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About the author: Taylor Binnix

Taylor created Charm City Spotlight to showcase the fascinating people that make up the heartbeat of Baltimore. A new Baltimorean in January 2017, but a native Marylander, Taylor was an Elon University grad living in Memphis, TN post-college, and thriving on the GRIT AND GRIND of the Bluff City. After transitioning back home to the Old Line State, she needed to learn what was so charming about Charm City.

Each profile on Charm City Spotlight features a fascinating person with a unique way of getting involved in Baltimore. These are people willing to put themselves out there and get connected or be a resource for new people in the city. Charm City Spotlight features recommendations from local Baltimoreans on sports, games, cultural events, museums, restaurants, trivia nights, small businesses, festivals, and so on. Whether you’re new in town, or a veteran Baltimorean looking to try something new, Baltimoreans featured on Spotlight will suggest a way to get connected.

Here are five other spots where you might cross paths in real life:

1. With the fam.
Taylor grew up in Anne Arundel County, and she’s the oldest of six kids. There was never a dull moment in the house! Taylor is close with each of the sibs, and the parents, and the extended family. If you enjoy loud game nights, inappropriate jokes, and lots of hugs, then we look forward to having you over!

2. On the frisbee field.
Taylor started playing ultimate frisbee in college. A self-officiated sport with a unique spirit-of-the-game, an inclusive community, and fun shenanigans, she quickly realized that playing ultimate was a more sustainable hobby in adulthood than finding private classes to further her childhood dance career.

3. In Patterson Park.
They say that Patterson Park is Baltimore’s backyard. Taylor loves the Patterson Park neighborhood for the skyline (great for viewing the sunset over Baltimore), the trails (great for running or training at any mileage), and the people (great for playing with children or playing with dogs or playing sports).

4. Planes, Trains, or Automobiles.
Taylor travels frequently for work and for pleasure. She has visited 4 continents, 14 countries, and 27 states. Taylor’s longest travel experience was spending a gap year in Argentina when she was 18. Her scariest travel experience was fearing her own kidnapping by a cab driver in Morocco. Her weirdest travel experience was eating an alligator po’boy in New Orleans. If you and Taylor sit next to each other on a plane, sleep by each other on a train, or wait together at a highway rest stop, she will be the person who tries to have a conversation even while you’re wearing headphones.

5. At a conference.
Taylor studies suicide and mental health, and works with academically brilliant children. She enjoys learning, and sharing knowledge. At conferences, Taylor networks with other researchers and professionals who are like-minded thinkers and care about the same things that she cares about. You can view Taylor’s full professional resume and CV at www.taylorbinnix.com.

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