The Democrat & Chronicle reported today that John Nugent and Marc Iacona, the owners and producers of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, have joined with local telecommuncations firm PAETEC Communications to start a similar festival in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. Arunis Chesonis, the CEO of PAETEC, is a Baltimore native. The festival will take place August 9-11. While some might think that this would draw the RIJF team's attention from the wildly successful festival here, I think it bodes well as it could help Nugent and Iacona to offer a "package deal" to artists, scheduling them into both festivals. With the Stockholm festival that Nugent programs, that makes 3. My wife and I have been talking for years about taking a trip to Baltimore. Perhaps in August . . . ?