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July 09, 2000|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

June 11: "Mid-Summer Fest." Benefits CollegeBound Foundation and Joe Sandusky Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Games, hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, live music by O'Malley's March. On the pier at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 410-783-2905.

Around Town

Among the glorious pageantry and spectacle of OpSail 2000, one favorite OpSail moment for the man who arranged the event was a private one. Sail Baltimore President Bill MacIntosh had just received a plaque from the captain of Guayas in a ceremony aboard the 257-foot Ecuadorean ship, which was docked near the Harborplace amphitheater. As Bill was leaving, one of the older sailors approached him and introduced himself as Luis Fernandez, the ship's carpenter. Fernandez wanted to let Bill know that he had made the plaque.

"That personal touch, from that humble gentleman, who was so proud of his work, really personalized the whole [OpSail] experience beyond all the admirals, captains and the young cadets who get all the public attention," Bill says. "It was a sweet moment."

Last Sunday evening was full of sweet moments for the doyenne of Baltimore TV. Rhea Feikin found herself surrounded by 72 friends and family members at a birthday party thrown for her by best friend, Carole Sibel. As guests -- including Drs. Risa and John Mann, David and Sharon Nevins, Ruth Shaw, Connie Caplan, Leslie Sheppard and Richard Taylor -- arrived at the Stevenson home of Carole and hubby Hanan Sibel, they were asked to write one word to describe the irrepressible Rhea on a big greeting card.

Words included "original," "creative," "loyal," "dynamic," even "antidisestablishmentarianism." But Carole's favorite one-word descriptions were the ones Rhea's two grown-up kids submitted. Jennifer Feikin, a San Francisco lawyer with America Online, wrote "Mom," and Danny Feikin, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, elaborated with "Mommy."

Nice to know some things never change. Just like Miss Rhea.

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