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On Pearl Harbor Day I decided to check out the reception for the 10 x 10 art show that took place at the Pyramid Art Atlantic Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. All of the art on display had to be no bigger than 10 inches x 10 inches and all the work on display was available for sale for only $50 per piece. I didn’t buy anything because of tight finances but I was able to enjoy the art that was on display that night.

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

In addition to the 10 x 10 art on display, there were other types of art on display, such as this 3D piece made from metal.

10 x 10 Show, December 7, 2018

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While I was checking out the Festival of Lights Holiday Market in Greenbelt, Maryland, there was also this free event that took place called Artful Afternoon where people of all ages could make their own Christmas ornaments. There were two options I could choose from to make an ornament. I chose to make a Norwegian-style paper ornament that’s in the shape of a woven heart. This ornament was the harder of the two craft projects but I like a little challenge so I went for it.

I took a piece of paper with two ovals printed on them. I drew a pattern on one of them using red and green markets. I decided to draw a few Zentangle patterns.

Once I finished drawing, I followed the instructions where I cut out the two ovals and wove them together. Here is the final result.

I ended up brining this ornament to the annual Holiday Warm-Up Party at my church where we decorated the tree as part of the festivities. I put my ornament on the tree and it looked really nice.

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The first weekend in December was pretty packed for me. On Saturday I went to the Festival on the Green in Crofton mainly because a recruiter was supposed to be in the area collecting resumes only to end up being a no-show. I drove home along the back roads because of the ugly combination of bad traffic and rain and I ended up stopping at the Bowie Public Library because I decided to ride out the storm.

Once the rain had slowed to a mist I managed to drive to Greenbelt where I went to day one of the Festival of Lights Holiday Market where I ran into a few friends. I waited until the second and final day to take pictures because the Greenbelt Farmers Market was having the last market for 2018 and all of the vendors were selling Christmas-related items outside while more crafters were selling their wares at the nearby Greenbelt Community Center indoors. I took all of the photos at the outdoor market because I liked the natural decorations that were on sale.

Festival of Lights Holiday Farmer's Market

Festival of Lights Holiday Farmer's Market

Festival of Lights Holiday Farmer's Market

Festival of Lights Holiday Farmer's Market

Festival of Lights Holiday Farmer's Market

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My group for people who are separated or divorced was having a vendor sale where local vendors (some of whom are fellow group members) were selling their wares. They did this in conjunction with the Festival on the Green that was held at the Crofton Country Club located next door to the church where the vendor sale took place (and the same place where weekly meetings are held). Since money is extremely tight with me these days, I thought about skipping it until I received an email saying that they had gotten a recruiter to take part in this. He was collecting resumes because there were supposedly a bunch of places that were looking to hire people, especially in IT. When I learned about that recruiter, I decided to go there because I was curious to see if there is any kind of full-time work that’s available.

I had intended to spend no more than an hour in Crofton—just long enough to drop off my resume, speak with the recruiter, take a brief tour of the vendor sale and the Festival on the Green, then leave. It’s partly because the weather forecast called for rain and it’s partly because I had intended to go to another festival that’s closer to my home because I have a few friends who were vending there and I wanted to say hi to them. So I arrived at the vendor sale and I found out that everyone else had arrived except for the recruiter. The organizers of that vendor sale had said that they texted the recruiter and he texted back that he would be arriving soon but he didn’t know when. So I decided to kill some time by checking out the vendor sale, where I purchased just a couple of someone’s home-baked cookies and ate them. Then I walked over to the Festival on the Green next door and took a few pictures of what I saw there.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There was someone selling LuLaRoe clothes from a small blue bus. Just a few days after I took that photo I learned that someone had alleged in court that LuLaRoe is on the brink of collapse.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

I saw an 18-inch doll (I couldn’t tell if she was an American Girl or a competitor’s doll) with crocheted hats and scarves made for 18-inch dolls.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There were heaters and fire pits that were designed to keep people warm as they shopped around the various booths. (It was not only cloudy but it was around in the 40’s as well.)

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

The Grinch showed up along with the Chick-fil-A cow dressed up as Santa Claus.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There was a variety of arts and crafts available that one could buy. I could only look since money is pretty tight with me these days.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There was an art truck parked where people can see the paintings on sale.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There was another truck known as Tin Lizzy that sold fair trade clothing.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There was a hands-on demonstration of remote control race cars, which was a huge hit with the kids.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

There were a variety of food trucks, some of which had unique decorations.

Festival on the Green, December 1, 2018

I ended up eating a $4 bacon and cheese empanada that I purchased from one food truck along with a bag of Utz potato chips and a can of Diet Coke that I purchased from another truck. (I paid a total of $7, which is cheap by eating out standards.) By the time I purchased what I ate for lunch, it started to drizzle. I went back to my car and ate lunch there. After I finished I decided to go back to the church to see if the recruiter had arrived. It turned out that the recruiter still hadn’t arrived. I hung around and socialized with a few fellow members whom I haven’t seen in a while. (I haven’t been going to meetings lately due partly to tight finances and partly because the topics of those meetings tend to repeat and I’ve sat in on some topics at least three or times previously.)

I decided to wait until 1 p.m. for the recruiter, since the support group’s vendor sale as supposed to end at 2 p.m. (The Festival on the Green itself ran until 4 p.m.) So I waited and the guy ended up being a no-show and it started to rain harder outside. I gave up and decided to drive towards home. The rain grew so heavy that I decided to drive along the back roads because I just didn’t want to deal with the crazy assholes who speed in any weather on the interstate highways. When I hit Bowie I became more nervous because of the weather so I ended up stopping at the Bowie Library. It was the first time I had ever stepped inside and I took pictures, which I’ll write about in my next post.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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