Around Town

MARYLAND SCENE

September 30, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

It was a starry, starry night at the first annual Baltimore Incentive Awards Dinner last weekend. Some 300 folks gathered at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel to honor the first nine students for a new scholarship program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Each was selected from a different Baltimore high school for an all-expense-paid four-year education at UMCP.

The theme for the evening was "stars," and stars were everywhere. The tablecloths were scattered with gold stars. Everyone got a silvery star as a take-home goodie. And up at the podium, movie star Danny Glover gave the keynote speech about the role that education plays in helping the world community.

But, according to awards committee member Brenda Brown Rever, the biggest stars of the night were the nine scholarship recipients, all now freshmen at UMCP. When all nine were called to the stage to take a bow, Brenda says her sister-in-law, Alison Richmond, leaned over and said to her: "I think they were picked for their beauty. They're all beautiful."

Brenda agrees. These stars were shining, she says, with a beauty that comes from within.

And then there were the sights -- and "stars" -- of another shindig last week, for B-more's own American Dime Museum. After all, if it's a bash for an institution honoring carnival sideshows, you know the entertainment is going to be just slightly out of the ordinary. And according to museum co-founder Dick Horne, there were also more entertainers than ever before.

Bed of nails guy Harley Newman was there, as was juggler Mike Rosman. So was Johnny Fox, sword swallower extrordinaire.

"He's probably the world's best sword swallower," says Dick. "He holds the unofficial world record." That's 16 swords in one gulp, ladies and gentlemen.

"But Guinness [Book of World Records] won't recognize him," Dick explains, "it's a category they won't include." For obvious reasons.

Sorry you missed out on all the fun? Not to worry, Dick assures, the museum's two-year anniversary party is just around the corner.

Social Calendar

Oct. 1: "14th Annual Golf Tournament Dinner." Benefits St. Joseph Medical Foundation. Open bar, buffet dinner, awards ceremony. Towson Golf and Country Club, 12801 Stone Hill Rd., Towson. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets $50; including lunch and golf tournament $350. Call 410-337-1843.

Oct. 5: "Oh, The Places You'll Go! Dinner Dance and Silent Auction." Benefits Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program. Cash bar, dinner, live music, dancing. Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-522-0225.

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