Ginger Rogers will be in the city day after Kennedy Center awards


In yesterday's Today section, the incorrect date was given for the Pearl Harbor ceremony aboard the Coast Guard cutter Taney at the Inner Harbor. The event will be held at noon Monday at Pier Four to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Hollywood legend Ginger Rogers will appear in the flesh and on screen at the Senator Theatre Monday evening. The occasion is a benefit for the newly opened Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Retired Persons at the Govans Presbyterian Church, next to the theater.

There are a few $250 tickets left for a private dinner with Rogers at the church. Or for $35, you can join Rogers and her entourage at the unveiling of the new "Sidewalk of Stars" at 7:15 p.m., followed by a showing of "Kitty Foyle," the film that won her an Academy Award in 1940. For ticket information, call (410) 880-2458.

On Sunday, Rogers will be honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington for her lifetime achievement in the arts. Other honorees are Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Lionel Hampton, Paul Taylor and Mstislav Rostropovich.

A lovely reception was held Tuesday at the Peabody Library to honor those whose contributions restored Baltimore's Washington Monument.

Among those at the party were Connie Caplan, chair of the Friends of Mount Vernon; Marion Pines; Laurie Schwartz; Ike Lycett; Carl Smith; Elinor Bacon; Tom Broadus; Ed Dunn; Gordon Becker; Lynne Church; and Madge and Haswell Franklin.

Local architectural historian Phoebe Stanton was on hand to tell about the history of the monument and to give a preview tour.

Don't feel left out if you didn't attend, because at 5:30 p.m. today, Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Gov. William Donald Schaefer will lead the celebration to officially reopen the monument to the public. After the lighting of the monument, free guided tours will be offered until 8 p.m.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to former ABC correspondent Roger Caras, who is recuperating from hip surgery at St. Joseph Hospital. Caras, who also serves as president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, fell and broke his hip at his northern Baltimore County farm.

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, there will be a ceremony tomorrow aboard the Coast Guard cutter Taney, moored at Pier Four at the InnerHarbor.

WBAL newsman Alan Walden, who is president of the Patriots of Fort McHenry and a member of the Maritime Museum, will emcee. Walden says the Taney, flagship of the Baltimore Marine Museum, is the only warship still afloat that was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1944.

Around town: Kudos to About Faces Day Spa staffers, who are volunteering their talents for a Day of Beauty for guests from the Baltimore Association for Mentally Retarded Citizens Monday. . .

More than 800 alums of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute gathered at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn to honor BG&E;'s outgoing head honcho George V. McGowan with its Distinguished Alumni Award. . . .

If you spot your favorite company execs wearing blue jeans to their offices today, you'll know they are supporting the March of Dimes and Employer-Employee Exchange's first Blue Jeans for Babies Day! It is to be an annual event. . . .

Congratulations to Jack Felton, who was recognized by his peers in Kansas City when they awarded him the 1992 Gold Anvil as the nation's outstanding public relations professional. Felton, vice president, corporate communications, for McCormick & Co. since 1977, is the first Marylander to win this award. He's also a prize-winning writer and has penned eight plays. . . .

* When he's not in the Big Apple working as host of the weekend "Today" show, Scott Simon is in Baltimore working with producer Ken Day on a MPT documentary, "Down in the Dumps: America's Garbage Crisis." Simon practices what he preaches and wears clothes made of recycled materials . . .

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