|Sights and Sounds in Roland Park
One of the best ways to become acquainted with Baltimore’s Roland Park is to stroll down its main promenade. Roland Avenue goes straight through the heart of the countryside community and is the hub of neighborhood activity.
Travel down the narrow sidewalks next to the avenue and the area’s diversity comes to life. You see schoolchildren pouring out of the brick entrances to Roland Park Country School, local college students riding their bikes to work, and stay-at-home mothers scurrying out of the local supermarket, Eddie's of Roland Park, carrying brown paper bags stuffed to the brim. One of Eddie's loyal workers has been with the store for nearly 50 years.
Stroll a few steps south of the market and you are surrounded by lavish real estate and beautifully renovated homes, many of which date back to the 19th century. Community members were recently invited to tour one of these elaborate homes during the Historic House Tour and Tea, an event that raised money for a local charity.
Travel a few miles across town from the beautiful homes of Roland Avenue and you can hear the lively buzz of several college campuses. Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College and College of Notre Dame of Maryland are situated in Roland Park along Baltimore's famed Charles Street.
Loyola College sponsors a unique form of on-campus entertainment for students and community members who crave adventure. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has been bringing mountain adventure, culture and humor to Loyola's urban campus setting for the past five years.
Just a block south of the campus is a cluster of small local businesses where friends gather for coffee and shopping. This section of town is home to Balance-the salon, a trendy and tranquil spot for hair styling, cutting and coloring for Baltimore women.