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Attending Baltimore's Biggest Free Party.

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It is no longer a guess, it's a fact, that the following streets around the Baltimore Symphony hall, the Meyerhof, will have traffic redirected: Charles, Mount Royal, West Oliver and Dolphin. Some 350 million people would converge to the center point of this octagon, to shop, eat, drink, buy art, and be merry.

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Visitors would be able to meet the artists behind the Car Lounge; some 160 plus craftspeople, over 15 artist run galleries, and, get this, outdoor dance club.

This party included a film festival at the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, with films such as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; an organ recital from church organists David Dasch and David Buchcer, and the Peabody Conservatory performing skillfully, on the pipe organ.

The Jews and the Palestinians are at war, however, this party, known to all as ARTSCAPE, showcased "The Art of Ramadan" (July 18-20, Muslim Holy week of Ramadan). How cool!

For me, the biggest surprise came from Kalahari Resorts of Pocono Mountains Pennsylvania, who had a booth with fabricated elephants, alongside live safari attendants, a neat trick to get customers to their advertised property showing 457 guest rooms, a water park, meeting facilities, and recreation, a mini oasis in the mountains.

Have you ever heard of an Interdisciplinary Artist? Kasey Jones is one such person, and got a grant from Baltimore's National Aquarium, to show how plastic bags are affecting marine environment. (See video interview).

Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings Blake, made an appearance, and so did R&B singer Anthony Hamilton. His hit song Point of It All, has relevance, especially for lovers, and many were present, in all kinds of clothing, and romantic positions. The weather on the final day had threats of rain, but the fans came out armed with parasols, on a cool day to hear Anthony sing, what else but, "COOL"


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