There are three ideas that I found interesting in researching for the project. The first idea was to find out details about the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB). I wanted to plan interviews with the people who are involved in outreach programs and find out more about what they do. I recently learned that the organization was one of the largest in the country. Judging the small size of Baltimore, I found this to be interesting and quite shocking. There are important events, such as Gay Pride, and Human Rights Campaigns activities during the month of June. I was going to attend such events and document the participation of the members of the GLCCB.
The second idea was to research the Patterson Park neighborhood. The community has improved, esthetically as well as economically in recent years. I wanted to talk to local business owners, members of the Patterson Creative Alliance, as well as members of the Baltimore Sports and Social Club. These groups rely on the park on a daily basis. Whether it is kickball league on a weekend afternoon, a softball league on a weeknight, a festival held by the Patterson theatre, or just local residents getting some exercise, the park is utilized more than I had imagined. I also wanted to incorporate crime statistics for the area.
Initially, I had overlooked the possibility of researching what I presently do for a living. My third idea has to do with the world of bartending. At first glance, I did not think that I could find anything interesting enough to research, I was wrong. There are so many fellow bartenders that have such interesting stories. The research goes further than just their daily life as a bartender. I am going to interview some of the most entertaining and exciting people I know. So many have entered competitions, created fun and charming atmospheres where they work, and these people can really draw a crowd. Why not find out more about them? I want to know what their lives are like when they are away from speed pouring, telling jokes, wiping up messes, and screaming “last call.”