Dozens of well-dressed gentlemen and ladies strolled through the rooms of the Carroll Mansion, sipping cocktails, nibbling on hors d'oeuvres and admiring the art on the walls. They stepped out the back door to enjoy the warm summer temperatures in the mansion's gardens. If it wasn't for a few modern accents - such as 2008 clothing and a couple of large electric fans to help guests keep cool - it could have been a scene from the house's early days. The National Historic Landmark was built in 1811 for one of Maryland's wealthiest citizens, Charles Carroll.
However, this party - the Carroll Museums' "Third Annual Gala" - was to celebrate the house itself, thanks to the efforts of Gala chair Laurie Schwab Zabin and board president Sally Johnston.
"Charles Carroll was the longest lived and only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was his winter home, and it's where he died," said board member Anne Pomykala.
"It's the one time of the year we get all of our friends together to celebrate what we've done all year and raise critical funds to keep our museums open," said executive director Paula Hankins, as she pointed out continuing renovations.
As the skies began to turn to sunset pink, guests were ushered into a large tent that was also bathed in pink, with its colorful tablecloths and roses. There, they would enjoy a formal dinner. Charles Carroll himself would have expected nothing less.
Sloane Brown takes you to the party with a calendar of coming events and video reports at baltimoresun.com/scene
A drink with
Mary Anne Perry
Absolut Vodka up, with olives at Petit Louis
Even if you don't recognize the name of Mary Anne Perry, you probably know her voice. Perry, 44, is one of the Baltimore area's most prolific voice-over artists, or "voice movie star," as a friend of her 7-year-old son Jack has described her. She is the voice of WJZ-TV, and Gainesville, Fla., radio station WKTK. She voices many regional and national commercials, including those for Valley View Farms and Toyota. From 1992 to 2004, Perry was the midday on-air personality on WLIF-FM. She lives in Roland Park with husband Greg Zenger, a stay-at-home dad, and their son Jack.
Have you had people recognize you by your voice?
I have, every once in a while. But, mostly when people ask me what I do and I tell them, I get, "Oh, I've heard you. I listened to you growing up." On one hand, I'm proud. But, on the other - oh, jeez, that makes me feel old. But, when you think about it, I started in radio when I was 23.
What would surprise people to know about doing voice-over work?
When I tell my clients that I'm working from my home studio, which is actually my linen closet. ... We live in a big old Victorian house.
Do you have a favorite quote?
It is from Will Rogers. "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit still." And that's why I'm working on a new demo [tape] ... which I haven't updated in 8 years.
Read more of the conversation with Mary Anne Perry at baltimoresun.com/drink