A VERY SPECIAL preview party is scheduled for Wednesday evening, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Artshowcase Gallery, 336 North Charles St.
The opening of Baltimore Portrait, an exhibition of 28 photographs of ordinary Baltimoreans, will be a benefit for The Door, a non-profit organization headed by former Baltimore Colt football player Joe Ehrmann. The Door serves inner city families by providing clothing, food, tutoring and drug education. It is truly a labor of love for Ehrmann.
The photographs were taken by Tom Guidera III and J. Brough Schamp, who did a marvelous job capturing the dignity of ordinary people. Using a vintage 1940s press camera and a white backdrop, the photographers invited passers-by to pose and there were plenty of takers.
Tickets for the preview party, hosted by Jim "Doc" Dockery, the gallery's curator, are $20 in advance and $25 the night of the benefit. Call 528-1236 for more information.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The Greeks have a word for everything. So Koula and Andreas Savvakis and Dina and George Klicos had little trouble selecting the word "Glendi" as the theme for their annual party, because it means merrymaking (food, drinks, music) with good friends.
You might have thought you were in Greece for the evening, sitting under a blue and white tent with live Greek music playing, the smell of lamb roasting on a spit, octopus cooking on hot coals, candle-lit columns on the tables and ice columns adorning the food tables.
And what's a Greek party without ouzo, which was served in daiquiris. If that's not enough to set the mood, all you need is a belly dancer who got everyone in the mood for Greek dancing.
Among the guests enjoying the festivities were Annette and Steve Paterakis, Delores and Angelo Munafo, Carol and Ray Heim, Karen and Doug McGregor, Audrey and Steven Thomas, Clare and Dan Reed, Linda and Bill Pappas, and Terri Ezrine and Kip Mandris, who has formed AFFAIRS, Inc., a party planning firm. His partners are Koula Savvakis and Annette Paterakis, all of whom planned this party.
By the way, the Ikaros and Zorbas restaurants did the catering and provided lots of divine Greek food.
PRIDE ASIDES: Many thanks to Channel 11 producer Tom Ritchie, who delivered a note to me from a friend, Claudinia Burgemeister, who has been sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II. Ritchie and a Channel 11 photographer were on board from Leningrad to Marstal filming a special due to be aired on WBAL-TV the first week of September.
Burgemeister is the teacher/chaperon for young Danny Dudis, the student on board from Pocomoke City. She told me that Maryland is well represented by the following crew members: Kari Smith, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith, is a Roland Park Country School grad who attends Bucknell and once worked on the Lady Maryland. This is her second cruise on the Pride;
Alyson Layne, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Layne, attended Roland Park and UMBC. She's sailed on Clipper City and this is her first trip on The Pride;
Randy Hanford, from Boston College, sailed on the first Pride and helped build Pride II. This guy's so talented that he built his own sailboat, which he keeps in the Inner Harbor;
Steve Russell, a former Inner Harbor Water Taxi employee. He's the son of Dr. and Mrs. William Russell, the attending physician at Liberty Medical Center. This is Steve's first trip on the Pride.
You'll see all these kids at work on the Pride when WBAL-TV airs the special.
BIRTHDAYS: Rep. Beverly Byron, Saturday; former Oriole pitcher Jose Joaquin Bautista, Thursday; Oriole Mark Williamson, last Sunday; V-103's Mary Clayburn, Tuesday; Baltimore Arena assistant director of public relations Maren Blum, today.