Scene and Heard: Pratt Contemporaries' Black and White Party

Pictured: Venroy July, Marianne McGinley and Khosi Roy Outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central branch, it was a winter night in Baltimore. Inside, it was an "Evening in Paris," the theme of the library's annual Black and White Party. "Isn't that cool?" said Carla Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO, as she pointed to the party's centerpiece, a 57-foot-high Eiffel Tower that stood over the library's information desk. The structure -- made of a thick foam core and covered in little lights -- was the creation of "Graphic Jack" Young, the library's art director. "I think this is fabulous. They should keep the Eiffel Tower there," said Sayra Meyerhoff, Legal Aid Bureau pro-bono attorney, at the party with her husband, Neil Meyerhoff, Hendersen-Webb CEO. "With the warm weather outside tonight, it's springtime in Paris," said Elizabeth Aneckstein, event committee member, with husband, Ken Aneckstein, library board member. This was the third year of the party, which was organized by the Pratt Contemporaries, a group of young professional Pratt Library supporters. With some 500 guests, it was also the largest turnout so far. "It's a good time of year. We're enough into January that people are looking for something fun to do. This is a fun dance party for people in their 20s, 30s and 40s," said Kate Powell, Pratt Contemporaries chair and event chair. Tony Brandon, WYPR president and general manager, Jay Brooks, Wilmington Trust vice president, and Beth Hehir, M&T Bank vice president, scanned the crowd attired in black and white. "Black and white is always right," said Christopher Panos, Baltimore City district court judge, there with husband, Dennis Cashen, MGH senior planning manager. "We just finished these an hour ago," said Sara Mathes, Jill Andrews Gowns co-owner, referring to the black and white frocks she and Jill Andrews, clothing designer, were sporting. Many of the guests were in a French frame of mind. Jon Kaplan, Meadow Mill Athletic Club fitness director, arrived outfitted with a felt pencil-mustache, beret and faux cigarette. "His mustache fell off already," Kaplan said, referring to his partner, Joel Pearson, Cahill Design Build architect. Lisa Schatz, Cupcake store owner, added a continental touch to her outfit by wearing a black pillbox hat with veil. "This is the best party of the year," said Adam May, WJZ reporter/anchor, there with his partner, Derek Valcourt, WJZ reporter. -- Sloane Brown
Photo by Karen Jackson, Special to The Baltimore Sun
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