A marriage made in Baltimore, and Washington

Sylvia Badger

October 01, 1991|By Sylvia Badger

HIGHLIGHTS of the Martin-Keelty wedding last Saturday: The Anderson House, a historical house in Washington owned by the Sons of the Cincinnati Society, was the scene of the marriage and reception of Julia Catherine Martin, daughter of Labor Secretary Lynn Martin, and Michael John Keelty, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Keelty Jr., of Baltimore developing fame.

The bride looked lovely in her "Julia" white satin wedding gown specially designed by a family friend, Ava Haynal Forsyth. It was very much a family affair with Julia's dad, John Martin, giving her away and her step-father, federal Judge Harry Leinenweber, performing the wedding ceremony. Michael's two children, Caroline and Carrie were junior bridesmaid and flower girl, respectively, while Michael's brother, James, III, was best man. Julia's sister, Caroline, was the maid of honor, and her half-brother, Jordan, was the ring bearer.

Guests were talking about the wonderful Peking duck prepared by George, the chef from Peking Duck, which just happens to be the President Bush's favorite Asian restaurant. Among the 250 guests were Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney; Lynne Cheney, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Bob Michel, House Minority Leader; and Roger Gray, president of Gray, Kirk and VanSant, the company for whom the bride works. The couple went to Brazil for their honeymoon.

Lifesongs 1991 took place without a sour note. More than 300 people attended the Benefactor Party prior to the event and nibbled on delectable eatables and drinkables provided by Great Occasions, Charles Levine, Bunny Dwin's Classic Catering People, The Grand Caterers and the Wine Merchants.

Faces in the crowd included Andrew Barasda, executive director of HERO, the beneficiary of Lifesongs, and his sister, Sharon Rosenberger; Alexander Baer; Herb Belgrad; Oscar Camp; Reta and Al Davis; Marc and Phyllis Winner; Amy Elias and Jim Smith; and Shirley and Al Gershman, parents of the late Howard Ashman, who died of AIDS. Before his death, the talented lyricist wrote the lyrics to "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Little Mermaid" and the soon-to-be-released "Beauty and the Beast." His songs about AIDS, "Sheridan Square," premiered at this year's Lifesongs, which raised more than $100,000.

Scads of concert-goers attended the post-concert party given by Paul and Dorothy Wolman at the P.W. Feats warehouse. And the event ended on a sweet note: Bonnie Dubin, Lifesongs hospitality chair, showed her host Paul Wolman just how outgoing she could be when she threw a marshmallow pie in his face. He has forgiven her!

The Baltimore Burn Center's annual fashion show and luncheon took place at Eagle's Neck Country Club again this year. The sell-out crowd included emcee Stuart Schuck and his wife, Judy; Joy Munster, chairman of the benefit; her co-chair Nancy Pryor; Jane Gabor; Margery Reid; Jeannette Meyers; Sue Ciccarone and Amalie Schuck.


Martin Tullai, chairman of the history department

St. Paul's School, and Les Kinsolving, WCBM evening talk show host, will be onstage at the Pikesville Hilton tomorrow night from 7 8 p.m. as WCBM continues its "History at the Hilton" series. Tullai will portray Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading troops under heavy fire at Utah Beach on D-Day. Kinsolving will portray President Teddy Roosevelt, who led his troops up San Juan Hill. Admission is free, but call 653-1100 to make a reservation.

How would you like to freshen your wardrobe at bargain prices? you've never been to a Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique you've missed some good buys. Designer, vintage and other first-rate clothing and accessories for men, women and children are yours for the taking Oct. 3-5. Mrs. David L. Guyton, Mrs. M. Elliott Randolph Jr., Mrs. Michael S. Hoffberger and Mrs. J. Jefferson Miller II are co-chairing this year's 27th sale. Last year's three-day sale raised more than $70,000 for patient care programs at Hopkins Hospital. The key is to come early. Admission and parking are free.

Thanks to Beth El Congregation Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman's longtime friendship with the late, great singer Richard Tucker, his synagogue will be the scene of the Baltimore debut of Metropolitan opera soprano Renee Fleming.

She's the winner of the Richard Tucker Foundation's Artist's Award and is well known for her television appearances with Luciano Pavarotti in the "Live from the Lincoln Center" series. Cantor Hammerman arranged with Barry Tucker, Richard's oldest son and president of his father's foundation, for Fleming to appear at Beth El on Nov. 17. Tickets for her performance are $35, $20 and $10, and may be reserved by calling 484-0411.

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