Thank you all for your support of and love for Route One Fun! From a wee blog that started with just a couple of subscribers to a hyperlocal website that even folks in DC talked about ;), I’ve been both tickled and humbled by its success. I look forward to spreading the good word on a larger scale now with the Arts & Heritage Division of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation!
The Big Tuna. No, it’s not a new Subway sandwich, although it is occurring near a Subway store…. The Big Tuna is a giant, portable, woodblock printing press that reels off large-scale versions of area artists’ block prints. This touring hunk of artistic love is making a two-day stop at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville on October 9th and 10th.
A while ago, a dear bud asked me if I knew much about Lewisdale, her lifelong home. After all, I’ve been highlighting the Route 1 Corridor for five years now; surely I could wax lyrical about this nearby, tight-knit community sandwiched between West Hyattsville and Adelphi. “Durr, I know Lewisdale. It’s the home of my favorite thrift!”, I responded. “No, you do not know Lewisdale,” she said, meeting my internalized side-eye with a deserved, external one. And Yolanda Rivera-Quintanilla was right.
Dig local history? Then put a visit to the Laurel Museum on your list! The free museum reopens for in-person visits this Saturday, June 26th at noon with updated exhibits sharing Laurel’s history as well as its social justice work. And while you’re in Laurel, why not check out some lovely small businesses in this city, including divine coffee at Sip at C Street Flats followed by a visit to the Laurel Public Library (and its amazing kids room). Still got more energy? Take a walk/run along Laurel’s Riverfront Park, which is right behind Sip. You’re welcome!
Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” is a holiday that commemorates and celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States. Check out the virtual and in-person events below for places to celebrate Juneteenth in/around Prince George’s County with your friends and family this year.
Calling all fun and creative 6 to 10 year-olds! Check out these three mighty affordable virtual Saturday morning classes with Arts on a Roll’s “Out of the Box” series! Ever tried embroidery? Told a story through homemade puppets? Giggled a morning away clowning ? Well – now’s your chance! $20/class gets you 90-minutes of top notch instruction and all the supplies you need!