Smart shopping turns into a party with bargains galore


Hot fashions at slim prices makes the Virginia Slims Shopping Fling at Festival Hall the place to shop this weekend. There is something for everyone as long as you're a size 4 to 12, or maybe a 14.

I went to the sneak preview party Wednesday night with my daughter, who looks good in anything as most size 8 do, and she had a ball trying on evening dresses, having a beauty analysis and getting a quickie hair make-over by one of Lola's experts.

Virginia Slims invited designers Albert Nipon, Cynthia Rowley, Debra Moises and James Arpad, the creator of the AIDS red ribbon, as well as Mary Fisher, the keynote speaker at the Republican Convention, to the preview party which was a fund-raiser for Lifesongs for AIDS.

A couple of gals nearer and dearer to our hearts, who were shopping and socializing were tennis stars, Pam Shriver and Elise Burgin. Pam walked out with some neat buys, especially a chic shimmering green dress. Others doing some serious shopping were Eileen Mason Abato, chair of Lifesongs '92; Louise Goodman, Marsha Becker, Gail Kaplan, Sloane Brown, Joyce Kashima, and Channel 2 news anchor Beverly Burke, who left with a shopping bag filled with pocketbooks.

You can shop today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. and there's a $5 general admission. Call (800) 849-0248.


There's so much to do downtown this weekend. You might want to check out some of the Columbus Cup activities, which begin and end at the lovely HarborView Marina and Yacht Club. This year's event, which runs tomorrow through Oct. 10, has attracted some of the best names in the world of sailing -- Dawn Riley, Kevin Mahaney, Gary Jobson, Bertrand Pace, Chris Law, Robert Fry, John Kolius, and Brad Butterworth.

If you'd like to meet and talk sailing to these pros and others, you can buy a $20 ticket at the door for the Sunday Seafood Feast at HarborView Marina or reserve one for $15 by calling (410) 385-2930. Plus, all week there are spectator boats available at no charge and the public is invited to enjoy free music and dancing on the docks next Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I'm told that HarborView has a fabulous new chef, Brian Boston, formerly with Peerce's Plantation, the Brass Elephant and Chestnut Ridge Country Club, so you might want to make a dinner reservations for one of those nights.


It was 20 years ago today that Al Sanders came to Baltimore from St. Louis to become WJZ-TV's general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. And in 1977, one of the best anchor teams in the country, Jerry Turner and Al Sanders, hit the airwaves and viewers instantly felt the chemistry between them. Happy anniversary, Al, and you are still No. 1 in Baltimore!


More than 500 people were invited to the dedication of Schaefer Circle at the front entrance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards yesterday. If you're surprised to hear about the dedication, so was the governor. This special honor was planned by Lainy Lebow, with lots of help from the Orioles. Chuck Thompson emceed the dedication, which included lots of praise for the governor from O's president Larry Luchino and chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority Herb Belgrad. And speaking of praise, the Maryland State Boys Choir set the beat for the whole event -- upbeat.


On Monday, golfers teed off in one of the most successful golf tourneys held in Maryland. The fifth annual Catholic Charities Golf Classic was held at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac. Honorary chairman was the Most Rev. William D. Borders, former Archbishop of Baltimore. Blase Cooke, of Harkins Builders, put the whole thing together with the help of people such as Kevin Byrnes, Chase Bank of Maryland; Francis Contino, Ernst & Young; Charles Dunlap, Crown Central; Robert Hohman, L. H. Cranston and Sons; James F. Knott, James F. Knott Development; Stephen Page, Black & Decker; Fredric Schulz, Insurance Buyer's Council; Harold Smith, executive director Catholic Charities; and Carl Wright, Don Richards Associates. Golfers paid $1,000 to play, have lunch and dinner and chances to win great prizes.


"The Story of the Red Ribbon" is a nine-minute video that shows how AIDS has affected the lives of four Baltimore area people and their families. The very touching production was made for Lifesongs '92, but tells the story so well it is being distributed to AIDS organizations all over the country. . . . Can you imagine driving up to McDonalds and ordering 50 egg McMuffins? For some reason that appeals to my sense of the ridiculous, and that's what Lifesongs volunteers Sue Paymer and Leslie Seyffert did on an early morning run to get a hearty breakfast for Kenny Rogers' backstage crew. His concert netted about $200,000 for Lifesongs.


The Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital had a special 70th birthday party recently to celebrate its years of special rehabilitative care for patients and their families. Spotted at the party were Gov. Schaefer, William Define, Faith Dodge, and Evelyn Strauss. There wasn't a dry eye in the place when Judy Mulloney, a former nurse at the hospital, told the story of how she adopted one of the hospital's medically fragile patients.

"In-Desk-Cribable" will be held Oct. 11 at Greenspring Station, from 2 to 5 p.m., and will feature wooden elementary school desks transformed into art works by area artists and then auctioned. Tickets are $25, with children under 12 admitted free. Call (410) 578-8600, ext. 305 for more information.


There's still time to sign up to play in the 2d annual Eagle's Nest Women's Invitational Golf and Tennis Tournament on Oct. 9. Proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center Breast Cancer Research Chair and Fellowship. Specials for the day include tennis tips from pros Andrea Leand, Elise Burgin and Adrienne Hoffman. Connie Unseld, wife of Washington Bullets manager Wes, and president of the Bullets Wives, will talk about breast cancer screening and detection. Registration is $100 and you may call Susan Hehiel at (410)-560-2633 for more information.

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