Are you coming to our fall festival on Sept. 24th?


10am – 4pm

Saturday, September 24th

Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets to Community Forklift for This Old Warehouse!  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.  We’ll have architectural salvage sales, live music from local bands, a farm tour, a strolling magician, and lunch from the Urban Bumpkin BBQ food truck.  More details below.

 Our warehouse is located in the Port Towns neighborhood at 4671 Tanglewood Drive in Edmonston MD – just 5 minutes from the DC line, near the Hyattsville Arts District.  Get directions here.


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Appraisal Advice Fundraiser!

10 am – 4 pm
Jackie Gray & Chris Melendez

Wonder whether that old knick-knack is worth anything?  Do you love watching Antiques Roadshow?  Bring in something you’re curious about!  Jackie Gray of Hidden Treasure Appraisals and Chris Melendez  will offer advice about your antiques, including architectural salvage, ceramics, furniture, sterling silver, and vintage jewelry.  Donations to Community Forklift are appreciated.  In addition to financial donations, we will also be accepting donations of estate & folk jewelry, and silver hollow ware & flatware at this booth.



Architectural Salvage Sale!

During the festival, the Forklift will offer discounts on reclaimed mantels, vintage windows, period light fixtures, clawfoot tubs, cast-iron sinks, and more.


FREE Restoration Workshops Presented by Local Experts:

Salvage Arts by Terry Lewis

10:30 am – A Walk Through the History of Lighting

by Terry Lewis of Salvage Arts

Tour our Salvage Arts room with antiques dealer Terry Lewis, and take a walk through the history of lighting. Learn about period lighting including style, methods of construction, types of shades, and scale of fixtures as related to room designs & furniture styles.


11:00 am – Understanding Your Electrical System

by Stephen Palmer of Stephen Palmer Electric
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.


1:00 pm – Exciting Topic TBA


1:30 pm – Harvest Farm Tour

by Kayla Agonoy, Communications & Volunteer Coordinator at ECO City Farms Edmonston

Join us for a crisp neighborhood walk and a fall harvest tour of ECO City Farms, just a few blocks from the ‘Lift. See the autumn setting in on the farm and enjoy some fresh air and nature right in the heart of the Port Towns.


3:00 pm – Historic Window Preservation

by Steven 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 cover basic maintenance and repair techniques for old windows.


Information & Demos!

Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more. We’ll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:


Historic Structures


Stephen Palmer Electric, Inc.


Strolling Magician! 


12pm – 2pm

Matt Neufeld will perform family-friendly, fun, funny and entertaining card, coin, mind-reading and production close-up magic!!


Local Bands!


10:00am – Bluegrass, Country, & Americana from Silver City

Silver City is a string band in the Metropolitan D.C. area that blends the best of classic country, bluegrass, folk, honky tonk, and other Americana music. Silver City plays a mix of classics and rediscovered gems from the likes of Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Willie Nelson, The Band, Bob Wills, Lyle Lovett, and many more. Their sound combines rich vocal harmonies with guitar, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and harmonica.


12:00pm – Indie Rock & Bluegrass from Blue Plains

These Hyattsville locals have green roots in the community, and a passion for original composition.


2:00pm – Indie Folk from Slim Rosa

Slim Rosa is a side project collaboration of the founding members of The Iris Bell. For this project, Matthew and Laura wanted to explore a more plaintive side to their songwriting. Slim Rosa blends acoustic guitars and analog organs with vocal harmonies, evoking the duo’s connection to their Tennessee/North Carolina/Georgia roots.


Yummy Food!

Urabn Bumpkin BBQ

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!”


Special Thanks To Our Event Sponsors:

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Thanks also to photographer John Lynagh andlenzyruffinphotography-black1