Scene & Heard: Star-Spangled Sailabration Captain's Ball
( Photo by Karen Jackson, Special to The Baltimore Sun / June 16, 2012 )
The attire was black tie and dress whites at the fanciest party of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration. Maryland VIPs and business folks mingled with officers from many of the 46 ships in town for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration.
Star Spangled 200 executive director Ann Beegle made sure the cocktail hour flowed as smoothly on land as the previous three-day event had been on water, as many locals got a chance to get up close and personal with some of the high-ranking visitors.
"It's wonderful," said Captain Neil Koprowski, USS San Antonio commanding officer, as he compared notes with Rear Admiral Gregory Nosal, U.S. Navy. "This is a big deal. We're all in one place to talk about anything and everything. There's a great [feeling of] camaraderie."
"We were downtown last night," said Rear Admiral Steven Talson, U.S. Navy, who was there with wife Mary Ellen Talson, Germantown English as a Second Language teacher. "It was so nice. Baltimore was crowded with people. There was such vibrancy, and everyone was having a good time."
Marco Antonio Vila, commanding officer of the tall ship Cuauhtemoc of Mexico, said he was particularly impressed with how friendly and helpful Baltimoreans had been to his crew.
"I think we did a wonderful job, getting all these ships in Wednesday and Thursday," said Paul Swenson, Moran Towing senior vice president, whose company tugboats had ushered in the large ships. "It was like a pirouette in ballet."
He wasn't the only "local" busting his or her buttons.
"This is fabulous -- it takes Baltimore to a whole new level," said Jim Seay, Premier Rides president, there with Sara Ingram, Premier Rides marketing director.
"I think this is one of the best events Baltimore has ever seen -- national in scope, local in flavor," said Chuck Tildon, United Way of Central Maryland vice president, there with his wife, Maria Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield senior vice president. "The city couldn't look any better."
"A great day for the city," said Marty Brunk, McGladrey Baltimore Office managing partner, there with his wife, Mary Brunk, community volunteer.
Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Navy's Lt. Commander Malcolm Musgrove, HMCS Moncton commanding officer, and Lt. Commander Kray Robichaud, HMCS Goose Bay commanding officer, said they heard a few of their fellow visitors were anticipating yet another of the event's attractions.
"There were a lot of people today looking forward to busting a couple of moves on the dance floor," said Robichaud.
-- Sloane Brown