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July 16, 2000|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Looks like the traditional July Fourth party that Tony Hawkins and Paula Rome throw at their summer home on the Magothy River was another big success.

And we do mean big.

The retired Rouse Company VP and his PR whiz wife have been throwing the summer shindig for 15 years now. This year, about 100 friends and family attended, including: Baltimore tourism chief Carroll Armstrong with wife Barbara and mom Margaret; former city housing boss Dan Henson, wife Del and her mom; the Polo Grill's Gail and Lenny Kaplan; HUD bigwig Elinor Bacon; and Tony's closest friend, Warren Carroll, and four generations of his family.

Paula and Tony said feeding the forces was no small feat. They went through five bushels of crabs, 18 pounds of steamed shrimp, 10 slabs of ribs and 10 chickens, and added a new item to the menu this year.

"For years, [Maryland Appeals Court Chief Justice] Robert Bell has been begging for hot dogs," Paula says, "so this year, we finally included them too."

Meanwhile, the guests of B-more car czar Jack Antwerpen got their on-the-water view of the Inner Harbor fireworks with an extra bang -- they watched the pyrotechnics from the deck of Jack's new 116-foot yacht.

Jack says the Avante was originally built in 1967 by the Netherlands' Feadship Co. for billionaire Malcolm Forbes. It boasts four bedrooms and a live-in crew of five. Jack says Forbes entertained guests such as Britain's Prince Charles and the late Shah of Iran and -- best of all -- reportedly romanced Liz Taylor aboard the Avante before he sold it in 1980.

You can get a gander at this beauty yourself. The Avante is docked on the outside pier at the Baltimore Marine Center in Canton.

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