“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  John Donne

The city of Cambridge, Md. and Mace’s Lane High School are celebrating Ailene and Howard Seymore’ s son Tyrone Seymore, a 1988 Delaware State College Athletic Hall of Famer for his performance in basketball and tennis, returning to Delaware State to receive the impressive ring symbolic of his induction into the Hall of Fame.  A founding father of Delaware State’s Groove Phi Groove Fraternity he received honors for the chapter’s 50 years at Delaware State. Tyrone, a member of the Baltimore Old Timers Basketball League, Maryland Jaycees, past Grand Exalted Ruler of Protective Order of Elks of the World, East Lodge #1043, and member of the Masonic Lodge-Enterprise #3 was a professional basketball player auditioning with the Baltimore Bullets. Tyrone, a retired Baltimore City school teacher, father of five and grandfather of 13 has received many honors and accolades over the years, always accompanied by his wife Agnes.

“Sweet bitter love” it was bittersweet returning to Delaware State to receive the ring from his beloved Alma Mater because his wife and cheerleader for 42 years had  died of cancer in November.  A devout Christian, he accepted his ring with dignity and humility but in true Tyrone fashion, he refused to wear the ring until his pastor Dr. Lena Dennis blessed it on Sunday.

“summer summer summertime time to sit back and unwind” DJ Jazzy & Fresh Prince

“Sitting on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away” in South Baltimore is Nick’s Fish House, a long kept secret nestled below the Hanover Street bridge. We visited this isolated seafood house when Tony left Cross Street market to open this fish house and Ed Rodgers became the chef. What was a secret is “nevermore” this “secret garden” is the perfect spot to sit on the deck along the water’s edge eating steamed crabs as the band performs island music.

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the beauty of the city of Baltimore and the magical spots located on the water. For a relaxing evening check out Wit and Wisdom’s patio at the Four Seasons Hotel; the view of the harbor is stunning.

Charles Faison’s 28th DipNic at Elks Barrett Park in Crownsville was once again the in spot to be seen and heard. Snookie and Slagz Band had the people dancing in the pool as they performed Happy and Purple Rain.  The impromptu conga line wrapped around the park as guests jammed to the Faisionian Club theme song “going to a dipnic.”

There’s jazz on the Avenue in the courtyard of the Avenue Bakery August 2 to support the Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation in an effort to rebuild the Royal Theatre “One Brick @ time!” For more information www.theavenuebakery.com,

“Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary, anniversary” Tony Toni Tone

Happy Anniversary to Aja and Walter Hill III, Carroll and Sheila Bennett, Henrietta and Roy Scott and Jeanette and Bobby Lloyd.

“I want someone who can make me laugh and just be normal and understand my lifestyle and how I wanna live it.” Selena Gomez

The bride and groom wore white and so did the guests of Mildred and James “Dickey” Harris as they celebrated their 50th anniversary at their plush Ashburton home.  Over 150 guests sat under the beautiful white steeple tents enjoying fine cuisine and butler service prepared by Josie and Tom of Ridgley Caterers. Among the guests sharing in the festivities wereAndrea Amprey, Blanche and Paul Beckham Jimmy and Marguerite Walker, Dr. Samuel and Lucretia Billups, Portia Harris, Hon. Yvonne Holt-Stone, Gwendolyn and Nathaniel Trader, Dr. James Haynes, Ret. Col. Kenneth and Bobbi Polston, Scarlet Dawson, Cordell and Deleanor Boone, Vernon and Sharon White, Dr. Donald and Joanne Parker, Russell and Ernestine Jolivet, Bonnie Erickson and Ralph and Brenda Wright.

“The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.” Alfred Tonnelle

The above quote speaks volumes of The Art of Patrick McGuire’s opening exhibit at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum attended by  nationally known artist Larry “Poncho” Brown, Linda Tucker, Ed Towles, Kylis and Julia Winborne, Adam McGuire, Amy Skilts, Araceli, Dr. Katherine Wagner, Joseph Ford, Shirley Basfield Dunlap and many other artists supporting this great sculptor.

“As an artist it is important to respond to an idea as it comes to light” Patrick McGuire

Museum curator Marsha Jews and Patrick’s wife gave an introduction about the sculptor and his passion for the exhibit titled “Water Wind Sky Rain.” Patrick was working on sculptors relating to Ireland’s history when he noticed the various shapes of the discarded woodcuttings. After arranging and rearranging the wood pieces the exhibit was born.

Derrick Compton love’s for connecting people through parties and events comes natural being the son of the late Sir Johnny O the original party promoter. Join Derrick Aug. 17 at the Doubletree Hilton in Pikesville for a Classy Happy Hour for the 40 plus crowd. Call 443-449-3392 for tickets.

Happy Birthday Sharon Walker Price, Joslyn Alexander and Richard McClearn.

“May the work I’ve done speak for me” Rest in peace, Arnold Jolivet. Maryland’s loss is heaven’s gain. 1942-2014 A lute Continua (the struggle continues)