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WE ARE "ONE" MARYLAND!
And our friends/neighbors in Ellicott City & Howard County need our help. Numerous dedicated funds have been established to directly benefit those affected by the devastating flood experienced in Ellicott City on May 27.
Donations and Support for Residents & Businesses
The Community Foundation of Howard County is currently providing assistance through their relief fund, established to address the needs in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy within Howard County. Click here to donate or find more information.
Preservation Maryland has reactivated their emergency flood recovery fund to support property owners with technical preservation assistance, grants to organizations and other charitable recovery efforts as they arise. Click here to donate or find more information.
Non-perishable and ready to eat foods can be donated to the Community Action Council of Howard County Food Bank at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J, Columbia, MD 20146. Please direct questions to 410-313-6185 or find more information here.
LMH is located about three minutes from Laurel's Main Street, at 1110 Montgomery Street. It is owned by Dave and Lisa Everett of Laurel who purchased prop seven years ago. After years of steadfast repairs, renovations, and restoration (a chunk of it done by the Everett family themselves), LMH officially opened to the public on June 3.
THERE'S MORE ON THE PGC HORIZON: Laurel Manor House isn't the only B&B in the PGC mix. As noted in our last issue, the much-anticipated
Wellspring Manor & Spa in Upper Marlboro is schedule to debut later this summer.
The area's best "picture house" hosts a special two-day screening of VINCENT VAN GOGH: A New Way of Seeing, June 17 & 18. The film marks the 125th anniversary of the artist's death and presents the world's largest collection of Van Gogn artworks, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It showcases Van Gogh's multitude of works, drawings & writings and features exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Museum.
Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh's life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.
OGT is located in Greenbelt's historic downtown at 129 Centerway. Showtimes are June 17/8 pm and June 18/1 pm.
TEDx: DYNAMIC PROGRAM OF ENGAGEMENT COMING TO COLLEGE PARK
The program presents a full day of entertainment, ideas and stories that push you to "GET OUTside" your norms...
The power of live speakers and a multitude of streaming TED Talks video combine to give you TEDx. And, its coming to Prince George's County this month.
TEDx COLLEGE PARK will be held at The Clarice (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center) on the campus of the University of Maryland, June 21, 8-4 pm.
Created under free licensed from TED, TEDx is a forum event organized by local community volunteers. Its goal is to spark conversation, deep discussion, connection, and community engagement.
The day will be filled with over 13 different speakers from around the world discussing ideas worth sharing. Some of the topics presented include the not-so-positive impact of AUTONOMOUS CARS on local jurisdictions; the AFRICAN PRISON PROJECT that uses respect as a tool for rehabilitation and societal productivity & reentry; ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, which is changing the world and local communities in ways you may not like; and SMART PARKS and what that means for your recreational future.
The theme of TEDx College Park is GET OUTside, with a day full of entertainment, ideas and stories that push you to "GET OUTside" physically, and to appreciate the benefits of being connected. It also looks to metaphorically to get you out of your current mindsets, comfort zones, us-versus-them mentality and stereotypes.
RESERVATION PLEASE: SEVERAL PGC SPOTS AWARDED DINERS' CHOICE
Diners find several Prince George's restaurants to be among the very best in Maryland and DC area...
Maryland and the DMV proper are flush with some truly outstanding dines - many critically-acclaimed. So, when diners speak, we listen - and so does popular dining app OpenTable. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews, and sorts the results by category.
For the DINERS'S CHOICE AWARDS 2018, Prince George's is represented in a host of categories. And, for the second year, National Harbor's dine scene continues to be a juggernaut. Here are the Prince George's County restaurants that are DINERS'CHOICE:
DINERS' CHOICE AWARD, BEST OF THE WASHINGTON DC AREA/TOP TEN
-Best Asian Restaurants - Grace's Mandarin (National Harbor)
Cvent evaluated hotel properties that generated business through the Cvent Supplier Network from January 2017 through December 2017. The properties were ranked according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area (MMA) market share, conversion rate and the hotel's unique profile visits in the Cvent Supplier Network.
SIBLING ACHIEVEMENT: Gaylord National wasn't the only "G" prop to make the illustrious list. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center led the way as the #1 meeting hotel, with Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center at #2. The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center came in at #57.
BOMB-BASTIC: PGC DINING LEGEND STILL GETTING IT DONE
Jerry's Seafood still plates one of the biggest and best crabcakes you'll find in the region
In dining circles, doing crabcakes right can make you Maryland royalty. Doing crabcakes wrong can get you shut down.
So, when the editors of the online community pub PATCH asked readers across the state to name the best crabcakes in Maryland, we knew there'd be some serious contenders.
Making Patch's "People's List" of the TOP 7 MARYLAND CRABCAKES i
s a local dining mainstay, JERRY'S SEAFOOD in Bowie. Home of the signature (and trademarked) "Crab Bomb", Jerry's has been pushing out this delectable mound of goodness for more than 30 years. It features ten ounces of absolutely no filler, jumbo lump crab, lightly seasoned with Old Bay, and baked to golden brown perfection. Yum is the word!...especially with a side of melted butter.
This unique exhibition features the poems of Sister Joy Alford, Forestine Bynum, Edgar Gabriel Silex, Diane Wilbon Parks, Ladi Di Beverly, and Prince George's County 2017 Youth Poet Laureate Samantha Jackson. A Celebrity Reading/Reception is scheduled to be held at Harmony Hall on June 26 at 7 pm.
THAT'S POETRY ON THE VINE: The Poetry Poster Project gets a special date among the grapes, as it goes on display in the Tasting Room, June 29 & 30 at Romano Vineyard & Winery in Brandywine. Romano is Prince George's County's first operating winery (we now have four) and is part of the Legacy Wine Trail. So, come out for a day of great wine and poetry.
SUD LOVE: PARADISO PICKED AS ONE OF STATE'S BEST CRAFT BEER PROGRAMS
As part of county's growing craft beer scene, Paradiso makes a statement statewide...
It all starts with a great pedigree. Well known for award-winning pizza and entrees, PIZZERIA PARADISO is also home to one of the DMV's very best craft beer programs. Simply stated, the kind of place beer lovers love.
Such acclaim has made its way to Prince George's County by way of Paradiso's Hyattsville location at 4800 Rhode Island Ave.
At the Restaurant Association of Maryland's annual State of the Industry Awards, Paradiso was a Top Five honoree in the category of "Best Craft Brew Program of the Year". Among a strong contingent, the award went to The Ale House in Columbia (a wonderful craft beer outpost). So, to be in such company is a remarkable achievement.
Prince George's County has a number of players in the NBA, three are in the Finals...
If you don't know, now you know! Prince George's County is a long-standing hotbed for youth, collegiate and professional athletic talent.
Repped across the country and across the globe, PGC has produced a bevy of ballers in every sport. In basketball, active notables include Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Ty Lawson (Washington Wizards), Jarrett Jack (NJ Nets), and Sam Young (Memphis Grizzlies), to name a few.
AND, on the biggest stage, vying for the 2018 NBA Championship are three PGC natives. For the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant (Seat Pleasant) and Quinn Cook (Hyattsville). For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jeff Green (Cheverly). Durant, by the way, is a 2017 NBA Champion and Finals MVP.
No matter the outcome of this year's Finals, PGC is definitely in the house. Check our FASCINATING FACTS page for interesting tidbits and a listing of prominent people from Prince George's.
Experience.Expand.Explore! Extraordinary things are HAPPENING this month and every month in Prince George's. The colored banners throughout "News&Notes" are just some of the many events on tap. Click them for more information and VISIT US ONLINE - ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com (or on the ExplorePrinceGeorges mobile app) for extended listings of events, exhibitions, and performances for the entire family.