This time of year, parties know no political bounds

August 19, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Don't you just love politics? What's almost as interesting as who's running is who's throwing the parties. Here's a sample of a few I've heard about -- Ed Hale, chairman of the board, Bank of Baltimore, put a $500-a-person tab on the party he had for Baltimore County Democratic State Sen. Nancy Murphy on board his yacht. Then two weeks later, he and his wife, Eileen, had an elegant dinner party, $250 a head, for Bob Ehrlich, Republican congressional candidate for the 2nd District seat . . .

Then there was the soiree for gubernatorial candidate Parris Glendening at the home of Washington lobbyist Lynn Morrison and her husband Ted Venetoulis, Mickey Steinberg's ousted campaign manager.

I hear tennis star Pam Shriver traveled all night from a tennis tourney just to be a host at a party for her pal, Gerry Brewster, a Democratic candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat being vacated by Helen Delich Bentley, who's making a bid for governor.

This morning's mail brought another party invite to spend "An evening with American Joe Miedusiewski," with none other than television game show star Pat Sajak serving as the party's host at the Lutherville home of Nancy and Tom Steuhler, owner of Truffles at the Belvedere and LaFontaine Bleu caterers.

Isn't there an old saying, "Politics makes strange bedfellows?"

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I am told that former BSO maestro Sergiu Comissiona's appearance with the Asian Youth Orchestra in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, was a smashing success. Imagine performing before an audience of 10,000 people who gave the performers standing ovations and demanded several encores. The event was sponsored by China's first ambassador to the United States Huang Hua.

Comissiona was joined by stage by Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Mr. Lin alternates appearances with pianist Alicia de Larrocha as soloist for the tour concerts, which began on Aug. 6 in Hong Kong and will continue through principal cities in China, Taiwan and Japan through the end of August.

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Member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. have been replenishing the duck community in our state this summer.

Last week, members Vince Piccinini, his cousin Sen. Janice Piccinini, Charles White, Susan Dumont, Chip Chew, Dennis Wedekind and Bill Schmidt were at the lovely Phoenix farm of Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, where they relased 70 mallard ducks.

That brings their total for this summer to 850 mallards, which were released on Maryland's Eastern and Western shores.

If anyone would like information about constructing a pond on your property, nesting boxes, the release program, and even food for wildlife, call Bill Schmidt at (410) 584-7878.

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When Ty Ford landed the leading role for three television spots where he depicts a quirky looking bureaucrat behind a gray, metal desk, criticizing the Clinton Healthcare Plan, he was thrilled.

According to him, casting for work like this usually goes to New York or Los Angeles. Ford was discovered at Central Casting by National Media Inc. producer Alex Castellanos.

It's Castellanos' Alexandria agency, which specializes in political issues, that created the humorous commercials. The spots have aired on CNN and on some Washington stations.

Smiling at the finished footage, Ford quipped, "I guess I don't have to worry about going to the White House this year."

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It's almost time for a fall calendar of events.

If you are planning a function for October, November or December and would like it to be considered for our fall calendar, please send me the who, what, when, where, why, cost and telephone number.

Mail it to my attention at 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or my fax number is (410) 783-2519. The deadline for releases is Sept. 2.

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