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Bmore Social: Opening Day Block Party at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

A visual recap of the annual bird bash celebrating the return of the O's.
By Sloane Brown

Opening Day Block Party
March 28, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

A few scattered raindrops on Orioles Opening Day didn’t deter more than 400 fans gathered on the street outside the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum near Camden Yards. In fact, you could say those raindrops were treated more like confetti.

“This is the first day of our year, and it’s like New Year’s and Fourth of July all rolled into one,” said Shawn Herne, the organization’s executive director. Laughter and music filled the air, as guests enjoyed pit beef, oysters, beer, and each other’s company—celebrating the day they’d been waiting for. “With the new [team] ownership and the way they played last year, everybody should be excited,” Herne explained.

Left to right: Paul Dee, Medifast software engineer; Lisa Coster, Howard County government communications manager; Shawn Herne, Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum executive director; Dorothy Fuchs, Purple Dot Public Relations principal
Left to right: Matt Alexander, Hire Ability Recruiting founder; Mark Pallack, Harvest Investment Consultants partner; Jason Beavers, Goodwin IT manager; Keith Walsh, Keith Walsh Home Team realtor
Left to right: Wally Pinkard, board member/Cushman Wakefield senior advisor; Mary-Ann Pinkard, board vice chair
Left to right: Chris Finnegan, AARP corporate communications director; Dennis Finnegan, retired banker; Charlie Finnegan, 8
Left to right: Chelsea Morrison, community volunteer; Brian Morrison, documentary filmmaker; Dan Strauch, Aliceanna Collective co-founder; Kristy Strauch, Hello! Destination Management account executive; Mike Marx-Gibbons, Aliceanna Collective co-founder; Lucy Marx-Gibbons, U.S. Army captain
Left to right: John Provenza, Diversified Marketing, Inc. office manager; John Hein, Baltimore County Golf director of sales; Jim Price, retired business owner; Kevin Wolfe, ABF Freight truck driver; Mark Hall, Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy senior grants and contracts analyst
Left to right: Richard Shaw, RCM&D senior client executive; Alan Koch, Koch Power Consulting president; Casie Pellegrini, Clearsite Industrial account manager
Left to right: John Suntum, University of Maryland nursing student; David Hennemann, Coastal Resources water resources engineer; Ed Hennemann, self-employed event producer
Left to right: Jerry Murphy, Long & Foster realtor; André LaBate, Diversified Marketing, Inc. president