A small group of Marylanders has found an interesting way to beat the heat. This weekend, Alan and Lois Elkin, owner of Advance Business Systems, boarded the Pride of Baltimore II in Juneau, Alaska, for a cruise to Ketchikan. They joined Annapolis artist Steven Beshara of Cox Creek Studio, who was already on board gathering material for a series of paintings and drawings of Alaska and the Pride.
After a day of safety training, the guests and crew are seeing icebergs, pods of whales, soaring eagles and the usual rainy weather that has made Ketchikan's "rust-colored" buildings famous. FYI: The Pride has three staterooms with lower and upper berths that are available on a first-come basis. The cost of the adventure is $100 a night for three meals and all the work you can do. (The cost does not include airfare to the Pride's port of call.) If you would like more information, call (410) 539-1151.
The Pride is expected to drop anchor in Annapolis Nov. 23, and plans are in the works to have a fund-raising reception there, where as many as 20 pieces of Mr. Beshara's original art will be auctioned. Stay tuned for more details and stay cool.
Waiters who participated in this year's sports-oriented Celebrity Waiters Luncheon dished up $34,000 in tips and ticket sales to help the American Lung Association fight lung disease. Highlights of the Harrison's Pier 5 luncheon included WLIF-FM radio news director Sloane Brown sporting 3-foot shoulders in her official Baltimore CFL Colts uniform, provided by former Baltimore Colts star Tom Matte, now affiliated with the Canadian Football League organization, who also waited tables.
There was lots of interest when WBAL-TV's Gerry Sandusky began an impromptu auction of a double-date with soccer players Jason Stitz and Berry Dieter, which Vickie Rosellini of Absolute Care Ambulance bought as a present for her two daughters.
And kudos to Dr. Steven Schonfeld, director of Pulmonary Medicine at Sinai Hospital, who collected the most tips, $610 from the big spenders at his table.
I hear Baltimore County Del. Larry LaMotte's recent wedding to lobbyist Shirley Bigley was a small, intimate affair at the Chapel of the Holy Evangelists in Canton. Her two attendants were Karin and Kristen LaMotte, Larry's daughters.
Dancing and libations followed at Weber's on Boston Street, before the newlyweds took off for a St. Maarten honeymoon. I am told that the wedding brought a wince from the members of the "confirmed bachelor" trio of Bruce Bereano, Barry Scherr and Tom Koch.
I'm sure Stewart Bainum Jr., CEO of Manor Care Inc., one of the largest franchised hotel and nursing home chains in the world, was thrilled with the honorary doctorate in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management bestowed on him at the Baltimore International Culinary College commencement exercises. Bainum, a former state legislator, was invited to join 280 students receiving their degrees and certificates. In 1987, Bainum took over Manor Care, a company his father founded, which now operates in 30 countries with 24,000 employees.
When the Orioles open their next home stand July 1, Mike Hart and his crew at Bambino's, the rib eatery at Camden Yards, will have something new to offer fans. Hart has come up with a delicious way to enjoy barbecued ribs and keep your fingers clean -- a tasty, chopped barbecued rib sandwich. . . .
Congratulations to Kathleen Brennan, a lovely Ford model, and Brian Rutledge, executive director of the Baltimore Zoo on their recent marriage.