Holiday season revs up

SYLVIA BADGER

November 29, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

The month of December has something for everyone to do, whether it's holiday shopping or breakfast with Santa or checking out a wonderful Christmas garden. Following are some of the events coming up, and, of course, you are welcome to attend one or all. Whatever you decide to do, have a happy holiday season.

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Baltimore's Hospitality Industry is having a Holiday Charity Bash from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Spirit of Baltimore. The boat, docked at 801 Key Highway, will remain dockside. The after-work party will feature beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and the cost is $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Second Helping, a group that collects donated prepared food and distributes it to programs that serve the homeless.

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Don't miss the monumental grand reopening of the Washington Monument at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Mount Vernon Place. There will be choir performances and a special-effects finale that will burst over the Mount Vernon community.

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The Hamilton Optimist Club will have a fund-raiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Columbus Gardens in Fullerton. There's an open bar and a hot and cold buffet. Reserve the $20 tickets by calling (410) 488-5668.

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A holiday house tour of historic Fells Point, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City, takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7.50 in advance or $10 the day of the tour. Call (410) 825-5353.

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Mayor Kurt Schmoke will light Baltimore's Holiday Tree at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in McKeldin Square at the corner of Pratt and Light streets near the Inner Harbor waterfall. After the ceremony, decorated and illuminated boats will circle the Inner Harbor for the fifth annual Parade of Lighted Boats.

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The 12th annual KinderGala will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Festival Hall. Tickets to the black-tie gala are $275 and may be reserved by calling (410) 550-9460. The KinderGala kicks off the Festival of Trees at Festival Hall, which begins at noon next Sunday and continues through Dec. 13.

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The Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America will honor Charles Cole Jr., president and CEO of First Maryland Bancorp, at its 1992 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner Dec. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are $175 each and may be reserved by calling (410) 338-1700.

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The Junior League of Baltimore's Holiday Pops Gala Weekend begins Dec. 12 with an 8 p.m. concert followed by an "Encore" reception and dance at the Meyerhoff. On Dec. 13, at the Meyerhoff, there will be a 3 p.m. concert.

For concert tickets, call (410) 783-8000; for $35 "Encore" tickets, call the league headquarters, (410) 467-0260.

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A collection of Victorian homes, decorated for your viewing pleasure, will be open for Union Square's seventh annual Christmas Cookie Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Tour tickets are $10. Call (410) 233-3168 or (410) 945-1487.

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The World's Largest Office Party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 17. Admission to the after-work party is $6; food and drink tickets are extra. And don't forget to tip the celebrity waiters. (I'll be tending bar from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., so stop by.)

This year's proceeds benefit WBAL Kids Campaign and UNICEF. Call (410) 528-1234.

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The third annual Dreidle Ball to benefit the Liberty Jewish Center will held Dec. 19. The honoree will be local Realtor Donald Scherr. Call (410) 653-7485.

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A New Year's Eve celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway will raise money for the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter.

The black-tie-optional, dancing-shoes-essential fund-raiser features hors d'oeuvres, desserts, champagne and beer. Call (410) 727-5512 to reserve $40 tickets.

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