- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2008

Hearts, the arts and magnificent voices marked the Master Chorale of Washington’s Candlelight and Song Gala at the Fairmont Hotel on Wednesday night. It was, indeed, “the most romantic music imaginable,” as Dorothy McSweenypointed out after swooning to the group’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” and “Love Changes Everything” as well as an uplifting version of “The Man I Love” by soprano Angela Powell.

Those honored were Reps. Mary Bono Mack and Chris Van Hollenplus Jane DeGraff Sloat and her bridegroom, C. Jackson Ritchie Jr., all longtime local arts supporters.

While Mrs. Mack confessed to an addiction to rock ‘n’ roll, her husband, Rep. Connie Mack,Florida Republican, claimed to be “a conservative in music as well as politics.” (The congressional duo also married recently, just before Christmas.)

Mrs. Mack represents Palm Springs, Calif., where her previous husband, singer-comedian Sonny Bono, was mayor before being elected to Congress. He served until his 1998 death in a skiing accident; she finished his term of office and has been re-elected ever since. Mr. Van Hollen was elected in 2002 and is considered a “rising star” in the Democratic Party.

A group of guests including Marian andRick Ballard, BruceandGinny MacLaury,AlanandBecky Dye, LonieandRichard LandfieldandDonandKae Dakin had just arrived from London after accompanying a popular Washington couple, Eric and Harriet Fraunfelter, for Mr. Fraunfelter’s investiture as Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, a guild dating to the 15th century. (The honoree apparently has an esoteric knowledge of apples.)

Others present included Linda Courie, Marta and Martin Dunetz (she is the daughter of legendary social mavens Scooter and Dale Miller and is working on a history of the Sulgrave Club), William and Lynda Webster, Fred and Molly Kellogg, Bettyand Ernie May, Chris Warneke, Richard Desonier and Peggyand Don Lyons.


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