Hello, hello to all my readers, fans and supporters, I am having a ball. I just love this weather. I’m talking about no snow, no icy roads, no winter clothes, Mannnnnnnnn! Instead, all we need is shorts, tank tops, sandals, swim suits, sun glasses and suntan lotion. I tell you my friends, this is the life. All we need to add to this is to be kind to each other; remember to do unto others as you would have them do to you. The crimes in our communities are trying to take the fun out of God’s beautiful creation; it is a terrible situation.

The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for talented and/or gifted residents of Maryland, ages 5 to 17, who can sing or play an instrument. The funds can be used to pay for music lessons or to purchase or rent musical instruments. It also can be used to pay tuition to School of the Arts or other schools. During the auditions, which is held in late August, applicants will perform before a panel of judges who consider the following criteria: Vocalists: voice quality, technique/skill, diction, stage presence; Instrumentalists: technique/skill, tone quality, stage presence. Judges will also consider each applicant’s potential for growth from additional training or from having an instrument on which to practice. To apply, submit an application and a non-returnable photograph via mail (applications/photographs submitted via e-mail are not acceptable). Those selected to receive scholarships must appear at our press reception in September and perform at our annual Black & Gold Ball and Banquet in October. Applications can be downloaded at our website, www.rosapryormusic.com. The deadline for submitting applications is July 31, 2011. Please contact Dr. Donna T. Hollie if you would like additional information. She can be reached at 410-358-9875.

The BMA presents “Jazz in the sculpture Garden Concerts” with music and art in perfect harmony for the month of July. On July 23, the Dave Stryker Organ Quintet will perform at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Which is located on Art Museum Drive at Charles and 31st streets. David Stryker is “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” according to the Village Voice. Stryker honed his skills while playing with legendary saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine at major festivals, concert, halls, and clubs throughout the world. Now he leads his own quintet to a perfect blend of inventive melody and rhythmic drive. I have seen Stryker many times at different venues, and I must say, “He’s damn good!” For more information, call 443-573-1701.

By the time you read this, my Boo-Boo and I will be on the road heading to Tunica, Miss. I will see you in a couple of weeks. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at rosapryor@aol.com. You can also read “Rambling Rose” online at www.afro.com. Read me and leave a comment.