Going up, up and away in a bottle-struck balloon


TAKING OFF: They've done it by land, they've done it by sea, and now, dear readers, Rob Deford and the gang at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes are launching their 1990 Nouveau today into the air! Yes, today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., they'll be celebrating the release of their Nouveau and Nouvelle wines with a balloon launch from the winery grounds, with two lucky partygoers as passengers.

You're invited to join an afternoon of wine tasting, tours of the wine cellars, live music by Big Bertha's Rhythm Kings and hors d'oeuvres -- all for $12.

In addition, guests on hand will be eligible for the balloon ride by entering their name in a random drawing. In other words, drop by and you might get carried away!

CELEBRITIES CELEBRATE is the theme of the Women's Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art's "Festive Table Settings by Baltimore Pacesetters" Nov. 15 at the BMA.

Some local luminaries who'll be setting the table include BMA chief Arnold Lehman and wife Pam, Harbor Court's Michael Rork and Betsy Ferguson, the Mechanic's Hope Quackenbush, tennis star Pam Shriver (who, we're told, is doing a festive Fourth of July setting since it's her birthday), the Store Ltd.'s Betty Cooke and William Steinmetz, and yours truly. (We have an exquisite collection of paper plates.)

As part of the affair, Julee Rosso, co-author of "The Silver Palate" cookbook, et al., will give a lecture and cooking demonstration Nov. 16. For info, call 396-6314.

NAME DROPPING: Sophia Connor will represent the John Booth Senior Center of Highlandtown in the Ms. Senior Maryland Pageant Nov. 6 at Prince George's Community College.

For her talent, the 69-year-old resident of Highlandtown will perform a tap dance routine. Go for it, Sophia!

And Maryland Public TV's Mike Styer is the first recipient of the George Arms Award for programming excellence.

YOU'RE INVITED to check out "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" Tuesday night at a gala awards ceremony at St. John's (( College in Annapolis. Governor Schaefer will be on hand to recognize 24 outstanding volunteers at the ceremony, which will be emceed by TV personality Rhea Feikin with Miss Maryland Kimberly Grimm as special hostess.

The gala is free, but tickets are necessary. Call (301) 974-3085.

-! FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sascha's Catering is serving a buffet dinner at Center Stage in the new mezzanine level lobby before evening performances, offering five entrees with a fixed price of $10. . . .

And Guy Reinbold, the executive chef at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, will demonstrate techniques for preparing and serving pasta Friday at the Williams-Sonoma store in the Gallery at Harborplace at 12:30 p.m.

AROUND TOWN: The Tomlinson Craft Collection on CharleStreet has some wonderful (and whimsical) masks for those of you who are looking to masquerade this Halloween.

Trucky Halpren returns to host the annual Halloween Costume Party at the Pimlico Restaurant Wednesday night.

JACK CHANDLER, the president of the Jewish Educational Alliance, tells us that the JEA's Fellowship Association will hold its 80th anniversary reunion dance tonight at Danielle's Bluecrest, where they will induct Earl Foreman, commissioner of the Maryland Indoor Soccer League, into the J.E.A. Hall of Fame.

The band Cubic Feet is taking a bus load of fans to New York this Tuesday to hear the band play at Kenny's Castaways in the Village. Tickets are $25 and include admission to Kenny's. Call 448-2033.

AND, FINALLY, Pier 500, the new waterfront gourmet restauran at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday night with a party for local luminaries.

Some we spied sampling Connie Crabtree's yummy (and plentiful) creations included: zoning czar Gil Rubin and wife Shifra, WBAL-AM's Elane Stein, Creative Mind's Cindy Wick and Marilyn Kern, the Jewish Times' Sybil Marcus, ad man John Yuhanick and wife Kathy, media maven Eddie Applefeld, Corbi's Restaurant's Debbie Corbi, the Maryland State Lottery's Don Royston and attorney Frank Wise, who's counsel for the project.

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