Month: December 2017

Spend a Wintery Day at Lake Artemesia Natural Area

Named after local resident Artemesia Drefs who donated the land in the early 1900s, the Lake Artemesia Natural Area is a public park that includes a 38 acre lake and more than 2 miles of trails. This scenic plot of land is a popular place for fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as being a hot spot for bird watchers. The park’s Luther Goldman Birding Trail is a great place to catch a glimpse of orioles, finches, ibis, and various other species of birds. A wide array of other wildlife makes the park home as well, from white-tailed deer to beaver.

The Lake Artemesia Natural Area is also very notable as a place to to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. With every turn, there is another breathtaking view, often complimented by a peaceful breeze off of the lake. For over a century, this little slice of heaven has served as a therapeutic and calming destination for Maryland residents.

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Proteus Bicycles: Go for a Ride With New Friends

Proteus Bicycles is more than just a spot to buy a new bike or have your current set of wheels tuned up. It's a community hub where local athletes converge for weekly bike rides, potlucks, and meetings of the Friday Morning Coffee Club. Some of the events don't even require a bike, just a willingness to meet new people and go on an adventure.

Come to Proteus Bicycles for a special holiday edition of the regular Sunday Coffee Ride at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Bring your cycle along so that you can join in the five-mile ride to Zeke's or Vigilante for a cup of java and a treat with your fellow riders. On Thursday, December 28th, meet up at Proteus for the weekly potluck supper at 7 p.m. The shop's owners take care of the main dish, which will feature a holiday theme this week. All you have to do is bring a side, a dessert, or a drink to share. Cap off your holiday week with the Friday Morning Coffee Club, which meets at The Board and Brew at 7:45 a.m. with the option to go for a spin after breakfast if the weather cooperates.

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Check Out Live Music at the National Christmas Tree

Don’t miss a visit to the National Christmas Tree as it celebrates its 95th year of illuminating President’s Park at the White House. Over 75,000 LED lights provide a glowing backdrop for holographic star ornaments and shimmering ribbons, making a daytime visit equally as impressive as the tree’s decorations glimmer in natural daylight.

This is the ninth year of using LED lights exclusively, and these cost effective lights boast a low $200 price tag to shine all season long. The lights turn on at approximately 4:30 p.m. each day of the holiday season, and a visit is free and open to the public. Plan to also stroll through the walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree to see the 56 state trees decorated with handmade ornaments unique to each tree. There is also still time to catch the last few musical performances of the season. Visit for more information about the National Christmas Tree and its impressive history, or for the entertainment schedule.

Savor a Southern Classic at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken was born more than 60 years ago when Napoleon "Na" Vanderbilt and wife Maggie starting testing out fried chicken recipes to come up with the perfect combination. After piloting their carefully crafted recipe at a local tavern, they opened their own eatery and ran it until their deaths in the early '80s. The family business didn't die with them, though. Son Vernon "Gus" Bonner and his wife, Gertrude, carried on the family tradition when they reopened the eatery under the name Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in 1984.

In the years since, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken has exploded into a franchise that spans the country, including a location in Greenbelt. The menu is simple—it's all about the fried chicken. You can order a plate of the chicken, enjoy it piece by piece, or just have a "snack" or a couple of pieces of fried chicken with bread. Complement the chicken with a side of mac and cheese, potato salad, or coleslaw.

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