One of the country's most celebrated point-to-point races, the Maryland Hunt Cup, was held last weekend. And, as always, after the race, members of Maryland's country gentry went from casual race attire to fancy dress to attend the annual Hunt Cup Ball.
The ball was held at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel and was a festive occasion for members of a Maryland racing family who owned, trained and rode the Hunt Cup winner, Ivory Poacher.
Brothers Redmond and Jervis Finney are two of the owners; their cousin Ann Fenwick trained the horse; and the winning jockey, Sanna Neilson, is a niece.
Others at the ball were Joe Gillet, Ellie and John Schapiro, Bartie and Charlie Cole, Sheila and Dickie Riggs, Lisa and Greg Barnhill, Jay Dugan, Liz and Turney McKnight, Pat and Buzzy Krongard, their son, Navy Lt. Alex Krongard, and their guests, Bill and Kathy DeWitt from Cleveland. (We may see more of the DeWitts if he is successful in his attempt to buy the Baltimore Orioles.)
Baltimore Orioles catcher Jeff Tackett is making his Hollywood film debut as himself in the new Warner Bros. film, "Dave." Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver star in the movie, which opens nationally Friday.
Tackett's scene, filmed at an Orioles game last summer at Camden Yards, shows Kline, as the president of the United States, throwing out the first pitch of the season.
("Dave" is the story of an ordinary guy from Baltimore who is asked to double for the president at a public appearance. When the president suffers a stroke, the masquerade must continue.)
Friendly Baltimore was formed in the fall of 1990, thanks to Dot Cobb, wife of Keith, who at that time was the managing partner of KPMG Peat Marwick. The United Way of Central Maryland asked Dot to establish a volunteer program to help spouses of relocated corporate executives get involved in community service projects.
The Cobbs have since moved to Philadelphia, but Friendly Baltimore has blossomed into a committee with 40 members.
Peggi Ambler, wife of Bruce Ambler, president and CEO of Constellation Holdings Inc., chairs the group, which meets several times a year.
A Day at the Races was suggested for the April meeting by Dot Rosenberg, who hails from Texas and is the wife of Henry, the president and CEO of Crown Central Petroleum. The members gathered at Pimlico last week for lunch and the races. Among those in attendance were Lenore Hammes, wife of Michael, president of Black & Decker Power Tools and Home Products group; Janice Adams, wife of Harold, president and CEO of RTKL Associates; and Sandra Bentley, wife of Harrison, the Baltimore branch manager for Coca-Cola USA.
The most excited person at the media night preview of the "1993 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions" was Krista Rodriquez, the 9-year-old daughter of Ken and Susan Rodriquez. He's the president of the Cignal chain of clothing stores.
Krista, a budding figure skater and student at Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville, was in awe of such big-name skaters as Brian Boitano, Jill Trenary, Viktor Petrenko and Oksana Baiul.
She seemed particularly impressed with Baiul, who is 15 and recently stunned the figure-skating world by winning the women's gold medal in the World Championship in Prague.
After 25 years, the Cross Keys Inn decided it was time for a face lift, so they hired interior designer Karin Chriss and graphic designer Janet Friskey to oversee the changes.
Nicole Bouver, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication; Paul Bello, Amtrak; Ray Haysbert, Park Sausage; Beverly Cones, Maryland Casualty; and Holly Thiens, Carlson Travel Network, joined Cross Keys merchants Sally Jones, Sue Garten, Barbara Budlow and Ruth Shaw for a firsthand look at the new homey ambience of the Cross Keys Inn.
(Another nice thing about the renovations is that the inn's management donated 148 rooms of old furniture to Bea Gaddy.)