AN UNINVITED guest by the name of Bertha put a damper on the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens' Fine Wine Time Festival last weekend. Just the thought of the storm's appearance kept many from attending an opening night VIP party in the Sequoia Lodge at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. Although the party went on, the Jazz Vines concert by jazz guitar legend Charlie Byrd and his trio had to be postponed until Sunday. The performance was enjoyed by a large gathering of people tasting wines from seven Maryland wineries.
Fortunately for me, my daughter, Anne Boone-Simanski, lives in the area and agreed to help cover opening night for me. "Tough duty, Mom," she said she was thinking as she chatted with guests who were tasting wines and great hors d'oeuvres prepared by Peerce's Gourmet.
Others at the party were Stephen and Dianna Morgan, he's executive director of BARC; Michael Sloneker, an attorney, who was standing in for his wife, Donna Sills, president of BARC's board, who was unable to attend; Bob Morgan, an attorney; Mary Carol "Sam" Miller was with her husband, Carl, American Sterilizer Co.; attorney Joe Glass and his wife, Connie; attorney John Kenny and his wife, Jan; Liz Recher, Maryland Management Co., and her attorney husband, Mike; Dan Leonard, Leonard Paper Co.; John and Frances Macsherry, she's a BARC board member; Jeanne Fagan, director of development and public affairs; Wesley Sapp, Comcast Cable Advertising sales manager; Judy Sussman, manager of the Perring Racquet Club; and Brenda Crabbs, director of Owings Mills Corporate Round Table.
Crabbs noted what a difference a year can make -- at last year's festival silent auction she won an autographed Cal Ripken Jr. ball with a $225 bid. This year, the value noted for the same auction item was $800-$1,000.
Other BARC board members who stopped by included James Daly, Legg Mason Capital; Edmond Nolley Jr., Signet Bank; Lillian Knipp, works for Chris Poindexter at BGE; Dan Macsherry, Black & Decker; and Jane Waller, Ferris, Baker Watts.
I'm told when the sun came out Saturday afternoon and Sunday, Oregon Ridge was filled with festival fans tasting wines, eating good food, buying artwork and listening to music.
New on weekends
If you missed WJZ-TV's new weekend morning news program, which debuted yesterday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., check it out this morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Anchor Tim Williams is a Maryland native who grew up in the Woodlawn area, his partner Katie Leahan's father, Jack, grew up in South Baltimore, and she lived here for a while when she was growing up.
Leahan, who had her second child in May, comes to Baltimore from Detroit, where she anchored two newscasts and was a general assignment reporter for WJBK-TV. That's where she met her husband, Mike Stuehler, who was working as a radio disc jockey for WHYT under the name "Michael J. Foxx."
After they were married, Mike decided to come home to Baltimore to work with his father, Tom Stuehler, in a family business that covers the Belvedere Hotel's Owl Bar, Champagne Tony's and the 13th Floor Bar, as well as the catering operations La Fontaine Bleu and Truffles.
Williams returned to Baltimore last November from an anchor/reporter position in Jacksonville, Fla., to join the Eyewitness News Team. He began his broadcast career at WWMD radio in Hagerstown.
Seen around town recently -- there were six good reasons why you couldn't miss Hollywood director Ron Howard eating barbecue at Wayne's Bar-B-Que at Harborplace. He was with family members, which consisted of six little redheaded children.
Shriver wins at 'Wheel'
Did you see Baltimore's Olympic gold medalist and tennis champ Pam Shriver handily defeat Olympic speed skaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, decathlete Bill Toomey and distance runner John Naber this week?
She was one of the gold medalists asked to participate in Pat Sajak's weeklong "Wheel of Fortune Olympic Gold Medal
Salute." Shriver, who holds 21 career singles titles and a 1988 gold medal, scored her final triumph by solving "The Star-Spangled Banner" puzzle, which is apropos since she's a July Fourth baby. Her $40,000 prize money was donated to the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons.
Baltimore actor Doug Roberts had a ball doing a scene with Anne Bancroft in a new Demi Moore movie recently. The film had a working title of "GI Jane," which was changed to "Navy Cross." No one knows what the release title will be for this Ridley Scott film about a woman who wants to become a Navy seal.
Roberts' scene with Bancroft took place in Washington, where the company filmed for three weeks before going to Jacksonville, Fla., to complete the movie. He says Bancroft is a love to work with, and he also enjoyed chatting with her husband, Mel Brooks.
One aside: Roberts told me he was on the set for three days and during that time, he noticed a woman dressed in shorts and a summer T-shirt, walking around in big boots. He said her job was to break in Moore's boots, so Demi wouldn't get blisters.
In the news
A reminder that party coverage is changing. Over the coming months, we want to provide an insider's look at different statewide social events attended by local celebrities, socialites, movers and shakers, as well as nationally known entertainers, authors and the like.
Unfortunately, to provide more timely and comprehensive coverage of statewide social events, we cannot attend every party.
Finally, the events do not have to be benefits. If you know someone who is planning an interesting or trendy affair, let us know and we'll try to be there.
Pub Date: 7/21/96