Fall descends with a flurry of parties

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August 29, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's nearly September. That means the fall colors will soon be seen in all their splendor. But we're not talking foliage here. These are the hues of satin, chiffon and taffeta outfits that will be floating and swishing through the throngs at a passel of fall parties.

This is the time of year when many Baltimore-area nonprofits throw their annual fund-raisers - a party season that goes strong through November. So check out the list below and make plans to join the festivities.

Sept. 8

"Crab Feast." Benefits Stella Maris. Casual attire. Beer, crabs, dinner buffet, Ravens game on giant TV screen, disc jockey. Exhibition Center, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. 1 p.m. Tickets $40 adults, $20 children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Call 410-252-4500, Ext. 268.

Sept. 13

"Tea Time Tribute - Annual Meeting." Benefits the Mental Health Association of Maryland Inc. Business attire. Cash bar, teas, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music. Camden Yards Warehouse, 333 W. Camden St. Tickets $50. Call 410-235-1178, Ext. 202.

"Vintage Affair Silent Auction." Benefits Voices for Children. Cocktail attire. Wine tasting, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live jazz. Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge. 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-740-0933 or 410-379-9336.

Sept. 14

"3rd Annual Baltimore Bash." Benefits the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Casual attire. Beer, wine, barbecue buffet, live music, dancing, children's games/crafts, tours of Flag House and War of 1812 Museum. DeGroen's Grill/Brewer's Park, 104 Albemarle St., and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 Pratt St. 4 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at door, $15 children ages 7-18, free for children under 7. Call 410-837-1793.

"Diva-Licious Concert/Reception." Benefits the Women's Housing Coalition. Casual/cocktail attire. Music/comedy performances by Ethel Ennis, Ruby Glover, Joyce Scott and Lea Gilmore, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, dessert buffet. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $125, $65 concert only. Call 410-332-0033.

Sept. 17

"Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner." Benefits the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Business attire. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, mind-reading performer, live jazz, seated dinner, award presentation to honoree Art Modell. Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. 6 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-602-0160, Ext. 230.

Sept. 18

"Meet the Museum Night." Benefits the American Dime Museum. Wine, popcorn, corn dogs, fire-manipulation performance by the Astounding Louis, museum tour. American Dime Museum, 1808 Maryland Ave. 7 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Call 410-230-0263.

Sept. 19

"18th Annual Decorator Show House Gala Preview Party." Benefits Historic Ellicott City Inc. Black tie optional. Wine, buffet dinner, live music, dancing, tour of show house. Cloverdale, 16398 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $70. Call 410-461-6908.

Sept. 20

"Maritime Magic 2002." Benefits the Living Classrooms Foundation. Casual attire. Beer, wine, cash bar, food stations, music by the rock band Little Feat, dancing. Living Classrooms Foundation East Harbor Campus, 802 S. Caroline St. 6 p.m. Tickets $80 in advance, $85 at door. Call 410-685-0295.

"Rescue Party - 10th Annual Harbor Gala." Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Black tie/tropical attire. Gilligan's Island theme, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing, casino-style games. Tide Point, 1040 Hull St. 7 p.m. Tickets $225. Call 410-771-9000.

Sept. 21

"OUT-rageous - 25th Anniversary Gala." Benefits the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans- gender Community Center of Baltimore. Cocktail/outrageous attire. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, disc jockey, dancing, illusionist act, pie-in-face game. Administration Building, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets $95, $85 before Sept. 9. Call 410-837-5446.

"Black Tie and Tails - Dinner/Dance Gala." Benefits the Humane Society of Baltimore County. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated vegetarian dinner, live music, dancing. Guests may bring well-behaved animal companions. Sheraton North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. 7 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-833-2387.

"Great Gatsby Gala - 2002 Decorators' Show House Closing Event." Benefits the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Black-tie/1920s-themed attire. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, live music, dancing, final tour of show house. Rainbow Hill, 10729 Park Heights Ave., Owings Mills. 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-415-0477.

"Full Moon End-of-Summer Midnight Cruise." Benefits the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. Casual attire. Cruise in Baltimore harbor, cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, disc jockey, dancing. Bay Lady cruise ship, boarding at 301 Light St. 11 p.m. Tickets $45. Call 410-355-4698.

Sept. 23

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