THE THEME OF OPEN SOCIETY INSTItute-Baltimore's 10th anniversary party was "audacious thinking," as in the style of OSI founder and international philanthropist George Soros. It also included the audacious thinking on the part of OSI's Community Fellows, whose innovative programs the organization has helped fund over the years.
It was natural to hold such a party at one of Baltimore's newest audacious projects, Silo Point. Even though the former grain elevator and silos in South Baltimore are still being transformed into a luxury condominium project, some 500 guests made their way around steel beams and concrete platforms at the shindig to nibble on canapes and sip cocktails.
"This is our first public event," explained Silo Point developer Patrick Turner. "I think it really fits. We do things outside the box. They do things outside the box."
"OSI is amazing, what they do. ... And then this beautiful property to host their 10-year celebration is incredible," said retired marketing director Aspasia Oosterwijk.
"I think [OSI] is starting to see their efforts paying off here, and everybody's here this evening to support that," noted Anne Riggle, City Life Historic Properties president.
OSI 2004 Community Fellow -- and local actress / dancer -- Maria Broom was particularly excited about getting to see Soros, who had come to town for the event.
"He's the miracle man. He's the man who actually commits to those of us who have these projects that we want to do. I just think that's the way philanthropy should be," she said.
A DRINK WITH ED NORRIS
BROOKLYN, N.Y., NATIVE ED NORRIS, 48, has had several titles since he came to Baltimore in January 2000: Baltimore City police commissioner, Maryland state superintendent of police, federally convicted felon and actor in HBO's The Wire. For the past three years, Norris has held the title of popular Baltimore radio talk show host. His program airs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WHFS, 105.7 FM. He lives in Carroll County with his wife, Kathryn, and son, Jack, 8.
If you were to rewrite the song, "My Favorite Things," what would you list?
Wow. It wouldn't rhyme, though. Motorcycles, for sure. Good whiskey. Good music: classic rock, alternative rock. Fighting arts.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Bourbon and cigars, for sure. Motorcycle jackets. I've got more motorcycle jackets than any straight man should.
What would surprise people to learn about you?
With my image, that I cry at sad movies. [When I saw] The Kite Runner, tears were running down my cheeks.
So, there's a soft center to Ed Norris?
Very soft. It kind of [annoys] me that people assume [who I am] by what they see on TV. But, people who know me, know me differently. I think I'm a very emotional, but effective leader.
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