Two 'Love Letters' shows really are labor of love


On Nov. 29 and 30 two special benefit performances of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" will be presented at F. Scott Black's new Towson Dinner Theatre on East Chesapeake Avenue. WBAL newsman Alan Walden and his wife, Jeannie, a professional actress, will star in the Monday night show, while Tuesday night's headliners will be WBAL's (Voice of Reason) Ron Smith and his wife, June.

The performances will be dedicated to the memory of Richard D. Byrd, who organized WBAL's Coats and Books for Kids programs and also was one of the most popular actors, directors and lawyers in Baltimore. This project is a labor of love for the actors as well as for Mr. Byrd's old friend Scott Black, who will direct the show and donate the use of his theater.

Dinner theater goers also will remember Mr. Byrd's widow, Sheryl Ryanharrt, who moved to Cape Cod and opened a shop, the Dancing Angel. No word yet on whether she'll be able to make it back for the shows. Tickets are $20, which includes dinner and the show. Proceeds from the two nights are earmarked for the WBAL Kids Campaign. Call (410) 321-6595 for reservations.


Have you ever wondered what it's like to produce a major Hollywood movie? If so, why not get the scoop from "Free Willy" producer Penelope Foster at the Nov. 11 meeting of Women in Film and Video of Maryland? Ms. Foster, also the producer of the Bruce Beresford mystery film that is being shot in and around Maryland, has agreed to be the guest speaker for the evening.

A half-hour networking social begins at 6:30 p.m. at Harborview Marina and Yacht Club. Members are free and non-members pay $5 at the door. For information, call (410) 788-1946.


Congratulations to Jeff Salkin, who has been named executive producer for a new daily business program expected to debut nationwide on Maryland Public Television in January. Mr. Salkin, currently the media services manager for NASDAQ in Washington, is a Baltimore native. Insiders say the show will feature early-morning updates on key financial developments and will share information that is usually available only to institutional and corporate investors.


The Carriage House Collection sale takes place Nov. 4-6 at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. This sale usually marks the beginning of my Christmas shopping because I get so inspired looking at the assortment of interesting gifts.

Admission is $5, and children under 12 are free (as is the parking). The best part is that the proceeds support patient-care projects at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Jeannie Rehmert and William Snyder Jr. are certainly giving new meaning to the Baltimore Spirit's marketing slogan, "For the Best Night of Your Life, Catch the Spirit."

As the winners of a contest promoted by radio station WVRT-FM (104.3), this Arbutus couple will be at the Baltimore Spirit's opening game with the Chicago Power tonight, and their wedding will be the halftime show.


The decorations were red, white and blue, American flags adorned the centerpieces, and posters of famous Civil War generals covered the walls of the Coach Room at Overlea Catering Hall.

Doesn't sound like a wedding, does it? Well, it was. Costumed guards with swords positioned at each door greeted costumed guests attending the wedding of Angela Vargas and Gary Haslbeck. The groom has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1976 and is a member of the Fourth U.S. Regulars Infantry Voice of the Mid-Atlantic Re-Enactment Society.


Congratulations to Deborah Bangledorf and Randall Holter, who are back in town after honeymooning in the Caribbean. The couple met during the 1992 Children's Miracle Network's Telethon for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

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