Route 1 Corridor Conversations

Hyattsville Aging in Place, Helping Hands University Park, Neighbors Helping Neighbors of College Park, and Explorations on Aging have joined together to launch a new, online informative series to entertain, engage, and educate attendees, especially our older residents residing along the Route 1 Corridor. These Corridor Conversations programs will be held monthly and attendees can join via telephone or Zoom. Presentations begin at 2 p.m., although attendees are encouraged to join at 1:30 for conversation to work out any technical glitches. When possible, programs will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. We will be expanding this list as new programs are ready.


Hyattsville Speaks!

Saturday, April 27, 2024 — 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Sharing experiences of living and loving throughout the years. Staging stories for our future. Are you interested in taking part in a unique theatrical production session and having a conversation with the artists? This is your chance to take part in a unique theatrical production written and read by your neighbors and help the artists move to their next stage, plus learn how you can get involved. These artists collaborated with Yard Dramas, a theatre arts education and creative learning company based in Hyattsville, in 2023. Jennifer Ridgway, founder/owner of Yard Dramas, worked with HAP members and Hyattsville elders to build connections, nurture imaginations, and integrate their lived experiences into a one-of-a-kind theatrical production. The goal was to showcase Hyattsville’s senior community and bring them to the forefront of public consciousness, including the Mayor and City Council. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the artists and learn more about this exciting project!

Additional programs will be announced soon.

Register here to join these Corridor Conversations.


The Route 1 Corridor Conversations series has received support from Maryland Milestones, the City of Hyattsville, and the City of College Park.


Past Events

Black Lives Matter … North Brentwood: 1887 To Today

Thursday, February 25, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join us for a discussion of the history of our Route 1 neighbor, North Brentwood. We’ll learn about the history of North Brentwood, the first African-American incorporated town in Prince George’s County. From its connections to the 19th Infantry Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement to today, North Brentwood holds a unique place in Route 1’s Black history. Learn about the early days of North Brentwood, its varied relationships with its surrounding communities, its growth through self-sufficiency, and its development today. Chanel Compton, board chair and former executive director of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and executive director of the Banneker–Douglas Museum, Maryland’s official state museum of African American History and Culture, will lead the session, which also includes North Brentwood Mayor Petrella Robinson, a lifelong resident of the town.

Understanding the Power of Stories in Our Lives

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.  — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join nationally recognized author, educator, and former neighbor Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., to learn about how the power of myths and ancient stories apply to our lives today, and how they can inspire and influence us.  Dr. Pearson has developed tools to help us recognize these stories.  Discover how your story, once recognized, can help you better understand your life and chart a path through difficult decisions.

The Bard in April: Shakespeare’s Magic Macbeth

Saturday, April 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a look at a magic-filled Macbeth. Join Hyattsvillian Janet Griffinnewly retired artistic producer for the Folger Theatre, and actors Kate Eastwood Norris (Lady Macbeth) and Cody Nickell (Macduff) as they revisit the theater’s exciting 2008 production of Macbeth, co-directed by the famous magician Teller and Aaron Posner. The sold-out production was later filmed with a live audience. Watch this astonishing Macbeth, available for you to view free through the Folger website, and experience how the staging, faithful to the 400-year-old text, was riveting and remains vividly alive to the team that developed it.

The Great Caterpillar Factory & Backyard Birds

Saturday, May 22, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

It’s May and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. You’ll hear their engines humming as they munch away in woodlots or mature trees. For songbirds, this is a sign the bounty that fuels the mating, nest-building and parenting is going on right now in our backyards. Join science writer and College Park resident Rick Borchelt for a look at some of the common birds that depend on these caterpillar factories in suburban landscapes.

Art Works. It really does.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Explore the power of art and mindfulness connected drawing. Join artist, educator, and nonprofit leader Barbara Johnson of Hyattsville-based ArtWorks Now on an exploration of the many ways art works to support our well-being. From experiencing art created by others to engaging in the creation of your own artwork, art really does make our lives richer, happier, and even healthier. Come prepared with some blank paper and whatever drawing instrument you have around the house (pencil, pen, marker, paintbrush, and/or paint) to participate in some short experiential artmaking.

Pluto: Planet or Not?

Saturday, July 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Learn about Pluto’s five moons and the 2015 New Horizons flyby from University of Maryland professor Douglas Hamilton. Discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, Pluto was re-classified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The largest of the dwarf planets, the Horizon flyby taught us a lot about our distant neighbor and its moons, four of which were discovered between 2005 and 2012.

Scattered Clouds: Finding Poetry in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, August 28, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Reuben Jackson for a reading from his latest collection of poems, Scattered Clouds, and a discussion of how growing up in Washington, D.C., continues to influence his writing. A Hyattsville resident, Jackson curated the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection and is an archivist at the University of the District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives as well as co-host of “The Sound of Surprise” on WPFW 89.3 FM. His music reviews appear in numerous media outlets and his poetry has been widely anthologized.

A Virtual Tour of the College Park Aviation Museum

Thursday, September 23, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join us for an online tour of Route 1’s aviation history hosted by Tom Wilson from the College Park Aviation Museum. The museum collection contains artifacts, photographs, newspaper articles, and other records documenting the history of College Park Airport, the oldest airport in continuous operation in the world, and local aviation. We will also see the current exhibition “Tails of Flight,” featuring famous aviators and the pets that flew with them.

Flour in Her Veins: Holiday Baking

Saturday, October 23, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Cheryl Harrington says she learned early that she had flour in her veins. She worked in her parents’ homestyle bakery in Massachusetts before going to college, and she never lost her love of baking. Even during her career with the Prince George’s County Council, Cheryl made wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and other goodies for friends. After years being encouraged to start her own bakery, she opened Shortcake Bakery in 2011 where she creates baked sweet baked goods, savory meat pies, quiches, brunches and more. Cheryl will get us ready for the holiday season with ideas about cookies, pies, and her famous Nantucket Cranberry Pie.

Diaries and Journals: Tools for Life

Saturday, November 6, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m. — This program was not recorded.

Award-winning author Mary Amato began keeping a journal at the age of seven and she has used writing as a way to find comfort, insight, and meaning throughout her life. She’ll talk about the differences between diaries and journals, share some examples that range from funny to poignant, and share the how, when, why of writing for the self. Mary writes fiction, poetry, and essays. She also teaches songwriting and is the co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater. In real life, Mary lives in Hyattsville. In cyberspace, Mary lives on www.maryamato.com.

Get Your Movement On!

Saturday, January 8, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

The new year provides an opportunity to set an intention for our wellness. Embody your goals through a gentle and mindful movement session that combines yoga, qi gong, dance, and exercise with Brooke Kidd, founder and director of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier. All levels are welcome and modifications will be offered. Learn more about Joe’s programs at www.joesmovement.org and through a short video.

History of the Lakeland Community in College Park

Saturday, February 26, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Learn more about Lakeland, the historic African American community of College Park from members of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project — Maxine Gross, Violetta Sharps-Jones, Courtnie Thurston, and Robert Thurston. College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn also discusses the City of College Park’s restorative justice efforts. Formed around 1890 on the doorstep of the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland, the story of Lakeland is the tale of a community that was established and flourished in a segregated society, developing its own institutions and traditions, including the area’s only high school for African Americans, built in 1928. The Lakeland Community Heritage Project, was formed to preserve Lakeland’s history and the stories of its people through photographic archives and oral histories.

The Political & the Personal: The Poetry of the Women’s Liberation Movement

Saturday, March 26, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Drawing on personal experiences and scholarship, Deborah Rosenfelt, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland, will reflect on the contributions of poets of the late 20th century Women’s Liberation Movement in shaping thought and action. Audre Lorde, one of the most influential Movement poets, famously asserted “Poetry Is Not a Luxury.” Lorde saw poetry as a source of deep personal and communal knowledge, forming “the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” Her definition is linked to one of the central slogans of the movement: “the personal is political.” Examining selected poems, we’ll discuss how women’s poetry, along with other forms of art and thought, helped to expand the meaning of “the political” and played a crucial role in envisioning the need and possibilities for social change.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Food Critic

Saturday, April 23, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

James Beard Award-winning food writer and columnist for The Washington Post Tim Carman will discuss what it’s like being a food critic, how he chooses restaurants to review, what he looks for in the dining experience and the changing food landscape in the DMV. He’ll also discuss restaurants of note along the Route 1 Corridor.

Hunt, Gather, & Make

Saturday, May 21, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

What do you need to make a work of art?  Almost anything can be used to make art! In this Corridor Conversation, join multi-disciplinary artist Racquel Keller for a virtual hands-on art-making session designed to put creativity at your fingertips.  Find your inspiration in everyday items and transform the things found around your house into art supplies. Click here to download a supply list to prepare for the conversation.

Do Bees Have Knees (and Other Things to Know About Beekeeping)

Saturday, June 25, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

June 20th through 26th is Pollinator Week, which makes it a perfect time to learn about one of the most important pollinators around — honey bees! Maggie Mills from Hope Honey Farm in Hyattsville will join us to talk about the basics of beekeeping, the role of bees in our food supply, and how our gardens and yards can support bees and other pollinators.

Puppet Theatre: Then & Now

Saturday, July 16, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Michael Cayo Cotter, founder and director of the University Park-based Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, for a historical look at how and why he started Blue Sky Puppet Theatre in 1974 and its transition from an adult experimental company and political satire street theatre to a full-time, fine art educational touring company for young audiences by 1980. The discussion will also include a review and demonstration of the five popular forms — puppetry, hand, rod, marionette, shadow and table top — and how Zoom has transformed puppetry performances. It will be fun, interesting, and captivating!

Covid: Pandemic to Endemic — Are We There Yet?

Saturday, September 24, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

People are acting like Covid is now endemic, it’s solved, and we can go on with our lives as normal. But we aren’t there yet — there is much we still don’t know. People are still dying from it, and long Covid is real and we don’t know much about it. What do we need to do to protect ourselves and others? Dr. Stephanie Trifoglio, a geriatrician who has practiced in our area for decades, will look at what we currently know about Covid and what we need to continue doing to protect ourselves and others.

How Streetcars Built Our Route 1 Communities

Saturday, October 22, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m.Video forthcoming

Today, the Trolley Trail gives bikers and walkers easy passage from Hyattsville up Route 1, but until the late 1950s actual streetcars traveled the trail south from Branchville all the way to the Department of Interior in downtown D.C. Join Eric Madison from the National Capital Trolley Museum for a look at Route 1’s streetcar past and how it contributed to the development of the Route 1 corridor.

What’s Music Good for? A Cognitive Scientist’s Perspective

Saturday, November 12, 2022 — 2–3:30 p.m. — Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Dr. Robert Slevc for a discussion of how music can help our brains. Dr. Slevic is associate professor and associate chair in the University of Maryland Department of Psychology, as well as part of the university’s Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) and the Maryland Language Science Center. His research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms involved in the processing of language and of music in both normal and brain-damaged populations.

Metro Anthology: Stories And Drawings About Metro Riders

Saturday, January 28, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Carol Morgan, DC artist, sketches other riders on Metro buses and trains, noticing the diverse backgrounds of the people she sees. Prompted by Carol’s drawings, Gerry Hendershot, a poet from Riverdale Park, imagined the lives of Metro riders and wrote poems about them. Carol’s drawings and Gerry’s poems were published by Politics and Prose as Metro Anthology: Stories and Drawings about Metro Riders. In this presentation, Carol will show and talk about her drawings, and Gerry will read selected poems. Participants will be invited to share their own Metro stories.

Food, Aging & Community — What’s Healthy and How Do You Get Your Food?

Saturday, February 25, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Psyche Williams-Forson is professor and chair of the University of Maryland’s Department of American Studies. She is one of America’s leading thinkers about food and culture, and the author of several books, including Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power; (with Carole Counihan) Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World; and her most recent, Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America. She and her students have worked with Meals on Wheels, and she is a member of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council. During this Corridor Conversation, she will discuss the role of food and community.

Gardening for a Healthy Mind, Body & Planet

Saturday, March 18, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just curious, join us for a discussion about vegetable gardening and landscaping with native plants. A founding member of the Hyatt Park Community Garden, Dave Roeder will discuss growing vegetables in small spaces with methods that won’t break your back while providing continuous produce throughout the summer. He also was a long-time volunteer with Chesapeake Natives and will discus landscaping with native plants to support wildlife, reduce runoff, and save on maintenance chores.

National Orchestral Institute: A Month of Music & Exploration

Saturday, April 29, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Video no longer available

Since 1988, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival  at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has brought the country’s top young performers together for a month of intensive study and world-class performances. In 2018 they received a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance, and in 2020 they announced trailblazing conductor Marin Alsop as their first-ever Music Director. For the past seven years, the program has been overseen by its director Richard Scerbo — a resident of Mount Rainier. He joins us to talk about the festival and institute, discuss upcoming performances, and answer questions.

Food Forests & Foraging Along Route 1

Saturday, June 24, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Learn about the wild and designed places where you can find native foods growing in our area. Gabe Popkin, one of the founders of the Mount Rainier Community Food Forest will talk about the food forest, as well as more generally about food forests and foraging for wild-growing foods in the area.

Uhuru Quilters Guild: Exploring the Legacy of African American Quilting

Saturday, July 22, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Uhuru Quilters Guild founding member Carol Williams and Exhibits Committee Chair Renee Anderson to learn about the Guild’s work and activities, African American Quilting traditions, and their love of the quilting.

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The Village Movement: Advocating For & Expanding Villages In The Region

Saturday, September 23, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

The Village Movement turned 25 this year and it continues to grow. Join a panel of aging-in-place experts to learn about what is happening here in Maryland and Prince George’s County to advocate for villages and to seed villages across the county. We will learn from Christal Batey from the Aging in Place Prince George’s Working Group, Montgomery County Village Coordinator Pazit Aviv, and Liz Woodward and Chelsea Wheeler from the Maryland Department of Aging about how we can all work together to build a strong, supporting community for ourselves and our neighbors as we age.

Movies Then & Now: Theatres Along The Corridor

Saturday, October 28, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join us to discuss moviemaking at Route 1’s classic theatres, including the historic Greenbelt Cinema (formerly the Old Greenbelt Theatre) from Executive Director Caitlin McGrath. 2023 marks the 85th anniversary of Greenbelt, and the original theater was recently renovated and updated. Learn about the movie industry from the early days of silent films to modern cinema with animation and special effects. Hear what is in store for the future with the advent of streaming movies on demand, the writers’ strike and artificial intelligence, as well as the impact of this summer’s “Barbenheimer” phenomenon.

Desks for Malawi

Saturday, November 18, 2023 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join The Desks Project’s founder and CEO, Chikondi Kulemeka, and COO Andrew Kulemeka to discuss their College Park-based non-profit that works with local carpenters in Malawi to build desks for schools. The project has completed desks for two schools and is working on desks for a third. Providing these desks is showing improvement in test scores for students, more consistent attendance, and more girls staying in school longer.

Healthy Eating for the New Year

Saturday, January 27, 2024 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Giant Healthy Living nutritionist Isa Carrizales, RD, LDN, for a discussion about healthy eating for the new year and boosting your immune system. We’ll be discussing fun and tasty ways to make use of seasonal produce, as well as finding and scaling recipes for different sized households. This will be a great way to help refine New Year’s resolutions!

The Long Civil Rights Movement in Prince George’s County

Saturday, February 24, 2024 — 2–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join us to discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Prince George’s County with Dr. Dennis A. Doster, Black History Program Manager for the M-NCPPC Black History Program at Abraham Hall. Dr. Doster will talk about the Prince George’s Civil Rights Trail.

Our Eye on the Heavens: Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope

Saturday, March 23, 2024 — 2:00–3:30 p.m.Click Here to Watch This Presentation

Join Nobel Prize laureate Dr. John C. Mather to learn about the discoveries being made with the James Webb Space Telescope. Mather is a senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the senior project scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope. Since parking in its orbit 930,000 miles above the Earth in early 2022, the telescope has provided a closer look at the universe than has ever been possible. Dr. Mather will discuss the telescope and how it is advancing our understanding of every phase of the history of our universe — from first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation and evolution of our own solar system.