“Love life, engage in it, give it all you've got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” Maya Angelou

“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” James Dean

Reggie Pinder’s 60th birthday celebration officially kicked off the summer parties. We arrived at their palatial home for an evening of jazz and BBQ which always makes for a good party. “In the still of the night” the guests enjoyed the tranquil evening surrounded by tall shade trees and the sounds of jazz breezing through the leaves, much like a “night in Tunisia.” As the sunset and the stars started twinkling, sixty chocolate and vanilla cupcakes each with a single candle were given to us as we sang happy birthday led by songbird Linda Cornish.

Ain’t no party like an old school party cause…

Sharon and Reggie sure know how to throw a party; as the jazz ended we entered the lower level for an old school party that was out of this world. Talking about sweating to the oldies; oh how we danced. We did everything but the split, from the funky chicken, the jerk and oh yeah can’t forget the mashed potato and then we threw in some line dances. In observing Reggie’s City College classmates at the party, Club 60 is growing.  Welcome to the club my friend.

“Summertime and the living is easy” The Seafarers Yacht Club opened their boating season with a flag raising ceremony and morning worship service in Annapolis. The magnificent blue cloudless sky beamed over the yacht owners as they cruised the Annapolis harbor.

“On a clear day” Captain HB & Katie Burrell had more than thirty guests aboard the Monoponson II “cruisin” the still waters of the Annapolis harbor. Imagine the surprise when the yachts entered ego alley led by Captain Burrell; as they waved at the diners on the deck at the Marriott they soon noticed that one of the people waving back was none other than me. “Sitting on the dock of the bay” I left Baltimore too late to board so I decided to be at the pier when they cruised into Annapolis. I must say my chest swelled when I saw the look of wonderment on the faces of the diners watching the fine-looking yachts come into the harbor captained by African Americans. Later we dined and sipped champagne hopping from yacht to yacht. You know I can get used to this “easy living.” The Seafarers are hosting a fishing tournament, call Captain Burrell at 301-249-5279 if interested.

“Some enchanted evening” Timbers at Troy golf course in Ellicott City was an ideal location to host a jazz happy hour under the stars between the 10th hole and the clubhouse. Golf pro Binx Watts was elated when he saw his golfing friends come out to support him. The aroma of the beef and turkey on the pit in front of the club house had us salivating.  Kevin Smith the general manager was working the pit.   The club menu has a great selection of food and drink specials. The next jazz event is Thursday June 24. This time I will play a couple rounds of golf before relaxing under the stars. While there I had an a-ha moment. It never dawned on me that I was a senior until I saw a sign for women 60 years and up to join the senior golf league. Then I realized seniors start at 55 so I have missed 5 years of not receiving senior discounts.  Others enjoying a wonderful evening were Gilbert and LaVerne Holland, Trevette Hord, Muriel Kelly, Yvonne Watts, Grace White and Marsha Jews.

Psalm 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Join The Church of St. Mary the Virgin Saturday June 19th for their annual Father’s day Jazz Fest & Art show featuring jazz group Jump Street and artists Ambre, Frank Palmer and Moriah. Call 410 363-2633 for tickets.

“Here comes the Judge” Congratulations to the Honorable Jan Alexander on his promotion to the Circuit Court of Baltimore County.  Sunday Jan and, Judges Bailey, Brobst and Nagle were hosted at a lovely garden party at the Hernwood home of attorney Gerald & Susie Smith.  The gorgeous weather, the well manicured lawn and the delicious food catered by Stanley Duke made this a picture perfect day. Jan was appointed to the circuit court two weeks ago but now will have to run in the upcoming election to retain the seat.  Guests in attendance were Russell & Ruth Cromartie, Dr. Phil & Paula Byrd, Dr. Guy & Gladys Bragg, Ted & Mabel Murray, Ella White Campbell, Faye Burnett, Jean Sr. & Carolyn Fugett, Tony & Deloris Council, Drew Bailey, Valerie Richardson and Lee Fitzpatrick.

Celebration time!! Happy 75th  birthday Charles “Charm City Charlie” Stewart! Happy birthday Barbara Drake, Jackie Robinson, Pauline Hutchins, Mattie Holman, Mike Thomas and a special birthday wish to Prince who turned 52.

Prayers and condolences to the family of Allan Tibbells, longtime Sandtown resident and community leader and to Dr. Estella Ingram Levy on the death of her sister Sallie Mae Ingram-Anderson

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

“Go ahead and make my day” Dirty Harry

Today do a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know. You’ll feel good and they will feel great.  I like to pay the toll of the car behind me, what’s yours?

Celebrating the graduates.  Send your graduate’s name and school to vfraling@afro.com

I’ll be there

Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch