Small wedding for Shriver and Lazenby

MARYLAND SCENE

Around Town

August 04, 2002|By Sloane Brown | By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Baltimore native Pam Shriver has gotten a chance to catch her breath after a whirlwind month and a half in which she covered the French Open (in Paris) and Wimbledon (in England) for ESPN, played golf and celebrated her 40th birthday in Scotland, and was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Oh, and did we mention that she also got married in California sometime in the middle of all that?

Pam says she and hubby George Lazenby were just planning to get married on the fly.

"But, when we threw out the word elope [to my parents], my dad said he and my mother really wanted to be included in our plans," Pam says.

So, with just 12 relatives and close friends in attendance, Pam and George tied the knot June 12 in a simple ceremony in the back yard of their Pacific Palisades home.

"It was just like a dinner party," she says. "We had a chef come and cook a really nice four-course meal."

With one important difference. Dessert was a passion fruit and lemon wedding cake, the top of which is in the couple's freezer, awaiting their first anniversary.

As far as the honeymoon goes -- "We thought about going somewhere overnight [on our wedding night]," Pam explains from her Southern California abode, "but we love our house so much, we decided to honeymoon in the hot tub right here."

Pam says that because they had moved in together a year ago, she and George already felt married and just wanted to underplay the ceremony. But, she says, a week later her mother sent her a Wall Street Journal article about how everybody is having small weddings these days.

"We had no idea we were so trendy," she jokes.

So will Pam follow another trend -- that of celebrity momdom? She says she and George, who is 22 years her senior and has a daughter in her 20s, are open to the idea.

"It's fortunate that he embraces that concept," Pam says, "even though he's been through it before."

And she's philosophical about whatever happens.

"My relationship with him is the most important thing I have, and that makes everything else right."

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ANOTHER high-profile B-more couple just celebrated their fifth anniversary in the heart of the city's current Numero Uno party spot. Suzi and David Cordish invited 250 of their closest friends to a shindig under tents pitched in the center of David's entertainment complex, Power Plant Live.

"The invitation was so cute," says Suzi, "it was a spoof of 'I Love Lucy.' It read 'I love Suzi,' and inside it said, 'You've got a lot of 'splainin' to do.' " With all the obvious references to Lucy's Cuban husband / co-star Desi Arnaz, who else but Babalu -- the Power Plant Live's similarly themed eatery -- would supply the food and drink?

Suzi says there was a six-piece Cuban band, and lots of margaritas and mojitos. Since it was a Friday night, there were also some 5,000 Power Plant Live funseekers milling around the private bash.

She says that only made for further entertainment.

"Everyone loved being where the action is," Suzi surmises.

Among those taking in all the sights and sounds and helping Suzi and David celebrate: John Paterakis, Mike and Patti Batza, Earl and Darielle Linehan, Karen Bokram, Greg Barnhill and Marla and David Oros.

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THE SIGHTS and sounds were just a tad different at the American Dime Museum's recent "Meet the Museum Night." You know this is the place where you, too, can view a two-headed calf and mummies of various shapes and sizes. Museum co-founder Dick Horne says a crowd of about 300 folks, including Harold and Freddie Manekin, Sandye Sirota, and Gene and Judy Fusting, showed up to take in the museum's collection of old sideshow exhibits, and to chow down on good old-fashioned carnival food like corn dogs and popcorn.

Unfortunately, three museum guests just missed the big event. Oedipus, Fluffy and Bartholomew had to make the trip down from New York, with the help of museum friend Ula, the Pain-Proof Rubber Girl. You see, Oeddy, Fluff and Bart are snakehead fish. Yep, relations of the ones making national headlines from a Crofton pond.

"When the snakehead story first started making news, I saw them being sold in tubs on the street in New York's Chinatown," Dick explains. "And when I got back to Baltimore, I said, you know, we really need those for the museum."

So he called NYC resident Ula, who bought them and carried them to Charm City, naming the three along the way. The three snakeheads, each measuring about 16 inches, are displayed in a tank in the museum. Dick says response has been terrific. And in respect for their soon-to-be-late Crofton cousins, Dick says he's made plans for the time the pond is poisoned to keep the species from overrunning all others in the area. He'll drape the American Dime Museum snakehead fishtank in black.

Social Calendar

Aug. 11: "Fifth Annual Crab Feast." Benefits Chi Eta Phi Sorority Gamma Chapter Nursing Scholarship Program. Beer, cash bar, crab feast buffet, dessert, DJ, dancing. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Rd. 2 p.m. Tickets $45. Call 301-577-6160.

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