Some choose to beat heat


others join it

Around Town

August 11, 2002|By Sloane Brown | By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Ah, August. The days when the mercury regularly hovers around the 100-degree mark, causing more than a few Baltimoreans to feel like real-life versions of the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz ("I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world!").

Since puddly isn't a very popular look, we asked a few local notables this question: What's your favorite way to beat the summer heat?

Michelle Whelley, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore president: "Finding water -- a beach, swimming pool, even a backyard sprinkler. And drinking anything with ice in it ... although the heat doesn't bother me that much. Maybe it's my Mediterranean blood."

Roger Birkel, Baltimore Zoo executive director: "You're asking the wrong guy. I embrace heat. I travel to Africa, Borneo, Madagascar -- all warm, beautiful, wild places -- and I love it when it's hot. On a warm sunny day at high noon, you'll find me taking a nice shady walk through the zoo. The question you should ask me is, 'In the winter, how do I beat the cold?' "

Charles Tildon Jr., management consultant / retired president, Community College of Baltimore, and grandfather of Drew Tildon, 8, and Kyle Tildon, 5: "Relaxing with my grandchildren. They're my favorite pastime. They keep me cool by being as wonderful as they are."

Carole Sibel, president, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore: "The heat doesn't flatten me like it does a lot of people. My husband always told me, don't get excited unless there's something you can do about it. But one thing that's nice about it -- people cancel outside activities, and I can sit at my desk and get caught up on all the work I do as a volunteer. And I can find people who are there when you call them because they're not outside playing tennis or golf. I've gotten a lot done this summer."

Tom Matte, former Baltimore Colt / Ravens Radio color analyst: "I go down to my house in Fenwick, Del., and jump in the ocean. Other than that, I stay inside and hide. I've been playing golf in this weather, and, man, it's killing me."

Karen Bond, executive director, Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, on the phone from New Hampshire: "I get out of Baltimore. I just got off a boat where they filmed On Golden Pond, in Stowe. It is so cold, I'm wearing two sweaters right now."

Marty Bass, WJZ-TV on-air personality: "I lose the cowboy boots and tube socks that go with them. And add the words 'flip flops' to my vocabulary. Either that, or go barefoot. I'm talking the buck-98 flip-flops."

Rebecca Hoffberger, director / founder, American Visionary Art Museum: "I follow the wisdom of Marilyn Monroe's character in Some Like It Hot. Take off those panties, rinse 'em in cold water, and shove them in a refrigerator. Wait five hours. Remove, pull on and smile."

CollegeBound Foundation / Joe Sandusky Fund

As guests arrived for the Sixth Annual All-American Sports Fest at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, they were greeted with a dilemma. At this fund-raiser for the CollegeBound Foundation and the Joe Sandusky Fund, where to go first? Did they head inside the museum to watch a live WBAL radio broadcast and browse the buffet? Maybe they should go outside to shoot a few hoops or practice fencing? Listen to the tunes of the band playing on the pier? Or bid on some sports memorabilia in the silent auction?

Of course, there were all those local celebrities -- including event co-chair / WBAL-TV sports director Gerry Sandusky, Baltimore Raven Ed Reed, former Colts Lenny Moore and Bruce Laird, Baltimore Blast player Tarik Walker, WBAL-TV anchor Marianne Banister, WJZ personalities Marty Bass and Richard Sher -- to mingle with, as well.

And then there was Mr. Personality himself, Marc Ro-senberg -- better known as the Camden Yards "Lemonade Shakin' Guy" -- doing his shaking shtick as he offered a special concoction to the evening's attendees.

"We're doing [lemonade] with a kick tonight -- with vodka," he proclaimed.

Among the more than 400 folks getting a kick (with or without the help of the spiked lemonade): Kent Malwitz, event co-chair; Chris Brown, Drew Elburn, Greg Sher and Sharen Kardon, event committee members; Ken Hoffman, Col-legeBound board chair; Carol Reckling, Bill Carpenter, Ossie Tate and Sam Woodside, Col-legeBound board members; Craig Spilman, CollegeBound executive director; Doug Strouse, Global Data Source president / CEO; Terry Adels-berger, Edgar's Billiards Club CEO; Thomas Whitten, Mercy Medical Center chief of orthopedics; Keith Reed, Baltimore Business Journal reporter; Tonya Osborne, law clerk for Maryland chief justice Robert Bell; Mike Posko, Federal Reserve Bank manager; Paul Gardner, Piper Rudnick associate; Larry Hammerman, Pro-moting Me principal; Lou Pack-ett, Acropolis Construction senior project manager; Lynn Brick, Brick Bodies president; and Tony Agnone, Eastern Athletic Services president / CEO.

The Sports Fest raised more than $40,000 for CollegeBound and Joe Sandusky Fund scholarship programs.

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