The Saint James Condos on North Charles Street made a perfect setting for a delightful fund-raiser for multiple sclerosis last weekend. The MS party planners came up with the idea of "Celebrity Small Talk" and it really seemed to work.
Area celebs Jim Palmer; Brooks Robinson, with his pretty wife, Connie; WMAR-TV's vivacious Beverly Burke and Tony Pagnotti; filmmaker John Waters with his buddy, Pat Moran; and talented artist Tom Everhart; Mechanic Theatre's Hope Quackenbush; Concert Artist's Ed Polochick; and Julius Westheimer, Michael Olesker and I were there.
Michael Todd, manager of the St. James, was pleased with the compliments his establishment received and introduced me to one of his happy condo owners, Chuck Stapleton, who recently moved to Baltimore from Charlotte, N.C., to help turn things around at USF&G. Needless to say, he brought with him a wonderful Southern accent.
Other guests with whom I chatted included Barbara Carton, Irving Carton, Joseph Babinski, Jim Curran, Eleanor Rosenberg and Sue Cohen. 'Twas a nice evening of doing what I do best -- talking.
Around Town: It's for sure. Hammer told Joe De Francis that he'll be at the Preakness to cheer on his horse, Dance Floor, who came in third in the Kentucky Derby. . . . Ann Applegarth, former general manager at the 8x10 on East Cross Street who now works for pop star Billy Joel, called to tell me about a memorial service at 6:30 tonight at the March Funeral Home for Larry "Tiny" Staton, who was the doorman at the 8x10. Immediately following the service, there will be a small benefit at the 8x10 to raise money for the funeral expenses. If you were a friend of Tiny's, please stop by . . .
Variety 104 radio and Miller Beer have joined forces to bring us "Friday Nite Alive!" concerts each Friday night prior to baseball games at Oriole Park, which is just 970 steps from the Inner Harbor. Friday's concert features Tony Berry and New Money and begins at 5:30 p.m. . . .
Jay Leno, who'll be taking over the NBC's "Tonight Show" on May 25, will be at WMAR-TV (Channel 2) for a few hours Friday for interviews and to make promos for his show. . . . "Entertainment Tonight" film crews were here recently filming a story on Baltimorean Damon Evans when he was performing with the Baltimore Opera Company. The story will air on WJZ-TV (Channel 13) tomorrow night at 7:30 . . .
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is honorary chair of Lift America, a fund-raiser for Special Olympics. She'll be on hand Saturday at the Greenspring Lifestyle Center on Falls Road to cheer on competitors. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., people -- weak and strong -- will participate in this healthy fund-raiser. Get your pledges and join in the fun, or better yet call Archie Trader at the lifestyle center, (410) 825-0550.