Greenbelt in 2012

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

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Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Group Photo Show

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December 2

The Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Group Photo Show is on display at the New Deal Café until January 7, 2013. The show is produced by the New Deal Café and sponsored by the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee and Friends of the New Deal Café Arts (FONDCA). The exhibit features 28 photographs from 12 photographers, and on Sunday, December 2, a reception was held at the café.

Poster for the group photo show inside the New Deal Café

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December 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt News Review 75th Anniversary Dinner

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The Greenbelt News Review published its first issue on November 24, 1937 (then called the Cooperator) and is the second oldest cooperative in Greenbelt (the oldest being the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union). On Sunday, November 18, the paper’s 75th anniversary dinner was held at Greenbelt Marriott.

A few issues of the News Review (out of 3900) are on display at the back of the ballroom.

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November 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Mishkan Torah Celebrates Frank Pearlman and Greenbelt

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November 17

On Saturday, November 17, Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue celebrated the 80th birthday of its long-time member Frank Pearlman and the City of Greenbelt’s 75 anniversary with an evening gala program. The title of event was “Frank & Greenbelt, Aging With Grace,” and it was attended by members of the synagogue, the City Council, and Greenbelt residents.

Saul Oresky (center) leads the Havdalah service which is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and is performed on Saturday night. Holding the Havdalah candle on the left is Rachel White Greenfield and on the right is Jeffrey Rosen, tonight’s master of ceremonies.

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November 25, 2012 at 6:00 am

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.

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October 15, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Greenbelt’s First Family

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September 30, October 1

Who was the first family in Greenbelt? Cathy Knepper’s book “Greenbelt, Maryland: A Living Legacy of the New Deal” contains this intriguing sentence on page 209: “At the 1988 Labor Day festival… celebrants also unveiled a plaque marking the first home occupied in Greenbelt, 1G Gardenway, whose residents moved in on September 30, 1937.” On Sunday, September 30, 2012, exactly 75 years after the first residents moved into Greenbelt, I went to 1G Gardenway to check out the plaque.

1 Court Gardenway

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October 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Greenbelt Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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September 27

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.

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September 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

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James Roosevelt Speaks in Greenbelt

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September 22

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

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September 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

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Greenbelt Combined Choir Rehearsal

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September 20

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.

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September 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Symposium: Keynote Address

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April 28

After five sessions over two days, the Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Symposium culminated in a keynote address by British architect and town planner Dr. Mervyn Miller. The title of his address is “From The British Garden City to Greenbelt and back to the English New Towns.” “The talk will document [the] transatlantic dialogue that connects Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City ideas with the planning of Greenbelt and the design of important New Towns beyond.”

Isabelle Gournay, symposium chair and associate professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, introduces the speaker. Dr. Mervyn Miller is a renowned authority on Garden Cities. He has written several books including Letchworth: The First Garden City, Raymond Unwin: Garden Cities and Town Planning, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and English Garden Cities. Gournay tells that she and Mary Corbin Sies, another Greenbelt resident and University of Maryland professor, have attended many planning conferences with Dr. Miller, in Helsinki, New Delhi, and London. When they were planning for this symposium, they thought that they must have Dr. Miller speak here. She also thanks GHI for providing Dr. Miller a guest suite.

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August 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Old Greenbelt Theatre Shows Little Miss Broadway

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August 18

Old Greenbelt Theatre in Roosevelt Center opened its doors on September 21, 1938. The film shown that night was “Little Miss Broadway” starring Shirley Temple. Admission was 30 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. This year, as the city celebrates its 75th anniversary, the theatre showed the same movie again last Saturday, this time free of charge.

The theater has a tall curved front with an art deco marquee that says Greenbelt vertically. It operated as a movie theater continuously from 1938 to 1976 when lack of profits forced its closure. From 1980 to 1987, the Greenbelt Cultural Arts Center leased the theater as a performing arts venue. Since 1990, it has been a movie theater again operated by a small theater chain called P&G Theaters. This marquee was renovated in 2000, and in 2002, the city purchased the theater from its landlord while P&G continues to operate it. The movie that is being shown currently here is Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones.

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August 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

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