Pictured: Stacie Pare, Mark Pare, Stephen Sfekas and Elizabeth Sfekas attended the ARC 60th anniversary gala. The ARC of Baltimore celebrated its 60th Anniversary by giving guests the opportunity to dance through the last 60 decades at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Its DanceZing party began with music from the 1950s. Every half hour, the tunes would move up to the next decade. Folks were invited to come dressed in outfits from their favorite era. Gregory Derwart, ARC's chief operating officer and his wife, Kelly Derwart, community volunteer, went for the 1950s in vintage tux and gown. For Tammy Oppel, Arts Every Day school programs manager, it was an opportunity to wear a circle skirted '50s dress she'd picked up at a vintage store, while her husband, Robert Oppel, a marketing assistant at Everyman Theatre, looked like he was straight out of "Happy Days" in a bowling shirt. It was more a "Mad Men" look for Lynne Young, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins administrator and her husband, Ty Young, AT&T data network consultant. She wore her mother's gloves, purse and black and cream brocade dress with ropes of pearls. And he was hep in a fedora, skinny black tie and a tie tack that resembled a deck of cards. It wasn't tough to discern what decade Stephen Morgan and his wife Dianna Morgan had a particular affinity for. ARC's executive director was decked out in beard, bandanna headband and tie-dye t-shirt, while his wife, an ARC family and children's specialist, was dressed as a flower child. However, there did seem to be some discussion about exactly which celebrity from the late 1960s/early 1970s he was supposed to be. "I'm [the Grateful Dead's] Jerry Garcia," he said. "Although people are telling me I look more like Cheech [Marin] of Cheech and Chong." Libby Bryant, ARC purchasing agent, was going for a look that came a few years later, wearing disco ball earrings and Elton John style gold glittery glasses. "I'm definitely a disco queen from the '70s," she said. The queen of the '80s - Madonna - made a couple of appearances, as both Laura Weiss, Everyman Theatre audience development manager, and Kim Becker, ARC office operations administrator, arrived with poofy hair, tulle skirts and fingerless lace gloves. Meanwhile, Becker's husband Tom Becker, Beltway Fine Wine & Spirits manager, proudly laid claim to the punk era. "This is authentic," he said, opening his jean jacket to reveal a Ramones t-shirt. "I dug it out for tonight. I used to wear this in the mosh pits," he announced as his wife grimaced. "I tried to throw it out years ago," she explained. Not everyone wore a costume, like Joe Ward, board member, his wife Laura Ward, community volunteer, Christopher Levesque, KEYW Corporation engineer, and his wife, Bekky Levesque, community volunteer. Although Ward gamely tried to put a good spin on his look. "I'm in late '80s frat party gear, also known as take your shirt from work and put on jeans."
Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun
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