'Best friends' tie the knot celebrities flock to ribs

Sylvia Badger

August 27, 1991|By Sylvia Badger

A WOMAN WHO HAS made a fortune as a corporate gadfly, Evelyn Y. Davis, recently married her longtime friend, retired Maryland economist Walter Froh Jr., in Alexandria. It is her third marriage and his second. Davis, who will retain the Davis name, said, "This is a marriage between best friends."

This spunky editor of Highlights and Lowlights owns stock in 120 corporations and can be counted on to participate in the 60 or so stockholder meetings she attends each year. Her best-known quote, "I do not deal with flunkies," is certainly true with her Highlights and Lowlights publication. Only corporate CEOs can subscribe.

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Bill Bateman's Harford Road restaurant was the place to be last last Wednesday evening, thanks to a whole bunch of celebrity guests who felt like tasting some good ribs and chicken following their Pier Six performance. Members of The Spinners and The Original Fifth Dimension loved the food so much that Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo offered financial backing if Bateman would agree to open a restaurant in California.

Bateman, former manager of the Club Venus, expects more of his friends from "the good old days of managing a night club" to visit his Cub Hill restaurant while they're in town, Frankie Valle and the Manhattan Transfer among them. Manhattan Transfer's manager, Brian Avnet, also has tried to lure Bateman to California. His current expansion is closerto home: He is opening a ribs and wings carryout shop at Taylor Avenue and Oakleigh Road in October.

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On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, a group of hometown stars have volunteered to perform " A Labor of Love" to benefit the fight against AIDS. The response from the former Howard County stars has been overwhelming. Maybe you remember some of the following performers -- Betsy True, most recently in "Les Miserables" on Broadway; Bobby Smith, currently performing in "Off-Broadway"; Rik Ryder, "Starlight Express" and "Starmites"; Robin Baxter, who won the Helen Hayes Award for "Shear Madness" and other Washington productions; Rob Bowman, musical director from "Forever Plaid" at Ford's Theatre; Carole Graham of the "Chez Artistes" gang; Chan McQuay and the cast from "Oil Symphony," one of Washington's hottest shows; and what could be the most moving moment of the evening, an appearance by McQuay's husband, Rob, who will sing for the first time on stage since a tragic accident left him paralyzed.

The two-act show will take place at Howard County Community College's Smith Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, unless you'd like to spend $35 more and attend a lavish pre-show reception at historic Oakland Manor. Call 740-7898 for more info.

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Congratulations to my old friend, Charles "Ted" Herget, CEO of the Eastern Region of the C&B Consulting Group, for earning his American Compensation Association's Certified Compensation Professional designation. Wow, that sounds a tad heavy, but I decided if Herget can pass seven comprehensive exams, he deserves a mention.

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Fredye Murphy and Stiles Colwill are co-chairing the 8th Annual Maryland Art Place (MAP) Benefit on Sept. 14. This clever twosome decided to call the benefit a Chair-ity Extravaganza, which produced the most interesting invitation I've ever received.

Imagine the look on the face of Sun receptionist Virginia Sykes when several old wooden folding chairs (so old that I'm still trying to get the splinters out of my hands) adorned with streamers arrived to invite several of us to the gala. This year's gala will be hosted by the "Prince of Chintz," Mario Buatta, internationally renowned interior designer. Call 962-8565 to check on tickets to this gala, which is always a sellout.

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