The many healthy-baby programs offered by the March of Dimes depend heavily on funds generated by its spring walk-a-thon. What was once the most financially successful walk in the country, fell short of its spring goal, thanks to a cold, rainy day. Out of despair comes a wonderful idea, a fall WalkAgain. The Oct. 20 walk will be 6 miles through an area that should be of interest to most Baltimoreans, the Canton waterfront and Fells Point. Please register by calling, 752-7990. The rain date is Oct. 27.
This walk will give you a first-hand look at all the exciting things that are happening in that area. One neat addition is an inn, Henderson's Wharf. The inn is new, but its building was built in the 19th century by the B&O Railroad as a tobacco warehouse. But nary a whiff of tobacco can be smelled in this lovely 38-room waterfront inn these days because it is a smoke-free inn.
I had lunch with the Convention Bureau's Courtney McKeldin, Henderson's Wharf general manager Linda Lowe and sales director Dana Barnhart in the lovely English courtyard last week. These gals have some great plans for the inn, including landing some of the lucrative retreat business as well as some of the boating business now that their marina is open. For non-smokers this is a delightful getaway within walking distance of some of Fells Point's finest eateries.
As you've probably heard, Joel Grey begged off as the headliner for Lifesongs '91, scheduled for Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Now organizers have signed veteran performer Ben Vereen to headline the show, which benefits HERO and the fight against AIDS. I think we've come out better on this deal. He'll be joined by that wacky comedian Rita Rudner and Forbidden Broadway, a troupe of actors who do parodies of Broadway shows. Call 296-2414 for tickets.
Dinah Shore is coming to town to perform at "Sister Kathleen's Gala." Sister Kathleen Feeley, president of the College of Notre Dame (CND) for the past 20 years, plans to retire in 1992. Margaret McManus, CND '41, is chairing the tribute, which will take place at the Meyerhoff on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and $50 each and all proceeds go to the CND Endowment Fund. If you're interested in attending this gala, make your reservation early because I have a feeling this one will be sold out early.
A recent wedding at a Santa Barbara ranch attracted quite a contingent from Baltimore. Former Baltimorean Standford Blum, who has become quite prominent in the film business, married Jackie Devoy, an entertainment agent for several groups. On hand for the ceremony were the grooms parents, Jack and Jeanette Blum, he's an attorney; the groom's sister and brother-in-law, Gail and Charles Yumkas, she's an assistant dean and director for Center for Professional Development Loyola and he's an attorney; and Dr. Stanley and Edie Brown, he's a dentist and she's director of public relations for the Baltimore Arena. I hear it was dramatic when the bride and groom rode off on beautiful Arabian horses whose manes had been braided and tied with ribbons.
Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Brian Lanker, has managed to capture the spirit of 75 black women, some highly acclaimed and some unsung. His collection of black-and-white photos will be exhibited at the Eubie Blake National Museum and Cultural Center Sept. 5-Oct. 12.
Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Marian Anderson, Oprah Winfrey and Althea Gibson are but a few who were photographed and interviewed. Baltimore city delegate Elijah Cummings, chair of the event, is working with co-chair Camay Murphy to make this a big success. Call the museum at 396-1300 for more information.
"BROADWAY BOUND" opened in the Upstairs Cabaret at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre at Essex Community College last week. Tickets are $9 for this production, which is directed by F. Scott Black and stars, perhaps, some of your neighbors -- Eric Potter of Overlea, who has acted in and directed several shows in our area; Jeannie M. Duncan of Rosedale, a cantor for Our Lady of Hope Church in Dundalk; John Howell of Fells Point; Tom Brady of Owings Mills; Max Geller of Baltimore; and Mary Lou Grout of Westminster, who teaches drama at Westminster High School and is well known to Carroll County theater-goers. Call 522-1269 to reserve tickets. The show runs through Sunday.