Mayor Kurt Schmoke is declaring Tuesday "Liverpool Day in Baltimore" in honor of the large delegation of business leaders and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from Liverpool, who will be visiting our fair city.
The day will begin with breakfast at the Maryland Communications Center, where Don Hutchinson, Maryland Economic Growth Associates honcho, will welcome the English CEOs and government officials.
Some of the people invited to meet the visitors are Walter Sondheim, Greater Baltimore Committee; Capt. Michael Watson, Maryland Pilots Association; Harold Adams, RTKL Associates; John Witham, PHH Corp.; Maurice Byan, Steamship Trade Associates; Honora Freeman, Baltimore Development Corp.; Alan Villaverde, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
After a day of meetings and briefings, everyone will gather at the Meyerhoff for a concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which received international attention with its premiere of Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" and the resulting bestselling record.
There's another "super power" breakfast scheduled for March 3 at the Hyatt Regency, which we're all invited to attend. This one is sponsored by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and is a fund-raiser for the coming U.S. Olympic Trials, to be held at the Baltimore Arena June 6-13.
Olympic gymnastic mega-star Mary Lou Retton will be at the breakfast, along with tennis star Pam Shriver, Maryland Chamber president Ron Creamer, Giant Food chairman Barry Scher, Merry-Go-Round chairman Michael Sullivan, Crown Central chairman Henry Rosenberg, who seems to be everywhere these days, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Economic and Employment Development Mark Wasserman, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
The chamber has also invited a group of Maryland athletes who have participated in the Olympics, including those who will have just returned from the Winter Olympics. This should be an interesting breakfast, and if you'd like tickets, the cost is $85 a person and may be reserved by calling Dorothea Stierchoff at (410) 576-5090.
There's a rather chichi dinner planned for March 11 at the Brass Elephant that will benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland. Hors d'oeuvres and a four-course dinner, for 130 guests only, will be prepared by Chef Georges Perrier, proprietor and chef de cuisine of Le Bec-Fin Restaurant in Philadelphia, a restaurant Craig Claiborne calls, "one of the most beautiful in the world."
Perrier, who is donating his time for this fund-raiser, is one of the world's pre-eminent chefs and has won the Maitres Cuisiniers de France's Silver Toque. Party planners working on this $150 a person dinner are Mimi and Richard Azrael, B. J. and Bill Cowie, Mary Ann and Bob Gray, Debbie and Graham Kastendike, Jami and Tom McDonald, and Betsy and George Sherman. If you'd like to attend, call (410) 576-2414.
Authentic Cajun music by Allons-y and authentic Cajun food by Sascha will highlight a fund-raiser for the Baltimore Opera Company. Claire Hecht, Marty Janowiecki, Kathleen Laughery, Chase Ridgely and Jennifer Vitale make up the group of 20-to-30something opera lovers, who are planning this Jambalaya Jam on Fat Tuesday -- March 3 -- from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dress is casual, masked or costume, and you can call the Baltimore Opera Company, (410) 727-0592, to reserve tickets, which are $50.
The National Museum of Ceramic Art, which is housed in Baltimore at 250 W. Pratt St., is inviting one and all to its second benefit cocktail party and live/silent auction Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Auctioneer Jon Levinson and WJZ's Bob Turk will be there to beef up the bids on auction items. Guests will also get a first-hand look at a new sculptural exhibit featuring the works of Paula Winokur, Robert Winokur and Jan Holcomb. Besides being a sculptor, Holcomb is a teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design and will be at the party to chat with guests and students. Call (410) 837-CLAY for ticket information.