“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good things, therefore, that I can do, any good kindness that I can show a fellow being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellett

Proverbs 16:31“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” 

Charles “Chuck” Thomas stepped off the elevator at the Kappa Cultural Center on Eutaw Street and did a Fred Sanford when the guests yelled surprise. Family and friends came from North Carolina and Cleveland, and 40 relatives traveled from Pittsburgh to celebrate Chuck’s 90th birthday, hosted by Angela Gibson. Mitchell and Mitchell catered the party attended by Chuck’s sisters, Virginia Palmer and Marcella Duke; the Rev. George Winkfield; Judge Robert Bell; Sen. Nathaniel McFadden; Delegate Nathaniel Oaks; Delegate Sandy Rosenberg; Council President Bernard Young; Dan and Del Henson; Herb and Deanna Brown; Vernard and Yvonne Wynn; John and Freddie Ward; Ellen Howard; Dr. J. Laws Nickens; DeVera Redmond; Marvin and Lyn Irby; Roslyn Smith; Steve, Grace, Charlotte, and William Gibson; Michael May; Leon and Tina Brown; Doris Cole; Harry Peaker; and Robert Quarles.

Chuck, known for his sense of humor, willingness to help, and youthful demeanor, was hilarious when he jokingly chided the partygoers about the effects of a surprise party for a 90 year old. After the laughter and in an emotional speech he talked about his life and how he continues to respect his elders. We’re out of control laughing at that point, “What elders … who’s older than Chuck?” Not even Herb Brown his longtime friend … 

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

The year I celebrated July 4 in Hong Kong at Disney World and witnessed the most breathtaking fireworks, I considered one of my greatest holidays. After spending July 4 in Ocean City at Freddie Vaughn’s well-appointed oceanfront condominium, I must admit it was another good year.

The round robin parties started at the Ocean Pines home of Philadelphians Lou and Claudia Williams at Claudia’s all-white fish fry and BBQ birthday party. Guests arrived from Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia to attend this annual party. Guests Debbie Averette, Diane Steadman, Bishop Ronald Averette, Freddi Vaughn, Judge Joyce Mitchell, Benny and Audrey Gill, Mike and Myrna Cann, Gerald and Vonda Smith, Ernest and Brenda Wright, and Nelson and Etta Mayrant enjoyed the “summer breeze.” Nelson, a former drummer with the Stylistics set in with the band for an impromptu jam session.

“Now the tide is coming near I see the waves flowing out there on the ocean, I know my ship is coming in” K ‘Jon

The home sits on a canal and the highpoint of the party was Lou arriving in his boat singing Frankie Beverly’s “happy people” to Claudia. It must be that Philadelphia sound; we thought it was Frankie dressed in white.

Later that evening we joined Washington Post journalist Cheryl and Donald Washington of Silver Spring at their beautiful Ocean Pine home for dessert including designer cupcakes, pies, cakes, and assorted foods. Back at the condominium, we finished the evening sipping mojitos and enjoying fireworks along the beach.

Saturday Mike and Myrna Cann hosted a dinner party at their stunning Ocean Pines home serving stuffed shrimp, crab balls, jambalaya, chicken, BBQ, homemade sangria and more with round robin partygoers and newcomers Victor Green, Royce Lokeman, Pam Jackson, Lauren Cevis, and Canadian football league player Kenny Tate. 

“Moon River, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style someday” Henry Mancini

Sitting on the veranda at the Cann’s home, overlooking the bay, is reminiscent of New Orleans. As we watched the sunset I expected to see a steamboat come around the bend to interrupt the tranquility of the view.

“You know very well what you are; you’re my sugar cane, my chocolate star. I’ve had a few, but not that many, but you’re the only one that gives me good and plenty… juicy fruit yeah”! Mfume

Hometown author Nakia Robinson published her first novel “You Call That Love” in May 2013 and has written two additional books in the series, “Love Me Right” and “Love Will Never Do”. This talented wife and mother of three will release “All 4 Love” the fourth installment in August 2014 in time to complete your summer reading.

“Other friends have flown before; on the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before. Then the bird said, nevermore.” Edgar Allan Poe

Prayers for Deborah Peaks Coleman on the death of her brother-in-law Tracy Weaver, Robert Blount on the death of his uncle Solomon Grant, Dr. Nathan Fletcher on the death of his wife Dr. Alison Fletcher, Marcy Crump on the death of her father Ralph Matthews, and Beverly Glover on the death of her husband James Glover. 

“Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed we vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said” Al Jolson 

It’s your 53rd wedding anniversary Gloria “Tuttie and James “Peck” Bogan and happy 50th anniversary Mildred and James “Dickey” Harris.

Happy 238th birthday America!

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”Kahlil Gibran 

It’s your birthday! AFRO CEO and Publisher Jake Oliver, Cereta Spencer, Jacoby Jones, Gregory Williams, Everene Turner-Johnson, Gregory Hill, Thurman Pinder, Ariel Pulley, Brianna Henson, Dr. Marian Davis-Foster,AFRO Editor Dorothy Boulware, and happy 97th birthday Marguerite Harris.

Sending flowers to Jean Powell, James “Dickey” Harris, and William Tonkins, continue to recuperate.

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