Living For The Weekend

by: Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO
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“The celebration… you cannot practice it or anything. It’s a moment when the excitement of your goal makes you react to the moment.” -Peter Bondra

“I think I always had a lot of confidence in this horse but I didn’t have the opportunity to ride the horse. Then Mr. Brown gave me the opportunity to ride the horse in the Preakness. It was a great combination and I am blessed to have the opportunity and enjoy the ride.” -Javier Castellano, jockey of Preakness winner Cloud Computing

Preakness week in Baltimore is a huge party generating a circus like atmosphere of a city dressing up for the biggest party of the year knowing millions of guests are watching. Black Eyed Day is no longer the mundane day before Preakness but is the eve before the second jewel of the Triple Crown and the pre-celebration with all the pomp and circumstances of Preakness. Michele Emery and I started the weekend off at Black-Eyed Susan day, which is set aside to honor Breast Cancer Survivors. Pimlico Race course was adorned in pink and black with the women dressed festively in shades of pink, black and yellow with big hats and fascinators and the men snappily dressed in seersucker suits with a touch of pink.

On Preakness day everyone is ready, the neighbors are hawking parking spaces for the visitors, grills are set-up for BBQ and well-stocked makeshift bars to welcome the thousands of visitors to the two-day party in their neighborhood. People enjoying the festive party Preakness Day were Frances Tilghman, Arnos West, Bernadette Greene, Rosemary “Duchess” Atkinson, Jean Powell, Sara Smalley, Sharon Huff, Tobi Pulley, Darryl Echols, Delores Chambers and James and Teresa Drayton.

Later that night Shade 2017, hosted by Philantropix to raise money for the Mayor’s Youth program, is a new Preakness tradition with guests leaving Preakness heading downtown to Port Discovery for a fun night. Guests in attendance were Marty Glaze, Kia Burr, Kay-Bee and George Ray, Eric Stewart, Donnell Moses, Sarita Murray, Sharon Green, Robin and Juan Dixon, Alex and Yindra Dixon, Jerome and Paula Stephens, LaRain Finney, Nicole Nicholson, Cori Ramos, Elexis Wylie, Kendrick and Carole Tilghman and William “Billy” Murphy. The event is a brainchild of Zach McDaniels and the Murphy Law Firm and a great way to close out a perfect weekend.

Baltimore Style Magazine’s happy hour at Citroen’s was a marvelous success with such a great turnout that the guests overflowed into the courtyard. Complimentary Moet flowed freely as friends old and new enjoyed the opportunity to “just chill. Always great seeing everyone’s favorite weatherman, Marty and Sharon Bass, enjoying the beautiful evening.

“I’d like to be remembered as a premier singer of songs, not just a popular act of a given period.” -Luther Vandross

The highlight of the Big Sisters of Baltimore’s annual spring event was the performance of the Luther Vandross impersonator. The sound and look of the performer had guests swooning and singing along.  The costume changes and the voice was so Luther that when he sang “woo woo woo” and you closed your eyes you thought you were at a Luther Vandross concert. Guests at the Forum enjoying the soulful sound were Odessa Dunston, Marsha Taylor, Marguerite and James Walker, Brenda Abrams, Scarlet Dawson, Steve and Carolyn Wainwright, Atrice Baker, Joan and Alex Brown, Almie and Robin McIntyre, Jean Tucker Mann, Lucy Miller, Dr. Ruth Travis, Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Mike and Myrna Cann, Mildred Harper and Beverly Glover.

“Well, as you know, there are 24 hours in every day, and if that’s not enough, you’ve always got the nights!” -Ronald Graham

The DuBois Circle 111th annual closing meeting at Martin’s West celebrated the AFRO American Newspaper’s 125th anniversary with CEO and Publisher John “Jake” Oliver and Morgan State University’s 150th anniversary with Dr. David Wilson in an intimate chat on the history and success of these anniversaries of two African American institutions. Happy anniversary to all the graduates celebrating their 50th high school and college reunions. Guests enjoying the elegant evening were AFRO managing editor Kamau High, Dr. Toni Draper, John and Beverly Carter, Dr. Clara Adams, Judge Robert Bell, Dr. Marie Washington, Drs. Calvin and Greta Burnett, Judge Marcella Holland, Jeanette Hairston, Philip Merrill, Helena Hairston, Roslyn Wood, the AFRO’s Robert Blount, Dr. Edmonia Yates, Jannette Witmeyer and Wesley Wood. Dejanae Wright was the 2017 recipient of the Dubois Circle Melissa Perdue Memorial Endowment. Aleea Powell of The Julliard School of Music provided the magnificent musical selections, receiving a standing ovation from the captivated audience.

“It’s a family affair!” Dr, Vallen and Michele Emery hosted a 90th birthday dinner for the Emery family matriarch, Dr. Anne Emery, at Linwood’s in Owings Mills.  The family affair included a few close friends of Anne but the highlight was the presence of her grandchildren and great grandchildren including the ones living in Kentucky and Louisiana who travelled to celebrate this milestone birthday for the quintessential educator, political friend and community organizer.

Happy birthday Diane Bell-McKoy, Dr. Marie Washington, McNair “Mickey” Taylor and happy 40th birthday Robert Hudley.

What’s happening!

Happy Hour in Greenspring Valley, at the Valley Inn, is an ideal place to wind down at the end of the day or for dinner and brunch with great bartenders Andy Rosenthal, Devin and Bailey serving with style.

“There ain’t no tellin’ who you might meet a movie star or maybe even an Indian chief workin’ at the car wash” -Rose Royce One of the best-kept secrets in Randallstown is T&T auto detailing and hand car wash. Call 443-220-4532 or tandtautodetail@gmail.com

Don’t forget to make your reservations for the Forum’s Father’s Day feast. Call 410-358-1101 or www.forumcaterers.com ask for Nikita Haysbert.

“Ain’t that good news!” Gwen Lindsey informed us that Giant Food is offering 5% discount to seniors on Tuesdays.

“I’ll be seeing you”

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