SPECIALTY FOODS and international wines are a few of the nice touches guaranteed to add spice to the upcoming 13th Annual Maryland Antiques Show at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Nov. 3-4.
Robert Parker Jr., author of many books on wine, will be at the show to sign his newest book, "Burgundy." Proceeds from the sale of his book at the show will benefit the society. He'll be joined by other well-known wine specialists including Bob Shindler, owner of Pinehurst Gourmet and Spirits Shoppe and one of the top wine experts in the country; Rob DeFord, owner of Boordy Vineyards; and Henry Wright Jr, owner of Atlantic Wine and Spirits and Atlantic Distillers Co.
Certainly fine wines and fine furniture go hand in hand, so I hope to see you there. Proceeds from this show benefit the Maryland Historical Society.
The Catonsville Business and Professional Women are sponsoring a Macy's Benefit Shopping Day tomorrow at Macy's Owings Mills and are selling $5 tickets, which will give you access to great savings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the organization's programs for women and children. If you'd like to get some good deals and help this group, call Jeani Ritterman at 799-1700 or 788-5568 for ticket information . . . Congrats to the participants in the Cicarrone Golf Classic for raising more than $15,000 for the Cardiac Center at Hopkins . . . Don't forget to reserve your tickets for the "Celebrity Brunch and Auction" at the Baltimore School for the Arts on Nov. 4. For $25, you can have brunch with Cal and Kelly Ripken, Sally Thorner, Mihaly Virizlay, Ethel Ennis or yours truly, bid on an array of neat silent auction items plus see a delightful performance by the students. The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and we hope to see you there because the much-needed funds are earmarked for the school library. Call 484-4211 to reserve tickets . . . It wasn't only the thoroughbreds that turned heads at the International Turf Festival at Laurel Race Course. Norway's Mona Grudt, the reigning Miss Universe, certainly caught the eye of most people she met. Following her reign, she plans to resume pediatric nursing studies in Norway with a long-term goal of working with handicapped children . . . University of Baltimore alums will gather at the Omni Hotel tomorrow night to honor Paul Beatty, vice president of Chase Bank of Maryland; Baltimore City Councilman Bill Cunningham; and House of Delegates member Anne Perkins as alumni of the year . . . The very entertaining Trucky Halpren wants everyone to know that he's emceeing the annual Halloween party at the Pimlico Restaurant tomorrow night. So scare up a costume and stop by for fun, games and prizes . . . And speaking of entertaining, words cannot describe the way Gov. William Donald Schaefer looked in a purple baseball cap topped with a stuffed elephant head. Imagine him with that deadpan expression in such a ridiculous hat, but he did wear it for a few minutes to please Courtney McKeldin, who bought it for him in New Orleans. All this took place at a Republicans for Schaefer cocktail party last week in the lobby of the Colonnade which was planned by Courtney, her husband Ted, and Pam Shriver. More than 250 people enjoyed the lavish party hosted by Colonnade owner Richard Rymland . . . Stouffer's executive chef, Guy Reinbold, is getting ready for another "First Fridays" at Williams-Sonoma at the Gallery. On Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. he will be sharing tips on preparing and serving pasta.
The 35th Annual Antiques Show and Sale sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City gets under way this Thursday. Channel 13's sunshiney Bob Turk will open the show, which highlights fine English furniture from Joan Marshall's Chester House; primitives from Pleasant Walk Antique's Betty Carr; silver from Virginia Smith; and Doris Arendt of Arendt Antiques .
These shows do not just happen, so if you like what you see, you have this year's chairman, Mrs. C. Merritt Pumphrey, and her committee, Mrs. Robert Frey, Mrs. James Kennan, Mrs. H. Stanley Cushing, Mrs. Osborne Payne and Mrs. Richard J. Barth, to thank. Proceeds from the show benefit a variety of outreach and capital projects. The Parish House is located two miles west of Ellicott City, and you may call 461-7793 for hours of the show, which runs Nov. 1-3.
I am told that Baltimore's Original Sports Bar has the best Halloween prizes in town. Mark Johnson, GM of the bar, is offering $1,000 for the best overall costume category and $500 for the best sports-oriented costume. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening and there's a $5 cover charge which will go to the Child Abuse Center of Maryland.