Community Forklift Hosts “This Old Warehouse” Fall Festival This Saturday

The Warehouse
The Warehouse

One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we still post about it from time to time, since it’s not too far and is a great destination! We thought readers would like to know about this free upcoming event. From a notice:

On Sat. Sept. 12th, join us for “This Old Warehouse” a fall festival to celebrate old homes and the folks who love them. You can meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on topics like wood window restoration and electrical systems in old homes. You can also browse our wide selection of antique tools and hardware (normally sold only online). We’ll have live music from local bands, cider and baked goods, and lunch from the Urban Bumpkin BBQ food truck.

10am – 3pm, September 12, 2015 Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets for:

Live Bands:
Enjoy old-timey music from Jacob Panic, Sweet Back Papas, Rodeo Motel, and DJ Right.

Great Grub:
Urban Bumpkin BBQ is a modern rolling cuisine that combines Asian, Native Alaskan and Russian dishes with American smoking traditions and unique bang’n flavors. They say, “Some may call it the identity crisis menu, but it’s definitely the epitome of melting pot ‘Murica!”

Meet the Experts:
Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more. We’ll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:
Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
Preservation Maryland
Historic Roofing Company
Wagner Roofing
Prince George’s County Office of Historic Preservation
The Prince George’s Memory Project

Appraisal Advice:
Ever wonder whether Grandma’s knick-knack is worth anything? Sarah Reeder, a specialist at the Potomack Company, will be here to offer advice about antique appraisal. Her particular areas of expertise are mid-century modern design and decorative arts. Individuals with items outside of Ms. Reeder’s areas of expertise are welcome to bring their items and she will document them to be evaluated later by her colleagues.

Free Workshops:
10am- Understanding Your Electrical System
by Steve Palmer of Stephen Palmer Electric, Inc.
Familiar with all types of wiring, dating back to the late 19th century, Steve will be sharing tips to troubleshoot and assess electrical safety in old homes.

12pm- Capturing Our Legacy With Home Movies and Photographs
by The Prince George’s Memory Project
Makarah and Matt will explain the Memory Project and give an overview about collecting and preserving home movies and photographs. They will also show clips from some of their collected historic materials.

1pm- Harvest Farm Tour
by Deb Wren, Head Farmer at ECO City Farms Edmonston
Join us for a crisp neighborhood walk and a fall harvest tour of ECO City Farms. See the autumn setting in on the farm and enjoy some fresh air and nature right in the heart of the Port Towns.

2pm- Restoring Historic Windows
by Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures
An expert in conserving, restoring and reproducing period window styles from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Stephen will introduce you to basic maintenance and repair techniques for your old windows.

Thanks to our Sponsor:
Thanks to the National Association of Remodeling Industries Metro DC Chapter for making this event possible!


Community Forklift  is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078

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