will make us laugh and then entrance us all with some magic tricks and Joe's Movement Emporium will have you moving with some hula-hooping fun!

College Park Day Gymkana
Watch Gymkana as they perform feats of strength and agility!

Live Music & Fun Bands! 

Music will be playing at all day long at College Park Day! What sort of beats will you be enjoying? So glad you asked! πŸ˜„ The Wild Anacostia Brass Band will be kicking things off, Superior Cling Trio will then play your jazz favorites only to be followed by the indie rock sounds of The Produce Section; Cumbia One will then get us moving with their rhythmic Latin sounds and The Unknowns will close out the fun day with their oldies pop and R&B (love their covers of Beyonce, Adele, Childish Gambino, Whitney Houston - just to name a few)!

College Park Day The Unknowns
The Unknowns - Not for much longer; these guys are awesome!  
πŸ“Έ Source: The Unknowns Facebook Page 

Delicious Food & Craft Beer! 

Think you'll be in the mood for some BBQ? Well, you're in luck as BBQ Bill will be there. Pizza more you thing? All good; Potomac Pizza will be there. Fish Tacos?  Fishnet will be there. Amity Thai will be selling some delish Thai food, Maria's Pupuseria will have pupusas to whet your appetite! And...the moment you've all been waiting for: Town Center Market will be on site selling some of the finest craft beer around!

College Park Day Town Center Market Craft Beer
Town Center Market will be there with all their craft beer goodness! 


Maryland Dairy will be on location selling that delicious, hand-crafted, high-fat/so good ice cream we all love to not share!  πŸ˜€ Kona Ice will also be on site as will Heavenly Created Desserts & Dogs!

College Park Day Maryland Dairy
Mmmm! 🍨

So, long story short: Mark your calendar for College Park Day on Saturday, October 6th, 12-6pm. And invite your friends! See you there!

College Park Day 2018

Date & Time:  😊Saturday, October 6th, 12-6pm

Cost: Free Admission for All!

Location: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park

More information: CollegeParkDay2018

See you there! 

Unless noted otherwise, all photos courtesy of College Park Day.

Thank you to the City of College Park for hosting this great event and for sponsoring this post. 😍

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 21st-23rd

Indian Creek Playground
Outdoor fun at Indian Creek Playground

Get a head start on your family-friendly weekend plans! Pollinator Festival, Hyattsville's Summer Jam, Hike in Greenbelt Park, playground opps & more!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 20th-23rd

Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival
Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival is this weekend!

So much to take in this weekend! Seriously - way too much awesome stuff for me to list just a couple of here. Take a look and start planning your weekend now! :) 

Many thanks to this week's sponsor!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

College Park CAVA to Open this November

Walked by the site for the soon-to-open CAVA in College Park a couple of weeks ago and noticed some ongoing construction, suggesting that the location's opening was running a little bit behind schedule (previously projected for summer 2018).

CAVA College Park Maryland

When I reached out to CAVA earlier this month, a rep noted that they would "not be open by the end of the month, but should be soon after!" Open up the Diamondback this morning to read that they're slated to open in November! To my knowledge, this will be the first CAVA in Prince George's County, Maryland.

I love Mediterranean food so really looking forward to this opening, as well as the forthcoming opening of Mezze Grill at the Mall at Prince George's (slated for October). In the meantime, can get my Mediterranean fix at College Park's Marathon Deli & Kapnos Taverna as well as Yia Yia's Kitchen in Beltsville.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Inside Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville's Soft Opening!

We've a new brewery in town and this one's serving up something sweet! Hyattsville's Maryland Meadworks opened its doors recently for a couple of soft openings, giving eager beavers like this lady here a chance to try some delish mead ahead of their forthcoming grand opening this October.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery
Rumi, Ken & Jay of Maryland Meadworks
Owner and head brewer Ken Carter decided to open this first meadery in Prince George's County after home brewing for a number of years. When an opportunity arose to make use of a great space next to Hyattsville's Shortcake Bakery, Ken & Rumi Matsuyama (wife, fitness guru, local superstar and more) got to work clearing out the old space, purchasing furniture, acquiring permits, etc. Last October, Maryland Meadworks set up a Kickstarter to help with purchasing some necessary equipment. Thankfully, the Kickstarter raised over $12,000 and helped get Maryland Meadworks get on track for opening this fall.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery

I know very little about Mead, which is why it was really helpful to have Jay behind the bar for last night's soft opening, explaining in great, patient detail the story behind each of five meads on the menu. (Who knew Meads came in so many varieties?!?! Perhaps all of you knew that, but this simpleton didn't so I was tickled to see that they even have a mead for IPA drinkers like mycalled "Bitter Bee.")

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville

Truth be told though I fell in love with "Blue is the New Orange," with its smooth, oak-y taste and dry finish. And it's 14% ABV. Mamma like.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
As shared on their Kickstarter page, "Maryland Meadworks’ mission is to produce handmade, high-quality, great-tasting mead—also known as honey wine—using natural brewing processes and the best local and regional ingredients available, including some honey from Hyattsville's own Hope Honey Farms."

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville
Local Hooligans Steve Spencer, Erika Nizborski-Spencer & Shannon Giorgianni
Maryland Meadworks is hosting a couple more soft openings ahead of their grand opening in October.  Check out their Facebook page to learn the dates and be in the know!

See how much fun you can have with mead?!? 
*Cool little fact about Mead: Mead is gluten free (unless it's a type made with malt, which is more an exception than a rule, I'm told). 

Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville (same row as Shortcake Bakery).  And while you're in the area, why not also check out these great local breweries, too: Streetcar 82 Brewing Company, Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store, Town Center Market (not a brewery, itself, but still a great spot to enjoy some craft beer), Pizzeria Paradiso (also not a brewery but amazing pizza and a meticulously fine craft beer menu) and, soon enough, Denizens Brewing Co. (coming to Riverdale Park Station). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 14th-16th

Mt. Rainier Nature Center Maryland
Amphibs to Greet and Toys to Play with at Mt. Rainer's Nature Center!

Amphibians, Gymnastics, Kid Koders and Mixed Media Sculptures are just some of the fun, kid-friendly things we've got going on along Route One this weekend! Check it out and share with a friend! πŸ˜ƒ
Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 13th-16th

Herbs for Stress Relief, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sixth Annual Naturalista Expo, Hyattsville's PorchFest, Yoga set to the tunes of Jill Scott, Daniel Caesar and more all inside Route One Fun's latest Adults' Weekend Guide!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hip Hop, Trap Heels, Belly Dance, African Dance & Drum Workshops at Joe's Movement Emporium!

Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier is offering a bunch of cool, new dance workshops right now that I know you movers and shakers would love to hear about! I'm talking about Hip Hop, African Dance, Dancehall, Belly Dance, Trap Heels, West African Dance & Drum workshops that run for six weeks, really giving you a chance to learn the rhythm and get comfortable with the routines, so comfortable, perhaps, that you'll be all solo performing them for your friends and family over the holidays! (Or maybe that's just me! πŸ˜†) There'll even be a photographer at the last class, taking pics of you (should you like) practicing your moves! (Holiday photos: ✅!) 

I'm so excited about these classes that I can't decide which one to try - so please help me decide! Enter your vote in the comments below and I'll report back (w/ incriminating photos, I'm sure 😜) in a future post!

⏰ πŸ’° DISCOUNT ALERT!  Enter ROUTE1WORKSHOPS at checkout and get 20% off any of these workshops between now and October 7th! 

Joe's Movement Emporium Fall Workshop Series Mt. Rainier Maryland Dance

Thank you to Joe's Movement Emporium for sponsoring this post. And thank you, dear Route One Fun readers, for supporting local businesses that support Route One Fun! 😍

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Route 1 Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 7-9

Route One Fun Kids' Weekend Guide Hyattsville Maryland

Starwatch Stories, Family-Friendly First Friday at Community Forklift, Prince George's County Fair and Family Fun Day with the Grandparents at Riversdale House Museum are *just* some of the fun events and activities in/around Maryland's Route One this weekend! Enjoy!

Thank you to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Real Estate Agent Route One Corridor

Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 6-9

Paul Hrusa Artist Theen Hyattsville Maryland
"Theen" by local artist Paul Hrusa.

Thursday Night Music Series at Mt. Rainier's Med Cafe returns this Thursday! Community Forklift hosts its final First Friday, Daughters of the Dust & 'All the Stars' Outdoor Dance Party, Opening Celebration Weekend at Streetcar 82, Opening Receptions for local artist Paul Hrusa at Studio SoHy and an opening reception for WHITEWASH by Sheila Crider at Pyramid Atlantic. And would you believe there's even more to explore along the Route One Corridor of Prince George's County this weekend? Well, believe it! πŸ‘Œ

Thank you to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group, Route 1 Corridor Real Estate Agent

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Orangetheory Fitness Coming to College Park

Orangetheory Fitness is soon opening its doors in College Park, with a launch party happening September 12th! I trustingly put an exclamation mark there because I know of folks who LOVE and swear by Orangetheory though I've personally never tried it. But your happiness is my happiness, or something like that. πŸ˜„

Orangetheory Fitness College Park Maryland

According to their website, Orangetheory works like this: "In a 60-minute class, led by a highly trained and certified coach, members target at least twelve minutes in the Orange Zone to raise their heart rate and charge up metabolism. The result is an increase in calorie burn post-workout, backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). After twelve minutes of hard work in the Orange Zone, your body burns additional calories as you recover over the next 36 hours." 36 hours of additional calorie burn for just 12 minutes of hard work sounds like a deal/trick to me πŸ˜‰, so I'll probably check it out.

Orangetheory Fitness College Park Maryland

The new location is in the retail spaces of the Cambria Suites in College Park, along same row as a new CVS and the newly opened College Park Grill, which I've been hearing great things about! Info on their launch party here.

Orangetheory Fitness will be joining a growing roster of fitness clubs that have made the Route One Corridor their home, including Riverdale Park's Gold's Gym, Hyattsville's LA FitnessPlanet Fitness and CrossFit as well as gems like College Park's Numi Yoga and Open Barre, Riverdale Park's Bikram Yoga, Hyattsville's Love Yoga and YogaSpace as well as Zumba, Samba Dance and Capoeira at Espaco Cultural Samba Trovao and Mt. Rainier's Joe's Movement Emporium always brings it with their Hip Hop, Dancehall, African Dance and Belly Dancing classes!       

We're some lucky ducks!