Spring - and all its colors - may still be around the corner. But a couple of recent hooplas have more than made up for the lack of outdoor decor with over-the-top indoor decorations.
For the last few years, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has gone for a one-color theme for its annual Spring Swing bash - tangerine one year, scarlet the next. This year - with the party at M&T Bank Stadium - Ravens' purple seemed a given. A purple passion, to be exact.
Committee member Caryl Siems says the 400 guests entered the club-level lounge through a black-draped hallway lighted with black lights. Anything white, like teeth, radiated in violet. The room itself was an amethyst explosion. Tables were covered in stretchy lilac fabric. On the tables sat purple votive candles and purple vases filled with purple iris.
While most guests had not donned the hue, the women, at least, had an opportunity to add a purple accent to their outfits. In the ladies' room, they found lavender hair glitter and plum lipstick.
Caryl says everyone had a great time, even if honorary chairs Bob and Kendel Ehrlich couldn't make it. Seems they were a little busy at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center welcoming little Joshua Taylor to Maryland's First Family.
You think white and silver might be a tame color scheme? Not if you were at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel in Annapolis last weekend. The Hospice of the Chesapeake was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and we do mean celebrating. Another fab entryway - this one draped entirely with white feather boas. Ballerinas from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland ushered 460 guests into the ballroom, pulling aside a glittery feathery curtain to reveal the ballroom, which fairly glowed.
Party chair Mary Ann Treger says tables were covered with "soft, sexy, slinky" silver lame tablecloths. Silver chairs were embellished with white tulle bows. And then there were those 8-foot centerpieces: ornate silver candlesticks topped with massive arrangements of white ostrich feathers, white orchids, tall silver spirals and asparagus ferns "dripping down the sides." Little glass pebbles on the tables added more sparkle.
Talk about your wow factor. And the Hospice of the Chesapeake folks got their own wow this week. They say the event broke the record in Anne Arundel County for money raised at a single event: $250,000 net.
If you're looking to add some spring to your step these days, consider next Thursday's fund-raising fiesta at the Latin Palace. That's where and when the Fuel Fund of Maryland will throw Salsabration 2004, with Spanish, Mexican, Cuban and Caribbean chow, sangria and Latin dancing.
Tickets are 35 bucks in advance, $45 at the door. Call 410-821-3022, Ext. 2, for all the informacion.
Never enough Irish
So, the past five days of celebrating St. Patty's Day just weren't enough? Then it's nice to know that in a couple more weeks, B-more will be able to boast another new Irish pub and restaurant. Kooper's Tavern owner Patrick Russell says his wife, Kathleen, will be opening the new place the first week of April. Slainte - it means "cheers to your health" in Gaelic - will open in the old Hightopps space next door to Kooper's on Thames Street. We'll fill you in then.
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