|Me with John's business and life partner, Roya Golpira|
A lingering overcast was still present in Baltimore City at 10:30 a.m. as the crowd gathered to begin their stroll from Gutierrez Studios through historic Druid Hill Park, the third oldest park in the United States. Once we got underway, I was delighted to make the acquaintance of two remarkable women, Caprece Jackson-Garrett and Leasa Fortune, who are very active in Baltimore community affairs and served on the volunteer staff for Saturday’s event.
|Caprece planting daffodils in 2011|
|Artistic columns by ARTBlocks|
beautify the Mondawmin neighborhood
Last year ARTBlocks volunteers worked with Mondawmin neighborhood residents to increase the safety and beauty of a problematic intersection near the entrance to Druid Hill Park by planting over a thousand daffodil bulbs, among other improvements.
|Rawlings Conservatory Palm House|
|My old friends Wayne Nicolette, |
Jesse Turner, and Debbie Nicolette
|Everyone gathers at the Gutierrez Memorial firepit for chili and wine after the walk|
In all, the Gutierrez Memorial Fund raised over $15,000 for ARTBlocks on Saturday. I was honored to be a part of such a joyful and worthwhile endeavor. It was a perfect way to spend a beautiful fall day.