“That life that’s what people say you’re riding high in April shot down in May. But, I know I’m gonna change that tune when I’m back on top in June. I said, that’s life and as funny as it may seem some people get their kicks stompin’ on a dream, but I don’t let it get me down cause this fine old world it keeps spinnin’ around…” -Frank Sinatra

The Harbor City Chapter of the Links hosted “The Spirit of the Triple Crown” at Turf Valley Country Club. Guests were dressed in Preakness attire with brims, fascinators and bowties. The fun-filled event included horseracing, a cigar and cognac bar and a candy lounge. Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Coppin State University President Dr. Maria Thompson and artist Joyce Scott were the recipients of the Spirit Award.

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” -W. C. Fields

The Triple Crown Silent auction items included a suite at Oriole Park Camden Yards, a Mano Swartz cashmere fox trimmed cape, Raven tickets at the 50-yard line and a crab cake dinner for 10 donated by Class Act Catering’s Jimmy Britton. Wow. Congratulations to the winning bidders.

Guests, enjoying the sunny afternoon overlooking the award winning golf course were, Dr. Marie Washington, Jackie Washington, Zoey Washington-Sheff, Alice Pinderhughes, Dr. Jesse Weaver, Candes Simms, Marcus Simms, Mary Welcome, Kimberly Robinson,Carolyn Chissell, Sharon McCullough, Nikita Haysbert, Delegate Cheryl Glenn, States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Stephanie Farmer, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Lydia and Sam Redd, Pam Holt, Brandon Wylie, Joanne Joseph, Janice Fox, Victor Holliday, The Honorable Paula Johnson Branch, Maritha Gay, Betty Williams, Helen Holton, Dean and Mert Evans, the AFRO’s Robert Blount, Councilwoman Shannon Sneed and Joyce Smith.

“Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve breakfast because eating breakfast, even if it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel.” Jonathan Goldstein

Colin’s Seafood brunch was a seafood lover’s dream come true with oysters and clams on the half shell, salmon, shrimp, ham, sausage, pulled pork, fried chicken and the usual specialty dishes including eggs, grits, French toast, roasted potatoes and more. The brunch was so remarkable that the guests wanted to know the date for the next brunch.

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Sending balloons and flowers to “The Graduates” and their parents; Jaelin Porter graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communication, proud parents, Gersha and Frank Porter; Carlton Warker Jr., Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, proud parents Carmen Cheatham and the late George Warker Sr.; Allison Bowen graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University with a degree in Graphic Design, proud parents Raymond and Pat Bowen; Colin Woods graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Science, proud parents Janet Alexander and Emory Woods, Kendyl Curry  graduated, Bachelors of Arts from the school of Liberal Arts and Education at Hampton University, proud parents are Mark and Kay Curry and to Keon Eubanks on receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School, proud parents Renee and Kevin Eubanks.

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” -Swami Sivananda

Almetta Jefferson’s husband, Jesse, loved learning and his alma mater, Benedict College, so much it inspired her to establish The Jesse Thompson Book Scholarship at Benedict College.

“I just smoked a Cohiba the other day. It was great. You have to appreciate everything that cigar is.” -Daisy Fuentes

With the summer days fast approaching there’s a different set up at “Smoke Screen,” the mobile Cigar Lounge owned by Anthony Briggs. The destination cigar lounge adds “a touch of class” and distinction to any event. Call 443-862-0944. Rob Smith has opened Burnt Leaf Cigars in Randallstown. This coed Cigar Lounge is ideal for parties and special events featuring premium cigars, humidors and more. For information, call 443-272-7206.

“It’s your birthday, make some noise!” Albert Maddox, Ida Smith, Carol Turner, Carolyn Wainwright, Joyce Smith, Kevin Briscoe, Michael Briscoe, my sister Clarissa Pritchett, Donald “Duck” Welling, Victor Green, Pat Crisp, Dr. Anne Emery, Denise Deleaver, Dr. Donald Parker and a special happy 90th birthday Pearline Roberson.

“For all we know we may never meet again. Before you go make this moment sweet again. We won’t say good night until the last minute, I’ll hold out my hand and my heart will be in it. For all we know this may only be a dream. We come and go like a ripple on a stream. So love me tonight tomorrow was made for some, tomorrow may never come for all we know” -Nat King Cole (Sphinx Club goodnight song.)

This week we witnessed the deaths of several close friends who were all funeralized on same day.  Friends, continue to live life fully, cherish every moment and delight in the dawning of a new day. Sending our condolences to the Ravens and the family of # 81 Michael Jackson; Carl Covington on the death of his son and Damon Hughes’ cousin Brian Covington; Kenneth Thompson on the death of his brother Glenford Thompson; Tarsha Fitzgerald on the death of her uncle, Andrew Johnson; Milton Solomon on the death of his wife Nancy; to Reginald Robinson and Dr.Walker Robinson on death of their mother Shirley Robinson, and to the family of my childhood friend, jazz trumpeter Wendell Shepherd on his death.

And,they’re off! It’s Preakness!

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch