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Rambling Rose: Enjoy Many Outdoor Activities

Hello Everyone,

I’m hoping that this column finds you and your family healthy and happy. There is so much going on in Baltimore this week and the next. I am going to tell you about a few of them.

I first want to talk about The Avenue Bakery, located on Pennsylvania Ave. and Baker St. The owner, James Hamlin, his family, and yours truly appreciate all the love and fantastic support you have given us. Events that have been held the first Saturday of every month, from March through September, in the Avenue Bakery’s courtyard have been successful. This month was the Greg Hatza ORGANization’s turn to be a featured band. Guests at this month’s event gave rave reviews.

Coppin State University’s free outdoor concert is a “Household Word” every month.

“It (The musical event) was held at the safest place in the Penn-North arts circuit— the center courtyard of The Avenue Bakery. A royal spectacle of finely tuned and highly skilled professional musical artisans sky walked us to the ninth heaven,” said Denise Parker.

Recognizable Baltimoreans also showed up there. Walter Frances Gill, who is otherwise known as the “Urban Professor,” was among them with his wife. Rev. Willie Ray, who is always promoting something, spread the word about his “Save Another Youth” campaign. His upcoming event called Operation Positive Youth Role Model Talent Search will be held at the Arena Playhouse, located at 801 McCulloh St., on July 23, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Sean Yoes, my brother in crime, is a renowned journalist who was recently honored for his work with The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists. It was formerly called the Association of Black Media Workers.

While we continued to look around the courtyard, we saw fashion icon Travis Winky and Denise Parker, who is a Baltimore zentangle artist.  She was a 1981 Artscape finalist and Baltimore Neighborhood Design Show second place winner. Denise is also the great niece of 1940s public figure, Bartinas Parker, owner of Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel. It was located at the bottom of the Avenue, across from Serena’s Place Bar.

 More guests had positive comments about the way Greg Hatza and his band lit up the courtyard with their blues tune that had everyone moving and grooving on their feet. An unknown person remarked about how young people; senior citizens; the disabled; and guests who used canes and walkers did their thing dancing at their tables and on the dance floor. My nephew, Jalil, was a guest musician who played some blues songs on the guitar with the Greg Hatza ORGANization. I truly enjoy booking and producing shows, plus being the Mistress of Ceremony at The Avenue Bakery.

Jalil is an 18-year-old blues musician who joined Greg Hatza’s band on stage for the first time. He had the guests on their feet at The Avenue Bakery last week.

We will be doing it all over again on Saturday, August 7, 2022 from     4 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Avenue Bakery. Next time, Jim Bennett & Unique Creations Band will throw down and have you dancing out of your seat. Check them out! Don’t forget to bring your folding chairs and enjoy this free community event. Get there before 4 p.m., if you want to get a hold of your homemade rolls and desserts from The Avenue Bakery. We will see you there!

Jim Bennett & the Unique Creations Band will be performing at The Avenue Bakery courtyard, located at 2229 Pennsylvania Ave. on Saturday, August 7, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be on sale.

The Christmas in July MD Craft Fair is July 23-24, 2022. If you love all things Christmas and craft, come on out to enjoy the show. Over 150 vendors; a petting zoo; magic show; arts and crafts; and so much more to do will be at the Howard County Fair. It will be located at 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. in West Friendship, Maryland.

Charles Faison’s Dip Nip Event was cancelled last week because of the rainstorm. It has been rescheduled for noon on Sunday, August 7, 2022. Any previously purchased tickets will be accepted on this date. For more information, call Charles Rudy Faison at 443-801-1100.

The Crew Friday Nite Oldies event that takes place every third Friday at Caton Castle is now B.Y.O.F. That’s right, you can bring your own food, but don’t bring any drinks. For more information, call 410-342-0504.

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

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