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I saw an ad on Facebook announcing a new multi-day conference in downtown DC called We DC Fest. Since the admission was free, I decided to check out the first day, even though I’m still financially struggling and the fares to ride the Metro subway keep on rising higher. The event was supposed to offer networking opportunities and I felt that it wouldn’t hurt for me to expand my circle of friends and acquaintances.

The bulk of the first day’s activities took place in the National Building Museum. Since it’s located near Chinatown, I decided to stop off at the It’s Sugar store located in Chinatown on the way and pick up this pack of Canadian chocolate candy known as Sixlets. I ate it while I was at We DC Fest and I found the candy to be quite tasty.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

The first day of We DC Fest took place inside of the National Building Museum. Even though it was late September, the weather was very hot and humid and I remember the highs reaching the 90s. I was so glad when I arrived at that museum because at least it had air conditioning.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

The next photo showed the stage where all of the day’s panels took place.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

I was pretty tired from walking in the very hot weather outside so I just sat in the stage area and ate my lunch that I brought with me from home. While I was eating I saw a panel titled “Diversity: less talking, more doing,” which was about how the tech industry in DC needs to include more women and minorities. One of the speakers was a man named Marcus Bullock who founded his own company, Flikshop, which prints people’s social media posts and photos on postcards which can then be sent to friends and family members who are currently in prison. He got the inspiration for starting his company after his own experience with serving eight years in prison for stealing a car. While he was fortunate enough to have his family visit him in prison on a regular basis so he was able to keep up with what’s happening on the outside, not all prisoners were so lucky. What’s more, inmates can’t access social media in jail so they can’t keep up on what their friends and loved ones are doing. His story and company was so fascinating that I got his business card after the panel so I could show it to a couple of people.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

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The big highlight of We DC Fest was this show featuring arts, crafts, and technology by individuals and companies in the DC area.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

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We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

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We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

It wasn’t a bad festival but there weren’t a lot of people who attended so I wasn’t able to do much networking. I wasn’t able to buy any arts and crafts from any of the booths because I’m too broke to do any such impulse purchases at the moment. I ended up skipping the second and third days of the festival because I wasn’t into spending a lot of money on Metro fares only to have nothing panning out for me in terms of networking or meeting new people. It was just as well that I skipped the last two days. This article mentioned that attendance was even lower on the last two days of We DC Fest.

I had learned about We DC Fest through Facebook about a week or two before it began. That same link mentioned that the We DC Fest organizers hope that it’ll turn into another South by Southwest Festival. As someone who attended SXSW back in 1998, I can easily say that We DC Fest has a long ways to go before it could even begin to be compared to SXSW. While We DC Fest focused on technology and local arts and crafts, it was definitely lacking in other areas. SXSW has a film component where aspiring filmmakers show their films in the hopes of landing a movie distribution from one of the studios (who usually send a few executives to Austin each year). We DC Fest does not. SXSW has a music component where aspiring bands perform in the hopes of landing a recording contract. We DC Fest does not.

While I think We DC Fest has potential, it has a long ways to go before it can even begin to touch SXSW in terms of influence.

Day one of We DC Fest had ended at 3 p.m. (which is another reason why it has a long way to go before it can even touch SXSW because SXSW has events that start in the morning and they are scheduled throughout the day and into the wee hours of the following morning). As I stepped outside in the heat and humidity, I decided to make a brief stop at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where I shot these photos.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

This next shot shows the lion statues of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the foreground. The brown pole with the white letter “M” in the background marks the entrance to the Judiciary Square Metro station. (The letter “M” stands for “Metro.”) The large red building located further back is the National Building Museum where We DC Fest was held.

We DC Fest, September 26, 2018

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Like I wrote in a previous blog post, I attended two festivals in one day. The first one was the smaller Greenbelt Blues Festival, which I already wrote about. After attending that festival, I went to the Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, which was a larger event. Here are the photos I took of the event while I was there.

This sign erroneously said that this festival was held on September 10. In reality, it showed up on September 22.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

The festival was well-attended and there were all kinds of arts and crafts on display along with local bands performing. The local craft breweries were selling their craft beers and ales. The weather was warm and pleasant (the humidity was low that day). All in all I had a good time and many of the festival goers also enjoyed themselves as well.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

I only purchased one item at this festival. It’s a small bar of soap made from honey and it has a bee motif on it.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, September 22, 2018

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One Saturday I went to two different festivals on the same day. First, I went to the Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland where I took these photos. Here is the schedule of events that happened during the festival.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

There were plenty of souvenir t-shirts on sale.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

There was a raffle where a lucky person could win this electric guitar. I already have this exact same black and white Fender Stratocaster Squier so I didn’t bother with this raffle.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

There were a few vendor tables where local people offered their services and/or their handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

The festival offered compost bins where people can dump food scraps instead of throwing them in the regular trash.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

This man was playing his recorder at the festival.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

This band was one of the many blues bands who performed that day.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Inside the nearby New Deal Cafe there were a few workshops. I shot this photo while I was waiting for the harmonica workshop to end.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

I sat in on the workshop I was interested in, which was how to play the blues guitar. I brought my acoustic guitar with me to the workshop since it was geared towards acoustic guitars.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

The Greenbelt Makerspace had a bunch of musical instruments that people could borrow and play.

Greenbelt Blues Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

After spending time at that festival, I went on to another festival in another town, which I’ll write about in a future post.

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I currently have a work of art on display at the latest artist exhibition that’s currently going on at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, Maryland. Here’s is my piece.

Here is my piece as it is currently displayed inside of the church.

To learn more about how I created this piece, you can see the blog post I wrote on September 12, 2018.

After service last Sunday there was a reception for this exhibit where they basically served light food like baba ganoush with crackers along with fruit and vegetables. Here are a couple photos I took of the reception.

The art show is continuing through sometime next month. (I’m not sure of the date but I’ll definitely post it here when I get more information.) For more information about this exhibit, see the official website.

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I participated in two events that were held as part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland and I was mentioned in two different articles that were published in last week’s issue of The Greenbelt News Review.

One was about the mixed-media piece that I entered into the Labor Day Art Show that won a second place ribbon in the Mixed-Media category. That article can be found on the top left side of the .pdf version of the newspaper on page 7.

I also showed up in person on Labor Day to take part in the award ceremony. A photographer took pictures of all of us after we picked up our awards. That photograph has been published on the same page of that same issue in the middle column. (I’m the one wearing that Mickey Mouse standing in front of the American flag t-shirt in the middle photograph.)

I also took part in the Retro Town Fair where I submitted two of my crochet amigurumi creatures and I won a third place ribbon in the Needlework category for both of them. The article about the Retro Town Fair where my name is mentioned is published on the same page in the same issue as the other article and photograph. (The Retro Town Fair story can be found on the top right side of page 7.)

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A Shot of a Ferris Wheel on the Day Before the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, August 30, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 1, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 2, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 3, 2018

In my last post I mentioned that I spent the morning watching the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade in the extreme heat and humidity. Afterwards I managed to take a few back roads (in order to avoid colliding to the parade, which was still winding its way to the end) to Roosevelt Center where I found ample parking because most of the people there were still focused on watching the parade.

I saw that the food vendors were open. I decided to order some handmade potato chips with cheese and Old Bay seasoning for lunch. (I know it didn’t sound substantial but with temperature hovering at 90 degrees Fahrenheit and very high humidity, I wasn’t into eating a huge amount of food.) I walked over to the tables located outside of the Greenbelt Makerspace. The place itself was closed for the Labor Day holiday so I sat outside in under the shaded awning. Despite being in the shade, it was very hot.

Nearby the Makerspace area the craft show was going on for a second day but, once again, there were few shoppers because of the heat and humidity. These photos show how devoid of shoppers that craft show was.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

It brought back memories of the only time I ever attempted to sell my own crafts at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival back in 2013 and the weather was just as hot and humid as it was that year. After my participation turned out to be a financial bust, I decided to never work that festival again because the weather is just too iffy for me with some years being cool, some years being warm and pleasant with low humidity, and some years being a literal hell on earth just like this year.

I hung around until the award ceremony began at 1:30 p.m. This year I entered this mixed-media piece, Robot in the Park in the Greenbelt Labor Day Art Show.

You can learn more about the making of this piece right here.

I was due to receive an award because my art won second place in the mixed-media category. Here’s my photo of my art with the second place ribbon.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The ceremony began with the trophies being handed out for the parade participants. It continued with the photography show awards and it finally finished with the art show awards. The ceremony went by fast because it was being held outdoors and it was very hot and humid. None of the winners gave out acceptance speeches or anything like that. Basically the winners got their prizes posed for group photos that would be published in future issues of The Greenbelt News Review then left the area as soon as they could. The next two photos show what I won.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I won a $20 bill. Sweet!

After the awards ceremony, I felt so overheated that I wanted to get inside of a place with air conditioning. I needed to kill time until 4 p.m. when I could pick up my art from the art show. (Driving home then returning later would’ve been too risky since parking can be hard to find during the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.) So I went to the New Deal Cafe where I ordered a soda and sat down inside of an air conditioned building. I happened to bring my laptop with me and the cafe has free wi-fi so I killed some time by doing some web surfing.

When it was about a half-an-hour before I can pick up my art, I decided to make the slow walk towards the Greenbelt Community Center in the heat and humidity. I walked past the outdoor stage where the awards ceremony was held earlier. I saw an Elvis impersonator try to keep up with his performance despite the high heat and humidity. (You can literally see his shirt soaked with sweat in these photos.)

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I shot some photos of the carnival midway, which was mostly empty due to the high heat and humidity.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I decided to head over to the Bingo area to play the last few rounds of Bingo before the festival ended. The area was full of people despite the heat and humidity. The fact that the benches were placed under either a large shaded tree or under portable shaded tents helped with the attendance.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I played two rounds of Bingo before, once again, the heat bothered me too much. Here is a shot of the cards I played with during both games.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

By the time I felt overpowered by the heat, it was past 4 p.m. so I went inside of the Greenbelt Community Center, picked up my art from the art show, went over to my car, and drove home.

When I arrived home I found that I didn’t turn the air conditioning on and the home felt like a sauna. I remembered that I received a free medallion necklace from Beltway Plaza during the parade earlier this morning and the back of the medallion entitled me to a free small smoothie from the Bun Cafe in the mall.

I decided to drive to Beltway Plaza so I could spend a couple of hours inside of an air conditioned building. I got a piña colada flavored smoothie (which was alcohol-free) and I enjoyed it. I began to feel hungry so I went over to the Z Burger that had opened just a few months ago. That place had a chicken sandwich for only $4.99. Using that $20 bill I won at the awards ceremony just a few hours earlier, I purchased that chicken sandwich while using my Bun Cafe smoothie to drink with. It was a tasty dinner that I enjoyed. At least that meal made a perfect way to end a very hot and humid weekend at the 2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.

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I decided to blow off church that morning because I wanted to enter some of my work to the Retro Town Fair, which was held at the Greenbelt Museum as part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. I decided to focus on my crochet amigurumi creatures. I submitted my Sagittarius Dolly amigurumi who is now serving as this blog’s mascot.

You can read more about the making of this amigurumi (including the materials I used) right here.

I originally decided to submit just the Sagittarius Dolly amigurumi but, at the last minute, I decided to enter this amigurumi bunny I had made a few months ago.

You can learn more about the making of this bunny rabbit right here.

The night before I had an acid reflux attack in the middle of the night stemming from the fact that I was walking around in horrible heat prior to yesterday’s rainstorm that produced this lovely rainbow and that large cheese crab pretzel I ate for dinner didn’t help. So I didn’t get a good night’s sleep but I forced myself to consume diet soda so I could get enough caffeine to function despite the lack of sleep.

The Retro Town Fair accepted entries between 10-11 a.m. with the show running from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. I found that the free shuttle service going to and from the festival wasn’t starting until noon, which would’ve been too late to submit anything so I took the car down to the festival area early in the morning, where I had no problem with finding parking. (Mainly because I arrived before the festival started.) The weather was humid but it was in the low 80’s so it was barely tolerable for walking to the Greenbelt Museum. I shot these two photos on my way to the museum.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

For lunch I ate this Lebanese Mountain Bread with cheese that was from the booth of a new Lebanese restaurant that will be opening in Greenbelt soon called Cedars of Lebanon. It tasted delicious. It also agreed with my digestion system better than that cheese crab pretzel I ate for dinner the day before. I ate it at one of the tables outside the Greenbelt Makerspace.

After lunch I walked around. That day was the first day of the craft show where local artisans sold their wares.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The weather had also gotten worse. It went up to the high 90’s with very high humidity. Walking around the craft show in high heat reminded me of what happened five years ago when I participated in the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival craft show and it was the same kind of weather. It was such as disaster for me on a financial level that I vowed that I would never work that show again. Here is what this year’s craft show was like. Note the lack of shoppers.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I can understand what these vendors went through because I once had a similar experience myself.

Walking around the carnival midway area was like walking through Hades. I took one photo of this ride in action because it was just too hot to take extensive outdoor photos.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I attempted to play a round of Bingo since all of the picnic tables were moved to either underneath a large tree or there were portable folding shade tents erected around the tables. But even in the shade I couldn’t stand to play more than one round because the heat really got to me.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I felt so overheated that I decided to sit in the Greenbelt Library, which is usually open on Sundays. Except I saw a sign on the door saying that the library was closed on Sunday and Monday. So I walked next door to the Greenbelt Community Center where I just sat on a bench surfing the Internet with my smartphone. At least it was air conditioned. I was also totally exhausted. Normally I can walk around the festival with no problem at all. Thanks to the lack of sleep, the high heat, and high humidity, I felt like I had ran an marathon and I was feeling stiff all over.

I decided to walk over to the Greenbelt Museum a bit early so I can check out the Retro Town Fair and take advantage of the fact that it was free admission day. (The admission is usually $5 but I couldn’t resist the temptation of free admission.) So I arrived at the Retro Town Fair, which was held outside of the museum.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I came upon my own entries in the Retro Town Fair.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I found that both of my amigurumi pieces won a third place ribbon in the Needlework category, which was pretty awesome.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

After I toured the Retro Town Fair, I had time to kill so I decided to tour the Greenbelt Museum. I last toured the Greenbelt Museum back in 2012. It turned out to be an awkward experience because my husband had walked out on me late in 2011 (three days after Christmas and three months after I underwent hip surgery). I decided to tour that museum because I had lived in this area for many years and I had never visited that museum even though I live close to it. Plus it was offering free admission so I decided to go for it. I saw the initial introductory movie and the volunteer who was going to serve as my tour guide was coordinating with other volunteers regarding giving me the tour. One of them told my tour guide that a previous couple were almost done with touring the museum and they were going to leave in a couple of minutes.

As I documented in this blog post, at the moment when the tour guide and I arrived at the entrance to the door where the tour would begin, the door opened and it was none other than my husband and the woman he left me for holding hands. They saw me, said “Hi,” and walked past me quickly. I was shaken to the core and I remained shaken as the volunteer guide gave me a tour of the house. I couldn’t focus on the tour at all because of seeing my husband and that woman just nine months after he left me for her.

Last year a water main broke inside of the museum, which caused flooding. The flooring had to be replaced and some of the furniture had to be repaired. The museum was reopened just a few months ago. I decided to tour the museum again in order to see what the renovations were like plus I wanted to duck inside of the air conditioning for a bit while I waited for the Retro Town Fair to end so I could pick up my amigurumi pieces and my new third place ribbon.

This time I had joined a small tour group. We went inside and the volunteer tour guide initially led us inside of the living room but then she herded us inside of the adjacent kitchen because another group had just finished its tour and they were about ready to leave and they needed enough space for them to exit through the living room.

While the tour guide was showing us around the kitchen, I heard a familiar voice. At first I thought, “There’s no way that my ex-husband could be on a tour right before mine for the second time at the same museum.” I looked out the kitchen door and I saw my ex-husband and that other woman (whom he married just two months after our divorce was final in 2013) walk out the door. This time they didn’t see me because I was in the adjacent kitchen and they were walking fast.

I couldn’t believe that both times I took advantage of the free admission during the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, I saw my ex-husband. I’m definitely going to re-think the idea of visiting during free admission, because I really don’t want to keep on encountering my ex-husband nor his wife. Saving on the $5 admission fee isn’t really worth it if I have to continue seeing the Backstabbing Couple From Hell every single time.

Well, anyway, I wasn’t quite as shaken to the core this time as I was back in 2012. I know it’s because I had to get used to the fact that I’m now divorced and I’ll never reconcile with my ex-husband. (To be honest, I wouldn’t want to reconcile with him now that he has a proven track record of sexually preying on mentally ill women like the the woman who is now his second wife. If we were to somehow reunite, it would only take another mentally ill woman to move into our area before my ex would leave me for her and the whole drama would start all over again.)

During the tour I took some photos with my smartphone since there was all kinds of vintage furniture, magazines, and other vintage stuff. (This home has been made up to reconstruct what a 1930s home was like at the time that Greenbelt was founded as a planned community providing housing for low-income families at the height of the Great Depression.)

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The museum had this Eleanor Roosevelt cloth doll on sale in its gift shop.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Once the tour ended I hung around in the adjacent townhouse that the museum had recently acquired and it is currently in the process of turning into a new place for the gift shop as well as a place where workshops could be held. I socialized with one of the volunteers for a bit while I waited for the 4 p.m. closing of the Retro Town Fair so I could pick up my crocheted creatures.

The time finally came for the event to end so I picked up my crocheted creatures along with the third place ribbon and made the hot trek back to my car. It was a totally miserable walk with the sun bearing down on me along with the high heat and high humidity. I left the festival as soon as I could because I was so overheated and I was also stiff and sore. The heat made walking way more difficult than usual.

I made only one non-food purchase the entire weekend I was at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. I purchased a bar of soap at the craft show from a vendor known as Uncle Rick’s Natural Soap.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

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A Shot of a Ferris Wheel on the Day Before the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, August 30, 2018

Last year I attended the opening night of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival for the first time in my life. While I’ve attended previous festivals, I generally tended to blow off opening night and show up on the first full day of the festival.

This year I wasn’t able to attend opening night, mainly because I was helping out with a special project in Takoma Park where we were aiding a man who was required to do a job interview via a smartphone app. (I wrote a post about it because it was the first time I had ever heard of a job interview being conducted in this way. I have a feeling that doing a job interview via smartphone app is a harbinger of things to come for job seekers in the future.) So I reverted to previous years where I didn’t attend the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival for the first time until Saturday.

This time last year the weather was not only cooler than usual but it rained as well. For the first time ever I wore a hooded sweatshirt and long pants to the festival. This year it was completely the opposite, especially in the morning and early afternoon. The weather was cloudy, in the high 80’s, and the humidity was very thick. Just walking around the festival was a miserable experience and I grew tired pretty quickly.

I took the free shuttle over to the festival grounds where I saw that the Greenbelt City Hall had lowered its flags to half-staff to honor the recent passing of Senator John McCain.

Greenbelt #LaborDay Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 1, 2018.

Greenbelt #LaborDay Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 1, 2018. The flags were at half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain.

One new thing I noticed this year was the concrete barriers that had chalk art on them.

Greenbelt #LaborDay Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 1, 2018.

Greenbelt #LaborDay Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, September 1, 2018.

The Greenbelt Elementary School PTA had its used book sale, which was very popular as people shopped for bargains.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Saturday was Community Day where various local groups and businesses had their information booths where they gave out flyers, brochures, and sometimes free goodies like candy, pens, and pencils.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I shot the Chick-fil-A cow mascot.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The Old Greenbelt Theater had a poster for the movie that it was currently showing, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The Greenbelt Makerspace had its open house where it displayed its computers, robots, and various types of electronics and maker tools.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The carnival midway was lively as people ate food, went on the rides, and played some of the midway games.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

After a while the heat and humidity got to me so I ducked inside of the Greenbelt Community Center so I could cool off in the air conditioning. There is an art exhibition highlighting three local artists that’s currently going on until October. I really liked the art on display in that room so much that I took a few pictures. I especially liked the ones by Jim Doran because I found his skeleton and skull art so interesting and whimsical to look at.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The main reason why I was at the festival on Saturday was because I had entered this mixed-media piece in the Greenbelt Labor Day Art show called Robot in the Park.

I wrote a blog post about this piece a few months ago so I suggest clicking on this link if you want to learn about the story and the creative process behind this piece.

I submitted my work to the Greenbelt Labor Day Art Show early on Thursday evening before the festival began. One of the conditions of participating in this show is that I had to sign up for a one-hour volunteer shift sometime during the weekend. I signed up to work on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. so I had plenty of time to eat an early lunch, take the free shuttle to the festival grounds, and walk around a bit. I was even able to view the Greenbelt Labor Day Photography Show and the art show itself before my shift began. I found out that my piece had won a second place ribbon in the mixed-media category, which thrilled me. That ribbon meant that I could attend the award ceremony that was scheduled on Labor Day itself where I would collect my prize and receive public recognition.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

So I served my one-hour shift then I decided to walk around the festival some more. I found that the weather had cooled off a little bit so it made walking a bit more pleasant even though the humidity still remained high. I decided to sit at one of the tables outside the Greenbelt Makerspace where I sorted through the photos I had taken so far. At one point an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while stopped by and we chatted a bit. At that point the weather turned darker and I saw lightning flashes. It eventually started to rain. Fortunately I was underneath an awning so I could watch the rain while staying dry. At one point the sun came out so there was that unusual phenomenon of raining while it’s sunny at the same time. (When I was a kid, I used to be told that such weather meant that the devil was beating his wife.) When the rain started to taper off into a drizzle, a rainbow suddenly appeared.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

By the time the rainbow appeared I was hungry so I walked over to one of the food vendors where I ordered a large cheese crab pretzel. The weather had cooled off considerably and it was pleasant walking outside. The only downside was that it was wet everywhere from the rain so I walked back to the tables under the Greenbelt Makerspace awning and consumed my dinner there. I resumed sorting through the photos I had taken that day until night fell. I walked over to another food booth where I ordered a vanilla ice cream cone with a chocolate dip top and ate that. I also took a few night photos of the festival.

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

I didn’t stay long because my body had grown tired from walking around the festival in high humidity earlier and it was hard finding a dry place to sit due to the rain. I decided to pick up the next free shuttle bus and head home.

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2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 2, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 3, 2018
2018 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 3, 2018
The Day After the End of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 4, 2018

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I currently have a piece on display at an art show that’s currently being held at my church. The theme of this art show is based on the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. This show is scheduled to run until October. The best times to see this art show is during the coffee hour following the end of Sunday service (which is usually between 11:15-11:30 a.m.) and anytime that the church is opened to the public for some event. For other times you can contact the church office at (301) 937-3666 for to make special arrangements to view the art show. Here’s the venue where you can see my recent work:

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church
3215 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1097
Phone: (301) 937-3666
Email: churchadmin@pbuuc.org
Website: pbuuc.org

This week I’ve been submitting some recent work that will be displayed in three upcoming shows starting this Saturday (which is also the Labor Day holiday weekend). Here’s a quick rundown of the shows where you can see my work on display.

This Saturday I will have my mixed-media piece on display a the Greenbelt Labor Day Art Show, which is held as part of the larger Greenbelt Labor Day Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland. The art show will be located in the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland and there will be signs marking where the art show is located. Here are the hours where you can view the art show:

  • Saturday, September 1 from 1-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 2 from 1-6 p.m.
  • Monday, September 3 from 1-4 p.m.

The one condition for participating in this show is that I’m required to serve a one-hour volunteer shift sometime during the weekend. I’m signed up for the 2-3 p.m. shift this Saturday so if you want to see me in person, just come on by. I’ll be volunteering at the adult art show so you can find me there. (There is also a children’s art show and a photography show that will be happening simultaneously and all three shows are being held in the same area of the Greenbelt Community Center.)

Visit the official site for more information about the art show or the festival in general.

This Sunday I will be displaying this blog’s new mascot (whose photo you can see in the masthead at the top) at the Retro Town Fair, which is also held as part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. You can check out my little Sagittarius Dolly in person. The Retro Town Fair will be held outside of the Greenbelt Museum, 10B Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland on Sunday, September 2 from 1-4 p.m. Visit the official site for more information about the Retro Town Fair or the festival in general.

This Sunday will also be the official debut of this new art show that my church congregation is putting on and I have a piece in there as well. (I plan on writing a new post about this piece sometime after Labor Day.) Unlike the other two events, this art show will last until sometime in mid or late October. The best times to see this art show is during the coffee hour following the end of Sunday service (which is usually between 11:15-11:30 a.m.) and anytime that the church is opened to the public for some event. For other times you can contact the church office at (301) 937-3666 for to make special arrangements to view the art show. Here’s the venue where you can see my recent work:

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church
3215 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1097
Phone: (301) 937-3666
Email: churchadmin@pbuuc.org
Website: www.pbuuc.org

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