BROADWAY STAR Joel Grey ("Cabaret," "How to Succeed in Business") will be the star attraction at the 4th Annual Lifesongs at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Sept. 28. Planners are hoping to attract a few more big names, but at this point the only one committed, other than Grey, is "Forbidden Broadway," a group that performs a wonderful parody of Broadway shows. Tickets for the benefit for Baltimore's Health Education Resource Organization (HERO) are $25, $50 and $100 and may be reserved by calling 296-2414.
Certainly sorry I wasn't at Laurel race course on Sunday, where I might have gotten a glimpse at one of the few men on my "most sexy" list. Dressed in faded jeans and a T-shirt, extraordinary songwriter Burt Bacharach presented a trophy to the winner of "the very subtle Breeder's Cup handicap," R. Larry Johnson, owner of the filly "Special Kell." Also in the winner's circle were trainer Ronnie Cartwright and jockey Michael Luzzi.
Laurel's Jeff Weissman told me that Bacharach is a very prominent owner and breeder in Southern California, and that his horses run under the name of Country Roads. (He didn't write that song, did he?) Although Bacharach had several horses running at Laurel last weekend, he was in the area to check on his brood mares in West Virginia. I understand he left the track to visit Ocean City.
Marital affairs dominated my weekend -- on Saturday I went to the wedding of Joan White, Greater Baltimore Committee, and Peter Fernandez, Delta Graphics, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air. The reception was held at Liriodendron, a lovely old estate that once belonged to the Kelly family of Harford County. Zim Zemarel provided the music and Gourmet caterers did a great job with the food. Guests ranged from close friends from the Dominican Republic to well-known Maryland photographer Roger Miller, whose pictorial work of Washington is being distributed while he's at work on a Philadelphia picture book. The Fernandezes are honeymooning in Cancun.
Sunday evening, the long-awaited marriage (those are the bride's words, not mine) of Nancy Hoffner and Tom Stuehler -- he's one of the founders of La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie -- took place at Stuehler's lovely Lutherville estate. It was a Russian Orthodox ceremony in the garden. Louanne Van Fossen, the aerobics gal who introduced the couple, was Nancy's attendant, and standing up for Tom were Dr. Judy Burch and Jim Pappas, who worked with Stuehler for many years before leaving to work at Chestnut Ridge Country Club.
AS you can imagine, there was a spectacular array of food prepared by Truffles, the gourmet catering arm of La Fontaine Bleu. I overheard a guest tell another well-known caterer, Marty Resnick, that he should try a tasty crab dish, to which Resnick quipped, "It is good, but that's my recipe, of course." The Stuehlers are honeymooning in Costa Rica.
Marlene Meyer gleaned incredible experience within the catering community after helping Baltimore Grand honchos Sam Gorn and Chris Grant open their party/catering facility two years ago. She was also on the team that put together Peabody Court's catering service.
After an eight month stint as a consultant on the renovation of a historic hotel in Roanoke, Meyer has come back to town as the Life of the Party, planner of anniversary parties, themed large-scale dinners And she's even trying her hand at home catering.
* People are talking about the wild and wacky world of pro #F
wrestling on WCAO-radio these days. Last Sunday night, local wrestling experts Larry Katz and Jerry Moshenberg aired their first two-hour, two-way talk show which will follow the 10 p.m. news every Sunday. In 1989, Katz began his Pro Wrestling Talk Show on WCBM, but it was on at some ghastly a.m. hour, which did nothing to attract guests. So he and Jerry got some sponsors and took the act to WCAO. Look for the show to be as colorful as the sport!