There is still time to reserve your tickets for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 11th anniversary gala on Sept. 11 at the Meyerhoff. It should be an elegant evening, thanks to the work of a dynamic wife and husband team, Carol and George McGowan. They are co-chairs of the "Hats Off to the BSO" gala, which is a salute to the orchestra's rise in national stature and to our fine maestro David Zinman.
The evening begins with a short concert, followed by cocktails in the lobby, and a dinner dance. While guests have drinks, gala logistics chair Mary Foster will supervise the auditorium's transformation into a ballroom: Mountain Production of Wilkes Barre, Pa., the firm that's designed stages for rock stars Madonna and Michael Jackson, will install a tiered platform to cover the entire orchestra level of the auditorium.
Call (410) 783-8000 for $500 or $300 tickets. It's hoped that the gala will put $250,000 in the orchestra's coffers for the 1993-94 season.
If "Elvira," "American Made," and "Thank God for Kids" are among your favorite country songs, you will not want to miss the Oak Ridge Boys performance at Pier 6 Aug. 27. The "Oaks" are the "friends" in the Sixth Annual Hard Travelers and Friends concert, which could raise $150,000 for Cystic Fibrosis. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with the popular Hard Travelers as the opening act.
A $100 VIP ticket guarantees you the best seats in the house and a reception catered by the Central Maryland Chefs and Cooks Association. Other prices are $22.50 for reserved and $12 for lawn seats. Call Cystic Fibrosis at (410) 771-9000 for the $100 tickets and Telecharge at (410) 625-1400 for the other tickets.
Bits and pieces: Guess what New York Knicks superstar Patrick Ewing's favorite birthday present was? A sleek, black "Pacific Coast" Honda bought at Cycles USA in Silver Spring . . . Maryland Public Television is working on a program about people who lived through the Great Depression. If you can remember how you -- or members of your family -- coped, survived or overcame the Depression, they'd like to talk to you. If you're ready for your brush with fame, call Sandy Harvey at (410) 581-4172 . . .
Everyone's invited to stop by Boyle Buick on Emmorton Road in Abingdon from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and meet Rex Barney. And for anyone, who can do a good imitation of his "Thank Youuuuu," there will be prizes and tickets for Sunday's Baysox game . . .
Congrats to: Pikesville High school students Carol Chen and Kim Ullman, who won scholarships from the Baltimore accounting and management firm of Kamanitz, Uhlfelder & Permison . . . and to WBAL-radio's news hounds Alan Walden, Frank DeFilippo, Jeff Rimer, John Patti and Larry Roberts, who won top honors from the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for their 1992 news stories.
Mystery buffs, take note. The Friends of the Goucher Library is sponsoring its eighth annual symposium, Mystery Novel: Tales of Two Cities on Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merrick 'D Lecture Hall.
The participants are New York author Annette Meyers and Baltimore author Louise Titchener with Kathy Harig, co-owner of Mystery Loves Company Book store, as the moderator. Call (410) 337-6362 for $25 tickets, which includes coffee and lunch with the authors . . .
* Baltimore's premier country station WPOC-FM has quite a lineup for its Celebrity Talent Show at the Maryland State Fair Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Just how they manage to get people up on that stage to make fools of themselves year after year is amazing. I should know, I did it one year and that was before they began donating $500 to each performer's favorite charity.
Onstage this year will be Channel 2 news anchor Mary Beth Marsden singing for Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound; her co-anchor Stan Stovall for Bea Gaddy; actor David DeBoy for Maryland Food Committee; Channel 13's Kelly Saunders for Moveable Feast; WBAL-TV's Lila Orbach for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, and former Orioles pitcher Kevin Hickey for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
-! State fair goers get in free.