Druid Hill

Public Housing Residents Protest Third Day With No Water or Heat



At Lakeview Towers, a public housing building in Reservoir Hill, residents have not had running water or het since Thursday. And residents, many of whom are elderly and/or disabled, are protesting.

Seersucker & Sundresses – Croquet, Music, and a Picnic for the Entire Family – Get Tickets Today!



The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Baltimore Conservatory Association are partnering with the Baltimore Croquet Club to host the third annual SEERSUCKER & SUNDRESSES GARDEN PARTY on Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3 pm to 7 pm (rain or shine) at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in historic Druid Hill Park.

The Garden Party will feature live music, light picnic fare, croquet on the lawn, and the opportunity to enjoy the Conservatory’s gardens and exhibits. The Baltimore Croquet Club will provide equipment and instructors, and organize games for guests to play.

TICKET PRICES: Adults $35; Children (12 & under) $10; Family (up to 2 adults) $70. Click Here to purchase tickets now!

Event Sponsors include the City of Baltimore, the Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore Conservatory Association, Friends of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Croquet Club, and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the historic Rawlings Conservatoty — Baltimore’s home to rare plant collections from around the world.

For more information, visit www.rawlingsconservatory.org, or call 410-396-0008. The Rawlings Conservatory is located off Exit 7, I-83 South, at the Gwynns Falls entrance to historic Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Maryland 21217.

UPDATE: ‘Seersucker and Sundresses’ has been canceled due to lackluster ticket sales.

Art Outside Spotlight on Baltimore City Teacher, Turned Artist – Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper
Charles Cooper, a local Baltimore artist who creates urban art inspired by Baltimore City, its local architecture and music

Art Outside 3 returns to Druid Hill Park this Sunday, May 17 from 11 am to 5 pm. This year’s art festival will feature more than 100 artists from around the Maryland region. They will be a diverse group who reflect a wide array of influences and inspirations from around the region. Among them will be Charles Cooper, a local Baltimore artist who lives on Eutaw Street in Bolton Hill and creates urban art inspired by Baltimore City, its local architecture and music.

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Work by Baltimore Artist Charles Cooper

Formerly a Baltimore City schools teacher, Charles decided several years ago to resign from teaching and focus on art full time. The result has been the creation of a large portfolio of colorful, fun and unique prints representative of Charles’ outgoing personality and perspective on Baltimore life.

Art Outside 3 will be Charles’ second year participating in this annual arts event. According to Charles, Art Outside is his most favorite arts event of the year thanks to its intimacy and the opportunity to really engage with visitors to the festival as well as other participating artists. “There is a great energy that pervades Art Outside,” said Charles. “Last year I had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the country who seemed genuinely interested in art, collecting art and learning what inspired me to create my works. This grassroots event provides a wonderful opportunity to bring people together from all over the City for a beautiful day around the lake in Druid Hill Park.”

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Work by Baltimore Artist Charles Cooper

Art Outside on May 17



catch of the day fish (2)There are many, many ways for a community to come together. And there are just as many ways for us to celebrate our city. Now more than ever, it seems that Baltimore needs us to get out there and show our love for our city and our communities. And with the fantastic spring weather, and the amazing grass-roots organizing we’ve seen recently, this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the best that Baltimore has to offer. Druid Hill Park has long been beloved by Baltimoreans for its sprawling green hills, amazing views, and so much more. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Druid Hill Reservoir was the site of weekly outdoor festivals that brought the community together around a love of art, and of the park itself. And it’s in the spirit of these historic festivals that Art Outside was created. It’s a one-day festival the recreates the sense of creativity and community that made those historic gatherings so special.

Druid Hill Park Gets a Waterfall and Rowboats for its Birthday

Rendering via Friends of Druid Hill Park
Rendering via Friends of Druid Hill Park

This month marks the 154th birthday of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore’s centerpiece of urban greenery, and one of the oldest city parks in the entire United States. To celebrate that birthday — and also to comply with new federal mandates requiring cities to have more on-hand drinking water — the park is about to get an upgrade. What do we have to look forward to? In three words: Waterfalls and rowboats.

What’s Wrong with This Picture: Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park
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Baltimore musician Stephen Strohmeier spotted this plaque at Druid Hill Park. It relates the history of the park, purchased by the city in 1860 using the revenue from a one-cent tax on nickel horse-drawn tram fares, in the always classy Gill Sans font on a gold background.

This Sunday: Art Outside


Art Festival

catch of the day fish (2)You know summer is afoot in Baltimore when the city begins to overflow with fabulous outdoor festivals. One of our very favorites? Art Outside—the day-long festival that recaptures the spirit of the historic outdoor festival that was held on Sundays around the Druid Hill Reservoir during the 1950s and 1960s. Last year’s festival was such a hit that it’s literally back by popular demand, and will be held this Sunday, May 18th. About last year’s festival, one visitor raved, “To see the diversity of attendees melding among the art, entertainment and sheer fun – all within a unique and naturally picturesque setting in the city – was a welcome breath of fresh air.” With reviews like that, these folks must be doing something very, very right. They’ve got one of our favorite outdoor settings in the city, and a selection of the best artists and artisans around. But what’s more, they’ve got the true spirit of what an arts festival should be—a celebration of creativity and community that’s fun and inspiring for all.

Shawn Theron’s Art Truck Serves Fine Art at Art Outside May 18th


SOGH ART TRUCK MOCKUPWhat makes Art Outside such a fun and unique event is, among other things, the diverse collection of artists that will be at this day-long, free arts festival on Sunday, May 18 at Druid Hill Park. One of those artists is Shawn Theron who will be unveiling Baltimore’s first-ever Art Truck at Art Outside. Similar to a Food Truck, Shawn’s Art Truck serves fun and varied artwork instead of food. The truck enables Shawn to take his artwork on the road to a variety of different venues like Art Outside, open the doors and show his work instantly.

#6 – On the ART TRUCK! approx 4’ x 2’ $120

The Art Truck is designed to engage and invite his audience in for a closer look. Shawn hopes passers by step inside to see his art firsthand. Paintings hang on the walls of the truck, they are stacked in bins, and drape onto the outside of the truck, too, once he stops and parks at a location. The Art Truck is great news for Shawn’s followers, which are many. He has sold 15 thousand paintings and counting.

Shawn and his Art Truck will be at Art Outside at Druid Hill Park on Sunday, May 18. This day long, free arts festival has doubled in size since last year and will feature more than 80 artists, strolling performers and musical groups, an area for “hands-on” arts and crafts for children, Baltimore’s best food trucks, and more. The event will be held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking.

For more information about Shawn Theron and his art truck, come to Art Outside or visit www.sogh.org. For more information about Art Outside, visit www.artoutsidemd.org.