A "once in a lifetime" Base Ball Gala will be held at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 4. Chairing this glitzy event is Lainy LeBow, the governor's appointment (as in when you get to see him) secretary, who is hoping to attract 1,500 people.
Guests can wear black tie or baseball attire to the ball, which will be held on the chichi club level of the stadium, which for many guests might be their only chance to visit that expensive level.
Amy Elias, Bob Hillman, Julie Wagner, Mike Gibbons, Paul Wolman, Edie Brown and Bob Keller are helping LeBow with the myriad arrangements, which, I'm told, include lots of cool surprises. But the most help has come from the Clark Construction Group, who generously agreed to sponsor the entire event.
So, at $125 a ticket, this should be quite a fund-raiser for the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and four Orioles children's charities. If you'd like to attend, call the Babe Ruth Museum for tickets, (410) 727-1539.
From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June Chaplin held forth at a veddy" proper opening of her new photography studio on Roland Avenue. Chaplin, who specializes in wedding and children photos, asked her caterer, Nick Sheridan of Cuisine Catering, to prepare a proper English tea and champagne reception.
And the guests loved it. Joan Erbe, artist, and George Udel, a filmmaker who is a descendant of the well-known Udel photographers; Sherry Cucciella and Dee Rebeki, partners in Retromodern design firm; Barbara Lack, the Karma Connection; John Michael Hammond, a talented cake maker; Susan Khalje, couture wedding gown maker, and her husband, Qadir, a rug merchant; Elsie Ferguson, Something Else Shop in Mount Washington; Terry Young, the Classic Catering People, and Greg Pease and Isaac Jones, commercial photographers, were but a few who stopped by for tea. The music of harpist Hong Liang was another nice touch.
Congratulations to Bishop Robinson, secretary of Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He was in Washington recently with his wife, Ruthie, and his son, Bishop Jr., to accept the prestigious Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association's State Executive of the Year Award.
This award recognizes extraordinary management and leadership achievements. And what better choice than Robinson, who began his career 40 years ago as a foot patrol with the Baltimore City police and rose through the ranks to head the state's largest department of 12,000 employees?
If you've been watching the Olympics and were jealous that you couldn't be there to watch the wonderful skaters in person, I have a suggestion. The Ice Capades began today at the Baltimore Arena and run through Sunday.
The show features Sweden's Catarina Lindgren and her husband, U.S. national champion Tom Dickson, and former Russian skating pair champs Elena and Vladimir Bogolioubov. For ticket information, call (410) 347-2010.
Do you have plans for Saturday night? If not, the Garage Sale Gala, which is being held in the old Pat Hays Garage on the corner of Maryland Avenue and Biddle Street, is a real bargain at $49.95 a ticket.
This benefit for the Maryland Boys and Girls clubs is a labor of love for its planners, Tucky Ramsey and Kip Mandris, who have garnered more than 100 items for WBAL-AM's Alan Walden to auction.
Since everything has been donated, even the use of the garage, which belongs to the University of Baltimore and will be razed on March 1 to build a garage for UB students, all money is pure profit. Proceeds will be used to open recreation centers that were closed in public housing communities because of budget cuts.
A few items you might want to be saving your money to buy are: going on a drug bust with the FBI, a seed pearl choker from Louis Booke jewelers, Orioles opening day tickets, limo rides, days of beauty, and a chance for two people to attend a social event with me. Anything goes as far as what you wear, but let's say it's black tie/garage sale at-tire. Call (410) 539-1465 to
AROUND TOWN: Who says the general manager of WBSB-FM radio station isn't a sly fox? Not I. When Jim Fox wanted to tell the world he was changing the format of his station to Variety 104.3 FM, an adult contemporary format, he selected the best-known place in Baltimore for a power breakfast -- the Cross Keys Inn. The only man at the breakfast who left happier than Fox was Mike March, Bond Distributors, who won a trip for two to Jamaica.
Can you believe how lucky March is? The first business card drawn belonged to Joe Koff, general manager of WNUV-TV. Koff refused the prize, and March won on the second draw. As I left he was dashing for a phone to call his wife, Janet, with the good news. . . . Tonight from 5 to 7, the Howard University Alumni Club will host an art exhibit by Sylvia Harmon at the Waxter Center. Stop by!
There's little doubt that the president of the Maryland Senate, Mike Miller, has a great sense of humor as evidenced at the
recent Green Bag ceremony. This annual event is when the governor's appointments secretary brings the governor's political appointments to the Senate in a green bag. (I'm told that this is the 100th anniversary of the Green Bag.) After the ceremony, Miller said to Bob Pascal, Schaefer's appointments (as in who gets appointed to what job) secretary, "The green bag seems to have gotten smaller and smaller, while the appointments secretary has gotten bigger and bigger."