Boaters Float On Smiles



September 03, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Talk about your warm fuzzies. The banquet room at HarborView Marina was just full of them. Some 200 people had gathered for the annual Easter Seals Captain's Party and Benefit Auction. All those warm feelings had to do with what they were doing the next day, volunteering their time and about 60 boats to take about 400 children with disabilities and their families out for a day on the bay.

"I love those kids," said Antwerpen Automotive Group president Jack Antwerpen, who was looking forward to being host for a group aboard his 126-foot yacht for his fourth straight year.

Aldo Sanchez, Baltimore district manager of CVS Pharmacy, knew exactly what Antwerpen was talking about. "When you see the smiles on the kids' faces, that makes you want to volunteer," he said.

Some of those kids -- with smiling faces -- had come to the party, too. A few had taken over the floor in one corner, where they entertained themselves with card games. The adults found their entertainment at the bar, buffet and silent auction tables, and catching up with fellow boaters.

Happily presiding over the party was HarborView owner / developerRichard Swirnow, who has been host for this Cruise for Kids and the Captain's Party since the marina opened 12 years ago.

"I saw kids, who've never talked before, come off a boat and talk. And that cinched it for me," Swirnow said, recounting his first experience with the Easter Seals program. "[I think] there, but for the grace of God, go your own kids."

"I'm so proud of him," added Smirnow's daughter, Amy Lowenstein. "This is really in his heart."


The Slim Man: jazzy, mellow

Growing up in Baltimore, Tim Camp learned to play trumpet, piano and guitar, which eventually led him to study at the Peabody Institute. His career in music has ranged from working for Motown as a songwriter to being lead singer / guitarist with the 1980s rock band, BootCamp (one of the first bands shown on MTV) to his current incarnation as pop and jazz singer / songwriter Slim Man. Camp, 52, performs around the world, and has a popular Web site, He is single and lives in Roland Park.

You were born Tim Camponeschi. You legally changed it to Tim Camp. Now you're known as Slim Man. What do most people call you?

For the last 20 years, I've had the nickname Slim Man. After Bootcamp, I hosted the Marlboro Country Music Talent Roundup. Our big discovery there was Ronnie Dunn [later of the country duo Brooks & Dunn]. [For fun] I came up with the name Slim Chance. "Slim" stuck. And it evolved into Slim Man.

Is this what you envisioned when you started at Motown?

No, not at all. All I really wanted to do was write songs. I never wanted to be an artist. On the success of a song I wrote for Angela Bofill [on her 1978 debut album, Angie], I ended up recording a whole album.

Does your current mellow music accurately reflect your temperament?

Yeah. I don't do a lot of screaming and hollering in general. I rarely get mad.

Considering everything you've accomplished, you must be a Type A personality.

I'm very busy. But, I'm not really crazed. I figure out what I gotta do and go about doing it. I build these relationships with people in the business. They're friends. All the guys in my band are my best friends. It's not this big intense "what can you do for me" relationship. ... People might be surprised that I'm crazy about sports -- the Ravens, the Orioles, Maryland Terrapins men's basketball. If somebody saw me at one of those games, they probably wouldn't recognize me. I do get crazed there. Drink beer, scream and yell and holler.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to old stuff. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Their duets. Nat King Cole. I did just buy the new Madeleine Peyroux. I really like this German trumpet player, Till Bronner. Those are the last two CDs I bought.

What else do you do in your down time?

I love to cook. I'm Italian, so most of what I cook is Italian. I do cooking videos on my Web site. I'm really into wine. I learned most of what I learned about wine from my Uncle Oscar. And he's been teaching me about wine my whole life.

What would be your idea of a perfect day?

A nice jog. Going to the studio and writing a nice song. Have a nice concert that evening. ... It is exciting going out there and playing for a couple thousand people. There's nothing better. ... Then, having a nice bottle of wine and dinner afterward. That would be my perfect day. Fortunately, I get to do that fairly often.

Do you have a life credo?

It's all about love. That was the first single off the first Slim Man CD, Faith in Us. And the hook is "it's all about love." My family is really important to me. We're a really strong supportive group. Tightknit. Love for your family, the special person in your life, pets, music, passion in your life.

You've never married. Are you a committed bachelor?

No. Right now, I'm just enjoying my life. I do have a really nice girlfriend.

Since family matters so much to you, do you ever wish you had kids?

Yeah. I do. It just hasn't happened yet.

Do you think it will?

I hope so.




Benefits Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Wine, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, live

Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis 6 p.m.

Tickets $125

Call 410-263-5544

SEPT. 10


Benefits Abilities Network / Epilepsy Foundation

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, lunch buffet, live music, watch polo match

Maryland Polo Club Fields, 3777 Mount Zion Road, Monkton

1:30 p.m.

Tickets $100

Call 410-828-7700

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