January 2023
Experience Prince George's

Thank you for making this year one of the best! Your business, participation, and hospitality helps our destination shine. In 2023, we invite you to be creative and continue this exciting journey. Join us for a Sip & Paint for our annual New Years Toast!

Space is limited... Register today!
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/
Follow us on Instagram! Stay abreast of the happenings and highlights around the county. See where locals and visitors like to shop, dine, explore, and have fun. Follow us as we follow the spaces, places and people around county. If you're on the 'gram, tag us and give us a shout out!
Follow us on Facebook! Stay abreast of the happenings and highlights around the county. See where locals and visitors like to shop, dine, explore, and have fun. Follow us as we follow the spaces, places and people around county. If you're on Facebook, tag us and give us a shout out!
Industry News

We ask our reporters and editors at the end of every year to stretch their imaginations for what could unfold in the new year. Give us bold predictions you know are 90 percent unlikely, but ones that provoke some thought. And who knows? Each might carry some half-truths once you dig into our team’s analyses.

From pop-up hotels to slow travel and all-encompassing intergenerational adventures planned years in advance, these are the travel trends we're most excited about for the year ahead.This past year, we officially saw the world open back up. After nearly two years of being kept on home turf, this year saw a much-needed return to travel as we took to the skies, seas, and roads to explore more than ever before...

Twas the week of Christmas, when all throughout the United States not many people were spared from an especially brutal winter storm that wreaked all sorts of havoc — car accidents, rolling blackouts and power outages, busted pipes and flooding, and much colder than usual temperatures.

Hotel trends that were expected to take 10 years took 10 months to evolve and the pandemic accelerated our industry into the future. The hospitality industry is changing faster than ever before and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of the hotel, travel and hotel management trends impacting this dynamic business. Whether you're looking to start your own hotel, manage one already or are just curious about the travel industry because it's one of the largest and most influential on earth - this guide is for you.
Meetings & Events

"Next year should be about growth, not about recovery,” notes Kristi White, chief product officer at Knowland, a provider of meetings-market intelligence. She’s referring to 2023 being the year that the industry surpasses 2019 meetings volume, but the sentiment could be applied to the outlook across the board: By many measurements, the meetings sector is expected to surpass prepandemic levels next year and just keep growing.

The year that is soon coming to an end was a roller-coaster year for the meetings industry. So as a way to wrap up the year, we selected the 18 most popular news stories that attracted the attention of our readers.

Covid restrictions were still in place in January, and we felt the Omicron variant’s effects. As a result, meetings were again canceled or postponed, just as during most of the previous two years.
Arts & Culture
January 14, 8:30pm in Mount Rainier

Currently based in the Triangle of North Carolina, both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo, they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on the harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, maracas, guitar, upright bass, and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances.
January 22, 2:00pm at Joe's Movement Emporium

Take a magical trip to the continent of Africa to visit Kofi’s village! This exciting adventure dances and sings its way through instruments, harvesting a treasure map and more! Ages 2+ Tickets

Sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of MNCPPC
Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM
Ticket Price: $5
January 26, 7:30pm at Joe's Movement Emporium

Happenstance Theater is presenting a new work inspired by medieval imagery and archetypes collected from the works of Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, the Tarot, and reinterpretations of religious and alchemical art. Drawing parallels between our current moment and the "dark ages," the ensemble will explore and exploit buffoonery, magic, notions of good, evil, and absurdity with angelic music, devised and existing text, puppetry, visual delight, and movement. Tickets
February 11, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Join Theatre Education Colleagues from around the state as we gather at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland to once again THRIVE. Tickets
January 6

With special celebrity guest, Gabby Windey! Dancing with the Stars returns to MGM National Harbor this January. Featuring some of the show's most popular competitors, this live tour will recreate the most memorable dances from the program's previous seasons and showcase the brand new. Purchase tickets here.
February 8

Don't miss your chance to see K-pop boy group, P1Harmony, live at The Theater! Get tickets
February 11

Jodeci performs at MGM National Harbor at The Theater. Get Tickets
Sports & Recreation
January 21 at 11:00am

Join staff from the Nature Center and College Park Aviation Museum to learn how birds inspire aviation innovation and help us understand the science of flight. Guests will have the opportunity to see some of the center’s live birds and some of the museum’s objects up close and personal.

Register today!

The basketball talent in the D.C. area is so bountiful that each winter season brings about a new set of local stars. When top players graduate, it leaves room for replacements to make their own legacies. There is rarely an ebb of high-major prospects in this area. This year’s list of 16 intriguing and important players contains sophomores, juniors and seniors from both public and private schools across D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Enjoy the Outdoors with PG Parks in 2023! 

The New Year is almost here. Have you thought about your resolutions? How about trying something new? Our Archaeology Office offers unique and fun programming throughout the year, including guided hikes, kayak tours, hands-on field and lab events, and so much more.
Learn about upcoming programs on our calendar of events or email: archaeology@pgparks.com to get on our mailing list.

Sport highlight from 2022
D’Angelo Spain is an 11-year-old African American boy from Bowie, Maryland that has already established himself as a professional pool player. He now plays in billiards tournaments all over the country and is already the top-ranked player in the 13 and under division of the Junior International Championship (JIC).
Food & Beverage

Flavors, Prince George’s County's first culinary incubator, received $497,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its programming to BIPOC growers, farmers, and food business enterprises over the next two years.
Community Highlights

An artsy new apartment building is coming to the area around the West Hyattsville Metro station.
Gilbane Development Co. is planning a five-story building with first-floor retail space and a parking garage that would open in the fall of 2024.
The Sovren Apartments would range from studios to three bedrooms, with 147 of the 293 apartments reserved for people making 80% of the area medium income or less — which is currently $103,200 for a family of four.

(BOWIE, Md.) – Bowie State University will lend its agricultural research expertise to Prince George’s County as part of a federal grant program combatting climate change and food insecurity.
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