LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

by: Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO
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“When you walk through a storm, keep your chin up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of a storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain. Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown, walk on. Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone when you walk through a storm.”-Roy Hamilton

Philanthropix, under the direction of Zach McDaniels and Company, did their thing once again at the Four Seasons in Harbor East to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Toys galore spilled from under the beautifully decorated lobby and ballroom as the more than 2,000 invited guests arrived loaded with bundles of toys and goodies. DJ 5 Star and Darrin Atwater of the Baltimore Symphony that included performance by string quintet featuring female violinists provided the music. Guest enjoying the beautiful evening were Mayor Catherine Pugh, States Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her husband Nick Mosby, The honorable Stephanie Rawlings- Blake, Delegate Antonio Hayes, Karenthia Barber, Donnell Moses, Granville Templeton, Alexis Coates, George Ray, Lindsey Eldridge, Danielle Hill, Sheryl Hamlet, Aja Hill, Marty Glaze, Kia, Ann Winder, Wes Moore Attorney Billie Murphy, Andrea McDaniels, Nykidra Robinson, Nicole Nicholson, Bilal Ali and Sonje DeCairns.

“I did it my way” was the theme for David Couser’s annual Christmas extravaganza at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Baltimore featuring aerial dancers and dancing. The more than 1,500 people crowded the dance floor and sipped Effen Vodka, the highlighted cocktail for the evening.

Leah Hasty and her daughter Mykia got everyone’s attention with their unique invitation inviting guests to Chat and Chew on Christmas Eve at their lovely Pikesville home. The guests had the option of selecting the time slot they would stop past for a “Chat and Chew.” Guests and family members travelled from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and New York for the festive occasion. Among the guests were Alice Shelton, Marilyn McDonald, Jackie Richardson, Laura Knight and Peggy Smith and her beautiful twin granddaughters’ students at the University of Maryland College Park.

Let it snow let it snow! The surprise snow and ice did not stop the guests from attending The No Names” annual Christmas party at the beautiful Ellicott City home of Dr. Charlene Cooper –Boston. The weather outside was frightful but the warm glow from the fireplace and the holiday cheer was perfect. Guests partying were Lester and Lois Coles, Sarah Smalley, Eleanor Matthews, Goldie and Judson Woods, Charlene and John McCargo, Sam and Lydia Redd, Cordell Boone, Gladys and Robert Rice, Rosemary Atkinson and Vanessa and Nelson Taylor.

Yes, we celebrate the birthday of Jesus on such a wonderful and joyful occasion. It’s a time of merriment and celebration. We make a list of a “few of our favorite things” and rejoice in the giving and receiving of Christmas presents. During this time of merriment and cheer The Emotions wonder, “What do the lonely do at Christmas?” As we celebrate the season, remember there is someone in your life who feels there is no reason to celebrate. Give them a smile or a simple nod of your head, you never know how special that can make someone feel.

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”-Khalil Gibran

“When you been blessed it’s like Heaven.” Special thanks to Carlos Johnson, Marshall Booze, Greg Hatza , Phil Butts and the many great musicians who came out to support our friend Rosa Pryor-Trusty at her sister Maxine Pryor’s funeral. It was a jazzy home-going service officiated by Reverend Henry Turner who reminded those assembled “to get your house in order while you are living and be prepared. The uniqueness of Reverend Turner’s eulogies continues to turn tears into laughter and joy.

Sending prayers of condolences to Ron Smith and family on the death of his father Henry Smith. Henry along with his sister Adrienne Davis and other family members used to host the South Baltimore reunion for many years in Carroll Park.

Sending prayers and condolences to the family of Duke Martin, former owner of Sampson’s Restaurant one of the original soul food restaurants known for their delicious hot rolls.

What’s happening!

Kevin “Impeccable” Peck is hosting a grand 50th birthday celebration on Jan. 7 at Martin’s West. Word is that the group Dru Hill will be performing. Now that’s a celebration, I had better get out my dancing shoes.

It’s not too early to get your tickets for The 100 Black Men of Maryland black-tie gala April 7 2017 at Martin’s West. For tickets, call 410-664-6729 or officemanager@100bmm.org .

“Now the tide is coming near I see the waves flowing out there on the ocean I know my ship is coming in just pass the horizon”-K Jon

It’s not too late to contact Randy and Tanya Dennis so you can sail away with them on their Island Escape 2017 cruise or you’ll be left “sitting on the dock of the bay.”

I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embrace all day through. In that small café the park across the way, the children’s carousel, the chestnut tree the wishing well. I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day in everything that’s light and gay. I’ll always think of you that way. I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new, I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you.”-Irving Kahal

Welcome to 2017 Happy New Year.

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