A Visit to Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (North Brentwood, MD)

20161228_165409057_iosDrive along Rhode Island Avenue in North Brentwood, MD and you will come across an island of African-American history & culture in the middle of two small industrial shopping centers. This museum & culture center stands as a testimonial to the town that was the first African-American settlement in Prince George’s County.

The full name of the center is Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc but it’s listed on social media as PGAAMCC. The 10,000 square foot center has a permanent exhibition room and rotating exhibitions around the space and along hallways. Quotes from art students are positioned throughout. A very friendly staff is available to answer questions and give you information.

The center is a community meeting space and has several programs covering all ages. An upcoming program is the New Year First Friday on January 6, 2017, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Enjoy live music, food trucks and complimentary cocktails. It’s an opportunity to learn, network and enjoy performances. Check the website for other events or workshops.

20161228_180026705_iosI said the center is in the middle of two industrial shopping centers. Not to worry if food is on your mind when you’re ready to go. Make a right turn out of the parking lot. A short drive down the road and you’re in downtown Hyattsville, MD. There are many places to stop for a bite to eat. I found this map of downtown Hyattsville when I stopped at Shortcake Bakery. It’s just a few blocks from the center.

I visited PGAAMCC because it is one of 14 African-American museums in the state of Maryland. See my post for a list.

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc., 4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD (Prince George’s County) | 301-809-0440 | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Yelp | Foursquare | free admission | free parking | There is a fee for a private tour by staff | Call or visit the website for hours, event schedule, workshops and volunteer opportunities.

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Waterfalls in Maryland (from Fox Hill Blog)

dreamstime_xs_25473158 - Hill with waterfalls landscapeI found a 14th Maryland waterfall to visit for my Maryland Waterfalls Project! The blog on Foxhillresidences.com has a post on with information on the waterfalls of Maryland. It explains how waterfalls are formed and has a detailed map and chart of all the waterfalls in Maryland. Check out the post!

The funny thing is the post lists 14 waterfalls in Maryland. I have 13 on my list. Guess what the name of the 14th fall is … Paw Paw Falls. I’ve been writing about paw paw fruit!  I’m adding this one to my list.

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The Search for a Paw Paw

dreamstime_xs_59258417 - Common Pawpaw FruitI did a post on the Paw Paw back in February. Well, this is the season for the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. Tasting a paw paw is on my bucket list and I only have 3 weeks to go for the 2016 season!

Paw Paw trees are find in many Maryland State Parks. I’m told there are trees on the Billy Goat Trail along Maryland side of the Potomac River. That trail is also on my bucket list. That’s two for the price of one! I’m hoping to find a fruit stand on my way to the trail.

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150th Annual Calvert County Jousting Tournament (August 27th)

Ring JoustingI did a post about ring jousting in Maryland. Well, the people of Calvert County are serious about jousting so mark your calendars! The 150th Annual Calvert County Jousting Tournament takes place at noon on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 in Port Republic, MD. More information can be found on the tournament’s Facebook page or from the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association.

The event is being held at the Christ Church and includes a day of activities before and after the tournament. There will be a church bazaar, an indoor concert and their Annual Country Supper (details here). Good sport, good food and good music all in one place!

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Maryland’s Official State Sport – Ring Jousting

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Did you know that Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland? It became the state sport in 1962 according to the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association. Jousting tournaments are held around the state. A schedule (PDF) of tournaments is available here.

Most people think of jousting a sport or game between two horsemen wielding lances. The two horsemen charge down a track toward each other with the goal of knocking their opponent off the horse with the lance. You can still see this version of the sport at a Medieval Times.

Ring Jousting” is the version done at most tournaments in Maryland. This version has a single horsemen charging down the track with a lance. There is a series of rings hanging from arches along the track. The rings get smaller as the rider moves down the track. The rings range from one and three-quarter inches to one quarter inch in diameter. The goal is to capture all the rings with the point of the lance. Not an easy thing to do.

Long gone is the suit of armour jousters wore in the past. A modern ring jouster is more likely to have on blue jeans and tee shirt. These are family events. Just like going to the county fair or a baseball game.

Do you have a ring jousting story … please share!

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2016 Maryland Ice Cream Trail Opens Friday!

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© Sunguy | Dreamstime.com – Ice Cream Sign And Tent Top Isolated.

Maryland’s Best announced the 2016 Maryland Ice Cream Trail to open this Friday, May 20th. There’s one new creamery added this year:
Broom’s Bloom Dairy – Harford County
Chesapeake Bay Farms – Worcester County (2 locations)
Keyes Creamery – Harford County
Kilby Cream – Cecil County
Misty Meadow Farm Creamery – Washington County
Prigel Family Creamery – Baltimore County
Rocky Point Creamery – Frederick County (our President’s farm)
South Mountain Creamery – Frederick County
Woodbourne Creamery at Rock Hill Orchard – Montgomery County [NEW]

You can download this year’s trail brochure here. See my posts on last year’s Ice Cream Trail here. Let the ice cream eating begin!

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Building Better People Productions Has Its 1st Show!

 

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We Got It! A Show About Empathy
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Lynne Streeter Childress (Producing Artistic Director and Founder) with husband, A.C., and their son, Alex
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Liza Skinner (Director)

Annapolis, Maryland has a new theatre production company. I watched a preview of “We Got It! A Show About Empathy” at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse on Saturday, April 30, 2016. It’s the first show from Building Better People Productions. The flier describes it as “an adventure in empathy, self-worth and all-around understanding told through music, laughter, & creative storytelling!” I describe it as a wonderful kids show. The show is best for families with kids 4 to 8 years old but it will put a smile on your face at any age.

Lynne Streeter Childress is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of this kid-focused theater company. She’s been professional actor and teaching artist for over 20 years. According to the website, she started the nonprofit with the goal of producing shows and classes that encourage kids and families to be kind, generous and to treat people the way that they want to be treated. She narrates and plays characters in the show.

Liza Skinner is the show’s Director. She’s an actor and teaching artist in Annapolis, MD. She also a founding member of Free Range Improv and has a long list of directing credits to her name.

Tom Beheler and Hannah Geib round out the cast for the show. Tom has a Theatre degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and is also a founding member of Free Range Improv.. Hannah has been acting since she was eight years old.

The show is a series of short, funny skits. Each with a message to teach young kids. The characters in the play ask questions of the audience to get kids involved and keep them engaged. I found myself laughing often and smiling throughout the show.

This first show was performed at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse on DuBois Road. The next two shows are planned at Faith Auditorium at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD and Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge in Annapolis, MD. (Check the website for dates, time and ticket prices.)

Want to help Building Better People Productions grow? Become a supporter on their Indiegogo campaign. As little a $5.00 will get you a shout-out on their website. Support the campaign, then buy tickets to their next show! Your kids will thank you.

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Berlin MD Named 1 of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016

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Smithsonian Magazine named Berlin, MD one of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016.

“Berlin might look familiar for those who have watched the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride on repeat. The town was cast as the fictional Hale, Julia Roberts’ character’s hometown in the film. Downtown Berlin also made an appearance on the big screen as the turn-of-the-century setting in Tuck Everlasting. Minutes from Assateague Island National Seashore and beach town Ocean City, Berlin—which was voted Budget Travel’s coolest small town in 2014—isn’t stuck in the ’90s or the 1890s, though.”

Read the post! Congratulations Berlin, MD!!!

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