Celebrating amid the trees


December 13, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

More than 100 spectacularly decorated Christmas trees set the scene for the Kennedy Krieger Institute's glitzy Kindergala '92. The gala kicked off an eight-day Festival of Trees celebration at Festival Hall, which ends at 6 p.m. today.

Merle Seigel, Festival of Trees chair, and Laurie Glassner,

Kindergala chair, and their committee members did a great job raising approximately $325,000. Bill Acker, chairman of the Kennedy Krieger board, was the official greeter.

Partygoers included Dal and Harry Ratrie, who are spending a lot of time at their Florida home playing tennis and golf; Marcellus Alexander, WJZ-TV's attractive general manager, and his wife, Linda; Ted Herget, with Baltimore newcomer Annie Keller on his arm; Towson Town Center general manager Christopher Schardt and his marketing director Diane Lewis; and artist Tom Everhart, who created the mall's Garden Series prints.

Others I spotted amid the trees were Bill and Patty Dunbar (he's an AT&T lobbyist); Dave and Candy Humphrey (he's former news director for WLIF-FM, and she works for AT&T); John and Kathy Yuhanik (he owns a public relations firm); attorney Al Scanlan and his wife, Mary; attorney Charles Monk and his wife, Linda; Jennifer Grimm, WPOC-radio general manager; Michael Angelos, Maryland Port Authority; and Bob and Barbara Krebs (he's CEO of Gaudreau engineering firm).

Also in the crowd were Millie and Pat Deering, former Kindergala chair; and Kennedy Krieger board members Fred D'Alessio, C&P exec; State Sen. Barbara Hoffman; Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central exec; Ray Piechocki; and Sharon Seymour.

Nearby were members of the Paterakis clan, led by John Sr., with his son and daughter-in-law, John Jr. and Annette; and Zanvyl Krieger, the Krieger of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

This delightful man and I go back many years, and some of my fondest memories of him stem from the 1983 World Series, when the Orioles played the Phillies. I received a last minute invitation to one of the games in Philly, so I didn't have a chance to check out parties ahead of time. As luck would have it, I bumped into Zan Krieger and Ron Creamer at breakfast. For the rest of the day, there wasn't any place I couldn't go.


The television show "Unsolved Mysteries" will feature an intriguing story, "Miracle on 34th Street," during its Dec. 23 program.

The show, which airs on WMAR-TV (Channel 2) at 8 p.m., should be of interest to Marylanders since one of the stars is Beverley S. Brown, a stockbroker for the Chapin, Davis investment firm in the Village of Cross Keys.

I had breakfast recently with Brown, who told me he's a former professional baseball player and HMO executive. His acting break came when he drove a girl friend to New York for a tryout and was hired instead.

Most of his acting has been in commercials.


Casa Mia's on York Road in Towson could be called the unofficial eatery of the Baltimore Spirit soccer team, thanks to Spirit defenseman Stephen Nichols, No. 6.

The restaurant, which serves delicious Greek, Italian, and American cuisine, is owned by Nichols' parents, Cathy and George. (Stephen played soccer at Boys Latin and Loyola before turning pro.)

When the team is in town, coach Kenny Cooper often brings the players to the restaurant for dinner, much to the delight of the Nicholses.


The Advertising Association of Baltimore (AAB) had a good turnout at its Dec. 4 holiday party at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club.

Spotted in the crowd were Chic Davis, AAB executive director, chatting with Ed Kiernan, GM of WBAL-WIYY radio; Gloria Freed, Freed & Associates; Patrice Malloy, Baltimore Zoo; Lou Santoro, Arbitron; and Maren Blum, Baltimore Arena.


Remember Ken Matz, who was a WMAR-TV news anchor from 1985-1990? He will be joining Jane Robelot Jan. 1 as co-anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

Matz has been working the 4 p.m. newscast at WCIX-TV in Miami since leaving WMAR. I'm sure this Pennsylvania native is happy to be home again.

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