Bridge devotees deserve a hand for charity efforts

February 11, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The last hands of the Maryland Historical Society's six mont bridge marathon will be dealt in March. It's been a lot of fun for the 56 people, who paid $75 each to play bridge once a month. Marathon committee members are Dee Alevizatos, Lyn Cook, Nancie Price, Marnie Berndt, Mitzi Boatwright, Suzanne Sheppard and Madge Franklin, who graciously lent the use of her home for the six-month benefit.

St. Paul's School has held a bridge marathon for years, where at least 60 tables of bridge players gather at the Baltimore Country Club on the second Wednesday of the month for bridge and lunch. This one's so popular, there's a long waiting list and, of course, all proceeds go to the school.

Ryan Merritt has signed with the Baltimore Opera Company for his professional debut. He'll be one of the apparitions, who materialize before Macbeth, whose role will be sung by another Baltimore native, opera star James Morris. Although the show doesn't open until March 12, 80 percent of the tickets for the four performances have been sold! FYI: Ryan's the son of tenor Chris Merritt, who left several weeks ago on a European tour.While we have suffered through a horrid weather week, Chef Brian Boston, was soaking up sun and fun in Mexico. From what I hear, he'll need the rest because as soon as he returns he'll be busy working on menus, etc., for his new restaurant. Brian left his job as the chef at Pier 500, to open Boston's Restaurant and Bar, 210-214 Back River Neck Road in Essex. He's remodeling the place, which once housed Diehl's Seafood, and he's hoping to open March 1.

I am told that Bausch & Lomb is one of the seven worldwide sponsors of the 1994 Winter Olympics. And in that capacity, it will operate a Vision Center in the Olympic Village. The company has invited leading eye care professionals from all over the world to be on the screening team and Dr. Barry Fuller, founder of Havre de Grace-based Vision Associates, is one of the chosen.Last summer, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery and Center Stage picked up a million dollars in grants from the National Arts Stabilization Fund and the Baltimore Arts Stabilization Project. More recently, these same groups presented grants of $1 million to Maryland Institute's Fred Lazarus and Richard Hackney and $623,798 to the Baltimore Opera Company's John Young and Michael Harrison. Others on hand to celebrate the good fortune were Mr. and Mrs. John Bertani, George Bunting Jr., Walter Sondheim Jr., Ned Daniels, Adena Testa, Nancy Roche, Joe Langmead, Sita and Peter Culman, and Nancy Sasser.

Eugene "Bud" Leake, regional artist and former president of the Maryland Institute, will give a gallery talk at the Baltimore Museum of Art, at 2 p.m. Sunday. The talk is free with museum admission and is being given in conjunction with Leake's exhibition, which can be seen at the museum through March 13. For more than two decades, Leake has painted the Maryland countryside, seldom venturing beyond the fields and valleys of Monkton, where the he paints daily in his barn studio.Congratulations to:

The Learning Channel's executive producer Mary Ellen Iwata, former executive producer for "Evening Magazine," whose "Archaeology" series won her a CableACE Award. The show was singled out as the Best Documentary Series . . . Vickie Rosellini, president of Absolute-Care Ambulance, who was Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley's only guest in Washington when President Clinton gave his State of the Union Address . . . James W. Paulus, who was named "Notary of the Year" by his peers . . . Linda Brown, who left the Baltimore Convention and Visitor's Bureau for a similar job in Washington, is moving again. She's landed a great job as head of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau in Pasadena, Calif.

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