Hello, my dear friends. I just want to let you know that on Feb. 14 I celebrated 18 years as the entertainment columnist with the Afro-American Newspaper. My tenure began when the renowned Anthony McCarthy, now a WEAA 88.9 FM radio talk show personality, was the editor.

I am so excited, proud and honored that publisher Jake Oliver asked me 18 years ago to share my “Rambling Rose” column with the paper and allowed me to continue to talk to you, my fans, and the Maryland community about what is going on in the Baltimore entertainment world. Thank you Jake, I appreciate you and all who are involved to keep my columns going from week to week. My God! I can’t believe it has been so long. But I love every minute of it.

Now, about this white stuff we had last week, all I want to say is “snow, snow go away, please go away and come back another year.” I am praying it is a done deal—I believe we have had our share for the winter. “Enough is enough!

The weather has not stopped our people from planning special events for Black History Month. A lot is going on. Four of the baddest saxophonists on the East Coast, Craig Alston, Ron Pender, Tim Green and Mark Gross are performing at The Grand, located at 225 N. Charles Street on Sunday, Feb. 23. The performance also features the John Lamkin Quintet with Warren Wolf on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass, John Lamkin III on drums and John Lamkin on trumpet. There will be many vendors selling all kinds of merchandise, and yours truly is doing a book signing for my new book. Show time is 4 to 7 p.m. Food and cocktails will be on sale. I will see you there!

The Corinthian Restaurant and Lounge at 7107 Windsor Mill Road is hosting an event called “Memories of Motown and Soul Revue” on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. featuring “The Winstons,” known for their hit song “Color Him Father”. For more information, call 410-265-7078.

Black History Month is also the NAACP’s 100thAnniversary. The civil rights group will celebrate the anniversary with performances by the New Psalmist Baptist Church Fine Arts Ministry and the Community Dancers of Dance Baltimore, on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, located at 830 E. Pratt Street. For more information, call 443-263-1800.

Well, my friends I am out of space, but before I leave, I want you to mark your calendar for Thursday, March 6. My group “Signature Live!” a Motown, R&B, and Oldies but Goodies group from the Washington, D.C. area will perform at Maceo’s Lounge.

Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Until the next, I’m musically yours.