Gospel, Grand Openings and Shopping

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Hello my dear friends. I know the weather has been very hot and humid the last few weeks, but honey child, get over it! You can always go to an air conditioned building, or get into your car and turn on the air condition, or go for a swim. Look at it this way; at least you don’t have to shovel snow from your steps, walkways or your cars; including slipping on ice and braking an arm or leg; so for those of you who are complaining about this beautiful sunshine, please stop.

There is a fantastic gospel show coming up, planned and organized by gospel promoter, Lonnie Parker, 4 p.m., Aug. 14. The program will be awesome! It will be in memory of the Late Calvin Stewart, who was the singer and manager of the world renowned CBS Trumpeteers and the program will be a special tribute to the quartet singers who have passed in the last 15 years. Featured on the program are The Blind Boys from Mississippi; Lil’ David & The Bells of Joy; Joy White’s Company; The Singing Pastors from Piscataway, N.J.; High Spirit, and soloist, Bro Richard Williams. The Emcees are the one and only Heaven 600 Diva, Doresa Harvey and gospel entertainer’s favorite, Bro. James Stepney. This gospel extravaganza will be held at Mt. Zion Holiness Church, 5501 Liberty Heights Ave. For more information and tickets, call 410-358-9661.

Oh my goodness! There is a brand new bakery opening up to sweeten our historical Pennsylvania Avenue. “The landmark destination featuring a taste of history and recipes passed generation-to-generation”, says excited owner, builder and baker, James “Jim” Hamlin. “The Avenue Bakery (Home of Poppay’s Rolls) is what I named it,” Jim continued. “I chose the neighborhood in which I grew up, Pennsylvania Avenue, to support revitalization projects in progress. There hasn't been a bakery in the area since the late '60s.”

Hamlin, professional baker, declares that the fresh baked aroma of homemade rolls and buns will roam the air once again on “The Avenue” beginning 10 a.m., Aug. 15 when the doors of the “Avenue Bakery” located at 2229 Pennsylvania Ave. open with a ribbon cutting followed by the official entry of the 1st customer. Free samples will be distributed between 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 443-695-9384.

Now folks, if you decided not to go to church Sunday morning, I have the perfect place for you to go to enjoy entertainment, good eating and shopping. I am talking about the Baltimore Farmers’ Market. The market is open from 7 a.m. until noon or until they sell out, whichever comes first. Girlfriend! You can smell the rumors of the fresh vegetables, fruits and venues selling coffee, breakfast and barbeque from the pit as you are parking your car under the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga Streets. Once you get inside, you will see farmers from all over the region offering an assortment of fresh foods, including produce, meats, dairy and baked goods. Crafts people selling accessories, vintage clothes, rugs, photographs, paintings and other original pieces of art. You can shop until you drop. You can buy fresh vegetables by the bushel and their seafood is divine. Check it out, only on Sundays. I’ll see you there!

Oh this is a terrible situation! I am out of time and out of space. Have FUN this week. Enjoy the weather and the entertainment in Baltimore. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.