Plenty of room at inns, museums and elsewhere for wedding receptions


January 10, 1993|By LAURA BARNHARDT

Due to a reporting error, incorrect information was included in Sunday's Bride's Guide listing on the George Peabody Library. The room is available for wedding receptions all day on Saturdays during the summer.

The Sun regrets the error.

The making of a spectacular wedding reception begins with a decision that sets the tone for your event. What type of backdrop suits you: -- a rose garden or an art collection? Antique furniture or a sturdy dance floor?

Whether your guests are going to dine to strains of a harp or do the achy breaky, start with superb surroundings. The Baltimore region boasts a multitude of sites to suit your taste:


BABE RUTH BIRTHPLACE AND BALTIMORE ORIOLES MUSEUM, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539. Contact Helen Campbell. Reserve one month in advance. Accommodates 125 people standing, 50 seated. Available evenings only. Cost: $300 for groups of up to 25, $400 for groups over 25. Exclusive caterer: Great Occasions.

Just a hardball's throw from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Babe's birthplace contains memorabilia near and dear to the sports-minded.

BALTIMORE GRAND, 401 W. Fayette St., (410) 727-5678. Contact Alan Pressman. Reserve at least six months in advance. The Chesapeake Ballroom accommodates 400 seated, 530 standing; the Loyola Ballroom accommodates 160 seated with dancing, 250 standing. Cost varies. In-house catering is available. The Chesapeake Ballroom boasts stained-glass windows and a 55-foot vaulted ceiling. The Loyola Ballroom offers a more intimate setting in warm tones of champagne and taupe and with crystal chandeliers.

B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2463. Contact: Stacey Eagan. Reserve as far in advance as possible. Accommodates up to 950 seated, 2,400 standing. Available daily after 4 p.m. List of approved caterers available. Cost for basic rental: $2,100 for the first 200 guests, $6 per person over 200. Basic rental includes security, on-premises staffing and secure parking for 240 cars.

Located at the birthplace of American railroading, the B&O Railroad Museum houses an unparalleled collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Its 1884 Roundhouse is a 22-sided building with a 123-foot-high ceiling.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6078. Contact Denise Hooper. Reserve three to six months in advance. Accommodates 520 seated, 1,000 standing. Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., Thursdays 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Unavailable Mondays. List of suggested caterers available, others subject to museum's approval. Cost varies; average cost $5,000.

Two areas are available for receptions. Schaefer Court, with thAntioch Mosaics, surrounds a glass-enclosed atrium. Classical Fox Court is a large space with a rosette-laced coffered ceiling. On either side of the court are the museum's modern and American art collections, which can be opened for receptions at an additional charge.

THE BALTIMORE ROWING AND WATER RESOURCE CENTER, 3301 Waterview Ave., (410) 396-3838. Contact: Grace Adams. Reserve six months in advance. Accommodates 115 seated, 250 standing. Caterers must be licensed and provide their own insurance. Cost: $600 for eight hours. Available evenings and weekends.

With its location on the Patapsco River and its state-of-the-arboathouse decor, the center is an ideal choice for couples who enjoy the water.

BOWLING BROOK COUNTRY INN, 6000 Middleburg Road, Middleburg, (410) 848-0353. Contact Dave or Ginna Welsh. Reserve as soon as possible. Accommodates 150 seated, 250 standing. The manor house rental fee is $500 with use of Westminster Inn Caterers; $1,800 with outside catering. Outdoor wedding cost varies with tent rental fee.

The 19th-century manor house, surrounded by 225 rolling acres with pond and tree groves, was once the home of seven Preakness winners. Overnight accommodations are free to the bride and groom.

BROOM HALL BED AND BREAKFAST, 2425 Pocock Road, Fallston, (410) 557-7321. Contact: Carol O'Brien. Reserve up to a year in advance. Accommodates 35 sitting, 75 standing, 200 with use of outdoor tent. Cost varies depending on number of guests. List of suggested caterers available.

Forty scenic acres with beautiful gardens surround this 18th-century inn.

CARROLL COUNTY FARM MUSEUM, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, (410) 848-7775. Contact: Dottie Freeman. Reserve three months in advance. Accommodates 100 under a covered pavilion. Cost: $25 for pavilion rental and $2 per person for 20 or more. For fewer than 20, $3 per adult, $2 for 6- to 18-year-olds and those over 60. No charge for those under 6. Music and caterers subject to museum's approval. Alcohol prohibited.

With its 142 acres and 19th-century rose and herbal gardens, the Carroll County Farm Museum may be the ideal place for lovers of the outdoors.

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