SINCE WE ALL have new 1991 calendars, I thought it was time to fill you in on some of the upcoming social happenings in and around Baltimore. Today, I've highlighted January and February events. Next Tuesday, I'll tell you what's happening in March, April, May and maybe June.
The 38th annual Tops in Sports Banquet will be held at the Towson Center on Jan. 11. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the grand march of head table celebs takes place at 7:30 p.m. Ron Swoboda, former New York Mets player and current sportscaster, will emcee. Other head-table guests include Cecil Fielder, the first American Leaguer to hit 50 home runs since 1961; the Ripken boys, Cal Sr. and Jr. and Bill; Mike Linskey and Denny Neagle. For more information, call 321-5772 or 242-3552 for tickets, which are $40 each.
The Save-A-Heart Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reception, dinner and show on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Danielle's Bluecrest. The gala honors Gary Goldberg, the foundation's new president, and all the new officers. Highlighting the event will be an evening of musical theater featuring lyric baritone Riccardo Chiapetta and pianist Cyrus Ginwalla. For more information, call 653-3131.
Mark Russell is bringing his political jokes and other acts of Congress to Ford's Theatre in Washington, Jan. 16-19 for five performances. Show times are 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee. Washingtonians remember Russell when he was humorist in residence at the Shoreham Hotel's Marquee Lounge for 20 years. Tickets are $28 and $25 and may be purchased through Ticket Center and all Hecht's.
The Baltimore Regional Burn Center Foundation will hold its second annual Baltimore Burn Ball on Jan. 23 at the Harbor Court Hotel. Dr. Andrew Munster, director of the Regional Burn Center, is the honorary chair, and Jane and Frank Gabor, co-owners of About Faces Day Spa at Kenilworth, are co-chairs of the gala. For ticket information, call 550-0895.
The Women's Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art is having A Day with Tiffany of 5th Avenue on Jan. 24. A Tiffany archivist will give a slide presentation and lunch will be provided by the Brass Elephant. Tickets are $40, and you may call the museum for more information. . . The Pride of Baltimore II World Tour Gala will take place Jan. 26 at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel at 6:30 p.m. This gala will highlight the Pride's European Tour and promises to be lots of fun. Pride Ball will feature Crystal Strings along with videos of the Pride's voyage. Tickets are $175 per person. Call Liz Barnes 625-5460 for more info.
The Casino Ball will take its guests around the world with an international theme on Jan. 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music is by The Fabulous Grandeurs and The Water Street Swing Society, plus there's a casino, boutique and open bar. Tickets are $85 for this black tie ball and I must tell you that this ball has been sold out for the last three years, so call 396-6363 for ticket information.
It's appropriate that the Heart Ball should kick off the month of February on the 2nd. This black tie fund-raiser for the American Heart Association will be held at Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel at 7:30 p.m. Cocktails, dinner and music by Tony Berry & New Money are on the program for partygoers. This year's ball will honor Dr. Elijah Sanders, head of the division of hypertension of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For $200 tickets, call 661-8000.
The 10th annual Sweetheart Ball to raise money for cancer patients will be held at Martin's West from 8:30 to 1 a.m. on Feb. 2. This year's gala will honor Dr. Merrill Egorin as its "Humanitarian of the Year" for his work in the investigation of new drugs. Tickets are $75 each and may be reserved by calling 486-9080. Proceeds benefit the University of Maryland Cancer Center, the Hope Lodge and other cancer programs.
A must on your February calendar is the 14th WBAL Auction for Center Stage on the 10th. From 8 a.m. till midnight, callers can bid on hundreds of items that range from luncheons with local celebs to exotic trips. A list of the items and the time it will be auctioned will be listed in The Sun the day of the auction, so stay tuned.
Another Heart Association function is scheduled for Feb. 10 at Overlea Hall. The price tag is only $20 a person with a cash bar. It's called the Hearts and Flowers Ball and features the Bad Boys of Country. Call 366-3693 for tickets.
An evening at the Meyerhoff with Gregory Hines will benefit Advocates for Children and Youth and Maryland Friends of Foster Children Foundation. On Feb. 10, these groups are hoping that Hines will play before a full house. Tickets are $100, which includes champagne and dessert reception, and $50 and $25 tickets. Call 547-9200 for more information.
Garland Williams is chairing the 1991 Bartenders' Ball, which has moved back to Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn on Feb. 16. The New York City Swing Band, the Waller Family, Nard's Rock and Roll Review and a silent auction are a few of the highlights. Tickets for this black-tie bash are $85 and may be reserved by calling 296-6137.
North Arundel Hospital will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Silver Anniversary Ball on Feb. 16 at the Hyatt Regency. Cocktails are at 7 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing to the music of the Gene Donati Orchestra. Tickets are $160 each. For more information call the hospital's PR department.