By Rosa Pryor
Hello everyone, how are you? If you are reading me now, I hope it’s in your home safe and healthy, if not, my prayers are with you. We want you to stay strong, follow the rules and please wear your mask if you leave home. I know it is not easy, I know, believe me! You know I am a street person roving around covering your events, now there are no events. My “Boo-Boo” and I watch television, cook, eat and play cards; so boring! But I have a lot of time working on my third book.
So many of our favorite places to go are closed due to the COVID-19 including the “Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar” which was scheduled to open last month. Many farmers, food vendors, artists and bazaar businesses remain open and accessible from the comfort and safety of home.
Speaking of closings, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have been canceled. The COVID-19 pandemic may continue to evolve unpredictably and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, they announced that both the 2020 Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals will be canceled this summer.
The Avenue Bakery and I have canceled our outdoor Jazz Series shows that were scheduled for May 2 with the James Dow Band and June 6 with the Phil Butts Band because of the COVID-19. We are not sure of our dates for the July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 shows at this time.
Ralph Magwood, local musician says, “The COVID-19 virus has caused us to stay at home to protect ourselves and others from its deadly grip. It is my hope that all is well with you and your loved ones. We don’t know how long this is going to last, but we will make it through. Let’s use this time to do things that we have longed to do and just haven’t”. Since Magwood can’t get out and perform his music live, he has decided to take his music ministry online. He has spent 60 years of his life performing and creating music with the sole purpose of uplifting, motivating or inspiring people from all walks of life. Now he wants to share it with you. He invites you to subscribe by going to email@example.com. Get discounted products from his collection from his “What’s Trending Newsletter”.
Gabrielle Zollner, representing “Big Cork Vineyards is reaching about a creative way to have some fun with your Mom this Mother’s Day whether you’re able to be together in the same room or are miles apart. Big Cork Vineyards will be hosting a Mother’s Day themed virtual wine cocktail tasting on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. You will learn how to make three delicious cocktails featuring Big Cork wines on www.bigcorkvineyards.com.
What does “social distancing” mean?
You must avoid gatherings, sleep- over’s, play dates, concerts, theatre outings, athletic events, crowded retail stores and malls, workouts at the gym; visitors in your house, non-essential workers in your house and Mass Transit Systems. But it is safe to take a walk, go for a hike, yard work, play in your yard, clean out a closet, read a good book, listen to music, cook a meal, go for a drive, group video chats, stream a favorite show or check on a friend. Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.
So my friend, it is what it is. Let’s get through this terrible time by wearing your mask and staying safe. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.