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October 28, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

B-more's social scene is in full swing these days. So many shindigs. So little time.

Oct. 16th's "Memorial Stadium Heroes" wingding for the Babe Ruth Museum, for instance.

"I've been to a lot of events," says executive director Mike Gibbons, "but that one was a real rip-snorter!"

Some 40 former pro athletes posted, all of whom had played in the old Memorial Stadium. So we're talkin' former Orioles and Baltimore Colts like Brooks Robinson, Johnny Unitas, Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor, Tom Matte, Lenny Moore and Stan White, just to name a few. Add to that about 500 adoring fans at Pikesville's Suburban Club.

"It was one standing ovation after another," says Mike, "I think it was one huge final hug session about Memorial Stadium." The museum got its warm fuzzies, too -- about $45,000 worth.

Meanwhile, several current gridders mingled with the crowd of 150 at Cross Street Market last Sunday at "Touchdown for the Homeless." But these were footballers of the feminine persuasion -- about 10 members of the Baltimore Burn, the women's pro football team. They signed autographs and slurped down a few oysters at the raw bar.

The low-key evening raised some $25,000 for the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter.

Saturday night was hoppin'. Honoree state school superintendent Nancy Grasmick snagged a standing ovation at the Ronald McDonald House gala after she gave a moving speech about the place that plays home to families of children with long-term illnesses who come from around the world to be treated at Baltimore's medical institutions. And over at the National Aquarium, executive director Dave Pittinger got right into the swim of the night's Las Vegas theme for "Splash! 2001," greeting folks in a Don King costume, complete with wig and sequined coat.

"I always have a blast at Splash!" says party chair Chris Padgett. This year was no exception. Chris says about 1,800 people partied throughout the Aquarium, dancing, playing a variety of casino-style games, browsing a myriad of food stations from local eateries, and enjoying the evening's Elvis impersonators and Las Vegas-type showgirls who put the evening in just the right Glitter Gulch groove.

The evening's $200,000 earnings proved pretty groovy for the Aquarium, too.

Yeah, that was CBS 60 Minutes attackmeister Mike Wallace standing outside Harbor Court Hotel last Saturday, looking downright mellow as he warmly shook hands with a future fan, all of about 2 years old. Nope, that wasn't lead singer Bono hangin' out at Mick O'Shea's after the U2 concert last Friday. But manager David Hoffman says the lookalike did make a few fans look twice.

David says this slightly younger version was dressed the same as the renowned rocker -- "the black leather jacket, black jeans, sunglasses at night, and bad dye job." His words, not ours.

Social Calendar

Oct. 30: "Fourth Annual Senator Theatre Classic." Benefits Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation. Champagne and dessert reception, audience chat with Mickey Rooney, screening of 1944's "National Velvet." Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance and at door. Call 410-433-2442.

Nov. 3: "2001 Opera Ball -- An Evening in Seville." Benefits Baltimore Opera Company. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated Spanish cuisine dinner, Spanish guitarist, flamenco dance troupe performance, live music, dancing. Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City. 7:15 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $300. Call 410-625-1600, Ext. 313.

Nov. 4: "International Cabaret." Benefits FIRN -- Foreign-born Information and Referral Network. Beer, wine, cash bar, heavy international hors d'oeuvres, performances, live music, dancing, international marketplace. Columbia Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets $50 in advance (preferred) and at door. Call 410-992-1923.

Nov. 4: "21st Annual Concert of Tastes." Benefits Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Complimentary glass of wine, cash bar, food stations from local restaurants, live music. Sheraton Barcelo Hotel, 173 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-224-0680.

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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