If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy springtime in the city, we have plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air on our upcoming walking tours, a bike tour through Druid Hill Park, and the latest chance to get inside the Shot Tower.
On Saturday, May 11, our Baltimore by Foot series continues in Union Square where we’re asking what H.L. Mencken might think of summer concerts and window boxes. That same day, we’re also offering our final Lexington Market tour for the spring—and it even has a few spots still open! The following Saturday, May 18, our last Baltimore by Foot tour for the season explores the history (and future) of arts and entertainment on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Early next month, on Saturday, June 8, we hope you can put a little air in your tires and ride along for The Nooks and Crannies of Druid Hill Park by Bike with our two veteran tour leaders Dr. Ralph Brown and artist Graham Coreil-Allen. We keep to a modest pace and a mostly flat grade so people of all biking abilities are welcome.
Finally, whether it rains or shines, our Monumental City Tours continue on Sunday mornings with Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower on May 12 and Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument on May 19. These affordable tours are a great way to show off the city to visiting family and friends.
With wishes for a happy spring, I hope to see you on one (or two or more!) of our upcoming tours.
The Arch Social Club, one of the oldest continually operating African-American social clubs in the country, was recently selected as one of eleven Main Street sites to receive a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Come out to celebrate this award with an open house, free food, and free concert by Jonathan Gilmore and “The Experience.”
Come out for a featured lecture by James Earl Reid, sculptor, designer, and creator of the Billie Holiday Monument on Sunday, October 28. This event will feature live musical illustrations by Songstress Larzine as Billie Holiday, accompanied by the Phill Butts Combo. She will perform “God Bless the Child”, “Lady Sings the Blues”, “Strange Fruit”, and “Hush Now Don’t Explain”.
Baltimore’s “Billie Holiday Monument” was researched in 2014 by journalist William Merritt Pleasant IV. He discovered that this world-class monument to “Billie Holiday” is the only monument ever dedicated to our world renowned jazz singer. Since the re-dedication of the Billie Holiday Monument, the monument has deteriorated. In early November, the entire structure will be removed for a major overhaul. We are saying goodbye now, but we are “Bringing Billie Back!”
In closing Musicians, Dancers, Visual Artists, Singers, Poets and Speakers are welcome to perform in honor of the historical life, legend, and legacy of Billie Holiday.
Supported by Maryland Humanities.
Do you own an old rowhouse? If you are located in a historic district, you might be one of thousands of Baltimore home-owners eligible for the Maryland Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program which can provide a substantial tax incentive for maintenance or rehab work on your historic home. If you can spend a minimum of $5,000 in a two-year period, approved applicants receive a 20% refundable income tax credit on the cost of your maintenance or home-improvement project. Learn more about historic tax credits with our detailed guide to city, state and federal programs.
Historic Rehab Tax Credit Workshop
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 7 to 8 PM
St. Peter Claver Church | 1546 North Fremont Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
Join Baltimore Heritage and the Druid Heights CDC on March 16 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Peter Claver Church for an introductory workshop to the state and city historic rehab tax credit. Chloe Williams from the Druid Heights CDC will share a case study on their work with the tax credit program for the rehab of the historic Gateway Homes along McCulloh Street in the Druid Heights neighborhood.
Questions? Call Eli Pousson at 301-204-3337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org