Party plans slip and slide in the weather

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Last weekend's snowstorm plowed under several parties. Monday night was to be the first "Eubie Award" night at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The award, for excellence in the performing arts, was to be presented to Eric Anthony, the young Baltimore actor appearing in the Broadway musical Hairspray. But Mother Nature pushed things back a bit. Center director Camay Calloway Murphy says the awards dinner will now happen March 17. Eric and John Waters -- you know him, that local guy who made the original flick -- have given their "can do," but Camay says she hasn't heard whether Mayor Martin O'Malley can make the snow date. Hmmm. March 17. St. Patty's Day. Seems that's a date hizzoner is usually jammin' in an Irish pub or two with his band.

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And then there's the B&O; Railroad Museum's big 50th anniversary bash. It was scheduled for March 1, inside the museum. Now, the museum is one of Maryland's worst structural casualties of the storm. Much of the building's roundhouse roof caved in from the weight of the snow. Development director Stefanie Kay says the shindig has been "postponed until further notice."

"We don't yet know the what and when," she says, "but I can tell you, for sure, it's not going to be at another location. So, that tells you, it's not going to be for a while."

Stefanie says right now the main priority for the museum is to assess the damage and shore up the remaining structure. In a couple of weeks, she says, they'll try to focus on their events.

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The collapse of the roundhouse roof also collapsed the plans for another party that was to be held there. Health Education Resource Organization had everything in place for its first formal fund-raiser. The black-tie gala and fashion show called "What's in the Trunk?" was set for March 8. Now, says event committee member Harry Zepp, it looks like the party will be postponed and moved.

This column will let you know the new dates of both wingdings when they're announced.

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Another big success for the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association. The group held its "21st Annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Awards Breakfast" at The Forum a couple of weeks ago, and had its biggest high school student turnout ever.

The week before the breakfast, the group sends recruiters to area high schools to talk to teens about Tuskegee Univers-ity, encouraging them to come to the breakfast to learn more. This year, more than 100 juniors and seniors came. And, says former alumni association president Lee Lassiter, that's when they learn that if they do go to Alabama's historic black college, the association will pay $400 a year for their books there.

Lee says the get-together is always exciting for alums, some 370 this year, because they get to help inspire the young people to further their education, whether at Tuskegee or another college.

"At [the students'] age, when they see Tuskegee graduates, and see how many professionals are among them," Lee says, "they start to believe that they can do that."

North Arundel Hospital

Television came to life at the Hyatt Regency for North Arundel Hospital's "TV Times Gala." A huge cutout in the shape of a television screen awaited guests at the top of the escalator, and as they walked through it onto the mezzanine level, they were greeted with a video camera crew who projected their images onto a huge screen hanging above the crowd.

While getting a drink at the Gilligan's Island bar, or maybe Moe's Bar from the TV show The Simpsons, a guest might find him or herself being questioned by Miss Marple, Inspector Clouseau or Lieuten-ant Columbo. The actors portraying legendary screen detectives weren't the only folks in costume. Many guests came as their favorite screen characters: a Star Trek crew member, Groucho and Harpo Marx, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. One group of guests arrived as members of McHale's Navy. Even the head honchos got into the act. Party co-chairs Drs. J.M. and Sally Ramirez came as Major Nelson and Jeannie, from I Dream of Jeannie. And hospital president / CEO Jim Walker had one more title that night -- Zorro.

Among others in the throng finding that television can be a great source of entertainment: Karen Lowman and Shirley Foster, event committee members; Ron Lowman, North Arundel Hospital Foundation board chairman; Roy L. Mason, Mike Phennicie, Charles W. "Pete" Shaeffer Jr. and John Warner, foundation board members; Liz Courtney, North Arundel Hospital board chairwoman; Ron McGuirk and Dr. Larry Linder, hospital board members; Dr. Morton I. Rapaport, University of Mary-land Medical Systems president / CEO; Dr. Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, Maryland Medical Society president; Dr. Trudy Hall, Monumental City Medical Society president; Dr. Maurice Miles, Washington dentist; Terry Cox, Dav El Chauffeured Trans-portation general manager of transportation; Ken Bishop, U.S. Department of Human Services mental retardation and developmental disabilities administration support services assistant; Rick Brady, Annapolis photographer; Tanya Rachfal, Advanced Radiology marketing director; Frank Palmer, Whiting-Turner Contracting senior vice president; Joe Breslin, Network Services senior manager; Jeri Dubois, Future Care of Chesa-peake nurse; V.J. Carfine, Allied Home Mortgage Capital loan officer; Dr. Clara Palmieri, Ellicott City psychiatrist; Ron Davis, Polk Audio buyer; Jill Brydalski, Anne Arundel Urology nurse practitioner; and Jeff Markie-wicz, Baltimore international health care consultant.

The bash raised some $100,000 for North Arundel Hospital.

Social Calendar

Feb. 23: "2nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction." Benefits National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Metropolitan Baltimore. Wine, beer and rum punch cash bar, one drink free, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, DJ. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 5 p.m. Tickets $70 at the door.

Feb. 27: "McHenry[at]the Market." Benefits new Visitor Education Center at Fort McHenry. Beer, wine, buffet dinner, live music. Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood, Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles St. 7 p.m. Tickets $30. Call 410-396-3453.

Feb. 27: "1st Anniversary Open House." Benefits WYPR-FM Radio. Soda, light hors d'oeuvres, dessert, on-air personalities and staff, station tour. 2216 N. Charles St. 2 p.m. Free admission, reservations requested. Call 410-235-1660.

Feb. 27: "Fight for a Cure." Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, six professional boxing matches. Wynd-ham Hotel Inner Harbor, 101 W. Fayette St. 6 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-576-8343.

Feb. 28: "Moon Over Mardi Gras." Benefits the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. Wine, beer, cash bar, buffet dinner, live music, dancing. The Great Room at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-290-6432.

March 1: "The Paint & Powder Club President's Ball - Mardi Gras Carnival." Benefits Believe In Tomorrow (formerly Grant-A-Wish and Beans & Bread). Open bar, food stations, live music, dancing, costume parade and contest. Baltimore Country Club, 4712 Club Road. 8 p.m. Tickets $75 for VIP reception and gala, $62.50 gala only. Call 410-823-7355.

March 1: "Expressions 2003." Benefits Baltimore School for the Arts. Open bar; hors d'oeuvres; classes in art, music, theater and dance; seated dinner; student performances. Balti-more School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. 7 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-347-3043.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520, or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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