Hello everyone! Baltimore is known to entertain you in the summer months with outdoor concerts, festivals, carnivals, crab feasts, and cabarets. My goodness gracious, you just don’t know which one you want to attend. Well, depend on the date, time, and location, do as I do. I go to two or three a day on the weekend and I support many organizations who work with the communities. It is not easy, but it is a whole lot of fun.
Now this weekend, I will be moving a little slow, because I just had major exploratory stomach surgery July 2. The final result: my appendix was damaged and they removed it. So under doctor’s advice, I have to lay low for about 4 weeks. So my “Boo-Boo” will drive me to the DipNic Festival on July 12 where I will do my book signings, and he will take me to the Liberty Road Festival on July 11 where I can also do book signings. But I will see all of you at my Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Oldies but Goodies Crab Feast 3-6 p.m. July 19 at the VFW Post 6506, 8779 Philadelphia Rd. All the crabs you can eat, cash bar, full dinner buffet, free beer, and music by DJ “Sugar Chris.” Donations are acceptable. For ticket information, call 410-833-0474.
TREA, the Enlisted Association family and friends day picnic in the park is noon – 6 p.m. July 19 at Patapsco State Park, Pavilion No. 708.
Elaine Simon is doing again! The Baltimore/Washington Caribbean Carnival and Festival will be at Lake Clifton Park on July 12 and 13. You will see many islands represented by beautifully hand-crafted costumes and steel band performers. There will be many vendors of authentic food including Jerk Chicken, Curried Chicken, Peas and Rice, Plantain, Roti, Coconuts, Sugar Cane and Mangoes. The music and entertainment will be all around you. Check it out! It will be a sight you will never forget. It is very beautiful!
Another Festival for you, the DipNic Festival is noon – 8 p.m. July 12 at the Elks Camp Barrett, 1001 Chesterfield Rd., Crownsville, Md. 21401 and it is for adults only (children are not allowed). Now folks, don’t try to hide your rug-rats in the truck of the car, or say, “OOPS! I forgot to drop little Marylou and Johnny off to the babysitter.” Sorry, that will not work. Now you can truly enjoy you without the little ones. Take your swimwear, jazz concert gear, canopy chairs, umbrella tables, table cloth, your charcoal and your bar-b-que grill, it is BYOB, BYOF. The Faisonian Club will have a BBQ pit, ice, raw bar and steamed crabs on sale along with many other vendors. For more information, call Charles Faison at 443-801-1100. Or email him at email@example.com.
Jazz live 6-9 p.m. July 12 at the Cultural Center, 6037 Liberty Rd., Suite 6, Baltimore, Md. featuring internationally renowned recording artists Lafayette Gilchrist on piano and Eric Kennedy on drums. There will be vendors, food, and music on sale. For ticket information, call 443-453-3010.
King David Lodge No.18 presents “The Blue & Gold Cabaret” from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. July 11 at the Grand Lodge, 1307 Eutaw Pl. For more information, contact W.M. Medford Campbell or Bro. Curtis Williams at 410-258-1715.
The Waterfront Festival in Columbia, Md. is a lot of fun for grown folks. My buddy, Walt Carr turned me on to this one. This is going on throughout the month of July on 12-13, 17-20, 23, 26 and the 31st. Showtime is 8 p.m. except for Sundays, which is 6 p.m. Take your blankets or folding chairs, and refreshments (your cooler and snacks). Folks, it is FREE! CALL 410-715-3161 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for location or directions.
Well, my dear friends, I am out of space, I have to go. Enjoy your week. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com.
UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.