RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Halloween!

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Hello my dear friends, as you can see, the leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees, and outdoor plants are turning to dead sticks. I believe fall is here and winter is on its way! As you see from my photos there is still a lot going on. Pull out your fur coats from storage ladies, and guys get your long johns out of the winter closet. In the meantime enjoy the cool, crisp weather.

Charles Faison and Darlene Douglass are the Masters of Ceremony at the Farewell Black & Gold Scholarship & Award Ball for the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund on Sunday, October 25, 2015. For tickets, call 410-833-9474.

Charles Faison and Darlene Douglass are the Masters of Ceremony at the Farewell Black & Gold Scholarship & Award Ball for the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund on Sunday, October 25, 2015. For tickets, call 410-833-9474.

Darlene Douglass

Darlene Douglass

Justin Thomas, 1997 recipient of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund returns to Baltimore as a national recording artist with his band to perform at the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Black & Gold Ball on October 25.

Justin Thomas, 1997 recipient of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund returns to Baltimore as a national recording artist with his band to perform at the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Black & Gold Ball on October 25.

MarvaD Events & DJ KennyD will host an Adult Costume Cabaret on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Diamondz Events Hall at 9980 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland. Entertainment provided by the Panama Band.  For ticket information, call 410-599-9159.

MarvaD Events & DJ KennyD will host an Adult Costume Cabaret on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Diamondz Events Hall at 9980 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland. Entertainment provided by the Panama Band. For ticket information, call 410-599-9159.

Just in case you have heard rumors that I am closing down my organization, “The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc.” after almost 25 years, it is true. Due to the fact that I’m tired and my body is weak because of health issues, I have to let it go. I hate leaving the children who need me to help them financially to embrace their musical talent, and the veteran musicians who need to be recognized, but my health comes first. Don’t worry, in some way, shape or form, I will still be helping children and musicians.

I am proud of what I have accomplished so far without ever having a sponsor— I have given 104 children between the ages of 5-17 scholarships and have honored over 115 musicians, giving them their flowers while they can still smell them. I was able to do this with your donations and ticket sales for my annual Gospel Prayer Breakfast fundraiser every March, my Oldies but Goodies Crab Feast fundraiser every July and of course my Black & Gold Ball every October, which is the event where we present the children with their scholarships. You know who you are.

My dear friends, here is where I need your help. We still need your donations to help with the children’s scholarships. If you are unable to come to my event you can send your donation in the mail. Even better, purchase tickets to be at my last event at the “Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Black & Gold Formal Ball” on Sunday, October 25 from 4-8 p.m. at the Forum Caterers. This will be a beautiful, elegant, and first class formal Black & Gold attire event. I am planning on going out with a big bang.

We are giving three lovely children financial scholarships who will perform for you at the Ball and we are honoring 16 musicians, entertainment promoters and music educators who will be there in person including; Brenda Alford, Charles Covington, Carlos Hutchins, Ellington Churchill, Gary Grainger, Gary Richardson, George Gray, Glen Grainger, John Milton Wesley, Steve Turner, Ralph Magwood, Sharon Dupree, Oliver Williams Ira Glover, Richard “Rick” Johnson and Gary “Rico” Barton. I know many of you know some of these people and they are overdue to be recognized.

For tickets to this event, contact me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com or you can go to my website: www.rosapryormusic.com to send donations or pay for tickets by credit card. Or you can just send your check to: 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. I thank you all for your love and support.

I am now out of space and out of time, remember if you need me, call me or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.