The Orioles are not the only ones warming up for an all-star baseball season. Members of the Orioles Designated Hitters and the Babe Ruth Museum board of directors are busy putting the finishing touches on this year's BaseBall Gala to be held April 3 at Camden Station.
Guests will don black tie or baseball attire for an evening of fun and games "under the big top" with former Orioles all-stars Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Also, some of the Baby Birds, or current Orioles, will make an appearance.
Bob Hillman, Kelly Gunther, Lainy LeBow, Julie Wagner, Stacey Beckwith, Helen Campbell, Mike Gibbons, Michele Herwig, Clare Miller, Lenny Rosenthal, Carol Salmon, Kate Wilkin and Russell Szekely make up this year's gala committee.
Tickets are $125 and may be reserved by calling (410) 727-1539. Proceeds will go to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and the Orioles Children's Charities.
Stargazing: Baltimore actress Katie O'Hare has been surrounded Secret Service agents for weeks. But it's all part of her role as a secretary to Nicolas Cage's character in "Guarding Tess," which is being filmed in Baltimore. O'Hare has been so busy that she couldn't catch actor-husband David DeBoy's appearance as Rufus Bond, a singing karaoke salesman on a recent "Homicide" episode.
Nicolas Cage is not spending all of his time in Baltimore on the "Guarding Tess" set. He found time to go shopping at Towson Town Center, where my spies say he left the mall laden with shopping bags. Last Friday, busy downtowners stood for hours watching Cage and his co-star Shirley MacLaine in action outside the Lord Baltimore Hotel.
Hoangs, a Pan-Asian restaurant, was a favorite luncheon spot for crew members while shooting "Guarding Tess" scenes in the Mount Washington area. The eatery was quite happy with the extra business.
Center Stage Presents has always been a good party, and this year's April 17 event promises to carry on that tradition. Diane Schuur, a two-time Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist, will headline the theater's 30th anniversary gala. It seems most fitting that she will appear during the run of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," a musical biography of the late, great Billie Holiday.
To make sure everything runs smoothly, Center Stage Presents chairman Marsha Becker presided over a kick-off party at the home of Lynn and Tony Deering. Movers and shakers who stopped by were Nancy Roche, Center Stage board president; John Saxton of Proctor & Gamble; legal eagles Steve Frenkil and James Winn; Ken Lundeen; C. J. Langenfelder; ad wiz Ron Wilner and his dynamo wife, Sydney, who coordinated the recent Center Stage auction that raised more than $135,000; and Bob Jones of Valley Lighting, who is donating several lamps to be auctioned at the gala.
There are still a limited number of $100 and $150 tickets available. Call (410) 685-3200, Ext. 333.
One of Baltimore's best-known big band leaders, Zim Zemarel, is recovering from a stroke at Children's Hospital. I'm told the prognosis is good and he was moved from GBMC to Children's for therapy. Until Zim returns, his talented son Jamie is handling business for his father and performing with the orchestra.
It's certainly going to be a busy summer for Overlea Concessionaires, who will be catering the 1993 Baysox season at Memorial Stadium as well as the Bay Lady and Lady Baltimore and other clients.
Rose and Richard Cernak have been spring cleaning at their crab house, O'Brycki's, on East Pratt Street in preparation for its March 30 opening. Can summer be far behind?
Nick Mangione Jr., owner of WCBM-AM and the Turf Valley Country Club and Hotel, and Barbara Balter, member of the Save-A-Heart Foundation and the Covenant Guild, will be the honorees at the Firefighter's Ball March 28.
The ball is a fund-raiser for the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. If you'd like to join them at the Pikesville Hilton, tickets are $100 and may be reserved by calling (410) 486-2668.