Sailor’s Delight

Missives from the Jet Set

Yo, Ho, Ho, and Several Cases of Rum

(Left: Terri Healey Brogan and Bill and Jean Ann Peck at Make a Mark; Middle: Mark and Sonia Riley at Make a Mark; Right: Katherine McGarr and Ian McLaughlin at Make a Mark)

Cocktails on the harbor with a view of the Boston skyline is never a bad idea, but it’s even sweeter when it benefits sailing programs for inner-city kids.

The Courageous Sailing Center’s 19th annual Make a Mark celebration, held at the boathouse on Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, attracted a preppy and good-looking crew that included the likes of salty dog Gregg Nourjian, the effervescent Connie Brown, the incandescent Anja Kola, the intrepid Mary Schwager, yacht dealer Kyle Jachney, soap opera star Ladd Thorne, PR czar George Regan, the hale and hearty Paul Foster, clothier to the rich and famous Alan Rouleau, Back Bay nabob Alec Stern, impish retiree Richard DeAgazio, the blue-eyed Ian McLaughlin and his gorgeous wife, Tori Samuel, the velvet-voiced Suzanne Logan, blond beauty Lauri Fazikas, the irresistible Joanne Bell, flower girl Amy Goldberg, the amazingly named Kim Saltmarsh, the aptly named Caesar Belbel with the flawless Leah Talanian, patrician skipper Peter Creighton and one guest who asked another, “I don’t remember much about the Fourth of July. Did I break anything in your house?”

The band did a creditable job with “Sweet Home Alabama,” the silent auction table was as long as a football field, and there were numerous opinions about how to make a proper dark and stormy. Meanwhile, the funniest remark came from the woman who said, “My husband loves when I come home tipsy. He knows he’s gonna get some.”

They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright on Cape Cod

(Top Right: Cheryl Kyle, Jonathan Soroff, Mary Ellen Ackerman and Domonic Boreffi at Summer Starlight; Top Middle: Laila Robins and Robert Cuccioli at Summer Starlight; Top Left: Tony and Patricia Ares, Robert Cuccioli, Laila Robins and Mary Ellen Ackerman at Summer Starlight; Bottom Left: Maura Hanlon and state Sen. Dan Wolf at Summer Starlight; Bottom Middle: Robert Cuccioli, Laila Robins, Damian Baldet and Alison Weller at Summer Starlight; Bottom Right: Judy Underberg, Scott Storr and Steve Underberg at Summer Starlight)

Broadway came to Brewster when Cape Rep Theatre celebrated its 30th season with Summer Starlight, an evening featuring actress Laila Robins. Guests gathered under a tent for a reception and silent auction, accompanied by smooth jazz. The white wine prompted one guest to say, “Much better than the usual plonk you get at these things,” while the buffet fueled everyone for the evening ahead.

Present and accounted for: honorary event chairs Heidi Schuetz and her state senator husband, Dan Wolf (a co-founder of Cape Air), Plymouth denizen Rob Kluin, Chatham do-gooder Brad Schiff, conservationists Karen Grey and Sue Chamberlain, the multihyphenate Cheryl Kyle (of Cape Cod, California and Tanzania), smokingly hot gallery owner Domonic Boreffi, board president Mary Ellen Ackerman, silver swan Ellen Mulroney, artistic director Janine Perry, redheaded thespian Alison Weller, Chatham chocolatier Naomi Turner, arts booster Elia Marnik, Orleans cutie Donna Morris, architect extraordinaire Preston Scott Cohen, the disarmingly charming Shreyas Patel, natty naturalist David Willard, uber-philanthropists Bill and Nancy Brotherton, and Brewster hottie Ben deRuyter.

Once everyone was well-lubricated, they were ushered into the theater, where Wolf conducted a live auction that was blessedly brief and yet managed to raise a cool twenty grand. Then it was time for the main event: a performance by Robins and her S.O., the Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli, doing scenes from Antony and Cleopatra and A Streetcar Named Desire, which brought the house down (and left a few people sobbing).

Yours truly then moderated a talk-back, after which everyone retired to the tent for prosecco and chocolate under the stars. Best line of the night (barring Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams): One guest, chatting with Robins about her role on Showtime CIA nail-biter Homeland, said, “You give me agita…But in a good way.”

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