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I live not too far away from Buddy Attick Park, where Greenbelt Lake is located. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that a park that is in my local area has made NBC4’s list of the Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the DC Area. So over a few days I took some photos of the fall foliage along the lake. I took the bulk of the photos in the afternoon but there were a few that I took at sunset.

For years I have heard that there is something magical about going to New England during the fall to see the fall foliage there. Having been there a few times during the fall (most recently in 2010) I have to say that, yes, the leaves are very pretty there this time of the year. I know there’s a certain romance with seeing the fall foliage in New England with all of its shades of green, yellow, red, and orange. But the foliage where I live are just as nice as what I saw in New England and I don’t have to deal with getting hotel reservations (which can be very hard to come by in the New England region this time of the year) or traveling there.

In any case, here are my photos of the fall foliage along Greenbelt Lake in Buddy Attick Park. Enjoy!

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I decided to attend a Christmas bazaar that was held at a local Catholic church known as St. Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt, Maryland. I’ve been by that building numerous times but I recently noticed something I hadn’t noticed before: A giant crucifix. That crucifix is surrounded by tree leaves in their total autumn splendor.

Here’s a shot of the church basement where the bazaar was held. There was a Christmas-themed setup on the stage.

When I walked outside again I noticed the fall leaves on the ground, which provided a variety of colors.

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Here is the last of the Halloween posts for this blog. I meant to write this sooner but I got distracted by Inktober, the recent midterm elections, and a lot of other things that are currently going on in my life.

My local Unitarian Universalist congregation, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, decided to hold an all-ages Halloween celebration on the Sunday before Halloween. It started with an all-ages Sunday service. There were two choirs who performed. One was the children’s choir, which was all decked out in Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

The other was the adult choir, where everyone also wore Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

After the service ended there was the usual social hour. There were a few adults who also wore costumes, like this Jurassic Park-themed one, complete with a baby raptor dinosaur breaking out of an egg.

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

While the social hour was going on I was busy with decorating my car trunk for Trunk or Treat. Here is what it looked like this year.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Here are the photos I shot of other people’s decorated car trunks.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

There were games for children to play and there was lunch served as well. There were people of all ages walking around in costumes.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I tried my hand at decorating a skull-shaped sugar cookie. I struggled with the icing because it was a bit on the hard side.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

This was the best I could do for decorating my skull cookie.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I also shot a video of the day’s festivities including the costume parade, which went on during the Sunday service.

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Here is one of my belated Halloween posts for this year. I wasn’t able to write about this sooner because of Inktober, the midterm elections, and the fact that I had a lot of other things currently going on in my life.

Greenbelt Lake is a manmade lake that was originally created as part of the planned town of Greenbelt, Maryland during the Great Depression. Later on some homes were built along Greenbelt Lake. The lake has a walking path surrounding it so one can walk around the lake and see the backyards of these lakefront homes. One lakefront homeowner decided to do something special for Halloween by turning his home into a Halloween house.

The front of the home is located on Maplewood Court facing the street. You’ll know you’ve arrived at the Halloween house when you see these giant decorations on the front lawn.

Sure this homeowner has a lot of decorations in the front but the real fun is in the backyard. Like I wrote earlier, one can only access the backyard by going to Buddy Attick Park (where Greenbelt Lake is located) and take the walking path around the lake. While you’re on your way to the back of the Halloween house, you can always take in some lovely fall foliage along the lake.

You know you come upon the back of the Halloween house when you start seeing the decorations next to the walking path.

These decorations are not silent static decorations. Some of them move and talk. I shot this video demonstrating the decorations as they are moving and talking.

Halloween has long since passed this year and I’m sure that the homeowner has packed the decorations away by now. Next year it will all be back with the various goblins, ghosts, ghouls, witches, zombies, black cats, spiders, and other Halloween creatures waiting to greet those who walk, jog, or bike along Greenbelt Lake.

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It’s been a few months since I wrote a post about The Campfire Sessions that are held once a month at The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland. I’ve attended a few other Campfire Sessions since March but I basically just attended the shows without taking photos or shooting videos. And there were a couple of sessions that I either skipped entirely or I only showed up briefly towards the end because I had a scheduling conflict.

Last month’s Campfire Session promised to be Halloween-themed so I decided to show up and start shooting photos and videos.

The first performer featured was a performing act known as Mystr Treefrog. I shot a few photos of the duo.

I also shot a short video of Mystr Treefrog.

If you like Mystr Treefrog’s music, you can check out the rest of the songs right here.

The next act was a woman known as Sad Veiled Bride. She played an electric ukulele, which made her unique. She also performed in front of a screen where video footage of various images play behind her while she played. Here are a few photos of her set.

I also shot video footage of her set. I basically shot more footage of Sad Veiled Bride than anyone else who performed that night mainly because of the videos that were playing behind her while she performed.

If you like Sad Veiled Bride’s music, you can check out some more stuff from her right here.

Sam Cooper performed the third and final set of the evening. He stood out from the performers for his Halloween-themed suit that he wore on stage, which was black with a pattern of jack o’lanterns.

I also shot a short video of Sam Cooper performing onstage.

If you like Sam Cooper’s music, you can check out some more songs from him right here.

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A fundraiser event for Ben Jealous took place at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland nearly a month ago. I only held off on writing about this because I was waiting for this video to be made then uploaded. I was also distracted by taking part in Inktober and a side project that I’m still currently involved in. Since tomorrow is the midterms elections, I finally decided that it’s time for me to write a post about this since no one will care after the polls close tomorrow.

Here’s the gist: A day-long fundraising concert was being held at the New Deal as a benefit for Ben Jealous’ campaign to become the next governor of Maryland. It started out with being a typical concert with local acts performing.

In the middle of the concert a music video touting Ben Jealous was shot. Here’s some background, a couple of years ago a musical duo known as The Bachelor and the Bad Actress made a music video at the same venue called “Be a Believer” and it was about Bernie Sanders and his ill-fated candidacy for president of the U.S. I took part in making that video and I had a blast making it, even though my own appearance in that video was no more than two or three seconds (and you’d have to strain hard to see me wearing a flying pig hat that I purchased when I was a vendor at the Pigtown Festival in Baltimore back in 2010).

A few days before the Ben Jealous event I saw a notice on Facebook from The Bachelor and The Bad Actress saying that another music video was going to be shot in the middle of that concert and they needed people. Apparently they were going to use that same song “Be a Believer” and they were going to alter some of the lyrics so it’ll be about Ben Jealous instead of Bernie Sanders. I showed up wearing the same flying pig hat but I wore a different shirt because it was a relatively warm day that day. Here’s a selfie of me in the bathroom wearing that hat.

So I waited patiently until it was time for the music video to start filming. While I was there I shot this short video of a drumming jam session featuring this little girl who was dancing to the rhythm.

Eventually those of us who were participated in the video were instructed to walk outside to the front of the cafe where we did a brief rehearsal of that song then we walked back inside. At one point the candidate himself, Ben Jealous, showed up where he gave a brief speech.

His running mate, Susie Turnbull also showed up and she jointed Ben Jealous on stage.

Susie Turnbull gave her own speech.

Ben Jealous had another engagement so he left. But Susie Turnbull stuck around and she even joined in when it came time to shooting that video, which was pretty cool. The video was eventually uploaded only to Facebook but I somehow missed that notice. For whatever reason, no one had gotten around to uploading it on to YouTube and Facebook doesn’t have a way that anyone can embed its videos into this blog. Just click here to view the music video for “Be a Believer” featuring Susie Turnbull. (If you look hard enough, you could see me wearing that flying pig hat in the background but, like the earlier video, I’m hard to spot.)

I left the New Deal Cafe after the video shoot ended. As I walked outside, I saw Susie Turnbull meeting with a few locals where they expressed their concerns to her.

The next day I saw these signs and masks in the New Deal Cafe window.

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Dancing Skeleton

Today is the first day of the two-day Mexican holiday known as El Día de los Muertos in the original Spanish but it gets translated into English as Day of the Dead. A few nights ago I was eating dinner at the Three Brothers Pizza place located in Beltway Plaza Mall in Greenbelt, Maryland when I noticed that someone had put up an Ofrenda altar.

The altar is dedicated to the original founder of the restaurant, who passed away not too long ago.

This year I attended the Oktoberfest celebration that’s held at the St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church in Greenbelt, Maryland. I generally like the food and it’s a festive atmosphere. I took a few photos but I didn’t take many this year mainly because I took photos for this blog in 2014 and 2017 and, to be honest, there haven’t been any major differences in the decorations as previous years.

The food is as good as always. There was an incident where I went to the table so I could order a drink. I decided to purchase a soda because I wasn’t into drinking beer that night. (I know it sounds sacrilegious to not drink beer at an Oktoberfest celebration but I’ve been consuming far less alcohol ever since my husband left me, especially if I’m driving because I just don’t want to get into any kind of drunk driving-related drama with the authorities.) So I ordered a Diet Coke and the guy who was working the table began to grouse over the fact that he had to get up and walk just a few feet further in the back to get a soda instead of pouring beer from a keg that was located next to his chair. If he had been smiling and laughing when he said this, I would have assumed that he was kidding. But he seemed grouchy and I decided that this Diet Coke would be the only beverage I would order that night because I just didn’t want to deal with this guy.

So I ate the food and enjoyed it. (I ordered the Cardinal Wuerl’s Platter, which had two Nurnberger sausages, a side order of sauerkraut, and a slice of rye bread.) Once again they had an accordion player provide the music. He played a lot of ABBA songs. Last year I shot this video where he played his ABBA repertoire.

For this year I focused on photographing the dancers in their traditional German outfits. The guy in the next two photos was the emcee for that evening. I really liked his fancy outfit he wore.

I took a few photos of the dancers before they began their performance.

I also shot a short video of the German dancers in action.

Once the German dancers finished their performance, there was a section where the general audience was invited to dance along with the German dancers. I was alone and I wasn’t interested in dancing with a total stranger so I was satisfied with just watching. But then the emcee said that people should be paired as man and woman because, as he said, “that’s the way God intended.” Okay, I know that I was in the basement of a Catholic church and the church isn’t exactly tolerant of LGBTQ people. But I still was taken aback by what he said because it just seemed inappropriate to mention what God may or may not intended when it’s supposed to be a fun occasion.

That emcee would freak out if he had ever attended any of the dances and parties at my Unitarian Universalist church where men dance with women, men dance with men, and women dance with women and no one bats an eye at the same-sex couple dancing.

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Last year I checked out a new shopping center that was built on top of a former farm that was once owned by descendants of the original Lord Baltimore, George Calvert (who founded what eventually became the state of Maryland). At the time the only stores that were really in business were a Whole Foods Market and a Starbucks. I shot some photos because I noticed that the developer chose to keep the one remaining structure that hints at the shopping center’s former use as a farm—a giant icehouse. In addition, there was this really cool statue of a big blue bear that was erected.

I haven’t been back until recently and that’s because there was a used book sale that was happening there and I decided to check it out. Since my last visit the place has expanded.

In front of the shopping center there is now this really interesting statue of what looks like two figures seated close in a ball position facing each other.

The details of each figure shows the fact that the figure is made up of symbols.

Like I wrote before, the only remaining structure from the shopping center’s early days as a farm is this giant brick icehouse. The developer has since added an airplane whose propellor constantly rotates.

A few new businesses have opened at Riverdale Park Station, such as this Gold’s Gym in the next photo.

The statue of the giant blue bear is still there. In fact, the area where the bear is located is now known as Bear Square.

The used book sale took place in Bear Square just a few feet away from the bear statue. I browsed through the books but I didn’t find anything that appealed to me so I ended up not buying anything.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “clock.” I decided to do this drawing of this famous Baltimore landmark—the Bromo Seltzer Clock Tower.

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