Bolton Hill Notes

Plant your garden now, win neighborhood recognition in September

BHCA and the Bolton Hill Garden Club are planning to host an end-of-summer, community-wide beautification garden judging. Residents and business owners are encouraged to plant and beautify their street-facing garden spaces of planters and urns, window boxes, and tree/sidewalk wells.

Anyone in the neighborhood can enter; no fees are involved. On Saturday, Sept. 14, a team of judges will judge the entries. Winners will receive a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention blue ribbon. All entrants will be invited to the Bolton Hill  Garden Walk reception that afternoon.

Entries will be judged by these criteria: plant health, water, and weed management (10%); color, form and texture usage (15%); use of space (15%); overall uniqueness (15%); curb and/or yard appeal (20%); and overall attractiveness (25%). For more details go here or email

The Brass Tap craft beer pub to host fundraiser for autistic children’s summer camp

The Brass Tap, at 1205 W. Mt. Royal Ave., will host an all-day fundraiser to benefit the League for People with Disabilities on Sunday, May 19 from 2 p.m. until the bar closes at 2 a.m. “We will be sponsoring scholarships for autistic kids to attend summer camp,” said Barry Lowenthal, one of the pub owners.

“We have a special beer, brewed by Carl Young (a Reservoir Hill resident). All proceeds of sales for this beer will be donated, along with 5% of all other food and drink sales that afternoon and evening,” he added. Both Lowenthal and Young have family members on the autism spectrum.

The Brass Tap is a BHCA business sponsor. It routinely offers 50 or more beers on tap plus others in bottles and cans, along with bar food and other beverages.

Neighbors threaten legal action to change Amtrak tunnel plans

At one of several information sessions Amtrak is providing to neighborhoods affected by the massive Frederick Douglass tunnel construction project, some residents of Reservoir Hill announced they plan to file a legal complaint to force it to change its path, which currently runs under that neighborhood just north of Bolton Hill.

The civil rights complaint claims that construction would disproportionately harm black and low-income communities and that Amtrak has not done enough to gather community feedback. At Mt. Royal School in Bolton Hill this month, Amtrak officials spent most of the two-hour meeting talking about the windows, landscaping and other aesthetics of three new nearby ventilation facilities.

The new $6 billion tunnel would be 3.7 miles long, and head northwest and west out of Penn Station underneath Reservoir Hill, Penn North, Sandtown-Winchester, Bridgeview/Greenlawn, Midtown-Edmondson and Penrose/Fayette neighborhoods before meeting existing tracks west of Maryland Route 1. At the meeting attended by several Bolton Hill residents, some raised concerns about pollution and structural racism.

About The Bulletin….

The Bolton Hill Bulletin is published monthly except for July and August. 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 Maurice Corbett, Charlie Duff, Paula Jackson, Lisa Johnson, Lisa Savage, Kristine Smets, David Storey, Lee Tawney and John Timson, among others, for helping with this issue. Errors and omissions are the responsibility of the editor, Bill Hamilton.