Once again the annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival was held on Mother’s Day weekend. For the first time in three years I went to that festival without being involved in anything. (That was also the year I brought my late pet hedgehog Spike with me because there was also a Greenbelt Pet Expo that was held nearby.) Two years ago I worked as a vendor hawking my handcrafted wares, which turned out to be so financially disappointing to me that I decided to never sell there again. (I’ve worked as a vendor at that same festival other years before that one and the results were definitely mixed for me.) Last year I helped out with staffing a table that was run by the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator for a few hours. So this year it’s pretty novel for me to go to this festival without having any kind of behind-the-scenes commitment and it felt great!

I arrived later to the festival than other years mainly because my lawn desperately needed mowing. I had mowed it the week before but the grass grew quickly back because of the frequent showers that have passed through our area. So I arrived to the festival feeling even more laid back this year.

The only downside was that it was very hot and humid that weekend. (The temperature went as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit.) It usually doesn’t get that hot and humid in May. It’s the kind of weather that tends to show up in July and August. I ended up dressing lightly that weekend.

There were vendors selling their wares, a variety of entertainment acts performing on stage, an a variety of hands-on activities for people of all ages. Naturally I took a bunch of pictures. Here are the ones I took on the first day of the festival on May 9.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

The second day was actually Mother’s Day itself. I’m also helping my church will a social action project where I’m helping with teaching English to local immigrants. I decided to skip Sunday service so I could check out Day 2 of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival in the morning, then leave for the English class that I’m helping with teaching at my church from 1:15-3:30 p.m. After the class ended, I went back to the festival for some late afternoon fun before I headed home for dinner. I managed to arrive during the early part of the festival just in time to check out the first day of the new season of the Greenbelt Farmers Market. (That farmers market always have its first day coincide with Mother’s Day AND the second day of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival, which makes parking a total bitch. I managed to find some parking that was a short walking distance away from where all the action took place.)

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

I did some browsing at the Green Man Festival as well. There was an exhibit featuring a beehive that was run by some local beekeepers, which was pretty cool.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

This particular hive has a newly hatched queen bee, whom the other bees have surrounded in an effort to protect her. Someone painted a blue dot on the queen bee’s back so visitors can easily spot her.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

After checking out the Greenbelt Farmers Market and a little bit of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival, I left for my church’s English class. After that class ended I returned to the festival. By that time the vendors from the farmers market had left so there were more available parking. The beekeepers had left with their hive by then but there were plenty of things to see and do and photograph.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

I basically hung around for a couple of hours until it was close to dinner (also when the festival started to wind down) then headed home.

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