If you're planning a New England vacation this summer and get anywhere near Cape Cod, be sure to stop at the Dancing Angel and the Ryanharrt Gallery in Sandwich, Mass.
These delightful shops are new additions to the Cape, thanks to an adventuresome Baltimorean Sheryl Ryanharrt, who many of you will remember from her days of acting in dinner theaters/soap operas. This is a bold move for Ryanharrt. She was at loose ends after the death of her husband, Richard Byrd, so she packed up her life's belongings in March and headed to Cape Cod to begin a new life.
She says it's too soon to judge the success of her venture, but knows it was worth the gamble. Her years of designing clothes and building sets in the theater world have helped her create "a magical place." While angels are the shop's theme, there's much more -- handcrafted jewelry, wind chimes, books and cards. And the walls of her gallery are covered with her paintings, which she says have been so well-received, that she has to find more time to paint.
Dr. Stanley Brown, longtime husband to "Downtown" Edie Brown, the Baltimore Arena's effervescent public relations director, accomplished mission impossible last Sunday. He managed to pull off a surprise 60th birthday party for his wife, with a little help from people like Edie's D.C. boss Barry Silverman, who invited her to the Cap Center for a Sunday meeting with circus officials, only to be told when she arrived, "oops," they had gone to the Arena instead.
While all this was going on, friends like Jim and Roberta Fox, Pat and Dave Bernstein, Eileen and Steve Siegel, Joan and Bill Davidson, Charles and Gail Yumkas and dozens of others filled the main lobby to wait for her. Not only was she surprised, but she was toasted and roasted by her three children, Mitchell, Jodie, Randy, and an array of friends which included Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who stopped by with an "Edie Brown Day in Baltimore" proclamation.
* It's not "Wheel of Fortune," but it could be a beginning. Auditions are being held tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Timonium for a hostess spot on "This New House," a new Comcast Cable show that will focus on new home-building techniques. Landmark Homes will sponsor the show, scheduled to air in late summer. So if you're female and over 18, stop by tomorrow.