Having a few guests over for Thanksgiving dinner

TALKIN' TURKEY: WQSR-FM's upbeat Linda Sherman is inviting a few people over for Thanksgiving dinner at 500 N. Chester St. and wondered if we'd like to join her. An intimate gathering, we queried?

"We're having 10,000 this year!" she replied. Last year, thenergetic Sherman teamed up with activist Bea Gaddy to help serve 6,500 turkey dinners to those in need.


Feeding a gang of this size is no easy feat, so Linda and gang have come up with a "wish list" of necessities that she's hoping other giving souls will help out with. President and Mrs. George Bush and Dan Quayle have been invited to join the other celebrity servers, including top state and local leaders, to help out the cause.

If you would like to know how your organization can help, give Linda a call at 485-2400 or the campaign's headquarters at 563-2749.


TALKIN' BULL: The Mount Washington Tavern's Teddy Bauer tells us the tavern is planning its first bull and oyster roast Oct. 14 in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The benefit, which will be spread out under the tented parking lot and will hopefully attract more than 500, will feature music by Tony Berry and New Money. Tickets are $28 each and can be reserved by calling 367-6903.

TRU CONFESSIONS: Charles Levine did the yummy eats, E Myers the piano music and the plush St. James provided the backdrop for the opening night reception of "Tru," which debuted at the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday night.

Guests, among them Gary Jordan, Mary Bell Grempler, BriaRaymond, Jan White and Carolyn Dubin, raved about the one-man show starring Robert Morse in the poignant role of the late writer Truman Capote.

The bash, hosted by the Mechanic's marvy managing director, Hope Quackenbush, heralded the 15th anniversary season of the Mechanic.

ON THE WATERFRONT: Paolo's at the Inner Harbor, which i rapidly becoming the downtown "in" spot for the Big Crab's, er, jet-setters these days (or versions thereof), hosted a "Rites of Fall" celebration recently. Mounds of food, open bar and the terrific Caribbean sounds of the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band kept the crowd pleased as planter's punch.

Some fall revelers included consultant Ennis Jordan, florist Chris Pineau, ad exec Billy Fried, United Cable's Jim Murphy and fashion consultant Stephan Blaine.

KID STUFF: Ron Droegmyer, general manager of the Cross Keys Inn, hosted a reception there Tuesday for the Wonderball committee of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. The inn is one of the sponsors of "Wonderball '90," which will be held Oct. 27 at the Baltimore Grand. (For ticket info, call 578-8600.) Those on hand were WJZ-TV's Don Scott, Lynda Ames, Signet Bank's Pat Sisley and husband, Ron, and Frank Pommett.

NAME DROPPING: WPOC-FM radio personality Laurie DeYoun will be broadcasting live from Nashville all this week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Her guests will include Earl Thomas Conley, Charlie Daniels and Maryland's own Mary Chapin Carpenter.


"Kidrock" singer Rory will perform a concert at 5 p.m. today at Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium to benefit Maryland's chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Tickets are $8.50.

OUT OF THE O'S ZONE: There were a few familiar faces a Wednesday's exciting Orioles season finale, including a dapper-looking former Orioles owner, Jerold Hoffberger (in Greek fisherman's cap) and lovely wife, Alice. We were guests of Monarch Avalon's Eric Dott (who's working on a new game named -- get this! -- "Oink") and wife, Esther. We chatted with usher Kenny Marx, a 35-year vet who recently celebrated his 72nd birthday in Section 5 with a surprise birthday bash. "It's something I'll never forget!" said Marx.

AND FINALLY, here's a scoop. Washington's own Dian McClellan, former gossip monger, will be the featured speaker at the Ad Club's luncheon Wednesday at the Hyatt honoring Baltimore's counterparts -- the Evening Sun's Sylvia Badger and yours truly. If you'd like to attend, and we'd love to see you, please call Paula Leard at 750-2974.

Back Wednesday!