Thousands have a hot party to help Baltimore Zoo build

On the Town

June 23, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

ZOOMERANG!96, Maryland's largest outdoor black-tie gala, attracted nearly 2,300 people to a party for the wild things at the Baltimore Zoo. Guests made their way from tent to tent, sampling wonderful foods and drinks from 70 area restaurateurs and caterers. Imagine an evening where you can taste escargot, boiled crawfish, red beans and rice, salmon strudel, conch fritters, shrimp, mussels, chicken of every description, pit beef, pastas, bananas Foster, old-fashioned bread pudding, praline brownies, and I could go on. Plus any party that serves my favorite vodka, Stolitchnaya, as well as Absolut gets high marks.

This 13th Zoomerang was chaired by Lainy LeBow-Sachs, chairwoman of the past three Zoomerangs, who said this year's money will be used for habitat construction for the polar bears, Anana and Magnet. Both of whom were at the party, frolicking and whooping it up, much to the delight of all.

Zoo bigwigs making the rounds were director Roger Birkel and )) his wife, Ellen Stokes; attorney Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of the Maryland Zoological Society, and his wife, Lynn; and attorney Michael Hankin, president of the Maryland Zoological Society, and his wife, Ann. Guests also loved chatting with local television personalities: Channel 2's Rudy Miller and Tony Pagnotti, Channel 11's Liz O'Neil, Channel 7's Sloane Brown and her husband, Steve Sobelman; and Channel 13's Marty Bass and Bob Turk.

It didn't take long for the word to get around: Stop by Harvey's blue-ribbon booth, which was manned by owner Harvey Shugarman. He and his help wore doctor or nurse uniforms complete with face masks; there were bedpans filled with strawberries; and IVs dripping vodka into other strawberries. I watched as Nancy Morrison, from Linwood's booth, selected a strawberry, which Shugarman filled with a hypodermic of Grand Marnier and Chambord, then dipped in white or dark chocolate. The berries were terrific!

So was the company, which included my buddies Edie and Stanley Brown; Jean and George Van Buskirk; Tony Ambridge, the city's new real-estate officer, who was with Michele Boeri; attorney Mark Feikin, with Jane Armanas; Jill Heptinstall, Forman Food Service, with her sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Steven Jones -- he owns the Growing Collection in Lutherville, which did the floral work for the polar bear display; Terry Romanoli, new director of Preakness Celebration; Kim Goodwin, track handicapper; Mike Whipple, GM of the downtown Sheraton; Greg Barnhill, Alex. Brown; Ann Powell, sporting a divine red silk dress adorned with a wonderful leopard design; and Dr. Barry Gold, an expert on the treatment of venomous snake bites.

As I was leaving, I heard roars, not from the lions, but from several men who wanted me to voice their objections to wearing hot tuxedos to an outside party at a zoo. It was so hot that many removed their jackets. One man said, "Look how informally the women are dressed, so why shouldn't men wear more casual, safari-type clothes?" (I agree!)

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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