Fat Tuesday makes AVAM fatter


March 12, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Who needs New Orleans for Mardi Gras when the American Visionary Art Museum throws a hullabaloo right here in Baltimore? More than 1,700 costumed revelers crowded into AVAM for a wild celebration featuring Mayor Martin O'Malley on saxophone, a Mardi Gras parade and a cow sculpture "beaming up" into an artsy UFO, which then rained pingpong balls onto the crowd. Presiding over the wonderfully insane bacchanal: museum founder and executive director Rebecca Hoffberger dressed as a Renaissance queen and ex-Squirrel Nut Zipper band member Tom Maxwell in genie garb.

Threading through the crowd: Jack Hoffberger, Karen Bochram, Jayne Miller and Roger Lyon, who together chaired the event. There were plenty of sights to see. E-Globe director of finance Reid Mueller rigged himself up as a flock of sea gulls. DK Salon aesthetician Debbie Green was all in red -- wig to toe -- dressed as a flame. Movie marketer for Allied Baltimore Kevin Perkins came as a French noble from "Interview With a Vampire." Baltimore artist Shirley Aldinger suited up as a woebegone Mizzed America in red, white and blue bikini. And Garden of Earthly Delights owner Carole Langrall was a sea-ful sight in spangly mermaid regalia.

AVAM officials expect the free-for-all to net some $50,000 for the museum.

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