July 8: A reception follows the Maryland Stage Company's production of Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" in the Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. The play begins at 8 p.m.; the reception at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $18. Maryland Stage is the professional theater company in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Call 410-455-3370.
July 12: An Afternoon for Lupus is being sponsored by the Druid Park Drive Support Group of the Maryland Lupus Foundation. 4116 E. Lombard St. From 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $25. Open bar and buffet. Call 410-466-5507 or 410-337-9000.
Congratulations to ...
James Piper Bond, president of Living Classrooms Foundation, who spent three days in and around Baltimore with "Good Morning America" co-host Kevin Newman and a film crew. The story revolves around Living Classrooms programs, which give hands-on learning experiences to disadvantaged youth. The segment is expected to air this coming week. ...
The Pumpkin Theatre, whose July production for children was recognized as good summertime entertainment in the June 19 edition of the Wall Street Journal's "Weekend Journal." The theater group's "Three Sundays in July of Music, Magic & Juggling" takes place at the Baltimore Museum of Art on July 12, July 19 and July 26. ...
Center Stage, whose board of trustees has elected Jim Brady, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, as its new president.
The Blue Moon Ball, held at the Carriage House at Evergreen, featured the sounds of the Persuaders, one of Baltimore's hottest blues bands. It was an evening of good music, wine and international cuisine prepared by the Classic Catering People.
The event was chaired by Liz Fisher, a member of the Friends of the League. She was thrilled with the turnout of 175 people and the fact that all her hard work helped raise nearly $9,000 for the League: Serving People with Physical Disabilities, which is in its 71st year.
A sporty-looking racing car was the center of attention at the ball. It was lent by guests of honor Missy and Ed Berge, CEOs of the Middle River Racing Association. Other guests included Janice Frey-Angel, the League's new executive director; Bob Erwin, outgoing board president; Suzanne Silverman, incoming board president; Karen Sverino, board member; Marlene Hendler, volunteer and client of the League; and Alex Schmidt and Leslie Rice, committee members. Solstice '98, Cirque du Science, was a hair-raising experience for many guests. Among the many marvels of science on display at this dazzling event, the Maryland Science Center's premier fund-raiser, was one of those electrical machines that makes your hair stand on end when you touch it.
Cocktail hour was a lively affair. It had the magic of a big-top event, as guests got a taste of what children and adults throughout the state receive from the Science Center's traveling shows.
The party, held at the Hyatt Regency, was chaired by Vince Forlenza, Becton Dickinson president and a Science Center trustee. Others at the event included Beverly and Greg Andorfer (he's the center's executive director); Tom and Barbara Bozzuto (he's chairman of the center's board of trustees); James DeGraffenreidt, Solstice vice chair, center trustee and president and CEO of Washington Gas Light; Lois and Richard Talkin (he's a center trustee); and Pat and David Bernstein (she founded the Cycle Across Maryland event and he owns a piece of the Orioles).
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, dubbed the Knights of Comedy, brought their "2,000 Year-Old-Man" act to the Lyric Theatre for a Save-A-Heart Foundation fund-raiser. It was an evening filled with laughter and cheers.
The cheers were reserved for this year's honorees - WJZ-TV VP and GM Marcellus Alexander Jr., who received the Jerry Turner Memorial Award, and Stephen Geppi, president and CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, who was given the 1998 Humanitarian Award.
Before the comedy concert, they were recognized for their good works by Save-A-Heart VIPs Louis Denrich, Morry Zolet and Philip Willen, and WJZ-TV's Denise Koch, who emceed the ceremonies.
The organization also recognized Sylvia Danzig, whose name has been synonymous with Save-A-Heart for many years. After many years of doing a terrific PR job for the charity, Danzig has retired. Everyone who's ever worked with her will miss her.
After the concert, I joined the honorees and a handful of Save-A-Heart VIPs for a short backstage photo session with the stars. Among the VIPS were Morry, Hy and David Zolet; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Levinson; Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Paige; and Jeff Pritzker. Hundreds of other guests gathered on the Lyric's second floor for a dessert reception after the show.