SCHAFER'S CANAL HOUSE was the scene of the recent Breeders' Cup Steeplechase Ball to benefit Union Hospital of Cecil County. Arlene Miller, who chaired this year's delightful party, did a fabulous job with her husband, Grove, chairman of the Cecil County Breeders of Fair Hill and president of the Timonium State Fair.
It was a festive evening, which raised about $3,000 for the hospital and attracted out-of-town visitors like Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jackson of England, whose horse Morley Street won the $250,000 race Oct 12.; European riders, all of whom were guests of Chip and Louise Landry at their lovely Chesapeake City home; Cary and Beverly Ensor, he's vice president of Fasig Tipton auctioneering firm; Lenny Hale, president of the New York Racing Association; Dick Francis, author of horse books; and Mr. and Mrs. D. G. van Clief Jr., he's president of the Breeders' Cup. The van Cliefs are from Kentucky and were houseguests of Beezie and Duncan Patterson.
Others enjoying Chuck Baker's Big Band music were Greg Morris, Charlie and Audrey Colgan, Bill and K.T. Gallo, Ellie and John Shapiro, Chick and Nancy Lang, Joe and Arlene Hickey, Bill and Tanya Walker (he's the state's new Secretary of Agriculture), Union Hospital doctors Lloyd Garren and Bob Crouch, and the Elberton Hill Farm clan led by Frank and Martha Hopkins and their children, Frank Jr. and Liz, Mike and Carole, and newlyweds Amy and Mike Davey, who have barely recovered from their spectacular wedding.
A CLASS ACT: The law firm of Rifkin, Evans, Silver and Rozner, best known for its lobbying expertise, invited Maryland legislators, clients and friends to the Baltimore Museum of Art for a little cultural exposure recently. Firm attorneys Alan Rifkin and his wife, Leslie; Judge Edgar Silver and his wife, Ann; Gerry Evans; Joel Rozner and his wife, Michelle, and Jean
Fugett, held forth in the Museum Cafe after guests had taken the wonderful tour of Monet's beauties. (I must say that Meryl Street's cassette that guides you through the exhibit is informative and adds to the soothing feeling you get just looking at such beautiful artworks.)
Legislators Buzz Ryan, Vernon Boozer, Larry Lamotte, Kenneth Masters, Donald Fry, John Arnick, and Janice Piccinini seemed pleased to get away from the budget and redistricting woes in Annapolis. Other interesting people at the party were Roz and Howard Benjamin, who were with her parents, the Silvers; Marvin Schneider, president of the Medical Society; Jeff Emerson, Health Plus; Chuck Eckerd, Howard County executive; Nancy Smith, Ryland Homes; Michelle Goodman; Al Scavo, Rouse Company; Bill Snyder, Crown Central, and his wife, Ann; Michael Bronfein, Neighborcare Pharmacy; Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg and his wife, Anita; Maryland secretaries of Licensing and Regulation Bill Fogle and of Health Nelson Sabatini.
What a neat idea for a party!
"THE FRUG," as The Frugal Gourmet Jeff Smith is known, will be town for an interesting fund raiser called The Frugal Gourmet Festival, on Nov. 3. Smith, whose show is seen on PBS stations, is also a Methodist minister, so he's agreed to fly to Baltimore and help the folks at the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 22nd and St. Paul streets, raise much-needed funds. He'll have a cooking demonstration in the sanctuary at 2 p.m, followed by a book signing of his last three books, one hot off the presses just in time for Christmas cooking. After that, he'll conduct the Vespers Service. For tickets, which range in price from $8 to $100, call 366-7648.
Congratulations to one of Saint Dominic's best-known alums, WBAL's Vince Bagli, who will be honored at the upcoming reunion-benefit gala at Martin's Eastwind on Oct. 27 from 1-5 p.m. The Daughters of Charity will also be honored for their work at the school as well as the community.
"Glamour and Glitter" will be onstage at the Notre Dame Prep fashion show Sunday, Oct. 27 at Martin's West. Alumnae and students will don the latest fashions to show friends and family what's "in" this season. Tickets for the fashion show/luncheon are $28 and may be reserved by calling 583-8797.
For many children, Christmas is a child's favorite time of the year. Unfortunately, there are also many children for whom Christmas will have little meaning this year. But there are those who are trying to help and one of these groups is called "Children's Favorite Things." Phillip Bundy is the founder and president of this holiday charity which hosts parties for needy children during the holidays, complete with toys and Santa Claus.
But he needs money and that's why he's gearing up for the second annual Charity Golf Classic at the Hunt Valley Golf Club on Nov. 4. Individual golfers pay $150 to play and you may call Bundy at 771-8283 for more information.