Party plans slip and slide in the weather

MARYLAND SCENE

Around Town

February 23, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Last weekend's snowstorm plowed under several parties. Monday night was to be the first "Eubie Award" night at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The award, for excellence in the performing arts, was to be presented to Eric Anthony, the young Baltimore actor appearing in the Broadway musical Hairspray. But Mother Nature pushed things back a bit. Center director Camay Calloway Murphy says the awards dinner will now happen March 17. Eric and John Waters -- you know him, that local guy who made the original flick -- have given their "can do," but Camay says she hasn't heard whether Mayor Martin O'Malley can make the snow date. Hmmm. March 17. St. Patty's Day. Seems that's a date hizzoner is usually jammin' in an Irish pub or two with his band.

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And then there's the B&O Railroad Museum's big 50th anniversary bash. It was scheduled for March 1, inside the museum. Now, the museum is one of Maryland's worst structural casualties of the storm. Much of the building's roundhouse roof caved in from the weight of the snow. Development director Stefanie Kay says the shindig has been "postponed until further notice."

"We don't yet know the what and when," she says, "but I can tell you, for sure, it's not going to be at another location. So, that tells you, it's not going to be for a while."

Stefanie says right now the main priority for the museum is to assess the damage and shore up the remaining structure. In a couple of weeks, she says, they'll try to focus on their events.

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The collapse of the roundhouse roof also collapsed the plans for another party that was to be held there. Health Education Resource Organization had everything in place for its first formal fund-raiser. The black-tie gala and fashion show called "What's in the Trunk?" was set for March 8. Now, says event committee member Harry Zepp, it looks like the party will be postponed and moved.

This column will let you know the new dates of both wingdings when they're announced.

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Another big success for the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association. The group held its "21st Annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Awards Breakfast" at The Forum a couple of weeks ago, and had its biggest high school student turnout ever.

The week before the breakfast, the group sends recruiters to area high schools to talk to teens about Tuskegee Univers-ity, encouraging them to come to the breakfast to learn more. This year, more than 100 juniors and seniors came. And, says former alumni association president Lee Lassiter, that's when they learn that if they do go to Alabama's historic black college, the association will pay $400 a year for their books there.

Lee says the get-together is always exciting for alums, some 370 this year, because they get to help inspire the young people to further their education, whether at Tuskegee or another college.

"At [the students'] age, when they see Tuskegee graduates, and see how many professionals are among them," Lee says, "they start to believe that they can do that."

North Arundel Hospital

Television came to life at the Hyatt Regency for North Arundel Hospital's "TV Times Gala." A huge cutout in the shape of a television screen awaited guests at the top of the escalator, and as they walked through it onto the mezzanine level, they were greeted with a video camera crew who projected their images onto a huge screen hanging above the crowd.

While getting a drink at the Gilligan's Island bar, or maybe Moe's Bar from the TV show The Simpsons, a guest might find him or herself being questioned by Miss Marple, Inspector Clouseau or Lieuten-ant Columbo. The actors portraying legendary screen detectives weren't the only folks in costume. Many guests came as their favorite screen characters: a Star Trek crew member, Groucho and Harpo Marx, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. One group of guests arrived as members of McHale's Navy. Even the head honchos got into the act. Party co-chairs Drs. J.M. and Sally Ramirez came as Major Nelson and Jeannie, from I Dream of Jeannie. And hospital president / CEO Jim Walker had one more title that night -- Zorro.

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