SOMETHING SPECIAL: A benefit performance of "The Fantasticks" will be held in the Essex Community College Theatre on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Proceeds from this one-time-only performance will help defray the $12,000 airfare for the 10-member company from Cockpit in Court Theatre, which will be traveling to China later in the month.
The company, under the watchful eye of Bill Ellis and F. Scott Black, is the sole United States representative at the 1991 Shanghai International Workers Art Festival, Oct. 20-28, which will also celebrate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. The Chinese government picks up all costs once they're in China, but the air fare is a different story. Call 522-1269 for more information about the performance and reception that follows.
SIGH OF RELIEF: Olivia Wu, who visited Baltimore last week during a food editors and writers convention, reports happily that the irreplaceable jade ring she thought she had lost during her visit was actually safe at home in the Chicago suburbs. She sends her thanks to those here who were concerned enough to && look for it.
SUPER SAILORS: Baltimore Magazine editor Stan Heuisler and Nickel City restaurant owner Jack Baum rolled out the red carpet to welcome skippers, crews and owners of the neat J-44 sloops racing in the Columbus Cup races this week. Baum and his pretty wife, Lisa, plan to be spending more time in our fair city tending to the latest addition to their Nickel City restaurant chain, which is located in the Pratt Street Pavilion.
Early arrivals included attorneys Joe Janssens and Wil Sirota; Nick Brown, National Aquarium director who made his J-44 available for the races; Cathy and Chip Karr, he's an Anne Arundel County real estate developer; and Bernard Wynne, the Budweiser man.
After a long day on the water, the healthy-looking sailors arrived, many sporting the handsome red jackets that came in their goody bags when they registered.
J.J. Isler, the only woman skipper in the races, was on hand with her husband, Peter Isler, who sailed with Dennis Connor in Australia to bring the America's Cup back to the United States.
Among the other folks who turned out for the party were Buddy Melges, world-famous skipper; Paul Murphy; Teddy Turner Jr., who's organizing a boat and crew for a round-the-world race; Kin and Sandy Yellot; Joe Evans, owner of J. Hamilton Yacht Co. in Annapolis; Jeff and Cathy Eyring, he's handling logistics for the Columbus Cup week; and Jim Brady, Rolex yachtsman of the year, who lives in Annapolis.
THE RUMOR MILL is being unkind to a Baltimore mainstay, the Pimlico Restaurant.
After weeks of playing telephone tag with owner Al Davis, we finally talked about the rumors of his selling the Pimlico. Davis said, "My answer to everyone is, no the Pimlico has not been sold, but I have talked to people." We both agreed that everything has a price, so I gather no one has met his price at this writing.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Claudenia and Wayne Burgemeister (she's the PR director for the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, and he is a retired superintendent of Baltimore County schools) were seen enjoying the wonderful Sunday brunch at Hunt Valley's Cinnamon Tree Restaurant with Capt. Jan Miles and his wife, Alison.
Miles is flying to Spain this weekend where he'll get the Pride of Baltimore II ready for its journey home. The Pride is expected to be back in Baltimore by the end of November. Miles will be joined by his friend, Wayne, who's decided to join the Pride for the Atlantic crossing.
The Burgemeisters are avid sailors who spent some time on the Pride this summer. Although Wayne will be away for their 40th wedding anniversary, Claudenia's not worried. She's busy planning an anniversary trip to Ireland next year.
Our Guy Friday
NAME: William P. "Bill" Ellis
CLAIM TO FAME: Cockpit in Court producer and founder of the International Theater Initiative.
WORK LIFE: Essex Community College professor of theater and chairman of the Division of Humanities and Arts.
HOME LIFE: Married to Bonnie for 28 years, two daughters in college.
PASSIONS: Mozart and detective stories.
HEROES: H.L. Mencken, Orson Welles and physicist Richard Feynman.