Dec. 13: 1998 AIRS Holiday Gathering will be held at a Guilford home at 5 p.m. Benefits the Don Miller House and AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services) Family Program. $60. Call 410-433-1109.
Dec. 18: The Maryland-DC Minority Supplier Development Council is sponsoring Business After Dark, BAD, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Cocktail reception and a performance Handel's "Messiah." 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets $150 for reception and performance. Call 410-997-7599.
Dec. 19: Maryland Artists Equity Foundation's Winners Circle Exhibition will feature the works of 28 alumni, all of whom are winners of past scholarship competitions. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland Institute, College of Art, Decker Gallery, Mount Royal Station. Exhibit and reception are free, but you must R.S.V.P.: 410-467-5462.
One of the most unusual company Christmas parties I've heard about took place recently at the Maryland Historical Society. The host was Philip Viego, general manager of ESPN Zone, who sent limos to pick up the visiting 21 ESPN Zone managers and take them to the Historical Society. There they were greeted by people in Colonial garb and dined on superb Colonial fare - catered by the Brass Elephant and served in the society's elegant Counting Room. They then participated in a personalized murder-mystery, created by Kathy Foit Sewell and Herb Merrick of Ad Lib Productions.
Party for Baltimore's Pride
As everyone should know by now, the Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland's beautiful goodwill ambassador, has returned home from a yearlong journey to eight countries in the Pacific. Capt. Jan C. Miles and Capt. Dan Parrott steered Pride II and its crew through a 25,000-mile journey.
Kevin Bonner, general manager of Planet Hollywood, is so thrilled to have Pride II docked practically at the restaurant's front door that he threw a huge party for the captains and crew recently.
It was not only a welcome-home party, but also a 10th-birthday celebration for Pride II, complete with birthday cake. Among those at the festivities were the Pride's chairman of the board, Henry Rosenberg, and his wife, Dottie; and the Pride's "teacher on board," Leslie Bridgett, who visited schools in the host countries and shared the Pride's adventures with children throughout the world through the Pride's Web site. The holiday season seems to begin with the Junior League of Baltimore's holiday pops concerts.
The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was filled for three days with people listening to music by tenor Raymond Aparentdo, the Children's Chorus of Maryland, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Edward Polochick.
The Dec. 5 performance was followed by a gala cocktail reception, where guests were welcomed by WMAR-TV's Mary Bubala.
Among those receiving a token of the league's appreciation for their sponsorship of the concerts were Lindy Small, BGE; Laura Borgerding, NationsBank; John Dillon, Bell Atlantic; Barbara Reinike, Lockheed Martin; Bob Zealor, BlueSky Design; Vic Romita, the Becker Group; and Donn Weinberg, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Money raised from the concerts will go toward league projects, which benefit families and children at risk in Baltimore.
The second annual Nasty Nice Guy Awards Banquet attracted nearly 350 sports fans to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The event was given by "Nasty" Nestor Aparicio and his all-sports radio station, WNST-AM.
"Nice Guy" awards are given to players who are nice guys in the locker room and in the community as well as on the field. This year's winners were Ray Lewis, Ravens linebacker; Elrod Hendricks, Baltimore Orioles coach; Ron "Fang" Mitchell, Coppin State basketball coach; Gary Gait of the Baltimore Thunder; and Barry Stitz of the Baltimore Blast.
Proceeds from this year's banquet go to the St. Vincent orphanage in Timonium, which is supported by the Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation.