If you travel to Naples, Fla., you might see familiar faces

March 02, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

BALTIMOREANS WHO want to get away but still see a few familiar faces should try Naples, Fla., as a vacation spot. During the time I was there, I either saw or heard that the following Baltimoreans were spending some time in the Naples area:

Sheryl and Dick Nash, he's retired from Maryland Wire, had a great few months there. The highlight was when their daughter Abby's fiance, Jeff Keller, proposed to her on the beach recently. Others who were seen around old Naples included renowned architect Jim Grieves and his wife, Ann, who's well-known in the culinary field; Dr. Gerrie Cherry, and his wife, Ann, a Baltimore writer; Jody and Cub Harvey, he's retired CEO of T. Rowe Price; Alice and Jerry Hoffberger, she's an artist and Jerry's a former Orioles owner; Carolyn and Donald Obrecht, who threw quite a party for their Baltimore and Naples friends, as did former owner of Presenting Baltimore (an events coordinating company) Tucky Ramsey, whose house guests included former federal judge Jim Miller and his wife, Joanne.

Star turns

The Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts had a really glitzy black-tie opening. Actually, I could call it star-studded considering that Rouse's famous grandson is actor Ed Norton. He was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Primal Fear" and was at the theater opening in Columbia and brought his new girlfriend, actress Courtney Love. She was married to the late Kurt Cobain and stars in the movie, "The People vs. Larry Flynt." Nearby was Norton's grandmother and the widow of Jim Rouse, Patty; Toby and Harold Orenstein, owners of Toby's Dinner Theatre. They developed the tribute to Jim Rouse that evening. Also present were Earl and Mary Armiger, he's president of Orchard Development Corp. and they co-chaired the gala opening; Betsy and John Bond, he's president and CEO of the Columbia Bank; Bob and Dreana Casto, she's with Patuxent Publishing; Chad and Ginnie Dreier, he's president of Ryland Homes; Howard County Executive Charles Ecker and his wife, Peggy; Kent and Karas Johnson, he's a VP for Constellation Real Estate; Sue and Mike Galcone, he's a VP with the Columbia Bank and immediate past president of Howard County Arts Council, who received an award that evening.

More to celebrate

Other parties last week included "Treasure Boxes and Treasures 1997," a preview party held on the eve of the American Craft

Council's Craft Fair in Baltimore. It's an annual benefit for the Maryland Committee for Children, where partygoers get to bid on wonderful items donated by some of the most talented crafters in the country.

At Martin's West, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual Dinner of Champions recently. More than 1,000 people gathered to honor champions like Henry Knott Jr., from the corporate world; Ruth Miller, the MS Individual of the Year, and Beth Botsford, Ken Singleton and Tippy Martinez from the sports world. Channel 45's Lisa Willis was the gala's host and was joined on the podium by former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, John Paterakis and Patricia Smythe, who had kind words for the honorees.

Baseball on board

According to my baseball cruising expert, Ken Nigro, this year's 1997 Baseball Fantasy Camp Caribbean Cruise was another winner. It was fun and games for those cruising with Orioles batting coach Elrod Hendricks and his wife, Merle, who celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on the cruise; WQSR radio sports personality Tom Davis; Hall of Famer Earl Weaver and his wife, Marianna; former pitcher Dave Johnson and his wife, Tera; and current Oriole players Rocky Coppinger, Rick Krivda and Arthur Rhodes.

They hobnobbed with Marylanders like 84-year-old Bill Burkey and his new bride, Mary, who were on their honeymoon; Maria Aldave, formerly from Catonsville, who came from Hawaii for the cruise; Ann Peters, from Catonsville and WOCT-radio; Pat Gates, Orioles Advocates member, who was with her son, Ed "Uncle Ed" Norris and his wife, Kathy; Charlie Jasper, former O's employee, and his wife, Reada, who were there with a group of friends that included Harry Herman of Herman's Bakery; and Ohioans Don and Becky Lansing, who live in the house and own the field where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed.

Women on the links

"On Course for the Cure" should be quite an experience for women golfers. May 12, they will gather at the exclusive Caves Valley Country Club to play in a women-only golf event. If you've never played this course, it's exquisite, and it's a course that's been played by presidents, movie stars and corporate executives from all over the world. Not only is this golf outing for women only, but so are the proceeds, which will be given to the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Anita V. Vitale Charitable Foundation.

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