By Jim Knippenberg
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Day 1 of Tall Stacks sailed to a close Wednesday with a round of dinner cruises accompanied by a soundtrack of popping wine corks, ice cubes tinkling in frosty cocktail glasses and silverware clanging off china plates.
Like aboard the Anson Northrup, where the Young Presidents Organization, a group of rising young professionals, had a capacity crowd of 228.
This was a dress-up party with several guests wearing something a little bit nautical. Like Joni Herschede, a former Young President who now calls herself an old president. She was all decked out in a white-and-blue sailor-themed suit complete with matching hat.
This was a lively party with a crowd that made a beeline for the bars the minute they boarded.
Lots of anticipation here, too, because it was the first night of official cruising.
"This is my first of two cruises," said Marcy Wydman of Witt Industries. "This has been a great day and beautiful weather. I'm looking forward to the cruise, but I'm really, really looking forward to all the fantastic music this week."
Rick Greiwe, a former Tall Stacks CEO and now member of the board, was busy filling people in on what it is the festival does for the city - favorable media coverage, a chance to introduce new visitors to Cincinnati and a $30 million dollar economic impact.
Also there to enjoy the beef, chicken and veggie buffet were avid Tall Stacks supporters Fran and Wayne Carlisle, retired banker Joe Rippe and John Hayden, the party's chair.
Down the dock, Northern Kentucky University had a sellout crowd of 220 filling the Keystone Belle. They were there to raise money for NKU scholarships.
And just so the guests would know their money was going to good use, NKU had six of its musical theater scholarship winners there to perform.
"We're called the Musical Theater Touring Troupe," said 20-year-old Andrew Bernhard. "There are actually 10 of us, but four members are in Newport tonight. We tour all over the area doing a lot of events for charities."
The performance was good news to a guest list that was heavily loaded with some of Cincinnati's premier arts patrons, including Tom and Chris Neyer, Bill and Joanie Lotts, Mort and Barbara Harsham and Bill and Karen McKim.
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