Social CalendarAug. 6: Grant-A-Wish Casino Night at...

August 02, 1998|By Anne Boone-Simanski

Social Calendar

Aug. 6: Grant-A-Wish Casino Night at Edgar's Billiard Club, 1 E. Pratt St., Suite 14. Fund-raiser for the Grant-A-Wish Foundation. Includes a pool shootout pitting WJZ-TV's Marty Bass against Lisa Willis, formerly of WBFF-TV. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets $50. Buffet and two drinks included. 410-752-8080.

Aug. 9: Summer concert at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Hard Travelers play. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Picnics welcome, but not pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. Cafe serves light fare, wine and beer. $8 adults, $7 seniors/Ladew members, $2 children. Rain date Aug. 16. Call 410-557-9570, Ext 15.

Aug. 23: Summer concert at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Foggy Bottom performs bluegrass. Rain date Aug. 30. See above.

Around town

No curvy girls for the Downtown Athletic Club's new flier! It features 81-year-old Willie Rosen, a former bartender, who joined the DAC because he loves to box and wanted to stay in shape.

Congrats to Baltimore businessman Lee Hack, who retired to the Eastern Shore about 18 years ago with his wife, Miriam, and began growing grapes. In the most recent Maryland/DC regionals of the American Wine Society, he won first-place prize for his Concord wine and second place for his Seyval Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Planet Hollywood's opening

The Starship Hollywood landed on Planet Baltimore. That is to say, Planet Hollywood had its grand opening in Baltimore, and the stars came out for the event.

In addition to all the well-publicized outdoor events surrounding the opening of the Inner Harbor restaurant, there was an exclusive party held inside the Hyatt Regency. The hosts were the hotel's GM, Robert Steele, and his wife, Sheila.

Mingling with local VIPs at Pisces restaurant in the Hyatt were actors Bruce Willis (trailed by his entourage), Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin and Yaphet Kotto, and TV personality Daisy Fuentes.

Local celebrities included filmmaker John Waters; former Baltimore Colts stars Johnny Unitas (with wife Sandra, sons Chad and Joey and daughter Paige) and Artie Donovan (with wife Dottie and daughters Debbie and Kelly); Orioles pitchers Scott Kamieniecki, Doug Drabek and Sidney Ponson; and former Orioles pitching star Jim Palmer (with wife Joni and a friend of the couple, Debbie Osbourne, head of the American Heart Association).

And not surprisingly - given the Hollywood stars in attendance - also spotted were Mike Styer and Jack Gerbes, director and deputy director of the Maryland Film Commission.

Reggae for Reading was the theme of SoBoQ-7, a fund-raiser for the South Baltimore Learning Center. The Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway - with all its artifacts inside, and its water view outside - was a great setting for this South Baltimore neighborhood happening, a popular annual event.

There was a terrific "island" barbecue buffet by Glenmore Caterers, as well as terrific music by Jah Works, a reggae band that recently released its third album, "Taking Off Tomorrow." I was told by Heidi Willis, of the Reeves Agency, that the band will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its new release to the Learning Center.

Guests of honor at the event were Patty Rouse and Ted Rouse, representing the Jim and Patty Rouse Charitable Foundation, which has been a generous supporter of the center. Others whom I spotted included Jay Marcus, who works for the Enterprise Foundation and also serves as board president for the Learning Center; state Sen. George Della; SoBoQ chair Steven Tomczewski; WMAR-TV's Scott Broom, celebrity emcee; Charles Morton, an attorney and owner of the Tapestry Wine Bar in Fells Point; Patricia Goodyear, who serves on the center's advisory council; and Sonia Socha, executive director of the center. Sylvia Badger Baltimore's crown just keeps getting heavier. One of the newest jewels was added last weekend - the Chesapeake Challenge Offshore Powerboat Race and Festival. The lovely Baltimore Marine Center in Canton, which helped bring the race to the Baltimore Harbor, was the site of a kickoff reception for racers and event sponsors.

Among the several hundred people chatting and enjoying delicious food from Portabella's restaurant were Selvin and Sylvia Passen (he's one of the partners in the marine center); John and Susie Smith (he's a marine center partner, and both were race volunteers); Bruce and Tina Crockett (he's a marine center partner and a powerboat racer); Roz Healy and Jerry Balog of the city's Office of Promotion; Bobby Marsilli, Department of Public Works; Anne Riggle, Salomon Smith Barney; Sue Ringler, U.S. Attorney's Office; Stephanie and Dan Hirschfeld (he's president of Covenant Care Corp.); John and Brenda Wilmoth; and Len Anderson. John is director of the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association, the race's sponsor, and Len is the group's president. Naturally, both were thrilled that the event had come to Baltimore.

Anne Boone-Simanski

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