On May 11-12 we participated in the 9th Annual Green Man Festival in historic Old Greenbelt, Maryland. This Washington suburb was settled in 1937 as a public cooperative community. Eleanor Roosevelt helped in its planning. The town was originally surrounded by a belt of 800 acres of forest, much of which was used for development. In 2003 the city designated the remaining 225 acres a forest preserve.
The 9th Annual Green Man Festival is a celebration of Greenbelt’s commitment to preserve its acres of forests and to extend the urban tree canopy by planting more native fruiting trees.We enjoyed introducing people to our novels as they wandered past stalls offering jewelry, tie-dyed clothing, pottery, photographs, paintings,beads, handcrafted bags, hats, crafts made from Tagua nuts, children’s books, food, and booths of environmental awareness and social justice organizations.
From the stage came acoustic folk music, a capella singing, Gaelic music, and marvelous jazz from Susan Jones Jazz Quartet—violin-guitar-bass-drums.
There was a Maypole dance, a parade of people dressed as trees and bushes, and children with strangely-painted faces. Rain threatened on Saturday, but Sunday was splendid.
College Park. Saturday afternoon, I slipped away for a few hours to give a presentation and sign books at the 1st Annual College Park Library Book Fair, another well-attended event.