In Brief: Bulletin’s Summer Schedule & Police Reports

Downy Oshun circa 1960
Downy Oshun circa 1960

This summer, we will be producing a single July/August issue which will be published on July 22.

We will return to our usual monthly schedule for the September issue, which will be out at the beginning of the month.

We are all responsible for the safety of our neighborhood. So, if you see any suspicious activity, please call 911.

When an officer responds, get their name and always request that they take a police report or “complaint” for the incident.

BCPD Foot Patrol 2016
BCPD Foot Patrol 2016

Then, take down the complaint number from the Officer, and pass it on to the MRIA Safety Committee at crimereport@boltonhill.org

This number allows MRIA and the BPD to find previous crime in their system should there be a similar call later on.

Enjoy the summer!

MRIA Annual Meeting Wraps Up a Busy Year

Hard working Steve Howard
Thanks to retiring President Steve Howard

Members at the well-attended May 3 Annual Meeting unanimously approved the nominated slate of Executive Board Officers and new or re-elected Board Members (See the slate of nominees here.)

Steve Howard thanked all the retiring board members for their efforts. Richard Rosenthal received a special thank-you for his many years of service as MRIA’s legal counsel. As Richard put it, “If I would have known this was a temporary position 15 years ago, I never would have taken it.” He’ll continue to be involved while Lisa Robinson takes over as chair of the Legal committee.

In his valedictory address as outgoing MRIA president, Steve Howard said he’s very remarkably proud of the neighborhood. He cited short-term wins since last year’s annual meeting, including tripling the involvement with the No Boundaries Coalition, launching Parties with a Purpose to raise both money and awareness, and a recent chili fundraiser spearheaded by MRIA’s Churches and Schools committee to help fund a week-long camp for sixth graders at Mt. Royal Elementary and Middle School.

Despite the city’s ongoing problems, Steve said he sees much good that is already happening, and urged everyone to continue their efforts and truly make Baltimore “The Greatest City in America.” He finished by encouraging members to “nurture the Bolton Hill spirit” and share it throughout the city, saying, “It is in giving that we receive; it is in sharing that we grow.” Read Steve’s full remarks.

Steve also distributed three Recognition of Service Awards: to Brande Neese for her many years of service on the graphic design and layout of the Bolton Hill Bulletin; to Peter Van Buren for his leadership with transitioning the Bolton Hill Bulletin to an online presence; and to Richard Rosenthal for his many years of service as MRIA legal counsel.

Sun reporter Luke Broadwater
Sun reporter Luke Broadwater

Guest speaker Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater discussed some of the stories he’d worked on during his five years at the paper.

When starting as a new Sun reporter, Luke was given the City Hall beat and broke the story on the Baltimore Grand Prix’s financial troubles, revealing their jilting of the city and non-payment of taxes. After the articles ran, the Grand Prix operators finally paid their back taxes.

He also spoke of investigations the Sun has conducted into falsified speed-camera tickets, erroneous water bills, and lead poisoning in children. After each of the stories, the state or city government moved to enact reforms. The city cancelled its speed camera program and refunded $9 million in water bills to city residents, and the state increased funding for lead poisoning inspections.

He talked about being among the group of reporters who filed a complaint against the city government for approving, in secret, a tax-increment financing (TIF) deal with Harbor Point developers. When the Open Meetings Compliance Board supported the reporters’ contentions, the city was forced to make future meetings open to the public. He is currently tracking the TIF deal for Cove Point, which he feels deserves close attention.

He also discussed covering the unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray and the recent city elections. With more than 140 candidates on the ballot, the election drew more than 130,000 voters – a large increase from the 74,000 who voted in the 2011 mayoral primary.

Despite a series of cuts to staff over the years, the Sun’s work over recent months earned the paper the distinction of being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. Luke recognized his fellow new reporters who have been recently added to the dwindling staff. He assured the audience that they would continue to investigate and report on local issues, as befits the role of a free press.

Many thanks to Luke for sharing his evening with MRIA.

Boltonstock Rocks in June

Caleb Stine
Caleb Stine and the Brakemen will be headlining this year’s Boltonstock.

Boltonstock is coming! Boltonstock is coming! Yes, Bolton Hill’s biggest summer event will be held on Saturday, June 25 in Sumpter Park from 5–9 pm. (Between the 1800 Blocks of Eutaw Place & Bolton St., bounded by Laurens & Robert Streets.)

Boltonstock has taken the place of the annual Bolton Hill band concert that used to be held in Bolton Hill every summer. This year, same as last year, Caleb Stine and the Brakemen have generously agreed to headline the concert, and the OrchKids—BSO’s after-school program serving Baltimore City students—will make a special appearance.

There will be fresh food from the grill. You may buy beer, wine, try a specialty cocktail selected for the event, or sample baked goods from the bake sale benefiting Memorial Episcopal Church. Local non-profit organizations will be set up at the event to raise awareness of their activities and get hooked up with volunteers.

Fans enjoying Boltonstock 2015
Fans enjoying Boltonstock 2015

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating and cash for refreshments. And, bring your kids! Neighbors will be giving bocce lessons and organizing games, and there will be fun activities for the younger kids as well.

Before the music starts, Boltonstock organizers have planned a walking tour of landmarks and historical sites in the 21217 area. If you’d like to join in, meet at Sumpter Park at 5 pm.

If you would like to support the event by becoming an event sponsor, contact event organizer Chas Phillips at chas.phillips [at] gmail.com. A sponsorship starts at $100, and can be purchased by businesses, organizations or individuals.

Spread the word and bring your friends! And if you’d like to help out before, during, or after the event, contact Chas at the address above. See you there!

The Mt. Royal Chili Fundraiser: a BIG Bowl of Success

Before the crowd arrived
Before the crowd arrived

Who could imagine that you could turn an evening’s worth of chili into over $3,500?

But, that’s what MRIA’s Churches and Schools committee accomplished by hosting a chili fundraiser dinner on April 19 at Brown Memorial church. The effort raised a grand total $3,683 to support the Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School NorthBay summer camp fund.

“On behalf of the Mount Royal School, we would like to thank the MRIA and local community for your amazing support in helping us send students to North Bay Outdoor Adventure Trip,” said Principal Job Grotsky.

“Because of your generous support,” he continued, “every sixth grader wishing to go is now able to. This is over 60 students afforded the opportunity to learn about the restoration efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay.”

The overwhelming success of the event, far surpassing the committee’s goal of $2,000, was due to the strong efforts of the seven committee members, Erin and Phil Cox, Hannah Logue, Powell Perng, Marjorie Forster, Lorrie Caudle and Barbara Francis.

Chili 3Voicing immense gratitude to all who attended or donated to the cause, Barbara Francis said, “The success of this event was a reflection of the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for and commitment to strengthening the relationship between Bolton Hill and our local schools.”

Sponsors of the event included: b Bistro, Blacksauce Kitchen, Breaking Bread (Kimberly Ellis), Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Charles Theater (the Cusacks), Monty Howard, Martha Dougherty Watercolors Design, On the Hill Café (George Dailey), Park Café (David Hart), Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI), and Two Boots Pizza (Chandra Boyd).

 

Welcome to Memorial Episcopal’s New Pastor

Right-Reverends Grey Maggiano and Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland
Right-Reverends Grey Maggiano and Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland

By Judith McFadden, former editor of the Bolton Hill Bulletin

Rev. Grey Maggiano, the new rector of Memorial Episcopal Church, and his family, Monica, Isabella, a baby boy due soon, and two small dogs, are enthusiastic about their choice to move into Bolton Hill.

They wanted a walkable and friendly city neighborhood, and feel that’s just what they have found here. Monica said she’s met more people in the first three weeks in the neighborhood than in three years in Miami.

Grey was officially installed as Rector on May 5, in a festive service that included representatives from the area schools and organizations, along with Maggiano’s family and friends.

Grey enjoys his daily commute strolling the few blocks from his home to Memorial Episcopal, and Monica, vice-president of the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, appreciates the short drive to her office downtown.

The Maggiano family
The Maggiano family

Isabella loves baseball and is already cheering for the Orioles, although she tells us, “I like the Orioles, but I am still a Marlins fan.” Like her parents, she is bilingual; all speak fluent Spanish. She attends school at the Bolton Hill Nursery, and is becoming a chef in her free time. Most of all, she enjoys her ability to simply step outside into a park filled with other children most weekday afternoons and weekends, an instant source of new friends.

The family has spent their first months exploring the neighborhood, learning its history and sampling its eateries and coffee shops. They have researched the “genealogy” of their house, and enjoyed learning more about its previous residents. They have joined MRIA and have participated in several neighborhood events.

Grey and Monica chose to relocate to this area because they want to be a part of Baltimore’s future. They want to add their energy to expand the social justice efforts that have already started at both Memorial Episcopal Church and MRIA, working with groups like the No Boundaries Coalition and BUILD.

Welcome to the Maggiano family.

Flash Mob Boogies at State Center Farmers’ Market

State Center Market 1With all the rain this spring, area farmers managed to reap a bounty of local produce. So, the kickoff of the State Center Farmers’ Market on the first Wednesday of May already had lots to offer.

To bring a little sunshine to the day, Market Manager Debi Celnik organized a flash mob dance to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s Blame it on the Boogie.

State Center Market 2The State Center Farmers Market is within walking distance from Bolton Hill at State Center, 201 West Preston St., and is open every Wednesday, through November 23, 9:30 am–2 pm.

With the wide variety of tasty street food from the food trucks and stalls, your toughest choice will be where to buy lunch. Editor’s tip: The falafel is GREAT!

 

Prince Hall Grand Lodge Makes Eutaw Shine

Eutaw Park shines after much work, freshly planted flowers and new mulch
Eutaw Park shines after much work, freshly planted flowers and new mulch

May 14 was gorgeous and sunny, perhaps the only nice Saturday we’ve had this spring, making it a perfect day to work outdoors.

And that’s just what the lodge brothers, under the direction of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Lee A. Taylor Jr., were doing in front of the Francis Scott Key Memorial.

For the last five years, the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland (MWPHGLM) has taken responsibility for beautifying the median park in the 1300 block of Eutaw Place, assisted by long-time park supporter Henri Daniels, who lives in that block.

Inspired by the example of Sara and Marvin Bigham’s work maintaining the median strip in the 1400 & 1500 blocks of Eutaw Place, Henri Daniels sought their guidance and started sprucing up the 1300 block in the spring of 2005. That year and many other years, Cylburn Arboretum supplied the plant materials.

Henri said that those first year plants included some particularly beautiful red begonias, and recalled that shortly after planting, there was a wedding at the Masonic Temple. She was touched that the wedding party choose to take their photos in the median, surrounded by the freshly planted flowers.

Since they became involved, the Prince Hall Lodge has supplied all the materials and most of the manpower. This spring, the group worked all morning, and produced stunning results.

The Lodge is named in honor of Prince Hall, a black Bostonian who became a freemason before the American Revolution. In 1784, Hall was granted a charter by the freemasons in England to create a chapter in the United States. Read more on Prince Hall history.

The Prince Hall chapter has grown since then, with affiliates in many states. Under the MWPHGLM’s jurisdiction, Most Worshipful Grand Master Lee A. Taylor Jr. leads over 60 lodges in Maryland and beyond, including some lodges overseas.

Lodge brothers and neighbors after completing the work
Lodge brothers and neighbors after completing the work

The Grand Lodge at 1307 Eutaw place has many grand rooms suitable for large groups, which they make available for rental to the community for meetings, parties and other gatherings.

We welcome the Prince Hall Grand Lodge as a new MRIA member and thank them for being such great neighbors.

Walking Through History with Baltimore Heritage

Tour guides Johns Hopkins & Doris Sharkey
Bolton Hill tour guides Johns Hopkins and Doris Sharkey

Each year for the past 30, Baltimore Heritage has led walking tours in Baltimore neighborhoods ranging from winding sylvan communities like Roland Park and Guilford, to tucked away urban enclaves like Seton Hill and Brewers Hill.

And, this May, they led two sold-out tours in our area.

On April 30, Baltimore Heritage director Johns Hopkins and Lanvale St. neighbor Doris Sharkey led a tour through Bolton Hill.

Then, on May 14, Baltimore Heritage staffer Eli Pousson and Druid Hill Ave. neighbor Marti Pitrelli guided a group through Marble Hill.

The Bolton Hill tour started at Corpus Christi church and wound its way down Lanvale to Eutaw, before circling back across Lafayette and then Mosher to Park Avenue. Along the way, Doris covered a wide swath of neighborhood history, from its earliest days as George Grundy’s estate to the addition of the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1904.

Doris told of the area’s Civil War connections, both Union and Confederate. In a city that had leanings towards both sides of the conflict, it’s not surprising that famous supporters for each side lived side-by-side in Bolton Hill.

Tour participants learned that the name of our neighborhood comes from the Grundy’s manor house, Bolton-Le-Moors, which was later demolished and replaced with the Fifth Regiment Armory. When Bolton Street was first built, it served as the “driveway” north from this grand mansion.

Leaders Eli Pousson & Marti Pitrelli (on right in photo)
Baltimore Heritage tour leaders Eli Pousson & Marti Pitrelli (at right)

On the Marble Hill walk, Eli and Martha focused on the key role the neighborhood played in the civil rights movement, both locally and nationally. They spoke of Pastor Bascome of the Douglas Memorial Community Church (built in 1857 at Lafayette and Madison, it’s the oldest church in Marble Hill), who stood up to then-governor Spiro Agnew.

Thet also stopped at the Elks Lodge at McMechen and Madison, which has provided a platform for black empowerment since its founding in 1900. Since the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) would not allow black members, creative brothers added an “I” for “Improved” at the start, and a “W” for “of the World” at the end, creating the IBOPEW.

Marcus Garvey made his only Baltimore speech at the Trinity Baptist Church (McMechen and Druid Hill), and the first march on Annapolis protesting Baltimore police violence against blacks was organized by the Sharp Street Memorial Church (Dolphin and Etting).

The tour emphasized the important role our area has played in these struggles, but also highlighted how this history itself is disappearing, leading walkers past the burnt remains of Thurgood Marshall’s elementary school (Henry Highland Garnet School, 1315 Division) and the rubble that once was “Freedom House” (Lanvale & Druid Hill).

Decades ago, the NAACP dubbed the place “Freedom House” for the crucial role it played in the civil rights movement. This three-story rowhouse was the home of the city’s first black City Council member, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and Clarence Mitchell, Jr. all attended meetings there.

The remains of Freedom House are a sobering reminder that we need to do more to honor, cherish and protect what is in our own backyard.

Find out more about upcoming Baltimore Heritage Tours, and you can purchase tickets online. Groups are often limited in size to make them manageable in the spaces visited, and some tours sell-out.

Summer Jazz Series Kicks off at The Avenue Bakery

John Melton Westley on piano
John Melton Westley on piano

On Saturday, May 7, the sounds of jazz again enlivened Pennsylvania Avenue, once home to a vibrant African American arts and entertainment scene frequented by figures including Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, and James Brown.

At the Avenue Bakery (2229 Pennsylvania Ave.), the sun made one of its brief appearances this spring to spotlight John Melton Westley singing and playing on the piano. The food and wine on this fine spring evening were almost as tasty as the music.

This was the kickoff to the Courtyard Summer Music Series, A Taste of Jazz @ The Avenue Bakery. The next concert will be Saturday, June 11, from 4–8 pm with The Firm Band. Additional concerts will be on July 2, August 13 and September 3.

Rosa “Ramblin Rose” Pryor-Trusty, the emcee of May’s concert, helps organize the series with James and Brenda Hamiln, owners of the Avenue Bakery. Rosa, a singer and sax player in her own right, also authored two books on the history of African American arts and entertainment in Baltimore. (Read more about Rosa and her books)

All proceeds from this concert series go to support the rebuilding of the Royal Theater “one brick at a time”. James Hamlin has ceaselessly stoked the fires of this effort as part of a vision to revitalize what was once considered Baltimore’s main entertainment artery and bring its colorful history alive for future generations.

Today, a memorial sign honors the spot where the Royal once stood at the corner of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues. This is one of the stops on the Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail, which winds its way through the 21217 zip code from State Center to the Union Metro Station (see related article on Baltimore Heritage tours of the neighborhood.) You can pick up a pamphlet for this self-guided walking tour at The Avenue Bakery, along with something delicious to eat.

Mark your calendars and treat yourself to some fun at the other concerts in this series.

Reflecting on the Baltimore Unrest

Sharon Krieger and Terrence
Sharon Krieger and Terrence

A story from the Samaritan Community by Peter Dunn

By all accounts, Tuesday, April 10, 2015 seemed to be a typical morning at the weekly Breakfast Club at The Samaritan Community.

Eggs and grits sizzled on the stove, the smell of freshly brewed coffee filled the air, silverware clattered as it was placed around a large square table, and friends chatted with and embraced one another.

In reality, though, it was anything but typical. It was the morning after the most intense unrest and violence Baltimore had seen in decades. The neighborhoods and homes of many members of Samaritan Community were either damaged or destroyed.

Around the breakfast table, members talked about the issues behind the violence, what it meant for the city, and of course, how they were personally affected by it all. One of those members was a kind and compassionate man, Terrence.

Terrence, a carpenter by trade, first came to Samaritan Community more than decade ago. He faced a job loss and needed carpentry tools in order to find work. With the help of Sharon Krieger, founder and program director of the 40-year old Bolton Hill emergency assistance non-profit, he was able to get the tools he needed and a job in which to use them.

“From time to time, I’ll hit a snag, and Sharon is always there for me, no matter what,” he says. “Everyone in the neighborhood knows Sharon and the gang at Samaritan, and we’d do anything for her.”

But on one of the darkest nights in Baltimore’s history, it was Terrence who was there for his neighbors and community, no matter what. When the unrest started, a group of young men looted Belle Hardware in Bolton Hill.

Using the tools they stole, they broke into the store on the ground floor of Terrence’s apartment building. Out of fear that the men might try to set fire to the building, Terrence and a few other neighbors confronted the men and successfully drove them away.

Later that night, Terrence ran into one of the looters whom he had confronted earlier. Terrence recounts that the young man admitted to getting caught up “in the fever” of it all and regretted his actions.

With all of the violence Terrence saw that night and its devastating effects, it would be easy to be angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed. But, that’s not how Terrence feels at all.

Quite the opposite, actually. In reflection, he now sees those events as a catalyst for becoming a stronger and closer neighborhood.

“The up side of the events last April was that it brought the neighborhood even closer together. Regardless of color, we all pitched in to protect our neighborhood and clean up in the aftermath,” Terrence recalls. “The news portrayed things as all falling along race lines, but that wasn’t our experience. We are one neighborhood and we are even tighter now than before.”

The Samaritan Community welcomes both volunteers and donations.

Find out more at the Samaritan Community website.

Station North Partnership Selected for an Our Town Project

Knowledge ExchangeThe North Avenue Knowledge Exchange has been recommended for a $75,000 award to support an open-access educational platform developed in collaboration between Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.

Centered in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and open to all, the Knowledge Exchange will provide opportunities for neighborhood residents to learn from each other and engage in projects that improve the community through art, design and creativity.

Beginning in January 2017, the public will be invited to teach and enroll in free, high-quality, non-degree workshops. Participants will also connect with projects in Station North and Greenmount West that bridge their skills and knowledge with tangible benefits to neighborhoods.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program, this award to the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange is one of 64 awards totaling $4.3 million that support arts-based community development investment projects across the nation.

First piloted by MICA in February 2016, the Knowledge Exchange expands the framework developed by Baltimore Free School at Red Emma’s to provide equitable access to quality education. Partner organizations include Red Emma’s, Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc., Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Central Baltimore Partnership, Impact Hub Baltimore and the University of Baltimore.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town and Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website. The NEA’s online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects, along with lessons learned and other resources.

Growing Farms in a Food Desert

Young trainee and Tiffany Welch at Fresh
Young trainee and Tiffany Welch at Fresh

The Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood sits in a food desert. Though there are 17 liquor stores in the area, all the grocery stores have departed, and the corner stories stock mostly candy, chips and sodas.

But Tiffany Welch has a dream that this desert will one day blossom with urban farms that supply fresh local produce to the neighborhood. And, she is well on her way to making this dream a reality.

About a year ago, she started work on this effort with No Boundaries Coalition. The first step in her plan was opening a produce stall in the city-owned Avenue Market at 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue. The last grocery store in the area had vacated its anchor position in the market in 2015.

However, since her start-up, one-day-per-week stand needed to buy in relatively small quantities, Tiffany could not find any vendors who would sell to her at reasonable prices.

Then she found a partner in the Whole Cities Foundation, a non-profit started by Whole Foods, whose mission is to improve community health through broader access to nutritious food. WCF agreed to provide Tiffany with produce, including many organic items, at their best wholesale price, even though she could only buy a case or two at a time.

WCF also provided marketing materials, display pieces, training, and even helped set up a checkout system that could take food stamps as well as cash and credit cards. This is a necessity in a neighborhood where so many residents rely on food stamps.

Fresh staff and volunteers, including photographer Nell (2nd from left)
Fresh staff and volunteers, including photographer Nell (2nd from left)

With Baltimore Public Markets providing the space, and an army of volunteers to stock and work the floor, Fresh at The Avenue opened its doors in March of this year. The store is open every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Plans are already in place to open 2 days per week in 2017 and keep growing from there.

As this effort takes root, Baltimore Public Markets hopes the success will attract new vendors to open stalls at The Avenue Market, creating more vibrancy for the area and new job opportunities.

To further expand access to fresh health food, financial support from the T. Rowe Price Foundation subsidized hiring a part-time driver to deliver produce to five neighborhood corner stores. Fresh at The Avenue sells to the stores at the same prices they receive from WCF and in quantities and varieties that work for each store. This greatly expands the opportunity for the community to purchase produce beyond the limited hours the stall is open.

Whole City Foundation liked the direction of the project so much that they used it as a model to create a national program to support similar efforts around the country. See this great video on this new program, featuring Tiffany and the Fresh at the Avenue volunteers and customers.

As this summer’s growing season kicks into high gear, more and more of the produce at the stall will come from local city farms, starting with the Strength to Love II right in the neighborhood, and someday others in the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City. As stall hours increase and local 21217 merchants find success selling fresh food, Tiffany believes that demand for local produce will grow, spurring farmers to put additional land in the area into production. This is already happening, as Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill has expanded this year, annexing the lot across the street.

All this work is bringing fresh locally produced food to this former food desert, and in the process, will bring new businesses and employment to the 21217 zip code.

Seeing change happen is exciting, but being actively involved is even more rewarding. Support Fresh at The Avenue by becoming a customer—the prices are great. Even better, volunteer at the store through the No Boundaries Coalition. It’s fun and you get to work with great people. Simply email Tiffany at noboundariescoalition@gmail.com or call 410-357-1085.

Try Mobilization With Movement for Chronic Ankle Pain

AnkleBy Susan Lawrence

We’ve all done it—rolled over on our ankles while running, playing a sport or just stepping off a curb the wrong way.

It hurts, it swells. It’s embarrassing. Perhaps you tried to “walk it off.”

Or perhaps you did all the right things to make it better, remembering the acronym RICE. That’s rest, ice, compression and elevation. Perhaps, you even spelled PRICE by adding protection.

But weeks, months, maybe years later, your ankle still just doesn’t feel right. Your balance is off on that leg. Or perhaps it’s painful to fully turn the ankle inward or it hurts when you squat. So you assume, or perhaps are told, that you have a “weak ankle,” because the ligament just didn’t heal properly. And there’s nothing you can do.

Think again!

New research has shown that ongoing ankle problems from a sprain are not the result of poor ligament healing, but rather involve issues with the ankle joint itself. The ligament, depending on the severity of the strain, heals fairly quickly, anywhere from a couple of weeks to just over two months.

Rather, the ongoing ankle pain may be due to a positional fault.

The ankle joint is comprised of the talus, an irregularly shaped bone with a dome, that sits between the specialized ends of the lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula. Together these two leg bones make the socket that holds the talus in place.

However, when we collapse on our ankle, not only can we sprain the ligament that holds the bones securely in place, but quite often the lower end of the fibula is pushed forward. The three bones no longer sit together properly in the joint, causing a positional fault.

If the talus bone is not seated correctly, it throws off the normal feedback loops and control mechanisms of the ankle, adversely affecting both balance and mobility.

This is not as severe as a dislocation, when the bone comes completely out of joint, nor a subluxation, when the bone comes partially out. However, it can cause long-term problems if left untreated.

New Zealand Physical Therapist Brian Mulligan has developed Mobilization With Movement manual therapy techniques that re-position the fibula in an easy and pain-free manner.

Once the talus is back in the groove, your ankle will function normally again, even after months or years of pain, discomfort or disability.

If you or someone you know has been complaining about a sore ankle, consider giving Mobilization With Movement therapy a try.

Bolton Hill neighbor Susan Lawrence is a physical therapist at Meadow Mill, susanlawrence.pt@gmail.com.

Two MICA Seniors Win Windgate Fellowship Awards

Keck, two facades detail
Keck, two facades detail

Two graduating seniors from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Kira Keck ’16 (Fiber BFA) and Jenna Macy ’16 (Ceramics BFA), have been named 2016 Windgate Fellows.

The Windgate Fellowship Award is one of the most prestigious awards for emerging craft artists in America. Each year more than 100 universities from across the United States are invited to nominate two graduating seniors to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

Kira Keck’s fellowship work will focus on rug making and will explore weaving in cross-generational and cross-cultural contexts. She will spend time at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft, the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire, and will apprentice at Desen Halicilik, a weaving cooperative in Bergama, Turkey.

Macy, we detail
Macy, we detail

Jenna Macy’s fellowship work in ceramics, fiber, textiles, and glass will investigate the power of feminine voice. She will spend time at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Aboriginal weaving circles and personal studios of female artists in Australia.

Last year, MICA student Danielle Burke ’15 (Fiber BFA) was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship.

June & July Events

Here’s a brief overview of some of the local happenings in June and July, since the next Bulletin will not be out until around July 22.

Go to the Bulletin Calendar for details and additional events—just click on an event to see more information.

June 1 – Druid Hill Farmers’ Market opens

June 7 – Regular monthly MRIA Board meeting. All are invited to attend. NOTE: this is the last meeting of the summer, as the Board does not meet in July and August.

June 10, 11 & 12 – Auditions for Romulus, the Memorial Players Fall Drama

June 11 & 12 – Historic Reservoir Hill Garden & Home Tour, get your tickets in advance; good for either day or both.

June 11 – A Taste of Jazz @ The Avenue Bakery, second in the FREE series with The Firm Band

June 23 – Open House tour of the NEW Linden Park Apartments. See the results of the major renovations to the former Memorial Apartments.

June 25 – BOLTONSTOCK 2016, the best event of the summer. Come on out and join the fun.

July 2 – A Taste of Jazz @ The Avenue Bakery, the third in the FREE series.

July 15, 16 & 17 – Artscape 2016, Explore what’s out there. Also see the July Calendar for related events at Brown Memorial.

July 16 – DanceWalk at Artscape to benefit BmoreFit.