Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Notes from July 3, 2012 Meeting

This was a very short meeting, as there wasn't much on the agenda.

Results of the Friends of Carroll Park Board Member positions:
President: Still Seeking
Vice President: Gloria Pestridge
Secretary: Christina Bradley
Treasurer: Genifer Dugger

Friends of Carroll Park is looking at applying for Park's and People's Fall 2012 Grant.  The letter of intent has been submitted, artists will be contacted as a next step.  We're hoping to get funds for sculpture that can double as play equipment.


Mount Clare Summer Events: see
May 31 – September 2, 2012
Blue Star Museum - Special Admission Offer

Mount Clare will be part of the Blue Star Museum network, a program offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums across America. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1, which includes active duty military and five immediate family members, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve. To find out which museums are participating, click here. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

July 2012
First Friday
Friday, July 6

Half off admission.
Patriot's Day
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8

Learn about Charles Carroll’s role in America’s freedom. Visitors will also get a chance to make an American themed craft. Included with price of admission.
Family Tour and Lawn Games
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22

On every First and Third Saturday and Sunday learn to play 18th century games on the lawn following a specially designed tour for families. Saturdays following the 11 am tour (11:45), Sundays following the 1 pm tour (1:45).Included with price of admission.
Colonial Craft Day
Saturday, July 28

Held at the Mount Clare Stable, visitors will get a chance to participate in colonial activities such as drafting a letter with a quill pen and create colonial crafts, such as a doll, lantern or stitchery. $10 fee includes admission to the museum same day. To make reservations, call 410-837-3262, ext. 105.
August 2012
First Friday
Friday, August 3

Half off admission.
Family Tour and Lawn Games
Saturday, August 4 and 18
Sunday, August 5 and 19

On every First and Third Saturday and Sunday learn to play 18th century games on the lawn following a specially designed tour for families. Saturdays following the 11 am tour (11:45), Sundays following the 1 pm tour (1:45).Included with price of admission.
African American Walking Tour
Saturday, August 25

Learn about the history of African Americans at Mount Clare. This 45 minute tour will explore African Americans contribution to the history of Mount Clare starting with the enslaved workers and finishing with the integration of Baltimore’s golf courses in the 20th century. $5 per person. After the walking tour take a tour of the mansion for $3 more. To make reservations call 410-837-3262, ext. 105. Tour starts at the museum entrance.
September 2012
Boy & Girl Scout Colonial Encounter Month at Mount Clare
Month of September 2012
Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

During the month of September, any boy or girl scout in uniform who visits Mount Clare will receive $1.00 off regular admission. Take advantage of additional savings and reserve your scout group of 20 or more by contacting the Education Director at 410-837-3262 ext. 105 or
First Friday
Friday, September 7

Half off admission.
Family Tour and Lawn Games
Saturday, September 1
Sunday, September 2 and 16

On every First and Third Saturday and Sunday learn to play 18th century games on the lawn following a specially designed tour for families. Saturdays following the 11 am tour (11:45), Sundays following the 1 pm tour (1:45).Included with price of admission.
Grandparents Day Tea
Sunday September 9

Treat your grandparents to an afternoon tea. Enjoy an array of finger sandwiches and desserts along with a nice refreshing English tea in the Mount Clare Stables. After the tea enjoy a special after hour’s tour of Mount Clare Mansion. Reservations required $15/person . Call 410-837-3262, ext. 105.
Who’s Beneath the Winding Sheet?
Saturday September 22

Exhibit opening of, Who’s Beneath the Winding Sheet?Funerary Customs of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Experience the culture of death 18th century style as Mount Clare is transformed into a period funeral setting. Exhibit is open September 22 through October 28. Included with the price of admission.
Museum Day
September 22
Special Admission Offer

Mount Clare will be part of the Museum Day network offering Free Admission to ticket holders. Official tickets can be found on the Museum Day website, available for download July 1. ( ) Sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FoCP Elections

Elections of Officers will be held at our June 5th meeting.  Please come and take part in this very important meeting.  And, don't forget your dues only $10.00 for the year!  See you there.

Health & Wellness Fair

Paul's Place is holding their 1st Annual 'Spring into Health " Health & wellness Fesival :Saturday May 5, 2012 from 11:00am-3:00pm 1100 Ward St.  More to come!


President is Resigning

At the March meeting of FoCP our long time President, Gloria Pestirdge, handed in her letter of resignation to be effective as of the June 5th meeting.  It is her hope that there will be someone to take the leed for the organization and will take it to the next level where it will grow and build on what has been established.  There have been many inprovements to Carroll Park and there are more to be made.  Gloria will stay involved but can no longer operate as President.

Many thanks goes to all the dedicated people who have given their time and talent to make it happen in Carroll Park.  Please continue to serve in this way.  You are very much appriciated.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Meeting Notes from January 3, 2012



Tot Lot Christmas Party:  Held Dec. 10th at Mobtown Ballroom (old St. Paul’s Church)  We thank Michael and Nina for their generosity. There were over 100 children + parents;.  a clown making balloon art and face painting;. gift bags, a special drawing for bikes was held and hotdogs and hamburgers along with homemade cupcakes.  All the children received hats and gloves.  There were many other toys and books for the taking.

Tree Planting at C.P. Golf Corse: On Wednesday, Dec. 21st at 9:00 a.m. the Department of Environment donated a live Christmas tree that was planted that day.  Joe Burch (District Park Manager), Adrian Diaczk and others (MDE), Edith Nelson and Gloria Pestridge (FoCP)  were among those who took part in the planting. 

New Business:
Treasurer’s Report

Parks & People Grants:  Valerie Shane will schedule site visit for bike racks to be placed near/next to new field house/pavilion.  A letter of intent has been submitted.  Grant is due Jan. 27th.
Discuss cost, how many, etc.  It may be possible to get bike racks for free.  Christina is checking on that.  Instead we decided it might be good to replace the two sections of St. Charles Fence surrounding the playground that were taken out by a car.

 Paul's Place: is currently preparing for their 2012 Spring Health and Wellness event on April 28th.  The team is reaching out to partners to get an idea of how they can best engage the families here in Washington Village/Pigtown….here are proposals-  1.) Have RTB feature 2011 beatification projects in a pre-event walk/run A-Thon -9:30am-10:45am   2.) Solicit Friends of Carroll Park to facilitate a post-event tour of the Walk ability map-2:00pm-3:00pm.  Meeting on January 6, 10:30 am at Paul’s Place.  FoCP will be represented at this meeting.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore:  Amanda Malone…last year RTB did many projects here in Pigtown.  Painting the skatepark, a TotLot mural, a mural at Scott St., planting vacant lots, home improvements and much more.  The building day this year will be Saturday, April 28th.  There was discussion on beautifying the lot at Carroll and Ostend this year.  

Dog Park:  Christina Bradley     There are many people who walk their dogs in the park.  It was suggested that there might be a place to the west of the southern part of the playground area.  This may be a good thing for the neighborhood and the park. There could be doggie bags made available.  More work will be done to determine if and where one could be located. 

Holiday Project:  A suggestion was made to have some lights in the park, maybe on the hill.  There will need to be an electric source.  Hopefully from the new field-house/pavilion.  Also, having kids make  wreaths from pine cones, etc. that are found in the park.   Suggestions are welcome.

Next meeting: February 7th
 See you then!

Summer Concert Pictures

We had a great time this past July with the Friends of Carroll Park concert event!
Gloria, President, headed up the Friends of Carroll Park booth.
Eric Jackson joined us with a booth for Baltimarket.

Smooth Teaze 8 had a great time, and got people moving with their old-school acapella doo wop sound!

Many people took a seat to enjoy friends, shade, and good music.

The DIY "Pigtown Kids" t-shirts were a hit for people of all ages!

A new mural was painted the same day on the west side of the PAL Center.

All-in-all it was a great day, and lots of fun!  Please join us next year :)