Bassist Ed Hrybyk had been playing in two weekly shows before the pandemic hit, but with restaurant and venue closures and social distancing, he had to get creative to keep performing and earning a living.
After experimenting, he launched the Charles Village Porch Concerts last April, playing shows with other local musicians from his North Calvert Street front porch for tips.
Early in the pandemic, “I started doing live streams, [but] it rubbed me the wrong way,” Hrybyk said. “It’s a totally different ballgame when you’re playing for different people.”
Neighbors found the concerts a welcomed respite from the pandemic and Hrybyk says it built community on his block in a way that respected government restrictions and health precautions.
A group of Roland Park neighbors is raising millions to buy and preserve land being sold by the Baltimore Country Club, hoping that their offer staves off developer interest in the valuable North Baltimore property.
The effort to turn 20 acres of historic country-club land into a community park is being led by the Roland Park Community Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1986 that supports green space in the area.
As Maryland ramps up its vaccination efforts, residents from across the state are descending on Baltimore’s M&T Bank stadium to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, eager for life after inoculation.
The facility opened late last month after an 18-day transformation from a football stadium to a mass vaccination site. It is one of five regional mass vaccination sites across the state.
University of Maryland Medical System coordinated with the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Air National Guard to convert the facility. Guardsmen are supporting the work both inside and outside the stadium.
Master Sgt. David Yarborough called his service there his most rewarding deployment.