Vince and Lenda Naimoli may meet themselves coming and going on a special evening when art and sports will call _ simultaneously.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli seems to be in perpetual motion, but can even the dynamic Mr. N be in two places at the same time?
We are about to find out.
On May 8, Naimoli and his wife, Lenda, are to be the guests of honor at St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts' "Grand Slam" gala. The party is set for 7 p.m., and at 7:05, the Devil Rays play the Baltimore Orioles. Naimoli is always at Tropicana Field for pregame activities and the first pitch, so it will be interesting to see how he divides his time. It's too bad he doesn't have a double, as his wife does. She could have her identical twin, Glenda Young, pinch-hit.
The museum party is for heavy hitters _ major donors.
The Washington scene
Betty Knight Scripps, the Palm Beach heiress who raised $1-million for the Red Cross at the International Red Cross Ball she chaired on Feb. 7, and who then flitted off to the Dominican Republic to marry Jeremy Harvey on Valentine's Day, is on the move again. The newlyweds were in Washington recently for the cocktail kickoff party for the Washington Opera Ball. The party at Anderson House, off DuPont Circle, was for Sir Christopher Meyer, the British Ambassador and his new wife, Lady Catherine. They were married on Halloween. The Meyers will host the June 5 black-tie fund-raiser in their Embassy Row home, to be chaired by Scripps. Although most of social Washington has met the Meyers, it was the first introduction to the Scripps-Harvey duo.
"I don't know if I should introduce her as Betty, Elizabeth or Mrs. Jeremy Harvey," said artistic director Placido Domingo. For the record, she's using Elizabeth Scripps-Harvey.
Palm Beach won't see the newlyweds for many months. They've booked an African safari in May, will be in Washington in June and then will head to London for Ascot and Wimbledon, where she will chair another benefit gala.
It's all about hair
When President Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton go on official junkets to faraway places, she always has a hairdresser in the entourage. Making sure there are no bad hair days for the first lady is Isabelle Goetz. "I think it is very important that she look good," Goetz said during a recent five-day visit to Chile. She was also with the Clintons on their African tour. Goetz works in downtown Washington for Cristophe, the Beverly Hills hairdresser who gave the president his famous tarmac haircut while Air Force One cooled its jets on the runway in Los Angeles in 1993.
On the African trip, Goetz flew part of the time on Air Force One (when occasion called for the first lady to depart the plane with her locks properly coiffed) and the rest of the time on the second plane, which carried officials and VIPs. Goetz shared rooms with some presidential aides.
According to Marsha Berry, Mrs. Clinton's spokeswoman, "You can be sure the taxpayer doesn't pay for any of (Goetz's) expenses." Taxpayers do pay for planes and staff lodging. The first lady, like other Goetz customers, pays $60 for a cut and $45 for a blow-dry styling. That's a bargain when compared with the $200-a-pop paid by patrons of Alain Pinon of Salon A.K.S. in New York when he flies to Palm Beach from the Big Apple to snip tresses at the trendy Deborah Koepper Salon.
Songs from the surgical suite
When cardiac surgeon Dr. George Spoto does his delicate procedures at Bayfront Medical Center, the songs of Anne Murray always provide the background music in the surgical suite. When Dr. Virgil Popiu, the anesthesiologist who is with Spoto for most of his operations, read that Murray would perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall, he got in touch with April Melquist, public relations coordinator for the performance hall. They're hoping to arrange a meeting between Murray and Spoto, on May 4, when the popular singer is scheduled to present "An Intimate Evening With Anne Murray."