Annual luau a tropical treat, heat wave and all


BETSY AND BOB STANG took advantage of Baltimore's tropical heat wave and hosted a luau last Saturday night. Many of the 200 or so guests went native and donned Hawaiian shirts, mu-mus and grass skirts. Top that with pretty leis, exotic frozen drinks and roast pig and you have the makings of a great luau.

This annual party is a family effort for Betsy, who works for the Henry Adams Co., and Bob, an attorney with Stang, Wiseman and Hanson in Towson. Her mom, Carmen Fuller, and her sister " and brother-in-law, Alita and Dallas Harris, live on a farm north of Frederick, and brought lots of fresh fruit for the party, while another brother, Charles Fuller, brought a hot cheese/taco machine.

It took the Stangs 10 nights to make more than 1,000 tasty sweet and sour sausage balls, which were devoured in record time as was the star of the show, so to speak, the roast pig. The hosts left that preparation to the expert, Jack Thomas, a Monkton heavy equipment operator who began preparing roast pigs for friends and now does it as a part-time job. (He cooked this pig for about 12 hours.) Another of Stang's friends, Joe Litz, 'N prepared pit beef and ham, which was topped off with yummy sauces. Litz, a former caterer, is an artist who did the murals at the Golden Arm. He loves to paint waterfowl and is currently competing in 12 federal regions to paint the Duck Stamp for the U.S. Postal Service.

Seen "pigging out" at the party were Judge Larry Daniels, who recently returned from his military stint in Saudi Arabia, with his wife, Beverly; Nick Spannato, a special assistant to Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden; Tommy Thompson, Thompson Lincoln Mercury; Dan Corey, Timonium Chrysler; Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Eddie Dewaters and his wife Winnie; Bill Davis, Melton's Menswear; Jim Carter and Donald Hart, advertising execs; * Most people celebrate Secretary's Day in April, but the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra walks to the beat of a different drummer. Last week, dozens of secretaries and assistants who work for the CEOs who serve on the BSO Board of Directors were treated to a night at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

It was the fifth annual pre-concert dinner and concert thanks to the efforts of Hilde Vocelka, executive assistant to John Gidwitz, BSO executive director. "Why not have a night to thank Board members' secretaries and assistants who do extra work because of their bosses' involvement with the Symphony?" she asked.

Among those invited to the Summerfest performance that featured the 22-year-old violin sensation Joshua Bell, were Margaret Martin, who works for Furlong Baldwin Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust; Louise Duvall, who works for Tom Broadus, T.Rowe Price; Marcie Kloff and Sylvia Gamerman, who work for Jim Doyle, Doyle & Craig; Mary Campbell who works for Will Hackerman, Whiting Turner; Cindy Greenfield, who works for Lois Meyerhoff, Wyse Advertising; and Carolyn Orofino, who works for Mike Hammes, Black & Decker.

It was a very nice way to say thank you.

One of the most popular guys ever to wear an Orioles uniform was Rick Dempsey. He still has many fans here and they might be interested to know that Dempsey will be in town with the Milwaukee Brewers in early August. While he's here, Christopher's in Padonia Shopping Center has scheduled a special tribute to Dempsey, Wednesday Aug. 7. Dempsey will be singing a few songs with Tiffany, the band with whom he recorded the O's videos seen at Memorial Stadium. For more information, call Marc Loundas at 252-8181 or 828-9400....

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