I HOPE EVERYONE had a happy Thanksgiving. I know many Baltimoreans did, thanks to people like WQSR radio's Linda Sherman, who spent Thanksgiving day helping Baltimore's guardian angel of the poor, Bea Gaddy, serve 10,000 Thanksgiving dinners; and Richard Tschiderer and Wilcil Hector, who work in the kitchen at Baltimore County General Hospital. They prepared, transported and served more than 100 dinners for disabled and handicapped people. And I could go on and on, because Baltimore is filled with guardian angels.
Now that the weather has turned cooler, it's time for some hojazz. The second annual Winter Jazz Extravaganza, featuring the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and Friends, will take place Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall. The Peabody Ensemble has performed vintage jazz for royalty and presidents from Maryland to Moscow since 1974.
Joining them for this concert are renowned jazz pianists Ellis Larkins and Mel Spears. Larkins has returned to his hometown after an illustrious career in New York where he performed with jazz greats Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins and Ruby Braff. Spears, who performs regularly in the Cafe at Society Hill, has performed with jazz greats Tiny Grimes, Charlie Rouse and Billie Holiday.
Members of this talented ensemble are Don Stapleson, David Stambler, Jon Mathis, Bill Taylor, Ed Goldstein, Laurence Cione and Alan Dale. Admission to the concert is $12 and may be reserved by calling 484-5200.
Do you remember the summer of '86 when 11 tall ships sailed into Baltimore Harbor as part of the Bicentennial celebration? If all goes according to plan, Baltimore Operation Sail will be entertaining the crews of at least a dozen tall ships the summer of '92, in conjunction with the state's Columbus Quincentenary Celebration.
These visits must be planned well in advance, and Op Sail is hard at work on the project. Recently, international naval attaches from Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands were invited to a tasty luncheon prepared by Michael Rork at Harbor Court Hotel.
Op Sail introduced its new international board member, Captain Poul Rasmussen from Copenhagen, who will be their eyes and ears in Europe. (He's charged with maintaining contact with ship operators.) Members of Baltimore's cheerleading team at the luncheon were Dean Kenderdine, assistant secretary of Promotion and Tourism; Mike Marqua, director of Maryland sports promotion; Wayne Chappel, director of Baltimore Convention Bureau; Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; J.C. Shay, the port's director of public affairs; Greg Barnhill, Op Sail president; Ray Piechocki, Op Sail veep; Sherrill Nash, chair of Op Sail's invitation committee, and John Davis, chair of Op Sail's 1992 committee.
Three years ago, the management staff of Cross Keys selected The Chimes as their goodwill charity. Chimes is an agency that works with more than 800 mentally retarded and handicapped )) adults and children.
Thursday, the Cross Keys Inn will host its second annual event to benefit the Chimes. It's a special fashion and gift show, where the fashions will be modeled by professionals as well as Chimes participants and their family members. Tickets are $35 and the event is from 5-7 p.m.
Jim Byrnes, star of CBS' hit "Wiseguy," was in town recently to hype awareness about Easter Seals. Byrnes is the spokesman for "The First Step," a public education campaign which points out the subtle and not so subtle ways in which people with disabilities are excluded from everyday activities. B-104's Gary Murphy, co-host of the 1991 Easter Seal Telethon; the vivacious 1988 Easter Seal child, 12-year-old Joy Hall; and Vanessa Vance, who turned over the poster child honor to the 1991 Easter Seal child, Bridget Houlihan, were on hand. All the festivities took place at a luncheon at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
There's no doubt that Ann and Bill Blocher, he's with Clipper City, had a marvelous Thanksgiving. Right before Turkey Day, the family received a call from Tara Rubin, who's with Johnson, Liff and Zerman, the casting agency for "Les Miserables" North American tours. "We need someone to help in Detroit. Is Angie interested?" Rubin asked.
How did she know about 8-year-old Angie Blocher? Well, Angie tried out and landed the role of Young Cossette while the show was in Baltimore. She sings a solo and a duet in that role. Mom and Dad will take turns staying with her in Detroit, and when she returns on Christmas Eve, she'll have lots of spending money, after earning scale pay, per diem and guardian pay. Who knows? This Detroit call could lead to a permanent spot for Angie with the "Les Miz" bus and truck tour.
There's going to be a jolly benefit for the WBAL Kids Campaign Monday evening, Dec. 3, at the Towsontowne Dinner Theater. It's a musical comedy review starring the "WBAL Definitely Not Ready for Prime Time Players" Dave Durian, Alan Walden, Allan Prell, Dr. Jim, Doug Roberts, Dan Rodricks, Jack Shaum, Jim West, Frank Graff and Laurie Fleishman.
Here's a sample of what you'll get for your $10 ticket. Walden will emcee and do a stand-up comedy routine; Prell and Fleishman will do a vaudeville act, and Durian and Roberts a takeoff on Motel 6 commercials, with Roberts playing the fiddle. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Call 321-6595 for tickets and remember the show does not include dinner.