A whirlwind of activities has dominated my life this week. First out of the starting gate last Sunday was a polo match at the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club, which was delightful, thanks to Philip Lake, Ron Maher, Fred Peterson, Betsy Gompf and other members of the Maryland Polo Club.
The setting was lovely and guests watched matches and nibbled delicious food prepared by Jane Fallon under a tent beside the field. Some who came out to support the March of Dimes fund-raiser included Evelyn Shade, Jennifer Burdick, Bob and Barbara Krebs, Brucie and Frank Wright, former U.S. Sen. Joe Tydings, Greg and Lauren Hurlbrink, Nancy and Lou Grasmick, Jean and Charlie Thomas, Joe Hamper, Courtney McKeldin, Claudenia and Wayne Burgemeister, who have just returned from 3 1/2 weeks in France; and Chuck Stapleton, USF&G; veep, who had to -- away because he was having a birthday party for his lady love, Lynda O'Dea.
It was nice to see Baltimoreans dress up for the Tuesday evening opening of "The Madness of George III." Several hundred guests attended a glitzy pre-performance benefit party given by the beneficiary Baltimore City Life Museums and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.
What a treat! The show was magnificent and so was hobnobbing with The Lady Soames, who is Sir Winston Churchill's daughter and the honorary chair of the gala. She was accompanied by His Excellency Sir Robin and Lady Renwick, he's the British Ambassador to the U.S.; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Tindale, British Consulate; and Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who took some good natured teasing about his name being bandied about by David Letterman. Schmoke declares he doesn't know why or how Letterman got his name, but I could tell he loves it. He's invited Letterman to tape a show in Baltimore, plus he sent him a tape made by WJZ-TV, in which station asked "Baltimorans" to pronounce Schmoke's name.
Others with whom I chatted were Nancy Brennan, executive director of the City Life Museums, who introduced me to a delightful couple, Francine and Jim Sellinger. He's general manager of IBM in Maryland, which along with Maryland National Bank, was a major underwriter of the evening.
Also attending: Renie Craft, gala chair; Grace and (Dr.) Ross Pierpont; Judge Frank Kaufman; City Councilwoman Rikki Spector; Bruce and Hope Quackenbush; Cleve and Margo Miller; Clarisse Mechanic and Tucky Ramsey.
There were several hundred people, who did not forget to attend the Leadership-Baltimore County Breakfast at the Timonium Holiday Inn. (Yep, I drove right by Timonium on my way to the office Thursday morning and breakfast never crossed my mind.)
This program, led by its popular executive director Elayne Hettleman, is beginning its 10th year of training Baltimore County leaders. Thursday's breakfast, which honored 12 companies who have supported the program, attracted Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg; Baltimore County Exec. Roger Hayden; State Sen. Nancy Murphy; Peter Martin, Provident Bank president; Terry O'Malley, Franklin Square vice president; William Crowley Jr., a partner at Arthur Andersen & Co.; Doug Dollenberg, Nottingham Properties; Susan Abbott, McCormick & Co.; Robert Kunish, Peterson, Howell & Heather; and Charles Monk, Weinberg & Green.