Archive for September 2012
The Golden Age Club is for Greenbelt seniors ages 60 and over, and the group meets every Wednesday morning from the Community Center. The club’s activities include speakers, birthday lunches, field trips, and, once a year, a yard sale and bake sale at Roosevelt Center. This year’s Golden Age Club yard sale and bake sale took place on a pleasant late September Saturday morning.
Solange Hess (left), who is a member of the Golden Age Club volunteering at the yard sale, shows a plate to a shopper.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination based in Nigeria and is led by Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer). In recent years, the church has been expanding rapidly in the United States and is now at many locations in Maryland including Bowie, Silver Spring, and Baltimore. The Greenbelt church is called RCCG Restoration Center, and the group started meeting in 2010 in Eleanor Roosevelt High School. They now meet every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for worship service in Old Greenbelt Theater followed by fellowship hour at the church’s fellowship hall above the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union. The third Sunday of the month is casual Sunday and when the weather is nice, the group meets outside at Roosevelt Center Mall. These pictures are from an outdoor praise service on August 26.
The podium is set directly in front of the Mother and Child statue.
The Greenbelt Museum opened its doors in October 1987 during the city’s 50th anniversary year. This year, as Greenbelt celebrates its 75th anniversary, the museum has turned 25. On Thursday night, a celebration was held at the Greenbelt Arts Center which featured the Moonshine Cabaret (Comedy! Sideshow! Burlesque!), classic cocktails, and a silent auction.
On the right is Lauren Silberman, treasurer of Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. Tickets are $25 and include one cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from this evening support museum programs.
As part of Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary celebration, James Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, visited the city and spoke to a large crowd in the Greenbelt Community Center. The Greenbelt Combined Choir performed before the speech, and a birthday cake and refreshments were served afterward.
Greenbelt’s 75th birthday cake
This is the second and final night of the Miss Greenbelt Pageant. It includes the Prince and Princess Program, formal wear and public speaking competitions, and the crowning of the 2012 Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Greenbelt.
This is the 6th year of the Miss Greenbelt Prince and Princess Program which is for boys and girls ages two to six.
The Greenbelt Combined Choir was formed in 1971 when choirs of Greenbelt Community Church and Mowatt United Methodist Church joined force. In 1972, St. Hugh’s choir, then under the direction of Jean Cook, also joined. In 1974, Cook became the director of the combined choir, and she has led the group ever since. Each year, the choir performs three concerts on Palm Sunday, at the Thanksgiving interfaith service, and at Christmas, all at the Greenbelt Community Church, and it sings on special occasions. This year, as part of the city’s 75th anniversary celebration, the Greenbelt Combined Choir will perform on Saturday, September 22 before an address by James Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. On Thursday, I visited the group’s last rehearsal in the Community Center gym.
James Roosevelt will speak on Saturday in the Community Center gym, and the combined choir will perform from 2 to 2:30 p.m before his speech. The choir has been rehearsing every Thursday night since late June in the Greenbelt Community Church, with the last two rehearsals held here in the Community Center gym. This is the final practice before their performance.
The 9th Annual Greenbelt Blues Festival took place at Roosevelt Center on a perfect September Saturday afternoon. The festival was sponsored by Friends of the New Deal Café Arts and featured ten bands playing from 1 to 11 p.m., first outside and then inside the café after dark.
T-shirts for the 9th Annual Greenbelt Blues Festival are $15 each.