Summer 2017 was a celebration of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and sadly funerals. Living for the Weekend is dedicating this column to my dear friend Corrogan Vaughn, an avid reader of this paper and column who died so unexpectedly. Corrogan was a political leader who represented the city and State of Maryland with pride, although he never held an elected position. The last time I saw my friend he said “Val I’m going to call you I’m opening my campaign headquarters.” Well, my friend I know you have opened your campaign headquarters, it has been relocated in heaven. How ironic that you and your friend Dick Gregory transitioned the same week? What a reunion when you saw our friend Dr. Levi Watkins, I know the three of you are already planning a strategy session. Rest peacefully in paradise my Republican. Aleut Continua (the struggle continues)

“You’re my morning star shining brightly beside me and if we keep this love we will last through all eternity. Just the way we are, I love it. It’s just the way it should be ‘cause our love will stand tall as the trees. Our love will spread wide as the seas our love will shine bright in the night like the stars above and we’ll always be together, our love” -Natalie Cole

Labor Day weekend is fast becoming a celebration of love and happiness as couples begin their life together. Congratulations to Renita Mingo and Brad Cleaver on their nuptial at Ruth’s Chris Pier Five. They met when Renita was the first African-American general manager at Ruth’s Chris and Brad the executive chef. Kristi France, daughter of Pete and Donna France married the love of her life Rashein Gibbs at an evening ceremony at Martin’s West officiated by Bishop Walter Thomas.

Celebrating their Labor Day weekend anniversaries are John and Zoey Washington-Sheff, Dr. Kit and Adele Adams, Jerome and Paula Stephens and Tylanvis and Cimmon Burris. In the words of Gloria Lynn, “I wish you bluebirds in the spring a cozy fire to keep you warm; but more than this I wish you love.”

Family and friends surrounded Jenette Young when she was one of the honorees at the annual Spirited Woman award luncheon at the inner harbor Pier Five Hotel.  The award recognizes individuals and their contribution to the community through their business or volunteer activities. Guests in attendance were: Lois deLaine Wanda Pearson, Takiea Hinton, Tracee Strum Gilliam, Charles Young Sr, Charles Young II, Emma Barnes, Cattie Ambrose, Arianna Matthews, Patty Haw, Victoria Matthews, Sherri Holt, Carissa Matthews and Janet Kurland.

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” –Stephen Hawking

What time is it? It’s Virgo time and Virgos are celebrating in grand fashion. Everlon Moulton hosted a mystery party bus for twenty five women to a local winery with a tour and luncheon. Mildred Harper shut down Colin’s Restaurant for a private birthday party for her husband Billy Harper’s 75th birthday. And Virgo Sara “Sadie” Smalley hosted approximately 60 women for jazz in the afternoon at Mt. Washington’s Tavern, featuring Rae Bernard’s jazz ensemble..

I’ll be celebrating my birthday with my Virgo friends and guests at my nephew David Couser’s Virgo party at the Columbus Center, at the Inner Harbor on September 16, 8:30pm-12 midnight. Contact David at 443-801-2600 for tickets.

Virgos celebrating birthdays include  Auvea Fortune, Barrington Branch, Beta Dotson, Miss Shirley Ball, Billy Harper, Tina “Tee Tee” Jolivet, Carlos Hutchins, Eunice Robinson, Delores Chambers, Pat Stokes Phil Strambler, Brenda Wright, Freddie Vaughn,  Mildred Battle,  Margaret Johnson, Frances Tilghman,  Bennie Thomas, Freddie Vaughn, my son-in-law Gregory Packer, Mario  and restaurateur Dante Daniels. The dancing twins Doris and Vivian celebrated their 90 plus birthday and Thelma Evans celebrated her 95th birthday.

Sending condolences to the family of Sheila Gibson Taylor-Caldwell on her death; to Stephanie Farmer and family on the death of her grandmother and my longtime friend Katherine “Ann” Bush former owner of The Place and sister of Grace Grant.

Keeping our families in the path of Hurricane Harvey and Irma in our thoughts.

“Soldier Boy oh my little soldier boy” –The Shirelles

Asim Scipio son of Robert and Sherry Scipio and the grandson of Shirley “Big Shirley” Belton is adjusting well to military life in the United States Air Force stationed in Texas. Let us continue to keep our military personnel in our prayers.

What’s Happening!

Shirley Belton has hosted a series of happy hours this summer throughout the city. If you missed the previous happy hours, mark your calendar for the month of September, Wednesdays the 13 and 20th. Complimentary food and music by DJ Lil Joe.

Promoter Carlos Hutchins is hosting his 22nd customer appreciation  Saturday September 30at Gentleman 10 Banquet Hall on Edmondson Avenue. Call Carlos at 443-963-5711

Kevin Brown is hosting “Dining out for Life” at Nancy’s 131 W. North Avenue on Thursday Sept 14 from 5-9pm featuring dinner and desserts. Call 410-685-0039 for more information.

Thursday November 16, Suited to Succeed and the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) will host their fall fundraiser featuring Baltimore’s Grammy nominated Maysa, live entertainment, silent auction, specialty vendors, and gourmet food at the Radisson Hotel. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Mayor Catherine Pugh are the honorary chairs for this elegant evening. Suited to Succeed is celebrating its 20th anniversary committed to improving the lives of women and MCVET’s 23rd anniversary providing service to homeless veterans across the United States.  For tickets visit:  For more information about the organizations: and