Dr. Ruth Travis is being celebrated for the “Woman, the Word and her Work”. Her Pastoral celebration will be held at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue on Nov. 29 from 1-5 p.m. She received a B.S. in Physical education from Morgan State College; Master’s Degree of Education from West Chest University, Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore; her Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is Pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Baltimore. For ticket information, call 786-417- 4809 or email Charlotte Scruggs at char45665@aol. com.
Hello, my dear friends, I am back from my vacation of R&R. My Boo-Boo, Shorty and I went to Biloxi, Mississippi and stayed at the Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino for about 10 days, and we spent a day in New Orleans. We truly had a fun and restful get-away. It’s just what my doctor ordered. Now that I am well rested, I am ready to party and get back to work. I want to personally thank my friends, fans, musicians and readers for their phone calls checking on me while I was in the hospital, and after I got home; and the visits from my dear friends such as Phil Butts, Joe Hosea, Carlton & Darlene Douglass, Dr. Elaine Simon and her daughter Denise, Betty Allen & Michelle Brown just to name a few. Thanks for the beautiful cards from so many wishing me well and praying for me and the flowers I received from my Afro-American Newspaper family. I truly felt your love. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Okay, now that Thanksgiving is over and the leftover turkey is gone, the commercials have already started for the Christmas holiday. I had barley put the last fork of turkey in my mouth when I heard Christmas Carols on the radio and saw Santa Claus hanging out in front of the Department Stores. My birthday was on Thanksgiving Day and before I could cut my birthday cake, they were singing “Silent Night”. Terrible situation!
Elliott Levine Quartet will be performing at the Caton Castle, 20 S. Canton Ave. The event will be hosted by Left Bank Jazz Society President, Millie Battle on Nov. 29 from 6-10 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086.
Well, it is party time. My dear friend, Brian Hall of D.O.T. Entertainment is hosting a “40 & Older All Black Reunion” on Nov. 29 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Patapsco Arena. You really need to be at this one. Brian’s events have always been a lot of fun and very festive. The entertainment will include: Black Ivory, the Ebony’s, First Impressions, Comedy by Ms. Maybelle and hosted by Courtman. The guest host will be Sylvester of First Class, DJ Kenny D, DJ Unique and DJ Diamond will bring you the sounds from their turntable and the special honoree is fashion show star, Travis Winkey. It is Cabaret style, so BYOF & cash bar. For tickets information, call 410-929-1360. I will see you there with my two books to autograph for you.
Akyra Brown from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School recently received a scholarship award from the Big Sisters Club of Baltimore. She was an outstanding student and ranked fifth out of 253 students. She is currently attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., pursuing a career in music. Congratulations!
I am now planning for the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Gospel Prayer Breakfast Fundraiser, which has become very popular thru the years. I am looking for some down-home gospel singers, quartets and comedians for this event.
Speaking about the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, I would like to share this with you. As you know, on Oct. 26, I had my Award Banquet and Scholarship event where we gave 5 children scholarships. Four of the children attended, (which is required) and performed. The fifth child was represented by his mother because he had to travel out of town to start his classes. He is 15 years old and he won his scholarship by playing an upright double bass. So, today we received the following letter from this student:
Dear Ms. Pryor,
This is Matthew Scott, one of your participants and winners of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to play in front of your accomplished panel of judges and to receive such a generous scholarship. As you may know, I am currently attending Interlochen Fine Arts Academy, so I apologize that I was unable to attend the awards banquet. Oh how I wish that I could have been there to give my speech of gratitude in person. I also thank you because it would have been very hard to make it to Interlochen without this scholarship. I love this school, and I don’t know what I would have done if I was unable to go here. I have already improved so much from the amazing teaching that I have received here. I hope that I will be able to contribute to the fund as alumni of the scholarship in my later years. Please keep me in your prayers and I will do the same. Also please extend my appreciation to the judges and the scholarship selection committee as well.
Matthew J. Scott
Well, my dear friends, this is why I so enjoy doing this. Guess what? It is about that time. I got to go. But remember, if you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.