Worldly wines are sipped to raise money

May 27, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Green Spring Station was the scene of a wine tasting to benefit the Maryland International Center. More than 500 guests sipped wines from the Argentine, South Africa, France, Germany and the United States while hobnobbing with diplomats, Jergen Heitman, German Embassy and Bernard Halliwell from the British Embassy.

It was all a part of the third annual "A Tasting at the Station" which was a success in every way. Carolyn McEnrue, WBAL-TV, and "Detour" Dave Sandler, WBAL-radio, spent the day drawing winning raffle tickets that included a trip to Bermuda, won by Debbie and Bob Fleming and a trip to London which was won by Cindy Allner.

Others I saw at the party were Melissa and Doug Gaudet, Maryland Casualty; Joe Ciletti, owner of the Wine Merchant and the person responsible for getting the wines; Joe Herbert and Ted Mathison, State Aviation Administration; Suzanne O'Hatnick and Leslie Chase, Maryland International Center; Harvey Sugarman, Harvey's restaurant; Martha Royall, who has left the casting business to cater delicious goodies; and Katie and Tom Peddy, she chaired the "Tasting" and Tom, president of Foxleigh Enterprises, brought two of their beautiful llamas for us to look at and feed.

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Germano's restaurant in Little Italy looked a lot like Spago's recently as a veritable troupe of stars stopped by to taste true Tuscan delights. Dick van Patten, well known for his role in the former TV series, "Eight is Enough," had dinner there while he was in town for a Servistar convention. Van Patten makes commercials for Servistar, a hardware store chain. The very next night, Michael Styer, Maryland Film Commission director, dined with a "Homicide" television series group that included Yaphet Kotto and Ned Beatty.

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Ed Marinaro, former NFL running back turned actor; Steve Bartkowski, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback; John Elway, Denver Broncos quarterback; Mark Rypien, NFL quarterback; Bobby Grich, former major league second baseman; and Mike Eruzione, 1980 U.S. hockey team captain, were among the star-studded group of sports celebrities who played in the recent NationsBank Celebrity Golf Classic. This was the first time that Ocean City has part of the Celebrity Golf Association's tour, which was played at Eagle's Landing Golf Course. The first place team was comprised of NHL hockey stars Pierre Larouche and Clark Gillies, who shot an 8 under par to win $20,000. . . .

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Hats off to the Classic Catering People -- Ansela and Michael Dopkin, their son Edward, president of the company, and Gail and Lenny Kaplan. They and their staff did a fantastic job providing all that delicious food, drinks and flowers for the Corporate Village on Preakness Day, with a smile . . .

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Heard it through the grapevine:

The president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, slipped in and out of the aquarium practically unnoticed recently. She and a girlfriend came to town for an Orioles game, which was rained out, so they took in the 3:30 p.m. dolphin show . . . I hear "Camelot" tickets are selling like hot cakes since the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The show, starring Robert Goulet, opens at the Lyric Opera House Tuesday and runs through June 12 . . . Someone spotted Shirley Jones, at Comfort Country Shoes in the Pratt Street Pavilion of Harborplace, trying on funky denim sneakers. Seems this Partridge family mom was in town to sing at a bankers' convention . . . Channel 45 news anchor Lisa Willis used a karate chop to smash her hard crabs before furiously whisking the meat out. Her unusual way of picking crab meat won her the title of the fastest crab picking celebrity in the annual Preakness Crab Picking Contest at Harborplace. She won over the other 10 contestants, including longtime champ, Rob Kasper, from The Sun, who did not have a good day. Second place went to Wayne Brokke from Wayne's Barbecue, who wore a suede vest while picking his crabs, and third place was Stouffer chef Guy Reinbold . . .

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