WHILE MANY OF US were enjoying a beach vacation this summer, hundreds of lacrosse players from all over the country were enjoying a Rocky Mountain high at the 19th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout. This annual event, which began in 1973 with only four Colorado teams playing, was the brainchild of Denver lawyer Jim Soran and Flip Naumburg, now head coach at Pepperdine University.
This year, 44 men's and women's teams in three divisions played eight days of lacrosse. Naturally, Maryland was well represented in the club division by two teams -- The Greene Turtle, coached by Chris O'Brien, and the Mt. Washington Tavern coached by Rich Mollett and Ted Bauer.
Mollett (who with his wife Dort owns a wonderful Taneytown bed and breakfast called Antrim) and Bauer, who owns the Mt. Washington Tavern, also played in the master's division, where you have to be 35 and over to play.
Joining them as masters were Richard Evans, who recently oversaw the opening of another Towson night spot, Kelly's Bar ; Gavin Stringer, financial analyst; Peter George, food brokering business; Tom Murray, he owns a communications company; and Joe Cowan, Cowan trucking company.
Four games in four days took its toll on many of the masters, so for therapy, I'm told they iced down in the freezing Eagle River, followed by a long soaking in a huge hot tub with a "Bud."
If you thought you couldn't afford the yummy food dished up by restaurants such as the Cafe des Artistes, Brass Elephant, Sony's, Linwood's or attend a party catered by Charles Levine, Sascha, Fiske or Gourmet, you are wrong. For $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, you can taste food prepared by 33 of the best restaurants and caterers in our area.
The occasion is the annual Baltimore Magazine "Best Affair" at the Baltimore Grand on July 25, to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., it's all the food you can eat, one free drink and continuous music by Jr. Cline and the Recliners and also a number of other musicians including Alana Shor, Swing Central and Gazze.
There are also some terrific raffle items, so if you're interested in stopping by after work, call 955-8767 or 576-2414 for ticket information. See you there!
You really never know who or what you might hear on WCBM talk radio, especially when Tom Marr or Les Kinsolving are on the air. I was listening last Friday morning when someone called to complain about Channel 54's Fourth of July coverage. Well, not the coverage, exactly, which was excellent, but the fact that at the end, the camera zoomed in on a Toyota sign.
(Baltimore Toyota Dealers sponsored the show, which seemed to irk some of the folks who called talk show hosts Marr and Frank Luber.)
Much to my surprise, and to his credit, WNUV (Channel 54) GM Joe Koff called to respond to the critics, and while he was talking, Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley called. Everyone knows how Bentley feels about a Japanese car dealer sponsoring America's birthday celebration or anything else, so the fireworks continued on July 5th on WCBM.
The World Series of Bass Fishing will be taking place at Gunpowder State Park August 17-24. This event attracts serious fishermen. In fact, you have to qualify to participate. Don't laugh -- Gil Stottler at the Convention Bureau told me that Richmond, Va.'s economy was $25 million richer after hosting this event for the past two years.
In conjunction with the event, a film crew from Jim Baugh productions will be in town for a little charter fishing in our waters on July 26-28. The Baltimore fishing story will be seen at a later date on the cable Family channel.