Admirers of Hopkins cardiologist Dr. Levi Watkins filled Martin's West at a recent Urban League dinner, where Dr. Watkins was honored for his accomplishments and contributions to his profession.
This dinner was a little different from most of the ones I attend. You could really feel the affection the guests felt for the honoree. WBAL-TV news Anchor Rod Daniels told a touching story about finding his father after 26 years, only to learn he was ill, then how Levi led him through the process of getting his father well enough to get to Hopkins where Levi operated on him, which gave Rod and his father a good year together. There was not a dry eye in the place, and it only got worse when Levi explained that his own father was too ill to be there for dinner. (Dr. Watkins' father died yesterday.)
Guests included Levi's closest friend Victor Frenkil Sr.; Federal Court Judge John Hargrove; retired Judge Robert Watts, now with Piper & Marbury; Little Willie Adams; Marcellus Alexander and Mike Easterling, WJZ-TV; Marsha and Bill Jews, she's with the Alvin Ailey Dancers and he's with Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Jim Sellinger, IBM; Calvert County Commissioner Michael Moore; David Bunn, Coppin State College; Dr. Warren Guarnieri; Frederick County police officer Jesse Goode; City States Attorney Stuart Simms; Sen. Paul Sarbanes; former Congressman Parren Mitchell; Ray Haysbert, Parks Sausage; Roy Deutschman and Bill Hopkinson, V-103 radio; Dr. Jimmy Frenkil; Virginia Lambrow; Victor Jr. and Nancy Frenkil; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Parker, he's in the cement business; Ellen Murdock; City Councilman Mike Curran, and gubernatorial candidate American Joe Miedusiewski, who seemed to shake every hand in the room.
The Roland Park Country School is celebrating National Women's Month with a "Ladies First" program in the Gilman auditorium, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This one-woman show will give you an intimate visit with five of America's First Ladies, from Rachel Jackson to Jackie Kennedy.
Starring in the production is Robin Lane, who is a direct descendant of Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams and mother of President John Quincy Adams. Robin, a talented actress at home with drama or comedy, has a long list of acting credits. Call (410) 323-5500 for tickets, which are $4.
Members of the Junior League of Annapolis are having a gala preview party tonight, before the doors open at 9 tomorrow morning for the 14th annual Carousel. Party chairs Cary Dion, Eleanor Melograna and Georgi Schurr will be greeting guests, who will get a first hand look at the goodies for this huge thrift sale.
This is the only major fund-raiser for the Annapolis League and members Cathy Rutland, Linda Constand, Kathy Ebner, Jane McAfee, Lisa Kennedy, Amy Olmert, Helen Sherman, Anne Henderson and Kathy Niepold are among those who spent the last year gathering gently used and new children's clothing, toys, furniture and household items for tomorrow's sale at the Medford Armory off West Street in Annapolis.
Special congratulations to a very nice man, who happens to be a great chef, Mimmo Cricchio, owner and chef of Da Mimmo in Little Italy. On Monday evening, he's being honored by the Restaurant Association of Maryland as the 1994 Restaurateur of the Year. I can assure you that the honor is well deserved . .
What better reminder that this awful winter will soon be history, than "A Picnic in Monet's Garden"? That's the theme of this year's Maryland Home and Flower at the Timonium Fairgrounds next week. But if you'd like to sip wine as you tour the gardens and chat with the florists and designers ahead of the crowds, attend the preview party on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Vince Bagli will emcee these festivities which will benefit the Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling (410) 435-0082.
Must reading -- Baltimore painted furniture, belonging to the Maryland Historical Society's former curator turned decorative arts consultant Stiles Colwill, is on the cover of the March-April issue of Southern Accents magazine. Inside, there's quite a spread on Stiles and his lovely home. . . . And last, but never least, Rudy Miller, wants us to know that Maryland Family Magazine has, again this year, published the Best Darned Camp Guide Ever. They are free and you may call (410) 366 7512 to find where to pick one up . . .