The Maryland Historical Society's fabulous antiques show got off to a fine start last week at its preview party for board and show committee members. Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Hilda Mae Snoops were there to cut the ribbon to open the show, along with Pat Deering, society chairman; Mason Hendrickson, society president; Charles Lyle, director of the MHS, and antiques show chairman Barbara Katz.
Others seen admiring treasures from about 50 dealers from all over the East Coast were Harriett and Steve Toadvine, Judy and Jay Cullen, Rutter and Maria O'Rourk, Amy and Chuck Newhall, and Bartie Cole.
The Omni Hotel was the scene of the Schaefer/Steinberg victor celebration election night and the turnout was fantastic. While the Omni's ballroom was filling with Schaefer supporters, the governor was gathered with a small group of close friends in a suite on the 27th floor. High above the city he loves so much, Schaefer did not seem happy with the election returns, although there was never a doubt that he would win the election.
A small but loyal group was invited to have dinner with Schaefer and companion Hilda Mae. Naturally, the governor's second family -- Mr. and Mrs. Larry Snoops, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Snoops, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levi, were there along with close friends Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grasmick, who spent a lot of time on the phone taking election results from Gene Raynor at the Board of Elections Supervisors.
Other insiders chatting with the governor and giving him election news from their areas were Chestertown Mayor and Mrs. Elmer Horsey, Mr. and Mrs. Brice Phillips, Irv Kidwell, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Colton, Henry Knott Jr., John Paterakis, Mr. and Mrs. Blase Cooke, Henry Rosenberg, Hal Donofrio, Maryland's Secretary of State and Mrs. Winfield Kelly, and the state's Secretary of Licensing and Regulation Bill Fogle. U.S. Sens. Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski also managed to make an appearance at the party.
Others with whom I chatted were Pam and Charles Kelly, Ruth Heltne, Bruce Carlin and Chuck Fawley. Next, I took off to see how my friends were faring in Baltimore County. What a difference a year makes! It was only last year that defeated Baltimore County Executive Dennis Rasmussen was named the most valuable county official in the country by City and State Magazine, which is based in Chicago.
How does a city go about wooing a prestigious event such as the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials in 1992? Well, for two days last week Maryland gave it a good shot. First, there was a working dinner at Harbor Court Hotel with the site committee made up of Mike Jacki, executive Director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation; Cheryl Grace, the federation's assistant director and Allison Melangton, special events coordinator. There was also a Monday morning working breakfast at Stouffer's.
The local experts invited to toot Maryland's horn were Pat Darr, vice president of Centre Management; Dean Kenderdine, assistant secretary of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, (DEED); Mike Marqua, director of Office Sports Promotion; Josh Waldorf, sports specialist from that office; Wayne Chappell, director Baltimore Convention and Visitor's Association; Hope Quackenbush, director Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Delaporte, executive director U.S.-Asia Development Corp.; Barbara Bozzuto, local organizing committee; Bill Gilmore, acting director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion; Ann Hartman, executive director of Maryland 1992; George Williams, director of tourism, DEED; Nick Brown, National Aquarium Director and Carol Fox King, DEED.
If that wasn't impressive enough, there were also tours of the harbor, the Baltimore Arena and Federal Hill. The competition is Memphis, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio. The decision will be made by Dec. 1.
Monday is Veterans Day and Kit Bateman, president of Postman Plus in Towson, has come up with a neat idea for our troops in the Persian Gulf -- "Supplies for the GI's." He and a group from WCBM-AM (680) will be camped out in front of the Towson courthouse Monday, hoping everyone will bring items to send to our soldiers. If you'd like to participate, call 1-800-POSTMAN. They will tell you what kind of items are needed and the collection hours.
Sylvia Badger's column also appears Tuesday in the Accent section of The Evening Sun.