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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1995
Six o'clock rolls around,You just finished wiping your car down.Time to cruise to the park where it looks like a car show -- "Summertime," D. J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.The Park.In Baltimore, there is little question which park is The Park.Each Sunday, Druid Hill Park -- the city's largest park and perhaps the best place to profile/hang out/be seen/polish a spotless car/profile some more/check out sweet young thangs -- rocks.Sunday at The Park is when hundreds of immaculately clean cars line a stretch known as "Looker's Row" between the basketball courts and the reservoir as their owners -- ever worried about scratches -- lean lightly on their hoods.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Carlton H. Dotson, a retired spokesman for the Maryland State Lottery and a tennis player who helped integrate the Druid Hill Park tennis courts in the late 1940s, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. A resident of Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill, he was 82. Born in Baltimore and known as "Yummy," he was raised on Madison Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was the son of Charles Edward "Blue" Dotson, a maitre d'hotel and Miller Bros. Restaurant bartender, and Lucille Harde, a homemaker.
By Ernest F. Imhoff | July 22, 2001
HERE'S A MODEST proposal for improving Druid Hill Park. Erect a statue of Harriet Tubman or another prominent African-American on its beautiful grounds. Here's why: When you enter the beautiful park on Swan Drive from Druid Park Lake Drive, you soon see living black people and statues of four dead white men. All of the statues sit in prominent places near the reservoir, Druid Lake. Frozen in time are: George Washington, the nation's first president; Christopher Columbus, who brought death and misery to Indians in the New World; William Wallace, the Scotish freedom fighter; and German opera composer Richard Wagner.
May 21, 2014
Thank you for your coverage of this past weekend's Art Outside festival - a real gem of an event for everyone in Baltimore ("Art Outside returns to Druid Hill Park," May 16). My wholehearted congratulations to Barbara Shapiro and her team who succeeded (for the second year in a row) to bring together a true cross section of the community through a festival that not only celebrated visual and performing arts but also another gem of ours, Druid Hill Park. It was not lost on me, however, that many of the patrons of this event probably have not set foot in the park in many years - other than to come to this now-annual event or to visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore . Perhaps we can use the energy surrounding Art Outside to begin a region-wide discussion on how the park (and other beautiful spaces in the city)
By Lori Sears | July 25, 2002
What's big and blue and crazy for books? That would be YoJo. The 7-foot-tall kids' character will playfully entertain and encourage youngsters to explore the joys of reading at his show "Choose to Read" today at Federal Hill Park. YoJo's show will be the final "Kids' Stuff" event of the summer. In his act, YoJo believes television and video games are more fun than books. But after discovering that the more one reads, the smarter one gets, YoJo changes his attitude and dives head-first into reading.
By Staff Reports | October 27, 2006
Running XTERRA Parks & People Scramble 5K Where -- Druid Hill Park (starting at Stieff Silver Building) When -- Sunday, 9 a.m. What for -- People, music, running - in costume. Info -- 410-308-1870 Halloween Ghosts, Ghouls and Legends Where -- Sports Legends Museum When -- Sunday, 1 p.m. What for -- Two-hour children's event; costume contest. Online -- Pro soccer Red Bull New York@D.C. United Where -- RFK Stadium, Washington When -- Sunday, 6 p.m. What for -- MLS Eastern Conference semifinal Game 2. Online -- dcunited.
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | June 22, 2007
Gardening gloves, hedge clippers, hoes and rakes were in abundance. And so were the volunteers who gathered yesterday at a small Federal Hill park for the second consecutive day of sprucing up the neglected landscape. Robert Baker Park, a small, grassy rectangle surrounded by a 4-feet-high brick wall at Light Street and Key Highway, is "like a jungle," said Kathie McCleskey, the beautification committee chairwoman of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. She had joined with the youth ministry from a church in Delaware to clean the park, overgrown with weeds, vines and bushes.
By Sun Staff | July 24, 2003
Last week's question Where's the best place in Baltimore to keep cool? 14 votes Mall/movies (46.7 percent) 6 votes Frozen food aisle at the local grocery store (20 percent) 4 votes Loch Raven Reservoir (13.3 percent) 3 votes Neighborhood swim club (10 percent) 2 votes The Inner Harbor (6.7 percent) 1 votes Druid Hill Park (3.3 percent) 0 votes Patterson Park (0 percent) 30 total votes This week's question Which local baseball team's games do you most enjoy attending? Aberdeen IronBirds Baltimore Orioles Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Hagerstown Suns Vote at www.sunspot.
October 18, 2007
$9.2 million approved for Program Open Space The Board of Public Works approved more than $9.2 million in Program Open Space funding yesterday for Baltimore parks and recreation areas, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The funding includes: $450,000 for roof replacements at the Lakeland Recreation Center, Herring Run Recreation Center, Mount Royal Recreation Center and the Dome Basketball Court at Madison Square Recreation Center. $500,000 to complete the second phase of work at the Lyndhurst Recreation Center gymnasium.
November 4, 2002
When more than 300 people turned out recently to tour six vacant wrecks in Reservoir Hill, it was clear evidence of tremendous curiosity in what once was one of Baltimore's most desirable neighborhoods. The question now is how to turn this faith in the city's future into buyer demand. The answer: Continue bringing in suburbanites, particularly from the Washington area, who recognize the inherent value of the area's tarnished Victorian and Edwardian houses and have the deep pockets to restore them.
By Donna Owens and For the Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Maryland visual artists, craft artisans, designers and other creative types who live, work or study in the region will be spotlighted at Sunday's Art Outside. Festival-goers should expect entertainment, food trucks and other vendors, as well as family-oriented activities, including a performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's youth musicians, OrchKids. "I wanted to bring people together and have some place for the new, up-and-coming artists at Station North and artists from all over the state to show their stuff," said Barbara Shapiro, 79, a retired educator who is the founder of Art Outside.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
LaMikgo Biega arranged mulch around the base of a small oak tree in Druid Hill Park as her son Xavier, 9, helped with the task. "You gotta move it away from the tree," Biega, 47, told her son, spreading the mulch to ensure that thick piles don't inhibit the growth of the tree, planted in 2010 to celebrate the park's 150th anniversary. She asked Xavier for a rake, and the boy leapt up and ran off to find one. Biega, who moved to the Baltimore area from Florida to start a new job in sales at Comcast this month, brought Xavier and her other son, Kingston, 6, with her Saturday for Comcast Cares Day. The event, co-sponsored by the city's Public Works Department and Baltimore Green Works, drew hundreds of the company's employees and their friends and families to Druid Hill Park for tree maintenance, landscaping, fence building, litter pickup and other service activities.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
Homicide detectives were investigating an afternoon shooting that occurred Friday in West Baltimore in a residential area between Mondawmin Mall and Druid Hill Park. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. in the rear of the 2200 block of Liberty Heights Ave. Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene due to the severity of his injuries, but as of Saturday morning, police said the victim remained in critical condition. Last week, a 47-year-old man was fatally shot in the same neighborhood, a few blocks south in the 2800 block of Parkwood Ave. The Safe Streets anti-violence program had held a peace rally two days later — and was shut down temporarily by the Health Department on Tuesday.
By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| September 24, 2013
Adventure and fresh air? Sounds like a winner to me. Here's what organizers have to say about Hike & Seek: "National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest conservation organization, is pleased to announce the Hike & Seek event at Druid Hill Park on October 26 in Baltimore.  Hike & Seek is a family outing that inspires a child's sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. The event brings families together for a few hours in the great outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun and provides an opportunity to rediscover nature.
By Allison Brickell
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 16, 2013
This Saturday hundreds of people are expected to converge on Druid Hill Park - some pushing strollers, some toddling alongside their moms - to raise awareness about prenatal health. The second annual Baby Buggy Walk in the Park is an attempt to promote healthy lifestyles for women who are pregnant or people - of either gender - who are considering becoming parents. Part health fair and part party, the event will feature music from station 92Q, and radio personality Sonjay DeCaires will emcee.
Jacques Kelly | September 6, 2013
It didn't take long to see why a retired city public schools teacher is hailed by her neighbors as Miss Auchentoroly or, to others, the Clean Up Lady. Barbara Anderson-Dandy is one of those Baltimore community dynamos who say they work behind the scenes - and do. It's just that they never stop working, and along the way have established a reservoir of good will. She says she loves the challenge of stewarding a highly visible city neighborhood perched at the edge of Druid Hill Park.
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1997
Undercover police officers have swarmed over Federal Hill and Otterbein for the past week trying to catch a group of teen-agers blamed for a series of armed holdups that has shaken the upscale neighborhoods.They have arrested more than a dozen people on drug and gun charges, including a 12-year-old boy from West Baltimore who they said used a cap gun to rob five people in five days. Police are looking for four other suspects in the robberies.A 17-year-old charged in five of the armed robberies told detectives his group targeted the area because of its affluence, police said.
Jacques Kelly | June 28, 2013
For nearly 20 years, I watched a landmark stone house deteriorate. Once one of the proudest addresses in the city, the home of the Druid Hill Park superintendent and later the Maryland Zoo director became vacant. Trees began growing through its windows after its slate roof collapsed. Its stout stone walls were tumbling down. Sitting on a rise at the western edge of the city park, it became a symbol of neglect, an example of what can go wrong within city government. Then, about a year ago, this depressing situation began to change.
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