Nordstrom opening a success for Junior League of Baltimore

SYLVIA BADGER

September 13, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Nordstrom and the Junior League of Baltimore made beautiful music together Wednesday evening. It was the grandest opening of a department store I've ever attended. Four floors laden with people, two knock-'em-dead fashion shows, lavish buffet stations a la Charles Levine caterers, beautiful flower arrangements by Kathy Paal, and music by BS&M, the Keter Betts Quintet, and Bobby Felder and the Blue Notes.

More than 2,000 first nighters were there along with members of the Nordstrom family who came to town for the opening, which, according to Bruce Nordstrom, co-chairman of the board of directors, was one of the nicest they've had. Bruce enjoyed his stay in Baltimore, especially while he was playing golf at the beautiful Caves Valley Course. Other family/board members at the party were John and James Nordstrom, John McMillan, and Anne Nordstrom Gittinger and her husband, Wayne, all of whom seemed excited about reaction to their store.

Overheard as I walked from floor to floor: "I can hardly wait to

come here and try on hundreds of pairs of shoes." "Do you think they'll serve us wine while we're shopping?" "I'll probably do most of my shopping in the Rack." "These prices aren't bad."

Dr. Patricia Schmoke and I ambled around, bumping into people like her husband's counterpart in Baltimore County, Roger B. Hayden, and B-104 radio GM Jim Fox, who had bought a tie that didn't appeal to his wife, Roberta.

The league's community service projects, such as the Baltimore Baseball League, the Homeless Resource Bank and First Weeks Parenting, are the beneficiaries of this generous opening, which was underwritten by Nordstrom.

League president Deb Kennedy looked lovely in a beautiful royal blue suit with divine matching shoes, purchased at Nordstrom in Virginia. Others who helped make my job easier were Pam Malester, who chaired the event for the league and who was on the arm of her attorney husband, Allan; and the event's public relations chair Nancy Aronson, who was with her husband, Larry, a Procter & Gamble vice president.

The opening brought out a great cross section of our community -- Arthur Davis III; Dr. Harry Stevens and his wife, Katie; Ted Herget; Barbara and Jim Stevens; Judge Norman Ramsey and his wife, Tucky; Carolyn Burridge; Nancy and George Gephart; Courtney McKeldin and her daughter, Caroline; Ginny "Scarlett" Barr and her daughter, Amy Williams; Stiles Colwill; Shirley Hooper; Joyce Kashima; Sheila Peter; Carolyn McEnrue; and Fletcher Hall.

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"Selections of Herman Maril," which opened yesterday at the Terry Dintenfass Gallery in New York, will run through Oct. 10. The late Herman Maril, often referred to as the dean of Maryland artists, painted landscapes, seascapes and interiors that were personal and lyrical.

But if you can't go that far, there's another exhibit closer to home at the University College of the University of Maryland, which opens Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 18. Thanks to the hard work of his wife, Esta, who talked more than 25 collectors into lending works, which will include more than 40 of his watercolors, oils and drawings, this exhibit is possible.

T. Benjamin Massey, president of the University College, where Maril served on the faculty from 1947-'77, will be host of an opening reception. Among the local collectors invited to the reception are Eugene and Lois Feinblatt, Mannes Greenberg, Bill and Lois Rowles, Penny Saslaff and Norma Jane Danzer.

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AROUND TOWN: These days you'll probably find former Colt Tom Matte in South Carolina cooking up sauce for some ribs. I hear there was a rib tasting at Oriole Park last week, which went so well that ARA might be close to making a deal with Matte, XTC similar to the one they made with Boog's Pit Beef, which is so popular . . . An all-time record, $111,000 and still counting, was broken in the recent Lawyer's Campaign against Hunger. Mimi Azrael of the Towson firm of Azrael, Gan and Franz chaired this fifth endeavor, which involved most of the legal community and benefited the Maryland Food Committee.

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