Steve Allen in concert

MARYLAND SCENE

June 20, 1999|By Sloane Brown

Television's original Renaissance man, Steve Allen, entertained and then hung out with fans in Columbia as part of the Candlelight Concerts series.

During "An Evening with Steve Allen," the 77-year-old jazz artist, author and comedian sang, played the piano and answered questions from the audience of 700 at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.

Later, at a post-show soiree held at the Vantage House Retirement Community, Allen mingled with a turnout of 250 people, which included Tom Roth, event chair; Bonita Bush, Candlelight Concerts executive director; Chuck Thomas, board president; Dennis Dunn, Holly Thomas and Bob Thulman, board members; Fran Minakowski, Maryland Public Television's head of corporate relations; George Fambro, design manager at the Rouse Co.; Glenn Charlow, Manekin Corp. broker; and Barbara Peart, Maryland Department of Agriculture administrator.

The concert and reception raised more than $25,000 for Candlelight Concerts, which presents jazz, chamber music and performing arts to children in Central Maryland.

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