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Living for the Weekend
Originally published July 03, 2012

Living for the Weekend

by Valerie Fraling

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“I hope that my achievements in life shall be these; that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered and that I will have given help to those who were in need, that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.” C. Hoppe

Living for the Weekend salutes our 2012 graduates and their parents.

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done; and to the C students, I say you, too, may one day be president of the United States." George W. Bush

Proud parents Dr. Larry & Barbara Zerolnick’s son, McDonough graduate Matt Zerolnick, is heading south to Wake Forest University,

Tequila Sunset’s Libby Harris is excited that granddaughter, Notre Dame graduate Maria Jefferson will be a nurse at University Hospital; mom is Elise McDowell.

New Town’s varsity soccer, cheerleader and graduate Kendyl Curry, daughter of Marc and Kay James Curry, is spending the summer at Hampton University where she will be a freshman in the fall.

My niece Brittany Pritchett, daughter of Clarissa & Nathaniel Pritchett, a Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate.

Mom Dionne Dorsey is glowing, son Shaquille Horsey has graduated from Woodlawn High School

Blink Pink founder Sarita Murray, is radiant that daughter Amanda Murray has graduated from University of Southern California-Gould School of Law. Amanda won best orals during the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition.

Finally, after a whirlwind of graduation parties, the Packer’s household is back to normal. Lisa & Greg hosted a reception for the parents of graduating seniors from Virginia’s South County High School; then graduate Gregory hosted a party for his classmates on the last day of school. “Raindrops keep falling on my head” The spirit of the outdoor party of 150 students was not dampened by the rain as they descended inside for games and dancing. The final party for family and friends was on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon as guests travelled from Maryland, Washington, Virginia and the Carolinas to celebrate Gregory’s graduation.

Famous Dave’s catered the party and the food was scrumptious, BBQ chicken, spareribs, beef brisket, with all the trimmings, (I don’t eat commercial potato salad but Famous Dave’s was awesome, the brisket you could cut with a fork.) The dessert table overflowed with cookies, cupcakes, carrot cake, coconut cake, fruit, and Lisa’s pineapple upside down cake and more, had guests wondering if they could eat another bite.

Guests travelling from Maryland to celebrate with Gregory were Paula Johnson Branch, Dr. Marie Washington, Laura Knight, Sandi Aldridge, Shirley Richmond, Jean Powell, Jai Matthews, Sadie Smalley, Sheilah Davenport, General Kip & Joyce Ward and Dr. Thelma Daley.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock

Cambridge Mayor Victoria Stanley- Jackson and our host Tyrone Seymore welcomed “The Wednesday Philosophy Faction, Golfers, Bowlers & Special Friends” to Cambridge’s Great Marsh Park to kick off our official Wednesday summertime parties. Forty of us travelled across the Bay Bridge to enjoy the Eastern Shore hospitality. What a tranquil day “sitting in the park” along the Choptank River, eating crabs while enjoying the view.

“People” were everywhere, abandoning their regular Friday haunts for the grand opening of Phaze 10 on Antique Row. Owners John Carter, Bill Hudson, and Tony Randall were prominent throughout the venue greeting guests. Happy hour drinks and appetizer specialties, catfish, burgers, crab dip, wings and live jazz on Friday with valet parking will make this a hot summer spot. Don’t want to drive “downtown” the light rail stops at the door.

“I judge a restaurant by the bread and by the coffee.”
Burt Lancaster
Mastoris Restaurant in Bordenton NJ is a pleasant place for Italian food. The chicken parmigian was delicious with humongous portions; we laughed when the staff automatically brought us carry out trays and huge homemade cinnamon rolls to take home. If you plan a trip this is an ideal stop that caters to buses. We were travelling in a bus donated by the University of Maryland’s athletic department with the school’s logo outside. When we arrived, restaurant patrons started snapping pictures. We wondered if they thought we were the women’s championship team. That image was squelched as we slowly descended from the bus to a group of cheering Maryland Alumnus living in New Jersey.

“Celebration time come on!” Jackie Robinson celebrated her birthday in style with a party at the Seafarer’s Yacht Club in Annapolis were we dined on steaks, burgers and dogs while overlooking the Severn River. Among the guests were yacht club members, Paulette Jeter, Brenda Baker, William Brown, Deborah Hawkins, Cheryl Kelley, Dr. Hayward & Katie Burrell, Sandi Estes and Paradox owner Wayne mastering the grill.

Happy birthday to Warrior Lawyer J Wyndal Gordon, Frank Tate, Bill Massey, Dennis German, Phyllis McCoy, John Holt, Greg Hill and Dr. Marion Davis-Foster, a 40th birthday wish to Terray Hawkins.

“Tomorrow will come and girl I can't wait it's our anniversary” Tony! Toni! Tone!

Happy 49th anniversary to Elvard (The Bard) and Rita Cooper

“The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable in the history of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, from this time forward forever more.” John Adams July 3, 1776

“I’ll be seeing you” Happy 4th of July! Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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