"Annie Get Your Gun," starring Cathy Rigby and featuring her children as her brother and sister, opened at the Morris Mechanic Theatre this week with a lot of hoopla.
Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Performing Arts Center, held forth at a gala cast party Wednesday night at the Baltimore Grand. Thanks to Harry Teeter, chairman of the board of the National Theater Foundation, the party was a benefit for Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center.
Besides the cast, others attending the party included Roberta Cowley, widow of Shock Trauma founder, Dr. R Adams Cowley; Performing Artsboard members Bob and Sandy Hillman and David and Merle Fishman; and, much to everyone's surprise, beleaguered Dr. Kimball I. Maull, who was recently ousted as head of the state's emergency medical system.
* More than 1,700 football fans filled Martin's West Tuesday night hoping for a glimpse or an autograph from one of the many football stars attending the 15th annual Ed Block Courage Award Banquet.
Highlights, and there were many, included Joe Montana's entrance. People swarmed around him as he graciously autographed footballs, programs and everything in sight until he was ushered out through the kitchen.
He flew in Tuesday for the dinner, explaining that he'd left behind a sick wife, three children with the flu and another child with chicken pox. Lucky Judy Matte was his dinner partner.
Someone spotted WMAR-TV's Beverly Burke in hot pursuit of DTC Hall of Famer Franco Harris' autograph, which she managed to get. Former Baltimore great-turned-movie-star Bubba (six "Police Academy" movies) Smith told Channel 2's Scott Garceau that a seventh "Police Academy" is in the works.
Local sports agent Tony Agnone came to the dinner to congratulate his client, Minnesota Vikings Darrin Nelson, selected by his teammates as a Courage Award recipient.
Other big names included former Cleveland Browns GM Ernie Accorsi; Tim Robbie, president of the Miami Dolphins; and pro football hall-of-famer Bart Starr.
Ed Block Courage Award hi-hos Sam Lamantia, Mary Jones and Tom Matte were pleased with the turnout, which raised some $300,000 for the St. Vincent's Courage House and NFL charities for Abused Children.
During the event, the gathering was given updates on the condition of Baltimore Colts great quarterback John Unitas, since his heart bypass surgery. (As of yesterday his condition was listed as fair.)
* Mike Hart and Tom Matte are busy getting ready for baseball. Be sure to stop by and meet them at Matte's Ribs when the Orioles open its season at Camden Yards April 5.
Since practice makes perfect, they decided to have a rib-tasting party Wednesday night at Bambino's at Camden Yards. Everyone raved about the ribs, which are covered with Hart's special sauce.
Among those who stopped by were Rex Barney, Tom Davis, Tom Koch, Frances Reaves, Boog Powell, Jim Gardiner, Jim Fox and Mike's wife and daughter, Paula and Michelle.
* Congratulations to Orioles superstar shortstop Cal Ripken and his wife, Kelly, who are expecting their second child this summer.
* "PrimeTime Live's" Diane Sawyer and her ABC crew will be in town Tuesday to complete filming on a segment she is doing on the contraceptive Norplant. Sawyer will be interviewing Rosetta Stith, principal of Paquin School, who tells me that she's chosen a vanilla-colored outfit for her "PrimeTime" debut. I checked with "PrimeTime" in New York and it's not sure which Thursday the show will air.
Stith would like Baltimoreans to know the school is having a dinner to raise funds needed to pave the tot lot and buy computers for the children. The date is 7 p.m. March 19 at Martin's Eudowood. Guest speaker is Lonise Bias, who lost two sons in the drug war, one was Maryland basketball star, Len Bias, who died of a drug overdose. Tickets are $35 and may be reserved by calling (410) 396-9398 or (410) 396-9399.
The Rodgers Forge branch of Maryland National Bank proved that it is still a full-service community bank when it shared its electricity with a neighbor last week.
The Lookin' Good Hair Salon at 7200 York Road lost its power during a windstorm, and a customer at the salon needed to leave. Unfortunately, her hairpiece was still wet.
When the bank's financial service manager Lynne Cleverley got the call asking if the shop could "borrow" some of the bank's electricity, she was only too happy to help out.