Celebrating a Momentous 18 Years of the Pearlstone Center

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Every event that we are privileged enough to plan and execute is special, but there was something particularly magical about the 18th anniversary of the Pearlstone Center. This stunning retreat center and outdoor education campus has remained a vibrant cornerstone of the Baltimore Jewish community and a place for businesses and community groups to connect. Over the past 18 years, the retreat center has grown from a small retreat center to a sprawling destination known for its 180 acres overlooking gorgeous vistas, engaging hands on experiences, overnight lodging and organic certified farm and dining facilities. 

To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the center, we worked to execute the charming vision of the Pearlstone Center. The evening began with a cocktail hour where guests strolled through the meadows, learned about the impact of the center as they enjoyed light bites and sips. We aided in envisioning a small trail with 12 stations that each highlighted the past, present and future of the Pearlstone Center. Various stations had beautiful handcrafted wooden structures through which guests viewed highlighted parts of the Center’s history.  

After the stroll, the group walked down from the beautiful surrounding meadows of Blueberry Hill to the pavilion where dinner was served. Guests savored four delectable courses paired with Kedem kosher wine. The food was prepared by Pearlstone Center staff and carefully planned to highlight what makes the retreat center special—a completely kosher kitchen, beautiful views and more.  

Our designs were chosen to highlight natural and earth-based materials and tones. We used recycled materials wherever possible and sought to highlight the beauty of the retreat center and the outdoor views. Working with local vendors and focusing on environmental stewardship are two elements of the Pearlstone Center’s mission we incorporated into our work.  

At the conclusion of dinner, guests enjoyed s’mores by the campfire made with gourmet chocolate barks and sang songs under the starlight. It was a pleasure to be part of such a carefully planned event. In the words of our founder, “Good design has a reason. Every choice had a reason. Everything guests touched, ate, smelled, listened to or interacted with had a purpose.” 

Heidi Hiller