“How do I say goodbye to what we had? The good times that made us laugh, outweighed the bad. I thought we’d get to see forever, but forever has blown away. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. I don’t know where this road is gonna lead to. All I know is where we’ve been and what we’ve been through. If it gets me to tomorrow, I hope it’s worth all the pain. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.” –Boyz 2 Men

“It has been a fun ride and I want to celebrate and show tribute to my friends and supporters.” –Carlos

Carlos Hutchins, the stylish promoter and friend to musicians, club owners and patrons is retiring after twenty years promoting Baltimore’s social scene as the place to be for entertainment. He is retiring the only way he knows with a huge extravaganza featuring Elliott Levine, Rollex Band, Slagz Band, Isaac Parham, DJ Diamond and special guest Art Sherrod Jr., August 30 at the Forum. Carlos is honoring those who have supported him through the years like Tony and Michael, Corinthian Restaurant, Michael Haynie, Holiday Inn Belmont; Mary and Myra Hendricks, Sista’s Place; Candes and Dante Daniels, Maceo’s Lounge and Colin’s Seafood and Grill; Donna and Chuck Montgomery, Johnson’s Lounge; Robert and Leroy Friend, Identity Ultra Lounge; Charles Faison and Darnell Faison DipNic; Tony Randall, Phaze 10 Restaurant; Fantastic Four; 3 Amigos; Carl Beasley, Poets Athletic Club and many more including your favorite columnists Rosa Pryor and Valerie Fraling. For tickets to this stellar event so call 443- 963-5711.

“…but you can’t just ride along. You’re learning to steer the ship, navigation; you’re pulling lines, keeping a lookout.” –Billy Campbell

Our friend John Lee of Zenith Hospitality invited Marsha Jews and I to a sailing party hosted by John and Baltimore Social Club at the Downtown Sailing School. I had mixed emotions. I love being on the water but I’d never been on a sailboat. It was a picture perfect Sunday to be on the water; but I didn’t know we were going to actually sail and steer. Now I’m nervous I don’t even want to ride when Marsha is driving so now we are sailing together with two young ladies from the Four Seasons, my job was to jib ( pull and lock the rope for the sail) for you novices LOL. We cruised the gorgeous harbor laughing and squealing when the little teeny tiny sailboat would lean a little too far as our 23 year-old captain reassured us that the boat would not tilt. Arriving safely back to the dock, we headed to Little Havana for a two-hour party with food and drinks. Among the 40 sailors sailing were John and Stacy Lee, Janice Stewart, Kenny Patterson, Takiea Hinton (Afro Editorial Assistant) and Sharon Bunch.

“Summertime and the living is easy” –Ella Fitzgerald

After sailing we joined Karen Brice & Dina Jolley at the palatial estate of Johnny and Janice Brice for a summer get together. Everyone brought a dish and a drink to share, which resulted in lots of food, fun and swimming. The music by Michael Johns had guests Sharon Brice-Parks, Rod Manning, Yvonne Williams, Michael Bruce, Patsy Cannon, Theron Williams, Renada & Justin Hamer, Dana and Jeffrey Meyers, David Brice, Tory Melvin, Jonathan Brice, Curtis Moore, Sean Williams, Tom Porter, Donna Williams, Troy and Sophie Ballinger, Guy and Sharon Richardson, James Gray, Wesley King, Berma Haynes, Paul Ball, Vernon Ross, Renee Owens and Brenda Stewart dancing non-stop as the music filled the “summer breeze.”

It was great seeing National Silhouettes President Jacquelene Sharp Massey dining at Colin’s Restaurant with Quinhon N. Goodlowe, the newly appointed principal of Deer Park Middle Magnet School. Ms. Goodlowe has 15 years of leadership experience that she is excited to share with parents, staff, and students. Let’s welcome her to Randallstown by offering our support as she leads our youth forward.

“I had no introduction to the arts in any way definitely not the fine arts.” –Misty Copeland

Among the thousand people greeting prima ballerina Misty Copeland with a standing ovation were Jean Guye, Dr. Thelma Daly, Jacqueline Richardson, Ralph and Dana Moore, former Senator Verna Jones –Rodwell, Marcine Britton, Cori Ramos, Marcia Tucker, Vernon Ross, Carolyn Wainwright, Pat Roselle, Marian Johnson, Nicole Nicholson and daughter Devin and Jeanette Bynum. Twins Nia and Nyle Hill were the pleasant volunteers assisting patrons at the Reginald Lewis Museum.

“I figured, this being my community, I need to document this, this is our history, I wanted people to see the beauty of the protest.” –Devin Allen

What a surprise to meet Devin Allen, the unlikely hero who captured the heart of Americans with his picture of the Baltimore riots that landed on the cover of Time Magazine. His photo exhibit highlighting Baltimore during the April riots are on display at the Reginald Lewis Museum. After photographing Misty Copeland, he greeted visitors as they viewed his exhibit. This engaging young man will surprise you as he reveals what motivated him in capturing certain scenes on camera. Most impressive is that our “Native Son” captured Baltimore better than the professional photographers from around world did. The exhibit runs through December 7, 2015; Visit www.gofundme to support his desire to purchase cameras to teach our youth photography.

At 90 years of age Vivian Burnett is still the gracious host greeting family and friends, Sharon Thomas, Sydney Lee, Stephanie Gantt, Bruce Thomas and Dr. Charlene CooperBoston and others who came to the Weinberg Center to wish her happy birthday.

“I’ll be seeing you” Rest in Paradise Beatrice Payne and Curtis Anderson. The world is better because you lived. –Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch