About 120 people came out to the Arcade building on Gallatin Street to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the City of Hyattsville.
The party featured hors d'ourvres, a DJ playing music from the past, a photography booth and plenty of drinks. Local officials including Hyattsville Mayor Marc Tartaro, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker and state Delegate Anne Healey (D-Dist. 22) welcomed guests and spoke breifly to those gathered.
The Arcade was a fitting venue as its cornerstone was laid the same year the city was founded--in 1886--and it is being renovated by the into a performing arts center.
Over Hyattsville's history the building has been used as a silent movie theatre, bowling alley and shopping mall, according to the city's website. The event was also referred to by organizers as a "hard hat tour" of the progress of the Arcade, although no hard hats were actually worn.
The city sold tickets for the event at a cost of $125 per couple, but residents who had lived in the city for more than 25 years were welcomed as guests of Tartaro and the City Council.