Social calendarAug. 23: A Crab Feast Spectacular benefits...

August 23, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Aug. 23: A Crab Feast Spectacular benefits Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Sigma Chapter. Wheels of fortune, music, prizes, raffles. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. $33. Call Marvin "Doc" Cheatham at 410-669-8683.

Aug. 28: The 14th Orioles Hall of Fame Luncheon, sponsored by the Oriole Advocates, in cooperation with the Baltimore Orioles, honors former general manager Lee MacPhail, former second baseman Bobby Grich and former first baseman Lee May. Orioles broadcaster Fred Manfra will emcee. Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Noon. Tickets $30. Call Dick Grubbs, 410-252-0268, or Larry Kendrick, 410-796-2075, for reservations.

Aug 28-30: 18th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair. More than 450 exhibitors. Baltimore Convention Center. Early-buying preview party Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, features 14 themed antiques displays by women of achievement, showing how they entertain with antiques. Preview tickets are $35. They may be bought at the door, and are good for the entire three-day show. Party benefits Women of Achievement in Maryland History. $8 general admission tickets also are good for all three days. For show times and other information, call 301-949-8996 or 301-924-5002.

If you'd like to have your social event listed here, please fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.

Summer crab feast

There's nothing like a summer crab feast to attract the party people in your organization. About 125 folks showed up to feast on the mounds of big blues that served as the centerpiece of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland's annual fund-raiser at Columbus Gardens.

Sharon Maneki, president of the group, said the money raised will benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund, which was named for the first president of the Maryland affiliate. Money is given to deserving blind students, and they can use it at any school they attend.

Many took to the dance floor when Foxy Moxey DJs Plus began playing dancing favorites.

In addition to the crabs, there was an array of other food, including pit beef. I can assure you, no one left hungry. And one person, Barry Hond, an officer with the federation, left with his hunger satisfied and a lot happier. He won the raffle prize of Ravens football tickets. The Ravens tickets were donated by Joe Sanchez, president of Osprey Structural Services Ltd.

Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County is the scene of an annual party to benefit the American Cancer Society. The fest, called the Cancer Crusade, was organized 17 years ago by Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald Donovan after his father died of cancer.

The word is out about what a great party this is. Nearly 1,500 people attended the most recent one, held at Donovan's Rod 'n' Reel Restaurant, and more than $130,000 was raised.

Never have I seen more tasty food and drinks offered for only $50. Lobster tails, clams, oysters, shrimp, soft crabs, stuffed ham, ribs, fish, and even a martini and champagne bar.

The event, which has become a premier Calvert County social event, was chaired this year by Marvin Oursler and Rick Bailey Jr., transplants from Prince George's County who have developed housing subdivisions in Calvert County such as Trott's Pond and Marley Run. Their hard-working co-chairs were Mary O'Dell and Linda Hipsley.

The party also attracted dozens of politicos, including gubernatorial candidates Ellen Sauerbrey and Eileen Rehrmann (who dropped out of the race a few days later), and a local favorite, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.

In August, social happenings take on a more family-oriented theme, so I thought it might be fun to visit the Queen Anne's County Fair to give you the flavor of a local gathering on the Eastern Shore.

Fair superintendent Phil Norton and his co-chairs, Dale Hickman, Buddy Thomas and Stoney Duffey, worked all year on this weeklong event, which attracted 2,000 to 4,000 a day to the 4-H Park in Centreville.

More than 200 volunteers run the fair, which has a true country flavor, with its main focus on 4-H and Future Farmers of America projects.

Pigs, dairy cows, goats, sheep, rabbits and chickens raised by 4-H youngsters in Queen Anne's are still the star attractions. But there's one nonfarm event that is becoming more and more popular with fair-goers. It's the jousting tournament, which featured dozens of talented young riders aiming for the rings.

Bruce Hoffman, Maryland Jousting Tournament Association president, and his wife, Peggy, president of the Amateur Jousting Club of Maryland, run jousting events throughout the state, and they did a great job keeping things moving here.

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