Baltimore's first couple, Mayor Kurt and Dr. Patricia Schmoke, dined in style Monday evening at the British Embassy in Washington. Since having lunch with Prince Charles during his last Washington visit, the Schmokes seem to be British Embassy favorites. Well, he was the only mayor invited to have dinner with Britain's Prime Minister John Major and British Ambassador Sir Robin and Lady Renwick.
Among the 40 or so Honorables at dinner were Sen. and Mrs. Lloyd Bentsen, Sen. and Mrs. Christopher Bond, Sen. and Mrs. David Boren, Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Vicki Reggie, Sen. and Mrs. Sam Nunn, Sen. and Mrs. Charles Robb, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, Sen. and Mrs. Alan Simpson, Sen. John Warner, Sen. and Mrs. Paul Sarbanes and Mr. and Mrs. David Brinkley. And I could go on and on.
Mayor Schmoke said, "It was a very enjoyable evening for Patricia and me. We appreciated being included in this dinner by Ambassador Robin Renwick. Prime Minister Major was very pleasant and talked about a wide range of topics, from inner cities to the future of NATO. We're looking forward to taking the ambassador to an Orioles game this summer."
Friends and family of Laura Musser and Jim Sloat are calling their wedding at the First Presbyterian Church one of the most exciting events ever to take place in Bel Air. Although the church seats only 100, millions of Americans will get to see the wedding via an MCI commercial that begins this week.
Seems the couple carried on a long-distance romance while Jim was working on his Ph.D. in political science at Duke University in North Carolina and Laura was studying European history at Washington & Lee in Virginia. Both had MCI's long-distance, 20-percent-off, Friends & Family program and say they saved lots of money during their long-distance courtship.
As the wedding neared, Jim decided to write a letter to thank Bert Roberts, president and CEO of MCI, for the service and to invite him to the wedding. Much to Jim's surprise, not only did Roberts attend the wedding and give them 100 shares of MCI stock as a wedding present, but he asked the couple to be in two MCI television commercials. The first aired last Monday and described the invitation and acceptance. The one showing scenes of the wedding will begin airing this week.
Maryland's clean air expert George Ferreri went out in style. More than 250 well-wishers, who included former Gov. Harry Hughes, Secretary of the Environment Bob Perciasepe, Maryland Waste Coalition's Mary Rosso, Executive Director of the North East Ozone Transport Commission Bruce Carhart, and Dr. Rebecca Bascom, who presented Ferreri with a six-pack of clean air gathered in Queen Anne's County, where Ferreri lives.
After 30 years of service, Maryland's chief air director will be missed and is credited with working hard on programs to make Maryland's air cleaner. He said he decided it was time to retire while attending a meeting in Los Angeles -- his week began with an earthquake and ended with the riots.
Decisions, decisions. There are two parties you can attend Saturday. "Trouble in Tahiti" is the theme of the Baltimore Opera Guild fund raising at the lovely Brooklandville home of Nancy and Tom Steuhler. Their home and gardens will be transformed into a Tahitian wonderland, and Steuhler's off-premise catering group, Truffles, will provide a tasty tropical menu.
Dress is black tie or "island" formal, and you can dance to the rhythms of an authentic steel band. Tickets are $125 each and can be reserved by calling Elizabeth McMann at (410) 727-0592.
The National Aquarium is splashing into summer with a Beach Ball beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the aquarium pier. This addition to the aquarium's fund-raising social schedule is sponsored by the Aquarium Advocates, who promise a seaside site for your enjoyment. Party-goers will dine on seafood, of course, and dance to the music of Probable Cause. Tickets are $125 each, and the attire is "resort wear." Call (410) 576-3865 to reserve your tickets.