Twenty-one J22 sailboats raced an Olympic course off Fort McHenry last weekend in the second annual Aquarium Cup Regatta, sponsored by the National Aquarium and the Downtown Sailing Club. Jef Eyring, president of Downtown Sailing, did a great job coordinating all the details involved in the two-day event.
Among the sailors were state Sen. John Pica, who finished like a good politician -- somewhere in the middle; investment broker Greg Barnhill, chairman of the upcoming Columbus Cup races; and the winners, Marian Bruno of Washington and Dr. Mary Carroll of Baltimore.
Between races, sailors who love partying next to sailing had a Saturday night cookout on the aquarium pier, followed by a tour of the facility. And after the races on Sunday, aquarium executive director and noted sailor Nicholas Brown presented awards at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club.
Last Friday night, the Baltimore Arena's director of public and community relations, Edie Brown, inherited what Mary Sue McCarthy, director of Operation Sail, called "the mother of all sky boxes" at the Cap Centre for the Neil Diamond show. The Arena, as you probably know, is managed by Centre Management, the same folks who run the Capital Centre in Landover.
And indeed the sky box was grand as was the service for Edie's guests, who were her dentist husband, Stanley, recently retired and playing lots of golf and contemplating clarinet lessons; Mary Sue; Bill Hopkinson, V-103 radio general sales manager; Mike Whipple, general manager of the Sheraton Inner Harbor, and his wife, Rebecca, a talented house restorer; and PW Feats special events whiz Paul Wolman and his wife, Dorothy.
The Wolmans made a "Sylvia" mistake and went first to the Baltimore Arena, so they were a little late. Not only was Diamond's performance spectacular, the laser show was so good that even Wolman approved.
Tracey Weinberg and Greg Harris, Weinberg Harris & Associates, say they picked up some interesting promotional ideas at the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association Convention held in Baltimore last week.
The exhibition halls were buzzing last Friday as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ambled around looking at the latest in communications equipment. Seems Hizzoner is shopping for a dish, satellite that is, and he wanted a firsthand look at some of the new, smaller models.
Regulars at the Horse You Came In On saloon would not have recognized the clientele Monday evening. Howard Bennett Gerber, the Baltimore attorney who owns the saloon, had a private "black tie optional" party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Fells Point fixture. The great music and food kept the celebration going until the wee hours.
If you enjoy the humorous exchange between Dave Durian and comic Bob Somerby Tuesday and Friday mornings on WBAL-AM, perhaps you'd like to hear what Somerby can do in person. He's booked at the Marquee Lounge at Washington's Shoreham Hotel Sunday nights at 8 through the end of September. The show promises to be riddled with political barbs and will also feature the Pheramones, a musical satire duo. Somerby, a Harvard grad who owned and operated the Charm City Comedy Club in Baltimore from 1983 to 1989, says he once hired Roseanne Barr for $1,500 a week. For show reservations, call (202) 745-1023.
Around town: Happy Birthday to prominent Baltimore dentist Don Brotman, who recently celebrated his 60th. Don is one of the nicest people I've met in all my years of writing a column. . . . The only way to go: Clark Jeunette is moving up in the hierarchy at Harbor Hospital Center. He was recently named the center's vice president of corporate communication. . . . The Party on the Bay Committee has planned a three-hour dinner cruise Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Bay Lady. For $35 a person, you can enjoy a delicious buffet, listen to the music of Appaloosa and learn about what we can do to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. Proceeds will go toward that cause. If you'd like tickets, call (410) 727-3113.