A promising political party for Steny Hoyer

Politicians and other interested parties will be gathering at the home of Peggy and John Moag (he's a partner with the law firm Patton, Boggs and Blow) tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. I'm sure the unusual time for a cocktail party is the best they could do, considering the busy schedules of all the politicos invited.

Guests who have paid $1,000 a couple will meet Ron Brown, chairman of the National Democratic Party, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the honoree. Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Baltimore County Executive Dennis Rasmussen are expected to make appearances.


And if you think it's interesting that the Fifth Congressional District's congressman is having a party in Ruxton at the home of one of former Gov. Harry Hughes' law partners, then take a gander at the names on the planning committee -- H. Furlong Baldwin, Tommy Boggs, Bill Boucher, Goodloe Byron Jr., Larry Gibson, John Green, Kathleen Townsend, Andy Wigglesworth, Bill Hellmann, George McGowan, Mickey Miller, Marty Resnick, Wayne Resnick, Morton Sarubin and Sig Shapiro. Hmm . . . Could Mr. Hoyer be gearing up for another statewide campaign?

Father Amalio Greco may have left St. Leo's Catholic Church in Little Italy for St. Jude's Catholic Church, but he can't stay away. This week, Frank Corbi surprised the good father and invited friends to celebrate his 75th birthday.


Among the guests who arrived at Corbi's Italian restaurant were Joanna Meyers, who represented the governor; Al Flora, state athletic commission; Jerry Blum, attorney; Wayne and Judy Gioioso, she owns a neat little shop named Daddy's Money; and Joe Avara, past president of the national Sons of Italy. Mickey Light, that popular Hyatt bellman who does a wonderful Frank Sinatra impersonation, provided the entertainment.

If you were not among the folks who visited the Baltimore Council of Historic Sites' HistoryFest last Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, you missed a rare opportunity to learn about 28 of Baltimore's historic sites.

The Baltimore Zoo's Mike Szimanski and the Patriots of Fort McHenry representative Roy Birch invited me to judge a Pumpkin Bake-Off Contest along with Alan Walden, WBAL-radio, and City Councilman Joe DiBlasi. (It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!) Alice Remsberg from Fallston won first place for her Pumpkin Cream Nut Roll and second place for her Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. (Her proud son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Ginny Remsberg -- she works for the Museum of Industry -- were at the festival.) Former chef Tony Gallina, from Burtonsville, placed third with his Pumpkin Roll.

My buddy Walden is an accident waiting to happen these days. While tasting the chiffon pie, it somehow landed in his lap. This happened as he was telling me about another freak accident that took place at the Ad Club that involved his trousers. If he continues this way, Walden could run out of trousers before the first frost.

The latest addition to the museum is The Cannery, which officially opened Tuesday. It's a children's activity center where youngsters can go back in time to experience the world of work in an 1883 Baltimore Oyster Cannery. Through role playing the children become shuckers, loaders, printers, earn wages and spend wages at a General Store. It's fascinating and it's a wonderful addition to the museum.

Here's a recap on some pretty special honors bestowed on several prominent members of our community. Dr. Don Brotman became the first Marylander in this century to be elected National President of the American Association of Dental Examiners, at the organization's 107th annual meeting in Boston. Brotman, who began practicing dentistry in 1955, serves on the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and was twice president of that group.

Congratulations also to Sally Michel, who was once described by Gov. Schaefer as a volunteer extraordinaire. She received the Frances Morton Froelicher Civic Statesmanship Award at the annual meeting of Citizens Planning and Housing Association this past week. Past winners of this prestigious award have been Walter Sondheim, Rick Berndt, Bob Hillman and Jay Brodie.

Mel Torme once called Maureen McGovern "the most glorious singer to come down the pike." This well-known vocalist is scheduled to be onstage tonight at the Meyerhoff with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Her gold-plated hits include "The Morning After," "We May Never Love Like This Again," and "Can You Read My Mind?" For ticket information call the BSO at 783-8000.


Sylvia Badger's column appears Tuesday in the Accent section of The Evening Sun.