Living for the Weekend


“And now, the end is here and so I face the final curtain my friend, I'll say it clear I'll state my case, of which I'm certain I've lived a life that's full. I traveled each and ev'ry highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.”

It was fun and sun vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard’s Oak Bluff, during our annual soiree to the Vineyards. More than fifty Baltimoreans enjoyed fireworks and illumination week, strolling through the quaint neighborhood of Victorian gingerbread cottages illuminated by the residents.

Up in the morning work all day, like a dog for my pay, while that lucky old sun just rolls around heaven all day.

To welcome guests to the vineyard, Willard Wright’s daughters Patrice, Blannette, Tracey and family members Brenda and Ralph Wright planned several activities for newcomers to get acquainted.

On Sunday, dressed in khaki & white we converged on South Beach in celebration of the London Olympic Games, complete with American and Canadian flags in honor of our Canadian friends vacationing with us, we competed for Olympic prizes while the kids rode the impressive waves. On a warm sultry Wednesday evening, we hosted a black and white champagne party at the historic East Chop lighthouse as the ships sailed pass.

“I hate to see that evening sun go down.” St Louis Blues

Thursday we visited the picturesque fishing village of Menemsha to watch the beautiful sunset. We sat on the beach drinking champagne and dining on fresh lobsters that the anglers at the Menemsha fish house had just pulled from the lobster pot and fried clams from The Bite. This historic island was the backdrop for the movie Jaws and is known worldwide for its sunsets. As the sun disappeared into the sea Charlene Cooper -Boston stood up and solemnly proclaimed, “The sun has gone done without a problem.”

“Only worry in the world, is the tide gonna reach my chair.” Zac Brown

Sitting on the beach at the Inkwell on Friday was an all-day affair. A group from Massachusetts hosted their annual cookout and invited everyone on the Inkwell to participate. From noon until the end of the fireworks, we enjoyed lamb chops, salmon, steaks, burgers and more as their guests.

“Strangers in the night” The camaraderie of perfect strangers like Crystal and Gregory Hall and Nedra and Charles Boyd and a guy named Mark added to a blissful vacation.

Baltimore and the Wire meet in Oak Bluff.

Lola’s a popular nightspot hosted a party for the cast of The Wire who were in Martha’s Vineyard for a fundraiser for President Obama. When “Bunk” (Wendell Pierce) heard we were from Baltimore he brought Sonia Sanchez, Bubbles and Marlo to meet us. Bunk’s character was based on our friend homicide detective Rick Requer.

“Calling all Virgos to the floor got some here but we need some more”

It’s time for our Virgo birthday party at Maceo’s, Monday Sept. 17 (my birthday). We party early and party late cause ain’t no party like a Virgo party because Virgos don’t stop.

Happy Birthday Virgos, Maceo’s Dante Daniels, Gregory Packer Sr., Ernestine Jolivet, Everlon Moulton, Tina Jolivet, Phyllis Baptist, Kara King- Bess, Sara Smalley, Joyce Ward, Frances Tilghman, Herb Brown, Brenda Wright, Sarah Holley, Vickie Gibson, Walter Carr and happy 87th birthday to Rosa Barber.

“I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing”' but I can “step-step” at Hand 2 Hand 10th anniversary celebration Sept. 9. For tickets call Angela Alexander 443-742-1017 or Jean Flores 443-799-3101.

“When all is done, say not my day is o'er, and that thro' night I seek a dimmer shore; say rather that my morn has just begun; I greet the dawn and not a setting sun, when all is done.” Paul Laurence Dunbar

Our condolences to William Vaughn’s wife Freddie and children Andre, Andrea, David and William on his death.

The unexpected death of two Baltimore icons Beretta Mercer the vocalist who performed throughout the Baltimore/ D.C. area who died in her sleep while members of her band Rollex waited for her to arrive at a gig in DC and restaurateur Scunny McCusker left a pall over Baltimore and Canton.

“You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down. There's a whole lot of rhythm going round.”

Beretta who endured so much would often say “I won’t complain,” could “tear the roof off the mother, sucker” rolling on the floor, jumping on chairs and tables as guests watched in amazement of this full -figured star. Whenever she saw me, she would sing my favorite song “At Last.”She loved us begging her for one more song.

“Let’s just kiss and say good bye…” Maceo’s owner Dante said Beretta stopped in the club Friday night, making her rounds to her favorite places, unknowingly taking her final curtain call. Beretta may you find the peace you so deserve. “at last.”

“If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” Kahlil Gibran

Years ago on Cinco de Mayo day, I walked into Nacho Mama’s in Canton and the bartender said, “What brings you to Nacho Mama’s?” I told him I saw it on TV and couldn’t wait to drink a margarita out of the hubcaps. He told me he was Scunny, the owner. “Just one look that’s all it took” I was hooked on this dysfunctional and wonderful place with Elvis memorabilia covering every space and great Tex-Mex food.

Happy Labor Day, Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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