Social calendarOct. 8: Second annual "Taste of Hampden...

October 04, 1998|By SYLVIA BADGER

Social calendar

Oct. 8: Second annual "Taste of Hampden" benefits the Hampden Family Center. 1104 W. 36th St. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $25 a person. Features food from neighborhood eateries. Call 410-467-8710.

Oct. 8: Sixth annual crab feast for the benefit of Manna House, which offers a soup kitchen, transitional housing and other programs for the poor. At Jimmy's Famous Seafood, 6526 Holabird Ave. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets $45. Call 410-889-3001.

Oct. 9: 29th annual Grand Opera Ball celebrates "A Magnificent Italian Circus!" At the Belvedere, Chase and Charles streets. 7 p.m. Black tie. Tickets $250. Call 410-625-1600, Ext. 313.

Oct. 10: 13th annual "Mercy Magic" takes guests on a safari at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. 7 p.m. Dress: black tie, safari gear or faux fur. Benefit for Mercy Medical Center. Tickets $250. Call 410-332-9874.

Oct. 10: The Good Samaritan Network, Residents Attacking Drugs and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are sponsoring a benefit art show and auction at the Longwell Armory, Westminster. 7 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 410-751-9512.

Oct. 11: "A Hands On Affair," a benefit for Baltimore Clayworks, takes place aboard the Bay Lady, at the foot of Broadway in Fells Point. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $75. Dress: party attire with sneakers. Call 410-578-1919.

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

Chestertown Jazz Festival

The music was great and so was the setting at the third annual Chestertown Jazz Festival. A large tent at Wilmer Park sat on the side of the Chester River, which was filled with boats of every size and description.

It was there that hundreds of jazz lovers gathered to hear performing artists such as Ethel Ennis, Stefan Scaggiari, Keter Betts, Paul Hildner, Julie Hall, John Doughten, Dick Durhan and Giacomo Gates.

But the shining star of the event was Dr. Mel Rapelyea, the man who dreamed up the festival, then made it come true. It helped that he became acquainted with BMW North America's GM, George Walish, who has a home in Chestertown. Walish brought BMW on board as the major sponsor of this event.

Faces in the crowd included Sandy and Ann Wilmer Hoon (Ann's family once owned the land that is Wilmer Park); Earl Arnett, husband of Ethel Ennis, who told me that Ennis' newest CD, "If Women Ruled the World," features songs by women composers only; Victor Doolan, president of BMW North America; and Joanne Fairchild, Kent County's director of tourism. More than 300 guests attended a black-tie dinner at Goucher College that kicked off a weekend of festivities celebrating the completion of the school's Legacy campaign. It was launched in 1994 with a five-year, $40 million goal. In just three years, however, it raised $47.3 million.

It's little wonder that Goucher President Judy Jolley Mohraz was all smiles as she greeted many of the school's most ardent supporters. Mark W. Jones, Goucher VP, said the success of the campaign is due in part to the fact that 59 percent of the school's alumni contributed. Money will be used for student scholarships, faculty initiatives, technology and campus infrastructure.

Among those at the cocktail party were Leonard Grief, Amy Grief, Pat and Robert Welch, Marilyn and Tom Nuttle (he's chairman of Goucher's board of trustees), WJZ-TV's Leona Morris, Patti and Mike Batza, Winnie Borden, Mary Ellen and George Thomsen, and Joan Claybrook. Nobody does it better than my pal Rhea Feikin, whose pretty face we've seen on Baltimore television for many moons. While she's currently seen as the host of "MPT on Location," her career began more than three decades ago at WBAL-TV with a school program, "Betty Better Speech." After that she become the station's Miss Rhea in "Miss Rhea & Sunshine," with the late Cal Schumann.

Those shows are a few reasons why Women in Film & Video of Maryland selected her as the winner of this year's Charm City Award. Plenty of folks gathered at the Belvedere for the awards party, which also honored Tom Kiefaber, owner of the historic Senator Theatre, and Sharon Steele, past president of WIFV and owner of Steele Casting.

Among those I saw at the party were Feikin's husband, Colgate Salsbury; Rolf Hertsgaard, former WBAL-TV news anchor; Brent Gunts, former WBAL-TV GM; Mark Feikin, attorney and Rhea's ex; Teresa Herold, president of WIFV; and Gayle Economos, WIFV's VP.

Mayor Kurt Schmoke popped in and surprised Feikin with a proclamation.

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