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THE AVENUE BAKERY COURTYARD OPENS ITS MUSIC SERIES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Hello Everyone, 

I am hoping this column finds you in good health, if not, do not worry, this too shall pass. Tomorrow will be a better day!

I want to start out by congratulating the Arch Social Club for a dynamite event last week in which it honored the past living presidents of the club. It was a successful event; the entertainment was great and featured the one and only Greg Hatza’s ORGANization who took the sound of blues to another level. The food was delicious thanks to the caterer who prepared a down home dinner which included fried chicken, string beans and mac & cheese and cornbread. It was a festive event and enjoyed by all who attended. The event’s highlight was a presentation by the club’s Past President James “Big Jim” Staton when he presented members of Arch Social Club and his special friends with a special design watch, one of which I received. Dr. Louise Johnson did her solo dance and presentation of the awards to the honorees. Arch Social Club historian, Kaleh Tshamba shared and demonstrated the history of the Arch Social Club. JOB WELL DONE Arch Social Club! Thank you all for wearing your mask. It was appreciated!

 Charles R. Owens, Most Worshipful Past Grand Charles R. Owens and former Master of Hannibal Lodge #8, celebrates over 53 years of membership in the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge as a Master Mason. Congratulations Bro. Owens.

By the time you read this column, it will be Friday, May 27th. After you finish reading this column, take a shower and get dressed because you will have just enough time to get to the “Woodlawn Senior Center’s All White Cabaret Day Party,” 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue in  Baltimore. It is BYOB and BYOF and free set-ups. The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 410-887-6887. Go, and have fun because tomorrow is not promised. Masks are required.

My girl Shirley Duncan is back to hosting her popular “All White Party.” When Shirley Duncan says, “ALL WHITE” she means just that. From head to toe, no trimmings of any other color; blue, yellow, or green, orange, black, purple or any other color. I have seen her give people back their money at the door. ALL WHITE includes your white mask, which is a MUST! This event will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the FOP Lodge #3, located at 3920 Buena Avenue in Baltimore 21211. You can dance to your heart’s desire, cash bar, a comedy show, live entertainment, and a lite buffet. For more information, call 410-370-8489.

Shirley Duncan’s “All White Party” is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 6-10 p.m. at the FOP Lodge #3; 3920 Buena Vista Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21211. You must wear all White, no exceptions and you must wear a mask, no exceptions. For more information, call 410-370-8489.

Next, The Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation in conjunction with James Hamlin and the Avenue Bakery will present a Courtyard Music Series located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Baker Street. Bring your folding chairs; it is free to the community. Donations will be collected to preserve your special brick on the new Royal Theatre Building that James Hamlin will soon be breaking ground on. The first event is on Saturday, June 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature the Charles Funn Band. The Music Series will be held every first Saturday of each month. The Greg Hatza ORGANization will be featured on Saturday, July 2. The August 6th performance will be announce soon and the September 3rd series will feature my group from Washington, DC, “SIGNATURE LIVE.” Masks are required.

Charles Funn Band will kick off the Music Series in the Courtyard of the Avenue Bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue & Baker Streets on Saturday, June 4, from 4-9 p.m. Charles Funn, who has been teaching music for 45 years, 25 years at Dunbar.

Well, my dear friends, I must go. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or you can email me at [email protected]UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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