Social calendarSept. 27: Fall Fun Feast, a crab feast...

September 27, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Sept. 27: Fall Fun Feast, a crab feast, bull roast and dance to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society. Columbus Gardens, 8400 Belair Road. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. $30. Call 410-547-5377.

Oct. 1: Mount Vernon's Romantic Legacy Walking Tour begins at the Brass Elephant restaurant, 923 N. Charles St., 5:45 p.m. Tour is free. Dinner, at $35 a person, will be served at Brass Elephant following tour. For dinner reservations, call 410-547-8480.

Oct. 1: Centennial Serenade Gala, Liriodendron mansion, 502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air. Benefits restoration of the Ice House on mansion grounds. 7 p.m. Black tie. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a performance by pianist Marvin Hamlisch. Exhibit by photojournalist Nancy Jo Johnson. Tickets $100-$200. For an invitation, call 410-838-3942.

Oct. 2: Eighth annual Bell Atlantic Mobile/SIDS Golf Invitational. Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City. Noon lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start. Tickets $150 for lunch, golf, silent auction, dinner dance; $50 for silent auction and dinner dance. Call 410-706-5062.

Oct. 3: Fifth annual Mardi Gras benefits an alternative medicine fund at the New Children's Hospital. Event's honorary chair is tennis star Pam Shriver, who will be given the hospital's first humanitarian award. Bennett Institute at the hospital, 3825 Greenspring Ave. 7 p.m. $150. Call 410-462-6800, Ext. 3314.

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

A Waters premiere

One of Baltimore's best-known filmmakers, John Waters, has done it again. He made and premiered his 13th film, "Pecker," in his hometown of Baltimore, and he held the cast party for it here as well.

After the premiere at the Senator Theatre, first-nighters were invited to the Club Paradox, an after-hours nightspot off Russell Street, where they hobnobbed with celebs such as Waters and producer John Fiedler, whose most recent film was "Mortal Thoughts" with Demi Moore and Bruce Willis; and Fiedler's wife, actress Bess Armstrong.

That is they hobnobbed with them if they could find them. Although the klieg lights were blazing outside, lights were dim inside the Paradox. Many thanks to my pal Sascha, who, in addition to organizing the caterers who donated the food for the party, maneuvered me through the dark to a side room filled with the film's notables.

Holding forth was "Pecker" star Ed Furlong, whose next film, "American History X," also stars Edward Norton, formerly of Columbia. I also spotted Norton's dad, Ed Sr.; Connie Caplan, president of the Time Group; Waters' mom and dad, Pat and John; Pat Moran, one of the best-known casting directors in the business; and Patricia Hearst, who's acted in several Waters movies. All proceeds from the party were donated to Aids Action Baltimore.

The Bay Lady left the Inner Harbor last week on a three-hour "Dream Cruise" for the benefit of the Thelma March Scholarship Foundation. While cruising the bay, the several hundred foundation supporters were treated to lots of good food and the sounds of jazz and Caribbean music.

I chatted with Annette March Grier about the scholarship program. Each year it gives one graduate from Dunbar and Douglass high schools a full scholarship to be used at the college of their choice. This program was founded by March Funeral Homes in 1981. It was created in memory of Thelma March, who died in a house fire while in her first year at Coppin State College. She'd graduated from Dunbar in 1939 and was the first member of her family to attend college.

Among those on the Bay Lady were Dunbar principal Charlotte (( Wing, Douglass principal Rose Davis and scholarship recipients Jiajoyce Conway, Vernell Moulton, Stacey Armstrong, Cherlee Wilson and Shaylin Holley.

Variety is certainly the spice of life at Tom Kiefaber's Senator Theatre. In the same week that John Waters' offbeat film "Pecker" premiered, people filled the theater to see the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." The showing honored one of the film's stars, Jane Powell.

Also a guest of honor was Powell's husband, Dick Moore, a star in his own right with more than 100 films to his credit. The event was a fund-raiser for the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. This group, led by the Rev. John Sharp, supplies housing and social-service programs for seniors, low-income families and homeless people.

Before the screening, several hundred guests paid $150 to have dinner with Powell. Among the VIP dinner guests were Nathan and Lillian Weinberg, representing the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a major sponsor of the event; Bob Widmer, vice president of Harkins Builders, and his wife, Mary; and John Kovach, BT Alex. Brown, and his wife, Helen.

After dinner at Govans Presbyterian Church, guests walked a block to the theater, where WJZ-TV's Don Scott emceed the unveiling of a commemorative Jane Powell sidewalk block.

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