The city's finest are riding to win in competition at Pimlico


Tomorrow at Pimlico Race Course, you will have a chance to see the Baltimore Mounted Police Unit in action as it sponsors and competes in the ninth annual Police Equestrian Competition.

Twenty-two teams, including one from Canada, will be competing in four classes of competition. Baltimore's mounted unit will be represented by Mary Burke, Darryl DeSousa, Vincent C. Pacelli, Timothy G. Timmons and William E. Williamson.

The gates at Pimlico will open long before the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m., and it promises to be quite a show for the $2 entry fee.

Since 1888, Baltimore's citizens have been lucky enough to have the mounted unit patrolling their neighborhoods, and it has also become one of Baltimore's best "Ambassadors of Goodwill," since the Inner Harbor became a tourist attraction.

Political issues were the main course at a recent party for the Democratic National Committee Victory Fund at the lovely Green Spring Valley home of Lynn Morrison Venetoulis, a Washington lobbyist on health-oriented issues.

Dozens of people stopped by to meet Ruth Harkin, the wife of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who was stumping for the Clinton-Gore ticket.

Among those at the party were Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Norman and Tucky Ramsey, Jack and Sue Millard, Joan and Pete McGill, Brad Jacobs, Tommy and Margie D'Alesandro and a sprinkling of politicos including Eileen Rehrmann, Janice Piccinini, Paula Hollinger, Jack Lapides and Leslie Hutchinson.

We were introduced to Daki Venetoulis, son of political commentator/newspaper owner Ted Venetoulis, and a group of his former classmates, who were working at the party to raise funds for a trip to the San Francisco Bay area to work on Fresh Start Farms. At Fresh Start, homeless Californians learn about organic farming and specialty food production for gourmet restaurants and markets.

Anyone interested in learning more about this project should call Daki Venetoulis at (410) 363-7922.


high-level Russian delegation from St. Petersburg was in town last week to explore Baltimore's renaissance. The group was wined and dined by such people as Hope and Bruce Quackenbush, James McComas and Martin Millspaugh, who was instrumental in bringing the delegation to Baltimore.

Mayor Kurt Schmoke and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke rolled out the red carpet for Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg Seaarge Belyaev and Ludnila Sobchak, wife of Mayor Anatoli Sobchak, who led the delegation of distinguished government officials. The trip was sponsored by the Faberge Arts Foundation, which was founded in 1990 to restore the House of Faberge to its place in the heritage of Russian culture.


The Mechanic Theatre is offering a chance to win a pair of tickets "Forever Plaid," which opens Tuesday and runs through Nov. 8. All youhave to do is show up at the Light Street Pavilion at 11:45 a.m. Monday and register to sing a couple bars of your favorite song from the '50s or '60s. Since stars of the show will be judging, it might be a good idea to wear plaid.


If you'd like to support the wonderful work of the Mount Washington Pediatric Center, mark Sunday on your calendar for its fund-raiser, "In-Desk-Cribable," at Greenspring Station. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., wooden elementary school desks, which have been transformed into artworks by such artists as Tom Everhart, will be auctioned.

Tickets are $25, with children under 12 admitted free. Call (410) 578-8600, Ext. 305, for more information.


A sell-out crowd packed the Omni Hotel ballroom for the American Heart Association's Fine Wine Auction fund-raiser. The live and silent auctions under the guidance of co-chairs Kathleen Sabatier and John Frisch raised $100,000 for educational and research programs in Maryland.

Honorary chair "Buzz" P. McCormick and his wife, Jimi, presided over the activities along with committee members Mark Clark, Bill Getz, Paula Mason, Jay Block, Yogi Barrett, Bruce Alderman, Bruce Wills and Darlene Nicholson.

Pinehurst Spirits' Bob Schilling not only shared his knowledge during the planning stages, but he came back to spot some treasures for his private collection.


The man behind P.D.Q. Bach is coming back. Peter Schickele is bringing his one-man show, "Concert/Cabaret" to Baltimore tonight and tomorrow night. Schickele -- composer, musician, author and satirist -- will open the Masterpiece Season for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society at 8 p.m. in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. Seats are $20 and may be reserved by calling (410) 523-7070.


The League for the Handicapped has changed its name to the League: Serving People with Physical Disabilities and is holding a fund-raiser from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. The reception will celebrate the Raoul Middleman Brittany Landscapes exhibit at the Art Showcase Gallery, 336 N. Charles St.

Middleman, who will attend the party, has donated a piece of art as a door prize. The cost of the benefit is $15 and proceeds will benefit the League. Call (410) 323-0500 for more information.

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