RAMBLING ROSE


Hello my dear friend, yes, spring is here! Let us start with the "Spring Fling Cabaret" the dynamic "Meritocrats" are hosting 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. April 5 at the Pikesville Community Center, 40 E. Sudbrook Ln., Pikesville. The event is BYOB with complimentary beverage chasers, chips, cups and ice. For ticket information, call 202-538-7831.

The Ravens Roost #79 presents the "5th Annual Jeans & Jerseys Jam, (Cabaret Style) and Soul Food Cook-Off" from 5-9 p.m. Sunday at the Diamondz Events, 9980 Liberty Rd., Randallstown, Md. You can load your table with your favorite dishes in your picnic baskets to share with others. There will be free set-ups and DJ music. Support your favorite sports team. For more information, call 443-286-7418 or 443-794-7395.

The Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be at the Reginald Lewis Museum 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 5 showcasing their research. Dr. Donna Hollie's portion of the exhibit is entitled "Notable Maryland Women," and features genealogies of the following: Shirley Evans, dean of academic affairs, Sojourner-Douglass College; Rosa Pryor "Rambling Rose" Trusty, columnist for the Afro-American Newspapers and the Baltimore Times, and author of two books on Baltimore's entertainment community; and Patricia L. Schmoke, Baltimore ophthalmologist. Following the exhibit two noted genealogists and historians will speak on their research in Alexandria, Va. and the Winston Triangle area of Eastern North Carolina. For more information, call 410-358-9875.

Baltimore Islanders Steel Band will perform throughout the morning of the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar reopening starting at 7 a.m. April 6. The Baltimore Farmers' Market is located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway.

The Meritocrats Founder's Day Event marks over 50 years of service and enjoyment to the community, by an elite social organization of distinguished men. To celebrate they are sponsoring their "Spring Fling Cabaret from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. April 5 at the Pikesville Community Center, 40 E. Sudbrook Ln., Pikesville, MD. For more information, call 202-538-7831.

Before I go any further about our springtime events, I want to congratulate Brian Hall and his D.O.T. Entertainment for a fantastic event at the Patapsco Arena on March 30. This was the first of its kind produced by Brian, and I give him two thumbs up. As a professional promoter, I take my hat off to him. It was well attended and well organized. The hospitality was admirable. The program went smoothly, as did giving out the awards to the local "Unsung Heroes in Music." I was truly impressed. WELL DONE, Brian, WELL DONE!

My goodness gracious! There is another cabaret for the grand opening of spring. J.C. Production will host will host a Spring Dance Cabaret Show April 5th showcasing live groups including, "Very Smooth and Personal", "De Sire", "Class", "Unity", "The Nirvine Jazz Band", "Ms. Val"; "Ms. Cookie", "Big Al", "Ms. Sonja", "Ice Man" and many more. I must admit, I have never heard of most of these groups, but that does not mean that they are not good and cannot give you an entertaining evening. It is Cabaret style, so bring your own bottle, cocktail, food, and goodies. This event is being held 7 p.m. at The Gentlemen Ten, 2135 Edmondson Ave. For more information, call Mr. Chambers at 410-944-8944 or "Big Al" at 443-802-7404.

There is one more thing I want to tell you. Dr. Joanne Martin of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is leading the effort to raise several million dollars to renovate and expand the museum to cover the entire south side of the 1600 block of E. North Avenue. In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the African-American Tourism Council of Maryland is requesting your support. They are asking each of you to send a $33.00 donation, which will cover the cost of one of the two hundred new chairs for the Alberta Cason Reception Room on the second floor of the museum. All donation will be recognized during a special "Chair Unveiling Ceremony," and much more. Please make donation payable to: N.G.B.I. W. M., 1601 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21213, Attn: Dr. Martin and put "A.A. Chair" in the memo line of your check. For more information, call 443-983-7974.

Well, again my dear friend, it is about that time. I have to go, but if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I'M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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