Dinner, dancing, friends help 'Ms. Alice' turn 90

September 11, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

More than 200 guests arrived at Harrison's Chesapeake House at Tilghman to celebrate "Ms. Alice" Harrison's 90th birthday. Throwing the party for the birthday girl were her children, "Captain Buddy" Harrison and his wife, Bobbie, and Sondra Harrison McGee and her husband, Dick, CEO of Abacus Corp., and grandchildren, Dick McGee and his wife, Paige; Devin McGee; Bud Harrison and his wife, Leslie; and Chuck Harrison, and his wife, Judy.

Among those invited for cocktails, dinner and dancing were Jim and Sandy Johnson -- he's CEO of Loyola Capital Corp.; Bryce and Shirley Phillips, Phillips Seafood; Bill Doyle, Wheatfirst Securities; Paul and Cathy Jones -- he's a partner at Cowdrey, Thompson & Karston; Marvin Caplan, Oscar Caplan & Sons; Perry Mahoney Rossi, owner of American Tennis Courts; Melvin Joseph, contractor and owner of Dover Downs Raceway; former Gov. Marvin Mandel and his wife, Jeannie; Paul and Elsie O'Malley, O'Malley Lumber; Sonny Schulz, Fisherman's Inn; Sylvia Jones, Crab Claw; Buddy and Jackie Hannah, Hannah Systems; Clayton and Jane Katski -- he owns Colonial Electric; Judge Charlton Penn from Leesburg, Va.; and Tom Caplan, author and college roommate of President Bill Clinton.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer sent Appointments Secretary Robert Pascal to present the birthday girl with a Maryland's Distinguished Citizen Award. Pascal jokingly said that this was the first time the governor had given one of these awards to anyone from the Eastern Shore, and, he added: "Ms. Alice, that's because he thinks you are the only one on the shore who voted for him."

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Speaking of the Eastern Shore, if you're not busy Tuesday night, perhaps you'd like to have dinner at the Eastern Shore home of Carol and George McGowan. (Carol's an Annapolis attorney, and George recently retired as the CEO of BGE.) The McGowans' dinner is one of the first in the Artful Dining series, which runs through Oct. 31 and benefits the Walters Art Gallery.

Joining Carol in the kitchen will be her good friend and cookbook author, Marlene Sorosky, whom you may have have seen on "Good Morning America" and who's flying in from California for the occasion. This talented twosome will be cooking up beef tenderloin and tricolor chocolate torte, all recipes from Marlene's newest book, "Entertaining on the Run."

If you'd like to attend, tickets are $75 each, and you must call Claudia Bismark at the Walters, (410) 547-9000, Ext. 313, on Monday.

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Several years ago, when Towson divorce attorney Tim Martin took up bicycling and began studying French at the same time, (( he didn't know what a perfect match these activities were. Soon he began riding in fund-raising bike tours sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Earlier this year, he received a mailer touting a bike tour of the South of France that was being offered free to people who raised $6,500 for MS. The trip, which included air fare, bike, hotels and the majority of the food, sounded appealing, so he began soliciting contributions from clients, friends and fellow attorneys at his law firm, Beach, Cadigan and Martin. He soon raised nearly $9,000 for MS.

Martin recently returned from the tour, which he enjoyed with 17 other people from all over the country who shared two common denominators -- biking and an interest in MS.

The tour began at St. Remy de Provence, and after an incredible week of biking 45 to 60 miles a day, he took some extra time to try to dig up some family history in Tours, where his grandparents were born.

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