SEEN ON THE SCENE: The horses are running every Sunday afternoon at Timonium Fairgrounds until August. That's when members of the Maryland Polo Club will move its (King of Sports) polo matches to a new world-class practice and playing field at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton.
The club, which began six years ago with pick-up games on the Voss estate in Monkton, is managed by Peter Rizzo, who came to Maryland from Boca Raton, Fla., where he managed the Royal Palm Polo Club. The players include noted Argentine pros Marcos Bignoli and Federico Cendoya; Dr. Eddie Cohen, who loves the sport so much that he has a polo practice field on his farm in Sparks; attorney Ned Halle, who finished second in this year's Hunt Cup, and his wife, Cindy, who coaches polo and teaches at Garrison Forest School; veterinarian Fred Peterson of the Maryland Equine Center, and real estate developer Richard Fradkin.
Liz and Turney McKnight and Betsy and Art Gompf are among the husband/wife players in the club. Polo matches are a real treat and if you're interested in a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, pack your lunches and head for Timonium. Matches are at 1 and 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 a car or $2 a person to walk in.
Nearly 800 people celebrated Solstice in style. This fund-raiser for the Maryland Science Center began with a star show in Davis Planetarium and a preview of the new volcano film in the IMAX Theater.
After the shows and a yummy cocktail hour, center executive Paul Hanle and his wife, Joan Burroughs, donned Groucho masks and led guests to the Hyatt Regency for a divine dinner. Others participating in the festivities were Anthony and Linda Pasquarelli, Hank Airth and Rosemary Owens, Jim and Dana Brinkley, Robert Harvey, Tom and Barbara Bozzuto, Richard and TTC Barbara Linder, Joseph and Ellen Bravman, Michael and Jeanne Sullivan, Greg and Mary Pinkard, Ben and Myrna Cardin and, of course, Richard Morgan, Hyatt GM, who was there to party as well as to keep an eye on things.
This year's Solstice celebration netted $106,000 for the Science Center's educational programs, not bad for a year of recession ++ and war.
What better way to start your retirement than with a hundred or friends and co-workers at a good old-fashioned bull roast at the Towson American Legion Hall? That's the way party planners Gerry Caldwell, Paul Hanley and Bobby Hanley decided to launch Chief Court Clerk for Baltimore County Circuit Court Joseph G. Sibiski Jr. into retirement.
More than a hundred people, many of them judges and lawyers who had worked with and for Sibiski during his 32-year career, stopped by to enjoy the good company and delicious food prepared by the bull roast specialists, Jerry Dee's.
Joe's wife, Ronnie, and their children, Michelle and Mike, were seen chatting with judges Charles Foos, Tom Bollinger, Chris Kahl, Bob Cahill and Eddie DeWaters; Register of Wills Peter Basilone; assistant states attorney J.T. Smith and former co-workers David Jorio, Bill Sauer, Kim Frazier, Mike Fitzpatrick and Rick Arnold.
Retirement does not mean sitting back doing nothing for Sibiski. He's putting his 32 years of paperwork in the county to work as the research manager for Legal Legs Ltd., the new Towson document retrieval and fax filing service for lawyers and realtors.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: That Ken Stevens has been named vice president and general manager of WLIF-AM/FM. Stevens is also the vice president and general manager of WJFK in Washington, a title he apparently will keep. . . The latest issue of Dancing USA features one of Baltimore's finest big band leaders, Zim Zemarel. The article calls his music "swazze."
Our Guy Friday
NAME: Dr. Eddie Cohen
WORK LIFE: Orthopedic surgeon
PASSIONS: Polo, skiing, scuba diving, tennis.
CLAIM TO FAME: Maryland Polo Club vice president; one of Shock Trauma's original orthopedic surgeons.
HEROES: Carlos Gracida, one of few 10-goal players alive; Kurt Vonnegut, favorite writer.
QUOTE: "Polo is a sport where grown men race down the field on horses, listening to the wind blow through the holes in their head."