Cross Keys brunch a budding success


SEEN ON THE SCENE: Jerry Temple, the new manager of the Cross Keys Inn, hosted a brunch for Katherine Whiteside, the celebrated author of "Antique Flowers" and special consultant to the PBS series "Gardens of the World" starring Audrey Hepburn. Whiteside was in town for the Baltimore Museum of Art Antiques Show.

Among the guests invited to the brunch were Fran Reipe and Nancy Bloom, co-chairs of the Antiques Show, and two show committee members, Helene Penn and Anne Apgar; Marge Lee, PR director of the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Ladew Garden board members Mrs. Thomas McCasland, Mrs. Frank Ober, Mr. Hamilton Whitman, Mrs. Richard Moore and Mrs. John Robbins. The beauty of the Inn's Courtyard flowers did not go unnoticed by area garden club presidents Mrs. Albert Beehler, Mrs. Kenneth Gross, Mrs. A. Reid Johnson, Mrs. Lankford Kidd, Mrs. E. Gordon Leatherman and Mrs. John Thomas.

At the end of the brunch, Baltimore Museum of Art director Arnold Lehman quipped to Carolyn Bodie, the Gray Kirk & Evans PR gal known for perfect planning, "OK, you can turn off the tape of singing birds now."

Maryland's entrepreneurial spirit was spotlighted last week at the first Governor's conference on Small and Growing Businesses. And what better drawing card could you have than the vivacious Georgette Mosbacher, president and CEO of her cosmetic firm, La Prairie, who charmed the gathering. In that group were Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central; Charles Gaston, U.S. Small Business Administration; Georgia Groth, Flying Fruit Fantasy; Candi Humphrey, AT&T; David Dresner, Price Waterhouse; and Chris Costello, Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Besides graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College on May 12, Peggy Santiglia Davison, 46, has also won the prestigious Ruth C. Wylie award in psychology. Plus, she's pursuing her masters in psychology at Loyola. One of the reasons Peggy is such a late bloomer academically is that she spent many of her younger years singing with The Angels -- "My Boyfriend's Back" -- in the '60s.

Get the inside scoop about one of the hottest issues in the state -- local banks and thrifts -- on WCBM-radio tomorrow morning. Elisabeth Albert Hayes, former investment analyst with Johnston, Lemon & Co. in D.C., who recently joined Chapin, Davis in Cross Keys, will join financial expert Michael Hodes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for two hours of money talk.

On June 2 the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Catonsville will begin its 27th consecutive year on WBAL-radio. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. until noon, Pastor Robert Mordhorst and his congregation bring their message to listeners, many of whom are shut-ins of all religions. I always thought these were public service programs and was surprised to hear that it costs the church about $42,000 a year to broadcast.

Baltimore is fast becoming the American home for the Donetsk Ballet Company. Several members have been in town for several weeks and have spent their time at the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, teaching classes and staging their spring production. This seems to be a family affair in that there are three husband-wife teams that I know of with the company: principal dancers Irina Boitsova and Alexander Boitsov have been teaching along with Vladimir Shmeikin (the company's artistic director) and his wife, Galina Shmeikina (the company's wardrobe mistress; and star dancers Vadim Pisarev and Inna Dorofeyeva. Besides teaching, they've had a ball shopping and being tourists. The company will perform "Don Quixote" May 17-19, "Swan Lake" in October and "The Nutcracker" in December. These will be the troupe's only U.S. appearances this year, so call the Lyric Opera House for ticket information at 685-5086.

BIRTHDAYS: Delegate John J. Bishop, Saturday; V-103's Frank Ski, Thursday; WMIX-radio's Denise Edwards and Kathy Whiteside, today.

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