One Saturday I decided to check out three different festivals that were all being held within a five mile radius on the same day. The weather was very pleasant. (It was sunny in the low 70’s with low humidity.) The first festival I decided to check out for the first time is the annual Port Towns Festival that’s held in the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland. I thought that it would be a relatively small festival only to be pleasantly surprised when I found that it was larger than I anticipated. There were rides and all kinds of vendors that were located right along the banks of the Anacostia River.

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Port Towns Festival, September 19, 2015

Next I drove over to nearby Hyattsville, which was the site of the annual Hyattsville Arts Festival. That festival seems to get bigger each year with more and more people attending. I ended up parking at the parking lot next to Franklin’s Restaurant a block away. A portion of the Anacostia Trail runs right next to the parking lot, which had a sign pointing the way to the festival.

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Walking along the trail led directly to the area where the festival took place.

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

There were many vendors selling all kinds of handcrafted goods as well as different music acts.

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

There was even a place where people were invited to draw icons.The idea was to draw something then hand it in along with your name and e-mail address. Then the organizers of this activity would e-mail an icon based on your own drawing.

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

I decided to take a stab at this activity, which resulted in this drawing. I drew a hedgehog and it’s based on similar drawings I’ve done in the past (back when I still lived with my late pet hedgehog, Spike).

Hyattsville Arts Festival, September 19, 2015

The organizers of that activity really praised my simple drawing and were talking about how much they loved it. As of this writing I have yet to receive my icon based on that drawing. If and when these people get around to e-mailing my icon, I’ll post it in this blog for you to see.

After a while I decided to drive over to the third and last festival of the day. The Greenbelt Blues Festival was in full swing and, as you can guess from the name, it was devoted to a variety of musical acts performing various blues songs. This year’s festival was devoted to B.B. King, who passed away a few months ago, so I heard plenty of covers like “The Thrill is Gone.” The last few photos show just one of the many musical acts who performed that day.

Greenbelt Blues Festival, September 19, 2015

Greenbelt Blues Festival, September 19, 2015

Greenbelt Blues Festival, September 19, 2015

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