Films with Maryland connection get a screening at the Senator

December 21, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

WHAT A FANTASTIC couple of weeks it's been on the

Baltimore social scene! The Senator Theatre was filled with folks attending screenings of movies with a Maryland connection: "Amistad," which features our goodwill ship, Pride of Baltimore II; "For Richer or Poorer" filmed primarily in Maryland; and "The Fanatics," a story about a marching band and its strategy to reclaim the football team stolen from its town.

If the latter sounds familiar, that's no surprise. Remember the Baltimore Colts? The film comedy was conceived, produced and directed by Baltimore native Marc Lasky.

More than 700 people attended the screening at the Senator, including the entire Baltimore Colts marching band. The star of the show, Ed Asner of "Lou Grant" fame, came to town for the screening and attended a small private party at the Harbor Inn Pier 5, which happens to be owned by Marc's dad, Mike Lasky.

Holiday Pops Concert

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was filled with holiday-music lovers during the Junior League of Baltimore's 16th annual Holiday Pops Concerts. This popular series was led by conductor Edward Polochick and featured the lovely soprano voice of native Washingtonian Janice Chandler.

Fran Cashman is president of the league, which uses the money raised by these concerts to support its community projects. Kudos to Jennifer Daniels and Meg Richards, who co-chaired the Holiday Pops committee.

Marketing association

Kelvin Boston, author of "Smart Money Moves for African Americans" and host of the PBS television series "Smart Money Moves," was the keynote speaker at the Baltimore Marketing Association's annual business awards dinner.

Representatives from most of Maryland's food chains joined hundreds of other business people at Martin's West to honor Henry T. Baines Sr., president and CEO of BMC Enterprises and co-owner of Stop Shop Save Food Markets. He was this year's winner of the Henry G. Parks Award, given annually to an African-American entrepreneur.

Mayor Kurt Schmoke was among the VIP guests praising Baines. Others at the party were City Council President Lawrence Bell; ++ businessman Raymond Haysbert, former CEO of Parks Sausages and a close friend of the late Henry Parks; and Joseph Haskins Jr., president of Harbor Bank.

Leukemia Society

Two prominent Howard County businessmen, Kingdon Gould Jr. and Vic Broccolino, chaired this year's Celebrity Brain Contest, a benefit for the Leukemia Society of America, Maryland Chapter.

The contest, which was held along with a luncheon at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, attracted 175 of Howard County's best business brains. It's a fun format. Participants at each table, led by a celebrity brain, answer 20 written questions in 20 minutes and then go on to answer some oral questions.

Channel 2's Mary Beth Marsden was emcee of the game, which ended with two teams tied for the title of Smartest Brain. The winners were Harkins Builders, led by Blase Cooke, and Laurel Sand & Gravel, led by Ed Barnhouser. The contest raised $30,000 for the Leukemia Society.

Around town

Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, was the houseguest of Johns Hopkins cardiologist Dr. Levi Watkins for a few days while her sister was a patient at Hopkins ...

Lady Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain, was the star attraction at a recent Network 2000 luncheon. She had many of the 1,100 guests on their feet clapping in agreement with her message that values are important, and manners and morals do matter. It was exhilarating to hear a world leader who shares my beliefs on that issue ...

Robert Hale and Tom Williams, of Hale-Williams Interior Design, have just returned to their Ruxton shop from Scotland. They went abroad to create the interiors for a new bed-and-breakfast in Callender, north of Edinburgh. The B&B's grand opening is April 15, and they plan to return to Scotland to oversee the installations.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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