"So we came up with a garden contest to promote Charles Village and the newsletter."The self-guided tour of nearly two dozen gardens ? some beautiful Zen fountain and flower creations, others with fruit-bearing peach trees and concord grape vines, and still others more avant-garde and folk art in nature (pun intended) ? attracted about 800 visitors.Every garden seems to come with a story ? some with two. It?s called Harry Lauder?s Walking Stick," Sandy Sparks said of the round, swirling Seuss-like structure in her garden.
The garden walk is great."This tree is my favorite.The Charles Village Festival kicked off Saturday morning with its 10th annual parade, The Decca Dance.But it was the 27th Annual Charles Village Garden Walk on Sunday that spoke loudest about the heart of the village.The two-day celebration of food, art, civic activity and music in Wyman Park included Latin swing from The Junk Yard Saints, zydeco from the Crawdaddies and jazz from Carry Zeigler?s Expensive Hobby. "A whole other color palette comes alive with the flowers., followed by children from the Charles Village Recreation Association, 12-foot-tall peace puppets, a performance from Fluid Movement and rocking city marching bands such as the Baltimore All-Stars and the Edmondson Village Steppers."This is what happens when your husband signs you up for the garden walk," Rebecca Bruce joked of the ponds with turtles, goldfish and tadpoles that fill her yard as well as that of next-door neighbors Mike Simon and Fran Pluciennik. Paul St.com[/i].The Children of the World Co-op led the way from the front of the Peace on Earth General Store at 2443 St. "He was an old vaudevillian who used to always carry a walking cv axe
stick from this type of tree on stage with him ? that?s how it got its name.
We did that two years and by then we had so much interest, it just became a tour of the whole neighborhood.What other neighborhood festival welcomes the public into backyard gardens, offers a seat on the porch and has children hand out fresh lemonade to strangers?"Walking down the street, you don?t imagine there is another world behind these houses," said Carol Serksnis, who moved from Ohio to Charles Village two years ago. It gives people a chance to meet and see the little hidden gems in the neighborhood," Rebecca?s husband, Chris Bruce, said in self-defense."She has outer cv joint
lived on the 2900 block of Guilford since 1970 and remembers when the walk got its start."[i]rcassie@baltimoreexaminer."Grace Darin, who passed away several years ago, had been publishing a mimeographed community sheet, and wanted to make [it] into a large-format newsletter," Sparks recalled