Our St. Martin's Day Lantern Festival, led by volunteer Birgit Meade, is one of our most successful annual events. On the second Sunday in November, families come to make paper lanterns and then walk with them in the twilight while singing traditional songs of St. Martin's Day.
This year, Tami Le from newsline umd made a photodocumentary of the 2010 event, and has provided us this link, with beautiful photographs and informative text.
The Old Parish House, an historic meeting house owned by the City of College Park, has been renovated and is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
The renovations include a ramp accessing the building through the back addition, new bathrooms, and a reconfigured kitchen. The main hall has also been spruced up with a new paint job.
Because of the historic value of the building, the City and its contractors took care to design improvements that would not impact the old main structure of the building, yet still provide universal access.
The Old Parish House was originally a dairy barn built in the early 1700s as part of the Calvert estate. It was the first home of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. During much of the twentieth century, it was the meeting place for the College Park Women's Club, who donated the building to the City of College Park in the late nineties. Now, the City makes the building available to those who wish to reserve a large, comfortable meeting space, with kitchen and bathrooms.
College Park Arts Exchange holds many events monthly in the Parish House, and is thrilled that the Old Parish House is accessible, helping us fulfill our mission of making arts programming available to everyone in College Park.