Hello everyone! That’s right, it’s the Daddy’s turn to have their special day. This weekend is all yours fellows. Just don’t act crazy! As you see ladies, I have created a few places you can take that special male figure in your life.
Before we go any further, I want to acknowledge some special friends in memory. I didn’t want to do this in my Memorial Day column because it was just too sad and emotional. Some of us have lost our fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and/or best friends, so thereforth, to the families of James “Biddy” Wood, Kelvin O’Neal, Henry Baker, Leon Manker, Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., Raymond Shields, Bob Haynes, Vernon Wolst, Al Brown, Vernon Evans, Charles Shepperson and Roland Pryor, just to name a few, you are in our prayers.
The Baltimore Music Festival with take place 7 p.m. June 16 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mill, Md. It will be a night of smooth jazz, R&B, gospel and comedy. Performing are April Sampe, Freedom Imani, Marcus Mitchell and Kadejah from the hit stage play “Dream Girls.” For more information call 443-540-7797.
The John Lamkin Jazz Quintet featuring John R. Lamkin II on trumpet and Flugelhorn, Craig Alston on sax, Warren Wolf on piano, Kris Funn on bass, John Lamkin III on drums and Eartha Lamkin as vocalist will perform 8 p.m. June 21 at “An die Musik Live!, 409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. For more information call 410-385-2638.
“Remember the Royal Theater” is what the host Steve “Smokey” Scribner calls his Sunday Father’s Day Event, 4-8 p.m. June 17 at the Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral St. It is a special Father’s Day show featuring live entertainment, dancing and dinner. Vendors will be available for shopping, along with free setups, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. For ticket information call 410-532-2274.
Dunbar Class of 1962 Reunion is celebrating 50 years on Father’s Day weekend. Opening 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 16 with the picnic at Rosedale Park, 8200 Philadelphia Rd. in the Hoffenert Pavilion, followed by the Dinner Party, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Martin’s Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Rd., Cockeysville, Md. Then at 10 a.m. June 17 there is church service at St. John AME Church, 810 Carrollton Ave. Hotel accommodations are at Embassy Suites in Hunt Valley, Md. For more information call 410-542-2530. Congratulations Class!
A Father’s Day Celebration in Gospel 4 p.m. June 17, hosted by Lonnie Parker featuring – coming back to Baltimore after eight years with all the original members – “The Eveready’s” “Leaning To Lean;” The Wings of Praise; Eric Waddell & the Abundant Life Singers; The New Mighty Wonders; Nate & the New Generation; Edwards Brothers; and soloist, Sis. Margie Briggs. The emcees are Doresa Harvey, Bro. James Stephney and Minister Robert Wilson. Ladies and gentlemen put your shouting shoes on, because it is going to be a hallelujah time at Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church, 3215 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, where the Rev. Dr. Lee Johnson is the pastor. For tickets and information, call 410-358-9661.
The Maryland State Arts Council is presenting their 2nd Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival June 16 in Baltimore at the Creative Alliance at the Paterson, rain or shine. Music, food, dance and crafts will be featured at the free Folklife Festival. The festival is sponsored by Maryland Traditions. The free, family-friendly festival features two music stages, workshops for kids and adults and a mix of distinctive Maryland foods. One of my favorite groups and a group that I had the pleasure to work with and book, the Doo-Wop group “The Legendary Orioles” will perform this year.
Join the Women’s Ministry of New Joy Church for a day of enjoyment as they go to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a day of shopping, lunch and to see the spectacular production of Jonah on June 22. The bus will depart from New Joy Church, 4000 Sinclair Ln. at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 9:30 p.m. For more information contact Thelma Harvey at 443-740-4958.
Well, my friends, “it is about that time for the fat lady to sing.” I am out of time and space. Be good to each other. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.