The Producers Club of Maryland selected the National Aquarium as the place to entertain all its VIP visitors, who are in town as part of the cast and crew of the Jodie Foster film "Home for the Holidays." The Producers Club threw the party in an effort to get the message across that Maryland will go out of its way to get moviemakers to film here, which, in the long run, pumps millions of dollars into Maryland's economy.
I heard Academy Award winner Anne Bancroft; Claire Danes, star of "Little Women;" Dylan McDermott, of "Young Guns"; Charlie Chaplin's daughter Geraldine Chaplin, of "Nashville" and Charles Durning, who appeared this week in the NBC mini-series "A Woman of Independent Means," were among cast members, who took in the puffin feeding and lecture in the rain forest or, perhaps, went on a tour over the shark tank with shark keeper Juan Sabalones.
Others at the party included crew members, and it seems funny referring to a current Best Actress nominee Jodie Foster as "crew," but she is co-producing the film along with Peggy Rajski, also a current Academy Award nominee for directing a best short film, "Trevor." Rajski produced Jodie's first directing effort, "Little Man Tate." Caroline Barron, producer of "The Santa Clause," also attended the party.
One of the membership perks of the Producers Club is hobnobbing with movie types such as these when they're in town. And members got their money's worth at this party, which also attracted one of Hollywood's "hottest" actresses, Sharon Stone, who attended with her boyfriend Bob Wagner, who is part of the "Home for the Holidays" crew.
Producers Club members at the party were Jed Dietz, president of the group; Jim and Barbara Dale, he's with W.B. Doner & Co. and she makes greeting cards; Donald Rothman, an attorney whose son, Tom, is president of Fox Searchlight Pictures; Dr. Andy London and his wife, Anne; Gail and Lenny Kaplan, she's one of the partners of the Classic Catering People and he's one of the owners of the Polo Grill; Blair Barton, publisher of the Maryland-DC Production Guide; Tom Keifaber, owner of the Senator Theatre; David Cordish, developer; Wil Sirota, an attorney whose daughter Karen, is working on the film; Doug Becker, president of Sylvan Learning Sytems and new chair of the Children's Museum; Howard Fine, attorney, and Terri Ezrine, Comcast Television; Clark Bunting, Discovery Channel; Dr. Julia McMillan, Johns Hopkins Children's Center; and Norman Steinberg, a screenwriter who is currently acting in "Miami Rhapsody."
* The Baltimore Zoo will benefit from Dano Senft's bartending prowess at the Mount Washington Tavern's ongoing guest bartenders series. Dano, a "Tav" regular," wants all his friends to stop by Wednesday night between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. and help support the "wildlife," which I'm sure they'll be happy to do!
* The 25th annual Hunt Valley Antique Show promises to be a sterling weekend at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. This year's show also will feature rarely seen racing trophies and lectures on women and the social history of silver by the Maryland Historical Society's Jennifer Goldsborough and the role of silver in the lives of Charlestonians by J. Thomas Savage Jr., the director of the Historic Charleston Foundation in Charleston, S.C. A silent auction and appraisals also will be available. Hours today and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7.