The Return of Spring “Now Time throws off his cloak again of ermined frost, and wind, and rain, and clothes him in the embroidery of glittering sun and clear blue sky. With beast and bird the forest rings, each in his jargon cries or sings; and Time throws off his cloak again of ermined frost, and wind, and rain. River, and fount, and tinkling brook wear in their dainty livery drops of silver jewelry; in new-made suit they merry look; and Time throws off his cloak again of ermined frost, and wind, and rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Women’s History Month is a perfect time to remember and reflect on the dynamic women who made a difference in Maryland politics, whether in an elected position or behind the scenes. We celebrate a few women who made an impact in the State of Maryland. They cared and made a difference, such as Henrietta Lacks, Helen Dale, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Verda Welcome, Victorine Adams, Lilly Jackson, Ethel Rich, Rochelle “Rikki” Specter, Enolia McMillian, Paula Hollinger, Helen Bentley, Paula Johnson Branch, Dorothy Johnson, Carolyn Stith, Agnes Welch, Patricia Jessamy, Marilyn Mosby, Joan Carter Conway, Gloria Lawlah, Erla McKinnon, Cheryl Glenn, Joanne Benson, Shirley Nathan Pulliam, Donna Edwards, Valerie Irvin, Sheila Dixon, Cathy Pugh, Mary Conway,  Berlinda Conway, Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Bessie Margolin, Eleanor Carey, Vicki Almond, Helen Holton, Betty Clark, Adrienne Jones, Marie Washington, Mary Robinson, Marguerite Campbell, Margareta Crampton, Mary Pat Clark, Anne Emery, Barbara Robinson, Jackie Washington, Hilda Mae Snoop, Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Jackson , Deanna Brown and Thelma Thomas Daly. 

“Here come the Judge” Join attorney Candes and Dante Daniels March 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Colin’s Seafood and Grill, 3653 Offutt Rd., Randallstown, Maryland, room 2113 for a meet and greet for Baltimore City Sitting Judges. For more information call 410-576-4172 or visit BaltimoreCitySittingJudges.com.

“You don’t get older, you get better.” Shirley Bassey 

Happy birthday to Gloria “Tuttie” Bogans, Diane Hocker, Professor  Larry Gibson, Myron Mo Bundy, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Councilman Nick Mosby, Rita Horsley-Johnson, Burnell Hurt, Tyrone McNeill, Timothy Dean, Dr. Guy Bragg, Patricia Barnett, Margaret Lee, Ozzie Newsome, Dorethea Beckham, Audrey Freeman, Angela Gibson, Edie Green, Kimberley Flowers, Morgan Newton, Donnie Green, Mildred Harris, Roz Smith and Goldie Wood.

Oops, time to write it down, I forgot to wish the original playa Winfield Kelly happy birthday. An avid AFRO reader he reminded me that it wasn’t in the column. I will remember your birthday February 29, 2020.

“You have a cough? Go home tonight; eat a whole box of Ex-Lax – tomorrow you’ll be afraid to cough.” Pearl Williams

Sending get-well wishes to little Aaliyah Ramsey, Robert Chambliss and thinking of you wishes to Dr. Donald Atkinson.

“Came the spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers, and leaves, and grasses.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Uptown Funk” at the Gladiators Social Club’s annual spring Bull and Oyster Roast at Martin’s West with a crowd of over 1500 participating in this rite of spring was a huge success. This event has been in existence for over 35 years and is always on Palm Sunday with a sellout crowd. Guests enjoy gaming, vendors and great food with plenty of succulent fresh-shucked oysters pit beef and turkey.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” Bob Marley

April is Jazz Appreciation month and “The John Lamkin ‘Favorites Jazz Quintet” will be celebrating at Caton Castle Saturday April 9 showcasing the music of jazz saxophonist and trumpet player Benny Carter. Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) created by the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the history of jazz was envisioned as a method to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz  through learning, attending concerts, listen to jazz on the radio and reading books.

“Without a song the day would never end; without a song the road would never bend. When things go wrong, a man ain’t got a friend without a song.” Frank Sinatra

Join song stylist Minnie Carter at her CD release party Friday, April 29 at Eubie Blake Cultural Arts Center featuring live entertainment and more for tickets email MCONYERS47@HOTMAIL.COM 

“For the good times “The jazz community lost an icon in the death of O’ Donel ”Butch” Levy and the musicians showed up to pay their respect to the Baltimore legend we send our condolences to his wife Dr. Estelle Ingram.

One of the rewards and joy of visiting local establishments is the friendships you establish. Joe Thomas “Tee” McDowell the brother of Tequila Sunset owner Libby Harris made certain that everyone leaving Tequila Sunset was escorted to their car with a personal goodnight from him. He enjoyed greeting the Friday Night Bunch when we visited Tequila Sunset or as we call it Libby’s. As the night got late, he would say Okay Val it’s time to go so the police can go home. He swore that the police signaled each other that I was I on my way and they could go home. The Friday night Bunch will miss Tee’s smooth dance moves with his wife Barbara Ann on the dance floor, we will miss his laugh and corny jokes but most of all we will miss his caring ways.  We understand Tee “It’s time to go.

On the third day, he rose Happy Resurrection Day!