Scene & Heard: Play It Forward
( Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun / June 5, 2012 )
About 400 adults gathered for what could be a kind of grown-up recess at Port Discovery - otherwise known as "Play It Forward," the children's museum's annual fundraiser. In addition to browsing buffets and enjoying a cocktail or two, guests could participate in several activities.
"I'm going to make a wine glass charm," said Bryn Parchman, Port Discovery president/CEO, motioning to an area where people could create Shrinky Dinks.
In fact, Renee Christoff, board member, was already busy drawing a chili pepper name tag on a Shrinky Dink.
"I haven't done anything like this since my [20-year-old] daughter was little," she said, with a giggle.
"I'm going to make gingerbread cookies," said Dennis Rasmussen, board chair, motioning to the table where guests could put together all the dry ingredients of a dessert to take home, add water to and bake.
"I just made ingredients for pumpkin bread. I'm a working mom and I never have enough time to do this stuff. So now I'll look like a hero," said Michelle Parzianello, Under Armour senior director of merchandising, as she picked up her jar of ingredients.
"It's great the way the museum ties in healthy food in initiatives with fun for kids," said the evening's honoree Alan Wilson, McCormick CEO, there with wife Wendy Wilson, community volunteer.
As guests like Nancy Grasmick, Towson University presidential scholar, and Mary Ann Mears, Baltimore-based sculptor, decided which area to head to first, Dana DiCarlo -- who was co-chairing the event with husband Scott Plank, eagerly anticipated a slightly less healthy food-related activity that would be coming a little later in the evening.
"People don't know it yet, but there will be a cupcake decorating contest, and I am a cupcake fiend," she said.
Meanwhile, Aris Melissaratos, Johns Hopkins University senior advisor to the president, was having fun just watching other adults at play.
"I don't play games anymore," he said, with an indulgent smile.
-- Sloane Brown