Among the perks of a Camden Club membership are monthly luncheons with Orioles players during the season. The format is casual -- a 45-minute lunch followed by a question-and-answer period with several people from the Orioles organization.
I joined my legal-eagle buddy, Camden Club member Frances Reaves, at the luncheon, which featured O's manager Johnny Oates and O's catcher Jeff Tackett. Others at her table were Diane Bark, stockbroker; Edie Brown, public relations director at the Baltimore Arena; and Renee Ades, one of the founders of NeighborCare pharmacies.
It was good to see WBAL radio sports reporter Jeff Rimer, who's leaving the station after 10 years to take a job in Florida with the Sunshine Network, a regional cable channel similar to Home Team Sports.
He was there to emcee the question-and-answer period because WBAL and Chesapeake Health Care are luncheon sponsors. He introduced me to an old friend, David Lander, better known to television's "Laverne & Shirley" fans as Squiggy.
Lander had seen an Orioles game from the press box with Jeff, and was on his way back to Washington to meet his family before returning to Los Angeles. He's an avid baseball fan -- he once owned a part of a Pittsburgh Pirates farm team -- who quipped that he found it amazing that we were having lunch in a warehouse where, just a few years ago, only the rats dined. When he returns to Los Angeles, he'll be working on a "Brady Bunch" movie.
Others at the luncheon were Ed Kiernon, WBAL-AM's general manager, who was with his daughter, Lindsey; WBAL's local sales manager Bob Cecil; and Orioles public relations director Charles Steinberg.
Again this year, Marcia Selko, a trustee of the Contemporary, and her husband, Brad, will open their farm for a Hot August Blues concert. This benefit performance for the Contemporary and the Baltimore Blues Society takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. next Sunday at the Selkos' Monkton farm, Bradmar Manor.
Three of the country's most renowned blues artists, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Greg Piccollo and Heavy Juice, formerly tenor sax with Room Full of Blues, and Shirley Lewis Experee-ance, will be performing. If you're interested in attending, I'm told you are welcome to take umbrellas, lawn chairs or blankets and lean back and listen.
Barbecue-style food, drinks and items for vegetarians will be sold at the concert. Call (410) 333-8600 or (410) 444-1716 for tickets, which are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Was sooo glad to see that Oprah still has a taste for Baltimore. While thumbing through the best-selling cookbook "In the Kitchen with Rosie" by Oprah's cook, Rosie Daley, I spotted two recipes, Un-Fried Chicken and Un-Fried Crabcakes, which called for using Old Bay seasoning, made, of course, by our own McCormick & Co.
It was only five years ago that U.S. District Judge Jim Miller and his wife, JoAnne, decided to retire to his family home on the Eastern Shore. Now I hear he's become a commuter to Bethesda, where he's an arbitration specialist with the law firm of Miller, Miller and Canby.
Heads turned when "Homicide" actor Daniel Baldwin pulled up outside Piccolo's in Fells Point on a vintage, lavender Harley Davidson. (Believe me, Baldwin does not need a lavender Harley to make heads turn.)
He met "Homicide" star Yaphet Kotto and other friends inside, where they were served tasty Tuscan fare prepared by Piccolo chef J. Ashley Sharpe and served by the eatery's owner, John Mancuso.