“See the curtains hanging’ in the window in the evening on a Friday night a little light a-shining’ through the window lets me know everything’s all right. Summer breeze makes me feel fine blowing’ through the jasmine in my mind…Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom July is dressed up and playing her tune. Summer breeze makes me feel fine blowing’ through the jasmine in my mind” Isley Brothers

“When it’s over face the truth and dry your eyes…” Les McCann
Just when summer gets started it’s over, but what a summer it has been, from summer concerts in the park, cruising on the Chesapeake, walking the beach, eating crabs with friends, cooking out, picnics on the beach, late night pool parties it has been a magical time creating memories that will last forever. I can’t wait for my vacation to get some rest. LOL (Laughing out Loud.)

“It’s getting hot in here…” The heat was gruesome Wednesday afternoon but it didn’t stop the crowds attending one of the largest outdoor crab feasts in Crisfield, Md. It was a who’s who of Maryland politics with current and former elected officials including former Gov. Marvin Mandel, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Sen. Joan Conway, Del. Cheryl Glenn, Sen. Delores Kelly, Paula Johnson Branch, Fred and Lavonne Grant, Will Jackson, Anthony Jones, Comptroller Pete Franchot, Tony White, Councilman Ken Oliver, Jeffrey Johnson, Karenthia Barber, Rosa Barber, Del. Keiffer Mitchell, Patti Burr, Graham Henry, Cleve and Nancy Brister, Donald and Ailene Watson and people from all parts of Maryland converging on this Eastern Shore city by bus, boat, planes and cars for this annual outing. People enjoyed the delectable treats from the Eastern Shore including fresh corn on the cob, steamed clams, hush puppies, fried fish and Smith Island chocolate cake. A special thanks to Bruce Bereano’s and his staff for providing a sanctuary from the heat inside his tents complete with cooling fans on high speed.

“I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.” Nancie Carmody

Ice cream sundaes, assorted cakes, baby back ribs and mounds of food greeted the arrival of guests at the palatial home of Marty and Thalia Resnick for a BBQ honoring Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Marty and Thalia were gracious hosts as they invited guests to enjoy the elegant poolside seating or their spacious home on a pleasant Monday evening. Sitting poolside were Sheriff John Anderson, Sheriff Jay Fisher, Del. Ken Oliver, Del. Vicki Almond, Frank Babusci, Arnold Cohen, Rex Smith, Clinton Buise, William Jernigan, Guss Moghadam, Russell Brannan, Frank Coakley, Maury Kafami, Rofman Spirt, Curtis Jones, Debbie Allen, members of the Morgan State University Board of Regents and Nicolas and Leah Abram. Martin’s staff, under the direction of Bill Fisher and Rodney Winkler, was superb.

“I’m getting married in the morning’! Ding-dong the bells are gonna chime. Pull out the stopper! Let’s have a whopper! But get me to the church on time!” My Fair Lady

The invitation asked us to join Jackie Robinson at her Upper Park Heights home for happy hour to celebrate her birthday. What a surprise when guests arrived and realized they were there to celebrate the marriage of Jackie and William Brown who had earlier in the afternoon been united in holy matrimony by Rev. Allen Robinson and witnessed by her dad Dr. H. B, Burrell and Katie Burrell..

“Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” Mary McLeod Bethune

On Sept. 19, 1963 Lonnie Spruill, Frank Coakley, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown Charles Gregory, Charles Briscoe, Michael Williams, Elias Dorsey, Albert Hicks and Barron Willis founded Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, an organization committed to service, on the campus of Morgan State University. Congratulations as you celebrate your 50th anniversary during a weeklong conclave in Baltimore Aug. 11, 2013.

“We’ve only just begun to live… white lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we’re on our way. … Sharing horizons that are new to us/ watching the signs along the way/ talking’ it over, just the two of us/ working’ together day to day…” The Carpenters

Happy first anniversary to Aja and Walter Hill III, happy anniversary Sarah and Eugene Smalley, happy 50th anniversary Elvard and Rita Cooper. It is amazing how time flies. Happy 21st anniversary to my daughter and son- in- law Lisa and Gregory Packer. I’m so blessed to have the best son-in-law in the world.

“We gonna celebrate and have a good time. It’s time to come together It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure” Kool & the Gang

Happy birthday President Barack Obama, Danise Smith, Judson Wood, Wesley Wood, Sharon Price-Walker, Little Daniel Henson, Brianna Henson and Mayor Jeffrey Slavin.

“She was only sixteen, only sixteen I loved her so but she was too young to fall in love and I was too young to know.” Sam Cooke

Rejai Hagar knows the sky is the limit when she hosted her sweet-sixteen birthday party at Paparazzi.

Bedazzled in sparkles she arrived in a limousine with bodyguards who escorted her down the red carpet where two hundred of her fans awaited her arrival including mom Marquida Gaskin and grandparents Richard and Demetrease Davis. This innovative 16-year-old solicited business owners to sponsor this special party.

“I’m looking here and there and I’m searching everywhere” Bobby Womack

The search is over. Chef Patrick and manager Tony are now at Pearls, 2578 Hollins Street, in an exciting new atmosphere serving great food to satisfy your discerning palate.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch