Cruise-bound Orioles fans hop a bus for first leg of voyage


THE 10TH annual Orioles Caribbean Cruise, which, FYI, is the only major league team sponsored cruise still in existence, departs tomorrow morning from Fort Lauderdale. Ken Nigro, who handles the arrangements for the cruise, called from Florida to tell me that Baltimore's weather conditions made Nervous Nellies out of 47 of his Maryland cruisers.

So much so, that they bugged the Cruise Lady, Mary Eve Kress, until she leased a bus. They left yesterday and are scheduled to arrive in Fort Lauderdale tonight, where they will have a gala pre-cruise dinner before boarding the Sun Princess tomorrow for a weeklong cruise.

Also on the bus trip are celeb cruisers -- former O's pitchers Dave Johnson and his wife, Tera; and Dick Hall and his wife, Elana; former O's PR man Bob Brown and his wife, Jay, and Earl Weaver's stepdaughter Kim Ross, who will be joined by her mother and stepfather on the cruise.

Breakfast honors King

Park School's third annual Friendship Breakfast, in recognition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, should be one of its most interesting events. The Rev. Marcus Wood of the Providence Baptist Church and a classmate of Dr. King's, and Taylor Branch, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book, "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years," have agreed to share their thoughts with students and guests at the school from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The continental breakfast is free and open to the public, however reservations are a must. Give Natalie Cheek a call at (410) 339-4189.

No waiting

Singer/actress Vanessa Williams and her husband were spotted, with several children in tow, last Saturday standing in line with the general admission crowd for the National Aquarium. As soon as she was recognized, she immediately was given the VIP treat ment, which she was most grateful for, especially the up-to-date weather info about the storm. Apparently, she hadn't heard about its impending arrival.

Fun time

Shoppers at Towson Town Center are invited to register for a chance to win two tickets to "A Night at the Carnaval," the theme of the Baltimore Museum of Art's Casino Ball on Jan. 27.

This is one of the best parties of the year and winners will be treated to dinner, dancing, casino games, a $250 gift certificate from Lillie Rubin, a tuxedo from Hiken Formal Wear, limo service via Carey Limousine, and lodging at the Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade. Not to be outdone, Crate & Barrel, will give winners a festive set of Mardi Gras stemware.

To register, stop by the Center's Customer Service Desk on Level 2, between now and Jan. 21. You must be 21 years of age to enter and the winner will notified by telephone Jan 22.

Well-deserved award

Congratulations to Nancy Ellen Vogler, chief of the Physical Therapy Section for the Baltimore VA Maryland Health System, who won the 1995 Kendall Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. This award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding service, which indeed she has for more than two decades.

Coming attractions

February or March fund-raisers to be considered for a future calendar should be sent to my attention ASAP. Include the who, what, when, why, time, attire, cost of tickets and a telephone number. My fax number is (410) 783-2519.

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