New Developments at Grace & St. Peter’s Church

January, 2017
Volume 5, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

Grace & St. Peter's Church
Grace & St. Peter’s

Amidst all the buzz and new construction along Park Ave., one of the city’s oldest most established parishes is also seeing changes.

Grace & St. Peter’s Church, located at Park and Monument Streets, encompasses nearly an entire block with its grade school, The Wilkes School, and parish-owned apartments. But this past summer, its rector, Frederick Thomas, suddenly passed away. Father Thomas had been rector since 1998, and he was a familiar presence in the Mount Vernon community. A search community is hoping to name a new rector by the end of the first quarter. In addition, Sandy Schull is retiring after 20 years as Head of School at The Wilkes School.

“it’s an exciting time for our congregation,” says parishioner Dante Berretta, “even though our congregation is small, it’s cohesive and open to change.”

Berretta hopes that the church and school will do even more outreach in the neighborhood. And while these top-level changes are taking place, you might notice the church itself is being transformed.

Renovations are underway in the garden to make the entrance handicap-accessible and the space more inviting in general. New trees and shrubs are being planted, the retaining walls are being fixed and old ironwork is being repaired. “It is our hope that the community will be able to use the space for outdoor performances and events,” says Berretta.

An Interesting Bit of History

A Chinese New Year Celebration
A Chinese New Year
Celebration at Grace & St. Peter’s

In the early 20th century, the 300 block of Park Ave. in Baltimore was known as Chinatown. Immigrants moved west to work on the transcontinental railroad, and Grace & St. Peter’s established a mission to serve Chinese immigrants, most notably, by offering English language classes.

Grace & St. Peters welcomed immigrants into the parish and about 1/3 of parishioners are of Chinese descent. Chinese traditions play a big role in church activities today: You can see the slumbering dragon insignias on many of the cushions throughout the church. Check them out some time!

This year, you can celebrate the Lunar New Year through a special event at The Walters Art Museum on Sunday, January 29 from 11 am-4pm. There will be art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and the Korean dance groups Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company and Stepping Stones. See the Walters’ website for details.

Grace and St. Peter’s is located at 707 Park Avenue at Monument Street in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Like them on Facebook and visit their website for more information.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral Street | 410-783-8000 | Website


Jonathan Carney

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
Thursday, January 12 | 8 PM
The Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Valentina Peleggi, conductor*
Jonathan Carney, violin

From the vivid first notes of the Capriccio espagnol to the joyous close of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, this program is sheer delight. The Capriccio, a feast of Spanish melodies and a showpiece for soloists within the orchestra, introduces newcomer Valentina Peleggi, the current winner of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia fellowship. Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes center stage in Walton’s tempestuous Violin Concerto, shining a light on his virtuosic talents. Beethoven called his Seventh Symphony “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes
Friday, January 27 | 8 PM
Saturday, January 28 | 8 PM
Sunday, January 29 | 3 PM
The Meyerhoff

Jack Everly, conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist
Frankie Moreno, vocalist

Come fly away with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops as we welcome Broadway’s own Tony DeSare, Ann Hampton Callaway and Frankie Moreno for a tour of your favorite Sinatra standards. It takes you back to the time when a great voice and a great song came together… and there was magic.

Click here for more information or to register.

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website


The Ground On Which We Stand

The Ground On Which We Stand:
An Exploration of Black Excellence

Sunday, February 12 | 4 PM

100 Baltimore Jack & Jill youth were challenged to interpret the best of the African diasporic canon. Center Stage welcomes the contemporary voices of the heroes and sheroes of tomorrow as they celebrate the writers, poets, musicians, industry leaders, and intellectuals who redefined America. This one-time performance will feature music, dance, art, film, and projection technology highlighting breakthrough moments in history.

Presented by The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in partnership with Baltimore Center Stage.

Click here or call 410.332.0033 for more information or to purchase tickets for $15.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website


Out of the Box
Druid Hill Black Swimming Pool
Image: People swimming at the “Black Swimming Pool.” Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. Ca. 1948. Photograph by Paul Henderson Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, MdHS, HEN-01-03-013

Special Enoch Pratt Lecture
Honoring MLK and Civil Rights
Exhibit Relaunch
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tours 10:30-12:30 PM | Lecture 2 PM

The Maryland Historical Society proudly relaunches its Paul Henderson Civil Rights-era photography exhibition featuring never-before-seen scenes of Baltimore life c. 1940-1960.

On January 14, 2017, free tours of the Paul Henderson: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs exhibition will be offered in advance of a special MLK Commemorative lecture hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Maryland Historical Society. The lecture, which will begin at 2pm, features Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education and author of the new book, Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy.

Beginning at 10:30 am, Curator of Films & Photographs, Joe Tropea, and Historical Investigations Specialist, David Armenti, will lead guided tours of the exhibit Paul Henderson: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, c.1940-1960. The tours will cover topics such as Henderson’s life and work as a photojournalist, MdHS’s work on the 7,000 piece collection, and the many stories his photos convey. Each tour will begin on the half hour: 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Tours will meet in the Symington Library.

Then at 2pm, The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts its annual King Commemorative Lecture featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder and President of Economic Education. This lecture will begin at 2:00pm in France Hall.

Click here for more information or to register. The museum will be free all day.

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website


Alexander Shtarkman

Variations on Goldberg IV
Thursday, Jan 26 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Alexander Shtarkman, Piano

The concert will feature Alexander Shtarkman on piano, performing Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988.

Free admission, no ticket required.

Click here for more information.

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop conducts Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Barber, Strauss, Shostakovich
Saturday, Feb 4 | 8 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

This event will also be streamed live on the Johns Hopkins UStream channel.

Tickets required. Currently, tickets are unavailable. Please call the Box Office at 667-208-6620 to be added to the waiting list.

Click here for more information.

Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website



Jan 13 – Feb 5, 2017

German adaptation by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Michael Blum

Synopsis: In 1928, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill adapted John Gay’s 18th-century The Beggar’s Opera to fashion a savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality, set to unforgettable music with tunes that have been famous for 90 years. Our contemporary world sees 19th-century London through the lens of 1920s Berlin, to tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw Mack the Knife, who marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss but is betrayed by his sinister in-laws and his favorite prostitutes and sent to prison. He temporarily escapes with the help of the Sheriff’s daughter, but all the forces of society converge to bring about a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

Tickets: Adults $22; Seniors (60+) $20; Students & Military $18.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Jan 19, 2017 (no other discounts apply). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Post Show discussion with Cast, Director & Creative Team: Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 immediately following the performance.

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website


Pasta Making with Schola

Make Night: Pasta Making with Schola
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 | 6 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate the Walters’ Italian art collection with a culinary connection to the past as we make fresh pasta with the chefs at Schola Cooking School. After learning about some of the great works from the collection, you’ll use a pasta sheeter to create a few of the old favorites-fettuccine alfredo, pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, and cheese ravioli in spinach pesto. This workshop will be held offsite at Schola Cooking School, 1005 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Click here for more information or to register.


Adrienne L. Childs on Henry Ossawa Tanner
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

The Walters Art Museum is proud to have reinstalled Lion Drinking by African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner as part of From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. To celebrate this installation in conjunction with Black History Month, the museum will host scholar Adrienne L. Childs for a talk that discusses Tanner’s use of imagery from the Holy Land and North Africa.

Click here for more information or to register. Free, advance registration requested.

Until next month,

Laura Rodini
Executive Director, The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Mount Vernon Cultural District Is
A Proud Partner of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore

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