February 2023
Experience Prince George's
The Chesapeake Bay Storytellers Training Program is offered by a partnership between the Maryland Office of Tourism and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. This year the training is open to both water and land-based tour providers who are interested in offering a Bay-related tour. Registration is limited to 25 students.
Registration deadline is February 23rd.

FY 2023 Local Impact Grant Application Workshop: a Grant Application Workshop is taking place on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00pm for non-profits that plan to apply for the FY 2023 Local Impact Grant Program and are in need of assistance with the application process.
The link to register for the workshop is included below for your convenience:

Calling all restaurants, caterers, and food truck operators! The Emerge Stronger Restaurant Intensive Training Program is designed to assist growing businesses by providing an engaging environment where business owners can learn how to increase their profitability from experts in the food and beverage industry. Participants will learn how to troubleshoot operational issues, review their financial landscape and how to create a positive brand strategy and culture to capture new customers and attract/retain employees. 
Apply now! The deadline is January 18th, 2023. emergestrongerpgc.com/restaurant-intensive-training
Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting: https://www.experienceprincegeorges.com/member/
Happenings - New Blog + Travel Itineraries

Slow down. Take a moment. Be together. A romantic weekend with someone you love doesn’t need to be filled with glitz and glamor. Sometimes, a quiet day in the country and an evening under the stars are much more meaningful. In Prince George’s County, you can find the space to bond without distraction. Follow this itinerary in Brandywine for a weekend filled with nature, connection, and — yes — wine.

With the opening of Liberty Sports Park, families are flocking to the fields for tournaments and games. It’s no surprise, since the 10 lit fields provide the perfect space for youth and adult leagues. When you’re not cheering on the sidelines, you can enjoy the many restaurants, hotels, and activities the region has to offer.
Stick to this itinerary for a guaranteed good time:
Industry News

The adage “If you build it, they will come” has multiple meanings for Cory Carlson, regional marketing director at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Last year’s renovation of guestrooms and suites brought an influx of interest on social media — and reservations. And in the past couple of years, Carlson and his team noticed that more potential guests were clicking the online booking calendar, trying to reserve dates when the resort was traditionally closed.

The pandemic forced hospitality companies to get smarter about using their loyalty programs to engage with customers — even when those customers aren’t traveling or staying at their properties. Now that travel is rebounding, building and retaining trust with customers is more important than ever.
Meetings & Events

Make DEI a goal: Start by indicating a preference for diverse suppliers in your initial discussions with a planner. From members who provide convention services to event planners, caterers, local makers and hands-on workshops, DMOs have a rich rolodex. Ask for vendor lists that self-report as BIPOC, woman, or LGBTQ+ owned. DDC’s annual cohort of DEI Business Fellowships support small businesses owned by people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, women and persons with disabilities.

Higher costs remain the strongest reason why the meetings and events sector of the travel industry has seen a slower recovery from the pandemic, according to the Q4 Meetings & Events Pulse Survey, conducted by the Global DMC Partners (GDP), the largest global network of independent Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and specialized event service providers.

When we take the time to uncover our common ground, we discover the larger purpose that guides us all–an experience meant to be shared.
Join us this March for POP: Business Events Industry Week, a curated, multi-day experience of co-located events uniting all who desire to contribute to the social and economic transformation of business events.
Share in this collaborative journey to do business, architect our future, demonstrate the power of inclusivity and celebrate the business events industry's exceptional stars. 
Arts & Culture
We Didn't Wait for Freedom: A Quilt Exhibit for Black History Month
February 1-28 Darnall's Chance House Museum

Join us in celebrating the work of quilter Vera Hall in her We Didn't Wait For Freedom quilt series, Hall bridges the gap between history and her love of textiles with her quilt creations honoring the lives of famous African Americans whose actions inspired change in America. Works by Uhuru Quilters Guild of Prince George's County will also be featured. Contact for more info: 301-952-8010
February 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Historian Dr. Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, a visiting scholar and a history professor from University of Maryland Eastern Shore will discuss historical evidence that suggests African culture living at Marietta and in Prince George's County.
This hybrid talk will be held in-person at Marietta House Museum and online on Microsoft Teams.
For more information, call 301-464-5291 or email mariettahouse@pgparks.com.
February 18 10:00am-1:00pm

The youngest glider pilot in the nation is visiting the College Park Aviation Museum! Listen to Caleb Smith speak about his journey to becoming the youngest glider pilot in the nation and how his success inspires the next generation of pilots!

Register! here
February 25, 11:00am-2:00pm

The Archaeology Office invites you to learn more about how enslaved Black laborers used materials in their everyday lives to resist White supremacy. During this program, participants will be able to explore more of the material culture excavated from sites such as Mount Calvert and Concord Manor House by helping archaeologists wash, label, and participate in a cataloging exercise. Register at www.pgparksdirect.com
February 11, 7:30pm

The Prince George's Philharmonic presents works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Gershwin with conductor Jesus Manuel Berard.

Dragons and Mythical Beasts
March 30, 7:00-8:00pm

Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. This award-winning show comes to the USA direct from the West End, from the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life.
Sports & Recreation
JTCC Champs Players Go Above and Beyond

JTCC is proud to recognize three Champs players who have made a difference volunteering their time at JTCC and Community Impact events during the Winter Session. Twenty-six Champs players volunteered a total of 161 hours at 22 different events and programs during the 10-week session with three going the extra mile. Adrienne Moseley, Sasha Koeva Brooks, and Max Esfahani accumulated the most hours, with 14, 12, and 10 hours, respectively. 
Food & Beverage

Manifest Bread, a sourdough startup with a devoted DMV following, now has a brick-and-mortar bakery in Riverdale Park. And if early sales numbers are any indication, cutting carbs clearly isn’t a New Year’s resolution for many Marylanders. The organic bakery off the Route 1 corridor made and sold around 400 cookies and pastries and over 250 loaves, baguettes, and bialys during their opening weekend.

An upscale steak-and-seafood chain opened a location at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park on Wednesday.
GrillMarX, which has locations in Olney and Columbia, is a traditional steakhouse and raw bar restaurant that will also be available for private events and large gatherings. It is located off the hotel lobby at 7777 Baltimore Ave.
One of the restaurant’s co-owners is University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley, a D.C. native.

Kareem Queeman’s nickname is Mr. Bake and right now, his career is running way hotter than any of the ovens used to bake his desserts out of a ghost kitchen in Riverdale Park, Maryland.
Queeman is someone you might recognize from various appearances on TV shows and Food Network cooking competitions, where he’s tried to beat Bobby Flay or served as a judge.
“They love my smile,” he said with a laugh inside the ghost kitchen he bakes out of at Le Fantome Food Hall in Riverdale.
Community Highlights

The Maryland Board of Public Works on Jan. 25 approved $400 million in bond funding for the Maryland Stadium Authority’s (MSA) economic development of the Blue Line Corridor, which will result in the construction of sports and entertainment facilities in Central Prince George’s County.

A new coworking space opened in Hyattsville on Saturday. Located at 4318 Hamilton St., the Hyattsville Business Center features a 1,459-square-foot work area and a 356-square-foot private kitchenette. The business center offers the usual amenities: high speed wifi, printing, copying, scanning and faxing, complimentary basic office supplies and complimentary coffee, tea, water and snacks.
"Trailblazer" Students Take Action
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and his legacy of making a difference in the community, 15 JTCC students participated in the annual Day of Service tradition on January 16. This year JTCC students partnered with the National Parks Service to clean up the trail at Fort Foote Park in Prince George’s County.
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