Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jul 23 2005 - ArtScape (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): John Putman, Carla Cole
Participants:Carla Cole, Thomas Edwards, Maria Maranto Dickey, Katie Stofer, Jackie Putman, Matt Toerper, John Putman, Emilio Ungerfeld

Write Up:

Well, I wasn’t able to help with the weather this time. We got away without rain but not without searing heat. Although some may disagree, I firmly believe that 92 degrees qualifies as HOT! Thankfully, the ArtScape organizers provided two “Misting tents” for overheated participants to walk through for a blast of cold water. Did I mention it was hot?

After meeting at the Edgar Allan Poe statue, we donned our groovy bracelets and broke into our respective groups and went our separate ways.

ArtScape is an annual showcase of local and national artisans and their work. There were white tents set up as far as the eye could see. Each tent full of artwork of various types and forms. There was metalwork, paintings, body art, Japanese art, pottery, blown glass, paper maché, woodwork, fabrics and more. Name it and it was at ArtScape. There was a series of short films being presented. There were also booths set up by every non-profit or community group in the city and suburbs. One MOCer even won dinner for two at a local eatery from the Goucher Hill Collective!

The other element as enjoyable as the art at ArtScape, if not more so, is the food. The area normally used to park cars for the University of Baltimore is transformed into a veritable potpourri, a smorgasbord if you will, of gastronomic delights. Everything from low fat ice cream to super high fat polish sausage is at your fingertips. If you can’t find something you wanted here in the feed zone, or as we called it, FoodScape, then there is something seriously wrong with you. I mean, soy kielbasa? Who wouldn’t be able to eat here?

One of the biggest parts of ArtScape is the music. Acts from around the world make a stop here every year, some from as far away as Ghana. While we weren’t able to catch the Boyz II Men reunion, we heard many different kinds of music from the four different stages scattered throughout the festival.

The second part of our trip was a visit to the local bar. What MOC event is complete without a stop at a local watering hole? Our original destination, Dougherty’s was closed until 5pm even though they had no trouble taking a 4pm reservation just two days earlier. Luckily, the seedy dive right next door, Tyson Place, was open. Well, “luckily” is a relative term here. Although I think we ultimately enjoyed our experience at a real city bar, the scatterbrained waitress made getting clean glasses a challenge. At least we will have a good story to tell. Also, my sandwich was sub-par. All in all a good day. Saw some cool art, heard some cool music, met some cool people.

My thanks to all who braved the heat in the name of art.

--John Putman
--Carla Cole

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