SEEN ON THE SCENE: Lacrosse, America's oldest sport, is finally getting some respect. Next Thursday, the Lacrosse Foundation, led by executive director Steve Stenersen, will open its new headquarters and Hall of Fame Museum at 113 W. University Parkway.
The $1.5-million center will feature hundreds of photos, artifacts and other memorabilia chronicling more than three centuries of this game, which originated with Native Americans.
The sport has also come a long way in the 41 years since Naval Academy lacrosse coach William H. (Dinty) Moore III came up with the idea of a Lacrosse Foundation. What a small world -- it was the late Moore who took me to my first lacrosse game many moons ago, where I saw that fantastic athlete Jim Brown play. Moore was a Hall of Famer who coached Naval Academy teams for 22 years, winning 10 national championships. Before that, he won four national championships in his nine years as coach of St. John's. Not only did he found the Lacrosse Foundation, he also served as its president for 10 years.
The museum opening marks the beginning of the Ninth Annual Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic, a three-day nationally televised event which will feature more than 20 all-star and championship games.
Another Maryland tradition takes place onstage at Goucher College tonight and tomorrow night where members of The Paint and Powder Club, an all-male organization that is 98 years old, will perform. This year's variety show, "Frankly Speakin'," is a takeoff on the name of Paint and Powder president Frank Fiske, a broker for Professional Marketing Products. Beneficiary is the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Fiske will be joined by Rod Clark, owner of The Clean Team; Jack Phillips, Towson orthodontist; Larry Chambers, legislative analyst; Chuck Slagle, owner of Charles Slagle of Roland Park; Tony Tamberino, owner of Tamberino Meat in the Lexington Market; Bill Single, attorney; Bob Maslin, former
owner of WFBR radio; John Coale, owner of Roland Park Painting Co; and Henry Hopkins, silversmith.
The Historical Society of Talbot County is beginning a tradition that will enhance its other traditions. After a gala preview party tonight, the first Eastern Shore Decorator Showhouse, Combsberry -- built in the 1700s -- will open to the public on Sunday.
Under the auspices of the Honorary Committee, guests will have a chance to see 20 newly decorated spaces and chat with the interior designers and landscape architects who have transformed Combsberry into a showplace. Committee members HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Michelle Goldman Burstin seems to be best known outside her hometown. Burstin, who co-produced the recent NBC two-hour special, "Night Rider 2,000," was born and raised in Dundalk, before marrying and moving to New York. She now lives in California. Her proud Baltimore relatives include two sisters, Cecilia Goldman and Patty McShane.
Congratulations to a very special man, Ken "Uncle Sam" BIRTHDAYS: Congressman Tom McMillen, last Sunday; Ted (P Herget, CEO of C&B consulting group -- Herget Division, Wednesday; State Delegate Joe Lutz, Thursday; Joe Orsulak, Orioles outfielder, today.
Our Guy Friday
NAME: Dan Stern
CLAIM TO FAME: Twice Chairman of the Annual Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic, to be held this year June 6-8 at Hopkins' Homewood field.
HOME LIFE: The biggest challenge is finding time to be home. Fortunately, my sons are lacrosse fanatics who have worked with me on The Classic.
PASSIONS: Traveling from one lacrosse game to another.
HEROES: The anonymous volunteers who spend thousands of hours creating opportunities for kids.
QUOTE: "When good people set their collective imaginations to creating an event like The Classic, there are no limits to what can happen."