ALTHOUGH HUMBLED EARLY by the Blizzard of '96, this year turned out to be bountiful on Maryland's social scene for those who like to hobnob with community movers and shakers and scope celebrities. In some cases, stargazers didn't even have to be at a party; they may have been lucky enough to see their favorite celebrity at a local restaurant or boutique.
January, February, March
The fetes included a Snow Ball at Harford Mall for the Patrick Hart Foundation. ... Lighthouse and flowerpot hats accessorized black-tie garb at the 10th Madhatter's Ball at L'Hirondelle Club. ... The Baltimore Museum of Art Young Associates popular Casino Ball was sold out. ... The Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore presented Oriole owner Peter Angelos with its Pillar of Sports Award, where Oriole GM Pat Gillick reminded us of our last blizzard, in '83, when the O's went on to win the World Series. ... The Tops in Sports Banquet at Towson Center honored the best in the world of baseball. ... "Homicide's" Andre Braugher shared his acting talent at a local Shakespearean theater workshop. ... Comedian Steve Allen was a big hit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center's fund-raiser. ... Guests at Baltimore School for the Arts' Expressions lived out fantasies as musicians, artist, actors or dancers. ... Chef Lydia Shire, of Bib and Pignoli restaurants in Boston, starred at Great Chefs Dinner to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland. ... Mitzi Perdue's Faberge-style decorated eggs were a big hit at the Maryland Historical Society's "Eggscapes"; James Bond film producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and his wife, Dana, donated $1 million to the Wilmer Eye Clinic, where he previously had received treatment. ... Baltimore County resident James G. Robinson, CEO and founder of Morgan Creek Productions, was named best movie producer of the year by NATO/Showest. ... At Oldfields School, Larry King was on stage with his daughter, Chala, an alumna, at a black-tie benefit for the school's endowment fund. ... Author Tom Clancy played a few rounds at his Indoor Golf Tourney at Camden Yards for the Leukemia Society.
April, May, June
The Shock Trauma Gala attracted more than 1,200 guests to Towson Town Center and raised a walloping $257,000. ... Empty Bowls, a fund-raiser at the Boumi Temple for the Maryland Food Committee, raised $95,000. ... The Meyerhoff was filled with fans for Motown's Smokey "You Really Got a Hold on Me" Robinson's benefit performance for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. ... Oriole Brady Anderson and Mary Pierce, a top-ranked world tennis player, turned heads at Bare Hills Tennis Club. ... Kevin Costner took in an Oriole game with Baltimore's Kelly Ripken. ... Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, had lunch with Gov. and Mrs. Parris Glendening in the Maryland Jockey Club on Preakness Day. ... The 13th annual Zoomerang 96! -- which raises funds for the Baltimore Zoo -- attracted about 2,300 people. ... The Maryland Science Center's new executive director, Gregory Andorfer, and his wife, Beverly, were introduced at the center's annual benefit, Solstice, which raised more than $200,000. ... Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards entertained a breakfast crowd of 600 at a fund-raiser for Network 2000. ... Hollywood biggie Barry Levinson was here directing "Homicide," picking up awards and attending Diner Guy pal Chip Silverman's wedding. ... Art Garfunkel had more than 1,500 fans at Beth Tfiloh on their feet and singing when he performed "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." ... Singer Paul Anka caused a stir at a Cross Keys shop when he made purchases for the two women who were with him. ... Chef Jean-Louis Palladin, whose Washington restaurant closed this year, was spotted at Savannah's at the Admiral Fell Inn, where he ate the chef's special, shrimp and grits. ... Mark Spitz, who won seven Olympic gold medals swimming in the 1977 Olympics, judged the eighth City Sand competition. ... The new City Life Museum was the setting for a "Welcome to Bawlmar, Hon" party for the cast and crew of the movie "Washington Square." Bigwigs included director Agnieska Holland, "Europa, Europa" and "Secret Garden" Oscar-winning designer Allan Starski and producers Randy Ostrow and Julie Bergman.
July, August, September