Last night was the Opening Gala for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Yesterday was also my dad, Papa G.’s, birthday, and his involvement in the aquarium was so big that after all of the speeches, he was given a cupcake with a candle and the whole room sang Happy Birthday to him.
The First Energy Powerhouse was packed with people for the gala and the response to the aquarium seemed pretty positive. Having spent many, many childhood years at the Powerhouse in the old days, it was so weird walking through knowing where the old PowerPlay arcade used to be or Howl at the Moon Saloon. Of course, like an idiot, I didn’t take any pictures inside although there are some pretty cool ones here. The rays really do swim over the top of the SeaTube like that (pic 5/9) and it’s fascinating to watch. The tube is so incredibly clear, it’s crazy.
In one of the rooms upstairs there was a silent auction going on (that’s where my pins were being sold), and there was one item for you and some friends to spend the night in the aquarium. Um, yeah, if I had an extra $3K+ hanging around in my bank account, I totes would have bid.
The event itself was pretty swanky and I love any excuse to dress up all fancy-schmancy. I’m talking waiters handing out champagne and hors d’oeuvres as we walked through the aquarium swanky. The dinner was held in one of the Windows banquet rooms, buffet style. Of course, I the vegetarian had to laugh when I was offered not just beef, but salmon and lobster at dinner.
Oh, the sweet, sweet irony.