Gregory Billy, the morning manager at Wayne's Bar-B-Que at Harborplace, was surprised to see a familiar famous face having breakfast at Wayne's this past Tuesday. He turned out to be one of Hollywood's best known redheads, film director Ron Howard, who was in Baltimore with his family to visit Harborplace and its attractions. According to Billy, Howard's family looks like him -- even his wife -- red hair and all.
Harborplace is a favorite place for celebrity visitors, Wayne Brokke, owner of Wayne's Bar-B-Que, says Linda Hamilton, Howie Mandel, Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger, have tasted his food over the past six months. Plus Wayne's enjoying a little celebrity status since people are beginning to recognize him from his occasional appearances on WBAL-TV's noon news. Tune in and see what he's cooking today!!
No one said it would be easy, but Mary Carol (Sam) Miller and Jeffrey Stein hung in there to win the Jos. A. Bank Woman and Man of the Year competition. For seven weeks, they were among 13 competitors, who managed to raise $73,000 for the Leukemia Society. The winners raised the most money.
As Woman and Man of the Year, they will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Leukemia Society and they will be featured on five Baltimore area billboards. Miller, who once worked for Baltimore County Executive Dennis Rasmussen, is the executive assistant to Ed Hale, chairman of the board at the Bank of Baltimore, and Stein is an assistant vice president at Nations Bank.
Hot on the heels of success, John Mancuso, owner/manager of Piccolo's in Columbia, is bringing his expertise to Fells Point. (FYI: He also launched the opening of Clyde's of Columbia in 1975.) He and other members of his team plan to open Piccolo's of Fells Point, 1629 Thames St. by the end of April. His chef, J. Ashley Sharpe, best-known as the sous chef of the Harbor Court Hotel for six years and executive chef at Paolo's Ristorante for one year, is developing a menu that will highlight Italian cooking as well as American contemporary cuisine.
Women will never have the inside scoop in the world of business, until they are at home on the golf course as well as the board room.
That's the reason the Executive Women's Golf League is such a success with 65 chapters nationwide and a membership that exceeds 3,500 golfers. The Baltimore Chapter got off to a walloping inaugural season last year with more than 300 members on the links. And I'm sure it'll be even better this year. There will be a tee-off dinner at the Turf Valley Hotel at 6:30 p.m. April 5.
The season runs May through September, with beginners and intermediate clinics commencing April 19 at the Turf Valley Country Club, where all clinics and league play are held. For more information, call the Executive Women's Hot Line at (410) 494-9744.
The U.S. Lacrosse Team, coached by Johns Hopkins University's Tony Seaman, will defend its International Lacrosse Federation World Championship in Manchester, England, in July. More than half the team has played or coached for Maryland teams, so it's certainly fitting to have a fund-raiser here to help them get to England. The United States will play teams from England, Australia, Canada, the Iroquois Nation, and an array of emerging nations' teams. (Wonder when lacrosse will finally become part of the Olympic games?)
If you'd like to help the team, buy a $25 ticket for the April 2 Bull Roast & Auction at the Pikesville Armory, which will be attended by players and coaches. Call the Lacrosse Foundation, (410) 235-6882 for more information.