Maryland Art Place


November 16, 2008|By sloane brown | sloane brown,

Just how does one dress for a fundraising party that has "The Seven Deadly Sins" as its title and theme? If it's for the Maryland Art Place, a little personal creativity comes in handy. For MAP board chair Suzi Cordish, that meant welcoming the evening's guests in a chic cocktail pajama pants outfit.

"I'm epitomizing Sloth," she said, looking anything but.

"Out of desperation, I wanted to be a little greedy, so [I went] into the Monopoly game," said Ray Mitchener, the owner of Ruth Shaw, explaining why his suit lapels were covered with play money.

Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ira Papel arrived in a wide brim purple hat, sporting fake gold chains and a glittery bow tie. Meanwhile, his wife, audiologist Leslie Papel flaunted a red dress and feather boa.

Premier Rides marketing and sales executive Sara Ingram wore a lace bustier, mini skirt and fishnet stockings.

Meanwhile, one trio of friends perused the MAP art show with "Seven Deadly Sins" theme, while discussing which each would indulge in that night.

"Lust," growled James Blue, a Discovery Channel journalist.

"Greed," said John Rowell, a business development analyst for Sullivan & Cromwell.

"There's no money left to be greedy about," responded Jack Pannell, director of public affairs for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

"Gluttony," all three concluded in unison.

Ripkens capture the castle

When you're putting together a wine tasting fundraiser for baseball royalty, where better to have it than in a castle?

OK. It's a large house that looks a lot like a castle, with mini-turrets, stonework and lion statues out front. Owners Don and Sandy Pyle say they built their home by the Chesapeake Bay as a compromise between what each wanted. He wanted a beach house. She wanted the castle.

All we can say is that it was the perfect venue for "Ripkens Uncorked," which raised money for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Somehow, when you see Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy Ripken graciously posing for pictures in a room framed with columns and pointed arches, it just works.

"Spectacular," said party chair Laura Kiessling, as she and fellow committee members Debi Culotta and Mary Ford Laird viewed the scene.

What would the late Cal Ripken Sr. think of all this?

"Well, I think Dad would think that we're getting too big for our britches," said Cal Jr. with a laugh.

"But, at the same time, he'd be really proud of all of the things we've been able to do [for underprivileged kids]. And he'd be enjoying the night."

Ultimate Kitchen Party That wasn't the only creative venue for a wine tasting last week. Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Center celebrated its 10th anniversary in The Fretz Corp.'s kitchen showroom in Columbia. A couple hundred folks browsed a buffet next to the faucet display, and caught up among the cabinetry.

This was also the 10th year that chair Tina Broccolino has held the party at the showroom, where there's space for cooking demonstrations. This year, partygoers could learn how to make sushi.

"It's a fun venue. You get kitchen envy, though," said Donna Smith.

"It makes me want to go home and redecorate," said fellow committee member (and Tina's daughter-in-law) Kelly Broccolino.

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