Film folk encounter crabs


Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island and the Producer's Club, a group of private citizens who support the Maryland Film Commission, threw an old-fashioned crab feast for about 85 people working on Morgan Creek Production's still untitled film.

The movie, which is being shot primarily on the Eastern Shore, stars Richard Dreyfuss and Linda Hamilton, neither of whom could make it to the party.

It was a beautiful day, and the tables were laden with crab soup, vegetables, fried chicken and steamed crabs. I'm told it was amusing to watch all those L.A. types trying to figure out how to open a hard crab, including the film's director Bruce Beresford, producer Penelope Foster, actor J. T. ("A Few Good Men") Walsh and model Liv Tyler, who is making her first movie.

On hand to help the visitors open the crabs were members of the Talbot County Council Robert Higgins, Clinton Bradley, Nancy Clem and Andy Anderson; Harrison's charter boat captains Will Ridenhour, Wayne Dyott and Bud Harrison Jr., with his mom, Bobbie; deputy director of the Maryland Film Commission Jack Gerbis; John Long of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce; Bob Pascal, governor's appointments secretary; Nick Florio; Michael and Lois Hodes; Jed Dietz of Film Partners Ltd.; Blaine Lipski, the Baltimore Arena's event coordinator, who was in Tilghman visiting his brother, Capt. Mike Lipski; and state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, who introduced the legislation to create the Maryland Film Commission.

After an afternoon of good food, volleyball and horseshoes, Bud Jr. took guests out for a sunset cruise.

The film commission must be doing something right. There are three major films being made in the state at the same time -- "Major League II," starring Charlie Sheen; "True Lies," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the Morgan Creek movie.


In 1943, Isabel "Dearie" Burger founded the Children's Experimental Theatre, which soon became the Children's Theatre Association (CTA). This was the first theater in Baltimore dedicated to working with children.

The powers-that-be at the theater are planning a gala 50th anniversary-reunion party Dec. 11 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. If you're among the thousands of former students, teachers, actors, designers, board members and friends, you are invited to attend a performance of "The Nutcracker, A Play," which will be followed by a reception, at which Ms. Burger, the 90-year-old founder, will give a speech.

Some of the best-knowns to have attended CTA are the late Howard Ashman, executive producer and lyricist for "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin"; Margo Lion, producer of the Tony award-winning "Angels in America"; and Otts Munderloh, "A Chorus Line" lighting designer.

L For more information about the reunion, call (410) 225-0052.


Happy anniversary wishes to St. Paul's School for Girls, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last weekend with a fun family outing.

Two student musical groups, the Saints and Eclectic, entertained at the anniversary bash, which was put together by Holly Martin Hamilos, Beverly Wheeler, Leslie Saxton, Linda Davidson, Annette Paterakis, Gloria Knittle, Susan Carroll Immelt and Ann Oster.

Some who stopped by for barbecue, pit beef and country-western dancing included headmistress Lila Lohr, Don Bowman, Nancy and Luke Marbury, Warwick Plant, Marie and Bob Hennessy, Xandy Hoff Waesche, and former headmistress Mary Ellen Thomsen and her husband, George.


February's Dinner of Champions to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society sounds like a winner. Check out this lineup -- John Ryder, CEO of Metro and Basics Food Markets, and JR Paterakis, vice president of H&S; Bakery, had a VIP cocktail party to introduce Bailey A. Thomas, COB and CEO of McCormick & Co. Inc., who will be honored at the dinner.

Others at the kickoff party were Joanne Pollak, Dori Di Venti, Paul Pierce, Henry J. Knott Jr., Richard Single, Gary Fuhrman, Joe Washington, Carol and Jesse Gardner, Richard McCready, John Paterakis and Richard Trainor.

Call (410) 821-8626 if you'd like more information about the Feb. 11 black-tie event.

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