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Scene & Heard: Make Believers Kinetic Sculpture Race Team fundraiser

Pictured: George Geary and Jenny Campbell A quick scan of the crowd at Hamilton Tavern offered some unusual sights. There were many costumed guests, including cowboys, ancient Egyptians and a unicycle rider. Most of the costumes were worn by members of the Make Believers, a team that creates fantastical contraptions to compete in the American Visionary Art Museum's annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. The fundraiser was organized in order to replace tools stolen from a Make Believers team member's garage, according to Caroline Jacoby, team member and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs senior program officer. The team needs to replace the stolen tools in order to build its sculpture for this year's race. "[The race] is such a signature Baltimore event that I would hate for them not to be able to participate in it because someone did something horrible," said Mary Opasik, Baltimore-based artist, as she and Cheryl Tussing, corporate communications specialist, watched the wacky scene. Holly Tominack, Enoch Pratt Free Library associate and Make Believers team member, was wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume. "It's from the year we were the Mad Hatter Tea Party and drove a giant teapot," she said. Ray Iturralde, Baltimore-based artist and team member, maneuvered through the crowd while balancing a colorful headdress that towered more than 2 feet; the headdress was part of his Egyptian costume from last year's Kinetic Sculpture Race. Scott Dennison, J. H. Furst pre-press technician and Make Believers team member, explained he was wearing a mix of costumes from two different races. "The top is from Happily Never After, which had a gothic Cinderella theme. The pants are from Los Baltimuertos, based on Mexico's Day of the Dead," he said. Dr. Bob Duncan, Harford Primary Care family medicine practitioner, was one of the team's non-costumed supporters. He held down a corner of the bar with his wife, Lynn Dannenfelser, a Baltimore County private tutor; Diane Owen, Gilchrist Hospice Care human resources manager; and Vince Owen, Bollinger Energy energy marketer. The mission behind the madness was summed up by Jacoby: "For us, we do this because we like showing children -- and anyone in Baltimore -- that even being an adult, you can still have fun." -- Sloane Brown
Photo by Karen Jackson, Special to The Baltimore Sun
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