Muevetón 2018 Wrap Up

Muevetón 2018 Wrap Up

The 5th annual Muevetón was a huge success!

September 22, 2018 - The day kicked off with more than 100 people running the free 5K run/walk held entirely in Patterson Park and was followed by 300+ people enjoying the activities showcasing health and wellness in the Baltimore area, including: Zumba, Yoga, Walk 15 fitness, dental screenings, blood pressure screenings, glucose screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, pet wellness, mental health resources, health cooking classes, hula hoops, and a Kids Zone. Neighbors got in a workout as they jumped into Zumba classes after running the 5K. Everyone walked away with a race t-shirt and enjoyed bagels and food from SaveMart.

Special thanks to our sponsors: CareFirst, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins Community Partnership, SaveMart, and media Sponsor Somos Baltimore Latino.

Unique ways to support the Friends!

Unique ways to support the Friends!

As a small non-profit with a big mission, we are so very grateful when our local business community steps in to support our work in Patterson Park! Our corporate friends include those who sponsor our events and athletic programming, those who commit their financial support, and those who might help our work through gifts of goods and services.

A great example of this is our neighbor Baltimore Home Cleaning, who has a non-profit arm providing free home cleaning to individuals - home-bound, injured, elderly, special situations - who are in need. They take care of the Friends’ Headquarters even with all its many challenges (working from a home built in 1868 and not maintained since the 1970’s is absolutely challenging!), and we are so grateful for the amazing cleaning they provide and for their work in the community!

If your business is interested in keeping Patterson Park “Baltimore’s Best Backyard” by supporting the Friends of Patterson Park, please get in touch! Visit our Corporate Friends or Sponsorship pages for more info, or contact us directly.

Voluntober! in the Park

Voluntober! in the Park

We had an amazing time the morning of Saturday, October 6th at Voluntober!, our fall multi-team volunteer event.

We had 72 volunteers clean the Boat Lake, pick up trash, plant 53 trees in partnership with TreeBaltimore, mulch many more trees (100!) with two truckloads of mulch and clean the playground.

We were happy to work alongside Patterson Audubon, and it was great to have Friends School of Baltimore bring volunteers, and provide free face painting and live music.

Thank you to all who participated, and look out for our spring Volunteer Extravaganza in April!

Want more information on future volunteer opportunities? Check out our Volunteer page!

2nd Annual Patterson Park Brew Fest

Another Brew Fest is in the books, raising thousands for Patterson Park! We couldn’t have asked for better weather and a more awesome crowd!

A big thank you to our VIP Tent sponsor Atlas Restaurant Group!!!
Thanks to our participating breweries…Union Craft Brewing, Monument City Brewing, Peabody Heights Brewery, The Brewer’s Art, Heavy Seas, Oliver Brewing Co, and Key Brewing, and to all of our amazing food vendors…Taco Bar, The Urban Oyster, Bistro Lunch Box, Charmed Kitchen, Balti’marons and Charm City Pops.

And thanks to DJ Grey, Sons of Pirates, Charm City Junction and Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale for a great day of music.

Additional thanks goes to our supporting sponsor 101 Ellwood!

We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Check out the photo slideshow below!
Photo credit: Alison Reeder of Framing Faces

Wine at Sunset 2018

Wine at Sunset 2018

Another Patterson Park Wine at Sunset is in the books  - this was our 14th!  - and it was a great one! The weather was perfect this year, the auction was hopping, music was rockin', wine was flowing and the food was flawless. 

More than 550 people enjoyed wine and bites from local restaurants, including Water for Chocolate, Charm*d Kitchen, DiPasquale's, Cafe Gia, Twist, Points South Latin Kitchen, Taco Bar and Dessert Fantasies.  Thanks to all of these wonderful restaurants, and Monument City Brewing Company, who brought their new Pagoda Pale Ale!

Thank you to all of our attendees and auction winners and generous auction donors who helped us raise $25,000+ for Patterson Park! And extra special thanks to our wonderful hosts Danny & Michelle Barnycz and Ron & Jen Howard!

We can't wait for next year! (Put it on your calendars...May 23, 2019!)

Photos by David McIntosh Photographics

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2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

Thanks to our Friends, Patterson Park had a great 2017!


 

The Friends receive grant to support new Junior Pagoda Docent Program

The Friends receive grant to support new Junior Pagoda Docent Program

The Friends of Patterson Park was chosen to receive a $1,500 grant from America Walks to develop and support a new Junior Pagoda Docent Program, which will train Baltimore youth to help run an after-school program for elementary school children who live walking distance to the park. This program reflects part of the Friends' mission to make the park a welcoming place for all members of our diverse community, by both training and engaging local youth and bringing elementary school children to the park from schools that don't already use Patterson Park in their curriculum.  This year, the program will be geared towards children from Tench-Tillman Elementary School, who will arrive at the park via a “walking school bus” and then enjoy a tour of the park’s historic Pagoda, as well as fitness and arts activities, encouraging them to walk to and around the park with their parents. 

America Walks announced the latest grantees of the Community Change Micro Grant program on January 3. This micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at empowering communities to create more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Now in its third year, this program has supported everything from new art to improved way-­‐finding, local events to school engagement projects. The Friends of Patterson Park was chosen as one of 27 grant recipients, out of 450 applicants nation-wide. For more information on America Walks and its 2018 grantees, click here.

Defacement of Star-Spangled Banner Memorial

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The Friends of Patterson Park are working with the appropriate city agencies, including Baltimore Recreation and Parks, to address the defacement of the children's statue near the Pagoda. The pavement in front of the statue has been power-washed, and BCRP has already met with a conservator and a representative from the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to ensure that the cleaning will be handled in such a way that is safe for the statue.  In the meantime, the statue may be covered or fenced off to prevent further damage. Police are investigating this incident.

Baltimore Recreation and Parks has stated, "Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is aware of the vandalism that took place in Patterson Park. As caretakers of the Park, our Parks Maintenance Division is working diligently with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to assess the damage. We understand the sensitivity of this matter and will work with City Hall and the Friends of Patterson Park to find a solution to this matter."
 
Mayor Catherine Pugh also released a statement yesterday, saying, "While literally hundreds of Baltimore's young people were demonstrating Dr. Martin Luther King's example of service today, marching and making a positive difference in our community, it's unfortunate that others decided it was more appropriate to vandalize the 103-year-old children's statue in Patterson Park. We will of course determine the best way to restore the statue and hold those who defaced it accountable. In the meantime, this isolated incident should in no way detract from the wonderful spirit of generosity that was so evident throughout our city on this very special day honoring Dr. King's enduring legacy."

This article in the Baltimore Sun explains more about the incident: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-statue-20180115-story.html 

Here is a link to learn more about the statue and its history: http://monumentcity.net/2009/04/0/star-spangled-banner-memorial-baltimore-md/

We will provide updates here as we have them. Thank you!

Updated 1/16/17, 4:15 p.m.

13th Annual Wine Tasting Soiree a Success

13th Annual Wine Tasting Soiree a Success

Our Wine Tasting at Sunset fundraiser on May 25th was a big success, despite some stormy weather that had us move the event indoors this year.  We say a huge thank you to the staff of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Virginia Baker Recreation Center for letting us use their indoor space!

Thanks to our hosts Daniel and Michele Hartig Barnycz and Ron Howard for all their support, and to all the participants who brought such amazing wine, food, beer, mead, and cocktails! We heard rave reviews of so many items and we've got a list of places to visit very soon!

These sponsors included:
Su Casa (cool wine glass holding plates!), Key Brewing Co.Modern Cook Shop-Fells PointCask & GrainDi Pasquale's MarketplaceBistro RxWater for ChocolateCharm City Meadworks Cafe Gia RistoranteRemington Wine CompanyPlates PoolsideBalti'Marons and Beth Merchant and B Scene Events & Promotions with a signature cocktail (and event management)!

Our silent auction raised more than $5000 thanks to the generosity of the donors and bidders, and the event overall brought in more than $26,000 to support park programming! Thanks so much to all who attended. Looking forward to next year!

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Photos by Ivana Lalicki

2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced

2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Our 2nd annual photo contest is in the books! Nearly 300 gorgeous photos of our beloved park were submitted by amateurs and pros alike. Our panel of Photo Contest judges brought their own insight as talented artists, scholars, community-builders and park-lovers, and we were fortunate to have such knowledge to guide us! Our judging panel featured:

  • Kuo Pao Lian, architect and co-founder/principal of PI.KL Studio and Upper Fells Point resident
  • Charles Mason III, local artist and photographer 
  • Martha Simons, artist and resident of Butchers Hill 
  • Gary Vikan, scholar and former director of the Walters Art Museum
  • Mary Eve Von Berger, owner of The Cruise Lady in Canton and Highlandtown Exchange Club member 
  • Kim Wiggins, resident outreach manager for Live Baltimore and Patterson Park resident

The winning photos were printed and framed by The Frame Room and will be displayed at Bistro Rx until May 24th, when they will be removed to be auctioned at our Winetasting at Sunset Soiree.

Check out the winning photographs in the gallery below. Thanks to all who entered their work! And keep taking those photos...the contest will return next year!