Nov. 8: Book Bash '98, Timonium Bibelot book store. Sixth annual fund-raiser for Literacy Works Inc. Features 65 authors, musicians, auctions and food from 20 caterers and restaurants, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $35 advance, $40 at the door, $100 additional to attend Authors Reception at 5 p.m. Call 410-887-2001.
Nov. 9: Baltimore-area radio stations and the March of Dimes sponsor the second annual Achievement in Radio (A.I.R) Awards luncheon. Benefits the March of Dimes. At the Belvedere, Charles and Chase streets. 11:30 a.m. $50. Call 410-752-7990.
Nov. 13: Culinary & Lifestyle Auction Benefit, Richard Opfer Auctioneering, 1919 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville. Buffet dinner 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $20. Benefits the American Institute of Wine and Food, Baltimore/Maryland Chapter. Call 410-244-0044 for auction list and reservations.
Nov. 14: University of Maryland School of Nursing gala and building dedication, 655 W. Lombard St. 6:30 p.m. Black tie optional. Tickets $100 and $50. Call 410-706-4115.
Nov. 14: Howard County General Hospital's 25th anniversary Gala Fantasy Ball. Down-town Hyatt Regency. 6:30 p.m. Black tie. Tickets $225. Call 410-740-7840.
Nov. 14: "Work for Johns Hopkins," a gala to benefit pediatric oncology. Ravens Stadium. Country music by BlackHawk. Black tie optional. Tickets $150 and $200. Call 410-955-7555.
Nov. 15: "Focus-Israel With Youth," the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah's annual donor event. Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave. 11 a.m. $100. Call 410-484-9590.
Costumes at Ladew
Witches, goblins and things that go bump in the night were very much in evidence at the Ghost Party at Ladew Topiary Gardens. This party was a throwback to the first "Ghost" party, which was given by Harvey Ladew in 1924. He invited friends to don fabulous outfits and come to a party to celebrate the sale of his favorite horse, a hunter named the Ghost.
For the 1998 version of the party, the majority of guests also donned fabulous costumes. They were joined by tarot card readers and fortunetellers. A cigar bar, a delicious dinner and the swinging sounds of the Doc Scantlin dance band put the finishing touches on a fun-filled evening.
Pat Modell and Connie Pitcher were honorary chairs of the event, which raised funds to maintain and promote the Monkton house and its gardens. But it was the co-chairs, Katie O'Hare, Kerry Whitaker Townsend and Bonnie Simon, who worked so hard on this delightful evening.
Among the 300 or so guests were Olwyn and David Modell, representing David's mom, who could not be there; Caroline and Jerry Stautberg; Ellie and John Schapiro; Mary and Jenkins Cromwell; Lisa and Greg Barnhill; Cory Taylor and Michael Davies; Dr. William Armiger; and Mary and Sig Hyman. Hundreds of Queen Anne's County movers and shakers ate, drank, and bid merrily on silent and live auction items at the Thomas J. Ewing Memorial Dinner, held at Helen and Mike Katinas' Annie's Paramount Restaurant on Kent Island. The event netted $55,000 for Chesterwye, a Grasonville facility for the mentally challenged.
Thomas Ewing chaired the first dinner 20 years ago. This year's event was chaired by Queen Anne businessman Maurice Sanger, with the help of his wife, Ellen, and co-chaired by Joe Downey, a builder, and his wife, Millie. Others who worked to make the event such a success were Holly Baker, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Rhodes, Ava Honeycutt, Mary Lou Boyd, Carl and Dixie Morris, Mrs. Sol Grollman, and Stewart and Bobby Anne Nash.
Among those at the party were Ewing's widow, Kay, and their son, Justin; Jim and Mary Helen Friel, Friel's Lumber; and builder Greg Sadler. The Chimes, a Baltimore-based agency that has provided services to the handicapped since 1947, established a Hall of Fame tribute in 1991. The goal was to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to their communities, and to raise money for the agency.
Attorney Alan Rifkin was the Chimes' eighth honoree, and nearly a thousand people came to a gala party at the Hyatt Regency recently to salute him and his wife, Leslie.
A fund-raising goal of $250,000 was met this year, thanks to the hard work of chair and co-chair Allan Levine and Christoper Olander and a committee of movers and shakers composed of Ron Shapiro, Judith Martinak, Joe DeFrancis, Mark Joseph, Larry Levitan, Judge Edgar Silver, Michael Bronfein, Phyllis Brotman, Kathryn Nusinov, Rikki Spector and Barry Freidly.