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Roll into celebration at spiffed-up Penn Station


THE "PENNSTATION Sensation" is coming your way Dec. 2. Hundreds of city and county residents are expected to gather that night at our wonderful old train station to toast its revitalization and celebrate the opening of the new parking garage. Wait 'til you see what they are doing at the station!

If you'd like to hobnob with Baltimore politicos and movers and shakers in the business community, come on down. The black-tie event is being chaired by Kay MacIntosh, editor of Style Magazine, and Paul Wolman, president of P.W. Feats. They've put together a committee of about 100 worker bees, who are promising a spectacular evening.

Meanwhile, two members of Baltimore's business community Bill Struever, president of Struever Brothers, Eccles & Rouse, and John Moag, managing partner of Patton Boggs and chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, invited an assortment of business and government officials to join them for breakfast recently. They wanted to entice them to become sponsors of the Penn Station Sensation, which will raise funds for the Baltimore Gateway Information Center, a compelling interactive model that will showcase Baltimore's historic landmarks, neighborhoods and exciting tourist attractions.

Mark Joseph, Yellow Cab owner, was one who stepped forward to donate $10,000 and BGE and AMTRAK have agreed to fund the exterior lighting for the station and fix that wonderful old station clock.

If you'd like to attend the black-tie gala at the station, tickets are $125. Call (410) 633-5789.

Painting's her thing

Alice B. Hoffberger has found her niche. She has become a prolific painter. If you'd like to see some of her paintings, stop by the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where she will have a one person show for a month beginning Oct. 25. She's also participating in Art '95 art sale, a benefit for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, that takes place in the conference center of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Nov. 10-19 .

Sailing away

Ken Nigro, who for many, many years handled the Orioles winter cruise and the fantasy baseball camp, has had what we might call a separation from the owners of the Baltimore Orioles. He called me from Florida, where he's busy working on another cruise. He's calling it the Baltimore Baseball Cruise, scheduled for Jan. 13-20 on the Sun Princess, a ship that will leave from Fort Lauderdale and cruise to Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Cozumel. Some of the celebs signed on for the cruise are Connie and Brooks Robinson, Marianna and Earl Weaver, Mike Cuellar and Dick Hall. And no sooner than they return, he'll be putting the finishing touches on the 1996 Brooks Robinson Fantasy Camp to be held at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.

If you've ever dreamed about playing baseball with stars like Brooks, Paul Blair, Tat Dobson, Eddie Watt and Weaver, that's what you can do at this camp. If you're interested in the cruise or the camp, give Ken a call at (800) 336-2267.

Not so shocking

Baltimore's John Waters, author and filmmaker, has been described as the "Sultan of Shock," which indeed he was when he began making his outrageous films. He admits, however, that "it's harder and harder to shock anyone these days, but he will continue to try."

On Nov. 1, he's scheduled to speak at the Roland Park Country School's Evening School. His longtime friend and casting director Pat Moran, who will introduce him.

The talk will be in the school's Sinex Theater, 5204 Roland Ave., and will cost $15 which includes a reception following the talk. Call (410) 323-5500.

Alumni news

Actor and Emmy/Tony Award winner actor, John Glover returned to his alma mater, Towson State University, this week to give a lecture to the theater majors. He's also been selected to receive an honorary degree on Jan. 7, which will make him the second theater alumnus to ever receive an honorary degree -- the first was Roc Dutton.

Also did you know that TSU theater grad Dwight Schulz is the only TSU grad to have Action Hero dolls made in two of his character likenesses: First as the "A-Team's" "Howling Mad" Murdock, and then "Star Trek -- the Next Generation's" Lt. Reginald Barclay.

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