Advertising Club survives a heated summer


It's been along hot summer for the Advertising & Professional Club of Baltimore members who served on the nominating committee. Here's the scoop as told to me.

Several years ago, longtime Ad Club member Clarisse Mechanic invited Towson attorney/entrepreneur Michael Hodes and his wife, Lois, to become members. A short time later, the Hodeses agreed to become the club's first husband-wife president and vice president, and in that capacity, they feel they helped breathe new life into an old club.

However, since Ad Club presidents normally serve only two continuous years, the nominating committee, chaired by Mrs. Mechanic, came back with a new slate with nary a Hodes on the list. I'm told the fur flew and there were a series of difficult meetings, one in which Hodes told Mrs. Mechanic that he had never appointed her to chair the nominating committee. According to Hodes, it's all a misunderstanding. He and his wife, who will continue as members, have been under tremendous pressure dealing with family health problems, so perhaps their actions were misunderstood.

But the old guard survived and the membership has elected as president Brent Gunts, retired WBAL television executive, who will follow in the footsteps of his father, Edward Lyell Gunts, a two-term Ad Club president; and as vice president, Bill Boucher, former executive director of the Greater Baltimore Committee and someone with many irons in the fire, including a book about Baltimore's Renaissance.

Speaking of Bill Boucher reminds me of his talented wife, Anne Carey Boucher, who has become a prolific painter.

I recently stopped by the Bouchers' home for a look at Anne's landscapes and portraits. Her first show was 33 years ago, before she married and became a full-time volunteer for 26 years -- during which she chaired events for CARE, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Red Cross and the Maryland Commission for Women and created the Medical Eye Bank's Eye Ball. During that time, she also founded Baltimore Scene magazine with Don Richardson and owned a PR agency with Caroline Miller.

Now, she again devotes her time to painting, artfully capturing facial expressions unique to her subjects. My favorites, of the hundreds she has painted, were portraits of Jim Rouse, Leonard Grief, the late Bob Levi, Frances Draper, Mac Mathias, John Moag, Dr. Clara Adams and Harry Hughes.

Major yard sale

Sherwood Gardens will benefit from a huge yard sale, sponsored by the Guilford Association, scheduled for Sept. 30, with a rain date of Oct. 1.

Money raised from the annual sale is used by Stratford Green Inc., a non-profit group that supports and maintains the gardens, to purchase 80,000 tulip bulbs a year. The six acres of gardens were first planted in 1927 courtesy of local petroleum pioneer and conservationist John W. Sherwood.

Volunteers Karen Hutcheon, Liz Nilson, Laurie Russell, Kathy Sabatier and Bonnie Travieso have gathered an array of antiques, attic treasures, housewares, books and vintage jewelry for the sale. And there also will be tables of home-baked goods, all of which will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the edge of the gardens on Stratford Road.

Tables for private sales can be rented for $10 and a percentage of sales proceeds. Call (410) 889-3384 or (410) 366-2264 for information.

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