Sept: 24: Women in Film & Video Second Annual Charm City Award Dinner honors Tom Kiefaber, Senator Theatre owner; Rhea Feiken, MPT; and Sharon Steele, Steele Casting. Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. WIFV members $35, others $40. Call 410-685-FILM.
Sept. 26: National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, Ninth Annual Torchbearer Awards Breakfast. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 8:30 a.m. to noon. $25. Call 410-448-0839.
Sept. 26: An Evening with Roberta Flack benefits Woodbourne's Children and Families. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. 8 p.m. Tickets $125 prime seating and dessert reception; $75 and $45 concert only. Call 410-435-9300, Ext. 120.
Sept. 26: The second annual Caribbean Evening Under the Stars Gala of Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Fund-raiser features international cuisine, silent auction, the Coppin
Dancers, a steel band and more. 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets $100 a person; $150 a couple. Call 410-383-5960.
Sept. 27: The March of Dimes and the Junior League of Annapolis invite you to the Inaugural Star Chefs of Annapolis Gourmet Auction. Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis. 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cocktail attire. Tickets $35. Call 800-927-9255.
If you'd like to have your social event listed here, please fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.
Marvin Hamlisch stars at BSO gala
A funny little song called "The White House Blues" got composer Marvin Hamlisch a standing ovation at the recent Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gala. Hamlisch, who composed music for "A Chorus Line," "The Goodbye Girl," "The Way We Were" and "The Sting," to name a few, is the BSO's principal pops conductor and was the star attraction at the 16th gala.
This delightful and chatty musician composed "The White House Blues" after asking for a suggestion for a song title from the nearly 1,000 gala-goers at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Almost as much fun as hearing the song was watching the reaction of Clinton supporters Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Paul Sarbanes and Rep. Ben Cardin.
Maggie and Frank Bramble (he's chairman and CEO of First National Bank) chaired this year's fund-raiser, which netted $525,000 for the BSO. And it was Bramble who presented Hamlisch with an original Al Hirschfeld drawing of Hamlisch.
Buddy Zamoiski, chair of the BSO board, welcomed to town Doug Leatherdale, chairman and CEO of the St. Paul Co., and his wife, Louise. They were here to visit the USF&G; complex, which St. Paul recently acquired.
Others whom I spotted were Georgia and Peter Angelos (Orioles owner and sponsor again this year of the gala); Roger and Kathy Gray, Gray Kirk & VanSant; Marilyn and Chris Poindexter (he's CEO of BGE); Jim Dale, who co-chaired the corporate committee with Beth Kaplan; Margaret Armstrong, BSO board member; and Rep. Bob Ehrlich and his legal-eagle wife, Kendel. Dozens of chefs and members of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore turned out to receive guests at the Third Annual Taste of Baltimore.
Gourmet again chef Lisa Honick and Vegetable Patch Gourmet chef Jennifer Crisp, honorary chairs of this WEB fund-raiser, were seen hard at work filling their tables with tasty samples of their cooking. Another table - one of the most popular - was filled with fruits and vegetables that you could sample or just look at. Honeydew melons that were carved to look like green bowls and watermelons carved to look like flowers were but a few of the treats exhibited by chef Chirapon "Nadda" Miller, who works at ++ the Suburban Club. She told me she learned how to do this in her native country of Thailand.
Amanda Zinn is the CEO of WEB, which provides economically needy women an opportunity to become self-sufficient in business. White Hall, an early-19th-century home, is this year's Historic Ellicott City decorator show house. I stopped by for the preview party, and I can assure you that this lovely home is worth the trip to Ellicott City.
It had been owned for 175 years by members of the Charles Worthington Dorsey family, until brothers Hamilton and Thomas Hains sold it last year to Ann and Bill Hugel. As sad as the sale was to the Hains family, two members, Mrs. Hamilton Hains and daughter Ruth Hains Dennis, attended the opening party.
The Hugels were also at the party and seem thrilled with the job done by the 30 or so decorators who were turned loose in their home.
Janet Kusterer, the chairwoman of this year's show house, introduced me to guests and members of her committee. All money raised from the showing will benefit Historic Ellicott City Inc.
The house is open every day but Monday through Oct. 11. On some days, chef Fernand Tersiguel of Tersiguel's restaurant will be dishing up his famous French cooking for lunch and dinner. Admittance is $10. Call 410-480-9300 for show-house hours and for the times when meals are available.