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16 East Hamilton Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Fax 410-727-4829
Dawn Elardo, Club Manager

Printable newsletter here: Aug 2017

AUGUST 2017 

The club will be closed for summer break July 29 – Sept 6

Due to the high demand for the luncheon with Christopher Bedford on Thursday, September 7, the club will offer a buffet lunch with seating both upstairs and downstairs.  This event is limited to 60 in attendance.  So after a relaxing summer break, we can welcome the Fall season with our fellow club members while hearing about Christopher Bedford’s ambitious plans for the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Perhaps, some of you have noticed that Evette hasn’t been at the club lately.  That is because she fell and broke her wrist.  She will be back in September for which we are grateful.  A few members at the club yesterday expressed a wish to send her a card.   I will do so on behalf of the club but if any of you wish to also, her address is 3220 Belmont Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216.

I hope all members are enduring the Baltimore heat in a cool spot, and I look forward to seeing you in September.   And looking ahead, be sure to put October 18 on your calendar when the club will hold its Annual Meeting at the historic Maryland Club.  Marsha Ramsey will add an extra touch to this event by presenting a book sale prior to the lunch.

And a reminder – When you return in the Fall, consider bringing a friend who might be interested in joining our wonderful club.  Our members are our life blood, and we are always delighted to welcome additional congenial women to our club.



Thursday, September 7.  Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Upstairs at noon, Lunch at 12:15. Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director at The Baltimore Museum of Art, will discuss his exhilarating vision for the BMA and its role in the community. Building upon the museum’s strong collection and programming, Chris will outline his first year and his future plans for the museum. Topics will include his participation as commissioner of the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, partnerships with local and national institutions, and an inside-look at upcoming major exhibitions. This event has been changed to a buffet lunch-format which means we can accommodate 60 members and guests.

Monday, September 18. Current Events Discussion: Lunch and Discussion at noon. Please join us as we contemplate and try to understand the issues of the day with the help of articles by respected thinkers. Come and bring your informed views, your sense of humor, and perhaps a guest or two.

Saturday, September 23. Tour: Clifton Mansion.  Barry Richmond, a member of 14 West Hamilton Street Club, has arranged a tour of Clifton Mansion on Saturday, September 23 for the members of both Hamilton Street Clubs.  Built in 1801, Clifton Mansion was purchased by Johns Hopkins in 1838 and was converted into an Italianate villa by the architectural firm of Niernse and Nelson. Today it is operated by Civic Works and Friends of Clifton Mansion.  It is situated in Clifton Park which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The tour begins at 10:30 at Clifton Mansion and you should plan to be at the mansion by 10:15.  There is plenty of parking along the ring road that surrounds the villa.  A $5.00 donation per person will be collected at the mansion.  Light refreshments, complements of 14 West Hamilton Street, will be provided following the tour.   The tour is limited to 20 members and if you plan on attending, please sign up by September 9 with Dawn @ 410-727-4896 or

Monday, September 25. French Table: 12:00-1:00. Join other Club members for an hour of conversation and lunch, en français with a little English, but mostly French. You don’t have to be fluent to enjoy the hour — come listen and speak when you wish. Please sign up in advance.



Before the Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Maryland Club, the Club is holding a Book Sale! Over the summer, please gather up to 5 of your favorite books you think fellow members would enjoy. Please bring nearly new hard-back or paper-back novels, classics, art, history or books with current subjects to the Club before October 11th. (No reference or text books!)The Book Sale Committee will meet at summer’s end so more details will follow. Meanwhile, enjoy a summer of great reading to share with Club members in the Fall!

Wednesday, November 1.  Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Upstairs at noon; Lunch at 12:15.  “Dark Athena: A Novel”.  Join us to welcome back author and raconteur Arthur A. Houghton III, who will introduce the background of his recently published book on nefarious doings at a ‘fictional’ American museum. “Dark Athena” centers on the sudden and mysterious appearance at the West Coast Gabriel museum of an ancient statue that raises concerns of Jason Connor, the museum’s curator of antiquities. Jason cannot put his misgivings to rest. Without the knowledge of his director, Martin Pryce, he travels to Sicily, then Rome and London, to ferret out the statue’s background. A thrilling novel with surprises at every turn, Dark Athena explores the meaning of authenticity, the similarities between art and human behavior, and the profound question of who should own mankind’s cultural heritage.  Arthur Houghton draws on his background as curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and his experience in the US Foreign Service to create an intricate, informed narrative. Houghton has served on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Numismatic Society, the Middle East Institute and American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), among others.