It seemed as if half the population of Maryland attended the grand opening of the HarborView Marina & Yacht Club Wednesday afternoon, which, among other things, is the official marina of the 1990 Columbus Cup races in October.
Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Bob Hearn, head honcho of the city's Housing and Community Development department, stopped by to congratulate Richard Swirnow, president of HarborView Properties Development Corporation and his Singapore partners. They're in the process of building high-rise and pier-home condos on their 33-acre Inner Harbor complex. Prices for these waterfront living quarters will range from $129,000 to $1.4 million.
Among the more than 1,300 people at the party was Richard Rymland, whose film "Memphis Belle" just had its royal opening in London. He plans a fall opening for the film in this country. Also there were Nick Brown, director of the National Aquarium; Mike Whipple, general manager of the Sheraton Inner Harbor, and his wife, Rebecca; Buddy Zamoiski, Zamoiski Co; Mark Wasserman, Gov. Schaefer's aide; Stanley and Bailey Fine, she works for Congressman Ben Cardin; Sandy Hillman, PR dynamo and her attorney husband, Bob; and Sam and Steve Weiner, who may have found just what they were looking for in a home.
On election night, Gov. Schaefer held forth in a large suite surrounded by those with whom he feels comfy. He and Hilda Mae Snoops hosted a small private dinner party at their Omni suite and invited Snoops' children, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Snoops; Mr. and Mrs. Craig Snoops, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levi, to the celebration.
Other trusted friends dining with the Guv were Henry Knott, Nancy and Lou Grasmick, John Paterakis, Mrs. Sterling Connelly and her daughter Karin, Irv Kidwell, Elmer and Joan Horsey, Bill Fogle, Gene Raynor, Adele Wilzack, Chuck Fawley and Bruce Carlin.
One of the glitziest promotions to hit the area will be leaving for Washington and Florida tomorrow. However, if you happen to be at Fisherman's Wharf, Red Star, Clyde's, Sneakers, Last Chance or Plata Grande tonight, look for three bright yellow Ferraris on the parking lot. Six sharp-looking Italian goodwill ambassadors have traveled the state in these yellow Ferraris to promote Galliano & Tonic. Their assignment was to treat customers to a Galliano & tonic and give them a long-stem yellow rose. Sounds like a tough way to make a living, doesn't it?
In case you have forgotten, September is Forget-Me-Not Month. My friend Walter Hyle, who is active in many veteran organizations, said this is a very important fund-raiser for members of Maryland's Disabled American Veterans.
So if someone offers you a simulated Forget-Me-Not this month, please give them a handsome donation. The proceeds are used to benefit disabled and needy vets and their families and I cannot think of a better way of saying thank-you.
Two-time Obie winner Kathryn Grody is bringing her popular one-woman show "A Mom's Life" to Westminster Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 as part of the University of Maryland's Command Performance series. I hear it's a delightful story about what it's like to be a Manhattan mother.
"The Lemon Sisters," "Quick Changes," "Another Woman" and "Parents" are a few of the films in which you may have seen Grody. But now you can see her perform live. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling Nancy Tabor at 328-8035.
*Sylvia Badger's column also appears Tuesdays in The Evening Sun.