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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.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

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.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I attended a benefit concert featuring my friends The Bachelor and the Bad Actress at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland. It was a fundraiser to help pay off the medical bills of the Bachelor’s sister. (Even though she has health insurance, the hospital bills were still very expensive.) Here’s a photo of the duo on stage.

Here’s a short video I shot of the couple.

I purchased a pack of mozzarella cheese sticks featuring the characters from the Disney movie Frozen because it was on sale. (I was more interested in the cheese than how the package was decorated.) I have to admit that the outside package was cute.

Look at what I found on sale at Giant today-- #Frozen mozzarella cheese sticks. #Anna #Elsa #Disney #AnnaandElsa

It was worth buying just so I can see what the design on individually wrapped cheese sticks looked like. Like all cheese stick packages the wrapper is perforated so one can separate the individual cheese sticks. But the package is cuter when it is still in one piece because you can see Olaf the snowman do some serious photobombing on each of the cheese stick (which each feature one of the main characters from that movie).

Look at what I found on sale at Giant today-- #Frozen mozzarella cheese sticks. #Anna #Elsa #Disney #AnnaandElsa

On a different note, I recently saw the band Snakehead Run perform its blues set at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Snakehead Run

I had quite a day on September 25. A few hours after going to the Silver Spring Maker Faire I rested for a few hours and ate dinner. Then I headed over to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland where I caught a live performance by a band from Belarus known as Stary Olsa. This band dresses in medieval folk dress and perform songs in the style of traditional Eastern European folk music. What’s really cool is that they perform songs by bands like The Beatles in this style and their classic rock covers are so interesting to listen to. Stary Olsa has gained such a following that they even have their own Wikipedia page.

This band was incredible to listen to in person. I stuck around for a bit despite the fact that I learned that The Backstabbing Couple From Hell (a.k.a. my ex-husband and my onetime friend whom he screwed around with while I was recovering from hip surgery and he married despite her severe mental illness) were also at the show. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m currently broke, I definitely would’ve purchased one of their CD’s that they had for sale at the show.

Here are couple of photos from that show, one of which you can see the band in their medieval outfits and the traditional Belarusian instruments they played at the show.

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I shot a few videos of the band doing those classic rock covers. They are amazing to listen to. Here is their cover of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

They did a traditional Belarus tune that literally had people dancing in the audience.

Here is Stary Olsa’s amazing cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Last, but not least, here is Stary Olsa doing a blistering cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, which proves that folk musical instruments can kick ass just as much as electric guitars.

Last Sunday the New Deal Cafe, a cooperatively-owned coffeehouse located in the heart of Greenbelt, Maryland, celebrated its 20th anniversary by having a non-stop roster of bands performing. I was busy helping out at my church’s social action project (which consists of offering English language lessons to recent immigrants on Sunday afternoon) so I didn’t arrive until late. It was so crowded and all of the seats were taken so I didn’t stay long. I took a few brief photos before I left.

New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration
New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration

New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration
New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration

New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration
New Deal Cafe 20th Anniversary Celebration

Last year I participated in the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade for the first time and I still remembered that it was a very hot and humid day. I did it on behalf of the Greenbelt Cooperative Initiative, which is trying to start a few worker-owned cooperatives. (At the time I was tasked with potentially starting a thrift store. When I had problems with finding affordable space, the group suggested that I try running a flea market instead. I not only found difficulty with finding an open space that people can easily access by car or bike or walking, but I would’ve had to deal with two layers of bureaucracy–mainly filling out tons of paperwork on both the local and county levels. I was working on my own to begin with and starting a weekly flea market was way too daunting a task to do alone. Plus I’m dealing with other issues in my life so I decided to resign.)

So this year I didn’t have any parade-related responsibilities. There were a few groups who invited me to march with them but I ended up declining because the memories of the high heat and high humidity were still too fresh in my mind. So this year I brought a folding chair to the parade route and set it up in a shaded area. It wasn’t too bad in the shade at first but, by the end of the parade, the heat had shot up (it ultimately climbed to the high 80’s) so I was very happy that I didn’t participate this year.

The parade consisted of different types of participants. There’s, Solange Hess, who was named as this year’s Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There are the police, firefighters, and military units (including ROTC). Some of them march carrying flags, some march playing musical instruments (like bagpipes), and some ride in the latest vehicles.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the beauty pageant winners. Not only were there people from the Miss Greenbelt pageant but there were also others from another pageant that took place in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade. Then there are the various local businesses and community groups, such as the Greenbelt Elementary School PTA.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Greenbelt chapter of the Toastmasters.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

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Greenbelt Animal Control.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015 Local Girl Scouts troop.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Local Cub Scouts troop.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015 Greenbelt Boys and Girls Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Interfaith Leaders Association.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Mishkan Torah congregation.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Radio Communications.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

The New Deal Cafe, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Theater and the Greenbelt Museum marched together. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Food Bank.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Arts Center

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Wells Ice Rink, located in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Members of the Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) and the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) dressed up as butterflies and bees in order to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators. Other participants held signs announcing the various programs that GCAN and CHEARS run on a regular basis, such as the Greenbelt Time Bank, the Reel and Meal movie series, and various recycling programs.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There were even a fleet of electric cars in the parade, who were there to demonstrate green transportation. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was a robot demonstration by members of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Robotics Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Makerspace 125 had a float shaped like a steam engine in order to show its commitment to the STEAM movement.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

St. George’s Episcopal Church of Glenn Dale, Maryland marched in the parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was an anti-abortion group.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The local anti-poverty activist group RESULTS participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Communication Workers of America made a statement about its ongoing negotiations with Verizon.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The National Park Service participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Even the local Sunoco gas station participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The local realtors, Town Center Realty & Associates, Inc.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the various performers who were intent on putting on a good show all along the parade route.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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Since next year is an election year, the candidates running for public office were out in full force. There was Donna Edwards, who is running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Senate candidate Donna Edwards shakes hands at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There was Chris Van Hollen, who is also running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was Paul Pinsky’s re-election campaign as Maryland State Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Brian Frosh, who’s running for Maryland State Attorney General.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Congressman Hoyer’s rival, Kristin Beck, who hopes to unseat him in the Democratic Primaries next year.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Anne Healey, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Alonzo T. Washington, who’s also running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Sydney J. Harrison, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Angela Alsobrooks, who’s running for re-election as State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Todd M. Turner, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County Council.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

This trio of cars signified the end of the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Once the parade ended at noon, the last day of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival started. I hung around the festival grounds after the parade ended because I needed to pick up my watercolor that I submitted to the Art Show but I had to wait until that show formally ended at 4 p.m. So I basically ate lunch, did some web surfing with the laptop that I brought with me, and uploaded a bunch of photos on my various social media account. A craft show was held on that final day so I browsed that as well while I took these photos.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

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.

When I was driving to my first-ever television interview (which I wrote about in a previous post), I saw this vintage car that was parked in the parking lot near the back of the New Deal Cafe. I didn’t have time to investigate the car before the interview but I was lucky that the car was still parked in the same spot when I was leaving the building that houses the television studio.

It is a vintage white Volkswagen Beetle.

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This car is so vintage that it has the blue Maryland license plates, which expired back in 1963. I have not see license plates like these since I was very young.

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Judging from the window decal in the next photo, this Beetle looks like it belongs to a newlywed couple.

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Here’s the interior of the Beetle’s front seats. The look of the entire car just screams “VINTAGE!”

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Last Friday I decided to check out a concert performance by two of my friends who are in a band known as The Bachelor and The Bad Actress. They have recently announced their engagement via Facebook so it’s the first time I’ve seen them in concert since that momentous event. (The soon-to-be-married couple have basically told me that they will still keep the current band name even though the male half of the couple will no longer be technically a bachelor.) The New Deal Cafe was filled like it usually was on Friday nights so I ended up sitting by the bar. I met up with friends and acquaintances who were also there to see the band in concert. I ordered a Corona beer and I was having a good time chatting with people.

When The Bachelor and The Bad Actress took to the stage, I took a photo with my smartphone but I was seated a bit of a distance from the stage.

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So I used the zoom feature and I managed to get a better shot of the band even if it was a bit on the grainy side.

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So I was sitting back and enjoying the performance. I even shot a few videos but I didn’t film the entire concert because I had to hold the camera in my hands and I needed to rest my hands every now and then.

The Bachelor and The Bad Actress was the opening act for another band known as Gramophonic. They did this switch where both acts were on stage together for performing the song “Funeral”. Once the song ended, The Bachelor and The Bad Actress left the stage and Gramophonic played its set.

Things were mostly fine with me until about halfway through The Bachelor and The Bad Actress’ set when a couple walked in to the back of the New Deal Cafe. They were none other than my ex-husband and my ex-friend whom he married last year just two months after our divorce was final. They looked for seats and my ex-husband looked in my direction. The Corona beer that I was drinking had put a partial damper on my emotions so I didn’t freak out or scream but I still was annoyed and pissed that they showed up while my mind began to remember The Fucking Drama From Hell that my husband put me through when he bolted from home just three months after my surgery (and three days after Christmas) with zero notice that he was unhappy while blaming my purchase of a doll for our separation. And then there’s my ex-friend, whom I’ve always tried to be cordial and friendly towards while I felt very sorry for her serious mental health issues and she rewarded me by hooking up with my husband while going along with marrying him while our divorce was still brand-new.

But then something cool happened. That Backstabbing Couple From Hell couldn’t find seats while my ex-husband looked in my direction and they left the back room. Hooray for me! I could continue to enjoy the concert while I didn’t have to see them.

Towards the end of The Bachelor and The Bad Actress’ set, they announced that The Bachelor’s sister was in the audience and it was also her birthday that night. Someone had brought out a birthday cake with lit candles.

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The birthday girl dished out slices of her cake and I was fortunate enough to get a slice. It was a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and it had a raspberry filling in the middle. It was excellent.

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I stuck around for the first song of Gramophonic’s set but I was feeling drained by the evening so I left. I went through the front of the cafe and I found my ex-husband and his second wife sitting at one of the front tables. Their backs were turned to me so I was able to walk out without either one of them noticing me. Ironically one of them could’ve taken my former seat at the bar but they didn’t know that I had left. Ha! Ha! Ha! Serves those assholes right! 🙂

Even though back in February The Washington Post‘s poll had projected Anthony Brown as being in the lead in the upcoming Democratic primary for the next Governor of Maryland, I know quite a few people in my area who have thrown their support behind one of Brown’s rivals, Heather Mizeur. She is the first openly lesbian to run in the Governor’s race and she’s apparently a progressive on a number of issues. But Anthony Brown is the one who has gotten the lion’s share of the major endorsements and if you look at some places where the campaign signs are plentiful, you’d think that Anthony Brown was the only one who’s running. (Doug Gansler is also running even though he has racked up his share of controversies in recent months.)

Since Heather Mizeur is relying more on small donors, some people have decided to organize an all-day benefit concert at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt that would feature local bands (who have all decided to play at this event for free). I decided to check it out even though I still haven’t yet decided whom I’m going to vote for in the primaries.

I showed up after I went to church that morning to catch the start of the whole show and I took a few photos.

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Michael Hartmann, who was instrumental in organizing this event gave information on how people can donate to the campaign in order to comply with state election laws.

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The band ilyAIMY was the opening act. I enjoyed their set very much.

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Even though there were other acts throughout the day, I couldn’t stay for the entire time because I had too many other things to do around the house (such as planning my garden). I left after ilyAIMY’s set ended for a few hours but returned after I ate dinner at home. The band Kiva was performing the closing set and one of my friends, Diana McFadden, is the cello player so that was why I decided to return. The New Deal Cafe was more crowded than it was earlier in the day and one of my friends, Amethyst, was sitting down while another person was brushing Amethyst’s hair.

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There was a belly dancer who was performing while Kiva was on stage playing music, which was pretty cool.

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I even shot a short video when the belly dancer decided to dance while balancing a tray full of lit candles on top of her head, which was pretty amazing to see in person.

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