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I attended this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. On the first day (May 13) I arrived shortly before the festival closed down for the day mainly because I had spent the bulk of the day walking the Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour. I still managed to take a few photos.

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The following day was more sunny and it was a warm pleasant day. Plus it was Mother’s Day on top of it. I spent the bulk of my day at the festival where I took these photos.

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Makerspace 125 had its giant box full of Legos for any child to play with.

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While the outdoor festival was winding down, the festival moved indoors to the New Deal Cafe. The band Kiva closed the 2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival with their show.

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2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I only purchased one thing for myself that weekend: a bar of honey rose-scented goat milk soap that was made by Natural Image Botanicals.

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Last May I was briefly involved with a startup that was test-marketing disposable jumpsuits that were pre-treated with Sawyer Permethrin spray at the annual Loudon Lyme 10K/5K/1K Fun Run. I basically did administrative work (including helping with designing flyers, doing online research into filing for trademarks, and manually spraying each disposable jumpsuit with Sawyer Permethrin). During the course of my two weeks with that startup, I was convinced to write a blog post in this very blog about that startup instead of getting a separate blogging account just for that startup. (I was unable to get the owner/founder to devote any time to setting up that blog. In addition, he insisted on using my Square card reader that’s connected to my PayPal account because he couldn’t be bothered with getting a separate Square card reader/PayPal account for that startup.)

At one point he accused me of being secretive and he said that I couldn’t help it because of my birth order. The reason for that accusation: I hadn’t used my Square card reader in a while (due to the fact that I had to cut back on selling my handcrafted goodies at various shows because of declining sales after the 2008 economic crash) so, ON HIS REQUEST, I was silently trying to figure out how it worked. According to him, I was “secretive” because I didn’t orally announce within his earshot “I’m going to do Option A. If that doesn’t work I’m going to try Option B” and so on.

There were more incidents like that but I’m not going to get into any of them since I wrote all about it last year.

Ironically today is the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Loudon Lyme event. (This year’s event was just held on May 7. No, I didn’t attend this year.) A day or two after that event, the startup’s founder sent me a text message asking me what should have been done differently. I replied that maybe we should’ve started with a smaller run of 10-20 jumpsuits to test market instead of 60 jumpsuits we attempted to sell. That was when he sent me a multi-part text message accusing me of being into self-sabotage. (Never mind the fact that he was the one who didn’t register for a vendor booth and had this unrealistic expectation of selling stuff from backpacks.) This was on top of the fact that I was paid for the first couple of days I worked for him but the payments stopped because the founder had plowed the bulk of the startup money into getting 60 jumpsuits and Sawyer Permethrin.

I finally walked away from that startup a day or two after he accused me of being into self-sabotage when he sent another text asking me to show up at a few upcoming Lyme disease related events selling those jumpsuits from out of backpacks. (He didn’t register for vendor booths at those events either.) Between the self-sabotage insult and the fact that I wasn’t paid the rest of the money I was owed for the work I had done, I realized that I had no future with this startup. I wrote a retraction post where I announced that I would no longer write about work that I’m doing for other people in this blog until after the work was finished or there was some kind of a closure.

The startup founder eventually paid me the rest of the money he owed me last November. Granted six months is a long time to wait for a paycheck but at least he paid so I thought I had some closure on this startup.

But then there was new drama earlier this year when the founder had decided to try reviving the Sawyer Permethrin-sprayed jumpsuit idea on a Facebook page using a selfie I took of myself wearing one of the jumpsuits without asking permission first or even trying to get me to sign a release. I didn’t hear any further from my ex-boss for a while after that incident.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I spent the entire day basking in the sunshine while attending the annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival (which I’ll write about in a future post). I had brought my laptop with me so, from time to time, I posted some of my pictures from the previous day’s Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour (which I’ll also write about in a future post) on to various social media sites like Facebook. I saw a lot of people writing online Mother’s Day greetings and posting pictures of mothers with their children. Imagine my surprise when my ex-boss posted something outrageous on Facebook where he not only accused his sister of doing something horrible to their mother but he even posted personal information about her that should never have been posted online. I took a screenshot of that post, which you can see below. I edited out the personal information but you can still get an idea of what he wrote.

He not only named his sister but he posted her personal phone number and encouraged anyone who read that post on Facebook to call that number. In a nutshell, this post says a lot more about him than his sister. That post reminded me of last year’s Square card reader incident when he accused me of being secretive (and my birth order only confirmed his suspicion) because I didn’t verbally announce “I’m going to do Option A…”

What’s more, he immediately made this one comment where he only linked to the notorious documentary Grey Gardens. (For the record, I have never seen that documentary. I did see the made for HBO movie that featured Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the dysfunctional mother-daughter pair back when I was still happily married and we still had cable TV.) It’s like he’s cryptically implying that his mother is trapped into a similar dysfunctional relationship with his sister (I think but I don’t know what is going on inside that man’s head). That is so reminiscent of when he cryptically sent me that text asking for feedback on what we could’ve done differently at the Loudon Lyme event, I provided a straightforward opinion, and he responded with that multipart text saying that it was really a trick question because he expected me to write about my own mistakes and he accused me of being into self-sabotage.

Because of my past dealings with him, I’m not inclined to immediately side with him or even accept his version of events—especially since I have never met his sister or his mother. It’s possible that his sister is a total elder-abusing bitch but it’s also possible that she’s not doing anything wrong and it’s her brother who has issues with her for some reason that is none of my business.

If he has concerns about how his sister is taking care of their mother, he should seek legal advice from a lawyer instead of making that nasty post on Facebook urging anyone who sees that post to call his sister (regardless of whether that person even knows the sister or not).

If his sister ever finds that post, all she has to do is take a screenshot of that post, print it out, show it to a lawyer, and he could end up getting sued for things like libel, slander, and invasion of privacy.

Last night I sent an email about that post to a friend of mine, who was the one who recommended me for that job in the first place, because he is still housemates with my ex-boss and he rarely goes on Facebook these days. (Twitter is his preferred social media platform.) I wanted to warn him because there’s the chance that he may end up being indirectly involved with this drama, especially if his housemate’s sister decides to go by their house to confront her brother in person. He basically thanked me for alerting him to this.

I’m still looking for a new day job to replace that startup. (I’ve been applying to various temp agencies and employment agencies to no avail.) At least I have an unedited version of that screenshot that I could show to any hiring manager or recruiter who wanted to know more about that startup and why I had quit it after only two weeks because it basically proves what kind of person I was dealing with as my boss when I worked there. What’s more I can prove it using his own words that he wrote himself on Facebook.

Mothers' Day

Here’s a special shoutout to all you mothers out there. Enjoy your special day!

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I spent part of the Mother’s Day weekend at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival. Earlier this month I made an allusion to showing off a new product that I modeled on behalf of a new startup. Basically the startup’s first product is a jumpsuit that’s been pretreated with Sawyer Permethrin so one can go hiking, camping, gardening, and other types of outdoor activities without worrying about being bitten by ticks and mosquitos (both of which carry nasty diseases like Lyme and Zika). I posted a selfie while wearing one of those suits. I was also given packaged suits to carry around with me to sell as I walked around the festival ground.

I didn’t sell any suits. Most of the people I spoke with said that they weren’t into camping or money was tight. But the suit I was wearing did get people to open up to me about Lyme disease because they mentioned that they have a friend or relative who’s struggling with this devastating illness. I even had a longtime friend admit to me that she currently has Lyme disease. I knew that she had health issues, which have affected her mobility, but they never got specific as to the cause until she saw me wear that jumpsuit with a sign affixed to the back saying “Ask Me About Permethrin-Treated Disposable Jumpsuit.”

I wore the suit on the first day of the festival while I walked around taking pictures.

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Like I wrote earlier I didn’t make any sales on those permethrin-treated jumpsuits. What was worse was that I saw The Backstabbing Couple From Hell (a.k.a. my ex-husband and his mentally ill second wife who used to be a friend of mine until I found out she wasn’t such a good friend). I left the festival about an hour before closing time because I grew tired of seeing them walking around acting all happy. (I have no idea if they are really happy or not and I don’t care.)

The following day I was scheduled to be a substitute teacher for the English language classes my church offers to recent immigrants on Sunday afternoons. I ended up skipping Sunday morning service so I could check out some of Greenbelt Green Man Festival. I didn’t wear the jumpsuit on the second day because I was only there about an hour and a half at the most and I went straight to church for the English classes. I took a few photos of the second day of the festival.

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I bought just two items at this weekend’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. One was a pendant made from recycled dominos that features an image of Edgar Allan Poe.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The other was a t-shirt featuring an image of Jesus riding on the back of a dinosaur.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Anyway that’s it for this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival.

UPDATE (June 25, 2016): You can read about why I’m no longer involved with that startup for whom I was selling those jumpsuits at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival right here.

Mothers' Day

Here’s a special shoutout to all you mothers out there. Enjoy your special day!

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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On the way to my scheduled appointment with my therapist, I discovered that I needed to get some gas. So I stopped off at this gas station on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland that had something else parked there as well. It’s a vintage circa 1940’s-1950’s RV camper that has been converted to a food truck that serves fajitas and subs.

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I was scheduled to meet up with a friend after my therapy session ended. I had something that belonged to him and I decided to return it while he was working at his job at the public library in nearby Takoma Park. On the way to meet my friend, I saw this gorgeous flowering dogwood tree that I couldn’t resist photographing.

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The weather was raining on and off throughout the entire day. On the way home I saw a very faint rainbow that was pretty wimpy compared to other rainbows I’ve seen in the past. I attempted to photograph it but it didn’t show up too well. (I tried to darken the picture in Photoshop but it barely showed up.) However I was able to capture this really dramatic cloud formation over the sky.

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Mothers' DayDid you know that Mother’s Day originally started as a way of raising awareness on the importance of sanitation and promote the cause of world peace? Here’s an interesting history on the origins of Mother’s Day that’s worth a read. And, speaking of peace, here’s a free toolkit for white moms trying to raise conscious kids, which is very timely considering what happened in Baltimore recently.

Even though I said last year that I would never sell my crafts at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival ever again, I still participated in this year’s festival in a very different capacity. For the past few months I’ve been active in a new group called the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator and the idea is to bring green-oriented worker cooperatives to Greenbelt that would be jobs that actually paid a living wage. I’ve been doing it because 1) I like the concept and 2) I’m hoping to eventually snag a paying job that would be more steady than selling my original arts and crafts. (Even if it falls through, I’ll at least have something to put on my resume that may impress others that I’m capable of doing more than data entry, which is what I’ve done in the past.)

So I volunteered to sit for nearly two hours at the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator table on the first day of the festival from 9-11:30 a.m. Actually working that table was way less stressful than last year when I had to haul my own stuff and be on duty for seven hours on both days no matter what the weather was. Table, chairs, and a canopy were provided and much it was set up by the time I arrived around 9 a.m.

When I arrived at the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator table around 9 a.m. on the first day of the festival, this is what it looked like.

Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator

Things were relatively quiet for the first 20 minutes until another person came by the table with banner making supplies that she purchased during a shopping run to Staples and asked me to quickly create a banner.

Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator

So I spent the bulk of my time at the table laying out and sticking letters to the banner. Fortunately there weren’t a lot of people that early in the morning so I was able to cover the flyers so I could lay the banner out. The resulting banner wasn’t bad considering that I created it very quickly.

Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator

That banner hung from the canopy for the rest of the weekend until the festival ended.

Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator

By the time I finished working on the banner and hung it up, my shift at the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator table ended. My shift also ended just in time for the start of the festival’s opening ceremony which included invoking the Green Man’s spirit at a small altar and a group of people dancing around a young mother holding her baby.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Opening Ceremony

There was a display featuring live farm animals that was put up by Edie’s Place, which describes itself as “an eco-therapeutic farm”. It was also promoting a Farmers’ Market in nearby Glenn Dale that’s going on every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

On the first day of the festival there were chickens.

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The chickens were replaced by some ducklings on the second day of the festival.

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Sharing the pen with the birds on both days of the festival were a pair of Nigerian dwarf goats.

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Farm Animals at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival

 

You can tell that this year is the mid-term elections in many states throughout the United States, including Maryland. Heather Mizeur is running for Governor as an environmentalist and progressive Democrat. No matter what the election outcome will be, Heather Mizeur has already made history as the first openly lesbian to run for Maryland Governor.

Heather Mizeur Table at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Heather Mizeur Table at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Heather Mizeur Table at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Heather Mizeur Table at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

 

I caught up with a friend of mine, Tina Van Pelt, who was selling her handcrafted fused glass jewelry through her studio Profusions of Glass. Here is some of her work that she had on sale during the Greenbelt Green Man Festival.

Fused Glass on Sale at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Fused Glass on Sale at the 2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Here is the rest of the photos that I shot at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival. There was a lot of music and a lot of dancing. There were plenty of vendors selling food and handcrafted goodies of all kinds. There were children’s activities. There were educational tables. The first day was rainy and there weren’t a lot of people there. The second day was sunny and warm (which was perfect weather since the second day of the festival also fell on Mother’s Day). You can guess which photos I took on which days by looking at the sky and the pavement.

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2014 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Mothers' Day

Here’s to all you mothers out there! 🙂

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