Hunt Valley Antiques Show makes its 26th appearance

On the Town

March 03, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

LAST WEEKEND, Old World elegance was revisited at the 26th annual Hunt Valley Antiques Show. More than 60 dealers displayed American, Oriental and European furniture, paintings and other objets d'art, all of which showed well in the sprawling rooms of the Hunt Valley Inn. Accompanying the fine antiques were floral arrangements donated by Susan Uhlig of Branching Out Landscape and Floral Design.

This year's show began with a gala preview party attended by more than 400 members and guests of the Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland (F&CS), the beneficiary of this annual event. Partygoers included F&CS board members Anne D. Balliere and her husband, Tom; Eva P. Higgins; Thomas P. Healy; Charles Keenan; David G. Mock; Hope M. Moore; and Pamela Corckran. Besides the antiques for sale, there was on-loan painted furniture, which featured an exquisite table from the Mount Clare Mansion.

The F&CS agency was well-represented by its executive director Stanley Levi; board president Victor Rieger Jr.; chair of the endowment campaign Hank Butta; past president Lee Rouse Bone; and director of development Alison Walker. Susan van Wagenberg, chair of the show, was praised for her organizational skills, which had a lot to do with the success of this year's show -- that, coupled with talented key players like her vice-chair, Barbara Hart; Susan Flanigan, loan exhibit; Eleanor Hale, catalog; and Gwen Bruggman, benefactors.

Flying physician

Most people I know who head South for the winter spend their time sunning, swimming, boating, golfing, fishing or playing bridge. Not so with the retired Hunt Valley doctor who invented the Medifast diet drink, Dr. William Vitale. He spends the winter at his home in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community near Daytona Beach, where flying his plane is his favorite sport.

For some time Vitale, a retired USAAC colonel and his neighbor, USAir pilot Capt. Randy Mowrey, have debated which of their airplanes is faster. The dispute was settled when Vitale, flying his SIAI Marchetti SF 260, and Mowrey, in his Bellanca Super Viking 330, raced wing-tip to wing-tip over a 60-mile course. I am told Vitale won when he dived for the runway at 302 mph, to beat the captain by four seconds.

Garth and love in the air

Rumors, rumors I hear:

That country music's No. 1 star, Garth Brooks, has been invited to sing the national anthem for the Baltimore Orioles opening game April 1

That wedding bells rang this winter for former Baltimore County exec Don Hutchinson -- who is now with the Greater Baltimore Committee -- and an old friend named Peggy from his Frostburg College days

That love is in the air for former Baltimore County exec-turned-consultant Roger Hayden, who is either married to or about to be married to his former executive secretary, Marina Brockmann, publisher of Baltimore County's Times-Herald community paper

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