When New York architect-designer Peter Merino and his wife, theater and film costume designer Jane Trapnell, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last weekend, Richard Rymland, movie producer and developer/owner of the Colonnade, and his wife, producer Catherine Wyler, were invited to the party. FYI: It was the Rymland-Wyler team that produced the movie "Memphis Belle," and Cathy, as her friends call her, has recently wrapped a documentary on sex and romance in the Wild West for Ted Turner productions. It will air on TBS Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. She's the daughter of the late William Wyler, who directed movie hits like "Funny Girl."
Merino's projects have included Barney's department store in New York and Tokyo, Valentino's yacht and Chris Whittle's apartment. Whittle owns Whittle Communications, which produces the kid-oriented news show "Channel One" for schools.
What a party this must have been! Eighty elegantly clad guests enjoyed a seated dinner in a 120-foot-long living room, while an Italian troupe, flown in just for the party, performed a Handel opera in costumes designed by the hostess. The performance took place on the theater stage at the opposite end of the living room.
Others at the dinner party were actor Mathew Modine, Calvin Klein, Lee Radziwill and her sister Jackie Onassis, who was at Rymland's table, as was Valerie Perrine. When I asked Rymland if he wore a "funky" tie or cummerbund, he replied, "I don't do funky, but I do wear decorations."
As a matter of fact, Rymland, who was with the 101st Airborne Division of the Army, says he wears his Army medals on his tuxedo. (He says "everyone" wears war medals on tuxedos these days. We'll have to check out this trend.) He wore five to this party, including a Korean combat medal, overseas service medal, good conduct medal and a Purple Heart.
Nearly 500 people showed up for the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Monster Bash at the Towson Center. Thanks to the hard work of Black & Decker's Rick Tancreto, auction chairman, guests had more than 200 silent and live auction items on which to bid. Auctioneer Frank Russo Jr. did a fine job getting top dollar for items as did his celebrity assistant, Bob Turk, who celebrated his 20th anniversary as WJZ-TV's weatherman recently.
I enjoyed sitting with the chamber's chairman of the board, William J. Cowley, Arthur Andersen & Co., and his wife, Sueann. Other people I spotted during the evening were past chamber chairs Ted Herget and Mike Chesser; David Wilson, Priority Title; Marc Friedman, Friedman & Associates; Jim and Terry Rubenstein, New Town Development (she's the incoming chair of the county chamber); Leah Faust and Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, who bought Provident Bank's skybox for an Orioles game; Mac Barrett, McCormick & Co.; Nicholas Greaves, chamber president; Lynne Brick, owner of Padonia Fitness Center; Bob Cook, R. L. Cook & Associates; Mimi Christian, Black & Decker; Al Leberknight, Bank of Baltimore; and Terry Blair, Dental Management Corp.
Oh yes, state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski was there shaking hands with one and all. He told me that he'd been to three or four events that day and that he has every intention of running for governor.
It's been said that a first impression is a lasting one, and it's one that has worked well for Bill Sherman, who came to Maryland's Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) 13 years ago after a successful insurance career. During that time, Bill's travels have taken him far and wide in his efforts to attract business to our fair state.
I'm told his ability to convey a good impression with potential customers earned him the honorary title of "The Senior Senator from Maryland."
Now Bill's decided it's time to retire, time to travel with his wife, Adlyn, and visit their four children and eight grandchildren. His pals at DEED want him to know he will be missed.