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Solstice Gala

Updated: Monday, June 24 2013, 05:59 PM EDT

A beautiful sunny day on Saturaday turned into a gorgeous, moonlit night on one of the longest days of the year, perfect for the annual Solstice Gala at the Maryland Science Center. After spending the late afternoon at a poolside barbecue in Pasadena, I hurriedly changed into evening wear, drove to the Inner Harbor and dropped the car with the valet. Three full levels of galleries inside the Science Center were abuzz with partygoers sampling the food offerings, cocktails and gazing at the interactive science displays. I was greeted by Sharon Akers of the St. John Foundation on my way in (St. John Properties was a major sponsor of the event) and also by family law attorney Julie Landau. (Coincidentally, I'd just seen both of them the night before at a birthday bash for PR powerhouse Edie Brown.) I talked a bit with Ed St. John (sporting a distinctive dark blue windowpane blazer) and then headed up to the top level and worked my way down, trying out a great crabcake served with cheese grits and chatting with folks along the way. Coming down the stairs, I encountered board member David Amy, who's a VP with Sinclair Broadcast Group (also a party sponsor) and Sam Holt, who's in finance with Sinclair as well. On the first level, fun retro band The Real Geniuses was on stage, cranking out '80s tunes to the delight of a pack of dancers. I strolled out through the doors onto the harborside terrace, where party guests were scattered about, grabbing some fresh air and admiring the skies overhead. Here, I ran into Janet McHugh, an attorney with Sinclair, and took a minute to observe the throngs of people still strolling around the Inner Harbor promenade. Back inside, I encountered popular personal fitness trainer Donavon Israel-- he's the go-to guy for tons of Federal Hill folks, and others around the city. A few more conversations, and I realized I'd been there for nearly two hours, and it was time to wrap it up and head back uptown.

(Shown above: The crowd on the main floor of the ground level at The Maryland Science Center Solstice Gala.)

Solstice Gala

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