Giving birth to a picnic


A PREGNANT PAUSE: Ann Sober and Eileen Ehudin Pagano, who founded the Baltimore Birth Center 10 years ago, will celebrate the occasion with a picnic at Centennial Park's pavilion in Columbia for mothers who have delivered at the center and their families.

Last December, the center at 6006 Park Heights Ave. celebrated its 1,000th birth -- baby Rachel Maura born to Ruth and Mark Geissler of Pikesville. For info on the picnic or about the center, call Ann Sober at 358-0635.

TABLE HOPPING: The Italian Way Cafe on Albemarle Street is one of Little Italy's newest -- and tastiest -- restaurants. Over a delicious spinach fettucini, we chatted with games creator Eric Dott, who brought us Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex, and his wife, Esther, about his newest Avalon game, which targets role-playing. It's called the Tales of the Floating Vagabond. "It's a spoof," Eric laughs.

ORIOLE WIFE Amy Worthington, mate of Craig, the Orioles third baseman, called to remind us that an Oriole wife will be manning each gate at Memorial Stadium on July 3 for the Oriole Wives Canned Food Drive for the Maryland Food Bank.

Any type of canned food is acceptable, Amy tells us. The game will be followed by a fantastic fireworks display courtesy of WIYY-FM.

EYE OPENERS: The Bob Fields Jazz Quartet will perform over the weekend at B. J.'s Jazz Club, which recently opened at 3407 Greenmount Ave. . . . Capt. Buddy Harrison is gearing up for his annual Fourth of July bash at Harrison's Chesapeake House in Tilghman Island.

Buddy recently added another boat to his charter fleet, named after his first grandson, 6-month-old Beau. "It's called Beaudacious," he boasts.

HUNGRY HEARTS: Gloria Brennan of the Gloria Brennan Salon, personally delivered the huge amount of food collected at her shop to the Maryland Food Bank in Owings Mills. Brennan's shop was a collection point for the Harvest for the Hungry program.

THE ROLAND PARK branch of the Maryland National Bank played host last Tuesday to a kickoff bash of Roland Park's Centennial Celebration (June 19-23) featuring local artist Bennard Perlman, who was commissioned by the bank to do a set of four charcoal drawings honoring Roland Park's 100th birthday. (A set of prints will sell for $12 at area branches, with proceeds benefiting the Roland Park Community Foundation.) Bank reps on hand included Denise Stokes, Chris Armstrong and Mike Lower, who's chairman of the centennial committee.

ON THE LINKS: Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is honorary chairman of the 13th annual St. Agnes Hospital Foundation Golf Classic slated for tomorrow at Turf Valley Country Club. Co-chairs are Transit Storage Corp.'s John Blumer and Ron Kaufman, president of the ISPA Co.

THE ALAMEDIAN LIGHT OPERA Company, under the direction of the legendary Blanche Bowlsbey, will present the "Golden Days Gala Five" on June 23 at Eldersburg High School.

Bowlsbey, a Finksburg resident, was the first female music teacher at the all-male City College and taught the likes of Governor Schaefer, Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg and former veep Spiro Agnew, to name a few.

The reunion concert benefits the Carroll County Hospice Program and tickets are only $5. Call 323-4230.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Baltimore Museum of Art director Arnold Lehman has announced that super actress Meryl Streep will narrate the Acoustiguide audio tour of the Monet exhibit, which opens Oct. 13.

ZTC The tour as well as tickets for this fabulous show can be reserved by calling Ticketron at 481-6000 in Baltimore.

FINALLY, Susie Haigh and Dave Jones are expected to return from their honeymoon in Hawaii in time for First National Bank's Cycle Across Maryland '91 as it wraps the Chesapeake Bay from July 28 to Aug. 3.

The happy couple met and fell in love during last year's CAM-Tour '90 and married on June 8. "CAM-Tour turned out even better than either of us ever hoped for," Susie said.

Call 653-8288 for info on CAM-Tour, and if you're single, keep your fingers crossed.

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