'Clubhouse' founder heads to Harvard


Steve Harper, who was co-host and co-writer of Fox 45's popular children's show, "The Fox-45 Clubhouse" with his pal, Kenny Curtis, is leaving our fair city to attend Harvard University. Harper, who's 30, left the show three years ago to study at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. During that time, he's also appeared at the Kennedy Center, the Round House Theatre, and on television shows, "Crabs," "Monsters," "America's Most Wanted," and "Unsolved Mysteries." Plus he wrote a play, "Abstract Purple" which ran last summer in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

With all that talent, he says education is still the key so Harvard's prestigious two-year program at its American Repertory Theater might be just what the doctor ordered for this rising young star.

Rarely would I tell you about an October fund-raiser at this time of year, but I was amazed to see that Mathias J. DeVito had agreed to be this year's Hall of Fame honoree for the Chimes. Not that DeVito, chairman of the board of the Rouse Co. and chairman of the Board of Empower Baltimore Management Corp., doesn't deserve it, he does. But he's always worked quietly and effectively for the good of his community and never has agreed before to this sort of thing. I'm glad he's changed his mind and if you'd like to be there on Oct. 28, tickets are $150 and may be reserved by calling (410) 602-4000.

Even before he got a hole-in-one at Bethany Beach's Salt Pond Golf Course, Dr. Stanley Brown has been enjoying retirement on the links. And I am told that he only gloated a wee bit before continuing the game with his wife, Edie, the Baltimore Arena's public relations pro.

Their other partner, Charles Yumkas, an attorney, was so excited about Stanley's luck, that he was unable to play more golf and went back to the clubhouse to share the news. Edie quickly retrieved the lucky hole-in-one ball for the trophy shelf . . .

Something new for antique lovers. After a four-year stint learning about the world of antiques from Jean McHale, owner of Gaines McHale Antiques in South Baltimore, Nicki Rhodes left to found Rhodes & Garrard Travel with her partner Jennifer Garrard.

According to Rhodes, Baltimore's antique lovers who frequented Gaines McHale seemed as interested in Jean's tales of her buying forays into the English countryside as the goods she brought back.

So Rhodes' United Kingdom-based travel company has come up with a tour of London and the English Cotswolds geared to Baltimore antiques buffs. The dates are Oct. 16-22 and the trip costs nearly $2,000, double occupancy and does not include air fare. For more information, call (410) 244-1762.

Around town:

* Baltimore singer-songwriter Karen Goldberg, who recently returned from a tour of Norway, will be performing this evening at Fat Lulu's on Maryland Avenue. Her calendar's full, with stints scheduled around Maryland at Cafe Diana, A.T. Lanticks, Harvey's, Columbia Lake Front Concert and the Fiore Jazz/Arts Festival . . .

* Sidney Tichler, director of development for the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, wants everyone to know that the grand opening and dedication of the congregation's new addition is Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., not Sept. 22 . . .

* On Aug. 4, members of Baltimore's Federation of Hispanic Organizations are having a dinner-dance and show at Martin's West. One of the highlights of the evening will be WMAR-TV's Sally Thorner's presentation of 12 young women who are competing for the title of Miss Hispanic America of Baltimore. The winner will be crowned at 3 p.m. Aug. 13 at Hopkins Plaza. If you'd like to attend the Aug. 4 party, tickets are $40 and may be reserved by calling (410) 685-8774.

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