By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

Hello everyone, Happy holidays to you and your family. We have so much to be grateful for no matter what! As usual, there is a lot going on in our community doing this time of the year, I am only talking about the happy, fun and positive things, none of the native stuff! Turn on some music, fix yourself your favorite beverage, weather it is a cup of coffee, tea or a cocktail and enjoy. Look folks, I just celebrated my 75th birthday on Nov. 27 and I truly feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to talk to you every other week in this paper with my own column for the past 23 years and be able to tell you what is going on in the local entertainment here in the Baltimore/Metropolitan area to tell you about our community folks and their accomplishments as well as about the local musicians, keeping you up to date about their gigs, and when they need your prayers in hardship, sickness and death.

Baxter “Peanut” Rudolph Jones, well known in his circle as well as the brother of the late “Liddy” Jones, his line-dancing routine with his walking cane; and a member of Prince Hall Mason Jerusalem Temple #4 passed away quietly in his sleep from a massive heart-attack on Monday, November 18th. Howell Funeral Home on Liberty Heights Avenue had his body. Condolences to his family.

I am blessed to have fans and readers like you to keep my column “Rambling Rose” the most popular entertainment columnist in Baltimore. Writing for the Afro American Newspaper and the Baltimore Times has been one of the joys in my life for the past 33 years. Thank you for reading me through all these years and hopefully you will continue. Now I want to talk to you about some interesting place to go over the holidays and enjoy the life God has giving you in a positive way.  

NEA Jazz Master, 10 time Grammy Award Winner and iconic Latin Jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer Eddie Palmieri begins an historic two-week residency at Keystone Korner Baltimore from Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 15th when he celebrates his 83rd birthday on stage performing with is Afro-Caribbean Sextet

One of favorite places to go doing this time of the year, especially in December is the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar celebrates the holidays every Sunday with their Holiday Art Expo now through Sunday, December 22 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Expo highlights bazaar vendors who offer handmade, vintage and custom gifts for the holidays. They also offer shoppers free gift wrapping of their purchase from the bazaar at the “That’s a Wrap” complimentary gift wrapping station, plus farmers’ market vendors have decorative greenery, Christmas trees and wreaths perfect for your holiday furnishings. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is located underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga Streets. I think you should check it out. I promise if you have never gone before, you should go; it is a real treat and a lot of fun and it is free!

100 Black Men of Maryland want you to join them at their Holiday Event Fundraiser on Sunday, December 8th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road. Take a new Toy. For more information, call 410-664-6726 or 410-997-0831.

This one is for my Christian and Spiritual folks for people who just like to read. The 2019 Christian Writer’s Literary Festival is coming Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at “The Garage,” 6 E. Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore free admission. This event offers the opportunity for Christian authors to share their expertise, testimony and writing ministry in a setting that encourages and inspires Christian writers and Christian book lovers.  Authors who participate have the opportunities to sell their books and/or products and participate in select panel discussions based on their expertise and or book ministry. The Christian Authors Festival have the following types of book vendors: Children’s books, Christian-themed Youth and Young Adult books, Christian fiction, Christian Romance, Christian Historical, Non-fiction, Christian Poetry, Leadership, Discipleship, Prayer Journals, Devotionals, Study Guides, and Christian-themed Anthologies, Christian publishers and magazine publishers are also on the menu.

Ebban & Ephraim Dorsey will receive scholarships from the Jazz Expressways Foundation, Inc. at their Blues & Jazz Breakfast Show Fundraiser on Saturday, December 14th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Avenue. For more information, call 410-323-7295.

I want to end my column by saying that our dear friend and a friend to many, many of you; Mildred Battle is very ill and was admitted into University Hospital on Green Street on Thanksgiving night. Please keep her in your prayers, send a card, note or visit to let her know you care.

On that note, I must go, I am out of space, but remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com or you can even send me your information through mail at 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. Please DO NOT send me information through Facebook. I will not get it. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, BE SAFE, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.