“Spring is the Birthday of the World.’Tis like the birthday of the world, when earth was born in bloom; the light is made of many dyes, the air is all perfume: There’s crimson buds, and white and blue. The very rainbow showers have turned to blossoms where they fell, and sown the earth with flowers.”-Thomas Hood

The women adorned in stunning outfits with spring bonnets, the tables set with crystal, china and gorgeous floral arrangements at the AFRO’s tea celebrating the Afro’s 125th anniversary at Sharon Baptist Church under the leadership of our friend Rev. A.C.D Vaughn. The scrumptious lunch prepared by Jimmy Britton’s Class Act featured assorted sandwiches, macaroons and more was a hit with the guests. Guests out enjoying the lovely Sunday afternoon were Catalina Byrd, Pat Tunstall, Toni Robinson, Marsha Jews, Diane Bell-McKoy, Jackie Brown, Lillian Smith, Sarah Holley, Yvonne Lansey, Betty Williams, LaVerne Naesea, Doretha Baglin, Saundra Nottingham-Jackson, Denise DeLeaver, Comptroller Joan Pratt, Mary Demory, Cimmon Burris, Lillian Vaughn, the AFRO’s Takiea Hinton and Wanda Pearson, Dorothy Williams, Frank Hocker, Corrogan Vaughn, Barbara Blount-Armstrong, Leslie Hammond-King and former AFRO editor Rev. Dorothy Boulware.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”Henry James

The AFRO, founded in the basement of Sharon Baptist Church 125 years ago, was the ideal place to kick off the 125th celebration. Rev. Vaughn and First Lady Lillian graciously opened their church for the celebration. I’m so impressed with this Shepherd of God, no uppity ways just plain church folks enjoying the company of the guests in their home. Like a great host, Rev. Vaughn and his family were there when the tea started and stayed until the last guest had departed. Now that’s old school “good old southern hospitality.”

 “Do you know what today is, it’s our anniversary.”-Tony! Toni! Tone!

Wishing Adrienne and Jerry Pittman and Odyssey and Myra White-Gray a happy anniversary.

Gian Marco Men’s Clothier is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Little Havana on Key Highway celebrated their 20th anniversary last week with a huge party with hundreds of people dining on  roasted pig, sipping mojito as the Domino Sugar sign lit up the harbor.

April also kicked off a month long celebration as 108 Black Pearls celebrated our 20th anniversary as members of the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with a brunch at Inka, a trip to Punta Cana and on April 25 we “set it off” at Colin’s Seafood Grill. Members of the Divine 9 stopped past Colin’s to congratulate us. Thanks Omega Gregory Adams for documenting this momentous night with photos.

“Hail hail the gang’s all here!” to celebrate the 90th birthday of golfer Karl Knight. The home was beautifully decorated with balloons and photos of Karl, Laura, Karaleigh and Shauna’s life over the years with their husband, father and grandfather. Niece Candance, granddaughter Shauna and friends prepared custom made cocktails to the delight of the guest. Café 1137 catered the delicious food. The candy and dessert bar prepared by baker KiAnna DeVille was irresistible.

Guests celebrating were Rita and Elvard Cooper, Roslyn Smith, Jackie Richardson, Beverly Boston, Laverne Gaither, neighbor Richard Anderson, Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Toba and Tom King, Dr. Billy Davis, Phyllis Nelson, Juanita Addison, Mary Demory, Jean Powell, Dr. Marian Davis-Foster, Veronica Tubman and Norman Scott. Photographer Jewel Guy captured the awesome celebration.

Happy birthday Cathy Taylor-Dudley, Mariana Thoms, Dr. Jackie Williams, John Massey, Yvonne West, Shirley Richmond, Ernie Kromah, and 1st Lady Lillian Vaughn.

Stan Johnson celebrated his 80th birthday in New Orleans on historic Saint Charles Avenue at the Hubbard Mansion Bed and Breakfast owned by his brother, Don Hubbard. Check out this grand mansion at hubbardmansion.com on your next visit to the “Big Easy.”

“Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be? The sweet love story that is older than the sea. The simple truth about the love she brings to me.  Where do I start…? How long does it last, can love be measured by the hours in a day? I have no answers now but this much I can say I know I’ll need her ’till the stars all burn away and she’ll be there”-Andy Williams

Jack and Carolyn Allen’s “love story” began in the 5th grade and continued until his death. The love and devotion they shared was so bountiful that it extended to family and friends. The holidays were a big celebration with Jack dressing for the occasion as Santa Claus or the Easter bunny thrilling children and adults. Jack’s celebration for holidays was evident on Easter Sunday. While planning for his memorial service Carolyn continued his tradition with Easter baskets and candy displayed throughout the house; Carolyn stated, “Jack wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” An avid sailor, Jack sailed away “beyond the sea” on April 7, 2017.

 What’s Happening!

An art exhibition titled Call and Response: Art between Artists featuring the work of Alma Roberts and Sallah Jenkins will be on exhibit May 7 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore.

Cinco de Maya at Little Havana

MULBA is hosting its annual Maryland Beverage Expo May 13 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory. Contact Dr. Louise Johnson 410-925-4056 or Roz Tyner 410-804-9334.

The Baltimore County Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officer and Police Cadet. Applications are online at joinbaltimorecountypd.com or contact the recruitment team at 410-887-5542 with questions.

Sending get-well wishes to our dear friend Lenny Clay and violets to Shirley Swafford and Bernice McDaniels.

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”-Rudyard Kipling

Happy mother’s day to all who have loved and cared for children. A special mother’s day to my Mother Rev. Pauline Wilkins.