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PGC TOURISM NEWS & NOTES 
    AUGUST 2016
Prince George's County Tourism News & Notes is presented by the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official Destination Marketing Organization of Prince George's County, Maryland. 

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4TH ANNUAL "TASTE PRINCE GEORGE'S" FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL SET FOR AUGUST 13
A celebration of food, wine and music will be held at Six Flags America...
Now in it fourth year, the Taste Prince George's Food & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, August 13, noon-6 pm, at Six Flags America. 

The event features over 30 restaurants, local & national wineries, creative chef demonstrations, culinary competitions, and live music. Featured acts include Yahzarah, Wisdom Speaks, Ellis Lambert, Patrice Live, Ab Abernathy, Sound of the City, and more. 

Cick here for additional information and tickets.
 

 
BOUTIQUE VEGAS FIRM WILL BRING MASTER MIX TO MGM'S COCKTAIL-N-LOUNGE SCENE
One of the hot spots will feature cherry blossom-inspired décor, the other a roving mixologist...
Clique Hospitality, the Vegas firm specializing in upscale comfortable dining at Bellagio, Mirage, Aria, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and Delano, has been retained to bring the sizzle to MGM National Harbor's two signature lounge spaces.

The Blossom Cocktail Lounge will be a 24-hour "gaming lounge" with DC-centric vibe. Features will include a circular bar space overlooking the casino floor, with four gaming tables and booths surrounded by cherry blossom décor and canopy feel. Modern cocktails, micro/macro brews and an easy-going atmosphere will be standard issue.

At the Felt Bar & Lounge, mixology will be the centerpiece. In addition to festive bar, a mixologist will circulate with a mobile mix cart - bringing the cocktail experience directly to table. Felt will also feature DJs and live music, dance floor, gathering spaces, and outdoor terrace with seating and stone fire pit.
 

 
ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENTS HELD HERE, AUGUST 12-13
Martial Arts competition and expo brings masters and competitors from around the world...
US Capitol Classics/China Open is one of the most prestigious martial arts tournaments in the nation and will be held August 12-13, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Founded in 1981 by Grand Master Dennis Brown, "The Classics" is an International World Tour Martial Arts Tournament & Fitness Expo with over $50,000 in cash & prizes. It is a family-friendly event with something for everyone including Martial Arts Competition & Shows, Fitness Demos, Hard to Find Martial Arts and Fitness Equipment, and more. 

With over 700 competitive divisions, this event attracts athletes from around the world age 5 to 95 of all skill levels and martial arts disciplines.
 

DIVAS BRING 2ND CONSECUTIVE WFA CHAMPIONSHIP HOME BY DEFEATING DREADED DALLAS
All-Women, full-contact pro football team playing in PGC adds to the mantle case...
CHAMPS times two. The DC Divas, who play at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex Stadium in Landover, are winners of the 2016 WFA Championship. 

The Divas defeated their arch-rivals - the Dallas Elite - 28-26, at the WBowl in Pittsburgh on July 23. 

They were on a mad mission this entire season to make history and become the first-ever back-to-back champions of the Women's Football Alliance.  The team amassed a 10-1 season record, with their only loss to Dallas in Week #1. Needless to say, payback is sweet when your hoisting the championship trophy.  Big ups to the DC Divas - our 2016 National Champions!
 

RADIO & TELEVISION MUSEUM TO HONOR DMV NEWS ICON AT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
Maureen Bunyan named first recipient of the museum's Lifetime Achievement Award...
The National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTM) has named WJLA news anchor and media icon Maureen Bunyan, the first recipient of the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award. 

The honor will be presented at the museum's annual fall fundraiser "Turn Your Television On" September 10, 6:30 pm, at the Comfort Inn & Conference Center in Bowie.

A staple of the DMV news scene for over 43 years, Bunyan was one of the founding members of the International Women's Media Foundation (serving women in the media in over 100 countries). She is also a founder of the National Association Of Black Journalists, and she was inducted into the NABJ Hall Of Fame in January 2014.

Proceeds from the September 10th event will assist NCRTV in preserving the history of radio and television. The museum displays, explains, and preserves scores of radios, TVs, phones and other devices and programs from their beginnings to the present. The museum collection contains over 3,000 items, including two rare mechanical televisions from the early 1930s.

Tickets, tables and sponsorship are still available. Visit the NCRTM website for additional details. 

OUR APPRECIATION: To Laurie Baty, we send a word of "thanks" for her grand efforts as Executive Director of the NCRTM.  Last month, Laurie became Senior Director of Museum Programs for the Drug Enforcement Association Museum in Arlington.  Laurie join NCRTM in December 2014 and was instrumental in moving the museum and its many programs into a new era.  Congrats Laurie, and thank you for your service to our heritage scene.  
 

PGC HISTORIC SITES TEAM UP IN SALUTE OF OUR ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS WITH A BLUE STAR SPECIAL
Free family admission for military ongoing thru Labor Day...
In honor to those who serve and the families that support them!  

Blue Star Museums is a national collaboration between Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, three of which are here in PGC. For the past six years, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

This year, over 1,500 historic sites across the country are participating.  In Prince George's County, Blue Star Museums  include  Darnall's Chance House Museum (Upper Marlboro), College Park Aviation Museum (College Park), Marietta House Museum (Glenn Dale), Montpelier Mansion (Laurel), Riversdale House Museum (Riverdale), and Surratt House Museum (Clinton).
 
Bubble Run Washington DC 5k (Aug 13) 

ONE OF THE REGION'S LARGEST CRAB & BEER FEST IS SET FOR AUGUST XX AT THE NAT
One of the regions biggest crab feast includes loads of beer, the arts, and lots of fun...
Let's get Crackin' with Maryland's favorite crustacean. The annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival will be held August 27 at National Harbor at 11 and 5 pm. 

The event is an All-You-Care-To-Taste extravaganza complete with over 50,000 crabs, beer, arts & crafts, music, family fun and so much more. 

The festival is held in two session (#1 is from 11-3 pm and #2 is from 5-9 pm) and tickets are still available. 
 
Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale (Aug 13)  

MONTPELIER'S "EMPTY BOWLS" TO RAISE FUNDS AND FOOD FOR THE REGIONS LESS FORTUNATE
Empty Bowls Project underway with "souper" lunch to be held at Newton White in October...
Laurel's Montpelier Arts Center (MAC), one of the region's premiere art centers, is calling all experienced potters to bowl for those less fortunate, living with hunger. 

MAC will hold its final free "Empty Bowls" pottery sessions August 20 & 27 (1-4 pm) and August 23 & 30 (12-3 pm). Sorry kids, these sessions are only open to seasoned pottery makers and registration is required.  

And, on the horizon - October 27, 11 am-1:30 pm, the signature  Empty Bowls Prince George's lunch event will be held at Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville. The event brings together artists and the community to help tackle the dramatic issue of hunger in the Washington DC metro region.

For a minimum donation of $35, lunch guest will enjoy delicious soups, breads, and wonderful desserts. Guests will also receive handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowl of your choice donated by local artists. 
 
All proceeds from the sale of the art bowls go directly to the CAFB. Remarkably, each bowl purchased (or $35 donation) makes possible 87 nutritionally healthy meals for people in need. The Capital Area Food Bank provides 10.6 million pounds of food to children, seniors and families in Maryland, through 192 partner agencies. It is the largest hunger-relief organization serving the Washington DC metro area. 
 

NHHC CONTINUES SEARCH FOR JOSHUA BARNEY'S PATUXENT RIVER FLOTILLA OF 1814
War of 1812 flotilla intentionally sunk by Navy after successful defense against the British...
In the murky waters off Patuxent River Park, a rchaeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) are in search of a lost fleet. 

During the War of 1812, Commodore Joshua Barney organized a fleet of what is believed to be 16 vessels (to defend the Chesapeake Bay from British raids along its banks).

The flotilla was successful in diverting the British for several weeks, but ultimately Barney was ordered by Secretary of the Navy William Jones to scuttle the ships to prevent them from falling into the hands of the British.

NHHC's Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) has surveyed several sites on the Patuxent River in search of Barney's scuttled ships, concluding field work last month.  In 2014 and 2015, UAB used marine magnetometer, side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, and sediment cores to examine areas of interest.

To date, only one ship is believed to have been found - the sloop "Scorpion", whose remnants were discovered in 2009. 
 

AUGUST - EXTRAORDINARY THINGS ARE HAPPENING THIS MONTH IN PRINCE GEORGE'S
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 deck. Click them for more information and VISIT US ONLINE - VisitPrinceGeorges.com (or on app) for extended listings of events, exhibitions, and performances for the entire family.
 

BY THE NUMBERS: TOURISM'S IMPACT IN PGC
Prince George's County Tourism's impact - thru visitation and taxes generated - runs across every aspect of development including lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreation, major events, transportation, and transportation-related services.
  • Visitors - 6.520 Million
  • Total Tourism Employment - 31,965
  • Tourism Industry Sales - $2.474 Billion
  • Total Tourism Tax Receipts (combined Federal, State/Local, Hotel) - $608 million
  • Admission/Amusement Taxes Collected - $15,860,936
  • Room Taxes Collected -  Over $20.5 million
  • Tourism Promotion Act State Sales Taxes - $52,408,296
  • Total Direct Consumer Tax Impact - $88,842,991

Source: Tourism Economics, December 2015
 

   
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