Patrick Stewart, alias, Capt. Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, beamed into Churchill's Restaurant for dinner last Saturday night. (He had been at Notre Dame College for a Shakespeare reading.) The very gracious Stewart had high praise for his sauteed mussels, jumbo lump crab cakes and the staff. Plus all the "trekkies" dining at Churchill that evening were thrilled.
Amid all the meetings last week, Planned Parenthood managed to squeeze in a reception at the Hyatt Regency for Faye Wattleton, the first woman president of Planned Parenthood since Margaret Sanger founded the organization in the early 1900s. More than 150 people attended the reception and fund-raiser for Planned Parenthood's Maryland Action Fund, which will use the funds for voter education.
Among those at the reception were Janice Piccinini, the pro-choice candidate who defeated Sen. Frank Kelly in the primary; Sen. Barbara Hoffman, delegates Sandy Rosenberg, Patty Sher and Larry Lamotte; Kelly Cochrane; Charlton Friedberg, Friedberg Concert Hall Peabody; Debora and Jim Zug, managing partner Coopers & Lybrandt, investment banker; Clair Zamoiski-List, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture; Buddy and Ellen Zamoiski, Zamoiski Co.; Susan Swift, chairman of the Planned Parenthood board; Barbara Hill, Johns Hopkins Health Plan; and Dr. Michael Berman, head of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital.
The American Heart Association is having a Fine Wine Auction tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. The association's Susie Dance called to tell me about their special guest, R. Michael Mondavi, from the famed Mondavi winery in California. He'll be sharing his expertise at a wine tasting beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a silent auction at noon and a live auction at 2 p.m.
Susie has enlisted the help of her well-known auctioneer husband, Laddie Dance. Auction items include a dinner with wines selected by Robert M. Parker Jr. and Innovated Gourmet; a special etched and signed Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon with the Heart Association wine logo;and rare vintages and large format bottles that cannot be bought commercially. Admission is $25 and you may register at the door.
Eagles Nest, otherwise known as the The Towson Golf Club, is in one of the prettiest parts of northern Baltimore County. Several hundred members and friends of the Baltimore Burn Center had a luncheon/fashion show there last week.
The Baltimore Burn Unit, which has 20 beds, is directed by Dr. Andrew Munster and Dr. Robert Spence. I sat with Dr. Munster and his wife, Joy, who chaired the festivities.
Among the ladies oohing and aahing over the clothes from O'Neys was Irene Kirby, who looks fabulous, and her daughter, Eileen; Peggy Stern; Mary Mangione; Joan Kinney; Katie Peddy; Mary Jo Gordon; Nancy Pryor; Nicole Martinez; Barbara Sherbourne and Majorie Reid, president of the Friends of the Burn Unit.