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Year on the Town Blizzard of '96 could not keep a good party year down; from Andre Braugher to Captain Kangaroo, people sparkled


ALTHOUGH HUMBLED EARLY by the Blizzard of '96, this year turned out to be bountiful on Maryland's social scene for those who like to hobnob with community movers and shakers and scope celebrities. In some cases, stargazers didn't even have to be at a party; they may have been lucky enough to see their favorite celebrity at a local restaurant or boutique.

January, February, March

The fetes included a Snow Ball at Harford Mall for the Patrick Hart Foundation. ... Lighthouse and flowerpot hats accessorized black-tie garb at the 10th Madhatter's Ball at L'Hirondelle Club. ... The Baltimore Museum of Art Young Associates popular Casino Ball was sold out. ... The Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore presented Oriole owner Peter Angelos with its Pillar of Sports Award, where Oriole GM Pat Gillick reminded us of our last blizzard, in '83, when the O's went on to win the World Series. ... The Tops in Sports Banquet at Towson Center honored the best in the world of baseball. ... "Homicide's" Andre Braugher shared his acting talent at a local Shakespearean theater workshop. ... Comedian Steve Allen was a big hit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center's fund-raiser. ... Guests at Baltimore School for the Arts' Expressions lived out fantasies as musicians, artist, actors or dancers. ... Chef Lydia Shire, of Bib and Pignoli restaurants in Boston, starred at Great Chefs Dinner to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland. ... Mitzi Perdue's Faberge-style decorated eggs were a big hit at the Maryland Historical Society's "Eggscapes"; James Bond film producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and his wife, Dana, donated $1 million to the Wilmer Eye Clinic, where he previously had received treatment. ... Baltimore County resident James G. Robinson, CEO and founder of Morgan Creek Productions, was named best movie producer of the year by NATO/Showest. ... At Oldfields School, Larry King was on stage with his daughter, Chala, an alumna, at a black-tie benefit for the school's endowment fund. ... Author Tom Clancy played a few rounds at his Indoor Golf Tourney at Camden Yards for the Leukemia Society.

April, May, June

The Shock Trauma Gala attracted more than 1,200 guests to Towson Town Center and raised a walloping $257,000. ... Empty Bowls, a fund-raiser at the Boumi Temple for the Maryland Food Committee, raised $95,000. ... The Meyerhoff was filled with fans for Motown's Smokey "You Really Got a Hold on Me" Robinson's benefit performance for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. ... Oriole Brady Anderson and Mary Pierce, a top-ranked world tennis player, turned heads at Bare Hills Tennis Club. ... Kevin Costner took in an Oriole game with Baltimore's Kelly Ripken. ... Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, had lunch with Gov. and Mrs. Parris Glendening in the Maryland Jockey Club on Preakness Day. ... The 13th annual Zoomerang 96! -- which raises funds for the Baltimore Zoo -- attracted about 2,300 people. ... The Maryland Science Center's new executive director, Gregory Andorfer, and his wife, Beverly, were introduced at the center's annual benefit, Solstice, which raised more than $200,000. ... Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards entertained a breakfast crowd of 600 at a fund-raiser for Network 2000. ... Hollywood biggie Barry Levinson was here directing "Homicide," picking up awards and attending Diner Guy pal Chip Silverman's wedding. ... Art Garfunkel had more than 1,500 fans at Beth Tfiloh on their feet and singing when he performed "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." ... Singer Paul Anka caused a stir at a Cross Keys shop when he made purchases for the two women who were with him. ... Chef Jean-Louis Palladin, whose Washington restaurant closed this year, was spotted at Savannah's at the Admiral Fell Inn, where he ate the chef's special, shrimp and grits. ... Mark Spitz, who won seven Olympic gold medals swimming in the 1977 Olympics, judged the eighth City Sand competition. ... The new City Life Museum was the setting for a "Welcome to Bawlmar, Hon" party for the cast and crew of the movie "Washington Square." Bigwigs included director Agnieska Holland, "Europa, Europa" and "Secret Garden" Oscar-winning designer Allan Starski and producers Randy Ostrow and Julie Bergman.

July, August, September

The new co-anchors of the CBS "This Morning" show, Jane Robelot, Mark McEwen and Jose Diaz-Balart, made a pit stop in Baltimore to hype their new show at a rooftop party at the Science Center. ... Hollywood director Ron Howard was spotted eating at Waynes Bar-B-Que in the company of six little red-headed children. ... Jerry Hoffberger, Cal Ripken Sr. and Billy Hunter were inducted into the O's Hall of Fame. ... The International Youth Foundation selected Baltimore as its new corporate headquarters and immediately introduced its distinguished board at a party at the Walters Art Gallery. ... The Producers' Club of Maryland welcomed the return of the cast and crew of "Homicide" with a crab feast at the Baltimore Zoo. ... Former Oriole manager Earl Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Pat and Art Modell, owners of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team, pitched a huge tent on the site of the new football stadium for a party for 500 people. ... Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, who has Crohn's Disease, and television host husband, Gary Hart, helped the local chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation raise funds. ... Comedian Mark 'Hangin' with Mr. Cooper' Curry, was the headliner of Comedy Care '96, which raises funds for health care for the homeless.

October, November, December

Bob Keeshan, best known as Captain Kangaroo, was at Western Maryland College to launch the school's $40 million fund-raising campaign. ... Former New York Mayor Ed Koch was live and uncensored at the Beth Tfiloh Congregation, and 1,000 guests loved it. ... Lucky Vanous, the sexy construction worker in that famous Coca-Cola commercial, was at the Best Buddies organization party at Sargent and Eunice Shriver's home. ... After it was announced that "A Grand Design: The Art of Victoria and Albert Museum," would be at the Baltimore Museum of Art in October 1997, a reception was held at the residence of the ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sir John Kerr, and Lady Kerr.

Pub Date: 12/29/96

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