October 2022
ExPGC Reimagined
Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting: https://www.experienceprincegeorges.com/member/
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Industry News

It seems that the global travel and tourism industry is finally seeing its long-awaited post-pandemic rebound as it emerges from a two-year slump, the likes of which the sector had never seen before. Although, lest we forget, its recovery remains susceptible to volatile factors like new COVID-19 variants, the global economy and Russia’s war still raging in Ukraine.

'People need to make their own decisions'
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen told CNN Travel before the CDC's latest move that we're in "a phase in the pandemic where people need to make their own decisions based on their medical circumstances as well as their risk tolerance when it comes to contracting Covid-19."

From high school soccer tournaments to the World Cup, sports-related travel is a major driver for local and national economies across the U.S and around the world. Passionate sports fans, eager to travel after sticking close to home during COVID-19, are investing big bucks to become part of the action.
Meetings & Events

The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women’s (N.O.B.E.L. Women) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the organization’s annual meeting where more than 200 Black women legislators join industry leaders and stakeholders from around the country. Hundreds of attendees from across the country and around the world attend this four-day conference to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Black America.

The nation’s No. 1 conference focused on celebrating and refining Black men with the tools to advance their professional development at every leadership level, from entry-level management to C-suite executive. Celebrates Black men in areas ranging from business and technology, to sports and the arts.

The Black Owned Small Business Expo was created to give minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, small businesses, resources, start-ups, and their supporters a platform to network, collaborate, and build in order to strengthen our local economies. General Admission tickets are free to the public.

The purpose of the majority of events is to bring people together for a common, worthwhile experience. All participants are sharing in an event that is meaningful to them, whether it is roaring spectators at a sold-out stadium, a private poetry reading, or a business conference that is reshaping an industry. The latest technical development in the world of events is called the “metaverse.”

Most event professionals have already been through a crash course in hosting virtual events thanks to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to keep up with expectations. To stay ahead of the competition and keep remote audiences engaged, event planners need to leverage both their own creativity and industry best practices for online events. Here are 37 virtual event ideas to inspire your upcoming events.
Arts & Culture

Festival Activities: traditional and contemporary musical performances drumming, singing, dancing, oral tradition storytelling, interactive exhibits and demonstrations, pre-contact native technologies, native horsemanship genealogy, regalia, arts & crafts, archery, live birds of prey, archaeology. Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10 am - 4 pm, Patuxent River Park, Group Campground & Picnic Contact Information: 301-627-6074, patuxentriverpark@pgparks.com/FREE admission and parking!

Wyoming Farm in Clinton, Maryland is a young chestnut and pawpaw orchard at a nationally registered historic placed called “Wyoming”. In addition to our sustainable farming, we serve our community by offering tours of the historic house and land, by providing opportunities for Covid compliant events, and by hosting our Balkan Chestnut Festival, which is Balkan-inspired harvest celebration. We hope you will join us in creating a community that will preserve this beautiful piece of farm land and American history.
At Queen Anne Farm, we believe that a trip to the pumpkin patch should be a family farm experience, complete with a ride on the hay wagon, a few familiar farm animals, and plenty of time to search for the perfect pumpkin! The Pumpkin House Together your family can explore the Pumpkin House, and be sure to bring your cameras to pose for annual photos there and in front of our giant critters and straw farm animals.
We also have lots of places to run, climb, and thrive on the country fresh air.
Enjoy a scenic hayride around the farm to see lively scarecrows, an enormous corn maze, giant slides, massive jump pads, barnyard buddies, fun outdoor activities, and amazing photo opportunities. After all of the fun, stop by their farmers market to enjoy apple cider donuts, homemade pumpkin and apple pie ice cream, locally grown apples and apple cider, pumpkins, lots of delicious food, snacks, and more.
Have fun on their 7-acre interactive corn maze with activities featuring a rope maze, hayrides, roping range, pumpkin bowling, scavenger hunt, painting pumpkins, duck races, bonfire, hill slides, pedal carts, animals, and a big ole’ pumpkin patch! Purchase tickets online.

Prince George’s County didn’t feel like a place to make movies when actress Kike Ayodeji grew up. She loved film festivals, but she had to drive to D.C. and Philadelphia or fly to Los Angeles to reach them. The first film to represent Prince George’s that came to mind for her was a 2020 documentary about the county’s long list of accomplished basketball players.

This season's Haunted House features the new installation “Carlisle Hotel”, trapped in the 1940’s. Find your way through the cinema complex, including the newly created "Cat's Casino"*. This year, we have upgraded our experiences with more sensory overload, gruesome make-up, interactive characters, and chilling scenes of anticipation around every corner in our 28,000+ square foot attraction.

Scare Zones: Watch your back! There could be a zombie, a witch, or something else that goes bump in the night. Rides in the Dark:
When the sun goes down, the scare factor turns up. Experience chilling rides and coaster in darkness. GhostTown: The souls of the old west to strike terror in the living. You better saddle up, in this nightmare there's fear in them hills. Zombieville: Beware of these dreadful ghostly figures with crazed glaring stares, rising up from the steamy earth, ready to set out on another terrorizing hunt for their next savory meal of sweet human brains.

Returning November 25 - December 31 after a two year hiatus
Gaylord National Resort will celebrate the Christmas season with the return of the hotel’s longtime beloved holiday tradition, ICE!. Using more than 2 million pounds of ice, the amusing holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story™’ will be brought to life in ice sculpture form by a team of 40 world-class ice artisans from Harbin, China.

Fall is officially here! If you’re looking for a way to welcome the cozy, colorful season, consider a short trip across the river. MGM National Harbor is fully embracing the change in season with new menu items and cocktails at their restaurants and a stunning new display in the conservatory.
Sports & Recreation

There are many reasons why the Capital Challenge Horse Show has become such a prominent event - from the unique combination of the Show Place Arena and large outdoor ring, to the elaborate championship presentations. From the old favorites to the fresh new faces each year in the Future Hunters, the quality of the animals brought to the ring is unsurpassed. 

The 64th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS Equestrian™ returns to the Washington, D.C. area October 24-30 with seven days and three nights of thrilling five-star international jumping, top hunters, entertaining exhibitions, and special events for the whole family. Join us in our new location at The Show Place Arena, Prince George’s Equestrian Center, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 

Minority Baseball Prospects Showcases are the best tool to help players gain valuable exposure to pro scouts and college coaches at every level. Purchase Tickets

Time & Location
October. 8, 8:00am - October 9, 9:00pm
Prince George's Stadium
4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, MD 20716
Food & Beverage

Franklins in Hyattsville is expanding its general store as it makes plans to eventually add an ice cream shop next door. Owner Mike Franklin told the Hyattsville Wire that the store will have more space for toys, tchotchkes, jewelry and wine and beer. “We’re basically expanding a lot of the areas for things that people don’t like to buy on the internet because they need to touch and feel them,” he said.

Mushroom-obsessed sandwich and salad shop MushDC opened at miXt Food Hall in the heart of Maryland’s Gateway Arts District. Mushrooms mimic meat to make sandwiches the Izzit Chik’n, Bahn Mi Izzit, Jerk BBQ, a Mush N’ Cheese. Mush DC, which started as a pop-up at Shaw’s Roy Boys, comes from American Son alum Tarik Frazier and and business partner Alex Hamilton. 3809 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, Maryland
Community Highlights

During the month of October, the nation joins together to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This national campaign aims to raise awareness on the impact of breast cancer on individuals and families across the world, and we are excited to join the efforts by officially proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Prince George’s County.

We have chosen this year’s theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as “Prince George’s Goes Pink.” This theme serves as an opportunity to provide awareness on breast cancer symptoms, early detection and treatment, as well as educate residents on the programs and resources available to those impacted by breast cancer in our County.

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