Prince George's County
Prince George's County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 9200 Basil Court, suite 101, Largo, (301) 925-8300, www.goprincegeorgescounty.com.
Prince George's County Premier Area Guide, www.princegeorges.com.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-7622. Exhibits showcase the life of Maryland's indigenous Indian population before European settlers invaded the land--a time before reservations and casinos. A full scale replica of a long house, collections of tools, weapons, and Native American artworks are all on display.
Antique Chesapeake Carousel, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, (301) 218-6761, www.pgparks. com/places/parks/watkins.html. Only a precious few hand-carved, hand-painted carousels exist and Watkins Park hosts one of them. The 80 year old carousel features 45 different animal carvings, rang- ing from kangaroos to seahorses to goats. Take a ride.
Montpelier Mansion, 9401 Montpelier Drive, Laurel, (301) 953-1376, www.pgparks.com/places/historic/montpelier.html. A magnificent Georgian period mansion that now serves as the cultural hub of Laurel and surrounding areas. The mansion sits on 70 acres of park land and hosts various tours, concerts, re-enactments, exhibits, festivals, and all that community celebratory jazz.
NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center and Visitors Center, Explorer Road, Greenbelt, (301) 286-9041, www.gsfc.nasa.gov. Revel in the history of the space program from our first steps on the moon to the Hubble Space Telescope, and learn about the new and exciting things being discovered about the final frontier. Exhibits focus on the time between 1958 and the present with collections of space flight artifacts, photographs, and model rockets.
National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, (866) 272-6272, www.archives. gov. The Nixon/Watergate tapes are housed here as well as other less scintillating collections of important historical documents, tapes, and films.
Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, (301) 390-1020, www.radiohistory.org. First radio, and then television, changed the world of entertainment towards what we have today. Go find out how things got to be the way they are with exhibits of the glorious past of radio and television.
Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Mitchellville, (301) 249-1500, www.sixflags. com/parks/america. One of the 30 Six Flags theme parks in the United States, the park features a water park and over 100 rides of the typical amusement fare including the Superman Ride of Steel, Tower of Doom, and this year's newest addition, the Penguin's Blizzard River.
Tobacco Farming Museum, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, (301) 627-6074. The tobaccy industry is a part of Maryland's legacy and this museum, part of the Patuxent Rural Life Museums, features exhibits about Prince George's County's agricultural history. Funny how you can't smoke in museums, even those dedicated to tobacco, isn't it?
Battle of Bladensburg, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 16, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, (301) 864-0420. "Troops" from both British and American sides camp out on the lawn as they give demonstrations, military drills, and depictions of camp life during the War of 1812 for your amusement and education, too. Plus, re-enactors--or living historians--are hot!
BowieFest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 7, Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, (301) 262-6200, ext. 3076, www.cityofbowie.org. Just like many other annual community festival, this one features a dog show, arts and crafts, kiddie rides, ambiguous "entertainment," and a home and business fair (whatever that is).
An Evening of Murder--Murder Mystery at the Museum, 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 21, Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, (301) 952-8010. Your typical whodunit murder mystery night--with an 18th century twist.
Jazz on the Portico, 7 p.m. Wednesdays all summer long, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, (301) 864-0420. What a nice way to spend a night in the middle of the week, and hell, an intimate jazz concert will do your nerves good.
Main Street Antique, Arts, and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7, 6th and Main streets, Laurel, (301) 725-7539. Rain or shine the annual show goes on with its antique dealers, juried shows of work by regional artisans, refreshments, and antique appraisals for those who wish to lug down that dusty old armoire to see if it's worth something.
Needleart 2003, 3-7 p.m. July 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-16, 18-20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 17, Montpelier Mansion, 9401 Montpelier Drive, Laurel, (301) 953-1376, www.pgparks.com/places/historic/montpelier.html. An annual exhibit that features the work grannies everywhere have been stitching all winter long, including cross-stitch, petit-point, and ribbon work. Don't miss the daily demonstrations of needleart techniques. Visitors are encouraged to pick the "People's Choice" award for their favorite piece.
Sports and Recreation
Bowie Baysox, Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, www.baysox.com. This Baltimore Orioles affiliate team does the whole popcorn-and-Cracker Jacks deal with games all summer long.
National Capital Curling Center, 13810 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, (410) 715-1655. It's summertime, and that means it's hot and muggy outside. So why not push 40-plus pound rocks around on a sheet of ice? This curling center is the only world-class facility of its kind in the region. All are encouraged to enjoy a little social curling.
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, (301) 583-2400, www.pgsportsandlearn.com. This sports complex is easily one of the largest in the area and boasts a gymnastics center, an aquatics center, a fitness center, and a huge Field House.
Rosecroft, 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, (301) 567-4000, www. rosecroft.com. Enjoy a day of horse racing and casino gambling. Oh wait, that's right, you can only gamble on the horses, not on slots.
Peach Creek Shops, 201 Main St., Laurel, (301) 498-9071, www.peachcreekshops.com. Peach Creek is mainly a destination for model train aficionados, but average Joes might get a kick out of the shop's broad collection of vintage and modern model train doohickeys.
Scoshie's Antiques and Collectibles, 14134 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, (301) 645-7734, www.princegeorges.com/antiques/scoshies.htm. Scoshie's offers a wide array of antique glass, china, linen, lamps, furniture, and other gadgets that haven't been made in decades.
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