Bolton Hill Notes

Green Streets Arts Festival is coming, bringing neighborhoods together

As a new, early part of the Arts in the Parks program, the Green Streets Arts Festival 2024; Bringing Neighborhoods Together will be held on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1400-1500 Eutaw Place Median and Mounds Park (1420 Eutaw Place) and Unity Hall. The festival is organized by BHCA, Madison Park Improvement Association, Historic Marble Hill Community Association and Midtown Community Benefits District.

The Bolton Hill, Madison Park and Marble Hill neighborhoods have been divided historically and socially by the Eutaw Place Median — the so-called “Red Line” — which historically ran from North Avenue to Dolphin Street, resulting in racial segregation and mortgage redlining. Arts in the Parks has been an opportunity to break down the divide.

Visual artists from Bolton Hill, Madison Park, Marble Hill, Jubilee Arts, the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District and MICA will be featured. Bolton Hill artists including Jimmy Rouse, John Ruppert, Dena Jones, Lat Naylor and Zhee Chatmon will show their work. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the art work.

In addition, there will be a beer garden, live music with Brett Naylor and DJ John Canal, food trucks and a film screening at Unity Hall. A Kids Zone will be part of the programing. Organizations from the greater neighborhood also will have displays.

Able to volunteer? Contact Lee Tawney.

Keystone Korner hosts Bolton Hill’s Gray Panthers

Jazz impresario Todd Barkan hosted a dozen older Bolton Hill residents for a free (no-cover) Sunday matinee at Keystone Korner, the inner harbor jazz club that is among the best on the East Coast.

Arranged by Eutaw Place resident Sarah Holley, it was the first out-of-neighborhood outing for BHCA’s Gray Panthers, created two years ago to promote aging in place among residents over 60 (and those who live with them). More such outings are contemplated, included a discount-ticket visit to a BSO performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Barkan, 77, and his wife Eileen joined the group at their tables before the performance by Terri Lyne Carrington and her New Standards entourage, which include a vocalist and a dancer. Keystone Korner is celebrating its 51st year of hosting well-known and rising jazz musicians, first in San Francisco and since 2016 in Baltimore. Barkan is an NEA Jazz Master award winner.

To join or learn more about BHCA Gray Panthers email

Maj. Natalie Preston named to oversee BPD activities in West Baltimore

Maj. Natalie Preston, 44, has been appointed as Commander of the Baltimore Police Department Western District, which since last summer includes Bolton Hill.

Maj. Preston, a Baltimore native, has served the BPD since 2000. She was promoted to major last month. She served as an officer in the Central District, which covered Bolton Hill before BPD redistricting last year. She replaces Maj. Matt Correll, who was promoted to head BPD education and training programs citywide.

Maj. Preston holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a masters in criminal justice administration, both from Coppin State University. She is currently pursuing a degree in addictions counseling. She spoke briefly on a Zoom call with BHCA board members, noting that she grew up in west Baltimore, “not too far from Bolton Hill.” She is married and has a son.

Capt. Michael A. Mercado, 36, has been appointed as the Executive Officer of the Western District. Mercado has been a BPD officer for 12 years. Before joining the department, he served in the U.S. Army. He has a degree from the University of Maryland.

About The Bulletin….

The Bolton Hill Bulletin is published 10 times a year. It is designed by Elizabeth Peters. We invite others to help write, edit, provide photos or work on the business side. Send suggestions and comments to Thanks to John Kyle, Paula Jackson, Sallye Perrin, Jim Proust, Lisa Savage, Amy Sheridan, Lee Tawney and others for helping with this issue. Errors and omissions are the responsibility of the editor, Bill Hamilton.