CABARET SINGER Karen Mason will be the featured entertainer at the black-tie gala Nov. 25 at the Candler Building for Pam Shriver's sixth annual Charity Tennis Festival.
Mason has appeared on Broadway, performed at Carnegie Hall and has shared the San Francisco Opera House stage with Luciano Pavarotti and Rosemary Clooney. At the gala, guests will also get a chance to meet the participants in this year's Tennis Festival -- Jennifer Capriati, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver and Elise Burgin.
Tickets to the gala are $600 a pair, which includes two box seats to the Tennis Festival. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children's Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons. For info, call 296-2929.
TABLE HOPPING: Walter Leffler Jr. has been named executive chef of the Princess Royale all-suite hotel in Ocean City. Leffler, who's cooked for President Gerald Ford, Malcolm Forbes and Victor Borge, most recently worked at Baltimore's Center Club. The hotel by the way, hosted the likes of Jay Leno, Kenny Rogers and Burt Bacharach recently, the latter extending his stay for some R&R.;
TV TIDS: WJZ-TV's former "Evening Magazine" host and producer Donna Hamilton is featured in a series of informational segments airing on the Discovery Channel. The 60-second bits, called "Women of the World," explore the changing roles of women throughout the world.
FUNNY GIRL: Ellen Degeneres, one of America's hottest new comedians, will be the featured comedian at a benefit for Maryland's Health Care for the Homeless program Nov. 8. The dinner benefit, "Comedy Care '91," takes place at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom at 6 p.m. and will also feature political satirists Gross National Product.
If you'd like to attend, send your checks for $50 to Joyce Howard, Health Care for the Homeless, 232 N. Liberty St., Baltimore 21201.
TABLE HOPPING II: Churchill's talented chef Wayne Storm will demonstrate his cooking techniques Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kitchen Bazaar in Towson Town Center.
Chef Storm is garnering raves with his creative and tasty menu at the restaurant, as are singer Brenda Alford and pianist Jeff Wilson, who perform on weekends. . . . Meanwhile, Obrycki's fans might want to mark their calendars for Nov. 27 (the day before Thanksgiving) when the restaurant -- sniffle -- closes its doors for the season.
That gives you plenty of time to sample owner Rose Cernak's incredible lobster stew, a mouthwatering dish with lobster and shrimp.
PEN PALS: Dick George, head writer and producer at Maryland Public Television, will speak on "Script Writing and Comedy" at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First English Lutheran Church. The talk is being sponsored by the Baltimore Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Call 655-3222.
THERE'LL BE no seasickness at the Union Memorial Hospital's "Evening at the USNS Comfort" Saturday night at Pier 11 in Canton. The celebration is being staged by the Hospital Foundation and will include tours of the ship followed by dinner and dancing.
So if you've been awaiting, as the invite reads, a great bash for a great cause, "your ship has just come in." Call 554-2662.
CHILD'S PLAY: More than 340 people attended a gala at Hidden Waters recently to honor Governor Schaefer and launch Maryland's Hospital for Children at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Among the throng? J. Henry and Anna Butta, Frank and Mary Ellen Gunther, Shirley Phillips, Dr. Michael Berman and wife Susan Swift, Dr. Morton and Rosalie Rapoport, Roger and Brenda Lipitz and chicken maven Frank Perdue with wife Mitzi.
FINALLY, Lovely Lane United Methodist Church is staging a Frugal Gourmet Festival next Sunday featuring Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet of television and book fame.
Smith will offer culinary demonstrations, book signings as well as a discussion on how a Methodist minister (which he is) ends up running around the country talking about cooking.
In fact, Smith will lead the congregation in worship at the end of the day's festivities. Part of the proceeds from the festival will aid the restoration of the historic church. Call 366-7648.