Dinner with a prince leads to trip to Tower of London


Life can be exciting for the executive producer of cable television's Learning Channel, Mary Ellen Iwata, best known in Baltimore from her days of producing Channel 13's "Evening Magazine." She recently returned from a most productive business trip to the South of France, which included a business meeting with Britain's Prince Edward. According to Ms. Iwata, the meeting went so well the prince invited her to have dinner with him, and the dinner went so well that he has agreed to work with the Learning Channel on a world premiere series, "Haunted Castles in England." Word is HRH is a true believer in ghosts and, thanks to him, they will have unprecedented access to the Tower of London, believed by many to be haunted.

Congratulations to Betsey Krieger, founder of the Waverly Family Center. Ms. Krieger was honored for at the center's first "Celebration of the Family" recently. It was a festive occasion for Betsey and her husband, David Kandel and daughter, Julie; and other members of her family, Zanvyl Krieger, Jeanie and Marc Kahn and daughter, Dana and Jane and Marvin Schapiro.

Friends of the honoree and board members, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hoffberger, Mrs. Decatur Miller, Judge Maggie McIntosh, Judge and Mrs. Ralph Hughes, Jan Houbolt, Therese Lansburgh, Debbie Collier Zug, Gwen Barbour, Joe Wilson, Jeff Malter, Robin Breitenecker, Georgie Hutton, Lee Raskin and Margaret Williams, executive director of Friends of Family, the center's umbrella organization, were among those who stopped by the festivities.

Again this year, the annual Network 2000 breakfast was completely sold out. This year's drawing card was Deborah Tannen, a Georgetown University linguist, who has written several best sellers about how men and women communicate.

Something new was on the menu this year -- the first Business 2000 Award was given to the Venable Baetjer & Howard, a law firm found to exemplify personnel practices which contribute to the advancement of women. Network 2000's president Carolyn McGuire-Frenkil presented this prestigious award to Venable's managing partner Jim Shea. The competition was fierce and honorable mentions were given to Albert Pharmacy, Brick Bodies, Columbus Center, Mercy Medical Center and Nordstrom.

Others at the breakfast were Frank Burch, chairman of Piper & Marbury; Lee Jensen, YMCA Greater Baltimore; Jane Brewer, a partner in the KAWG&F; accounting firm; Carl Smith, Bell Atlantic; Howard Shofer, international financier; Bob Schaefer, First National Bank of Maryland; Dr. Marcos Pupkin, Sister Helen Amos and Sister Mary Thomas from Mercy Medical Center; Dr. James Frenkil; Mary Mangione, Mangione Family Foundation; and Donald Slowinski, president of Essex Community College and his wife, Val Jean; Michelle Tennery, COMSTAT Corp; Jeffery Mose, American Lung Association; Kathy Compton, Society of Human Resource Management; Lois Baldwin, Doncaster clothing consultant; Gail Kaplan, the Classic Catering People, Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; and Dr. Patricia Schmoke.

There's nothing like a good book and music on a Sunday !B morning. That's the message from Helene Hahn and Ellen Kahan Zager, co-chairs of First Edition, a fund-raiser for Literacy Works. Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., authors and celebs like Donna Hamilton, Bill Gildea, Jim Parker, John Unitas, Nancy Patz, and Gene and Katie Hamilton, will sign books and chat with people at Bibelot, a new book and music store in Pikesville's Festival at Woodholme. Bill Fox, Michael Fox auctioneers, will auction artworks from Renaissance Fine Arts. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Way to go! I just heard that Ed Kiernan, VP and general manager of WBAL radio and 98 Rock, ran the Boston Marathon in under four hours. And he was also representing the state for the American Liver Foundation's "Run for Research" team and raised almost $3,000.

Lemon sticks, homemade fudge, crab cakes and spring flowers are but a few of the things served at Baltimore's oldest spring festival. The 79th Flower Mart takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdaly at the War Memorial City Hall Plaza. (Never heard of it -- lots of oldtimers haven't -- so call (410) 837-5424. I can tell you it's behind City Hall on the Holliday Street side.)

Today, at 1 p.m., Maryland police officers and firefighters, who lost their lives in the line of duty, will be honored at the Fallen Heroes Day. These ceremonies have grown since John Armiger Jr., owner of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, started this event 10 years ago.

Tomorrow, there will be at least 25 honor guard units from across the state. Channel 2's Stan Stovall will emcees and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Attorney General Joe Curran, *T Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore County exec Dutch Ruppersberger, and Congressman Bob Ehrlich will speak. Families of the heroes, including those of Baltimore Police Officer Gerald Michael Armiger and Baltimore City Firefighter Alton Glento Warren, who are buried there, will be presented with replicas of the Fallen Heroes Memorial.

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