Highlandtown landmark has a grand reopening


When people craved sour beef and dumplings in the old days, many would race to Highlandtown to eat at Winterling's, which was first opened in 1923 by the Winterling family. Well, it's a new day for Winterling's, which is under new ownership, and this time they're hoping people race over to dine on veal chops Tuscan style, shrimp Miguel, baked red snapper and spinach lasagna.

Hundreds of well-wishers stopped by the grand opening to chat with owners Eric Johnson and Glenn Norris, accountant, lacrosse player and head of the Maryland Lacrosse Foundation. Also starring in the opening night soiree was Michael Dalesio, chef consultant of Dalesio's, Michael's Riviera Grille and Ransome's, who created a menu for the new Winterling's.

Guests ambled through rooms named after old Baltimore landmarks like the Chesapeake, Danny's and Miller Bros. Among the first- nighters were Janice and Bob Talbot, Morton's; Cathy Topping, a FDIC attorney, and her husband, Steve, Signet bank general manager; Frances Booke, Marconi's; Nancy and Tom Waxter -- he's a partner at Semmes Bowen & Semmes; Judge Mary Arabian; Art and Alice Keeney, Sterling Bank; and Juliet Ehrlich, a sculptor who recently had a one-woman show at the Baltimore Life Museum.


The world of polo has been discovered by nonprofits, and with the help of the Maryland Polo Club, people are chomping at the bit to land a game for their next fund-raiser. The matches are played at the club's field next to Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County, and guests watch the action from the sidelines or from a tented food area.

Folks who attended Franklin Square Hospital's polo matches had a treat watching Maj. Ronald Ferguson, a k a Fergie's dad, play. Maj. Ferguson, who coached polo for Prince Charles for 20 years, now plays in charity games all over the world. Others on the Franklin Square team were Dr. Ed Cohen, past president of the Maryland Polo Club and an orthopedic surgeon at Franklin Square; Marshall Elkins, attorney; Dana Fortungo, a key member of the Cavaliers Polo team; and umpire Vince Rizzo, horse trainer and polo player. Members of the royal opposition were Maryland Polo Team members Ron Maher Jr., manager of the Roland Park branch of Signet Bank; Whitney Chamberlin, last year's captain of the University of Virginia team; Federico Cendoya, who raises cattle and has a polo school in Argentina; Rick Fine, an investor playing with Federico this year; and umpire Trevor Wells, winner of the National Polo Excellence Award for best collegiate player, who now assists in coaching the Maryland Polo Team.

Judy and Dan Brewster, state Sen. Habern Freeman, Mary Sue Jacobs, Ellie Schapiro, Judge Marty Baldwin, Jay and Orsia Young, Pat and Sally Rooney, Dr. and Mrs. David Cook, Dr. and Mrs. Pablo Dibos, and Dr. and Mrs. Donald Slowinski were seen at the matches.


Congratulations to members of the Baltimore-based alternative acoustic band, Love Riot, who recently learned they are among the 20 bands that made it into the semi-finals of the Yamaha Soundcheck Showcase, a music contest that seeks unsigned bands in America.

Lead singer Lisa Mathews received the news and was told that judges will be at the 8 X 10 Club July 14 to see and hear the band live. If the band should win the whole thing, they'll go to Japan to represent the United States in MusicQuest, the international rock and pop music showcase.


Spotted at Linwood's last weekend -- Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune" host, and his wife, Leslie, having dinner with gubernatorial candidate American Joe Miedusiewski and his wife, Pat, an old friend of Sajak's wife.

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