SEMI-FORMAL and nautical attire on the S.O.S. Gala invitation brought out an array of blue blazers, Bermuda shorts, tuxedos, and glittery sequins. The party Saturday night was a hit and raised lots of money ($200,000) for the Lady Maryland Maritime Institute, a group that will oversee the restoration of the last 25 Maryland skipjacks. Stouffer Harborplace Hotel kept the theme nautical and served a popular buffet with an array of tasty seafood dishes.
Dennis O'Brien, Lady Maryland president, and his wife, Linda, held forth greeting two tables of Maryland waterman who were happy about the interest in the skipjacks. Others spotted at the party were gala co-chairs Rosalind and Stuart Walman and Jane and Carl Meil, State. Sen. Nancy Murphy, Harry McGuirk, Al Copp, George Balog, Pat and David Bernstein and channel 11's Pat Minarcin, who was a splendid master of ceremonies. One group that had a ball was a French National television crew -- they have fallen in love with Maryland's skipjacks and have been here filming for some time.
One might say Baltimore's dance card is filled this week. Rarely have I seen a week with so many things to do, so grab your calendar and let's check out a few .
If you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your family, you should stop by the 35th annual Christmas Sale sponsored by the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The sale begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Evergreen House at 4545 North Charles St. Shops from all over the country will be represented with an outstanding collection of gifts. Mrs. Robert Brawley and Mrs. George F. Obrecht are co-chairing this three-day shopping spree which will benefit the hospital. Admission is $5 and parking is free.
The St. John's Episcopal Church has called on Susan White-Bowden, author and well-known television/ radio personality, to cut the ribbon opening the festivities surrounding its 36th Antiques Show and Sale. The show opens Thursday at 11 a.m. and runs through Saturday. This is one of the best antiques show held in Maryland and they also offer lots of delicious lunches and dinners prepared and served by church members. St. John's is located at 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
Another great thing to do this weekend will take place in Easton where more than 500 wildlife exhibitors will take part in the 21st annual Waterfowl Festival. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend this event which begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Besides looking at all that wonderful wildlife artwork, there will be retriever demonstrations, the World Championship Goose Calling Contest, the Mason Dixon Duck Calling Contest and seminars by folks like Vance Strausburg, decoy collector; Russell Fink, duck stamps and prints; and Tan Brunet and Jim Sprankle will discuss their carving techniques. Since its founding, the festival has contributed more than $2.3 million to organizations dedicated to preserving native and migrating waterfowl populations. Tickets are $8 each or $18 for the three days. For more information, call 301-822-4567.
Clement E. Conger, curator of the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the past 30 years, will be at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Nov. 8 for the opening of the Maryland Historical Society's 14th annual Maryland Antiques Show. From noon to 1 p.m., he'll be signing "Treasures of State," the first book on the renowned collections of fine decorative arts he has assembled.
This show is known as one of the best antiques shows in the country, thanks to the know-how of show manager N. Pendergast (Penny) Jones. Fifty dealers will help carry out the theme, "A Star Spangled Celebration." Admission is $7.
AROUND TOWN: Just heard that State Senator American Joe Miedusiewski and nurse manager Patricia Lancelotta are planning a summer wedding . . . Cirque du Soleil, that wonderful French-Canadian Circus at the National Mall in Washington, has extended its stay and will run through Sunday, Nov. 17. Actress Demi Moore, who's in Washington filming "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise and Rob Reiner, has been to see the show twice -- once with hubby Bruce Willis and their daughter Rumer, then again with Rumer and her new baby daughter, Scout. (Baltimoreans can call 481-6000 for tickets.)
WBAL-radio's Elane Stein was on hand yesterday at Gloria Brennan's Salon at the Pikesville Hilton to kick off the salon's "Holiday Food Drive '91." Brennan hopes to have 500 pounds of food to distribute to the hungry by Christmas.