Archive for October 2012
Greenbelt’s annual pumpkin walk takes place on the Saturday night before Halloween. More than one hundred candle lit pumpkins are placed in the North Woods, and families come to walk the trail and enjoy the scene.
The pumpkin walk takes place at the North Woods Tract of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve. This sign is by the unpaved access road to Northway Fields.
Greenbelt’s Pumpkin Festival has been happening every year around Halloween for more than twenty years. The festival includes a pumpkin carving party and an evening pumpkin walk. This year, for the first time, a zombie chase was added and took place at Northway Fields. People could sign up as either zombies or runners.
A runner checks in and signs a release form. The zombies have arrived earlier and are hiding in the woods.
Inside the Greenbelt Co-op, next to the Bank of America ATM machine is a green bin for “Food Pantry Donations.” Where will the donations go and what will be done to them? Last week I had a chance to find out.
“Food Pantry Donations: Please donate unopened, non-refrigerated food items here for distribution to less fortunate Greenbelt families in need of a helping hand. Thank you!”
Rafael Martins was a student at Greenbelt Nursery School and Greenbelt Elementary School. He was born with a rare disease called VATER syndrome and passed away on October 20, 2009 while he was in 4th grade. In 2011, the teachers, parents, and friends of the Greenbelt Elementary School started a race in honor of him. It is called Rafael’s Race and it raises funds to support student field trips. This year, the second annual Rafael’s Race took place on October 20.
Rafael’s Race is on October 20.
Every Friday night since April 1996, a group of dancers have gathered at the Greenbelt Youth Center’s multipurpose room for an international folk dancing class led by Roland Forbes. Lessons are taught from 8 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 to 10 p.m. dancers can request their favorite dances. These photos are from an open house on September 14.
The instructor Roland Forbes writes down dance names and their countries of origin on the white board:
HORA DE LA MUNTE…ROM
These dances are from Israel, Macedonia, and Romania.
Greenbelt’s Utopia Film Festival has been held every October since 2005. Independent films that reflect the spirit of the community and locally produced films are emphasized. This year’s 8th Annual Utopia Film Festival opened on October 13 with a program that celebrates Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary.
Greenbelt Tennis Association (GTA)’s annual David Craig Singles and Doubles Tournament took place over several weekends in September and October. On Saturday, October 13, I observed the final match of the tournament, the men’s doubles final.
The Greenbelt Tennis Association started in 1966, and brothers James and Thomas Harbaugh were two of the founders. The association organizes tennis playing socials (the first one is in May and the last one during Labor Day weekend), tennis ladders, and several tournaments each year. The first tournament takes place around Memorial Day and the last is the David Craig Tournament in September and October. Currently GTA membership is free for Greenbelt residents, but there is a $5 entry fee per tournament for members.