WHAT'S HAPPENING? Certainly we've all been to museums to admire collections of antiques we could never afford to buy. But next weekend, the Baltimore Museum of Art will be filled with an assortment of furniture, silver, textiles, painting, ceramics, prints and jewelry, some of which we can afford. More than 40 dealers are participating in the ninth annual Baltimore Museum Antiques Show, May 3-5.
This is indeed a show for everyone, and if you'd like to learn a little more about antiques, plan to attend the 10 a.m. lecture by expert Emyle Jenkins on Friday, May 3. "Putting a Price Tag on the Past" teaches us how to recognize the value of personal treasures and avoid appraisal scams. The lecture, show admission, luncheon and show catalog is $27.50 (if you just want to hear the lecture, it's $15).
Katherine Whiteside, horticulturist and author of "Antique Flowers: A Guide to Using Old-Fashioned Species" in contemporary gardens, will share her expertise at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the BMA. She'll explain how the amateur weekend gardener can cultivate some long-forgotten flowers from old-fashioned gardens. Show admission, lecture, catalog and an afternoon tea is $20. The lecture alone is $15.
These are but a few of the activities planned for the BMA antiques show. The army of more than 250 volunteers for this event are led by co-chairmen Mrs. Richard N. Bloom and Mrs. George M.S. Riepe and co-managers Mrs. Allan P. Hillman and Mrs. Frederick W. Meier Jr. For more information call 323-9454 or 396-6310.
WEEKEND WATCH: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, you can stop by the Little Italy Lodge of the Sons of Italy and eat a delicious dinner or take one home. They're offering a Chicken Cacciatore, with the works, for $6. Proceeds will benefit their building fund. The Lodge is located at 905 E. Pratt St.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: If you're among the Towsonites wondering why the Towson Crease is closed, I have part of the answer. I'm told IRS agents arrived there last Friday and closed the popular eatery.
Dr. Antonia Novello, Surgeon General of the U.S., was a hit at a Maryvale prep gathering recently, speaking about adolescence and alcohol. Seems Nancy Stanley, alumnae director at Maryvale, is an old friend of Novello and invited her to speak.
Thanks to an appearance by CNN newsman John Holliman at a Grant-A-Wish fund-raiser recently, the Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital is a step closer to being completed. The Children's House is becoming a reality thanks to Stewart and Maxine Greenebaum (he's president of Greenebaum and Rose development company), who have donated $800,000 to the project. (Judy Sussman, who worked for former Baltimore County executive Dennis Rasmussen, is now working for Grant-A-Wish.)
Talented Al Martino is the star attraction at the Associated Italian American Charities annual dinner dance May 3. Party planners are hoping Martino will pack Martin's West, thus making this fund-raiser one of its most successful. The proceeds benefit local charities and the 22 scholarships given to a variety of colleges and universities. Tickets are $105 a person. Call Thomas J. Iacobonia, 686-2100, for more information.
BIRTHDAYS: Alan Walden and Roy Deutschman, tomorrow; Al Bumbry, Sunday; George Dail, Thursday.
REMARKABLE REMARK: Brendan W. "Bud" O'Malley, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, who has turned in his resignation, said when asked what abilities his successor will need: "A person who walks on water, that would help."