Party floating on history



May 28, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

If only the 19th-century sailors who served aboard the USS Constellation had had it as good as the guests at the USS Constellation Museum's "7th Annual Blast!" Large dining tables were set up fore and aft, gold tablecloths fluttering in the breeze. There was a raw bar, and a dinner buffet of poached salmon, grilled veggies and other edible delights. And, not only a regular bar, but also two others -- one with designer beers, the other with margaritas and cosmopolitans.

Partygoers included museum president Herbert Frerichs and board members Dave Beck, Nancy Bloom, Steve Bockmiller, Jack Elsby, Lou Miller, Paul Shea and Ed Tharp. Executive director Chris Rowsom warmly greeted everyone aboard.

"I'm a big fan of Chris' and the museum. They run a tight ship. No pun intended," said Baltimore City Heritage Area director Bill Pencek. "This is so cool."

If you were willing to wobble down two flights of steep wooden stairs, you too could get first crack at the refurbished wardroom and officer's quarters. The project -- more than two years in the making -- restored the berth deck to its 1860 status. Guests strolled through the tiny space in the back of the ship. They peered into spaces no bigger than a present-day king-size bed that were crammed with a tiny bunk bed, writing table and bedside table.

Seeing how they lived made those old salts from the 1800s even more admirable. It also made getting back upstairs to the party that much more enjoyable.


She's jumped off a cliff, in style

For two decades, Pascale Lemaire has been making a name for herself as a fashion stylist in the Baltimore / Washington area. She was fashion editor at Baltimore magazine for eight years. (She has done occasional freelance work for The Sun.) This year, from January through March, she was a contestant on WE Network's Style Me with Rachel Hunter. Lemaire, 43, outlasted almost all her competitors, becoming the show's second runner-up.

How's life changed since Style Me ended?

I've made some major life changes. I quit Baltimore magazine, bought a new car, and I decided to go for it -- throw caution to the wind and do all those things I've always been afraid to do.

What was it about the show that spurred you in this direction?

It stripped you of everything. It made you jump off a cliff and take a chance whether there were sharks in the water. And [the show] was shark infested. ... Because you had no friends, no family; you're literally sequestered for five weeks. They take your cell phone away and lock it in a safe. There's no life support. So everything you do, you have to process alone. ... It helped redefine for myself what I was made of and what I could accomplish.

For many women, shopping is a release, the fun thing to do in their leisure time. And you?

It's an occupational hazard because that's what I do for a living. I shop for everyone but me. So, when it comes to ... me, I have a very low threshold. After a short time, I hit the wall and I have to run out of the mall. I'm curvy. ... So, shopping [for me] is not that easy.

Is having a social life in your line of work tough?

Yeah. I meet fabulous gay men. I need an artsy straight man. I do like chefs. ... They're artsy. They're creative. But, they can also be a bit egotistic.

Your hours aren't conducive to regular dates.

Yeah. And I'm not into the late-night scene [at bars]. Except for Pazo. I like hanging out in the lounge. It's like fabulous Euro / Smalltimore eye candy. The guys wear their fabulous Seven jeans, and their funky Ben Sherman shirts. You know, close to the body. The girls are pretty glammed out in their Rock & Republic and Antik jeans, and stilettos, boots or whatever. I've been known to break out dancing because I love Jason Gray, the DJ here. I've been known to start a party here.



PORT 300!

Benefits Port of Baltimore Tricentennial Committee

Tour historic ships, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, keynote speaker Brit Hume, live music, dancing, fireworks

South Locust Point Cruise Terminal

2001 E. McComas St.

5 p.m. vessel tours, 7 p.m. party

Tickets $150

Call 410-427-0123, ext. 225



Benefits Everyman Theatre

Open bar, food stations, dancing

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

830 E. Pratt St.

7 p.m.

Tickets $175

Call 410-752-2208


Benefits Contemporary Museum

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, electronic art and music, seated dinner, live music, dancing

Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art

1301 Mt. Royal Ave.

6:30 p.m.

Tickets $250, non-members; $200, members

Call 410-783-5720, ext. 103


Benefits Art with a Heart

Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, art sale, live music

Gutierrez Studios

2010 Clipper Park Road

7:30 p.m.

Tickets $65

Call 410-366-8886

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