August 2010 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council

August 2010 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council




hampden community council | since 1972 | | august 2010

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Photo by Jack Lyons

Change of Leadership at ACCE: Open Letter to Hampden

By Quinhon Goodlow / Photo by Lauren Eichelberger

HCC Officers

President: Adam Feuerstein

Vice President: Gary Figurelle

Secretary: Genny Dill

Treasurer: Erin Nueslein

Board Members

William Critz

Genny Dill

Adam Feuerstein

Kat Feuerstein

Jay Lazar


Adam Feuerstein, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, Maryland 21211

Everett Noe

Ed Nueslein

Erin Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

David Sugar


There will be no meeting

for the month of August.

The next meeting will be held on Monday,

September 27th at 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park

Recreation Center on West 36th Street.

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Both her mother and her grandmother

knit, so Sue Caldwell learned the craft at

the feet of her elders and has continued

the tradition by teaching her daughter.

president’s letter

Carolyn Pomodoro didn’t have the heart

to let her tomato plants die so she put

100 of them into her 150 square foot

plot in the Roosevelt Park City Farm.

Speak with Elected Offcials at Candidate’s Night Out Forum

By Adam Feuerstein

Dear Hampden Neighbors and Friends:

Schools are one of the anchor institutions in

communities throughout Baltimore. School

leaders rely on surrounding communities to

support and enable students to stay in school and to

achieve success. Community support in turn helps

to expose them to college and career opportunities.

At the Academy for College and Career Exploration

(ACCE), we invite community partnering in our

efforts to lead students to become lifelong learners

and productive citizens who value achievement

and community belonging. When you, our

Hampden neighbors, support our academic

mission, this demonstrates to our students how

essential community involvement is to their

academic success. Under my new leadership of

ACCE, and along with ACCE operators Marion

Pines of the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute

of Policy Studies and Karen Sitnick, Mayor’s Office

of Employment Development, we are committed

this year and in the future to establish mutually

rewarding partnerships with all of Hampden’s

stakeholders, including businesses, faith

institutions, other community leaders and above

all, Hampden residents.

Our partnership objectives are: 1) explaining how

school choice works and how it should benefit

the Hampden community and children; 2)

establishing Internship opportunities for ACCE

students; 3) maintaining an ongoing dialogue

among all stakeholders. These three goals will

help us weave ACCE into the very fabric of daily

life in Hampden.

As I take the helm of the school I look forward

to working with each of you to ensure that ACCE

contributes fully to meeting the needs of our

community. I have been overjoyed by the warm

greetings that my Hampden neighbors have given

me already. I thank you for your welcome and will

do my utmost to earn your ongoing support for

ACCE. To contact me or another member of the

leadership team please call us at 410-396-7607.

Historic Hampden Happenings is distributed

to residents, organizations and businesses

throughout Greater Hampden.

Circulation: 2,200, Readers: 10,000+

©2010 All rights reserved.

The HCC is a 501 (c) (3)

nonprofit organization. • Since 1972

Cover photo by Chris Trotter

One of my goals as president of the HCC is to

increase the visibility of our organization. We

need to make sure that the decision makers in

the State and Federal government know who

we are and realize that we are paying attention

to their actions. This is especially important

during these trying times in Maryland and

across the nation. Policies are being formed

and laws are being passed during this economic

downturn that will affect us for years to come.

Aren’t you concerned about these decisions

and how they will affect you, your family, your

business and/or your employer?

Voting is an essential part of the democratic

process. It is the best way to have your voice

heard. Voting for your representatives is a

privilege bestowed on us by the US Constitution.

Sometimes, people think that their vote does

not count, but it does! Politicians know about

voter turnout and they focus their efforts in

areas with the greatest voter turnout. If you feel

your elected officials are not hearing you, then

you have a chance to change that.

The HCC is planning another Candidate’s

Night Out Forum. We last held this event in

2006 and we had a great turnout. We hope to

make it even bigger this time. The HCC has

mailed letters to 65 candidates asking them

to attend a forum where they will have time to

provide their message to Hampden residents. In

addition, there will be a time for questions and

answers. We have invited all candidates for the

election of Governor, Comptroller, US Senator,

US House of Representatives, State Senator

and Representative of the Maryland House of

Delegates for our district. We are planning the

Candidate’s Night Out for August 24 at 6:30 pm

at the Roosevelt Recreation Center. Remember

that Primary Voting is on September 14th.

We really hope you attend. This is our chance

to show the slate of candidates that Hampden

is an active thriving community whose voice

matters. Come out to the event and be heard.

See you there!

Hampdenfest is offering a 10% discount for

any HCC members that would like to have a

booth this year. Hampdenfest will take place

on 9/11/10. Email

for an exhibit application.


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Knitting for All

By Carrie Stickel / Photos by Whitney Cecil

Call 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)


The knitters who gather at Lovelyarns knit with

purpose. Knitters make hats and mittens for

elementary school kids in Baltimore City, create

teddy bears for children in Africa and Haiti,

and participate in knit-graffiti when covering

the tree in front of the shop at 846 W. 36th

Street. Sometimes, they simply enjoy the cozy

fellowship of their fellow crafters while making

something for a loved one. Proprietress Sue

Caldwell creates an inviting atmosphere and

welcomes all these projects and more.

Sue is originally from New York. She spent

some of her adult life in Colorado and moved

to Baltimore about 20 years ago to be closer to

family. An interior designer by trade, knitting

has always been a part of her life. Both her

mother and her grandmother knit, so Sue

learned the craft at the feet of her elders and

has continued the tradition by teaching her

daughter. She finds that knitting soothes her

mind while giving her hands something to do.

About six years ago, Sue started selling yarn on

eBay. She was so successful in her sales that

eventually she had saved enough money to open

up a shop, and in 2006, Lovelyarns opened for

business. The shop boasts yarns of natural fiber

(wool, alpaca, cotton, and silk) that are handdyed


You will find yarn and other goods in Lovelyarns

that you will not find everywhere else. One of

the most unusual requests Sue has received was

for conductive thread to sew onto the fingertips

of gloves so that the wearer could keep her

fingers warm while operating her smart phone.

Lovelyarns doesn’t normally carry this type

of thread, but now Sue knows how to get it.

Knitters can also treat themselves to one of Edye

Sandford’s original “Designs from the Edge”

knitting totes at the store, which carries a variety

of other knitting products and wares as well.

Sue believes that knitters are generous souls—

always creating for other people. Sue loves the

tree sweater that adorns the tree in front of

the shop for the way it pulls people together:

several people knit the pieces for the sweater,

and the Sue sews the pieces onto the tree. The

tree sweater is Hampden’s own claim to knit

graffiti fame!

Other knitting projects decorate the walls

of Lovelyarns, including sweaters that Sue’s

grandmother made. There is one wall full of

teddy bears that are part of the Mother Bear

project. Knitters who are interested can sign up

and receive a free pattern to create a teddy bear

that will be sent to a grateful child in Africa or

Haiti. As knitters create the bears, Sue collects

them and proudly displays them on the walls

of her shop until it’s time to ship them away to

their new owners.

Locally, Sue and her cadre of knitters have

created hats and mittens for Baltimore City

elementary school children. Each year, a

different school receives an abundance of

winter-wear and the kids love being able to

participate in the design of their new knit-ware

or to be able to select their favorite from an

assortment of choices. This spring, the students

of Hampden Elementary School created color

combinations and patterns for the knitters, who

will be making them mittens this fall.

Visit Lovelyarns online (

to learn how to become involved in a knitting

project, or to register for classes and learn to

knit! Sue finds great teachers, and she keeps the

class sizes small to allow for more personalized

instruction. If you already know how to knit, you

can stop by and join the community of knitters

who meet on Saturdays. Mark September

12th on your calendar for Lovelyarns’ annual

trunk show. Local dyers come with their latest

creations, the shop is full of all kinds of yarn,

Sue’s daughter (a pastry chef) bakes a big cake,

and there is plenty of food and spirits for all.

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Roosevelt Park Farm City Garden

By Allie Hu & Molly McCullagh / Photos by Allie Hu

Carolyn Pomodoro eagerly greeted us with “Do

you need any tomato plants? Which plot is yours?

I’ll drop them off whenever you want!”

This past winter, Carolyn started over 600

heirloom variety tomato plants under grow lights

in her Hampden home. She intended to sell or

give them to neighbors and farmers but she was

waylaid during prime planting season. She didn’t

have the heart to let her tomato plants die so she

put 100 of them into her 150 square foot plot

in the Roosevelt Park City Farm, a community

garden built and managed by Baltimore City’s

Department of Recreation and Parks City Farms.

Although Carolyn knows that they are too close

together to thrive, she is relieved that at least

some of her “babies” made it into the ground.

On her porch, tomato plants are still looking for

an in-ground home.

Roosevelt Park City Farm is filled with more

than tomato plants: corn, collards, peppers, and

eggplant. Gardeners decorate plots with elaborate

trellises, stone pathways, wooden benches,

and brightly colored flowers to attract bees and

butterflies. This garden, although one of the

smallest, is the newest of City Farm-supported

gardens, replacing the original garden site in

Roosevelt Park. It features 32 plots, vintage water

spigots, and a woodchip pathway, all enclosed

in tall black fencing. Currently, 18 people are

eagerly waiting for an open garden plot. Plots

turn over only if the current gardener doesn’t

take care of his plot or voluntarily gives it up. City

Farms is just one of a number of initiatives that

are fueling the urban agriculture movement in

Baltimore. The Baltimore Free Farm Collective,

for example, recently established the Ash Street

Community Garden around the corner from

Roosevelt Park and the Community Gardening

Resource Network provides classes and plants to

interested city gardeners.

Coleen McCarty, City Farms Coordinator, says

gardeners are motivated to join community

gardens for a wide variety of reasons. Some

garden their plots intensively for nine months

out of the year to contribute to their household’s

fresh food supply. Neighbors and friends often

reap the benefits of high-producing zucchini

and tomatoes. Others, like Carolyn, who

brought her son to help water her plot, enjoy

having a space to bring their children and teach

them where food comes from and how to care

for it. Marty and Pam Viel, two fellow Roosevelt

Park gardeners, admit they don’t think their

garden helps them save money, but they enjoy

it nonetheless. The couple gardened for years

at the previous site and their experience

often puts them in the running for the “Best

Gardens of Baltimore” contest, which judges

the community gardeners’ plots on a variety of

elements, including productivity and aesthetics.

The awards will be handed out at this month at

the annual City Farms Supper, which celebrates

the efforts and harvest of the gardeners.

This year, community gardeners have more than

tomatoes and collards to celebrate: the proposal

of an updated zoning code for Baltimore City

would officially recognize community gardens

and urban farms. At a recent draft zoning code

presentation, a resident told a story of trying

to garden in a vacant lot, but finding out that it

was not zoned for agriculture. If the zoning code

passes as proposed, then community gardening

will be allowed in all residential zones, while

commercial gardening will be allowed under

certain conditions and with specific permission

from the city.

A recent article in Baltimore’s Urbanite

Magazine addressed the issue of underutilized

parks which are often locked in a symbiotic

relationship with surrounding neighborhoods.

When we suggested some parks as good sites

for new or expanded community gardens,

Coleen, while supportive of more gardening

space, refuted the idea that parks were currently

underutilized for recreation. Many parks don’t

have sufficient space for gardening without

sacrificing another activity currently using that

space. She also said many neighborhood groups

have organized community gardens and can work

with the Baltimore City Department of Public

Works Adopt-a-Lot program to get access to land

and water. This left us dreaming of all the spaces,

small and large, near our homes that could be

used for gardens.




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education committee

Schools Taking Advantage of Summer Session

By John Bosley / Photo by Whitney Cecil

This month’s education news is brief, since

Hampden’s schools aren’t in regular session

except for Hampden Elementary-Middle School.

That school’s one-month summer school got off

to a rough start, as the early July extreme heat

forced the school to suspend classes for a few

days, according to our correspondent Dianne

Robinson. An Open House on June 30 was wellattended,

though. The school welcomed guests

from 8-10 a.m. and there were door prizes to

encourage people to come out and visit the

school. The summer session will end on July 28.

Pre-K registration is closed—classes are full!

But you may put your child’s name on a waiting

list in case the school is able to admit more

children this fall.

The office and custodial staff have asked us

to make a special request to all of Hampden

Elementary-Middle School neighbors: PLEASE

do NOT walk you dog anywhere on school

property—especially the playground! Even if

you are a “good neighbor” and pick up after

your dog, you need to set an example for the few

inconsiderate people who do not clean up their

dog’s messes by keeping your dogs off school

property. These areas are used by our children,

and they deserve a clean, sanitary area for

outdoor play. For more information on any topic,

call 410-396-6004.

Saint Thomas Aquinas School joined with

faculty and graduate students from Towson

University, and the Johns Hopkins Medical

School Division of Child and Adolescent

Psychiatry to offer a Reading Summer Session

(STARSS) from July 6 through 29. This half-day

program focused on reading instruction, soccer

coaching, sportsmanship, and social skills

interaction Monday through Wednesday weekly,

and on Thursdays included parent updates

on their children’s activities and the teaching

strategies being used. The school is pleased that

Sister Marie Rose will begin her 31st year as

STA principal when school resumes in the fall.

There is still time to register to play in the 10th

Annual STA Golf Tournament. The $110 per

player registration fee includes food, awards,

and goodie bags and must be paid by July 30th.

The tournament will be held Monday, August

23, at Mt. Pleasant Golf Course. All proceeds

benefit the STA Emergency Tuition Assistance

Fund. Contact Larry Glose at 410-254-5100 for

more information. STA will also hold a special

Summer Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina

Restaurant on Thursday, July 29, from 2-9 p.m.

Mama Cucina’s is located in the Green Spring

Tower Square at 1020 W. 41st St. A percentage of

the proceeds will benefit the school. St. Thomas’

phone number is 410-889-4618.

At other Hampden schools, a variety of

summertime activities are taking place.

Independence School’s staff is busy with

curriculum planning, interviews for staff

replacements, and general maintenance

“including keeping the lawn alive,” according

to math teacher and HAS Coordinator

Chris Miller. Miller adds that New Student

Orientation will take place on August 19.

Details will be available later. For information

please call the school at 410-467-1090.

There has been a change of leadership at ACCE!

See the separate “Open Letter” to Hampden

residents by the new Principal, Ms. Quinhon

Goodlow that appears at the beginning of this

newsletter. Best wishes to Ms. Goodlow as

she takes the reins of ACCE. Her letter clearly

demonstrates her openness to community

involvement and the accompanying photo shows

that she is already “walking The Avenue” to get

acquainted with local citizens and merchants.

This is a very good sign that ACCE’s new leaders

recognize the need to build bridges to the

Hampden community.

Learning Inc. (LI) wound up the 2009-2010

school year with a number of end-of-year

activities. A real highlight of these was a kayaking

trip guided by Ultimate Watersports (http:// north of the city

in the Dundee Creek area of Gunpowder Falls

State Park. Learning Inc. staff took the kids on

four daily outings during the last week of school.

This experience was open to all LI students, and

10 took advantage of the fabulous opportunity.

The kayaking adventure provided the setting to

learn some water skills, discuss environmental

issues based on real experiences, and engage

interest and attention in many other aspects of

a non-urban environment. Not only was the trip

educationally rich, everyone who went had a great

time! One notable summer program at LI has

Operation Safe Kids (OSK) students working on

academic credit recovery. OSK is the Baltimore

City Health Department’s violence prevention

initiative. The credit recovery program enables

adjudicated young men to earn credits for

courses previously taken but not passed. This

program uses an online curriculum approved by

Baltimore City Public School System.

Of course, now it’s back to administrative reality

for LI’s staff. They’re busy interviewing for some

new teachers, specifically in math and science,

and doing all those other chores they need to

finish before school opens this fall. Learning

Inc.’s phone number is 410-662-8049.



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hampden health

Dining While Diabetic

By Sharon Praissman and Tammy Beckman / Photo by Shihmei Barger

This month’s column focuses how to eat when

you’re diabetic (for an explanation about diabetes,

please see July’s issue). Having diabetes can be

overwhelming. Many people find it difficult to

find foods that they like which are healthy for

them. It’s important to understand that you can

still have your favorite foods. However, you may

need to prepare them differently or not eat them

as often. It’s not about “being on a diet”; it’s about

eating healthy.

Which foods raise blood sugar? Starches, milk,

some fruits, and sweets can all raise blood sugar.

However, healthy starches, skim milk, and

fruit are all part of a healthy diet and sweets in

moderation are fine.

You’ve probably heard a lot about carbohydrates,

but what are they? They are sugars like glucose,

fructose (in fruit), and lactose (in milk) that

naturally occur in some of the foods we eat.

Starches are lots of glucoses connected. Pasta,

rice, bread, potatoes, peas, corn, cereal, and

bagels are all examples of carbohydrates

or starches. You can use the term starch or

carbohydrate as they generally mean the same

thing. They are necessary for energy but too

much of them will raise blood sugar or cause

weight gain.

The average adult should have 6-8 servings of

healthy starches like whole grain bread or cereal,

brown rice, corn, and beans a day. These items

are healthier because they contain fiber which

is the only carbohydrate that doesn’t raise blood

sugar. One serving of starch equals one slice of

bread, a 1/3 cup of cooked rice, or 1 cup of cereal.

Protein items like beef, chicken, fish, and eggs

won’t raise blood sugar but they are higher in

calories and fat then other foods so should be kept

at 4-6 oz per day. One egg equals one ounce; a cell

phone is the size of two ounces. Chicken, turkey,

and fish are healthier choices and all meats

should be grilled, baked, or broiled. Sausages,

bacon, and breaded and fried items should be

eaten less than once a month as they are very high

in calories and fat which can cause weight gain

and heart disease.

Vegetables (with the exception of peas, corn, and

potatoes which are starches) should be eaten

daily. They are very low in calories (one cup of

broccoli has 30 calories), have lots of nutrients,

and won’t raise blood sugar. Steam, grill, sauté,

or broil them and use low fat sauces. Aim for at

least 5 servings/day. One serving equals ½ a cup.

You can have as many as you want and you should

go for seconds on them instead of the starches

or proteins. This will help you lose weight and

control your blood sugar.

There are three main eating plans to follow: plate

method, carbohydrate counting, and the diabetes

food pyramid. The plate method is simple: fill ½

your plate with non-starchy vegetables, ¼ with

starch, and a ¼ with protein. With carbohydrate

counting, each serving of carbohydrates=15 g.

Your doctor can tell you how many grams you can

have per day—usually women have 65 and men

can have 70. The diabetes food pyramid is like the

regular one but replaces the “grains” group with

the starch group which contains all of the usual

grain products (bread, cereal, pasta) plus peas,

beans, potatoes, and corn which are also starchy.

Depending on your gender, activity level and

weight it advises you on how many servings from

each group.

You can find more information about these eating

plans at the following web sites:

General information & good recipes:

Great plate method video:

Carbohydrate counting:


Diabetes Food Pyramid:

If you don’t use the Internet you can call the

American Diabetes Association at 410- 265-0075

for more information.

Along with a healthy diet, walking 30 minutes

a day can help control your blood sugar! Early

morning and evening are best times to avoid the

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clean & green team

Help Create Hampden Green Map with Questionnaire

By Jay Lazar

The second Get Trashed on Tuesday (GTOT)

clean up held June 29 built on the success of

our first outing with 17 neighbors participating

in cleaning up the area between 37th and 34th

bounded by Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Ave.

Our next clean up will meet outside the Royal

Farms on the Avenue on July 27th at 7pm, and

cover the area of the community west of Falls

Road. 13.5% Wine Bar is sponsoring the July

clean up so we hope to see you there.

This month we have guest columnists Allie Hu

& Molly McCullagh from the Johns Hopkins

University School of Public Health’s Center for

a Livable Future. Allie and Molly interviewed

gardeners and City Farms Coordinator Coleen

McCarty about the new Roosevelt Park City Farm.

Also in this month’s newsletter you will find

a Hampden Green Map Questionnaire. The

questionnaire’s goal is to identify “Green”

attitudes in Hampden to help create a Hampden

Green Map as well as provide benchmarks for

future community Greening initiatives. To get

an idea of what we are looking to accomplish,

please visit

v1/maps.shtml. You will see about 13 icons for

Hampden. We feel that Hampden has a whole

lot more to shout Green about and would like

to create a Hampden specific map. Please take

a moment to fill out the questionnaire below

this article (remember, there’s a backside, too)

and return it the HCC post office box. Or, in

addition to the newsletter, the questionnaire

will be available through the HCC website and

can be emailed to the Clean & Green committee

at Thanks for

your participation and keep your summer Green.

Hampden Green Map Survey Questionnaire: Residents Survey

If you are a BUSINESS, CHURCH, or other ORGANIZATION, do

you consider yourself a green/socially responsible operation? If

so please check all reasons that apply.

__ You sell regionally grown produce which directly supports

small family farms

__ You provide dining options made from local and/or organic


__ You provide dining options that incorporate humane and

ethical treatment of animals

__ You provide dining options that take into account the

sustainability of the harvest practices

__ You sell ecologically-conscious products

__ Your business promotes fair trade (sustainable development

and better working conditions)

__ Your business may belong to a or promotes corporate social

responsibility program

__ Your business is cooperatively managed and/or benefits society

__ Your business promotes the renting or sharing of material items

__ Your business provides a living wage to its employees




If you are a RESIDENT...

__ Do you shop local farmers markets?

__ Do you participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)


__ Do you have a vegetable garden?

__ Do you can/jar food for personal consumption?

__ Do you use natural products in your home for cleaning, cosmetics,

pets, etc?

__ Do you shop locally?

__ Do you donate used items in good condition to charitable


__ (other)________________________________________________________________



For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS, do you use any of these

green technologies? Write Y for yes, or N for no.

__ Do you recycle? If no, circle all the reasons that apply:

No recycling / mobility issues / it’s confusing / can’t remember day

__ Do you recycle rainwater with a rain barrel?

__ Are your downspouts disconnected to reduce runoff and assist

groundwater recharge?

__ Do you generate your own electricity? If yes, circle which: wind / solar

What % of total consumption? ___________

__ Do you purchase electricity from alternate energy sourced

companies (such as wind or solar power)?

__ Do you use geothermal/ground heat technology?

__ Do you have a green roof?

__ Do you compost? If yes, circle all the items that apply:

Food waste / leaves / garden and lawn cuttings / other ______________

__ Do you own a hybrid vehicle?

__ Do you own an electric vehicle?

__ Do you use biodiesel?

If so, where do you purchase? ________________________________________

__ Do you use green/non-toxic cleaning products and Low-NO VOC

paints and other products?

For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS, do you use any of these

green ways to get around? Mark Y for yes, or N for no.

__ Do you use public transportation?

__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?

__ Do you carpool?

__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?

__ Do you ride a bike?

__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?

__ Do you walk for transportation?

__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?

__ As a pedestrian, do you feel safe crossing the street?

What, in your opinion, is the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians?




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Hampden Green Map Survey Questionnaire: Residents Survey (continued)

Nature questions

Are there outdoor areas you enjoy using in our community? If so, where are they and what do you like to do there?




Are there places you would like to enjoy in some way but can’t—and why?




Do you enjoy biking recreationally in our community? If so, where?




Are there places you would like to bike, but can’t—and why?




Questions that provide visions/concerns (open ended). For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS,

tell us about what environmentally-friendly resources or practices in our community...

You currently use:




You would like to see put in place:




Tell us about problems you see in our community and ways you would like to see them addressed:




If you would like general information placed on a Hampden Green Map, please provide your address:


The Battle of Baltimore: September 12, 1814

By Denny Lynch / Photo by Denny Lynch

Every time I drive down Old North Point Road I

feel as though I am going on a great adventure,

and my love of history and photography are at

the center of each sojourn. There is an energy

along this road like no other place I know. It is

visceral; the land seems to come up and talk to

me. All you need to do is abandon your car and

walk from Bread and Cheese Creek to Battle

Acre to feel it. If we were to examine the events

that took place along this road on September 12,

1814 in musical terms, then the landing of the

British forces at the tip of North Point would be

the overture and the engagement near Battle Acre

would be the crescendo. For it was on this day that

Americans troops stood up once more to one of

Europe’s great military powers and demonstrated

remarkable courage and resistance.

On my journeys back in time I always go well

prepared. A copy of Buzz Chriest’s Defenders

Trail is essential. This guidebook includes

excerpts from writings by General John Stricker

and Lieutenant George Gleig that present the

American and British eyewitness accounts of

the fighting. In addition, I take with me a copy

of Gleig’s The Campaigns of the British Army

at Washington and New Orleans. The British

invasion of North Point is addressed in Chapter

XIII. Along with vivid descriptions of the

topography and the events that took place the day

of the battle, his writings also reveal the thoughts

and feelings of the British soldiers. At times his

writing is absolutely poetic. And I always have

Christopher George’s Terror on the Chesapeake

accompany me to put all of this drama into its

proper historical context. I am also equipped

with my camera in order to document this

extraordinary piece of geography and the way in

which this rich 19th Century history brushes up

against the present.

I am drawn to the Patapsco Neck for many

reasons. First of all, I am connected to the history

of this area since I am a descendant of one of the

Americans that was killed in the battle near Long

Log Lane, now Old North Point Road. He was

James Richardson, and his name appears on one

the narrow bands of Maximilian Godefroy’s Battle

Monument in Baltimore. In addition, as a history

teacher in Baltimore (from 1973 to 2003) I attended

many Defenders’ Day Celebrations and felt it was

imperative to impart to my students the significance

of this battle. And finally, as a photographer I am

kept in a constant state of wonderment as I wander

through “The Neck.” Whether I am standing on the

promontory at Fort Howard where the British came

ashore, admiring the location of Todd’s Inheritance,

or walking through the hallowed grounds of Battle

Acre I know I will always be inspired to create a

good photograph.

Mr. Lynch will present a slide-illustrated talk on the

Battle of Baltimore 1814 at Enoch Pratt’s Hampden

Branch on Saturday September 11, 2010. The program

will begin at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 3641

Falls Road in Hampden For more information call:


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