TurnAround goes tropical


April 08, 2007|By Sloane Brown

If you couldn't head down to the islands for your spring break, you still could have caught a tropical breeze just by swinging by M&T Bank Stadium. That's where TurnAround Inc. - which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse - was throwing its annual fundraiser, and this year's theme was "Steppin' Out to the Tropics."

As they entered the North Club Lounge, guests were greeted by volunteers in Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and leis. The area was decked out in sunny tropical colors, with light sculptures of pink flamingos and tropical fish, and branches of orchids springing from coconut vases. Meanwhile, a dance band set a tropical party mood.

Dozens of local restaurants and caterers had set up food stations for the evening's luau. Pizza, hotdogs, orzo and shrimp salad, sushi, sliced tenderloin, and loads of chocolate were sure to put anyone in a sunny mood. In fact, we could have sworn we saw smiles on the faces of Jennifer and George Reynolds, Jean Thomas, Kelly Mazzulli, Kristina Hudgins, Gail Wachter, Karen Smedley, Claudia Grimm, Diana Huhn Litz, Micheline Aronson, Nora and Ray Koontz, and Robin and Russell Niller.

"This crab soup is to die for," said Coldwell Banker agent Mary Ford Laird, as she sipped some bisque.

"And fattening too. I can already feel it on my hips!" added friend Debi Culotta, O.O. Cook Industries president.

Fellow guest Lynne Stangl had the perfect solution to that problem already worked out.

"I eat, and then I dance. Five pounds on and off," she said.

A Drink With Dick Horne

Horne says there is life after Dime Museum

Dick Horne, 65, boasts one of Baltimore's most interesting resumes. In his lifetime, this native Baltimorean and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art has been an executive with Sears, an antiques dealer and an artist who sometimes specialized in self-described "fake folk art" and phony sideshow curiosities. That last specialty led Horne to open Baltimore's American Dime Museum with a partner in 1999. After the partner left, Horne closed the museum's doors in December 2006, and auctioned off its collection in February. Horne is divorced and has two adult daughters and five grandchildren. He spends much of his time with his lady friend, fellow artist Sandye Sirota, and he lives in Brick Hill with his two cats.

Who bought your collection?

It went to a whole lot of people. But my work, and some of what I consider the best stuff - like the giant baseball bat - [internationally famous magician] David Copperfield bought. He has a private museum in Las Vegas. I'm happy that a lot of it went to one person, where it'll be shown together.

Are you feeling bereft these days?

No. You know, a door closes and another one opens. And this is going to give me something I really didn't have. Time. ... I'm going to travel. ... Now the collection's gone, I'm [also] going to go back to art. ... The next thing I've decided to make - you never see them anymore and they're very creepy - ventriloquist's dummies. The old ones, their heads, they're great. The eyes move. The eyebrows move. The lips. The ears. There's a whole aura about ventriloquists.

The paths in life that you've taken, are you astonished at yourself?

My mother would be astonished. It's not what she had planned. My brother is a judge in Leesburg, Va. He's much more refined. He's a good guy. He had a better plan than I did. Sometimes I look back and look at these guys at 65, who are retiring and move to Florida to play golf. And I haven't had a [9-to-5] job in years, and don't know how to play golf.

Let's say you have a free Sunday. How do you spend it?

Day trips to places I've never been. Working in my yard.

Do you garden?

No. But I'm going to. Which brings me to another thing I'm going to get. I want a goat. I want it in my backyard. I like the way goats act. They climb trees. They're good at keeping your grass cut. They're affectionate. ... I've always loved animals. ... When I was 11, I raised a duck. You know how you get a duckling for Easter? [My duck and I] really bonded. Then I got to be 14, and I was too old for the duck. I'd go visit girls in the neighborhood and my duck would get out and come looking for me. You couldn't be cool and have a duck.

You are not a mainstream kind of guy. What's the most mainstream thing about you?

I'm a registered Republican. And the only reason I am is that I got mad at the Democrats for something or other, and registered as a Republican. I'm actually very conservative. This is the absolute truth: I have never even smoked pot. I never tried drugs. Now, alcohol was totally different. In college, it was fun. I put away a lot of beer.

But, you don't drink now.

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