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Things are Getting Funky at Community Forklift

Bring your friends, your family and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reusable in the D.C. area. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 6, in the Port Towns neighborhood, just minutes from the Hyattsville Arts District. The festival will be highlighting fun(ky)/artistic and practical reuse, with an underlying theme of local history, celebrating both the preservation of the history and the funky side of D.C.

Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice and check out demos of DIY repair and creative reuse. We’ll have artists who work with salvaged/reused materials, live funk music, kids’ activities, local food, and locally salvaged items for sale. Can’t make it to the Antiques Roadshow? Chris Melendez of Community Forklift and appraiser Jackie Gray will take a look at your vintage items (or a picture) so you can learn more about them. There will also be restoration and salvage demonstrations and local artists displaying their works made with green materials.

The event will feature three-time Independent Music Award nominee Lil’ Maceo, hailed as “Mr. Funky Sax,” and the Ron Hicks Project, with music spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago and served in the DMV. Attendees will be also be invited into the Pickers’ Paradise, with parts and pieces for your upcycling needs. 

Location: 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, Maryland. For more information, visit

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