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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre celebrated a successful $200,000 fundraising campaign and the start of its 45th season with a reception for about 150 donors and friends before the opening performance of "Forever Plaid." The play reprises the ASGT's 2008 production, which was shortened when an injured cast member had to be replaced and several shows were rained out. The funds raised will be used to complete the first phase of the restoration of its circa-1800 building. With the four 2008 cast members reprising their roles, "Forever Plaid" is a pleasant return to 1950s pop music, when groups like the Four Aces and the Four Freshmen topped the charts.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2010
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre celebrated a successful $200,000 fundraising campaign and the start of its 45th season with a reception for about 150 donors and friends before the opening performance of "Forever Plaid." The play reprises the ASGT's 2008 production, which was shortened when an injured cast member had to be replaced and several shows were rained out. The funds raised will be used to complete the first phase of the restoration of its circa-1800 building. With the four 2008 cast members reprising their roles, "Forever Plaid" is a pleasant return to 1950s pop music, when groups like the Four Aces and the Four Freshmen topped the charts.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 1995
Blue jeans at the office claimed another victim yesterday. Plaid Clothing Group Inc., a big maker of men's tailored clothing and owner of J. Schoeneman Inc. in Owings Mills, sought protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.Plaid, with assets of $195 million and liabilities of $177 million, will try to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code and emerge "leaner, stronger and more focused," said Richard C. Marcus, the company's chief executive officer.That means cutting costs.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA and LAURA VOZZELLA,laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
To "Paper or plastic?" and "Obama or McCain?" add yet another wrenching personal choice: "White napkin or black?" Forget square plates. Small plates. Sauce-drizzled plates. Plate as a verb. The newest craze in fine dining is not on the table but on your lap: the color-coordinated serviette. The idea is to keep lint from marring the dining experience. At the Capital Grille in downtown Baltimore and at the chain's other locations, the staff scopes out what diners are wearing and swaps out napkins accordingly.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | January 5, 1995
Q: I have a plaid shirt I put away last year after wearing it for seasons. Now that plaids are back again, I'd like to resurrect it for evening. It's in a fine wool with a shirt collar and long sleeves. Any ideas?A: Milan's Giovanna Ferragamo is a designer who loves working with plaids.Among their virtues, she notes, plaids "are seasonless, pretty and look as good in cotton as they do in taffeta. Another important point is that plaids go well together."One way to dress up your shirt would be to put it with a matching or contrasting plaid stole.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Writer | November 19, 1994
A deal by the parent company of J. Schoeneman Inc. of Owings Mills to buy the third-largest Italian clothing and textile firm has apparently fallen through, the victim of competing bids and national pride.Plaid Clothing Group Inc. of New York had negotiated for the last nine months to buy Gruppo Finanziaro Tessile GFT SpA for $250 million. The purchase would have created the world's largest tailored-clothing manufacturing company.But some of the 23 banks that hold about $276 million worth of GFT's debt turned thumbs down on the deal when other bids started to surface, according to the Daily News Record, a trade newspaper that covers the menswear business.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Evening Sun Staff | September 11, 1991
NOT SINCE Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the Scottish loyalists at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 has there been such a plaid invasion. Stores and malls are popping with plaid and lads and lassies this fall may succumb to the skirl of bagpipes if retailers and designers have any say in it.What's the furor? Plaids have always been fashionably correct on Maryland moors. There are those winter and holiday parties where she wears a long plaid skirt with coordinating simple top and he wears tartan pants topped with a dark blazer.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 12, 1996
Plaids are back in fashion, and I'm glad because I like their fresh, clean look. Imagine my disappointment when I went to a store to buy a new plaid suit and was told I was much too short to wear one.The salesgirl actually said, "A plaid suit would drown you."OK, I'm only 5-foot-2, but there must be a plaid that I can wear. Any suggestions?The sales assistant, though rather tactless, is right. A two-piece suit in a bold plaid is too much for a woman your size to carry.If you want the look of a suit, I suggest you look for a small check.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor | April 8, 1994
A trend is a trend is a trend. And fall's fashion trends are emerging with the daffodils as top designers unveil their collections in temporary tents in Bryant Park in Manhattan's garment district.Poet Gertrude Stein, whose bronze statue has been covered over with canvas to form the models' changing area, might have difficulty defining so succinctly the yards of fake fur and plastic evening dresses parading the runway.Donna Karan was the first powerhouse designer to show in the 800-seat big top with her secondary DKNY line.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | October 11, 1992
Even over the phone, you can be pretty sure Stuart Ross isn't wearing anything plaid -- except maybe a T-shirt with the logo from his maxi-hit mini-musical, "Forever Plaid."Created, written and directed by Ross, "Forever Plaid" is a salute to the guy groups of the 1950s and 1960s. The four-man revue launches its national tour at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre beginning Tuesday.Make no mistake about it -- Ross loves the show. He's just tired of tartans.When "Forever Plaid" finally took off after years of struggle, Ross' friends and fans deluged him with everything imaginable in plaid.
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By Patricia Elam and Patricia Elam,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2008
Ever notice that although summer heat usually means exposed body parts in minimal clothing, somehow fall styles seem sexier? Maybe it's that old-fashioned idea our grandmothers touted - that it's more intriguing to leave something to the imagination. In any case, fall is here, and if you haven't assembled your cool-weather wardrobe yet, we're here to help. Here's what some key Baltimore stylists and boutique owners say is on the fashion menu for those who care about what they wear. Natalie Graham, stylist, designer and owner of DollHouse Boutique (525 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 443-874-7900; dollhouseboutique.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 16, 2008
Forever Plaid, the latest musical from Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, is not a tribute to Scotland but a salute to 1950s pop music. While some in the audience will recall family Sundays with The Ed Sullivan Show, others will rediscover the pre-Beatles age when gentle guy groups like the Four Aces and Four Freshmen climbed to the top of the charts. Debuting in 1990 off-Broadway, Stuart Ross' Forever Plaid weaves '50s and '60s pop music into a story of four high school friends who sang at local celebratory events and dreamed of making it big. On their way to their first big gig on Feb. 9, 1964, their car was broadsided by a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' debut on the Sullivan show.
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By Sharahn D. Boykin and Sharahn D. Boykin,Sun Reporter | June 13, 2007
The sounds of bagpipes and thundering drums rang throughout the streets of Annapolis. An 11-member band marched with black and silver pipes and drums while playing "Scotland the Brave." The musicians trailed a group of men in kilts carrying the flags of the United States, Maryland and Scotland. The Scots invaded Annapolis on Sunday in an explosion of plaid - ties, kilts, sashes - in St. Anne's Church on Church Circle. Nearly all 112 pews were filled with parishioners and visitors to celebrate a Scottish-American tradition - the Kirkin' o' the Tartan, or blessing of the tartans.
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June 19, 2005
On June 14, 2005, BERNARD "Plaid", beloved husband of Bertha Robinson; loving father of Bernard Jr., Stanley, Kenny, Devona, Sherry and Taunses; also survived by one brother, Bobbie Smith, 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Gary P. March Funeral Home, 270 Fred-Hilton Pass, on Sunday, from 12 to 7 P.M. Family may receive friends on Monday at the Oak Street AME Church, 124 W. 24th St. at Howard St. at 11:30 A.M. Funeral 12 noon.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 27, 2001
What is there to dislike about Forever Plaid? Only one thing: the title. It's not much help if you want to know what the show is about. So let's clear it up: The musical - running at Toby's Dinner Theatre concurrently with Annie - is a charming and sentimental salute to the pop music of the 1950s and early '60s, centering on a vocal group called The Plaids. These four singers, the audience learns, had spent years playing small-time dates. One night, armed with a new act, they were driving to an important gig that they hoped would push them into stardom.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff | December 23, 2001
Cambio, upscale manufacturer of fashion-savvy women's pants and jeans (sold locally at Littlefield's in Baltimore and Red Garter in Pikesville), offers tips on how to wear the season's trousers: * Cords -- They're softer and more form-fitting than their '70s predecessors. Pair hip-hugging cropped styles with stiletto boots for maximum allure. * Dark jeans -- The blackest black dyes darken and dress up denim for night. Wear them with a cowl-neck cashmere sweater and tuxedo jacket or peasant blouse a la Calista Flockhart at the Emmys.
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By Roy H. Campbell and Roy H. Campbell,Knight-Ridder | April 10, 1991
NEW YORK Bill Blass opened the fall ready-to- wear collections here with a virtual plaid brigade for day and night.For day, there were green-and-red-plaid silk dresses, jackets and skirts similar to uniforms worn by Catholic-school girls, as well as black-and-white-gingham suits and walking shorts.For night, iridescent plaid bodices, also black and white, met short velvet or sheer net tulle skirts.Blass was joined in his plaid madness by Carolina Herrera, who tossed in checks and houndstooth patterns for good measure.
NEWS
June 4, 2000
Howard County police are investigating an armed robbery in Columbia in which $140 was taken from a 17-year-old boy. The teen was walking on a bike path in the rear of the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road in Oakland Mills village shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday when a man came out of the woods. The boy told police the man approached him from behind, pressed a hard object to his back and demanded money, police said. After the boy emptied his pockets, the robber took the cash and ran on the path toward the Tor apartment complex, police said.
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