Walters Art Museum Gala

The 10th Annual Walters Art Museum Gala celebrated the opening of the museum's new jewelry exhibition. But its theme - "Bedecked, Bejeweled, and Be Dazzled" - also referred to many of the evening's guests, who had been encouraged to dress the part.

Walters museum director Gary Vikan scanned the arriving guests being kiss-kissed by a Liberace impersonator decked out in blue sequined tails.


"All the glitterati are here," he said.

"It's going to be a dazzling evening," said Barbara Bozzuto, as she and husband Tom Bozzuto, the party's co-chairs, greeted all their glittering guests.


"We had to fit the evening," said professional photographer Betty Rosen, explaining her adornment - ropes of pearls, with diamond and sapphire starfish clinging to her ears.

Meanwhile, her husband, retired Hopkins Federal Savings Bank owner Buddy Rosen, was relieved to find the party offered only jewels to look at.

"I'm very happy because nothing is for sale," he said with a chuckle.

Community volunteer Gail Beard was sparkles from head to toe in a fully beaded gown. And speaking of toes, WBAL-TV general sales manager Barbara Anderson admitted she had to get her toes done, just so she could show off her bejeweled Jimmy Choo strappy sandals.

Pie in the sky: Cook on Deen's show

Looks like another one of Baltimore's creative cooks is getting national face time. Dangerously Delicious Pies' Rodney Henry just returned from Atlanta, where he was a guest on Paula Deen's show.

"She's a super-nice lady. Fun," he says. The episode should air at the end of November, just about the time Rodney tapes another Food Network gig, this time an episode of Down Home with the Neely's. "It's awesome," he says. "I'm spreading pie style around the country. Around the world!"

And then there's another kind of "spreading." The nasty kind around one's middle. The kind one doesn't like to talk about over the hors d'oeuvres at one of B-more's swankiest shindigs of the season. Unless one overhears a couple other guests discussing the diet points involved, as they hungrily eyed the shrimp cocktail at the Walter's gala. That's when "one" discovers that she is not alone in joining a certain weight-loss program. The same program the two high-profile ladies had also joined. Unbeknownst to one another, all three had joined that same day ... and already had the important things memorized: one glass of champagne = 2 points.


A warm crowd The chill in the air at the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper's first "Trash Bash" last weekend had absolutely nothing to do with the party. In fact, lots of beer and good cheer helped keep the couple hundred folks who gathered on the outside deck at Nick's Fish House nice and toasty. The cheer could be attributed to executive Eliza Steinmeier, who had plenty of warm hugs to go around. Then, there was one hardy guest, retired stockbroker Tony Reid, who seemed just fine in shirtsleeves.

So, what was his secret?

"I'm from England."