Md. Million is one reason to horse around town

SYLVIA BADGER

September 24, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

Soon it will be time for Maryland-sired thoroughbreds to leave their cushy stables to compete in the eighth running of the Maryland Million Races. This year's 12-race program will be on dTC Oct. 9 at Laurel Race Course, and the winners will take home $1 million in prize money.

These races are the brainchild of Jim McKay, who has worked hard on this event to highlight the importance of the state's horse breeding (about 500 farms) and the Maryland racing industry in general.

But there's more to the Maryland Million than a day at the races. A festival begins this weekend with a Maryland horse-country tour of farms in Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

Also on the calendar: Sept. 30, Maryland Racing Writers salute the race with a crab feast at Pimlico; Oct. 3-4, the Eastern Fall Yearling Sales at Timonium; Oct. 6, golfers tee off at Pine Branch Course in Hampstead in the Maryland Million Celebrity Golf Tournament; and, finally, a gala reception and auction will be held at the Spear Center in Columbia on Oct. 8.

If you'd like more info or tickets to any of these events, call (410) 252-2100.

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As a matter of fact, why not just spend that whole weekend

watching the horses run? The very next day, Oct. 10, a polo match at Elkridge Harford Hunt Club benefits the March of Dimes.

So dress country-comfy and join me there at 2 p.m. to watch members of the Maryland Polo Club, led by Philip Lake and Fred Peterson, play their last matches of the year.

I can't think of a better way to spend an autumn day than in the country with good company and good food and drink for a cost of only $40 a ticket. Call Stacey Nokes at the March of Dimes, (410) 752-8178 to reserve yours.

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Next Wednesday's "Montel Williams Show" (Channel 2 at 3 p.m.) will deal with food obsession, and one of the guests will be Maryland author Caroline Adams Miller. She's one of the 15 women who contributed her story to an anthology, "Full Lives," about women who have suffered through food obsessions and later reconstructed their lives.

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It's been a long journey for local filmmaker Loretta Gubernatis and her docudrama, "The Loneliest Journey," but they made it. Next Friday, the video will be screened at Theatre Six in New York's Angelica Film Center. Film distributors from all over the world will attend the Independent Feature Project's film market.

The film was narrated by Winnie Walsh and features Adrianne Newberg playing the part of Sylvia Schildt. Ms. Schildt didn't want to play herself, but it is her story about her grieving over the death of her husband, Frank. Her purpose is to help other widows during the grieving process.

Gubernatis' next documentary, "If Living is Without You," is also about grieving.

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Board members of the Baltimore Children's Museum at the Cloisters didn't sit around at their last meeting. Nope, instead they washed 1,462 window panes and 2,349 building blocks, waxed 523 feet of wrought iron, raked and bagged 720 pounds of leaves, and polished 150-year-old antique silver urns, teapots and chafing dishes.

Members of the Clean Team, led by Julie Fader Gilbert and Steve Himmelrich, included Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and her two daughters; Helen Beilenson and Penny and Bruns Grayson with their three daughters; Annette and Mike Saxon; Marion and Steve Robertson; Stacy Freed; Esther Salzman; and the museum's executive director, Bea Taylor.

The volunteers made good use of paint and cleaning materials donated by Hechinger's, Cross Keys Dental Associates, and Robert Billek of Renaissance Remodeling. Tom McDonald and Jack Elsby cooked up a delectable Brass Elephant gourmet lunch for the workers.

Now, you can take your little darlings to visit the cleanest children's museum in town, Wednesday through Sunday.

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