Port Discovery

The Baltimore Sun

Who has more fun than a bunch of kids let loose in Port Discovery? A bunch of grown-ups let loose in Port Discovery and told to "play like you're 10 again." That was the idea behind the children's museum's 10th Birthday Bash.

It was the best of both worlds. You could have a martini in one hand, and wield a glue gun in the other, as you decorated a paper hat or tiara for yourself.

Or you could pound up a storm in the drum room to work up an appetite before heading to the buffet line.

The evening's "parents" - founding chair Doug Becker, CEO Bryn Parchman, event chair Dana DiCarlo and committee members like Cindy Conklin, James Baldwin, Barbara Gamse, Eileen Abato, Monica Brandes and Mary Graul - kept an eye on things, making sure everyone's inner child was satisfied.

"I found my rhythm in the drum room," announced marketing consultant Julie Gilbert.

As GVE Media/Public Relations owner Gayle Economos showed off her handmade glow necklace, she explained its martini-shaped pendant.

"This is Tanqueray with a slice of lime."

Meanwhile, Dennis Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Group, and Barbara Rookard, flutist, tried out Port Discovery's zip line as a rehearsal for what they expect to do on a forthcoming trip to the Amazon rain forest.

"We've got a lot more practicing to do," Rookard concluded.

For the Johns Hopkins University research scientist Steve Sheldon and his wife, independent research consultant Brenda Neuman-Sheldon, this was the opportunity to play with things at the museum that only their 2- and 5-year-old children usually get to do.

"Ninety percent of the time, the kids will say, 'Oh, Mommy, you can't do that,' " said Neuman-Sheldon with a laugh.

Three swinging parties in high season A law firm celebrating its anniversary may not sound like a real wingding, but when the invitation is a CD filled with all sorts of swinging tunes, one does tend to take notice. And the party thrown by Whiteford Taylor & Preston did not disappoint. After walking past two gorgeous vintage Rolls Royces and into the Baltimore Museum of Industry, you had your pick of all sorts of delights. There were several specialty cocktails, a bourbon-tasting bar, a raw bar, a sushi bar and several other food stations and bars to choose from. You could settle into one of several lounge areas set up around the museum - all in white and deco design a la 1933 - all the while being entertained by a 20-piece swing-era orchestra. Too bad we didn't have time to get too comfy.

A circus of a party This is B-more's high season for parties, so then it was off to Silo Point for its grand opening bash. Cirque du Soleil-style performers were posted around the place, juggling fire batons, performing aerial ballet and swinging from a trapeze. Almost a thousand people came to get a first gander at the model units in this grain elevator-cum-condo development masterminded by Patrick Turner. He and wife Jeanine may have been the evening's hosts, but they seemed to be enjoying the blowout as much as any of their guests.

Ravens' goodwill Speaking of hosts enjoying their own party, several Ravens players relished that role at Goodwill's Ninth Annual Gridiron Halloween Party at Dave & Buster's in Arundel Mills mall. Mark Clayton and Todd Heap were hosts, the latter in a full G.I. Joe getup. Joe Flacco came as Michael Phelps, in a warm-up suit and with eight gold medals around his neck.

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