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Baltimost: Mark Osteen, co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance, vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

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Credit: Kris Faatz.

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]

Mark Osteen, 65, is co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance and vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.

In his words: “When you go to a jazz performance, it’s a different show every night. Art is unfolding before your eyes in that second. It’s never going to come back again. You’re catching art on the fly. You get to see musicians and artists working together to create something bigger than they are.

Baltimost: Donna Jacobs, founder and director of Morton Street Dance Center, Inc. 

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Image courtesy of Donna Jacobs.

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]

Donna Jacobs, 62, founder and director of Morton Street Dance Center, Inc. 

In her words: “I’ve been dancing since I was 2 and a half. I grew up in Queens, N.Y., and went to the Bernice Johnson Dance Studio and the New York School for the Performing Arts. I started teaching when I was in high school and I’ve been doing it ever since. 

Baltimost: Nathan Ferrell, Spanish teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

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Courtesy of Nathan Ferrell.

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]

Nathan Ferrell, 35, is a Spanish teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

In his words: 

“To teach in Baltimore, you have to have the endurance, the wit and the brilliance that the students here exhibit. They bring it every day.

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Welcome to the first-ever Baltimost, our awards recognizing some of the people, places and things that make Baltimore such a unique place to live. As regular readers of the site know, the portmanteau for this comes from a column by contributor Karen Nitkin. To date, she’s spoken with nearly 20 subjects, relaying parts of each person’s life story, told in their own words, and the thing they enjoy most about the city.

In many cases, the everyday people featured in the Baltimost column are contributing in their own way to the daily fabric of Baltimore’s culture, and if not that, their experiences say something about being here.

When we thought about putting together some kind of award, it felt like a good idea to extend that concept. What people, places and things help to define Baltimore and make it a better place?

As much as we enjoy Best of Baltimore lists, this is not meant to join those. No winner is better than someone or something that’s not on here, and the 30 selections by our staff are in no way a complete representation of the city.

But we do think it’s a good place to start and a way of nodding to Baltimore’s great qualities. Hope you enjoy reading. (Brandon Weigel)

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Baltimost: Annetta Holser, retired ballerina and ballet instructor

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A framed picture of Annetta Holser in the 1950s, when she was a member of Ballets Russes. Photo by Karen Nitkin.

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]

Annetta Holser, is a retired ballerina and ballet instructor. 

In her words: “Dance was always something that was mine. I have the right temperament. You have to be stable. Grind out the work every day. Dancers are a special type of people. They usually don’t talk a whole lot. They have to listen. 

Baltimost: Ernest Shaw Jr., teacher and artist in residence at Motor House

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Credit: André Chung

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]

Ernest Shaw Jr., 50, is a painter, teacher and artist in residence at Motor House

In his words: “I grew up in a community where art was celebrated. My mother painted. I have other relatives who are musicians, dancers and visual artists.

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.  

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

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Courtesy of Aaron Heinsman.

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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Credit: John Waire

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:

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