Hot House: 302 Club Road, Baltimore 21210
Colonial style home in washed stucco, circa 1905, with covered side porch and exterior moldings. 4,668 sq. ft., with 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths over three levels. Large gourmet chef’s kitchen with La Cornue range, top-end appliances, Italian marble counters, stone fireplace, leather banquette. Entrance hall, formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces. Many original architectural details, new bathrooms, central a/c, basement with workshop, billiards room and wine cellar. Parking pad, no garage. .35 acre lot: $1,225,800 Read More →
Greg Dohler is that rarest humanoid: a nice guy who can hold down a full-time job, show up socially on time, and cook dinner, but also a guy gifted with superbly special creative vision he knows how to bring to life. You might also know him as the lanky blond drummer from Baltimore bands Helikopter (early ’90s) and, until recently, Small Apartments. Greg and his wife, Cindy France, are good friends of my husband–now they’re also mine–so I’ve had some patient time to sit on their black vintage couch, drink the classic cocktails Greg researches and mixes up, and listen to him think out loud. When Greg showed me his new photo montage work last year, I remember I was sitting on a step in his house in Ham Roll (where Hampden meets Roland Park). I wanted to convey how much I liked the work–because I did–but first I just wanted to fall into it, to belong to its luxuriously weird world. A child in a kerchief, from another age, rode a donkey; an old woman haunted a marshy landscape; a Baltimore rowhouse’s second story perched precariously at an eerie coastline. (See above the same photo I recall, “Home.”) “Wow,” I whispered dully. Every element worked together so organically–if surreally–I felt like I was inside the frame finding my legs on a new planet. I’ve seen surreal photo montage now and again, and it has never really been my cup of (bloody) tea, but Greg’s digitally blended work feels wholly other. There’s a destructive/redemptive quality to Dohler’s vision, a longing, a mourning, and yet a hopeful magic at play here. A comparison? Not easy. Kiki Smith’s gentle rendering of girl and beast in “Lying with the Wolf” pops to mind. But mostly I’m reminded how well Greg sees with his mind’s eye. (A bio side note that makes more sense to me than ever: Greg’s dad was the beloved low-budget sci-fi and horror film director Don Dohler. )
I talked to my friend about the genesis of his photo project and what he’s working on now. You can catch his latest work starting tomorrow and running through September 20th at 13.5% Wine Bar in Hampden–1117 W. 36th Street. To see more of Greg’s art visit his website.
Thirty years after his own prom, Gilman’s Director of College Counseling Carl Ahlgren reflects on the “beautiful mayhem” as a metaphor for the college application process. Read More →
Hot House: 300 Oakdale Road, Roland Park, Baltimore, MD 21210
New England colonial-style wood frame house, circa 1935, sided, with shingle roof and two-story addition at back. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths over 2,000 sq. ft. and two stories. Hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, ensuite master bedroom with glass shower, large outdoor deck and hot tub. Central a/c, brick driveway. Landscaped .25 acre garden with extra deeded lot backs to trees and Stony Run trail: $579,000 (recent price reduction) Read More →
“Today is about expression and individuality,” OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey told about fifty young musicians from Baltimore City Public Schools and Gilman, as they warmed up together for a morning of musical improvisation.
Watch a video about the day and hear the music by Gilman and OrchKids here.
Standing in a large circle, students from four different schools, ranging from third through ninth grade, mimicked Trahey’s sounds and patterns, created beats with their bodies and voices, and introduced themselves to the group. The exercise is called “creative connections.” Soon, they would all connect over a shared melody and create a new piece of music.
The Baltimore City Public students traveled to campus from Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, Highlandtown Elementary, and Booker T. Washington. They are all enrolled in OrchKids, a year-round program of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (BYSO) that puts musical instruments in the hands of Baltimore kids.
Their visit to Gilman was organized by junior Nirakar Pandey as outgrowth of a Civic Engagement and Service Learninggrant he received last spring. As one of two inaugural grant recipients, Pandey was awarded $1,500 to pursue a community service program. He called his “Orchcessories,” with the goal of supplying musical accessories, such as woodwind reeds, violin strings, or brass mouthpieces, to the students enrolled in OrchKids.
A violinist with the BYSO, Pandey spent last summer working with OrchKids students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School and was inspired to help.
“I wanted to support this cause because I believe it is important for everyone to receive a musical education if they would like to,” said Pandey, who has been playing music since the age of five. “OrchKids provides instruments and some accessories, but many of these students cannot afford the accessories.”
This year, he also wanted to show the Orchkids the place that he loves – Gilman.
They arrived by the busload on a recent Friday morning, each with an instrument in hand, and filed into Gilman’s band room. Following their “creative connections” and team building exercises, the students broke into small sectional groups. Led by Trahey, Gilman’s Middle and Upper School Band Director Peter Lander (who also serves as an OrchKids instructor), and others, the groups worked with a pre-arranged piece of music and added to it. Some students wrote words, others added “groove” or percussion, while others crafted a counter melody.
About 45 minutes later, the groups convened to play together. What they produced – an impressive eight-minute improvisational piece – was a true team creation and a piece of music that had never before been heard. After the music making, the group enjoyed a pizza lunch together.
“It was a very successful day and the enthusiasm from everyone was tremendous,” Pandey said. “I think the kids got to see a side of town that they would not have seen had it not been for this day. Many of the kids were amazed by our campus. And, I think the Gilman students got to have fun and realize how much opportunity we have here.”
Pandey plans to continue collecting musical accessories for OrchKids throughout his time at Gilman and hopes to organize something similar during his college years.
Looks can be deceiving. From the street this may look like a charming but modest home, but wait until you walk through the door! When the current owners purchased their Lakehurst Drive home they had big plans. Tucked away down a drive behind Boy’s Latin School, the setting could not be more perfect. Close to the city, with easy access to downtown, Hunt Valley, or BWI Airport, the Baltimore County house is quiet and secluded. Specimen trees include two of the tallest Gingkoes in the area, an unusual Black Ash, and a lovely cherry tree.
List Price: $379,000
Nicely renovated Brick Colonial, flexible first floor layout allows for a family room off the kitchen or a fourth bedroom with its own full bath, screened porch, fenced yard, wood burning fireplace in the spacious living room, very walkable neighborhood, quiet cul-de-sac location, close to schools and shopping, seller requ. fin. info. with all offers, CPOUFS, sold in “as-is” condition. Click for more details.
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