Hello, Hello, hello my dear friends! By the time you read this, I will be just getting back from the Tony Williams Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Pa. I hope your Labor Day weekend was as great as mine. After I unpack, I will be meeting you at the following events.
Guess what? I received a note from a fan, John Baxter, who reminded me that I always provided my readers with great information on quality events. He wants to add their annual community festival. Well, honey child! I had no idea what he was going to say next. I have been an Entertainment journalist for a long time, how in the world this one sneaked passed me, I don’t know. Well girlfriend! You can tell by the pictures, that this is definitely one of a kind event. Let me tell you a little bit about it. First of all it is the Third Annual Hampdenfest (all one word) that began as a local community event organized by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council and it grew from that to a neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors and local residents, to enjoy the merchants on and around West 36thStreet in Baltimore. Now they will feature four stages of music and art performances; an activity area for kids; emerging artist exhibits, and a film festival. Then there are about four blocks of arts and crafts and vendors of all sorts. They will have great food, atmosphere; Chesapeake Bay and local Hampden cuisine, including pit beef, crab cakes and brewed beer from “The Brewer’s Art”.
Now let me tell you what impressed me. It is the Hampdenfest Toilet Races. Have you heard of such a thing? It is a real toilet connected to wheels and a bike; the front has a steering wheel and they actually race these objects. Absolutely amazing! Three years ago, local volunteers have organized a “soapbox derby” style race where pilots ride non-powered toilet racers through the streets of Baltimore! It’s all attached to the local Hampdenfest occurring on W. 36th Street (The Avenue), between Falls Road and Chestnut Ave. on Sept. 8, at noon.
I have a lot of pictures this week that will tell the story, so I won’t be talking to you to much in words. I need the space for the pictures as you see.
Don’t forget the Jazz Expressways Foundation will present their annual Jazz Breakfast on Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Chef Mac’s, 4709 Harford Road featuring the Rodney Kelley Experience Jazz Band. For ticket information, call Ease at 410-323-7295.
Also, this week end “Gents on the Move” will host their Fall Cabaret on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson, Md. The time is 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Baltimore’s own “The Spindles” will entertain you; and honey child, they can entertain you! Of course, you’ll have to bring your own food and alcoholic beverages. For more information, call 410-488-1674.
But before I go, I want to mentioned, if you did not pick up the Aug. 17 Afro-American Newspaper, than please do so. It is one of a kind. It features 120 years of history with stories and photos about sports, community, politics, military, civil rights, business, churches and entertainment. Very well done! You must get this anniversary edition; believe me, it was a lot of work, time and love in putting this archives together for you. It is not only interesting reading, but very educational.
Well my dear friends, I am out of space, enjoy the rest of your week and remember if you need me, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 410-833-9474. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.