Hampden Family Center


Flamingo Fling

June 08, 2008|By SLOANE BROWN

IT WASN'T JUST THE GUESTS WHO GUSSIED up for Hampden Family Center's annual party, Flamingo Fling. This was the first such event to be held at the Clipper Mill Pool Pavilion. And it had been dressed accordingly. There was the party's signature color -- hot pink -- everywhere. Tables scattered around the pool area were draped in fuschia brocade, each with a rose centerpiece, in which even the water was pink. And you couldn't miss the pink flamingo punch served up in martini glasses that featured pink flamingo stems.

The theme grew from the center's locale, according to Hampden Family Center board member Pam Malester.

"It's the whole Hampden hon thing," she explained.

Thinking pink didn't end with the setting. Many guests made a point of wearing the color. There were fuschia dresses, shirts, skirts, ties and even a pink cummerbund or two. Lindsey Miller, co-owner of Union 3 Events, was a standout in a vintage pink Lilly Pulitzer dress and pink Lulu Guinness slingback wedges. Ellen Stifler, director of development for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, was a hit in her hot-pink cardigan.

In the case of David Darrell, director of sales for UVO3, his pink tie, shirt and belt make more than an annual appearance.

"I usually wear pink," he said. "I'm in touch with my masculine and feminine side."


BEL AIR NATIVE DR. JOE BERNstein, 33, is a dermatologist. Not for humans, but animals. He lives in Baldwin, where he also has his clinic, Long Green Animal Dermatology. Bernstein is single and lives with two cats. However, he's expecting his household to expand soon to include another cat and two dogs -- along with their owner, his fiancee, Deirdre Vaughan, another veterinary dermatologist.

When people find out you're a veterinary dermatologist, what question do you hear most?

It's one of two. No. 1 would be, "Omigawd. Funny you mention it. My dog has this problem." The second question would be something like, "Really? So, you're a veterinary dermatologist. They have those?"

How did you end up in this specialty?

I knew when I went to vet school that I wanted to be a specialist, and that I would most likely specialize in dermatology. The primary reason that swung me that direction is that my father's a human dermatologist. He's been in private practice in Harford County for 30 years.

Is your job fun?

What's fun is making a patient, an animal who's been suffering from a chronic disease -- sometimes for years and years -- to finally make them comfortable. And to have the people relieved.

ONLINE Read more of the conversation with Joe Bernstein at baltimoresun.com / drink

ONLINE Sloane Brown takes you to the party with a calendar of coming events and video reports at baltimoresun.com / scene

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