The American Heart Association's Celebrity Golf Classic attracted an exciting lineup from the world of athletics, thanks to the persuasiveness of Jim Finch, Tom Matte and Scott Manning. Thirty-six teams teed off at Chestnut Ridge Monday and the winning teams were led by Stan White, Scott Manning and Boog Powell.
Manning, former Blast goalie now playing with Dallas, is certainly a man who lives up to a commitment. As a matter of fact, he told Dallas when he began playing for the team that he had to be in Baltimore on April 27, and indeed he flew in Monday morning just
in time to jump into his golf cart.
If you missed that golf game, don't despair. Rex Barney, Brooklyn Dodgers hall of famer and WBAL-AM sports personality, is the honorary chair of the first annual Fort McHenry Open at Turf Valley Country Club May 15. This day on the links is a bargain at $85 a person, which includes a golf clinic at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun (or shall we say a Civil War cannon) start at noon, greens fees, carts, drinks and a cookout.
Proceeds go to the Patriots of Fort McHenry, whose president is WBAL-AM newsman and commentator Alan Walden. This group will be sponsoring other fund-raising events to raise money to build a much needed visitor and education center at the fort. Call Greg Budge, (410) 647-8862, at ProGolf in Severna Park and make your reservation.
The reviews are good for the Baltimore Symphony Associate's annual Decorators' Show House. There are lots of decorating ideas for your money as you tour the 30 decorated spaces in this marvelous Victorian house on the Lamb Estate at Gittings and York roads, which is owned by Diane Allen.
More than 400 people gathered at the Elkridge Club for the preview party. Mike England and Judy Kahl, with lots of help from hubbys George and Chris, chaired this year's party.
Others who helped make this important fund-raiser for the symphony a reality were Decatur and Sally Miller, honorary chairs; Pat Ruggieri, show house chairman; Baltimore Symphony Associates president Fran Angelino, who was at the party with her husband, Charles; Deb and Dick Chambliss; Susan Connolly; Sharon and Gary Mallery, and Maureen and Bob Eliason.
First nighters included Dr. Gregg Rhodes and Lois Baldwin, Charles Blackburn, Dr. Phil and Judie Burke, Tina and Jim Doyle, Vickie Evans, Lois and Michael Hodes, Olga Hutchins, Mary and Dr. Bernie McGibbon, Steve and Cele Mitchell, Pat Purcell and Walt Wahlen, Harry and Dal Ratrie, Jim and Terri Rubenstein, Michael and Jeanne Sullivan, Tom and Nancy Steuhler, Russ and Myrta White and Carol Bogash.
The house is open seven days a week through May 24. Call (410) 821-0946 for more information.
Tidbits from Oldfields School's 125th anniversary: More than 540 attended the weekend activities, among them Duncan McCulloch III and his sister, Mary McCulloch Rhodes, and 14 other descendants of the school's founder, Anna Austen McCulloch.
Former trustee Kandi duPont Ruthurfurd traveled the longest distance, from Hong Kong, to attend. Hugh McColl, COB and CEO of North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) and a former school trustee, and his wife, Charlotte, flew in and pledged $125,000 of $450,000 in pledges.
It also was Pattie Symington Penniman's 65th class reunion, and she had wonderful stories to tell. She remembers when President Teddy Roosevelt's daughter applied to Oldfields and was turned down because ". . . then we would be known." My, haven't times changed? Oldfields is certainly known these days.
Don't forget that Wednesday is the 76th Flower Mart Day at Mount Vernon Place. This wonderful rite of spring is sponsored by the hard-working ladies of the Women's Civic League. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can buy your flowers, lemon sticks, crab cakes, crafts or just browse.