Grand affair for 'Grand Design' at Baltimore Museum of Art

October 12, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

IT WAS AN AFFAIR befitting a queen! Limos deposited formally dressed guests at a marquee entrance, where a red carpet, complete with palace guards, led the way into the Baltimore Museum of Art.

After 10 years of planning, "A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum" was beginning its run. Opening-nighters, 600 people at $600 each, enjoyed a tour, cocktails and dinner -- the largest seated dinner ever held at the museum. Guests were greeted by Tony Deering, chairman of the BMA; Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum; major sponsors Carl Pascarella, president and CEO of Visa USA, and Vance Coffman, CEO and vice chairman of Lockheed Martin; Alan Borg, director of the V&A Museum; and Arnold Lehman, former BMA director and now director of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, who came back for the opening of the show he had spent 10 years putting together.

Among those at the party were Bud Meyerhoff, longtime supporter of the museum, who was with Lori Kranz; former Channel 13 GM Jonathan Klein, now a CBS honcho, with gala co-chairs Harriet and Jeff Legum (Jeff is president of Park Circle Motor Co.); Margaret and Jim (McKay) McManus; Connie Caplan, president of the Time Group; gala co-chairs Chuck and Amy Newhall (Chuck is general partner with New Enterprise Associates); museum trustee Stiles Colwill; gala co-chairs John and Peggy Heller; and the final pair of gala co-chairs, Chad and Ginni Dreier (Chad is president and CEO of Ryland).

Just before 8 p.m., two herald trumpeters called guests to dinner under the stars -- the tent was a clear plastic. The tables were opulently decorated with Victorian arrangements by J. J. Cummings Floral Co. And people from Linwood's/Due outdid themselves serving first-nighters lobster Charlotte, rack of lamb, potato tarts, autumn vegetables and creme brulee Napoleon. Guests left the museum sated with the feast served for their eyes as well as their tummies.


The first annual Hadassah Presents, sponsored by the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah, will be a hard act to follow. Rachel D. Shapiro, a talented local rising star and Juilliard School of Music violist, opened the program, which featured NBC's chief foreign correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell, who's married to Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, talked to the more than 350 people about Middle East issues and her most recent trip to Beijing.

Hospital celebration

Nearly 1,000 people from the Eastern Shore's medical and business community turned out for the centennial celebration of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The gala festivities were held in Salisbury at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, which was transformed into a wonderful ballroom. And what better person to keep the dance floor filled than Peter Duchin, whose orchestra's music appealed to all ages at the party.

It was also an evening of nostalgia for many who had been closely involved with the hospital over the years. Among them were Dr. Nevins Todd Jr., grandson of the hospital's founder, Dr. George W. Todd; Virginia Layfield, retired nursing administrator and hospital president; and W. Howard Hayman, retired First National Bank VP and an honorary hospital trustee, who served on the board for 22 years.

Around town

Ted Julio, new owner of Della Notte in Little Italy, entertained 150 local and national sponsors of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation before the running of the fifth Race for the Cure in Baltimore. Brenda Bottum, head of the Maryland Chapter, is delighted with the success of this year's race, which raised about $350,000 . . .

It's the season to celebrate

Dust off your tuxedo and spruce up your ball gown. The fall party season is in full swing. There are dinners, dances, fashion shows, bull roasts and receptions. Call the numbers below to reserve your tickets for October events. November events will be listed next week in this space.


13: St. Frances Academy's annual dinner; Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road; 6: 30 p.m.; business attire; $100; 410-484-7630 or 410-539-5794.

18: Ninth annual Best Buddies Ball, home of Eunice and Sargent Shriver, Potomac; 6: 30 p.m. to midnight; black tie; live auction and music by the Temptations; $300; 410-539-0615.

18: "Splash '97," annual benefit for the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St.; 7: 30 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m.; tropical resort wear; $85; 410-576-3860.

18: Harvest of Hope Auction benefits Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County; Martin's Northpoint, 2317 Northpoint Blvd.; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; casual dress; buffet lunch; $20; 410-285-4357.

19: 13th annual scholarship fund-raiser by Associated Managers, Seagram Americas; Martin's West; 6817 Dogwood Road; 12: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m.; dressy casual; $45; 410-922-8808.

22: The Fuel Fund of Central Maryland's annual dinner honors Dr. Benjamin Carson; Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road; 6: 30 p.m.; business attire; $70; 410-547-7157.

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