Solstice '93 was an all star production that raised $125,000 for educational programs at the Maryland Science Center. Some guests began the cocktail hour with star-studded shows in the Planetarium and IMAX Theater, while others stopped to chat with Paul Blair, former Orioles star center fielder, who was graciously signing autographs at the entrance to the center's fabulous new "All Sorts of Sports" exhibit.
On cue, an actor dressed as a film director declared that all celebrity guests were needed at the Hyatt for a final casting call. Thus began the Walk of the Stars, led by the center's director, Paul Hanle, and his wife, Joan Burroughs. They were joined by Bob Harvey, chairman of the board; Robin and George Dalsheimer; Barbara and Tom Bozzuto; Sheila and Dick Riggs; Connie and Gerry Holthaus; and Eileen Fader and her husband, Steve Himmelrich.
The "stars" were met at the Hyatt by screaming fans and 'D paparazzi trying to get a glimpse of people like Solstice chairman Bailey Thomas, chairman and CEO of McCormick and Co., who noted that years ago a gift of a block of McCormick stock became the seed money for the Science Center; and WJZ-TV's Denise Koch, who did an excellent emceeing job -- which included keeping guests updated on the Orioles' game score. Others at the party were Kathy and Ron McGuirk, Donna Foley and Chris Scharpf, Beth and Joe Heston, Roger Gray and Kathy Conway, Phyllis Reese and Arthur Bugg, Ann and Jack Felton, Sandye and Wil Sirota, Kathie and Harry Stevens, and Hilaire and Harry Stevens.
The winds were up and the sun was shining as approximately 100 boats set sail in the Leukemia Cup Regatta last weekend. It was a wonderful day on the bay, for the sailors and for the Leukemia Society -- which came away with $30,000 more in its coffers, thanks to support of sponsors like Mercedes-Benz, T. Rowe Price and WBAL-TV.
True North, owned by Mark Fischer and helmed by Gary Jobson, master of ceremonies of the Leukemia Cup, crossed the winner's line first on Saturday, while Moxie won Sunday's race. The crew of the Sidekick raised the most in pledges, while Merrilyne Hendrickson won a trip to Bermuda for raising the most individual pledges. More than 300 people gathered at the Naval Academy's Robert Crown Center after the races for good food and dancing to the music of Moon August. George Collins, honorary chair, and Patricia Dodd, executive director of the Leukemia Society, awarded Pusser's rum decanters to co-chairs Ben Michaelson and Jim Patton, who have issued a sailor's alert -- plans are already under way for the Leukemia Cup races next June.
The "Classical Taste in America" exhibit got a royal send-off last weekend with two back-to-back parties at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The first, an ultra-, ultra-private "do," was held for the exhibit's major donors and a sprinkling of VIPs, which, I hear, included J. Carter Brown. He's the former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and is now board chairman of Ovation Inc., an Alexandria, Va., media company, which will introduce a new fine arts cable network late next year. Also attending were Dwight Lanmon, Winterthur director; Michael Brown and Barry Kessler, Jewish Historical Society; Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet architect Richard Donkervoet and his wife, Carolyn; Richard and Jane Nylander -- she's the director of the Society of Preservation for New England Antiquities; Marie and Dean Failey, he's with Christie's; Stuart Feld, Hirschl & Adler; George Kaufman, Kaufman Americana Foundation; Louis Thalheimer, BMA Board of Trustees; and James Gould and Page Talbot, consultants for the exhibit.
Guests nibbled on foods from smoked quail to tiny Neapolitan pizzas to Mediterranean souvlaki with marinated pork tenderloin, all prepared by Innovative Gourmet caterers. I hear the museum's director, Arnold Lehman, personally supervised the party, which was followed by a Member's Party.
You can see the exhibit, Wednesday-Sunday through Sept. 26. Thursdays are a good day for bargain hunters -- admittance is free.