Alan Butler,left, and Rachael Lighty It only made sense: Playworks is a national nonprofit that works in 24 Baltimore City schools, encouraging safe, healthy play and teamwork. So, its big fundraiser for adults was also about play. Folks who attended the holiday celebration at the Merritt Downtown Athletic Club could get VIP tickets that allowed them into one wing, where several workout rooms had been transformed into "playrooms." They could play board games or four square, dress up for a photo booth, participate in Zumba, or get a foot massage. Or they could just hang out in the former workout studio which had been transformed into a nightclub. Even the folks in charge got into the spirit of the night. "I always think the roshambo, AKA rock-paper-scissors, can be simple, but fun," said Ardyth Hall, board chair. "I love the four square because it's old school," said Randi Hogan, Playworks executive director. "I think a lot of people played it in elementary school. It's a chance to become a kid again." If you are planning a fundraising party you would like considered for Scene & Heard coverage, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun