Super time was had by all

February 06, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

What do you do when you have 45 people coming to your house for a Super Bowl party and your driveway still looks like an ice-skating rink?

Call it off or change locations were the choices Nancy and Lou Grasmick faced until their close friends, Jean and Charlie Thomas, McNamara Steel Fabricators, came to the rescue and offered the use of their home. And it was perfect -- people and televisions were everywhere.

It was so good to see my pal, Bill Stair, owner of Up-to-Date Laundry, out and about again. As always, he was on the arm of his caring grandson, Brad Minetree. Others at the party were Bob Ferry, former Bullets player-coach-general manager, and his wife, Rita; lobbyist Carolyn Burridge; Secretary of Licensing and Regulation Bill Fogle; Vickie and Lee Hardin, Lake Falls Construction Co.; Ellen and Ron Bray, French-Bray Inc., the company that published that good-looking Orioles yearbook a couple of years ago; former Chestertown Mayor Elmer Horsey and his wife, Joan; Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene Nelson Sabatini and his wife, Marilyn, well-rested after a Caribbean vacation; and John Paterakis, H&S Bakery, who was pulling for Dallas. Funny, most of the women were for Buffalo and the men for Dallas.

Catering was done by Johnny Dee, owner of Johnny Dee's Lounge in the Loch Raven area, and his wife, Jackie, who prepared the delicious food in the friendly confusion of the games that were being played in the kitchen. Huge tasty shrimp, smoked salmon, spinach phyllo, and tenderloins that melted in your mouth were enjoyed by George and Sue Henderson, Dr. Rich and Chris Little, Tom and Alice Anne Howell, Kathy and Dave Sloman, Marlene and Clayton Peters, WCBM-radio's Frank Luber, and Tom Lattanzi, who is busy setting up off-track betting parlors all over the state for racing czar Joe De Francis.


One of the most influential groups affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Hospital is its Women's Board, which was founded in 1927 to acquaint the community with the work and needs of the hospital.

The board runs two gift shops, the Carry On Shop, and a coffee bar at the hospital. Plus, it runs the annual Best Dressed Sale and the Carriage House Collection Sale, both popular fund-raisers. All proceeds are used for hospital programs.

Pamela Schlott is the new board president, and she'll be overseeing those projects with the help of the other newly elected officers -- Mrs. Alan Insley, Permilla S. Brawley, Mrs. Lawrence Pakula, Mrs. J. Jefferson Miller, Susan T. Cashman, Mrs. James Lawrence, Mrs. Walker F. Peterson Jr; and Mrs. W. Gill Brooks.


The Baltimore Museum of Art's Casino Ball has become very popular, but that's hurting the ball. It's far better to turn a few people away than to turn them off at the party. I've had phone calls from people who say they left early and won't go next year because it was too crowded.

Other than that, my spies say Innovative Gourmet chef Barry Fleischmann and his wife, Maria, prepared a divine meal for the 200 people who paid $250 each for a VIP dinner. After dinner, a thousand more guests arrived for a little music and gambling.

Among those at the party were Doug McPeters, Legg Mason; Abby Nash, Hogan & Hartson; Kris Perkins, Creative Views; Liz Peck, Padonia Fitness Center; Francis Angelos, Wineberg & Green; Gavin Stringer, Shearson Lehman, and Jeannie McDonald; and Channel 2's Mary Beth Marsden.


Last week, Joan Merritt and her opera-star husband, Chris, invited a few friends for cocktails. Actually, it was a bon voyage party for Chris, who left that night for Brussels and several months of European concert appearances.

Among those who stopped by to wish him well were decorator extraordinaire Rita St. Clair and Joe Sheppard; Penny Schwarz, public relations and marketing consultant, and her husband, Michael, a partner with Schwarz & Greenblatt law firm; Michael Harrison, general manager of the Baltimore Opera Company; Dr. Andrew Surmak; Liz Chuday, Chuday Communications, and her attorney husband, David Musgrave; and WJZ's Deborah Stone and her attorney husband, Stanford Hess.

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