Month: May 2014

Garden Gala – Sunday, May 18 @ 2640 Space

Garden Gala: Bringing the Green Back To Filbert Street

2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD

May 18, 2014 from 4 – 9 pm


UMBC students are working with Jason Reed, the director of a non-profit community garden and educational space, to host a fundraiser for the Filbert Street Community Garden of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay on Sunday, May 18 from 4 to 9pm.  The event will be at 2640 Space in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore (2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore MD 21218).

The fundraiser includes food, music, history, art, silent auctions, raffles, and more to raise money to create the new garden manager position for this important Baltimore non-profit organization. Students in Professor Nicole King’s “Preserving Places” American Studies course and Professor Steve Bradley’s “Imaging Research Center Fellows” visual arts course worked together on planning this event as the culmination of their semester-long work with the garden.

The Filbert Street Community Garden is a conservation project, educational space, and food farm located in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of South Baltimore. In the past two years the garden has held 24 community workshops, logged 10,000 volunteer hours, provided 500 garden classes both during and after school, served over 600 local students, and produced and distributed over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce in the community. Residents need a garden because the area is a food desert, which means there is limited access to fresh produce locally.

Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s The Signal will MC the event.

Folk musician Jennie Williams will start off the evening’s musical performances at 5pm. Then Filbert Street garden director Jason Reed’s band Her Fantastic Cats. Next  we welcome local acts from Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, including female hip hop duo Double Impact and hip hop artist  Baby Boy. We will finish up the night’s line up with local Baltimore folk musicians Haint Blue and Bobby E. Lee & the Sympathizers .

Food is provided by Dynamic Strategies Catering, which is a small woman owner catering company owned and operated by Idalee Wagman DiGregorio and Lisa Hillring. They specialize in small to medium sized functions and prefer to use local seasonal ingredients and get many of their proteins from the Wagman family farm located in south central Pennsylvania. Relay Foods will have a table to talk about their healthy food delivery options in the Baltimore region.

We will also have a silent auction of an array of great finds from local Baltimore businesses and a raffle for gift cards for many great prizes. All ticket holders receive two raffle tickets with the cost of admission.

Tickets can be purchased online at: Ticket prices are: $20 general admission, $10 for students or Brooklyn-Curtis Bay residents, $5 for children 10 and up, and free for kids under 10. There will be a silent auction of art and exciting items donated by local businesses.

A student produced radio series on the voices of residents of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay (Baybrook) and Sparrows Point communities will air on the Marc Steiner Show WEAA (88.9) at 9am the week leading up to the event (May 12-16). The radio series in a collaboration with American Studies folklorist-in-residence and program coordinator for Maryland Traditions, the state’s folklife program, Michelle Stefano’s class on ethnography and Bill Shewbridge’s “Media and Communication Studies Fellows” courses. Never before have four different courses collaborated on a project of this magnitude at UMBC.

If you’d like more information about this event and associated projects or have any questions, please contact Dr. Nicole King:

Department of American Studies
University of Maryland Baltimore County, UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle – Fine Arts Bld. 458
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-1457 OR (202) 345-6250 (cell)

These Projects are funded by a Breaking Ground Grant from UMBC