Stamp collectors take note: The tiny island nation of St. Vincent in the West Indies has issued a set of nine Elvis Presley postage stamps, which are being exclusively distributed in the United States by three Baltimoreans, Jeffrey Franz and Howard Friedman of Watermark Press, and Scott Tilson of the International Collectors Society.
It's thanks to the contacts that Tilson has made in 14 years of dealing with rare coins and stamps that they got the distributing rights. I am told that St. Vincent is one of several countries that issue stamps primarily for collectors. The stamps are legal and can be used; however, most of the countries that make stamps for collectors know that they probably will never have to render services for the stamps.
Only 20,000 sheets were printed, and the local distributors have already sold 8,000 of the 10,000 sheets they were given. The stamps, four times the size of U.S. stamps, depict nine stages of Presley's life. The response has been so good that the group is negotiating with St. Vincent for 5,000 more sets. If you'd like information, call (800) 873-2003.
Wonder how much arm twisting it took to get WMAR-TV's Big Don O'Brien to emcee the Mount Washington Tavern's "Fifth Annual Best Body Off the Beach Contest" at the tavern on Wednesday? My guess is very little, if the contest is anything like the best body contests held in Ocean City.
O'Brien's cohorts at Channel 2, Mary Beth Marsden and Keith Mills, will join Baltimore bachelors Bob Wiglesworth, Geoff Brent, Craig Pfeifer, Bernie Martin and "Coach," all of whom, I am told, are experts at judging bodies on and off the beach. The competition, a benefit for the American Heart Association, will begin at 9 p.m. and is only for women in bathing suits.
If you're headed for the beach any time soon, you might want to take in the female version of "The Odd Couple," which opened Thursday at Ocean City's Princess Royale Hotel. The show, which runs through Sept. 6., stars Sheryl Ryanharrt as the mega-mess and Jeannie Walden as the neatnik. This is the same funny twosome who had them rolling in the aisles last year at the Towsontowne Dinner Theatre.
Some of your rowdy friends will be onstage at the Timonium State Fairgrounds on Aug. 29 to perform in the sixth annual WPOC Celebrity
Talent Show. Six local celebs will sing their favorite country songs to raise money for their favorite charities. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. when WPOC morning personality Laurie DeYoung, who can really belt out a song, will introduce free-lance actor David Deboy, Channel 11's Rob Roblin, Fox 45's Kenny Curtis, Channel 2's Stan Stovall and Mary Beth Marsden, and Channel 13's Don Scott. Plan to stop by, because this show is a real hoot.
Around town: When Patricia Wilson is not busy with the Opera Guild, she's playing, teaching or conducting duplicate bridge. That's why she's perfect as the chairwoman of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn tomorrow to next Sunday, where 2,800 tables of bridge will be in play. Jim Becker, one of the country's best players, will give free lectures, so if you'd like more information, call (410) 825-7579.
I told you that Cameo will be catering all the food for the corporate tents at the Miami Dolphins/New Orleans Saints NFL exhibition game Aug. 27. But what I didn't know at that time was that Overlea Concessionaires landed the contract to provide all the football-type food and drinks served inside Memorial Stadium. If you don't have a ticket for the game, you can listen to the action on WWMX, MIX 106.5 FM, where WMAR-TV's Scott Garceau will do the play-by-play along with NFL Hall of Famer Tom Matte and MIX morning man, Mike McCarthy . . .
* According to Adrian Teel, director of the Maryland Port Administration, the Crown Jewel, Crown/Commodore Cruise Line's largest luxury liner, is now including Baltimore in its ports of call, which brings the number of cruise ships sailing into Baltimore to 16.