FAMILIES FROM all over Maryland and Delaware are expected to attend the running of the Fair Hill Races in Elkton on Saturday. These races, a tradition since 1934, will benefit Cecil County's Union Hospital.
The excitement of steeplechase racing makes the Fair Hill races wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Charles Fenwick Jr, one of the top amateur steeplechase jockeys in the country, is chairman of this year's race committee. Other regular attendees at the races are Mr. and Mrs. F. Grove Miller, president of the Maryland State Fair; Peyton S. Cochran Jr., retired Rouse Co. exec; Douglas Croker III, Ilex Construction Co; S. Bonsal White, Foxfire Farm; J. Harlan Williams, real estate developer; Carroll Jackson, Wills & Associates consultant; Murphy Toumey, Kidde Corp.; James C. Alban, president Alban Tractor; Jack S. Griswold, amateur steeplechase jockey and Alex Brown stockbroker; J.W.Y. Martin, Baltimore County horse breeder; Richard Wilcke, executive vice president Maryland Horsebreeders Association; Jack Mosner, president Mercantile Bankshares; Jervis Finney, attorney, and Gerald Stautberg, Jerry's Chevrolet.
GThere really is something for everyone at Fair Hill. First of all, it's one of the prettiest places you've ever seen to have a tailgate picnic (or you can buy food) and pari-mutuel wagering is available for every race. Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. If you'd like information on the different admission packages, call Gregg Morris at 301-398- 6565.
If you missed the first Wine Tasting Dinner at the Brass Elephant, you missed a treat, but there will be more. Jack Elsby, owner of the Brass Elephant, chef Randy Stahl and beverage manager Andy Noppenberger are planning a dinner series, and the next one is scheduled for Nov. 12. The evening began with champagne and salmon mousse and ended with a show stopper created by Stahl and his staff. "Marcia Madness" was a dark chocolate box filled with cake, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Dr. Chester Kaiser, Food and Wine Society; Cordelia Orgrinz, Maryland National Bank; Allan and Brenda Hornstein, he's a University of Maryland professor; and Kathy and John Yuhanick, he's with BB&Y;, the Brass Elephant's PR firm, were among those who partook of the gourmet delights. Call 547-8480 if you'd like to make reservations for Nov. 12. The cost is $65 a person and includes five courses, wines, tips and taxes.
The staff at the University of Maryland at Baltimore rolled out the red carpet for the nursing school's new dean, Dr. Barbara Heller. On hand to wish her well at a Westminster Hall reception were Dr. Donald Langenberg, chancellor of the University of Maryland System; Sen. Paula Hollinger, Dr. William J. Kinnard Jr., acting president of UMAB; Dr. Lucille Joel, president of the American Nurses Association; George McGowan, chairman of the university board of regents; State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, and Heller's proud husband, Dr. Frederick Walsh, president of Catonsville Community College.
Special congratulations to Virginia Baker, who received the CHICA Award from the Canton-Highlandtown Community Association. These awards are given to outstanding members of the community, and certainly Virginia is such a person.
Without a doubt, she's one of the best friends the children of Baltimore have ever had. Her life's work with the Department of Recreation and Parks, and particularly her years of staging fun-filled events at War Memorial Plaza and now in Fells Point have been an part of Baltimore for many years. If you ever enjoyed the frog hops, turtle races, celebrity golf or hog calling contests, you have Baker to thank.
Welcome Annie Mondell to Baltimore. She's the new director of advertising and promotions at the Lexington Market. Mondell comes to us from Washington where she was the promotions coordinator for Centre Management at the Cap Center.