Come join your neighbors Tuesday, September 20th, at 7:30 PM for our General Membership Meeting at the Belvedere Condominiums at 1 East Chase St., lobby level.   MVBA does not hold meetings in August. 


As always our general membership meetings are free and open to the public, members and non-members alike. Meetings begin at 7:30, so please join us to discuss important issues and events that affect all of us in Mount Vernon.

Upcoming MVBA November Elections:


A Call for Committee Members andThose Interested in Running for Election Members Who Would Like to Serve on the Nominating Committee for Upcoming MVBA Elections:


We currently have three board members who have agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee, and we would like to recruit at least two more people from our membership at large, to join us.  If you are an active MVBA member and would like to serve on the Nominating Committee please email us as soon as possible at



Positions That Need to Be Filled in the Upcoming MVBA Elections:


As of now, there are three positions to fill: President, and 2 board positions. The President's term is for two years, while board members serve three years. 

If you would like to run for any of these positions, and you are an active MVBA member, please send a short bio to the Nominating Committee at and the Committee will schedule an interview with you.


Time Line for Anyone Interested in Serving on the Committee or

Running for Election:


By the MVBA bylaws, all potential candidates on the Board's slate must be picked by the October General body meeting which takes place on October 18th, as all candidate's Bio's must be placed in the October Newsletter. The Election will take place at our general membership meeting Tuesday, November 15th. 


We look forward to hearing from any members interested in either of these important efforts. 


Change of Recycling Location for the 1200 Block of St. Paul Street

Beginning Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Baltimore City will no longer collect recycling from the front of the buildings in the 1200 block of Saint Paul Street. This change in location applies to all units on the west side of Saint Paul Street between Biddle and Preston streets. 


Starting August 30th, recycling will be collected in the rear of the buildings -- where you currently put out your trash. 


Please place your recycling in the recycling bins, or any type of bin marked "Recycling."  Do not use the new green City trash bins for recycling.  That will not be picked on recycling day.  They are for trash only. 


And please remember to not put your recycling in plastic bags.  


Chase Brexton Farmer's Market Fridays and Charm Ball Fundraiser

Real Food Farm's Mobile Farmer's Market truck will be parked on Chase Street (between Chase Brexton and the Belvedere Hotel) every Friday from now through December, from 11:45-12:45. The entire neighborhood is welcome to stop by and pickup their fresh produce.  More about the community farm here:


Also, save the date for the Chase Brexton Charm Ball on September 17th at the B&O Railroad Mueseum.  Proceeds raised support Chase Brexton patients in need.  More information here:


PARK(ing) Day Friday, September 16th

             Free street festival!


On Friday, September 16th, in Baltimore and cities around the globe, architects, landscape designers, artists, and citizens will transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."


Initiated in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day invites people to rethink the way streets are used and promotes discussion around the need for broad- based changes to urban infrastructure.


There will be pop-up parks all over the city, including many in Mt Vernon.


Visitors will be encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag#BmoreParkingDay.


To learn more go to


Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Movies, Walking Tours & Saturday Morning Yoga in the Park

Below is a list of upcoming events hosted by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.  All events are held in Mount Vernon Place and are FREE, except for the walking tour.  Just bring your blanket or lawn chair. 


The movie Jurrasic World (2015)

August 17 @ 8:30 pm


The movie The Martian (2015)

August 24 @ 8:30 pm


Children's Program: Baltimore Hoop Love

August 20 @ 10:00 am

Meet in the East Square for the program featuring Baltimore Hoop Love Juggling and Balloon Artist.  Children of all ages are welcome.


Children's Program: Storytime with Melissa Wimbish

August 27 @ 10:00 am

Meet in the East Square for the program featuring Storytelling with Melissa Wimbish.  Children of all ages are welcome.


Historical Walking Tour of Mount Vernon Place & Monument Climb

August 21 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Price is $10.  Please reserve in advance.


Peabody Harpist Jasmine Hogan 

August 31 7:00 am

Jasmine Hogan is an international prize-winning harpist who has performed worldwide both as a soloist and collaboratively with internationally renowned orchestras, opera companies, and chamber musicians. Join us for a fun evening of at the Mount Vernon Place West Square!


The Conservancy also hosts Saturday morning yoga from 8:30 to 9:45 in the Mount Vernon Place East Square every Saturday May 21 to September 24.  Bring your own mat and water bottle. It's FREE and appropriate for all levels.


Visit or their FB page for more details.



Proposed Changes to the Charm City Circulator

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will hold four public meetings

to discuss the proposed changes to the Charm City Circulator.


Monday, August 29, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

St. Philip and James Catholic Church

2801 N. Charles Street (church hall)

Baltimore, MD 21218


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Hwy

Baltimore, MD 21230


Thursday, September 1, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

St. Leo's The Great Church

227 S. Exeter Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


Thursday, September 8, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00PM

Maryland Bio Park

801 W. Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


The meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Ms. Grishae Blackette, Southeast Liaison at 443-984-4095 if you have any special needs. For more information go to

Doors Open Baltimore, October 22nd

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) is hosting the third annual Doors Open Baltimore on October 22, 2016 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The event is a citywide celebration of architecture that invites the public to Explore Baltimore's diverse architecture and neighborhoods and meet the extraordinary people who design, build, preserve and carry out amazing work in the city. Doors Open Baltimore is the culminating event of Baltimore Architecture Month.


The goal of Doors Open Baltimore is to promote a greater appreciation of the built environment, inspire discussion about excellence in design, planning, and preservation, and broaden awareness of the rich architectural and cultural traditions found in Baltimore communities.


The event has grown significantly, doubling attendance in 2015 and expanding the number of participating sites and activities. 2,000 visitors are expected to participate in Doors Open Baltimore 2016. 


A diverse selection of building types and neighborhoods will be represented, from the remnants of Baltimore's colonial past in Jonestown and Fells Point to the grand Victorian homes and churches in Central and West Baltimore; from the factories along the Jones Falls to Baltimore's bustling downtown. Some of the sites in Mount Vernon include the Peabody Library, The Walters Art Museum, and The Saint Ignatius Church.


The event's "open house" format offers something for everyone and it's all free! For more information visit

Thirsty Thursdays at the Engineers Club

Ambers, Aria, & IPAs

Thursday, September 15

Doors Open at 7:30pm - Event starts at 8:00pm


Baltimore Concert Opera popular series returns this season, Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera.


Top-flight professional opera singers will perform operatic highlights paired with energetic and informative commentary and fun facts about themselves, and each performance will feature beer, wine or whiskey tastings interspersed throughout the evening specially planned to go with the music.


The events will be casual, relaxed evenings in our beautiful, inviting atmosphere in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club in the heart of Mount Vernon.


$25 admission includes tasting and music!

Cash bar will be open if the drink du jour isn't your thing.

Thirsty Thursdays patrons must be 21 years of age or older.

Tickets available online or by calling 443.445.0226.


New Restaurant The Elephant is Open on Charles Street

After several years of renovations, the Elephant is open in the storied building that once housed the Brass Elephant.


Owners Steven Rivelis and Linda Brown Rivelis have updated the space to include modern color palettes, fixtures and furniture, while still paying tribute to the architectural and artistic elements of the historic mansion. The first floor incorporates a main dining room, bar, "Atrium Room" and kitchen (diners can book up to six seats inside the kitchen), and the Marble Bar and two lounges are on the second floor.


The Elephant is open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with the last dinner seating at 10 p.m. and the last pour at midnight.


The menu, which will rotate constantly, offers globally inspired cuisine, with dishes such as crispy duck and watermelon salad, cedar plank salmon, summer lamb tangine and Singapore rice noodles.


The Elephant has Happy Hour Tuesdays - Sundays from 5:00-7:00 pm with ½ price specialty cocktails, wines by the glass, and local beers. PLUS ½ price street food and small plates.


Howards Park Dog Park Needs Volunteers

Please consider volunteering to help maintain our new dog park.  Nine volunteers have already been trained and are currently working to maintain the park, but we need more volunteers so that people will only have to work one shift every two weeks.  Right now many volunteers are working a shift or more every week.  Please contact for more information and to sign up to volunteer.  


BOPA Fall 2016 Events

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) along with The Arts, the city's arts council, events agency and film office offers an exciting lineup of exhibitions and events


"GOOD AND PLENTY" at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, September 9-October 29, 2016.   "GOOD AND PLENTY" is a multimedia exhibition featuring the works of Darcie Book, Amy Hughes Braden, Estee Fox, Matt Hollis and Stefanie Williams curated by Cynthia Connolly, who served as the visual arts curator of Arlington, Virginia's 60,000 square-foot arts center, Artisphere, and now continues as Arlington's Special Projects Curator.


"RELATIVE TERRITORY" at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street September 9-October 29, 2016.  In "Relative Territory," American intermedia artist Carrie Fucile and Brazilian sculptor Lidia Malynowskyj explore issues of territorial definition through natural materials. Fucile utilizes sound and motion to consider the subject of war and shelter. Malynowskyj questions the concept of "landscape" through clay, plaster, and light. This presentation of their work is a counterpart to the Summer 2016 exhibition, "Territórios Relativos," held at Casa Contemporânea in São Paulo, Brazil. As such, it forms a bridge between two countries and reveals how all of us are a product of the world's ever-shifting borders.


 "ON THE LINE" at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Main Gallery, 21 S. Eutaw Street Saturdays, September 17-December 3, 2016, 11am-4pm Artist Melanie Gritzka del Villar has lived, worked, and studied in Germany, Spain, England, Thailand, and the Philippines, and currently resides in the US. With a background in figurative painting, Gritzka del Villar has long been drawn to the use of found surfaces and mixed media processes. Her creative journey has been shaped by an ongoing search for harmony out of disparate cultural and environmental elements.


"EVOLVE" at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Studio Resident Gallery 203, 21 S. Eutaw Street Saturdays, September 17-December 3, 2016, 11am-4pm A solo exhibition by Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower resident studio artist and American Impressionist painter, Stewart White, President of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. White's paintings reflect his background in architectural illustration and offer a pleasing combination of structure and painterly style.


Baltimore's literary feast with gourmet eats is back!  The Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore's Inner Harbor September 23-25, 2016, 11am-7pm.


Blue Water Bash Fundraiser

On October 8, 2016 from 1:00 pm- 5:00 the 9th Annual Blue Water Bash brings like-minded people together to celebrate the work Blue Water Baltimore is doing to restore healthy waterways.


The event draws more than 300 people for a fun-filled afternoon on the water at Nick's Fish house, 2600 insulator Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230.  There will be: live music, kids' activities and a silent auction as well as a photo booth! Delicious food along with select beers and wines and a signature drink are included.


Proceeds from the event significantly contribute to Blue Water's efforts to improve water quality in Baltimore. 


Tickets can be purchased (Adult= $60.00, Kids= $15.00) at


Baltimore City Farmers' Market & Bazaar


Upcoming Cooking Demonstrations

Maryland's largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts on Sundays between April 17, 2016 and December 18, 2016 from 7am to sell out (typically noon).  Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations. 


Cooking demonstrations are on tap at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar! Kevin Brown kicks off weekly cooking demonstrations at the Market from 9:30 to 11:30am. Brown is co-owner and operator of two cafes in the city's Station North Arts and Entertainment District: Station North Arts Café Gallery and Nancy by SNAC.


Other upcoming demonstrations include Charlotte Galley, demonstrating the ease of market-to-table on Sunday, August 21st.


Demos are held near the Saratoga Street entrance.  Market goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up helpful cooking tips, recipes and delicious samples. Stay tuned for more cooking demonstrations throughout the season. 


The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets.  For more information visit


 Join a Committee, Meet Your Neighbors and Improve Our Neighborhood!


The Community Service and Engagement Committee meets every other Sunday at 218 E. Preston Street.  Please call Matt for entry and for more information at (914) 602-8584 and contact him at for more information.


The Membership Committee meets at Indigma on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm.  Contact Julie Canard for more information at


The Development Committee meets on the first Monday of every month at 6:00 pm.  Contact Lance Decker at


For the Clean & Beautiful Committee please contact Michele Richter at


For the Green Committee/Trees contact  Andy Smith at


For the Dog Park Committee contact Samantha Braun or Geoffrey Hart at


The Safety Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm at Spirits of Mount Vernon.   Contact Jason Curtis at for more information. 


Election Schedule

2016 General Presidential / Mayoral Election


Deadline to Register:         October 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Early Voting Dates:            October 27-Nov. 3, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

General Election Day:         November 8, 2016 from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Baltimore, Md 21202

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