Set Sail With Us on the “Hi” Seas!
Saturday, February 29 | 7 to 11 pm | HCLS East Columbia Branch
Craft Cocktails & Fine Food | Entertaining Encounters | Cocktail Attire… thematic touches welcome (Black tie optional)
Howard County’s signature winter gala, Evening in the Stacks, sets sail on a daring swashbuckling adventure in 2020 that is sure to treat guests to a “yo, ho, ho” good time. Guests will experience specialty rums, signature grogs, fruits de mer, encounters with sea-going characters and creatures, and a treasure trove of entertaining activities throughout the evening. (It’s arrrggggurably the best party in Howard County!
- Rum tasting by Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille.
- Fresh shucked oysters from The Walrus Oyster & Ale House.
- Gourmet food by Catering By Seasons, signature cocktails by The Wine Bin , sophisticated non-alcoholic beverages by Sobar, and music by DJ MC Fresh.
- Entertaining encounters with Charm City Tails.
- Featured speaker Pierre Henkart : “Why Baltimore Privateers Were the Best”
Henkart will discuss early Baltimore privateering history and Chesapeake shipbuilding in the 1780-1815 period. As a Pride of Baltimore historian, he will also share the privateering exploits of Commodore Joshua Barney, a truly heroic naval figure of the time with a local connection. Henkart will show how Baltimore’s boom years of 1790-1815 gave birth to the fast Baltimore Clippers–the most successful privateering vessels of the era. Using the original ship’s log of the final 1815 cruise of Chasseur, Henkart will show how the now-extinct privateering business plan exploited by Baltimorians 200 years ago is different from the piracy portrayed in today’s (and yesterday’s) media.
Dr. Henkart grew up in a water-oriented family on Long Island and has been a sailor ever since. After racing small boats as a youth up through intercollegiate sailing, he cruised the Chesapeake Bay every summer helping friends with various delivery trips between the Bahamas and Maine. Henkart has been a regular guest crew on the Pride of Baltimore II, and he is particularly interested in the role fast Baltimore Clippers played in the post-revolutionary war growth of Baltimore up to their role as successful privateers in the War of 1812.Henkart’s interest in maritime history comes on top of a career in science. After a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Biology at U.C. San Diego. He then joined NIH’s National Cancer Institute Immunology Branch as a researcher and continued operating a basic research lab focusing on cytotoxic lymphocytes for 35 years. Henkart published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals before retiring in Annapolis in 2005. He continues to teach a fall semester immunology class at the NIH graduate school and is an executive editor of the Elsevier Journal Analytical Biochemistry.
NEW THIS YEAR…
Don’t Miss the After Party at CURED! from 11 to 12:30 pm
Food sponsored by Books in Bloom | Drinks available for purchase.