Bolton Hill Notes

Final BHCA board meeting before recess set for Tuesday, June 6

BHCA’s new board will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. at Memorial Episcopal Church’s Farnham Hall. All neighborhood residents are welcome to attend. The board does not meet during the summer months, although the BHCA executive committee will meet monthly. The next board meeting will be held in September.

It’s open enrollment time for the Bolton Hill Gray Panthers

A couple of years ago, BHCA created a task force to examine things that could be done to make it easier for older residents of Bolton Hill to stay in the neighborhood and to age in place, rather than moving away.

More than 50 residents aged 60 to 85 (and a couple who were younger) showed up and concluded that making information about programs and support for senior residents was important.  So a page on the BHCA website was created and will be updated from time to time. It lists premiums available to older residents, such as discounted taxi rides, free and discounted tickets to entertainment events and information about nearby places to gather or exercise.

With that done, the group dropped the awkward task force designation and re-branded as Gray Panthers: older activists who live in and care about Bolton Hill.

If you fit that description and are over 60 (or love being in the company of those who are), the time to enroll is now. Just email your contacts and a sentence or two about yourself (yourselves, if you are a couple) to . It’s free.

Plans for a couple of meetings/social events are in the works. In the past, speakers have included representatives of the city government agency on aging, a director from Keswick’s Community for Life program and, most recently, the dean of UMBC’s School of Aging Studies. We’re exploring a possible program on cannabis, now that its use is becoming legal and easily available. Stay tuned.

Brew at the Zoo on Memorial Day weekend

Experience one of Baltimore’s biggest beer festivals Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, seltzer, and cider sampling, live music, local vendors, and all-day admission to the Maryland Zoo in Druid Hill Park. More than 80 beers will be available, according to organizers. Three bands will perform each day.

Bolton Hill Symphony night is Friday, May 19

BHCA has reserved a group of seats in the Grand Tier (1st balcony) at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the concert Friday May 19, 2023. Tickets are $40 for BHCA members. Come join your friends and neighbors for a wonderful evening. Drinks will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.

Llamas Corner is open, serving exotic coffees

Crowds are back at what, in pre-pandemic times, was the Park Café on McMechen Street. The new Llamas Corner café is open and busy.

It offers what it calls a unique menu of classic and specialty espresso beverages, breakfast items, and lunch options, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It’s a comfortable place to meet a neighbor or sit and sip alone.

Orchkids celebrating 15th anniversary

Orchkids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program that promotes music for Baltimore public school students, will offer a free 15th Anniversary Concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. More information here.

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