Party with a taste of Baltimore welcomes 'Washington' film crew

June 28, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

A "Welcome to Bawlmer, Hon" party seemed a perfect way to welcome the cast and crew of "Washington Square" to town. You can expect to see movie cameras rolling through mid-August. In this film, Baltimore doubles for New York City circa 1850.

The party was given by the Producers Club, a private non-profit group which helps the Maryland Film Commission attract film and television productions to Maryland. One of the perks of membership is to be invited to parties like this one held at City Life Museums. The lovely flowers were by Kershaw Floral, the florist for the film. The Bawlmer theme food was by Classic Caterer's Gail Kaplan, who, with her husband Lenny, is a member of the Producers Club. Guests ate everything from Chesapeake oysters to coddie to Little Italy vegetarian lasagna to stadium pit beef.

The star-studded evening attracted 300 or so people. Among them the film's director Agnieska Holland, best-known for directing "Europa Europa" and "Secret Garden"; production designer Allan Starski, who won an Oscar for "Schindler's List"; producers Randy Ostrow and Julie Bergman; and most of the "Washington Square" cast, including Albert Finney and Ben Chaplin.

Mingling with the stars were Henry Bromell and Trish Soodik, he's a writer for the "Homicide" series; Dr. Andy London and his wife, Anne; the film commission's Mike Styer, Barton-Dame's Blair Barton, Premiere Marketing's Sharon Cohen; attorney Donald Rothman and his wife, Betty; Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's Dean Kenderdine, and film producer and president of the Producers Club Jed Dietz and his wife, Dr. Julia McMillan.

A big to-do

Congratulations to Annapolis filmmakers Patti White and Lee Anderson, who recently filmed their second "Wedding of A Lifetime" show for the Lifetime television series.

This time the stars of the show, so to speak, were two Naval Academy grads, Midshipman 1st Class Tracy Hoyte and Lt. j.g. Paul Davis. The filmmakers spent considerable time with the couple between March and May 25, when they were married in the Naval Academy chapel by Chaplain Deborah McGuire. (The bride is a F-14 fighter pilot in training at Pensacola air base in Florida and the groom is a submariner stationed in St. Mary's, Ga.)

What a production these weddings are! Members of the U.S. Naval Academy choir sang; instrumental recording star Jim Brickman performed with singer Anne Cochran, who sang Brickman's latest hit, "By Heart"; nationally known bridal consultant Sue Winner flew in from Atlanta.

Galina wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses designed by Judd Waddell; flowers were donated by Michele's Little Shop of FTC Flowers in Annapolis; Carrol's Creek Cafe provided food for the visiting crew and celebs; Loew's Annapolis Hotel donated rooms for the stars.

And the Michael-Gerard Salon in Annapolis coiffed the hair and did the make-up for the bridal party as well as celebrity hosts Jack and Kristina Wagner ("Melrose Place" and "General Hospital" stars respectively).

I hear Lifetime is so pleased with the work of these local filmmakers that they've signed them for four more weddings!

Au revoir

This is my last Friday column. We've decided it's better to put all my efforts into an expanded Sunday column, so stay tuned for July 7, when a new party section will debut in the all new Today section.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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