The Arts Center at the St. Paul's schools will be dedicated today from 2 to 4 p.m. If you've traveled Falls Road recently, you've surely noticed this beautiful building spanning the hillside between St. Paul's School and St. Paul's School for Girls.
It is the culmination of a $6.6 million dollar capital campaign, spearheaded by Francis X. Knott and his sister, Margaret Riehl, president of the Student Union Corp., who are expected to be at the dedication. They'll be joined by the Rev. William N. McKeachie of Old St. Paul's Church and Bishop A. Theodore Eastman of the Maryland diocese and an array of other speakers.
There was a black-tie sneak preview earlier in the week for 150 guests instrumental in raising the needed funds to build the center, which was designed by Jim Grieves, 1951 St. Paul's grad and one of the country's leading architects. Guests, including Grieves, were greeted by Lila Lohr, headmistress of the girls school, and Robert Hallett, headmaster of the boys school.
It was like old home week seeing so many people I haven't seen in ages -- Sally and Butch Michel, Welby and Puddy Loane, Ginny and Frank Wright, Wickie and Mac Plant, Mary Ellen and George Thomsen, Virginia and Warren Mix, Anne and Francis Rienhoff and Sharon and Steve Seymour, to name just a few.
After a tour of the center with the Seymours, guests were ushered into the beautiful theater for a pre-dinner keynote address by J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Art, and the brother of retired Navy Capt. Nicholas Brown, director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore and a trustee of St. Paul's School. Nick Brown has been an important figure in the public relations area for the schools, and I noticed that he'd donated an art room in his mother's name, Anne Kinsolving Brown.
All I can say is that the students at St. Paul's are indeed fortunate to have this exquisite facility added to an already lovely campus.
Was that Bonnie Raitt at McGinn's Irish Pub on North Charles Street Wednesday night? Sure was! Seems this incredible singer is married to Michael O'Keefe, the talented star of "A Few Good Men," and she came to town to visit.
They were with a group of more than 30 people who accepted George McGinn's invitation to stop by his pub after the show. Piano player Scott McNinney had quite a sing-a-long going, but I'm told Raitt didn't participate.
Cynthia McFadden's New Year's resolution to take horseback riding lessons with her husband, Baltimore Sun publisher Michael Davies, ended during the first lesson. An unfortunate accident at Oldfields School landed her in the Greater Baltimore Medical Center with a concussion and lots of bruises.
Nothing like a little TLC from close friend and theater legend Katharine Hepburn, who came to Baltimore after the accident with her cook to help McFadden through her aches and pains. It worked, and McFadden, an anchor for the Court Television channel, is heading back to her New York job tomorrow.
The sixth annual Orioles Cruise was a big hit with the 130 fans and the four players who set sail on the Fair Princess for Mexican ports Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
Players who did the duty this year were Bill Ripken and his wife, Candace; Sam Horn and his wife, Deborah; Chris Hoiles and Brady Anderson. According to Orioles special events planner Ken Nigro, these guys were great and enjoyed interacting with the older and younger fans.
He said the most incredible sight was Sam Horn dancing late at night with 85-year-old Lois Butler, who was on her fourth straight Orioles cruise with her 82-year-old sister, Cass Williams. Bill and Claudia Burkey from Easton are already thinking about next year's cruise to the Southern Caribbean.
There were six people who had been on all six cruises, John and Betty Brannon of Sykesville, Stew and Lillian Warnken of Linthicum and Iris Neely and Gay Wise of Baltimore, all of whom were given Orioles watches for perfect attendance.