Hello Everyone,

Here’s hoping you are enjoying your summer and this great weather so far. My prayers go out to all the sick and shut-ins. May God grant you health and strength. This week and the rest of the month is just full of all types of fun activities. Most of them are outdoors. Just what we like.

Today, I want to tell you about a young lady that many of you are familiar with. I am talking about the one and only Cheryl Goodman, known to many from her newsletter and promotions as “Your Girl Cheryl.” Cheryl T. Goodman is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Creative Writing. Cheryl has programmed and produced festivals, music and dance concerts, and art exhibitions throughout the east coast for over thirty years with international artists such as: Wynton Marsalis; Roy Ayers; Herbie Hancock; Sweet Honey in the Rock; Maysa; and Cyrus Chestnut, just to name a few.

Cheryl T. Goodman, known to many as “Your Girl Cheryl,” is the founder of Dance Baltimore. Goodman’s nonprofit organization is designed to enhance the role of dance in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

 For five years, Cheryl Goodman served as an on-air panelist on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) program. Ms. Goodman has been a management consultant for arts organizations such; The Hippodrome Foundation; the Eubie Blake Cultural Center; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She worked with WEAA FM, too. In 2003, Ms. Goodman founded Dance Baltimore, a nonprofit organization designed to enhance the role of dance in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. She is a published writer with feature articles appearing in magazines and has an online free magazine she publishes called “What’s HOT in the DMV.” Not only does she teach dancers, but Ms. Goodman is a great dancer herself. For more information, check out her website: www.yourgirlcheryl.net.

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, get ready for this Saturday. The one and only DipNic Festival is coming for ADULTS ONLY on July 9! Trust me; they mean what they say about that. Don’t even try to sneak your grandchildren, or your little nieces or nephews, or any child under the age of 18 inside. I know they will make you turn around at the gate. What you can do is bring your own grill, charcoal, swimwear,  umbrella, canopy, tents, folding chairs and tables, picnic basket, BYOB, jazz concert gear, lighter fluid, ice, and coolers. The DipNic Festival will provide live entertainment and DJ Mike Jones; free zip lines, a splash pad; three swimming pools; hiking trails; a water slide; free parking; chairs; a canopy; shuttle service; and much more for you. Call Charles Faison at 443-801-1100.

Charles “Rudy” Faison’s DipNic Festival will be presented with Ch Productions and JC Productions at the Pearlstone Resort Center, located at 5425 Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown, Maryland on Saturday, July 9. The rain or shine event is scheduled to be held from noon-8 p.m. Adults only may attend. No children under 18 years old will be admitted to the event. For more information, call 443-801-1100; Tee-Shirt Brian at 410-790-9333; or Carlos Hutchins at 443-963-5711.

Don’t forget that on the second Thursdays of every month, the “Summer Jam” comes with free admission and free live entertainment with DJ Mike Jones. Food and beverages will be on sale. “Ms. Maybelle” and Randy Dennis are your host and hostess, from 6-10 p.m. at the Forum Caterers, located at 4210 Primrose Avenue in Baltimore. For more information, call 443-226-8895.

My dear friend, Dr. Elaine Simon is presenting her Baltimore/Washington Carnival with a parade of bands this year. The festival features live entertainment by international and local artists, arts & crafts, food, and much more on Saturday, July 9 at Clifton Park, located at 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21213, from noon until 10 p.m. It continues Sunday, July 10. Check it out, ladies and gentlemen. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and is fabulous. For more information call 410-362-2957.

There is a Mid-Summer Dance on Friday, July 15, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Hall. The event’s location is 214 Wise Avenue in Dundalk, Maryland. Enjoy an open bar, food, and a giveaway that will be held. For more information, call Melvin Johnson at 443-916-5677.

Todd Marcus, from the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, releases his new album called “In The Valley” this week.

The event, Christmas in July, is coming to the Maryland Craft Fair on July 23-24 with 150 vendors; a petting zoo; a magic show; and live entertainment at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The Roots Christmas in July’s 35th anniversary will be at the Bambou Venue, located at 229 N. Franklintown Road in Baltimore. A dinner and cash bar will be featured on Sunday, July 17 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 443-986-3745.

 Well my dear friends, I have to go now. But remember, 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.

Rosa Pryor
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