Social calendarSept. 10: Women in Film and Video...

September 06, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Sept. 10: Women in Film and Video membership meeting. UPN24 (Channel 24), 4820 Seton Drive. 6 p.m. Members free, guests $10. Guest speakers Mary Hardcastle and Shelly Morhaim, who recently completed their first independent film, "Mixed Blessings." Call 410-685-FILM.

Sept. 11: Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the Baltimore Community Relations Commission's 10th Annual Breakfast Meeting features Lani Guinier, one of the nation's most outspoken legal scholars on civil rights. 8 a.m., Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. $20. Call 410-396-3141.

Sept. 12: Girl Power Teen Talk. Teen girls, mothers and aunts are invited for a free breakfast with Olympic Gold medalist Beth Botsford at Fox 45 studios, 2000 W. 41st St. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Call 410-752-7990.

Sept. 12: '98 Ellicott City Micro Fest features 10 microbrewers. Sponsored by Ellicott City Lions Club and Cross Street Irregulars. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ellicott City Lions Community Hall, 5005 Waterloo Road (Route 104). Must be 21 or older to attend. $20 donation. Benefits Lions' Camp Merrick for Blind and Hearing Impaired Children and Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. Call 410-992-6239.

Sept. 12: "Neighborhood Nosh" promises to be a tasty inaugural party for the Citizens Planning & Housing Association. Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. 7 p.m. $75. Call Heidi at 410-539-1369.

Orioles Advocates

Members of the Oriole Advocates, a group dedicated to promoting and stimulating interest in baseball, recently held the 14th Oriole Advocates Hall of Fame luncheon at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Advocate president Bob Blatchley greeted many of the several hundred people who were there to rub elbows with some of baseball's greats.

This year's honorees were former general manager Lee MacPhail, who was also the American League commissioner for 10 years; former O's first baseman Lee May, who was at the party with his wife, Terre; and former second baseman Bobby Grich. Their official induction took place at Oriole Park last Sunday before the O's game with Kansas City.

At the luncheon, strolling magician Dick Steiner entertained one and all with his Hall of Fame card tricks. Among those I saw enjoying the event were Sam Lacy, the absolutely delightful 94-year-old sports editor of the Baltimore Afro-American; former O's exec Bob Brown and his wife, Jay; former O's exec Joe Hamper, who reluctantly put away his golf clubs to come and honor MacPhail; Larry Kendrick, who chaired the luncheon; Dr. Bob Bates, longtime member of the Advocates; Elrod Hendricks, Orioles coach; and Billy Hunter, Oriole Hall of Famer, who told me that one of the highlights of his retirement is his volunteer work with youngsters. Last weekend's 18th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair was a show to remember, featuring treasures brought to town by 450 dealers.

I stopped by the Convention Center for what was called an early-morning buying preview. This was held in association with Women of Achievement in Maryland, a nonprofit organization founded by first lady Frances Glendening to chronicle the lives of women who've made a difference in Maryland's history.

As part of the preview, there were 14 themed antique table displays designed by well-known women such as the first lady and Eleanor Davies Tydings Ditzen, wife and mother of Maryland politicians. Ditzen's theme was "Lunch With Catherine the Great," and for her table she used her own Catherine the Great china, which featured the Russian empress' coat of arms.

Another interesting table was "Cleocatra Children's Tea Party," designed by 11-year-old Carmen Phillips, the granddaughter of Shirley and Brice Phillips of Maryland seafood fame. Carmen also was showing copies of her book, "Cleocatra," a story about the queen of cats.

Others who did tables were Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ann Stock, Mitzi Perdue, Alexine Jackson, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Frankie Hewitt, Mollye Block, Shirley Phillips, Pat Lawson Muse and Claire Moses. The crabs were hot and the beer was cold at the 15th annual Crab Feast Spectacular of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Sigma Chapter. For nearly five hours last Sunday, fraternity members, their friends and families partied at Martin's West.

For those who could live without crabs, party chair Marvin "Doc" Cheatham (head of the city elections board) made sure there was plenty more to eat. Tables were laden with crab soup, corn, fried chicken barbecue beef, ham, salads and desserts.

Among those I saw celebrating were Lester Burney, president of Zeta Sigma Chapter; Adrian Hubbard, chapter financial secretary; and Annette Britton, Doc's girlfriend. I also had a chat with Judge Tom Waxter and Judge John Carroll Byrnes.

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