Opening night of The Lion King may have been last Saturday, but the summer-long run of the Broadway hit kicked off Thursday at the Hippodrome, with a preview performance and benefit reception for one of the city's newer nonprofits, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore.
BHGH started here in 2002, with the opening of a Highlandtown home for academically motivated inner-city boys. On Thursday, six boys - ages 11 through 15 - were introduced to the gathering by BHGH executive director Chuck Roth. Then they, and the couple hundred other guests, browsed a dinner buffet.
A hint of what awaited everyone on stage later that evening also provided a certain flash from the past for many of the adults on hand. On several tables were groups of teeny plastic animals, the monkeys and giraffes that used to hold the maraschino cherries in your Shirley Temples. You remember them, don't you?
Soak it up
It's becoming a tradition. If it's Spice It Up! it must be raining. For the past three years, the annual outdoor Baltimore Clayworks fund-raiser has been drenched by Mother Nature. But, according to perennial Spice-It-Up-er Nancy Haragan, the Clayworks crowd never lets a little soaking get in the way of good fun. Nancy says a huge crowd showed up and enjoyed themselves under a big tent pitched in the parking lot of BC's Mount Washington headquarters.
And why not?
"You can't get a better deal," says Nancy. "For 25 bucks, you can eat your heart out [courtesy food stations from a number of area restaurants] and get all these great ceramics."
Folks are still talking about the sellout 15th birthday party for the Contemporary Museum. Its annual gala was themed "Paper Ball" (a la its paper anniversary) and held in a large, unfinished space in the Clipper Mill complex. Past Contemporary board chair Steve Ziger says all the decorations were made of paper. There were lacy paper cutouts with lights inside hanging from the ceiling. The mannequins stationed around the space were dressed in paper clothes created by Maryland Institute College of Art students. Oh, and those purposefully crumpled balls of paper scattered on the dining tables? The evening's program.
Even some of the guests got into the swing of things with paper attire. Architect Steve says he wore a vest made out of a blueprint, while his partner, Jamie Snead, sported a parchment pocket square. There was a plethora of paper hats. And several men got creative with their neckwear, while also proving the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
"Whoa," one party guest was overheard saying, "you seem to be wearing a paper tie, and it's kinda ugly!"
The night was a huge success - not just loads of fun, but raising more than $100,000 for the Contemporary Museum.
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