Photos by Alisha Wolf, Kendra Parlock and Peter Van Buren.
On a gorgeous June evening, children playing, smoking grills, rocking musicians and contented neighbors filled Arnold Sumpter Park at Boltonstock 2017.
Organizers Chas Phillips and Jessica Wyatt did a fantastic job of pulling all the pieces together. They were assisted by an army of volunteers and neighborhood organizations, with special honors going to grillmaster Rob Helfenbein, Chris Whisted & Little Havana for supplying LOTS of beer, Jeff Dugan for all the sports equipment, Andrew Parlock (with major guidance from Chris) working the generator, Mare Consugar on concessions, Memorial Episcopal on baked goods, the Baltimore Community ToolBank for the constructable playground, chairs and tents, and Linda Rittelman on trash can duty.
Here’s a drone’s eye view of the fun by Chas Phillips.
A great group of neighborhood organizations manned the community tables, including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Corpus Christi Church, Enoch Pratt Library, Food & Water Watch, Loving Arms, MRIA, Royal Theater and Community Heritage Corporation, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, Whitelock Community Farm, and Residence Row startup companies Moma Pops and Natural Energy.
Ideas are already circulating to make 2018’s festival even better.