Traveling to New York could be ho-hum for Duke Goldberg and his wife, Marlene, who jet around the world for his business, International Eyewear Inc. But that was hardly the case when the Baltimore couple went to the Big Apple to attend a luncheon at the Union Club with their 14-year-old daughter Shawn, who was asked to be the Down Syndrome representative.
Shawn, an eighth grader at Old Court Middle School, presented the National Down Syndrome Society Professional Women's Humanitarian Award to Eunice Kennedy Shriver for her achievements in the field of mental health, as founder of Special Olympics and executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.
Constance McCashin, actress and NDSS board member, lauded Shriver for her involvement and Shawn for her achievements, which include celebrating her bat mitzvah and testifying before the Senate appropriations subcommittee about Down Syndrome. Shawn is also an enthusiastic Cal Ripken fan who loves ballet, tap, bowling and piano classes.
Dinner at the home of Marlene Sorosky, the author of some of my favorite cookbooks, must be quite an experience. Recently, she and her husband, Hal Handley had a dinner party in honor of Michael James and his new cookbook, "Slow Food," which offers readers the flavors and memories of America's hometowns.
Chapter four -- "The Woman who loved She-Crab Soup and the Prince of Wales -- features three of the Duchess of Windsor's favorite recipes.
Among those invited to partake of James' recipes a la Sorosky were Nick Brown, Tom and Dee Hardie, Tere and Raymond Ho, and Nikki and Herb Fried.
They dined on pork braised with cabbage, mesquite grilled salmon with bread crumbs, dill potato salad, cole slaw with basil, fresh corn salad, basil focaccia, which is Italian flat bread, followed by angel food cake with fresh strawberries, four-layer lemon jelly cake topped with meringue, German chocolate cake, caramelized black walnut pie and dried apricot and currant biscotti.
Pencil-in Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. if you'd like to be among the "first nighters" attending Nordstrom's grand opening at Towson Town Center. Those planning the opening, which will be a benefit for the Junior League of Baltimore, gathered at the Pavilion at the Walters last week to go over details.
On hand from Nordstrom were Scott Boyle, regional display director, who says the Towson store will have the classic look of a French impressionistic landscape depicting Baltimore's points of interest; Marty Wikstrom, Nordstrom regional vice president; and Heather Femca, Nordstrom's fashion director, who talked about the fabulous runway show featuring family fashions.
Pam Malester, the league's chairwoman, promises a "party to end all parties." Others helping with the plans are Joyce McCrystle, Dina Klicos, Pam Corckran, Judy Naughton, Edie Brown, Nancy Gail-Aronson, Helene Hahn, Deb Kennedy and Elaine Born.
Saks Fifth Avenue at Owings Mills Mall was the scene of a successful fund-raiser for the Sexual Assault Recovery Center, which was chaired by Gail and Lenny Kaplan, Louise Goodman and Lola Jones.
Guests enjoying the casual park-like atmosphere were Bob Jones, Joe Paterote, Lee Finkelstein, Joy and Marty Glass, Barbara and Ed Tucker, Margie and Jeff Pylant, Meadow Lark Washington, Nancy Sachs and Beverly Burke.
The highlight of the evening came when Gail Kaplan reminded guests of the purpose of the event as she recounted her life's redirection in the five years following her sexual assault.
The Bryn Mawr School is having a "Juneboree" to celebrate the grand opening of its new dance studio and Centennial Hall lobby at 7:30 p.m. June 5. WJZ's Denise Koch will emcee the festivities, which include folk music by Cross Country, oldies by the Foxheads and the Young Vics, who will give a sneak preview of this summer's production, "Princess Ida."
Since the dance studio is available for rentals, you might want to check it out. Call the school's development office for more information.
Around town: There was some excitement at Weber's on Boston Street when television star Pat Sajak popped in for dinner and was followed by Governor Schaefer and Lainy LeBow, who had lunch there the following day. . . . Rick Dempsey and Charlie Bree also attracted attention while eating dinner at Obrycki's last week. . . . The Howard County Chamber of Commerce "Salute to James Rouse" is expected to attract more than 400 guests tonight in Columbia. Betcha most of the guests live in the city that Rouse built . . .
The June 12 Salute to Flag Day Luncheon at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and the Rotary Club of Baltimore, promises to be a sellout. Any time Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the featured speaker, tickets sell like hot cakes. Call Paula Myer at (410) 462-2500. . . . Don't forget that the fifth annual Black Tie, Blue Jean Ball at Meadow Mill at Woodberry is Saturday night. This 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. benefit for the American Heart Association will feature the good food of Innovative Gourmet. Tickets are $60 and may be reserved by calling (410) 661-8000, or you can buy a ticket at the door.