He's everywhere . . . Baltimore Oriole Rick Dempsey returns to Christopher's nightclub on Padonia Road tomorrow night to perform with one of his favorite bands, Tiffany.
The show is a benefit for the Mount Washington Pediatric Center. Christopher regulars will remember that Dempsey performed to a sold-out crowd last year when he was in town with the Milwaukee Brewers. The doors open at 8 p.m., so stop by, meet Dempsey and some of his Orioles buddies, and help the pediatric center.
It was an electrifying opening for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the Baltimore Arena last week. Aleeta Greene sang the national anthem and "Maryland, You Are Beautiful," followed the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Color Guard, state flag bearers from the 50 states, the Sho-Motion dancers, children from the Annapolis Talent Machine and the Frederick Douglass Senior High School Marching Band. (John Yuhanick of the BB&Y public relations firm is to be complimented for putting together such an entertaining show.)
NBC-TV sent an array of personalities here to cover the competition, led by John Tesh of "Entertainment Tonight," who recently married Connie Sellecca. Other well-known working press faces belonged to Kathleen Sullivan, Greg Lewis, Julianne McNamara, Peter Vidmar, Don Criqui, Tim Daggert, Elfi Schlegel, Beth Ruyak and Gayle Gardner, former WJZ-TV sportscaster.
Famous spectators included Katie Couric, co-host of the "Today
Show," who was here doing homework for her Olympic coverage; Tom Kite, leading PGA money winner with his gymnast daughter; and former Olympians Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton and Olga Korbut.
If you're still hedging about whether you want to run in GBMC's fourth Father's Day 5K and one mile fun run, perhaps it'll help to tell you who some of the competitors will be.
James Phillips, attorney; William Frank, First National Bank; Donald Kohlhafer, Maryland National Bank; Michael Leonard, Leonard Paper Co.; Joel Dewey, attorney; Morton Hyatt, Komar Co.; and GBMC employees Linda Dwyer, Marty Dwyer, David Brond, and his son, Daniel, have signed up.
The race is a family affair for the Sommervilles -- Scott and Mary will be there with their sons, Brett and Hunter, who attend the Cathedral School, and their grandparents, Gertrude and Roger, who are visiting from Florida.
Runners will be given T-shirts, and the Sheraton will serve a delicious post-race breakfast. Money raised from this year's outing will go to the hospital's neonatal unit and the Greater Baltimore Sports Medicine Foundation. Call Priscilla Calvert at GBMC, (410) 828-2773 to sign up, or stop by the Hess Running Center at Towson Town Center on Friday or Saturday.
Look for a big turnout at the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland's annual meeting at Martin's West tomorrow. It's honoring Walter Sondheim Jr. as the 1992 Victorine Q. Adams Humanitarian Award winner, and where Sondheim goes, legions follow.
Outstanding Volunteer Awards will be given to Mattie Harris, Anne Arundel County; Linda and George Cooper, Baltimore; Helen and Robert Dubel, Baltimore County; Karen Blandford, Carroll County; Myrtle Christmas, Harford County; and James Henson Sr., Howard County.
The Fuel Fund provides financial assistance to those unable to pay for basic needs such as heat and utilities. If you'd like to join the honorees, call Ellen Lockard, (410) 547-7157 for ticket information.
The Maryland Arts Festival at Towson State University swings into action today. Todd Pearthree is directing "Grease," which opens tomorrow and runs through July 4 followed by "Nunsense," from July 10 through Aug. 1. Also featured this week will be "The Village Child: Something Like a Fairy Tale," today through June 28, with puppeteer Eric Bass.
While there's "Grease" onstage, I can assure that not a drop will be found in the food prepared by Sascha's caterers and served in the Fine Arts Center at Towson State University tomorrow through Sunday. Over the years, Sascha has enjoyed a rather interesting clientele, which has ranged from serving nudists to fully clothed patrons of the Arts Festival. The cost of the meals are a bargain at $10 a person. Call (410) 830-ARTS for more information about the shows.
The American Lung Association's annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon is scheduled Friday on board the Bay Lady. The boat will be loaded with area celebrities such as Tony Pagnotti, Tamara Nelson, Steve Rouse, Linda Sherman, Melissa Saunders and Diane Lyn.
The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and please remember to bring extra money for tipping. Call (410) 560-2120 for tickets, which are $40.