Wine event helps raise money for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Guilford Column

July 05, 2011|By Beverly Quinones

As I write, the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day in Guilford. Schools are recessed, the summer solstice has passed, and vacations are on the horizon. We look forward to the delights that the season provides.

Held on a Sunday afternoon in June, the Baltimore Symphony Associates "Wine Event" at the home of Ellen and Geoff Lord was well-attended by about 50 partygoers — music lovers all — assembled to benefit Baltimore's acclaimed symphony orchestra.

Ellen and Geoff prepared a beautiful setting , with floral arrangements and a beautiful centerpiece on the dining room table.

According to organizer and chair Joy Munster, there were last-minute glitches in planning, but none were evident. The wines from Spain and South America were selected by oenologist Seth Stevens of the Mount Washington Wine Company. Rosé and white wines, in particular a white Finca from Argentina, were favorites.

Empanadas and hors d'oeuvres, donated by the owner of the restaurant Joe Squared in the Station North district, provided sustenance .

Among the guests were longtime symphony supporters Dr. Harry and Katie Stevens (she is the former president of the Symphony Associates), Hugh Jaramillo and Mark Chartrand, and Elke Franke, who helped Joy with the arrangements. Also enjoying the evening were Mark and Beth Felder, Bill and Mary McFaul, "Chick" Chickering and Dr. Mike Ankrom, Nancy Ratrie, Linda and John Hutchins, Richard Hannigan, Barbara Booth and many more.

We are sorry to report that popular couple Nick and Lauren Madigan and their son, Sebastian will be moving soon. In an e-mail, Nick writes, "After almost six years at The Baltimore Sun, I've decided to accept a position with the University of Miami School of Law, as director of communications. Lauren, Sebastian and I will be moving to Florida in August."

While living in Guilford, Nick, Lauren, a model/actress/mom, and Sebastian, 6, have taken an active interest in all of our community affairs. Yours truly has particularly appreciated their support at the Guilford Holiday Party, where Lauren sold lots of raffle tickets, and Nick was one of the "Men of Guilford" bartenders.

We wish the Madigans all the best in Miami, but will miss their presence among us in Guilford.

Guilford's fashionistas are always looking for a good sale! If you are also looking for just the right gorgeous, one-of-a-kind item to accessorize your summer wardrobe, you just might find it at a bargain at the ongoing summer sale at Guilford resident George Sakelaris' shop, Handbags in the City, 840 Aliceanna St., inHarbor East.

Happy summertime!

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