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Maritime Magic 2013

Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 08:47 AM EDT

I've probably attended this event that benefits the Living Classrooms Foundation about a dozen times or so, over the years, and it's always fun to see so many familiar faces turn out for one of Charm City's must-go events. The early fall evening was perfect for the sprawling outdoor party, held at the foundation's Maritime Park and campus along the eastern Fells Point  waterfront. For the early part of the evening, guests wandered along the docks sampling offerings from restaurants all over the city. I said hello to James Kinney, managing partner at The Capital Grille; Chris Becker, executive chef and COO at Bagby Restaurant Group; Michael Fishman of Quarry Wine & Spirits; Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen; and Alex Smith of Ouzo Bay. The waterfront area surrounding Waterfront Kitchen was a perfect vantage point to greet friends and observe the sunset over the waters of the Inner Harbor (and also to snag an Orange Crush from the Ryleigh's Oyster table-- thanks, Brian McComas!). While there, I caught up with Coleman Devlin, Willis Macgill, Jim Halle, Bill Romani, Jodi Zafrir, Dr. Maneesh Sharma, Patrick & Tracy Sutton, Cupcake boutique owner Lisa Schatz, and Infinium Spirits' Tom Brinkley with wife Brianne. Heading indoors to the bar, Charlie Gjerde of Alexander's Tavern greeted me and thrust a steaming bowl of excellent chili into my hands. Inside, Waterfront Kitchen co-owners Chuck Nabit and Michael Klein said hello, and while perusing the silent auction, I ran into Carrie Arbaugh, neighborhood residents and supporters Deni & Neil Tabor of Ashley Homes, Lacey Johansson of St. John Properties, and Jim Seay and Sara Ingram of Premier Rides. Next, we strolled back outside to head toward the tents and didn't get far before running into Biff Baker, Rosalie Parker, developer Pat Turner & wife Jeanine, Paul & Amy Sue Nochumowitz, and a group of folks from Sinclair Broadcast Group, including Jamie Dembeck, Jason Smith and Sam Holt. By this point, the crowd was getting even bigger, and most folks were moving toward the big tent, where the stage was set up for the MarchForth band and the All Mighty Senators. I stopped to greet Living Classrooms honcho James Piper Bond and congratulate him on another fun and successful party, then joined a group of friends walking a block over to Bond Street Social, where the evening fun stretched into the wee hours.


(Shown above: The crowds line the dock in front of Waterfront Kitchen at this year's  Living Classrooms' Maritime Magic party.)

Maritime Magic 2013


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