Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Don your vintage ties and get ready for vaudeville and cocktails.
The 21-and-over crowd are invited to a post-prohibition evening with burlesque, comedy, cocktails, and a sideshow to celebrate the Greenbelt Museum's 25th Anniversary. "We are hoping to recreate the feeling of a vaudeville venue or supper club," said Museum Curator Meagan Searing Young. Moonshine Cabaret, featuring celebrity Mab, Just Mab, is heading up the night's entertainment, which Young said is meant to be light-hearted fun. The anniversary party or Rexford Revue is inspired by the era of 1937, the year Greenbelt was settled. So dust off your rhinestones and vintage ties and get ready for vaudeville, advises Young. Or go all white like Rexford Guy Tugwell, the party's namesake who was known for donning white suits. Party-goers can …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Four winners have received grants for projects the foundation believes strengthen the qualities of Greenbelt.
The latest grantees of Greenbelt Community Foundation are the CHesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS), Friends of the Greenbelt Museum, the Greenbelt Cultural Arts Center, and the Greenbelt Farmers Market, as reported by the Greenbelt News Review. The foundation has awarded some $90,000 in grants since it "went live" in 2006 and has invested an equal amount to build its fund for the future, according to the report. The foundation’s mission is to maintain, improve, and enrich the quality life in Greenbelt, according to the foundation's website, which adds that it supports projects that strengthen the unique qualities of the city. The grantees for these spring-round awards were announced at a July 22 ceremony in the …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A 31-second snippet of the sights and sounds you'll see at the new historical production about Greenbelt women—by alight dance theater at the Greenbelt Museum.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Dancers take small groups back to the '30s and '40s with historic sights, songs, costumes, antiques and more.
Update, July 14, 9 a.m.: Next performance is July 15, with tours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. See a 31-second video sneak peek. Original Post, June 25: For the second sold-out Sunday, members of "alight dance theater" company took small groups of time travelers through history and the Greenbelt Museum House for "Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women". Donning dresses, shoes and hairstyles dating back to the '30s and '40s, dancers moved and pirouetted in and around the historic home, while a recording with testimonials from early Greenbelt women lilted in the air. The production is a partnership between Greenbelt Museum and alight dance theater and explores the lives and experiences of Greenbelt women, from young mothers to "…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hometown Heroes dances its way into the lives and experiences of Greenbelt women through history's eye.
The Greenbelt Museum is partnering with Alight Dance Theater to present the second round of "Hometown Heroes: 75 Years of Extraordinary Greenbelt Women." The next performance tours begin Saturday afternoon, June 24, at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30. The production will take place in and around the museum’s historic house at 10B Crescent Road. Alight will explore the lives and experiences of Greenbelt women, from young mothers to "homemakers" in the late 1930s and early 1940s up to present day. Using oral histories, period props and costumes, alight dancers will guide the tours through the Museum House. Hometown Heroes sold out its June 3 performances. Each performance can only accommodate six to eight people, according to the museum, because of the…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A Look at Greenbelt's past, present, and future
To celebrate 75 years of Greenbelt’s civic life, Isabelle Gournay, organizer of Greenbelt’s 75th Anniversary Symposium, envisioned a spirited dialogue about Greenbelt’s multi-faceted legacies. Gournay said Monday she hopes that “the conversation between these fantastic speakers and an audience of both insiders and outsiders will be pursued." More than 175 people registered for a day and a half of presentations and Mervyn Miller's keynote address on the British Garden City movement and Greenbelt. The voices of academics, city staff, and Greenbelt residents generated wide interest. Nearly half of the first day’s attendees identified themselves as Greenbelt outsiders. Megan Searing Young, director of the Greenbelt Museum, agreed that the …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Through dance and drama, alight will tell the stories of Greenbelt women — past and present.
Alight Dance Theater had 12 backers and $505 pledged on Tuesday in its Kickstarter campaign for its $1,678 goal to fund a special 75th Anniversary production. "Hometown Heroes," an alight original production, will tell the stories of the women of Greenbelt past and present, in a history brought to life through drama and dance. In honor of Greenbelt's 75th Anniversary, alight will delve into oral histories and documentation of the lives of Greenbelt women. From the annals of our local history, alight dancers will emerge to present women's experiences and stories. Greenbelters and friends who want to enjoy the results, have several options. The Greenbelt Museum historic home will be open for tours. In collaboration with the museum, alight …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Alight Dance Theater's production, "Truth Be Told," premieres at the Greenbelt Arts Center.
Greenbelters celebrated with alight dance theater after the closing performance of "Truth Be Told" at the Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC) on Saturday. On both nights of alight’s performance dates at the Greenbelt Arts Center, showgoers were treated to gala receptions with delicious local food prepared by Jeremy and Melissa Ehrenreich, as well as a silent auction with goods and services donated by local artists and businesses. Saturday night was even more festive with a post-show People’s Dance Party. The GAC black box theater was turned into a vibrant club scene, with P. McGann, the notorious PH-DJ, spinning great dance tunes. The good news is that Greenbelters can look forward to more People’s Dance Party events in the coming months. And …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Greenbelt Museum shows a home-front holiday.
It’s easy to get lost in the holiday abundance — parties, gift exchanges, trees and homes festooned with glittering lights, and shops overflowing with goods! The Greenbelt Museum marks the season as well, with an opportunity to time-travel to a different sort of holiday—when the home front mobilized to support the nation’s war effort. Unlike our current conflicts, the Second World War directly affected civilians with the rationing of food and manufactured goods. Today’s holiday excess simply wasn’t possible then. The Greenbelt Museum exhibit — a 1940s home during the holidays — shows this time of scarcity and shortages that thrifty families across the nation and in Greenbelt faced with hope, courage, creativity and a make-do attitude. In …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
In "Anti-Depressant Properties," Express Night Out features Greenbelt as the cure for poverty and overcrowding in the 1930s.