BSO celebrates 10-year opening of concert hall with series of firsts

SYLVIA BADGER

September 20, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Every September for the last 10 years there has been a glittery BSO gala to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. This year's event was more special than the first nine, because of a series of "gala firsts."

For the first time, the concert and dinner dance were held inside the hall, which was transformed to accommodate 1,000 guests for dinner; gala co-chairs were Meyerhoff's granddaughter, Terry, and her husband, James Rubenstein; the sponsor was the law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander; the concert program featured music that the BSO has recorded; the BSO commemorative wines, a 1986 Beaucanon cabernet sauvignon and a 1990 Raymond chardonnay, which were served with dinner, can also be purchased by the case until Oct. 15; and 23 bottles of 50-year-old rare wines, discovered in a buried vault, were donated by the Broventure Co.'s president and CEO Philip English. Rarities such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux added several thousand dollars to the approximately $250,000 raised.

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Capt. Buddy Harrison and his sons, Bud Jr. and Chuck, were hosts to a large contingent of their buddies from the Eastern Shore at a recent Orioles game. Spotted in the Harrison's sky box were Hale Harrison, Buddy Miles, John Coursey, Bucky Larrimore, Eggy Schauber, Tom Stringer, Larry Thomas, Bill Doyle, Mark Cummings, Jay Harper and about a dozen others. Capt. Buddy's Camden Yards outing seemed to be a lot of fun, but, frankly, I'd rather go fishing with him.

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I sure hope Baltimoreans had their happy faces on this past week just in case they bumped into one of the 55 or so members of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, who were in town for their fall meeting at Stouffer Inner Harbor Hotel. In the hopes that they will write nice things about our fair city, they were wined and dined all over town last week.

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The marriage of professional fund-raiser Lyn Watner to Ryland Homes executive Doug Townsend took place last Sunday at the Suburban Club. Turtles and butterflies made out of spun sugar sat atop the four-tier cake, depicting the couple's hobbies.

Watner -- her grandfather, Abe, once owned the Colts -- got to know slugger Eddie Murray when she was one of the few female sports agents in the country working from Ron Shapiro's firm. E-d-d-i-e flew to Baltimore for the wedding, leaving during

cocktail hour to return to Montreal to join the Mets for Sunday night's game.

I hear Bob Zimmerman was at his best making arrangements of roses, freesia, lilies and delphiniums for the wedding and reception.

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Phil Lewis, star of the former TV sitcom, "Teech," was in town last week to attend a Women in Film and Video (WIFV) meeting. Lewis starred in and co-produced with his brother, Geoff, "The Bottom Line," a five-minute music video that dramatizes the dangers of alcohol, drug and irrational behavior.

WIFV's Oct. 11 meeting at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club will feature a daughter-father team of psychics, Ginette and Louis Matacia. The Matacias are featured in a new Reader's Digest book series, "Mind Power," and Ginette has written a book, "The Walking Dead," which will soon be published.

Tickets are $5 for WIFV members and $15 for non-members. Call Sharon Steele, (410) 544-8444.

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Former director of Arts and Sciences for Baltimore County Lois ++ Baldwin, who was nudged into retirement by County Executive Roger Hayden, was called out of retirement to work on one of her pet projects, "Sunday in the Park."

The Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens and the Baltimore County Police Athletic League are cohosts at next Sunday's event, which takes place at Oregon Ridge from 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Heartier souls can get there at 9 a.m. for a 5K fun run.

This is a delightful way to spend a Sunday -- lots of food, five stages filled with entertainment, pony and hay rides -- I could go on and on. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children over 5, with a max of $5 a family, and free shuttles from Hunt Valley Mall to the park.

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