Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Gala

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October 13

The Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance Gala took place on Saturday, October 13 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt East. 450 guests including elected officials, past and present, pioneer families, current residents and friends attended the event.

The sign for Martin’s Crosswinds is illuminated in green light in honor of Greenbelt.

The City of Greenbelt’s 75th Anniversary Celebration is held at Embassy Room which seats 500 people.

Kaila Maguire (left) and Sarah Layton of Greenbelt Recreation Department greet guests.

At the back of the ballroom is a display of photographs from Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary events so far this year. There are also proclamations from Maryland General Assembly, U.S. Senate, Prince George’s County Council, and Comptroller of Maryland.

A congratulatory letter from Maryland’s U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and an address by Maryland’s other U.S. Senator Ben Cardin recognizing Greenbelt’s 75th anniversary in the Congressional Record.

The evening’s program starts with the presentation of colors by the Greenbelt Police Color Guard and the playing of the national anthem.

Greenbelt Community Church’s former pastor Dan Hamlin gives invocation.

Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee Co-Chair, lead organizer of tonight’s gala, and mistress of ceremonies Carol Malveaux introduces Greenbelt Mayor Judith Davis.

Mayor Judith Davis: “We have looked forward to this event all year. Some of us maybe have looked forward to this event ever since our 50th and 60th anniversaries.”

Mayor Davis’s image is projected on the big screen.

Dignitaries in attendance are introduced. Here is former Mayor Gil Weidenfeld. Weidenfeld was mayor from 1975-1977, 1979-1981, and 1981-1993.

From left are former City Manager Jim Giese, former City Councilmember, Mayor, and County Councilmember Richard Castaldi, and former Councilmember Joe Isaacs.

Former Greenbelt Councilmember Joe Isaacs hugs former Mayor Gil Weidenfeld.

Current City Manager Michael McLaughlin

Assistant City Manager David Moran

Greenbelt’s U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer

Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky. Delegates Anne Healey and Tawanna Gaines are at the table on the left.

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Mary Lehman

Bowie Councilmember Todd Turner

Greenbelt’s pioneers are recognized. Standing in the front is John Schaffer.

Standing from right are Greenbelt pioneers Susan (Cockill) Rogers, Mike Cockill, and John Flynn.

Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee members are recognized. Standing from right are Co-Chair Dave Mills, Debbie Cooley, and Betty Timer.

Those in attendance toast Greenbelt’s 75th birthday: “Let us rejoice and be thankful for our city’s past and its legacy. Let us be willing to face present challenges as opportunities. And let us all look forward to an ever brighter future for Greenbelt. Greenbelt is great!” Mayor Davis then quotes Eleanor Roosevelt: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” The group then sing “Happy Birthday” to Dear Greenbelt.

Table 15: Robert and Sylvia Lewis, Mary Lou Williamson, Sandra and David Lange, Jane and Richard Menis, Frank DeBernardo, and others

Table 3: Greenbelt Museum curator Megan Searing Young, Museum Education/Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, David Tuthill, John Maffay (pioneer), Jennifer and Christopher Ruffner

Table 9: Several 75th Anniversary Committee members and guests including Dave Mills, Debbie Cooley, Betty and Joe Timer, Lois and Julio Rosado, and Barbara Havekost

Table 4: Lynne and Matthew Chandler, Irvwin Wartell, Isabelle Gournay, Mary Corbin Sies and others

Table 4. The first course is a soup.

Table 11: Mary and Barry Moien wear big hats.

Table 17

Table 18: City Councilmember Konrad Herling talks to Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant.

Table 16: Janet Parker, her daughters and others

Table 20: Cary and Gillian Coppock, Justin and Wendy Baker

Table 21: Sarah and Austin Henry, Dorrie and Richard Bates, and John Henry Jones

Table 21: Richard Bates, John Henry and Elaine Jones

Table 21: Andrea, Corita, and Maeve Waters

Table 23: Rep. Steny Hoyer and Mayor Judith Davis

Table 26: Former Mayor Gil Weidenfeld chats with Dan Hamlin.

Table 26: Former City Manager Jim Giese and Bernie Giese

Table 27: Assistant City Manager David Moran, City Solicitor Bob Manzi and others

Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan chats with College Park Councilmember Denise Mitchell.

This salad follows the soup.

Table 46: Pioneer Marshall Gerstel and his wife Susan Gerstel

Table 46: Pioneers Susan (Cockill) Rogers and Michael Cockill and others

Tale 46: Pioneer John Schaffer

Table 47: Pioneers Gerald Brittingham and Rita Snoddy-O’Brien

Table 45: The Pels family

Table 42: Joe Houser and pioneer Marilyn Maryn Spiegel

Table 42: Solange Hess, Jackie Havens, and others

Table 42: Joe Houser and Linda Howey. Pioneer families wear name tags with a yellow border, and pioneers wear a green ribbon that says “Greenbelt Pioneer Family” as well.

Table 44: Richard and Verna Rosenzweig

Table 43: The Madden family is a Greenbelt pioneer family. Martin Madden, third from right, was a Maryland State Senator representing Howard and Prince George’s Counties from 1995-2002.

Table 41: Bonnie and Lee (pioneer) Shields with their daughter Leerin Shields

Table 41: Pioneer Maureen Moore Batson and others

Table 36: Larry and Rena Hull

Table 38: Pioneer Kathleen McFarland’s family

Table 30

Table 37: The McCarl family.

In 1938, Dr. James W. McCarl open his dental office at 30 Ridge Road. His sons James Taylor McCarl and Clayton McCarl, Sr. joined the practice in 1955 and 1956, and the office moved across the street to 28 Ridge Road. Now the third generation of McCarls are practicing still at 28 Ridge Road along with a second location at Millersville, Maryland. Shown here are Clayton McCarl, Sr.’s wife Jane McCarl (third from right) and sons Jay McCarl (front left) and Clayton McCarl, Jr. (right) and daughter Kathy McCarl Agate (left).

Table 28: Susan Ollinger and others

Table 29: Kathy Labukas and others. Shown on the screen are photographs from the 75th anniversary events so far this year. In this photo, John Henry Jones points to a poster for Little Miss Broadway at Greenbelt Theater in August.

Table 30: Michael Jawer (right) and his family

Rep. Steny Hoyer: “Greenbelt is a vision, a culture, a community, a community that shares its commitment to one another, and to its place, to preserve, protect, and enhance its place. It was not an idea or action limited to a time frame but designed as an investment clearly for centuries. And it serves today, I think, not only for us in Maryland but for all of America as an example, three quarters of a century later, as a symbol of stewardship and citizenry.”

“The secret to Greenbelt’s success, however, has not only been the belt of trees and green spaces it wears so proudly, or in the art deco style of its historic district, but rather in the deep seated spirit of community, community involvement that still makes it such a wonderful place, to live, to learn and to thrive. Happy birthday, Greenbelt!”

Rep. Hoyer greets Mistress of Ceremonies Carol Malveaux.

Sheila Maffay-Tuthill and her father, pioneer, John Maffay

Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra

The main course is served. Dinner is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., followed by dancing and entertainment from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Dr. Jay McCarl

The McCarl group takes a photo in the lobby.

From left, Sarah Layton, Gaye Houchens and Kaila Maguire are City Recreation Department employees working at the gala.

Kathleen McFarland (left), Gloria Shelton Drake, and a friend

Joanne Kellaher, Marilyn Tompkins and a friend

Kay Branch

Ed Burton and Josephine Singer Ross (pioneer)

Pioneer Kathleen McFarland and her daughters

Clayton McCarl, Jr.

Kathleen McFarland, Sheila Maffay-Tuthill

Mayor Davis

Sandra and David Lange

Sheila Maffay-Tuthill and David Tuthill

Megan Searing Young and John Henry Jones

Delores and John Downs

Richard and Ann Castaldi

Peaches O’Dell


Konrad Herling and Lore Rosenthal

Andrea and Corita Waters

On the screen is a Greenbelt 50th anniversary group photo by Bill Cornett.

Emmett Jordan and Silke Pope

Paula Clinedinst

Kathy Labukas

75th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs Carol Malveaux and Dave Mills

Lore Rosenthal and Michael Hartman

David Moran

Susan and Marshall Gerstel

Marilou and David Whaples

It is 11:30 p.m. and Edith Beauchamp is on her way out.

Guests receive goody bags on their way out.

Mayor Davis smiles with Recreation Coordinator Kayode Lewis.

Former Mayor Gil Weidenfeld on his way out

Inside a goody bag

The gala was open to the general public and the ticket was $65 per person.


Written by eric

October 15, 2012 at 6:00 am

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    December 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  2. […] the largest.  Every single week.  I appreciated their support for the community, also exhibited in this blog post about our 75th Anniversary Gala, where I noticed 25 McCarl staffers in attendance.  And that event […]

  3. […] the largest.  Every single week.  I appreciated their support for the community, also exhibited in this blog post about our 75th Anniversary Gala, where I noticed 25 McCarl staffers in attendance.  And that event […]

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