RAMBLING ROSE: The African American Authors and Empowerment Expo
Rosa Pryor | 8/14/2015, 6 a.m.
Hello my dear friends and “Rambling Rose” fans. First, I want to thank you for reading and tell your friends if they want to know what is going on in the entertainment world in Baltimore, to pick up the Baltimore Times and look for me. There is a lot going on in the next couple of weeks and I don’t want you to miss any of it. Starting with this Friday, August 14th, the Liberty Road Business Association presents its last outdoor community festival and concert from 6-9 p.m. with vendors and live entertainment. Folks, this is really nice, I have been out there every Friday since they started in June. Supporters bring their folding chairs and umbrellas to enjoy the bands while they shop from the vendors. This is free and open to the public. Check it out for the last time this year.
The Author’s Expo will be an enjoyable place to go with your family and hang out. It will be held on Saturday, August 15th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson (formally the North Baltimore Plaza Hotel) at 2004 Greenspring Drive in Timonium, Maryland. There will be hundreds of authors from all over the country doing book signings, including: Dr. Hattie N. Washington; Dr. George C. Fraser; Nikki Woods; Janis Gaye; Haki Ammi and Sylvia Traymore. There will be workshops, speaking panels, financial empowerment, health & wellness booths, entertainment, prizes, games for the children, youth writers challenge, and vendors selling arts & crafts and many other items. Take your credit cards, cash and checkbooks with you and support the authors. I will see you there with both of my books, “African American Entertainment in Baltimore” and “African American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland.”
I want to personally congratulate my dear friend Dr. Joanne Martin on the 32nd anniversary of the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum. Dr. Martin and her late husband Dr. Elmer Martin moved to the current location on East North Avenue in 1988.
One of my favorite events coming up is the “Lenny Moore and Greg Hatza Sportsmen’s Lounge Reunion” on Saturday, August 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Caton Castle Lounge, 20 S. Caton Avenue (off Hilton). Honey Child! Mark your calendar for this one. There are a whole lot of us still around that used to hang out at the Sportsmen’s Lounge back in the day on Gwynn Oak Avenue. I am so looking forward to seeing you all again. Greg Hatza will be on organ, Peter Fraize on sax; Brian Kooken on guitar, Robert Shahid on drums and special guest, Sam King on sax. I will see you there. For ticket information, call 410-566-7086 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you.
I also want you to mark your calendar for another event that will blow your mind. It is a must you are there. I am talking about “The WMEL HONORS” presented by DJ Mel Entertainment with special performances by Skip Mahoney & the Casuals, The Stubbs Girls, and the Dynamic Superiors on Sunday, August 23 from 5-10:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall #6506, 8777 Philadelphia Road, in Rosedale, Maryland. Some of the honorees are: The Dells; The Manhattans; The Delfonics; Ray, Goodman & Brown; Chris Jasper; Rena Scott; The Original Vandellas; The Dramatics; The Stylistics; Jean Carne; Howard Hewitt and Enchantment. Family members of Marvin Gaye, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin & Levert and yours truly, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor will be there doing a book signing. This is a black tie formal event. Tickets include dinner, entertainment, VIP open bar, hors d’oeuvres and much more. For tickets, call DJ Mel at 443-804-9781.
Okay folks, I am out of space, I have to go, but if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.