Around Town


November 11, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Women rule.

Not exactly news to twin sisters Wendy Jachman and Jennifer Myerberg. Oct. 21 heralded the pair's 50th birthday. So, Jennifer flew in from her home in Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate with her Owings Mills sis at a "girls-only" Halloween-themed birthday party a couple of weeks ago. Girlfriends, aunts and female cousins were asked to dress as beauty queens. One line in the invitation read, "If you come as Audrey, Grace or Jackie, you won't be tacky."

Wendy says of the 54 guests who posted, 53 were in costume, including three Audrey Hepburns, three or four Jackie Kennedys (with short brown flip hairstyles, boxy suits and pillbox hats), one Jackie Onassis (wearing a kerchief and big sunglasses), one Madonna, one Madame Butterfly, one Martha Stewart, one Dolly Parton, a couple of John Waters characters and two Lucille Balls.

Some of the standouts: Terry Morganthaler as Grace Kelly from "Rear Window" in a black lace fitted sweater and full skirt with black trim, and Joanne Golden as one of the Lucys so realistic in her polka-dot dress, red wig and red lips that many of her friends didn't recognize her.

And the birthday girls? Jennifer came as Carrie Bradshaw from the TV show Sex and the City. And Wendy dressed as Mexican surrealist Frieda Kahlo complete with unibrow and authentic Mexican clothes.

Even the Woodholme Country Club, where the party was held, got into the spirit. Wendy said the manager staffed it with another pair of twins -- Sharon and Cheryl Miller from Towson University.

"It was absolutely hilarious," says Wendy. "My friends went all out. The invitation had read 'No presents, your outrageous presence are our presents.' And they did just that."

And then there's that new member of the Women's Civic League not exactly unknown for occasional acts of outrageousness himself. That's right, HIMself.

At the league's recent fall luncheon, former Baltimore Mayor / Maryland Governor / current state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer was given a plaque designating him the only masculine member of the all-women's club. That's a first ever for the 90-year-old organization, which founded the city's annual Flower Mart and ran it through 1999.

"He's always been very good to the Women's Civic League," says past pres Beverly Quinones. "He was surprised. He knew he was being honored, but I don't think he knew exactly how."

However, outrageousness does have its limits. Somehow, at the league's Flower Mart tea in the Engineer's Club next year, we doubt we'll see the guv joining his fellow league members in the traditional big flowery bonnet.

Yet one more feminine milestone in B-more -- this time for the American Visionary Art Museum. AVAM played host to its fifth annual "Goddess Night" last weekend. This was the first year it wasn't a sleepover.

"We're getting older," explains founder / director Rebecca Hoffberger.

Some 230 women roamed the premises, participating in all sorts of neat-o activities. There were 28 massage therapists, 15 psychic readers, 14 experts offering workshops in areas like career choices, jin shin jyutsu ("an old Japanese art of harmonizing the mind and body" according to Rebecca), and hands-on stuff like learning to make genies in bottles, clay goddesses and mosaic pins. And let's not forget those yoga and salsa dance classes.

Rebecca says this year's event was very intimate given its theme of "peace summit" amid our current events.

"It was the right thing to do at a very important time," she elaborates. "After all, every soldier has a mother."

Social Calendar

Nov. 16: Fifth annual "Baltimore Ravens FANtastic Charity Event." Benefits Baltimore Regional Burn Center at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, autographs and photographs with Ravens players, live music, dancing. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 7 p.m. - midnight. Tickets $100. Call 410-502-2911.

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