A blizzard of good will accompanied the storm

On the Town

January 14, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

BLIZZARD '96 TIDBITS:

Classic Cafe Express and Coffee by Classic, a restaurant and coffee bar operated by the Classic Catering People at Penn Station, had a busy weekend with stranded travelers. Eddie Dopkin, president of the Classic Catering People, told us his employees went out of their way to help others, especially a New Jersey couple. The Classic folks even helped them find accommodations when they couldn't make it to their Inner Harbor hotel.

Despite the snowy conditions, former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, his former chief of staff, Lainy LeBow-Sachs, and First Mariner Bank's Ed Hale were seen at Weber's on Boston in historic Canton.

When the blizzard hit last Sunday, Blake Goldsmith, owner of Fiske's (catering firm) of Mount Vernon, already had prepared 15 gallons of vegetarian and beef chili and baked 50 loaves of bread. Goldsmith was one of 25 caterers/chefs who were supposed to oversee a food booth at Food for All, a benefit for the Maryland Food Bank, scheduled last Sunday evening. Goldsmith tells me all his goodies were sent to Second Helping, an arm of the Maryland Food Bank.

Marketing musical mayhem

Who hasn't heard those wonderful, unorthodox advertisements for Baltimore Opera Company productions?! Words the average person had never before associated with opera -- like stabbing, blackmail, fallen women -- were used to hype the 1995-'96 season.

The campaign had such a profound effect on the opera company, financially and public-relations-wise, that the American Marketing Association selected "Something to Sing About: Marketing the Baltimore Opera" as the theme of its Jan. 24 meeting. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a case history on the direct-marketing program by Deborah Goetz, opera company director of marketing, and Tom Nagel of Philadelphia's Earl Palmer Brown agency.

Tickets are $30 for AMA members and $35 for nonmembers. Call (410) 276-0027.

'Broadway' comes back

"100 Years of Broadway" returns to Goucher College's Kraushaar auditorium Jan. 27, starring the teen ensemble Maryland Sings, Baltimore soprano soloist Alice Mack and Soul Purpose, a barbershop quartet. This performance will help raise money for Volunteers for Medical Engineering, which applies technology to the problems faced by people with disabilities.

Committee members working on the fund-raiser are co-chairs Gerson Polun and C. Albert Ruppersberger, John Staehlin and Alyce Perrella. Lou Grasmick produces the show, and Bill Myers is the director of Maryland Sings. Call (410) 243-7495 for $20 and $50 tickets.

Coming attractions

February or March fund-raisers to be considered for a future calendar should be sent to my attention ASAP. Include the who, what, when, why, time, attire, cost of tickets and a telephone number. My fax number is (410) 783-2519.

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