FOR THE PAST 40 years, the Historic Annapolis Foundation (HAF) has been the watchdog of preservation and the interpreter of the historical and cultural heritage of Annapolis. It's a private, non-profit organization that has enjoyed many successes, thanks to the involvement of its members, corporations and government agencies.
Last Saturday night, HAF hosted an elegant fund raiser that began with cocktails at The Brice House and ended with dinner on the terrace of the William Paca House, which was saved from demolition by HAF in 1965. Guests, dressed in black ties and frilly frocks, enjoyed the entire evening, which was done to perfection thanks to Suzanne Wills and her steering committee, made up of Linnell Bowen, director of the Paca House; Catherine Janssens; Judy Sweeney; Boots Michalak; Holly Perdue; Susan Weitzel; and Joseph Coale III, president of HAF's Board of Directors and former aide to Gov. Harry Hughes. Hughes was at the party with his wife, Pat. (The former governor and his wife are favorites with this group, many of whom will openly tell you that Mrs. Hughes decorated the governor's mansion the proper way!)
HAF chairman of the board Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN Ret., seemed to enjoy greeting guests Mr. and Mrs. Chris Poindexter, he's a BG&E executive, and their son, Todd, and his fiance, Kristy Sexton, who works for the Baltimore Convention Bureau.
Truffles caterers made lots of friends that night with the fabulous food they prepared. On hand to oversee his catering people at work was the owner, Tom Stuehler, and his fiance, Nancy Hoffner. Tom seems to have a case of wedding jitters -- their long-awaited marriage takes place July 14. I enjoyed having dinner with former Rep. Marjorie Holt (who told me how much she is enjoying retirement), Paul and Linnell Bowen and Chuck and Judy Sweeney. The Bowens told me it was Holt who appointed their son, Paul III, to the Naval Academy, where he graduated this year. As a matter of fact, Academy graduation tickets were one of the hottest items in Annapolis this summer, thanks to the presence of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who shook hands with every grad and called them by name. Most impressive!
While we were chatting about children, I learned that Mrs. Holt's son, Dr. Edward Holt, is a surgeon in Anne Arundel County. He was in the local news twice last week, once when he had to treat the Canadian accused of shooting the Maryland state trooper, and the next day when he took his wife on a hot air balloon ride to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
Many of my favorite movers and shakers in Maryland's business community are involved in preservation and have thrown their support to HAF. Among that group are Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central, a man who does much for our community; Jim and Wealtha Flick, USF&G; Thomas Mullan III, Mullan Enterprises; Lindsay Dryden, Dryden Oil, who was sporting the best-looking flowered bow tie and cummerbund at the soiree; Ted Herget, Herget Consulting Group; Art and Jean Held, who own Johnsons on the Avenue in Annapolis; George Wills, Wills & Associates; Hank and Ann Butta, C&P; Hal Donofrio, Richardson, Myers & Donofrio, and Sherri Thompson, who said her tennis game is getting better, so it sounds like Hal had better watch out; Carl Sardegna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield exec; Joe Janssens and Wil Sirota, representing Frank Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman law firm; Del. and Mrs. Gerald Curran; John and Betty Ann Howard, he's an attorney with Venable, Baetjer & Howard; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Knott, and last but certainly not least, Bob and Joy Neubert, who are so new to Baltimore that they have just settled on their new home. Bob is the new managing partner for Ernst & Young and I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of this attractive couple.
Guests left with an interesting booklet about the William Paca House and Garden, which was published thanks to a generous contribution from Mrs. Nicholas Griffith Penniman III, a lifelong supporter of historic preservation.
Emma and Frank Favazza Jr., Olive and Ray Faust, and I.D. Schapiro with Nancy Farmer, owners of those neat new waterfront homes called Belt's Landing, could not have ordered a more perfect evening than last Friday for their grand opening Flag Day cocktail party for more than 500 people. From the third floor English Courtyard of this new waterfront Fells Point community, attendees Margie and Tommy D'Alesandro, Connie and Brooks Robinson, Monsignor Paul Cook, Alice Ann Howell, Jean and Charles Thomas, Jack Payne, Paul Stuart and Time Windsor, Sid and Al Cutler, Pat and Ed Wilson, Dr. Antonette Wiegand and Mary Jean and Ollie Travese enjoyed the sight of our visiting Tall Ships in the Harbor.
Bunny Dwin did a splendid catering job and filled everyone with seafood delights. The most popular spot was definitely the raw bar. Others who enjoyed the music of Helicon, a band whose music is often called the Rolls Royce of instrumental folk music, were Alice Orr, Sheila Domarecki, Dolores and Angelo Munafo and Dr. Gino Sarbanes.