Entertaining holiday ideas are on the table at BMA


It's almost show-time for the Baltimore Museum of Art Women's Committee Holiday Table Settings. This is one of my favorite reminders that Christmas is on its way. This year's event, Nov. 18-19, is certain to inspire you. Eighteen Baltimore-area hostesses, garden clubs and specialty shops are setting tables that feature creative new ideas to enhance entertaining at home.

Some of the people participating include Mark Fabian, Dee Hardie, Barbara and Jimmy Judd, Gay Legg, Elizabeth Nuttle, Susan Rafferty, Susie Smithers, Claire Stewart, Andrea Stieff, Carol Westerlund and Bob Zimmerman. Call (410) 396-6314 for ticket information.


Speaking of museums, I hear television crews shooting "Homicide" episodes recently used the Fells Point penthouse of the Walters Art Gallery's new public relations coordinator Beth Blasser Dietrick and her husband, Dr. Daniel Dietrick. The apartment, from which the Dietricks have since moved, depicts the Georgetown habitat of a congressional aide in a coming episode.

Beth's husband, a clinical associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has signed on as the urologic surgeon with Smyth, Smolev and Geringer PA.

Another new face at the Walters belongs to Marianna Shreve Simpson, who is succeeding Gary Vikan as the assistant director for curatorial affairs and will also serve as the museum's first curator of Islamic Art. Shreve, as she likes to be called, and her husband, Richard L. Kagan, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, are Baltimore residents.

For years, she has commuted to Washington, where she is the curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art at the Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian. She begins work here in March.


Prime Rib patrons were buzzing last week when two famous guests, "Smoking" Joe Frazier and Mohammed Ali walked in with their entourage. Word is they had heard about the Prime Rib's wonderful roastbeef and decided to try it. According to my spies, a very sociable Frazier joined two equally sociable Baltimore businessmen, Ted Herget and Trip Dryden, at the bar for an after-dinner drink. Yep, they left with the former champion's autograph.


There's still time to send a $25 contribution to Boots for Baltimore. For eight years, Boots volunteers have appealed to Baltimoreans for help in buying sturdy leather work boots and socks for the homeless. The donations enable many homeless people to find jobs.

Suzanne Wills, Sherrill Nash, Mary Bready, Lucy Meyer, Caroline Coleman, Jeff Ayres, Susie Conkling, Mary Carpenter and Karen Pateris have worked long and hard on this worthwhile project. If you'd like to contribute, send your checks to 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21210.


Bob Dorian, host of American Movie Classics since it was launched on cable in 1984, will be in town Nov. 17-18. His shtick includes introducing the evening movie classics and providing a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's heyday.

Another segment of the show is called America's Movie Palace Memories, and he travels the country to find classic movie palaces from yesteryear. The Senator Theatre brings him and his camera crew to Baltimore.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Senator, there will be a free movie screening of that wonderful 1957 romantic drama, "An Affair to Remember."

Although the show is free, you must reserve a ticket. Call (410) 783-1800, Ext. 3395, or stop by the Senator box office between 1 p.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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