ORIOLE WIFE Jill Olson, spouse of Gregg, called to tell us about a super sporty event she's chairing with Oriole Mark Williamson's wife, Lori -- the third annual Orioles Wives "Cruise for Kids."
It's sponsored by Sports Boosters of Maryland and takes place Sept. 5 on board the Lady Baltimore at the Inner Harbor. Many of the Orioles are expected to be on hand for this fun cruise, which benefits the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
The cruise will also feature an opportunity for guests to bid obaseball memorabilia and auction packages. Tickets for the cruise, which includes dinner, dancing and an open bar, are $100. To reserve yours, call 955-8767.
QUICK TAKES: Lorraine and Larry Denmark are putting the finishing touches on their new restaurant, Lorraine's, featuring pizza, pasta and grilled items. Lorraine's is located on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, and a grand opening is planned for the end of the month. . . . Grammy award winner and "queen of the blues" Koko Taylor returns to Max's on Broadway Thursday night. . . .
And Keith Covington, whose New Haven Lounge in Northwood is celebrating jazz this month, has been asked to join the honorary committee for Jazz Wave '91, slated for Sept. 22 at Wild World amusement park. Proceeds will benefit the Assault on Illiteracy Program.
NAME DROPPING: Larry Katz's new radio show, which is all about pro wrestling, can now be heard Sunday nights at 10 on WCAO-AM. . . . Singer Ben Vereen and comedian Rita Rudner have been added to the lineup for "Lifesongs '91" Sept. 28 at the Meyerhoff, replacing actor-singer Joel Grey. . . . Seifs Clothing Store celebrated its 100th anniversary this past Saturday with an array of events at Mondawmin Mall, including a super fashion show coordinated by the talented Travis Winkey. Proceeds of the day's activities were earmarked for Associated Black Charities.
WMAR-TV's Jack Dawson played host to an auction to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association last Friday, following the third annual MDA/Rose and Comfort Inn Open at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.
EYE OPENERS: Tom Kiefauber's Senator Theatre was singled out in a recent USA Today poll as one of the three best theaters in which to see a film. Seems theatergoers at the Senator are much better behaved, which makes it more appealing for folks who don't like "noise" -- as in talking -- when they're watching movies.
Speaking of which, a recent survey of patrons at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ranked coughing, whispering and rattling candy wrappers as the most distracting noises encountered during symphony performances.
COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE is looking for a few, er, dogs to feature in a coming issue -- and their owners, natch. Seems local vet Dr. Kim Hammond, who was once featured as Cosmo's Bachelor of the Month, has found his way back on the pages of the monthly -- that cutesy ol' publicity hound.
Cosmo's doing a pictorial on working women ages 25 to 34 who have dogs. Bachelor Hammond will pen a piece on each breed -- of dog, that is. Time is of the essence, so women with pooches should phone Dr. Kim at 825-9100.
BIRTHDAY BASH: Local artist/photographer Tom Gregory, whose cityscapes of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and environs are collectors' items for locals and tourists, celebrated his 30-40-something birthday with a colorful bash last week at the 8x10 Club in South Baltimore.
The party benefited the Child Abuse Prevention Center and raised $1,500 for the cause.
Guests danced to the reggae rock of the Shameless Mooks, which, according to Tom, is "one of Baltimore's best-kept secrets for fun and dancing."
Some celebrants on hand? Stephanie Fuellhart, a real estate broker with W. H. C. Wilson and Co.; BG&E's Mary Dempsey; restaurateur Jay Gilliss; the catering team of Lee Russell and Andrea Mullen; ad agency whiz Julia Martin and fiancee Mike Keelty; photographers Marty Katz, Ron Solomon and Jim Burger; attorney Steve Sachs; Alan and Brooke Pressman, who're
infanticipating; and architect Becky Swanston.