DON'T FENCE US IN is what the majority of Fells Point residents and business owners think about proposed plans to fence in the Fells Point Fun Festival in October and charge a buck admission to boot! Why tamper with the success of the 25-year-old event? But festival sponsors say the change will not only result in extra revenue but will allow for "improved crowd control" and "prohibit undesirable and/or illegal items from being carried in or out of Festival grounds." What are they going to do -- search people as they enter and leave?
BLOND AMBITION: Divina Celeste, the Baltimore-based blond bombshell and stand-up comic, was the first mom to grace the centerfold of Penthouse back in '82. She is returning to the magazine in September as the first -- get this -- grandmother! The divine Divina is currently trying to decide what her granddaughter should call her. We'd suggest Mama Celeste but isn't that a pizza?
EYE OPENERS: Ad man Howard Maleson has been sending out golf tees to potential clients asking if they'd like to "break them in" over a round of golf -- what a way to drive home the point! . . . Mount Washington's Trena Brown is the recipient of the United Way Clementine Peterson Award. . . . Hall of Famer Jim Palmer flew in from the West Coast to spend an "intimate evening" with Joni, his wife, on her birthday Wednesday before flying out the next day.
COUPLE OF DAISIES: Vanessa Lloyd Schaefer has started a new venture -- a driving service called Daisytrain, Ltd. "I got the idea after watching "Driving Miss Daisy," she told us. To get on board, call 532-7456. . . . Meanwhile, WBAL-TV's movie critic Doug Roberts, who just picked up an Emmy for directing MPT's "Crabs," has returned to his first love -- the stage. Roberts is currently appearing as Daisy's son Boolie in "Driving Miss Daisy" at Towson State University. The play marks the opening of the 10th anniversary of the Maryland Arts Festival. Call 830-ARTS for tickets.
RADIO ACTIVITY: Former WFBR-AM account exec Jim "Mo" McGarrity, who now makes his home in Naples (Florida, not Italy), lunched with the old guard from that station the other day at Attman's Deli, where they traded war stories about the zany days of Mad Radio 13. Members of this alumni lunch bunch included Mike March, Ron Matz, Larry Doyle and Mike Vince, who are all based here in town.
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL Baltimore kicked off its 1992 campaign Friday with a breakfast hosted by the Hyatt Regency. In its first two years, this non-profit program has repaired 125 houses of elderly homeowners with the help of sponsors and volunteers. Headed by Howard Hunt, exec veep of Associated General Contractors, this year's goal is 75 houses. Pitching in are Gaudreau Architect's Bill Gaudreau Jr.; BG&E;'s Clare Miller; Women in Construction's Marilyn Rainey; Smith Mead & Goldberg's Joanna von Briesen; Marshall Craft & Associates' Jack Kennedy; Housing and Community Development's Tom Jaudon; and Phil Medlin, of Bignell & Watkins Architects.
NEW PLACE TO PARTY? How about Steve Glassman's studio at Art and Architectural Design, the former Episcopal parish house on Calvert Street? His super renovation job has been featured in publications all over the country. Glassman, who was the first openly gay architect to be named on the Mayor's Commission of Civic Design, is moving to the loft area of the building and converting the offices to an event facility -- in other words he'll be renting it out for parties.
TABLE HOPPING: The Peabody Court's Michael Gettier and Stewart Dearie hosted a Wine Taster's Dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society Thursday night. Guest of honor was premier French vintner George DeBoeuf and guest speaker was Paul Cudone of Eddie's Gourmet & Wine Shop. . . . Sondra and Dick McGee and Capt. Buddy Harrison hosted the two-year anniversary bash at their Harrison's Pier 5 Clarion Inn Wednesday night. State Comptroller Louis Goldstein told all the secret of his youthful energy: "I keep right on working!"
AND FINALLY, people are still talking about the Dr. Seuss party held at Orpheus. Big trees made of cotton candy loomed throughout the dance floor inviting all to take a nibble. No report on whether green eggs and ham were served.