HONESTY SPEAKING: Hirsh Goldberg, PR whiz about town and the author of four books -- his most recent is "The Book of Lies" -- has come up with a doozy. Hirsh has created National Honesty Day this Tuesday to honor honest people and companies.
He tells us he's looking for nominations to honor outstanding examples of honest people and businesses. If you know someone who doesn't cheat on their taxes, send the name to Hirsh, in care of William Morrow, at 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. "Honest Abe" awards will be presented at a ceremony next year on National Honesty Day.
A CATERED AFFAIR: It's a sellout for tonight's "Man of the Year" awards honoring catering magnate Marty Resnick, at Martin's West, natch. The dinner's being sponsored by the Association of Italian Americans and Friends and will have a "Great Gatsby" theme.
DESPITE DARK CLOUDS and threat of rain, more than 500 guests turned out for the preview party of Selsed House -- this year's Symphony decorator's show house. Even more excitement was generated about 9:30 p.m. when Selsed House went dark; fortunately Bernice Robinson's party committee had two electricians on hand to remedy the problem in five minutes.
Some of those in attendance included Decatur and Sally Miller; Wendy and Michael Ruck; Bernice and Harry Robinson; Will and Lillian Hackerman; Fran and Charles Angelino; Dick and Deb Chambliss; and B. J. and Bill Cowie. Selsed House is open to the public through May 19. Call 321-7900 for info.
THE CROSS KEYS INN's new general manager, Jerry Temple, hosted a happy hour Wednesday to introduce a collection of vintage lacrosse team photos featuring many of Baltimore's most notable execs and government officials, including our own Mayor Kurt Schmoke.
The photos were created in honor of the new Lacrosse Foundation National Headquarters and Hall of Fame Museum -- boy, is that a mouthful -- which will be located on West University Parkway adjacent to Homewood field.
The exhibit will appear in the inn's lobby until the museum's official opening June 6. Steven Stenersen, the executive director of the Lacrosse Foundation, was on hand as were other sports enthusiasts including Will Linthicum, Jim Potter, Bob Scott, Billy Hunter, Tom Peace, Emil "Buzzy" Budnitz and Ron Adler, who created the display.
ALL THAT JAZZ: After a superb dinner at Berry and Elliot's cooked up by new chef Dennis Rembert, we took off for the Sphinx Club on Pennsylvania Avenue. The occasion? Owner Biddy Wood's champagne birthday party -- his 16th -- which he's celebrated the last 25 years. The fabulous Fuzzy Kane Trio with superb vocals by Tiny Tim Harris and Linda Cornish kept the joint jumping.
Revelers in the crowd included Wayne Polston; pianist Mel Spears; Pat Lombardo; events planner Marie Henderson; the New Community College of Baltimore's Bonnie Butler; councilmen Carl Stokes and Larry Bell; Ruth Bogart; Warren McCoy; Sharon Williams; image consultant Diana Kane -- who's a doll; WXYV-FM's Warren McCoy; and Randy Dorman, who started everybody rolling with "The Madison" on the dance floor. We can't remember having this much fun in quite some time.
NAME DROPPING: Kathy Levin, imaginative founder of "Magic Me," which pairs nursing home residents with middle school youths, accepted a proclamation from Governor Schaefer this week in recognition of her efforts. . . . Blast owner and entrepreneur Ed Hale will be honored today at a luncheon at the Hyatt sponsored by the Ad Club of Baltimore.
IN BRIEF: Gloria Brennan is sponsoring a beauty and fashion show Tuesday night at the Pikesville Hilton with proceeds going to the House of Ruth. Call 484-2766 for info. . . . Grammy nominee Tony Bennett is coming to the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown on Saturday to celebrate the theater's 76th anniversary and to headline its second annual fund raiser. . . . Tickets are still available for the Baltimore Museum of Arts Antiques Show preview bash Thursday. Call 396-7101 for info.
And finally, next year's annual Orioles cruise is moving from the Caribbean to Mexico. It's slated for Jan. 11-18. Some Orioles expected to be on hand are Billy Ripken, Ben McDonald, Brady Anderson and -- get this -- the Orioles Bird, for the first time. "I may have him talk on this cruise!" the O's Ken Nigro laughed. Call (800) 395-9550 for ticket info.