A BEVY OF BALTIMOREANS trekked to Fair Hill in Cecil County last weekend for the first annual Fair Hill Country/Bluegrass Festival.
Among the Big Crab contingent were Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Dean and Kathy Kenderdine, PR whizzes Carolyn Brown and Dave Imre, and state office of tourism director George Williams and wife Tish.
Some of country and bluegrass music's biggest stars performed -- which accounted for the sellout crowd of more than 20,000 -- including the Judds, Ricky Van Shelton, Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Kelly Willis.
Unfortunately, not everyone was able to enjoy the music fest. Muddy parking conditions -- thanks to a Friday downpour -- and traffic backups of up to 10 or 12 miles along country roads left many fans stranded in cars or arriving late for the performances.
Despite these problems, a group of Cecil County women poured out a warm welcome for the stars, preparing an interesting pea-and-dumpling dish for Van Shelton and a customized version of crab cakes for the Judds. Winona Judd charmed all on the VIP bus by playing host after the festival. She introduced her Jack Russell terrier named -- sitting down? -- Loretta Lynn.
CASTING ABOUT: So you want to break into the movie business? Central Casting is holding an open call for extras of all ages and types to appear in the movie "That Night," to be shot here in September and October. Young pregnant women and people aged 8 to early 20s are especially needed. Show up Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2229 N. Charles St. and bring a recent snapshot.
WHEN THE MILWAUKEE Brewers were in town last week, former Oriole Rick Dempsey gathered about 15 of his teammates for a crab feast at Padonia Station in Timonium. Diane Phillips, a restaurant manager, and her pals Denise Beck and Kathy Algire were the hostesses. Waitress Sara Loundas said the players were generous and "a pleasure to wait on."
TV TIDS: WMAR-TV will host a luncheon reception for television host Montel Williams Friday to welcome him back to Baltimore, complete with a proclamation from Mayor Kurt Schmoke. Williams, a native of Glen Burnie, premiered his hourlong daily talk show on WMAR-TV at 11 a.m. July 8.