Barbara Walters making a rare appearance here

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Sinai Hospital is celebrating its 125th birthday with Barbara Walters on April 14. I'm told she accepts very few speaking engagements, so this is a real coup for the hospital's auxiliary, which is sponsoring a multitude of birthday festivities. And to sweeten the pie, so to speak, one of Baltimore's wealthiest and best-known bachelors, Ed Hale, has agreed to have his private jet fly Ms. Walters to and from Baltimore.

The Grant-A-Wish Foundation is having a fund-raiser on April 18 and has landed John Holliman of CNN as its star attraction. You remember that Holliman was one of the three CNN journalists reporting from Baghdad on Jan. 16, the evening the allied air attack began. He'll share his experiences with Grant-A-Wish guests. Part of the proceeds will go to the Grant-A-Wish commitment to the Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital. For tickets, call 242-1549.


Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn is celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 5. Lots of exciting things are planned for past and present employees, especially the 16 original employees who still work there. Another neat part of the celebration will be when Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennerly of Towson check in for their free weekend at the hotel. They were the hotel's first registered guests. The same concierge who registered the Kennerlys 20 years ago will be there to register them again -- Susan White Bowden.

Speaking of Susan, I hear that she and Virginia Baker are organizing a Gov. William Donald Schaefer Appreciation Day on April 4. If they have anything to do with it, Annapolis will be inundated with bus loads of supporters, who'll stage a good old-fashioned rally.


SEEN ON THE SCENE: When Father Andrew White, S.J., arrived in Maryland in 1634 with the early settlers, he celebrated the first Mass in the colony and the New World. Since 1961, Loyola College has commemorated the founding of Maryland's colony with an annual celebration and presentation of the Andrew White medal to outstanding citizens. Congratulations to this year's honorees: The Very Rev. Edward Glynn, S.J., Provincial Maryland Province, and Nancy S. Grasmick, Special Secretary, Office for Children, Youth and Families.

Gage Menswear president and chief buyer Bill Glazer does everything with style. His guest list read like a men's fashion who's who at the recent opening of a new Gage shop in Owings Mills Valley Centre. Mitchel Nichnowitz, president of Botany 500; Norman Fryman, president of the Greif Co., which manufactures Perry Ellis and Chaps by Ralph Lauren; Charles Strauss, president of Harve Benard Men's Division; Joseph Conti, executive vice president of the Hartmark Co., which manufactures Pierre Cardin and Nino Cerruti lines; Jack Tankell, executive vice president of Oleg Cassini, and David Raymond, president of Clothiers Corp., the largest buyers of men's clothing in the world. Sorry, I didn't make it, but I couldn't find a thing to wear.

KUDOS: To this year's Goodwill Industries honorees Charles Cole, First National Bank; Terry Hart, Westinghouse Electric; Joe Schmidt, Black & Decker; Terry Youngerman, General Motors, Craig Georgi, Polk Audio; Jim Thomas, Micro Prose; Karl Weidel, achiever of the year, and Helen Moore, graduate of the year.

BIRTHDAYS: Orioles Juan Bell, today, and Glenn Davis, Thursday; Anne Arundel County Delegates Tyrus Athey, Saturday, and John C. Astle, Sunday.

REMARKABLE REMARK: "Jack Moseley [USF&G;'s ousted CEO] probably gave away more dollars to more institutions than any other corporate chief in the history of Baltimore," recalled Baltimore Sun chairman Reg Murphy in a Baltimore magazine article.