THE MECHANIC THEATRE kicked off its season in style. Not only did managing director Hope Quackenbush open the season with "Tru," starring the fabulous Robert Morse, but she put on quite a show for many of the first-nighters at the beautiful St. James condos after the show.
As everyone waited to meet Morse, who never made it, there was plenty to talk about, especially when large red spots began to appear on the thick, light-colored carpet in front of the bar. Pity the poor Baltimore attorney who, without knowing it, had stepped on a lost tube of lipstick which had caught under the heel of his shoe. I just wish someone would let me know what they used to remove all that lipstick.
Chef George, who works for Charles Levine Caterers, made the tastiest paella I've ever eaten. Once discovered, this dish kept the kitchen filled with guests going back for thirds.
Mary Bell Grempler, whose company handles the St. James sales, Mr. and Mrs. David Hoffberger, Gwyn Willis, Carolyn Brown, Kay and Bill MacIntosh, Clarisse Mechanic, Nancy Levinson, Susanne Nichols, and Jay Presson Allen, one of the nation's best known playwrights who wrote and directed "Tru," were among those who stopped by after the show.
Wonderball '90 party planners had a rather special committee meeting last week, thanks to Ron Droegmyer, general manager of the Cross Keys Inn. He very nicely put on a tasty buffet dinner in the Inn's courtyard for Wonderball chairman Gloria Meyers and her committee.
Droegmyer also donated a weekend at the Inn, tickets for "M. Butterfly," complete with the limo. All of this was done to hype sales for the Oct. 27 benefit for Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital at the Baltimore Grand.
Frank Pommett, president of Mt. Washington Pediatric; Pat and Ron Sisley, Nan Rosenthal, Eileen Abato, Bob and Lola Jones, Lynda Ames, WJZ's Don Scott and Roger Gray were just a few of those enjoying dinner in the Courtyard.
More and more dances are giving guests dress options, and Wonderball guests have a nice choice -- black tie or Oriental dress. If you'd like to attend, tickets are $150 each and may be reserved by calling 578-8600.
It is said that everyone has a twin, and Dr. C. Everett Koop met his at a GBMC luncheon while he was in town for the 25th anniversary medical symposium. Board members and Koop were amused when James Phipps, an employee for Old Telephone Company working at the hospital installing lines, dropped by. He is a dead ringer for Koop.
Members of the SPCA filled the Pump Room at their Falls Road home to hear Betty Leslie-Melville, author and authority on East Africa, Ethiopia and giraffes, talk about her adventures in Africa over the last 29 years.
Her slide presentation on "Giraffe Conservation and African Safari" played to an overflow crowd, and I must say Leslie-Melville did a wonderful job considering the things that went wrong. There were not nearly enough seats, there was not a microphone and the slide projector didn't work properly and no one knew what to do.
Leslie-Melville, a Marylander, now divides her time between Baltimore, New York and a house in Nairobi called Giraffe Manor. Her Nairobi home is available to stay in for safari-goers.
She brought copies of her books "Daisy" and "Walter Warthog." Proceeds from the sale of those books help endangered wildlife. Dr. Arthur Watson, former director of the Baltimore Zoo, did not arrived empty handed. He walked in carrying several adorable stuffed giraffes from his delightful Harborplace shop, The Embraceable Zoo.
It's celebration time for this year's Country Music Station of the Year, WPOC-FM. An entourage from WPOC left last weekend to be in Nashville for the awards dinner last night. The station's morning personality, Laurie DeYoung, is broadcasting twice a day this week from Nashville.
Sylvia Badger's column also appears in The Saturday Sun.