BSO gala celebrates the seasons


September 25, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN

THE BALTIMORE SYMPHONY Orchestra Gala was all about celebrating the seasons. Lainy Lebow-Sachs, co-chairwoman of the event, glowed in autumn colors, her gown brimming with bronze satin roses, as she and hubby (and co-chairman) Leonard Sachs greeted guests in the "wintry" Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby.

Glass icicles hung from the ceiling. "Snowy" trees sprouted from cotton snowdrifts, and white flakes swirled down from a snow machine. Petite Wendy Jachman waved through the rising mist as her lanky husband Howard towered above. A sun-kissed Cal and Kelly Ripken served as symbols of a summer not quite gone.

But, it was on to spring inside the hall, where huge surreal flowers loomed overhead and the real things blossomed on tables. Folks dined on lobster and filet mignon while serenaded by BSO musicians. When it was over, guests emerged to a lobby transformed into a summer garden, complete with waterfall.




Benefits Destination Bright Future

Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, watch Koffee Kup regatta from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St., 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 at door. Call 410-342-3110


Benefits American

Visionary Art


Light refreshments, live entertainment. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, 7 p.m.

Tickets $20; free to members. Call 410-244-1900



Benefits Baltimore Clayworks

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, performance by Joyce J. Scott, live music. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, 6:30 p.m. -

11 p.m. Tickets $125

Call 410-578-1919, ext. 17 or go to

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Don't forget: Enjoy your own party


Carole Sibel is a well-known social figure in Baltimore who serves on the boards of the School for the Arts, the MPT Foundation and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, among others. We caught up with her after a very busy summer.

With your active "professional volunteerism," serving on [so many] boards ... you must be the most experienced party-goer and party-giver in town. I think, after this summer, I am! I gave 12 dinner parties -- six in July and six in August, most of them back to back on the same weekends. Friday, Saturday, Sunday ... I limited each one to no more than 14 invited couples. So, with [husband] Bean and me, it would be 30 people.

Why put both of you through all that?

There were a lot of people we wanted to entertain -- social obligations, new people, people I've worked with over the past few years ... but, I didn't want a big tent and a big band and a big caterer. I love my [Green Spring Valley] house. I think it's pretty in the summer, and I wanted to enjoy friends. When you have a big hoopla and it's over, you realize you haven't talked to anybody.

So, what makes a great party?

The host and hostess, for the first thing. They should be excited that their friends are coming to visit them. The bar has to be very well stocked ... the bartender should also know how to make a cosmopolitan. The cocktail hour shouldn't be longer than an hour, because people start to get hungry. Some people may disagree with me, but I don't think the hors d'oeuvres need to be humongous. Because people lose their appetite and won't eat all the delicious food you have for dinner. I also think it's very important for a host to be a host, and not expect his wife to be the whole shebang.

Any rules concerning the guest list? I learned a lesson this summer -- it doesn't matter. People will blend. The only thing you need to worry about is if you have a real dud, or someone really hates someone else [you invited]. But, then you shouldn't be inviting them both.

Any final party-giving advice?

Forget it's your party. Relax and be one of the guests. If you can't be a guest at your own party, you haven't hired the right people.


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