LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

by: Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO
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Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer those days of soda and pretzels and beer. Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer. Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies then lock the house up, now you’re set…You’ll wish that summer could always be here” Nat King Cole

“There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.” H. L. Mencken

Welcome to the “land of pleasant living” The weather was hot, the steamed crabs were plentiful, and the beer was cold with plenty of politics permeating the air; the perfect ingredients for a summer day at the 41st annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake sponsored by Crisfield Chamber of Commerce at Somers Cove Mariner in Crisfield Maryland. Senator Joan Carter Conway, Delegate Cheryl Glenn and Dr. Marie Washington hosted two buses for the annual trek across the bay bridge. What a pleasant surprise when the president of Crisfield Chamber of Commerce Bill Buttrill stepped aboard our bus to welcome us personally to Crisfield. Once at the marina lobbyist Bruce Bereano welcomed each guest entering his mammoth tent with more than 600 invited guests enjoying the delicacies of the island. Great seeing Governor Larry Hogan, Keiffer Mitchell, Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Senator Barbra Robinson, Delegate Antonio Hayes, Delegate Shelly Hettleman, Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman, Zoey Washington Sheff, Jackie Washington, Alice Pinderhughes, Pete France, Wendell Wright, Cleve and Nancy Brister, former Senator Tommy Broadwater, Rose McNeil, Kenny Brown and Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker.

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” John Keats

Looking to take a day trip check out Crisfield a great day outing with many small islands that you can visit by ferry. Smith Island is one of the well-known islands famous for the Smith Island cake, Maryland’ official state cake. Word is that many of our Maryland islands are slowly disappearing, don’t wait too long to visit Maryland’s history.

“But you know what, my cigarettes-popcorn-whiskey diet worked. The pounds just peeled right off. By Christmas, I’d lost 65 pounds. I probably ought to have written a diet book or something.” John Daly

Thunderstorms and rain delays did not dampen the spirit of the senior players, volunteers, or spectators at Constellation Senior Players golf tournament at Caves Valley exclusive golf club located in Owings Mills, Maryland. It was exciting seeing players like Fred Funk, Vijay Singh and the colorful John Daly, who sported a pair of black and orange pants in honor of the Baltimore Orioles. Always a pleasure seeing retired newscaster Don Scott, one of the volunteer marshals looking well. He said he is enjoying his retirement although he has become a consummate volunteer. A huge thank you to Eunice Jenifer, my golf buddy for such a great outing including the 97 degree heat! But, it’s July so you expect it to be hot. And, thank you to volunteers Sinclair, Eric and Steve, who stopped whenever they saw us to ride us around the magnificent golf course throughout the day. 

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” President Calvin Coolidge

Congratulations to former Fire Commissioner Dell Henson, recently honored by the African American Firefighters Historical Museum, for being the first woman appointed fire commissioner in Baltimore City. Former Mayor Kurt Schmoke presented the award to Dell’s son Darren Henson who read a statement from Dell, who was vacationing in Antigua, expressing her commitment to assuring that more women and African Americans can become fire commissioners. Dell regretted not being able to attend this momentous occasion.

“Every morning when I rise I can just see heaven in your eyes it makes me know this is not an everyday love. We’ve got something I’m sure we can be proud of. We’ve got so much love, we’ve got so much trust I can see a halo hanging over us… God bless our love.” Al Green

Sending happy anniversary love to Aja and Walter Hill, III on their 5th wedding anniversary and to my daughter and son in law, Gregory and Lisa Lee Packer as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Happy 10th anniversary Andrea on the opening of your law firm The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC a firm for investors and entrepreneurs.

Happy Birthday Jae Brown, Sharon Price Walker, Ruth Pratt, Carol Miles and a special shout out to Frank Hocker on his 75th birthday. Wishing my grandson Eagle Scout Matthew Lee Packer, an incoming junior at William and Mary College a happy 21st birthday.

Family and friends joined Tarsha Fitzgerald on a hot muggy night as she celebrated her birthday at Citron’s in Baltimore County. Among the guests were TV and radio personalities, Roy Sampson, Brenda Sykes, Freddi Vaughn, Joan Brown, Yvonne Frye, Victor Greene, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Sara Smalley, Jackie Richardson, Mildred Harper, Yvonne Cook, Everett Fullwood, Kim Mason, Kim Washington, Dr. Walker Robinson and her mom who was looking fantastically well and on the road to recovery.

What’s happening!

August 5 2017 at Martin’s West, the unveiling of the wax figure of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Master Samuel Thornton Daniels Sr. Contact Senator Nathaniel McFadden for more information.

August 12, 2017 at Martin’s Crossroads, AFRO American Newspaper’s 125th anniversary celebration. Call 410-554-8200 for tickets.

September 17 2017 at Martin’s West, Berean Baptist Church 100th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Pastor Dr. John Lunn, Sr. Contact Helen McDonald 443-604-4542 for more information.

October 7, 2017 at Temple Oheb Shalom, The Howard Rollins Foundation, Inc.’s annual support the arts, “Staying on the Scene in 2017,” in honor of Baltimore’s late, “In the Heat of the Night” star, Howard Rollins. Call Kenneth Fields 443-221-0324 or Courtney Fields 443-525-2520 or www.howarderollins.org.

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