By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

BMA Adds a Lexington Market Branch

Hey y’all, my lands of mercy! So much is going on in Baltimore that is nothing but some summer fun. I sure hope that your 4th of July holiday was as special as you wanted it to be. Hoping you had a lot of fun, being happy and safe for you and your family. Okay let’s talk!

The BMA (Baltimore Museum of Art) has added a branch to the world famous Lexington Market. It is located near the arcade in the East Market.

Honey Child! Did you hear about the BMA now has a branch at the downtown, world famous Lexington Market? Well if you heard it let me tell you it is true. I myself think it is a great idea. It opened last week and it will host a variety of art programs and collaborative activities. It will showcase photography created by youth at the Greenmount West Community Center who worked with New Orleans-based artist Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick.

Children of all ages will also enjoy the BMA Lexington Market location with arts, history, videos and stories they can relate to.

Hey, I know you don’t know these people, I don’t either, but I thought it was important that I mentioned their names. I know they are famous artists. They sound important. Well anyway the branch is located near the arcade in the East Market. It will have regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and it is FREE FOLKS! Check it out! I will meet you there and bring the children.

The DipNic Festival is one of my favorite places to go every year and it gets bigger and more fantastic each year. This is a festival for 21 and over, no children are allowed

Charles “Rudy” Faison, the founder and CEO of the Faisonian Club and the DipNic Festival, which kicks off July 13, from noon to 8 p.m. (strictly adults only) at the Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, Maryland.

because this is grown folks time to set back, relax, dance, eat and have fun without running around behind little ones. Check this out! It is July 13, from noon until 8 p.m., at the Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, Maryland. It is an outdoor event with acres and acres of land. Now listen to me, rain orshine the event will happen, there is an indoor pavilion too, just in case, but this is a place where you BYOB, bring your own grill, canopy, tents, charcoal, lighter fluid, picnic basket, swimwear, your complete outdoor camping gear with folding chairs and tables, sun umbrella, your deck of cards and a smile on yourface. For more information, call 443- 801-1100.

Earlene Reed Harvey, well-known singing artist passed away June 27. Earlene first made her jazz debut on Pennsylvania Ave., with Baltimore’s own legendary Fuzzy Kane Trio. In 1978, James “Biddy” Wood became her manager and Harvey became a solo performer at the Sphinx Club until it closed in 1992. Rest in peace my friend.

Look folks, I have to go now, but before I do I want to send condolences to another dear friend of mine and yours from back in the day, Alma Tucker, who was known for cooking some damn good soul food at the different clubs around Baltimore. She passed away last month. Her funeral was June 20th at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church. It was her favorite spot to hang out until she got ill was at the Odyssey Club on Presstman Street with “Chilly” who still owns and operates the club today. Condolences to her family.

Well, my friends it is about that time, I am out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410- 833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.