“You might see me on the Eastside, the Westside, I’m even going cross the bridge cause, and I hear they really get down over there. Monday to Thursday, I’m dead on my feet most of the time, too tired to eat; when I try to read the paper, I fall fast asleep. But, as soon as Friday rolls around me lay all my weekly, burdens down I put on my glad rags and paint the town “Living for the weekend.” O’ Jays
Friday, we kicked off Preakness weekend with breast cancer survivors attending Pimlico Race Track’s Black-Eyed Susan Day and the Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes.
“Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!” Miley Cyrus
The Turfside Terrace was decked in pink when we arrived to celebrate breast cancer survivors and renew friendships.
“…I’m so proud…” When the survivors insisted that I once again lead the parade of 89 survivors carrying the Susan G. Komen banner around the cupola to a rousing ovation.
Friends and survivors enjoying the festivities included Sarita Murray, Natalie Frazier, Kelly Swope, Michele Epps, Robin Prothro, Korri Wilson, Little Havana owner Marc and Faith Gentile, Mike and Kate McDaniel, Ann and Barrington Branch and Pete Gilbert.
The overcast skies Preakness morning didn’t damper our spirits at the 138th Preakness. As the guest of Ruth’s Chris’ owner Steve DeCastro, I had the perfect box seat at the finish line to meet celebrities Pitbull, KISS singer Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed and Raven Torrey Smith sporting his new look and the horse owners. Enjoying the Preakness were Frances Tilghman, Robert Mitchell, Nykidra Robinson, Barry Branch, Nichelle Smith, Sarah Smalley, Rosemary Atkinson, Oscar “Bunk” Requer, Blanche Templeton, Brenda Sykes, Dr. and Mrs. Fine and Dr. George Wick Jr.
“For me the challenge is to make the stage a forum that allows universal themes to shine and refract through the humanity of my cultural lenses.” Kwame Kwei Armah
Amid shouts of “Bravo,” opening night guests Downtown Kevin Brown, Dr. Joanne Martin, Jacqueline Williams, Janet Johnson, Rev. Alvin and Kathleen Hathaway, Roland and Sharon Campbell, Marianna Thoms, Francena Bean-Waters, Julia and Kylis Winborne, Denise Saunders, Reggie Ray, Angie Baugh and Pat Roselle loudly applauded the splendid production of British playwright Kwame Kwei Armah’s Beneatha’s Place.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell 1984
Kwame wrote Beneatha’s Place in response to playwright Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park creating the Raisin Cycle dystopian. “…It’s electric…,” with Kwame’s personality that exuberances energy and excitement, Center Stage is reestablished as a premiere theater.
“If your baby’s ‘beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time’…you’re the grandma!” Theresa Bloomingdale
The Grandparents Club has two new members– Napoleon and Brenda Sykes and Dr. David and Bebe Ashford. Welcome to the world Bodhi Cole Sykes, son of Napoleon & Christy in Raleigh, N.C., and Miles Gregory Ashford, son of Jai and Kerri, Long Beach, Calif.
“I don’t know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man when I see one” Mae West
“Raindrops keep falling on my head” as 200 guests partied with the “original party animal” Victor Green at his 70th birthday party. The event planned by Betty Greene, Pat Crisp, Ann Taylor and Prodgelee Green-Pearson honoring a friend who can turn the worst party into a cause célèbre was fantastic.
Guests Dan and Dell Henson, Frank and Marcia Coakley, Dr. Walter and Andrea Amprey, Yolanda Brooks, Beta Dotson, Nathaniel Thomas, Yvonne West, Regina Battle, Ora Washington, Hines Early, Bill Jackson, Phil Strambler, Ann and Barrington Branch, Gaines Lansey, Pat Tunstall, John Pearson, Ann and David Cousins, Charles Grace, Dot Bohem, Ben and Ressee Brooks, Marcus Towns and Rosa and William Trusty were dining on prime rib, turkey and salmon while “dancing the night away.”
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West
Happy birthday to Elizabeth Goins, Ruth’s Chris’ quintessential bartender Leander Douglass, Dr. Marie Washington, Danielle Hill, Marcus Towns, happy 60th birthday Gregory Eldridge, happy 50th birthday Caprece Griffin and a special happy birthday to William Dorsey.
“If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby; If you would win my heart, sing me a love song; If you would mourn me and bring me to God, sing me a requiem, sing me to Heaven…” Jane Griner
Condolences to Rev. Bruce and Deborah Haskins on the death of their son Joseph Haskins, Myron Bundy on the death of his uncle Sherman Dunaways, Marguerite Walker on the death of her brother Jessie Scales and to Dr. Herschelle Morris on the death of William Bill Morris.
“Joy comes in the morning.” Mother’s Day was bittersweet for Dante Maurice Chestnut at his graduation from St. Mary’s College. His mom Eulanda Porter died suddenly last month. “We are family…” In attendance was his grandmother, Valerie Porter, and family from Maryland and California who were cheering when he received his degree in economics.
Caprece and Dennis Garrett are glowing after daughter Dara Jackson-Garrett graduated cum laude in international relations from American University. Dara, a Fulbright Scholar, will teach English in Venezuela this summer.
“Forgetting who you are is so much more complicated than simply forgetting your name. It’s also forgetting your dreams, your aspirations, what makes you happy, what you pray you’ll never have to live without. It’s meeting yourself for the first time, and not being sure of your first impression.” Jessica Brody
The Holistic Health Seminar on memory loss is June 1 at the Randallstown Community Center call 800-586-4604 to register.
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” Francis A. Walker