I am a former high school English teacher (retired in 2007 after 34 years—four of them at Catonsville Senior High School) and a newspaper reviewer of local professional and community theater for 15 years.

I lived in Baltimore for four years in the late 1960s while my then-husband attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, now the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. My first child was born at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore! After two years in the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, (and another daughter) we returned to New Jersey, where we've lived for 40 years.

I have maintained my ties to Baltimore through friendships made during our four years there, and my Baltimore-born daughter met her husband there and moved back to Baltimore after spending two years working in New York City. My husband and I come to Baltimore as often as we can to visit our daughter, her husband and our two wonderful granddaughters.

Whenever we visit, we are on the lookout for places to take the kids. I hope this blog will give you some ideas of things to do with your friends, your spouse/partner and your families. Please do not hesitate to let me know of an event you think would be worthwhile to publicize in a blog post. I look forward to hearing from you!

Ruth Ross

As a life-long enthusiast of the arts and arts education, I've actively promoted, administered, counseled and raised funds for public and private arts and educational organizations for over 12 years. I am a Partner at Gallagher, Evelius & Jones LLP where I feel fortunate to serve as a trusted advisor to numerous educational institutions, religious organizations and other non-profit entities. I am actively involved in the Baltimore School for the Arts, where I serve on the Board of Overseers and the Stage One/FANS Steering Committee, and am thrilled have been named to the founding Board of Trustees of the Fashion, Architecture and Design School, a new charter middle/high school in Baltimore City.

The performing arts are my passion—my sister and I can perform an entertaining (if compressed) version of A Chorus Line (or Evita or Pippin) in less than 10 minutes, and I can't remember a time during my childhood when we weren't singing or dancing. A Mark Rothko exhibit at the Guggenheim in the 1980's and art history classes in high school and college sparked a love for the visual arts.

I reside in Baltimore City ("The Greatest City in America"), which I have found to be culturally rich far beyond its size and perceived resources, and am raising two daughters/future art lovers (and a dog and a couple of chickens).

Natalie Sherman

We'd love to hear from you! If you have event or program suggestions, please let me know so we can investigate and write a notice or a review for the blog. If you have an appropriate photo, please attach it as a jpg file so we can include it in the post. We can be reached via e-mail at charmcityartsmaven@gmail.com.