In memorable museums, glorious gardens,and other superb surroundings


January 09, 1994|By LAURA BARNHARDT

BABE RUTH BIRTHPLACE AND BALTIMORE ORIOLES MUSEUM, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539. Memorabilia-filled sports shrine. 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. Approved caterer only.

B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2463. The birthplace of American railroading. Contact: Stacey Eagan. Reserve as far in advance as possible. Accommodates up to 900 seated, 2,400 standing. Available daily after 5 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.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART, Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-6078. Contact: Denise Harper. Reserve three to six months in advance. Accommodates 60 to 520 seated, 125 to 800 standing, depending on areas used. Availability: during non-public hours. Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Wednesdays through Fridays 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. List of suggested caterers available, others subject to museum's approval. Cost: $1,700 to $5,000 and up.

THE BALTIMORE ROWING AND WATER RESOURCE CENTER, 3301 Waterview Ave., (410) 396-3838. Situated on the Patapsco River. 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.

BILTMORE SUITES, 205 W. Madison St., (410) 728-6550. Victorian mansion with antique appointed suites. Contact: Cheryl Parham. Reserve at least 60 days in advance. Accommodates up to 25 seated, up to 100 standing. Cost: $500. In-house catering is available.

BOWLING BROOK COUNTRY INN, 6000 Middleburg Road, Middleburg, (410) 876-2893. Nineteenth-century manor house. Contact: David Welsh at Westminster Inn. Reserve as soon as possible. Accommodates 300 or more. No facility fee with use of Westminster Inn Caterers. Cost: approximately $20 per person and up. Includes a free bridal suite.

CARROLL COUNTY FARM MUSEUM, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, (410) 848-7775. More than 140 acres with 19th-century gardens. Contact: Dottie Freeman. Reserve three months in advance. Accommodates 100 under a covered pavilion. Cost: $25 for pavilion rental and $3 per adult, $2 for 12- to 18-year-olds and those over 60. No charge for those under 12. Music and caterers subject to museum's approval. Alcohol prohibited.

CLOISTERS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, 10440 Falls Road, (410) 823-2551. Former residence built in the 1930s in the style of a European castle. Contact: Marsha Wight. Can be reserved up to one year in advance. Accommodates 80 seated, 175 standing. Available 6 p.m. to midnight every day of the week September to May. List of suggested licensed caterers available. Cost: Mondays to Thursdays, $700; Fridays to Sundays, $900; plus a mandatory additional charge for two security guards and cleaning fee.

DANIELLE'S BLUECREST, 401 Reisterstown Road, (410) 486-2100. Banquet hall with two rooms, the Ballroom and the Orchid Room. Contact: Danielle Mosse. Accommodates up to 700 seated, up to 1,200 standing. Available every day. Kosher menus are available. Cost: Lunch ranges from $18 to $25 per person, dinner from $20 to $30 per person.

EVERGREEN HOUSE, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341. Authentic 1870s carriage house on 26 acres. Contact: Jane Katz. Reserve as soon as possible. Available daily. Accommodates 80 guests in the theater; up to 240 standing in the Carriage House. Cost: $1,500 for the theater; $1,200 for the house; $600 additional charge for garden use. Caterers and tent suppliers must be approved. No smoking.

GENEVA FARM GOLF CLUB, 217 Davis Road, Street, (410) 879-3505. A 100-year-old former barn renovated in 1990. Contact: Francis Pieper. Accommodates 200 people seated with dancing. Available every day. Packages start at $26.95 per person. Reserve up to six months in advance. Catering by Harford Caterers.

GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, (410) 659-8197. Marble-floored reception hall beneath five tiers of balconies. Contact: Elizabeth Whitner. Accommodates 190 seated and up to 400 standing. Available Mondays to Fridays after 3 p.m., Saturdays after noon (all day in the summer) and all day Sundays. Reserve as early as possible. Cost: $1,500 to $1,700 for 4 1/2-hour event. No smoking. Approved caterers only. Parking garage available.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, 1125-1129 N. Calvert St., (410) 539-0566. Turn-of-the-century town house. Contact: Mariana Palacios. Accommodates 100 standing -- $600 for a maximum of three hours; 50 seated -- $475 for a maximum of four hours. Reserve one month in advance. Available seven days a week until midnight. No smoking or dancing. Catering available.

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