Bolton Hill Notes

Arts in the Parks plans 13 summer events

The third annual Arts in the Parks summer picnic concert series this summer – managed by BHCA’s Greening Committee – will feature 12 concerts in parks in and near the neighborhood, plus another birthday party honoring novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The concerts will take place on Thursdays, July 6 through Sept. 14. Familiar musicians, some of them neighbors, will perform, including jazz maker Todd Marcus and bluegrass artists Brad and Ken Kolodner, plus Craig Alston, Ray Winder and Jimmy Wilson.

The Fitzgerald birthday party, as in the past, will feature music and gin drinks from his era. Fitzgerald lived for a while near the park where the event will take place: Fitzgerald Park at Bolton and Wilson Streets.

Financial support is needed. Click here and designate “Arts in the Parks.”

Fresh and free food options are available nearby

Although Bolton Hill is a relatively affluent neighborhood with a grocery store that carries fresh products, another reliable source of fresh produce within walking distance is Fresh at the Avenue inside The Avenue Market at 1648 Pennsylvania Ave., Thursdays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a project of the No Boundaries Coalition. In season, much of the food is grown nearby.

And for those who need it, there is free food available at the Eutaw-Marshburn school food pantry, 1624 Eutaw Place, Mondays 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Garden club has speaker on invasive species

Wondering about that plant that took over your entire garden last year? Baltimore city arborist Megan Carr will speak to members and guests of the Bolton Hill Garden Club on Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. She will talk about invasive vegetation: why invasive vegetation is a problem, how to identify invasives, how to get rid of them and what to plant instead. For more information contact Joyce Oliner.

Save the Date for Midtown’s Town Hall

Please join us for Midtown’s 2023 Town Hall and at-large election on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s meeting will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams and will also be live streamed to Midtown’s Facebook page. During the meeting, Midtown staff will be updating constituents on the organization’s projects and goals for the year ahead, as well as announcing nominees for the four at-large representatives to serve on Midtown’s board (one to represent each of Midtown’s four neighborhoods) for the coming year. There will be time for questions and input from attendees. Visit for additional details.

Yoga on Eutaw Place (and beyond) starts this week

No Boundaries Coalition is kicking off monthly free yoga instruction and exercise sessions at Baltimore Unity Hall Saturday March 18, 11-12;30 a.m., open to residents of the 21217 ZIP Code. Mats will be provided, as will refreshments. For more information email or call 410-800-2452.

City Council considering new oversight for landlords

Attention renters and landlords: the city council appears poised to pass a bill protecting renters from landlords with 20 or more units who refuse to provide safe habitable housing. Apartment buildings in poor condition with numerous complaints and outstanding violations would go on a priority list to receive semi-annual visits from city inspectors rather than a third-party inspector hired by a landlord, which the law currently allows. The Strengthening Renters’ Safety Act is sponsored by council members Zeke Cohen and six other council members. Councilman Eric Costello is not among them.

About the Bulletin. . . .

The Bulletin is designed by Elizabeth Peters. We invite others to help write, edit, provide photos or work the business side. Send suggestions and comments to Thanks to Whitney Ward Birnbaum, Kimberley Canale, Steve Howard, Paula Jackson, Joyce Oliner, Francine Marchese, David Nyweide, Jim Prost, Amy Sheridan and Lee Tawney, among others, for advice and contributions this month. Errors and omissions are the responsibility of the editor, Bill Hamilton.