By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO
Merry Christmas everyone, happy holidays to you and your family from me and “Boo-Boo!” I pray that your holidays and the days to come in 2020 will be happy, safe and blessed.
I want to thank you all who supported or came to our “Jazz Expressways Foundation, “Christmas/Scholarship Jazz & Blues Breakfast.” Because of you we had a sold out successful event and we, the organization, presented two children scholarships of a total of $1,000. I especially want to thank Carl Beasley friends of almost 40 guests who came to support us even though Beasley was in the hospital, I want to give special thanks to Jake Oliver from the Afro Newspaper and his fiancé Ms. Armstrong for being there.
Thank you Mildred Battle guests for being there also for supporting her while she is in the hospital. We send our prayers to both of these individuals that they get well soon and know that we love you. Thanks to all who participated in making our event the best of them all. We will see you in March 2020 for the next one.
As usual, there are a lot going on during this time of the year. Places to go, people to see, things to do. Hitch a ride with me on my “Rosemobile” and have some fun. First we will stop off at “Gents on the Move” hosting their Pre-Christmas Celebration Dinner & Dance.” This will be Old school affairs with a touch of class on Dec. 21 from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Ave. in Baltimore. We are all dressed up in our “after five attire.” After spending a couple of hours there, we will head over to another Christmas event also on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 125 York Rd. in Towson. Music by Jammon Jess Productions and this one is BYOB and BYOF cabaret style and they too have free set-ups. Give precious a call at 443-867-7149.
After we party on Friday and Saturday this week, I thought we should ride over to Hampden in Baltimore and check out the lights at Miracle on 34th Street. My “Boo-Boo” and I drive over there every year to see how the residents of Baltimore’s 34 Street in Hampden turn their neighborhood into the city’s best display of Christmas spirit every year. The Miracle on 34th Street lights up the block between Keswick Road and Chestnut Street with traditional Christmas decorations and creative odes to Baltimore culture.
The month-long celebration draws people from around the city and state. Longtime 34th Street residents Bob and Darlene Hosier started the tradition, which continues to grow. Some beloved displays appear every winter, while other residents try new themes and styles each year. Some of my favorite houses are “The Dog House”, the “Hubcap Christmas Tree” the “Peace House” and the “Haunted House.” Every year, this one block of 34th Street in the neighborhood of Hampden puts on a Christmas display like no other. At 720 West 34th St., you’ll find inflatable decorations spilling out of porches, candy canes lining the sidewalks, musical trains circling overhead, and lots of Christmas lights. The display is here until January 1. You got to check it out!
Okay my dear friends, I am out of space, I got to go, but before I do, I truly want to wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! We will see you in the New Year. Thanks for all your love and support for me “Rambling Rose” in 2019! Don’t forget if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] You can send me your press releases to: 214 ConewoodAve., Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.