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The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious

Nov 07, 2012 01:00AM ● By Anonymous

The exceptional event raised funds for Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc.—court appointed special advocates for kids—and entertained the masses (and by masses, we mean more than 200 people) in attendance. The "Evening of Masquerade"—the organization's 6th annual gala—included a cocktail hour, plated dinner, a Footloose dance number by a group from the Maryland Performing Arts Center, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the music of the always entertaining Doug Segree band.

The Good: Where do we start? The kids performing Footloose rocked the house. Their short, but impressive, performance pumped energy into the room that continued nicely into the live auction, which also impressed. A beautifully crafted, and structurally sound—apparently kids and adults can ride it!—white reindeer went for more than $1000 (We could barely get our paddle number in the air before we were hastily outbid.) Love the holiday season. And a Knaggs guitar signed by Joe Knaggs and Peter Wolf (founders of Knaggs Guitars) perpetuated an intense bidding war. Kudos to the auctioneer, who did a fabulous job!

The Bad: The number of thirsty people. Apparently we all arrived pretty parched because it seemed like everyone hit the bars at the same time. (The coat check on the other hand, was wide open—and super efficient.) Worry not, however, by dinner the lines for libations were easily navigable, and the well-orchestrated table service welcomed. [CASAblanca: 1, Liquid Appetite: O] Tip: If you find yourself experiencing this, and you inevitably will, grab a plate of hors d'oeuvres and stand in line with good company. You'll barely notice you're waiting for something—and let's be serious—it's impossible to hold a drink and eat from a plate at the same time anyway. Nibble while you wait, then sip while you circulate.

The Delicious: Despite early-evening bar lines, the parched may not complain. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly provided a delicious champagne and raspberry liquor concoction—the signature drink of the evening—that was both delightful, and delightfully passed.

Watch for the posting of next year's Masquerade date. We can't wait!

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