Mardi Gras raises over $4,000 for Historical Society

March 24, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The Historical Society of Carroll County celebrated Mardi Gras last month at Wilhelm Ltd. Catering with a costume party that raised more than $4,000 for the society's preservation efforts.

This was the society's first Mardi Gras, and more than 150 people attended in either costume or black tie.

The Westminster High School Drama Club provided entertainment that ranged from Tarot card reading to juggling to circus and mime acts.

The group Just Us provided music for dancing after a New Orleans-style dinner.

In Mardi Gras fashion, Lester Surber of Westminster was crowned King Rex. He then crowned Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark of Sykesville as the Mardi Gras king and queen.

Costume prizes were awarded as follows:

* Best Couple: Dr. and Mrs. Paul Vietz as a Middle East sheik and his wife and Dr. and Mrs. John Harshey as the King of Spades and Queen of Hearts.

* Most Humorous: Richard Hyson as a court jester and Mrs. Carroll Swam as an Oreo cookie.

* Most Authentic: Mr. and Mrs. Craig Schmall as Napoleon and Josephine and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hurwitz as a British "redcoat" and a Spanish senora.

* Most Original: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shoemaker as the stereotypical American tourists.

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