35,000 singles (dollars, that is) are tallied for Babe Ruth Museum


Deb Kennedy, a nurse at Mercy Medical Center and former president of the Junior League of Baltimore, hit a grand slam her first time at bat for the Babe Ruth Museum.

Last Sunday, Deb watched as all the hard work paid off and nearly 1,500 people filled the Fifth Regiment Armory for the first Baseball, Babe & Bull Roast. Dancing, games, great food, and baseball fun were on tap, and helped raise $35,000 for the museum.

And it didn't hurt having attractions like Rex Barney; WBAL-radio's Fred Manfra and John Patti, who played DJ and provided the tunes; former Orioles Al Bumbry, Ron Hansen, Mike Flanagan, Tim Nordbrook, Dick Hall and John Stefaro; and former Colt Tom Matte, who brought along his Camden Yards ribs for the crowd to pig out on.

Much of the success is also credited to Babe Ruth board members Del Ritchie, president of the Poole and Kent Co., who sold more than 500 tickets, and Bob Hillman, of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, who sold more than 200 tickets.

* Love is in the air for WMAR-TV cameraman George Stover. He and Carol Frank, a commercial photographer, plan to be married the Engineer's Club in January, followed by a honeymoon in the Bahamas. Those who know George can't help but wonder if diving is on the honeymoon agenda. Seems he's combined his love of photography and diving into producing a documentary about the senseless slaughter of sharks.

* You can bet that friends and family of Debbie and Tom Swiss will watching the Oprah Winfrey show at 4 p.m. today on Channel 2. They are one of five busy families who seldom have time to eat together and who participated in an experiment called "Families Breaking Bread Together."

For weeks, the Swiss family, which includes children Tim, Katie and Sarah, had a sit-down dinner together, lasting at least 30 minutes, three times a week -- the theory being that the family's communication would be improved if they spent that time together. All families kept a journal, and I'm told the results are very interesting.

* Yesterday was Rich Little Day in Laurel, as declared by the city's mayor, Joseph Robison. Rich Little was in town for two days as the star attraction at the grand opening of the newly converted dinner theater, the Performing Arts of Laurel, formerly Petrucci's. Local comedians Chris Paul and Richard Bos opened and closed the shows for Little.

* Something special is taking place at the Basilica of the Assumption at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to a free concert where songs and music from a new cassette and CD, "A God for all Seasons," will be performed by the Basilica's music director, Joe DiCara, and the church's principal organist, George Ruther.

Most of the songs were written by Ruther and sung by DiCara. The cassettes, $9.95, and CDs, $13.95, are on sale at the church and at other participating parish churches. DiCara's first cassette, "A Christmas Dream," was released in 1988 and is also available for $5.95.

* The League of Women Voters, is continuing a tradition of presenting the best in political satire -- in addition to providing serious information on political candidates -- for the Baltimore community.

On Sunday, Gross National Product, a well-known bipartisan satirical troupe from Washington, will be poking fun at things and people in the news. The doors at Goucher College open at 3 p.m. and the show is at 4 p.m. Tickets, $30, can be purchased at the door.

* "Little Shop of Horrors" is playing at Dick Gessner's BroadwaCorner Theater in Annapolis through Dec. 18. What makes this interesting is that Shirley Gershman, mother of the late Howard Ashman, who wrote and produced "Little Shop of Horrors," is producing this show. Call (410) 974-1825 for show times and for tickets, which are $15.

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