Who knew fun could be so exhausting? Just ask anyone who got into the swing of things at last week's Constellation Energy Classic. There was lots of golf to watch and play with members on the PGA Champions Tour. And there were a few good parties to enjoy -- and recover from -- as well, particularly Saturday's shindig thrown by Constellation Energy CEO Mayo Shattuck and his wife, Molly, at their Guilford digs.
Molly said they decided to pay homage to golf's origins by having a wee bit of a Scottish theme. A bagpiper greeted guests as they entered the house. Tartans decorated some of the party tables. And Molly, the hostess, modeled a plaid, strapless sundress that she had made.
"I had to get a little help at the end," she confessed.
The food, too, was thematic. There were cold-water prawns with a Scottish remoulade sauce, smoked salmon, Scottish quail eggs, braised cod and rack of veal. Dessert gave a nod to the main issue at hand and included chocolate golf balls filled with Grand Marnier and chocolate mousse.
But, perhaps the biggest treat was the chance to chat with sports heroes, including Cal Ripken, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Jerry Pate, Peter Jacobsen, Rick Rhoden, Mark Lye and Rick George.
Spotted doing just that: Herb and Cinnie May, Mike Wallace, David and Debbie Bannister, Bill Fine, Maria and Pat O'Shea, Mike Batza, Jean and Mike Sullivan, Jim and Fran Brady, Stacy Collins, Tom Brady, Lindy Small, Cindy Thomasson, Tom and Jean Brooks, David Nevins, Dina Klicos, Terry Rosenthal, Patrick Kerins, Greg Barnhill, George and Georgia Stamos, and the Mangione clan -- Nick and Mary, John and Debbie, and Tracy and Peter.
"The party is a nice way for us to say thank you to sponsors and guest golfers, and people really seemed to enjoy themselves," Molly said.
The proceeds from this year's classic will be divided among four local charities: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Living Classrooms Foundation and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Each of the three nonprofit recipients last year received $100,000.
Red Tie Gala
A good time was had by all at the second Red Tie Gala last weekend. Some 200 folks attended the bash, put on by the Central Maryland chapter of the Red Cross. Fred Rigger, who co-chaired the party with Leroy Levi, says this year's event honored Alfred Himmelrich Jr. Himmelrich is founding chairman of the American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center. Fred said Himmelrich was touched by the outpouring of his friends, many of whom sent checks even though they could not attend.
The money raised at the benefit will go to the local disaster relief fund, which helps people in Central Maryland.
Fred was pleased with the night's attendance and donations. And he points to the headlines as the reason so many folks made the effort. "It doesn't hurt to have had that gala right after four hurricanes hit the United States," he said.
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