Hello my dear friends, happy holidays to you. Well, Turkey Day is over and preparations for Christmas are under way. I truly hope your Thanksgiving was as blissful as you wished it to be. Now everyone who loves and believes in Christmas has already begun shopping all over again for home and yard decorations. We are pulling stuff out of the attic, basement and garage and are running to Walmart, the Dollar Store and other retailers to replace or add to decorations to beautify their home. What a wonderful time of the year.
But friends and fans we must remember the less fortunate, folks who can’t afford decorations, food, clothes or even a home to put decorations on. We should find a way to give back. Don’t just give to the Goodwill. Find a shelter for the homeless, or take a drive around Baltimore and see the individuals and families in parks, under cardboard boxes, tents and lying on heat grates and give directly to them. Take them a blanket, sweater, hat, gloves and a plate of food, I promise it will make you feel so good inside and I know they will appreciate it, too.
Another suggestion is for all the musicians, singers and entertainers who are within sight of my words to find time to give their talent to nursing homes, senior citizen homes and homeless shelters. You can do this by performing for them at no cost. Give them a show they will never forget, show them that someone cares. These folks might not be able to come to you at the clubs, cabarets, and social events, but you can go to them. They love music; everyone loves music. It doesn’t matter if you play jazz, blues, gospel, hip-hop, or if you are a comedian or a dancer; just go out and do it. I promise you, good things will come back your way. Rambling Rose says so!
Celebrate the 44th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Ronald Armstrong and The Armstrong Singers featuring Nate and The New Generation with special guests, Jay Caldwell and the Ambassadors of Wilmington, Del., The Anointed, The Boyd Sisters, The Union Chapel AME Gospel Choir, The New Ebony Gospel Singers and The Christanaires, 7 p.m., Dec.  7, at the Triumph Baptist Church, 2200 E. Oliver St. The M.C.’s are Heaven 600, Rev. Brad Rogers and Doresa Harvey; Sandra Anderson 1010 Radio Station, Minister Robert Wilson, Bishop Jimmy Hunter and Evangelist, Ethel Hill. For more information, call 410-358-9661 or 443-726-1899.
Renowned Gospel Recording Artist Helen Baylor will be in concert at Tabernacle of Faith Church, 4845 Belair Road at 8 p.m., Dec. 8. For more information, call Cecelia Dawkins at 443-803-2487.
Lend a hand to the “Gospel Christmas Toys and Food Drive” for low-income families of the “Letting the Captives Free Prison Ministry.” Bring canned goods, clothing and personal care items to the gospel concert on Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. at the Essex Church of God, 511-C Eastern Blvd., in Essex, Md.
The SBC Outreach Ministries are sponsoring the “Women’s Conference Extravaganza” on Dec. 8, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive in Timonium. Enjoy breakfast, a fashion show, and worship. For more information, call 443-882-8544.
Start your holiday shopping with the scholarship ministry of First Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1142 N. Fulton Avenue, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1. You can shop for ladies hats, caps, cologne, scarves, jewelry, hand bags, children clothing and more. For more information, call 443-540-3756.
Celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the “Shouting MC” with Minister Robert Wilson Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Miracle Deliverance Center, 3108 Walbrook Avenue. Enjoy live performances by the Soul Messengers, The Gospel Pearls, Kenny Davis and the Melodyaires and many others. For more information, call 410-982-3345.
Well my dear fans, it is about that time. I am out of space and time. Enjoy your week. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Remember you can also read “Rambling Rose” on line or just get a subscription to the Afro-American Newspaper by calling 410-554-8200. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.