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Baltimost: Audrey Van de Castle, metalworker and makerspace manager for Stanley Black & Decker

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Credit: Quinn Struke

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Audrey Van de Castle, 27, is the makerspace and open innovation manager for Stanley Black & Decker. 

In her words: “I grew up in Baltimore and went to Mercy High School. My dad was in construction, so I was around tools from a young age, but I didn’t really see them as my passion until I got my hands on a welder in college.  

In ‘Crusade,’ a battle over the future of the U.S. may already be lost

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From its first moments, when militants crash into an isolated cabin and threaten the elderly woman living there, “Crusade” brings the adrenaline. Tensions during the hourlong production just keep mounting after that.

The gunmen, it soon becomes clear, belong to a makeshift rebel army formed after the United States abandoned its Constitution and forged a new one, creating the United Christian States of America. 

Baltimost: Aaron Heinsman, 47, volunteer with Lights Out Baltimore

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Aaron Heinsman, 47, volunteers with Lights Out Baltimore, an organization that helps injured birds.

In his words: “I’m one of those crazy city dwellers. I don’t have a car. I live and work in Mount Vernon, and I walk to my job as director of advancement for Maryland Humanities.

Baltimost: Jessica Watson, founder of the Have a Nice Day Project

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Jessica Watson, 35, is the founder of marketing firm Points North Design Studio and the Have a Nice Day Project.  

In her words: “I started the Have a Nice Day Project in 2015. It’s a happy hour, once a quarter in a local establishment in Baltimore. You’re essentially coloring at the bar, but really you’re writing positive messages to fellow neighbors in Baltimore who you’ll never meet.

Baltimost: Sharon Buie, founder of Recreation Chariot

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Photo courtesy of Sharon Buie

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Sharon Buie, 57, is the owner of Recreation Chariot, which provides therapy through outdoor activities like hiking, biking and more. In her words:

Baltimost: Jonathan Sneddon, IT administrator and artist behind Teara Newhole Gsus

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Credit: Studio 5 Baltimore

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Jonathan Sneddon, 37, is an IT administrator and artist. In their words:

Baltimost: Cori Dioquino, actor and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

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Credit: Human Being Productions

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Cori Dioquino, 34, is an actor, producer, arts integration educator and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC). In her words:

Baltimost: Scott Patterson, pianist and artistic director of Afro House

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Credit: Jill Fannon.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Scott Patterson, 42, is a pianist, composer and artistic director of Afro House.  In his words:

“Afro House is a music-driven performance art house. We make things with art and music. We tell stories. We got into the business to break barriers and challenge norms and aesthetics around people of color.

‘Queens Girl’ plays at Everyman Theatre are a tour de force of acting and storytelling

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Dawn Ursula, left, and Erika Rose. Credit Teresa Castracane Photography and ClintonBPhotography

Partway through “Queens Girl in Africa,” protagonist Jacqueline Marie Butler finally feels like she’s making friends at her fancy new school in Nigeria.

There’s a problem, though. Some of the students want to raise money for a school dance by holding a “slave sale.” Students will get to “buy” other students and tell them what to do. And to make it even more fun, one girl announces, owner and slave will be tied together with rope.

Jacqueline, a recent transfer from Queens, New York, screws up her courage and gives a short, eloquent argument against this terrible idea–only to be promptly shut down by an American student who tells her that slavery is in the past, so there’s no reason to be upset. The grisly fundraising event goes on.

Baltimost: April Smith, local tour guide

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April Smith.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected].

April Smith is a local tour guide. In her words: “I love showing people my city. I give tours like I’m talking to a new friend.

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