Around Town


September 16, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

It almost makes turning a certain age worth it. Vet-about-town (he's a partner at veterinary hospitals in Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown) Dr. Michael Wiseman just returned from a two-week trip he planned for his wife, Shelley, to celebrate her "special birthday." ("If I say which birthday," he confides, "she'll find the largest frying pan and ... ")

Michael and Shelley started out in London for a couple of days, then took the cruise ship Norwegian Dream across the English Channel and through the Kiel Canal, which cuts through Denmark connecting the North and Baltic seas.

"It was amazing," says Michael. "They had to flip the stacks from the ship and the main superstructure to get under bridges. They had a band playing the entire 20 hours it took to travel the canal, and people [on the banks] were cheering us all along the way."

First stop -- Estonia. Next came St. Petersburg, Russia. From there, the Wisemans traveled to Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Berlin.

Their favorite stop? St. Petersburg.

Michael loved the Hermitage.

"It's the finest museum I've ever seen in my life," he raves, "I'd been dreaming of going there since I was 6."

Meanwhile, Shelley was taken with Catherine the Great's summer palace in nearby Pushkin.

"Two days before we were there, [Microsoft co-founder] Paul Allen had a big party there," Shelley explains, "[with guests including] Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. So when we went into the palace's reception room, I visualized that I was at that party in my best formal attire. It was glorious."

Speaking of glorious, that's exactly what Baltimore Mag owner Steve Geppi thinks of the new addition to his family. Aug. 7, wife Mindy gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Stephen Andrew Geppi Jr.

"He's a beautiful little boy, if I do say so myself," says Steve.

He and Mindy aren't the only ones thrilled to pieces. Their 12-year-old daughter, Breanna, is "lovin' life," according to Steve.

"She always wanted a little brother or sister," he says, "So this is her dream come true. There's a lotta love going [Stephen's] direction."

Social Calendar

Sept. 19: "Ding The Tip." Benefits American Dime Museum. Wine, carnival food buffet, sideshow performances. American Dime Museum, 1806-1808 Maryland Ave. and Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. Ticket cost: "one piece of folding American money" at the door. Call 410-230-0263.

Sept. 20: "2001 Charm City Award Ceremony and Dinner." Benefits Women in Film and Video of Maryland. Cash bar, seated dinner, honoring Martha Royall and the Maryland Film Office. Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Call 410-685-3456, Ext. 3.

Sept. 20: "First Annual Baltimore Incentive Awards Dinner." Benefits University of Maryland Baltimore Incentive Awards program. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, keynote speaker actor and producer Danny Glover. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 310-405-4638.

Sept. 21: "A Very Verdi Evening." Benefits Opera Vivente chamber opera company. Wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, performances by Opera Vivente artists. Kirk Designs, 6 E. Eager St. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets $75 in advance and at door. Call 410-547-7997.

Sept. 22: "100th Anniversary Celebration." Benefits St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music. Holiday Inn Select, 2004 Greenspring Ave., Timonium. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets $60. Call 410-337-1398.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520. Or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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