Neither soaring temperatures nor sizzling sidewalks could stay Artscape devotees from their appointed rounds stage to stage, booth to booth to take in the sights and sounds of the nation’s only free art event of this magnitude as it scored its 30th year.

Fantasia rocked the waves as always, head back, feet bare, letting loose with the melodies that have charmed her audience since she became an American Idol in 2004. Miguel entranced his own followers making each young lady personalize his, “All I Want is You.” There was plenty of food to suit everyone’s taste. Children had their faces painted and constructed their own art. And the city enjoyed itself again, being reminded of the good things and the good people of Baltimore.