Hello everyone! I am just getting back from my vacation. My cruise was wonderful, thank you for asking. But I was ready to get back to work. The first thing I saw when I returned was that 2 friends have passed away. TERRIBLE SITUATION! Byron of the Softones and John, the former owner of John’s Bar. To the family of each individual; you have my deepest condolences for the loss of your love one. We share your sorrow. I want to share that because I am most sure that many of you knew these two wonderful people and did not know they had passed away.

Recently I received a book from a gentleman named, Bill Hennick, that was written by his daughter, Rachel. I became interested in the book because thru our conversation, I discovered it was about Baltimore in its heydays and her father who was a Baltimore city firefighter and paramedic. It is a heart-warming story how her father in 1945 almost lost his life in a fire, burned from head to toe when he was a little boy and but survived and later became a firefighter in the two-story red brick station, Engine 52 or E-52, that stood at 3235 Woodbrook Avenue. The book talks about the race riots in the sixties, the history of Mondawmin Mall; old Provident Hospital; Bolton Hill, Pennsylvania Avenue, Park Heights Avenue; east side and west Baltimore how, as a firefighter,  what he experienced in handling life and death in the community. I found this book to be filled with very passionate, but true, stories as seen through the eyes of a dedicated firefighter and medic. I give this book two thumbs up. To learn more at about the book and the author, go to http://www.rachelhennick.com/.

Here lately, the folks at the Arch Social Club on the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues are showing off; they are jumping up and down doing the “James Brown” with a lot of activities and entertainment. I am so proud of them. Phil Butts’ Big Band is rehearsing every second and fourth  Tuesday of every month from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and the public is invited to watch and enjoy. On Nov. 18 from 6-9, Larry Washington will present a Thanksgiving show at the club featuring Nevitta and Ron Pinder. Tickets include a Thanksgiving dinner as well. For more information, call 410-230-4634.  Every Sunday, except when there are special shows, Judson Hughes plays “Old School, Back in the Day” music for your pleasures while you relax with a cocktail and socialize from 5-9 p.m.  It’s free.

The Poets Athletic Club is still celebrating their “Poets Week” at 918 E. North Avenue with Karaoke on Friday night and the “Class Reunion Cabaret” at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Saturday. For more information, call Carl Beasley at 410-916-2605.

Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings, Baltimore’s renowned blues recording artists and his band will perform at Chef Mac’s and All That Blues, 4709 Harford Road in Baltimore. The buffet dinner is to die for, which is included with your cover charge. Call 410-319-6227.


Put your shouting shoes on for the big anniversary celebration of Larry Goodwin and the Devine Shepherds. The program includes Kenny Davis and the Melodyaires; United Boyd Gospel Singers, The Extension of Faith, CC Carroll Male Chorus; Minister Joyce Freeland, Soloist and many more at the Empowering Believers Church, 7566 E. Howard Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland on Saturday, November 17 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Goodwin at 410-977-8864.

Manifest Wonders Christian Center, 3600 Edmondson Avenue and Pastor, Elder Lee Michaels invite you to their free Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings for 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. A pre-Thanksgiving Service immediately follows dinner.

Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring a Bull Roast and Shrimp Feast on Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m.-12 mid-night at Rosedale Gardens, 8037 Philadelphia Road. For more information, call 410-866-2598.

First Apostolic Faith Gospel Tabernacle Church, 206 Balnew Avenue in Turner Station, Md., invites you to the “Annual Youth Celebration” on Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The guest speaker is Minister Jonathan Finger from The Way Back to Pentecost Church of Washington, D.C.

Wear your Ravens gear to the youth and young adults. The Ravens vs. the Steelers “Viewing Party” at St. Phillips Baptist Church, 2136 Woodlawn Drive, 8 p.m. on Nov. 18. Enjoy game food and fellowship.

Bazil A.M.E. Church and Pastor Rev. Benita Keene invite you to a Pre-Thanksgiving Day Service at 3 p.m., Nov. 18 at Gethsemane A.M.E. Church, 3702 Rogers Avenue. The guest speaker is Rev. Dr. James Harrison Bryant of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church.

It is Men’s Choir Anniversary Day at Jesus is Our Rock Ministries, 5521 Gist Avenue on Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. enjoy the music of “Rebirth” and other musical guests.

Your “Thanksgiving Day Feast” is free at Mt. Hebron Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2231 W. North Avenue. Join them and bring a friend for dinner on Nov. 21, 2-6 p.m.

Well my dear friends, I am out of space, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.


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