RAMBLING ROSE: Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies

Hello everyone! How are you? This is Mother’s Day weekend and for those of you who are blessed to still have your mothers, celebrate with her and show her that you love her. If your mother is in a nursing home, hospital or in a senior citizen home, please go visit her and take some flowers and your smile. Tell her you love her.

I can’t imagine having to bury my mother on Mother’s Day weekend as the daughter and family of Garnetta Reese who passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 will have to. Her viewing will be held on Sunday, May 11 at Vaughn Green Funeral Home on Baltimore National Parkway and her services on Monday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernadine Catholic Church located at 3812 Edmondson Avenue.


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Garnetta Reese, a friend to many and a very special friend to me, former member of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. and a member of the “Wives of the Firefighters” passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 after a long illness. Please keep her daughter Kimmie and family in your prayers.

There are several places and events for you to take your mother this weekend. Make it a family thing.


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Hard Rock Café Baltimore announced that Baltimore’s own Colt Wilbur Band had made it to the final round of “Hard Rock–Rising,” the world’s largest battle of the bands competition. The Colt Wilbur Band is among the top performers from around the world. For more information, call 410-576-2208.

J&B Entertainment is hosting a “Pre-Mother’s Day Old Fashion House Party” on Saturday, May 10th featuring the Panama Band, BADD, Greg Cooper, and the Dynamic Superiors at the Gentleman 10 Lounge, 2135 Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore. It’s cabaret style, food on sale, BYOB, but free set-ups. For more ticket information, call George Haley at 410-905-0169.

There’s a Mother’s Day show at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore Street on Sunday, May 11th featuring Gladys Knight, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, James Fortune and Tasha Cobbs. For tickets, call 410-347-2006 or 410-547-7328.

The Forum Caterers family is hosting a “Soul Food Mother’s Day Dinner” on Sunday, May 11 from 3-6 p.m. at 4210 Primrose Avenue. The menu reads like a who’s who at the dinner table; salad with dressings, fried chicken, baked rosemary chicken, roast beef with gravy, baked salmon, seafood casserole, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, collard greens, corn muffins, desserts, iced tea, coffee and hot tea. For tickets or a family table, call 410-358-110 l.

Linda Clark and her committee are hosting a Mother’s Day Spectacular on Sunday, May 11th from 5-9 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Lyceum, 2100 E. Monument Street featuring live music by Inquiring Minds Band. Also hors d’ oeuvres and dinner will be served. There will be prizes and gift give-a-ways. Yours truly “Rambling Rose” will be there doing a book signing of my new book, “African American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesterdays 1940-1980). For ticket information, call 410-444-7170.

The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. will host an event on Saturday, May 10 at the Forum Caters 1-5 p.m. 4210 Primrose Avenue. The “Annual Day of Honors” awards Negro Leagues veterans and others who have recognized the significance of preserving the legacy of the Negro Leagues. The theme is “Back to the Old Ball Game!” This looks like a fun day for all. Vendors, baseball celebrities, door prizes, autographs, children’s games, Little League contests, DJ music and line dancing; the Oriole Bird, all you can eat ballpark fare including the Forum’s famous fried chicken. For ticket information, call 410-597-9797.

The free beer, wine and liquor tasting expo and show is at the Maryland State Fair Grounds this year at 2200 York Road. I heard the Patapsco Arena got too small to accommodate their guests, so they moved it to the Maryland State Fair Grounds on Saturday, May 10 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dress to impress. MULBA & Maryland Beverage Association and Dr. Louise Jones Johnson appreciate your support. For ticket information, call 410-925-4056.

Before I leave you, I want to say happy birthday to some special people who are celebrating this weekend such as: Councilman William Welch, Viola Griffin, my boss, Joy Bramble, my friend and Al Maddox of Time Printing; and Rickey Shackleford and Harold Anthony-Cornish who celebrate their birthday last weekend. May God bless you all with many more.

Well, my dear friends, I believe this is enough to get you started. Enjoy your weekend and keep safe! Remember, if you need me for your event, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

RAMBLING ROSE: Entertainment this week is off the hook!

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend, being in church for the first time all year and all that stuff. I know your preachers were glad to see you. The churches were packed with the colorful dress attire and fancy hats. I understand that many of you go to church on a regular every week, but “HONEY CHILD!” weren’t you surprised when you looked up and saw Susie Mae and her children and Johnny Blow and his wife walk in? It was a combination of a fashion show and a family reunion.


Delegate Melvin L. Stukes invites you to have an “Afternoon Sip” with him Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arch Social Club located at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. You will be entertained by Baltimore’s own, Phil Butts & the Sunset Band, Kermit Golden, Denise Hunter and Lady M. For more information, call 410-644-5632.

Okay, it is time to tell you what is coming up for this week, and believe me it is a lot. I advise you to take out your calendar and fix a cocktail. You can tell from the photos I put in this column and reading the captions that this week is going to be busy. I will add to that by telling you the Landmark Lodge #40 are having a Spring Cabaret at the Pikesville Fire Hall, 40 Sudbrook Land on April 26 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Music by DJ Mike Jones and it is BYOB. For more information, contact Joe Smith at 443-804-9846.

The Arena Players, Inc. 801 McCulloh Street is featuring a comedy play produced by Robert Russell called, “It Happened on the Avenue” on Friday, April 25th thru Sunday, April 27th. For more information and tickets, call 410-728-6500.

Bilal Ali Productions is hosting a “Jazz Appreciation Month” with tribute to the Diva & Mr. Cool Jazz saxophonist, Wake Campbell with Shang and Amji on Saturday, April 26th, 7 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel. For more information, call 443-540-7797.

The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Inc., also known as ASALH, is the world’s oldest learned society devoted to the research, education, culture and history of persons of African descent. The Roland McConnell Branch of ASALH will host an event on Sunday, April 27 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3200 Walbrook Avenue at 4 p.m. You all are invited. Yours truly, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor will be the guest speaker as well as conducting a presentation and book signing of my new book “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland, (Remembering the Yesterday’s 1940-1980).” For more information, call Andre Lee at 410-627-3373.

Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway is hosting a PK Night and Holy Communion on Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. The New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marion Drive is hosting a Continental Breakfast on Saturday, April 26th, 8 a.m., opening session at 8:30 a.m. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. followed by the presidential address, awards and installation of officers. For registration and information, call Sandra Coger at 410-262-8394.

Now back to my roots! Put on your dancin’ shoes and enjoy some blues because, “Big Daddy” Stallings & the Bluez Evolution Band are performing Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel, Maryland.

Okay folks, listen up! Mending Nets Theater Group is hosting a gospel musical production, “Daughters of Zion.” The casting calls will take place on Saturday, April 26th 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 24th at The Charles R. Uncles Senior Plaza, 607 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Baltimore. For more information, call Dr. Constance Johnson at 443-531-8555.

Well, my dear friends, it is time for the fat lady to sing. I am out time and space. 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.

Sing for your supper at Hard Rock Cafe

Hello everyone, hope everything is well with you. Me and my “Boo-Boo” Shorty Trusty had a very busy week and even more so this weekend. Last Saturday, we went to New York to see my group “Signature Live! Last Sunday I went to the Patapsco Arena for a Brian Hall event, which was very successful and very nice. I was selected by Dr. Donna Hollie and the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society to showcase an exhibit entitled: “Notable Maryland Women,” which was held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. I covered the Baltimore’s Farmer’s Market reopening; I had book signings with my new book at the Meritocrats Cabaret and at the Forrest Park Senior Center for the Last Chance Entertainment Cabaret; so you see, I hardly had enough time to really relax. But, I loved every moment of it.

In memory of Vivian “Black Pearl” Thornton, the mother of our girl, Pamela Leak, better known as “Ms. Maybelle” passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. May she rest in peace.

In memory of Vivian “Black Pearl” Thornton, the mother of our girl, Pamela Leak, better known as “Ms. Maybelle” passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. May she rest in peace.

Now, let’s talk about the Hard Rock Café. I got a call from Stephanie Maroon, who does publicity for the Hard Rock Café of Baltimore to inform me that this year on Tax Day, the Café is cutting the community a break by asking them to lay down their wallets and pick up the mic! Check this out! On Tuesday, April 15, 5-7 p.m., they will open up the stage to give fans a chance to “Sing for Your Supper.” Guests will have the opportunity to select their favorite song and take the stage to perform on their covered outdoor pier. Guests who perform a complete song on Hard Rock Café’s live music stage in front of the entire restaurant will receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s new menu. Now isn’t that Kool? The restaurant is located at 601 E. Pratt Street. Oh, by the way, if you can’t sing, just sit in the back in the corner with me and bring your wallet. We don’t want to be embarrassed if you know what I mean. For more information, call 410-576-2208 and tell then “Rambling Rose” told you.

“Viola Griffin’s Awards Banquet” is Sunday, April 13 from 4-9 p.m. at the Waxter Senior Center. This is an event you don’t want to miss. You will get a chance to meet and greet original artists for the 60’s to the 80’s who were popular in Baltimore back in the day. The artists who will be honored include Grand Jury; The Vandals/Impact; Man’s Theory; The Inclinations; Pocket’s Madhouse; The Emperors; and Tomorrow’s Promise. Radio disc jockeys Al Jefferson, Bob Dockins, JB Brown and Moon Man will also be there. I will be the mistress of ceremonies for this event. Dinner will be served and live entertainment is included with your tickets. For tickets, call 410-526-5062 or 443-769-7962. I will see you there.


Viola Griffin, CEO and President of the VG Productions is honoring Baltimore’s own renowned R&B and Funk groups & Radio Personalities from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with her “Awards Banquet” on Sunday, April 13 4-8 p.m. at the Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral Street.

There are a couple more things I want to tell you about, just to mark your calendar for a reminder. You all have been invited to an “Afternoon Sip” with Del. Melvin L. Stukes, April 18th at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue from 2-5 p.m. where you will be entertained by one of my favorite groups, Phil Butts & the Sunset Band, Kermit Golden, Denise Hunter and Lady M. For more information, call 410-644-5632.

Also mark your calendar for MarvaD Event, a “Good Friday Flashback Fish Fry Party” on Friday April 18 at American Legion Post #183 located at 2301 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville, Maryland, starting 8 p.m. For more information, call 410-599-9159.

Well, my dear friends, it is about that time. I am out of space and time. 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.

RAMBLING ROSE: Spring has sprung!

Hello everyone, I believe spring is peeping through the crack hole. Somebody please open the door and let it in!


Ambassador Shabazz, diplomat, writer, lecturer and innovator will be moderated for the Annapolis Film Festival which will showcase African-American and African Films, takes place Thursday, March 27 thru March 30 at locations in Annapolis including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts; St John’s College, St. Anne’s Parish Hall and Compass Rose Theater. For more information, visit: www.annapolisfilmfestival.net.

I had a very busy and fantastic weekend last week. My Boo-Boo and I got around to as many events that we could. We started at the 100 Black Men Brunch at Martin’s West where I was honored, thank you. We left there and went to the Lambda Kappa Awards event at the Forum where I enjoyed the program and the gospel dancers. Leaving there we had to get over to Ms’ Maybelle’s Health Event to show her our support in west Baltimore on Bentalou Street. Then we stopped at Roots Lounge on Smallwood to say hello to Ronnie, the owner and to congratulate her on their 37th anniversary. Our plans were to stop by and see Ursula Battle’s play, but we ran out of time and after sipping cocktails at the open bar at the 100 Black Men event, and having cocktails at Roots, there were no way in he—I could go anywhere but home and chill out!


LA & the Unusual Suspects, a Motown, soul & 70’s rock n roll band will perform live at Lexington Market on Friday & Saturday, March 28 and 29 from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

This weekend, My Boo-Boo and I will be in New York with my girls “SIGNATURE LIVE!” where they will perform. But I will meet you all at the “Unsung” event at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 for Brian Hall’s show where he will honor many unsung groups such as: First Class; Frankie and the Spindles; Skip Mahoney and the Casuals; the Dynamic Superiors; Larry Lancaster; Little Beavers; the Whatnauts; and James Pugh. Also honored were outstanding community leaders in the entertainment world such as: Charles Alexander from South Baltimore Reunion; Milton Hawkins of the Cherry Hill Reunion; Carlos Hutchins & Charles Faison from the DipNic; Leon Brown for Sandtown Reunion; Hassan Rasheed of New Africa and Damon Harris of the Temptation. A “Lifetime Achievement Award” will go to “The Softtones.” You go Brian! Give these guys their flowers while they still can smell them. Well deserved! You can get tickets to this fantastic event, which will happen on Sunday, March 30th, 5-9 p.m. by calling 410-929-1360.

The Avenue Productions will host a jazz show at Caton Castle, 20 S. Caton Avenue on Saturday, March 29 from 6-10 p.m. featuring The Lee Pearson Quartet with Hinton Battle and Chole Arnold. Lee Pearson on drums, Theljon Allen on trumpet Terry Brewer on piano and Scott Ambush on bass. Hinton Battle is the vocalist and will tap dance along with Chole Arnold. Very interesting don’t you think? Check it out. For more information and tickets, call 410-265-6060 or 410-566-7086.

I have one more thing I want to tell you about before I leave you. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 11 to see my group “Signature Live” perform at Maceo’s Lounge 1926 N. Monroe Street from 7-11 p.m. This a Motown, R&B group that will take you back in time. I promise you, you will enjoy them. There is no cover charge, but the contributions you throw on stage will be appreciated. For more information, call 410-523-3117. I will see you there.

In closing, I want to say that Roberta’s House needs your help! There is a Radio-Thon on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an open house at Roberta’s House with Heaven 600 radio personalities; Lee Michaels, Harold Pompey, Doresa Harvey and Brad Rogers.

Roberta’s House is run by Annette March-Grier of March Funeral Homes. Its goal is to help increase awareness and education about the impact of grief in our communities and to provide greater resources and more free programs for grieving children and families. For pledges, call 410-889-0001.

Well, my dear friends, this is it, I am out of time and out of space. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS,

RAMBLING ROSE: Pennsylvania Avenue Arch Social Club renewed

Hello everyone! Can you believe we had sunshine instead of snow for a few days? Thank God! I want to share with you this week some upcoming events as well as to let you know if you haven’t stopped by the new and renovated historical building of the Arch Social Club, please do. You will be pleasantly surprised if you have been there before. The new entry way is beautiful and very stylish. The ribbon cutting took place a few weeks ago and many of the who’s who of Baltimore were there including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Councilman Pete Welch and of course Del. Melvin Stukes, who is a very strong supporter of the Arch Social. I send congratulations to the fellows at Arch Social and wish them much success.

Queens of the Arch Social Club; Tony Mackey (Vice President), Nichae Anderson (President), Erica Lynn (Secretary), Darlene Sylvia (Treasurer), Maxene Brown (treasurer) and Velme Horten (member).

Queens of the Arch Social Club; Tony Mackey (Vice President), Nichae Anderson (President), Erica Lynn (Secretary), Darlene Sylvia (Treasurer), Maxene Brown (treasurer) and Velme Horten (member).

This weekend is jumping with all kinds of activities. First of all, I want to inform you that the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Gospel Prayer Breakfast fundraiser is Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the Normandy Room, 3919 E. Lombard Street not at the Tiffany East Catering Hall as it was originally advertised. We had to change venue but everything else remains the same. The event will be hosted by Carlton & Darlene Douglass, Rev. Henry Turner will give the Sermonette, “Grandma G,” gospel comedian; The United Boyd Gospel Singers, Geraldine Barksdale, gospel vocalist and The Golden Voices of South New Jersey will perform. The breakfast buffet menu is to die for. The donation is only $20.00. You can still get your tickets if you call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com before Saturday or you can go to PayPal on our website: www.rosapryormusic.com. Ticket will not be sold at the door.

Also this March is “Women’s History Month,” and there are special events honoring women all month including, “Women in Jazz” featuring Karen Lovejoy on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington D.C. Vocalist Karen Lovejoy will be accompanied by pianist Sammy Munquia. Together they will present a musical sketch and conversation highlighting the strides women have made in jazz. For more information, go to www.bemojazz.com.

Fashionistas, artists, and icons are a part of Women’s History Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from March 14-22 including gospel jazz musician, Corinthia Cromwell. Sheila Pree Bright begins her interview mural and interview project as Artist-in-Residence. For more information, call 443-263-1800 or visit www.RFLewisMuseum.org.

On Saturday, March 15, from 2-5 p.m. is a “Spring Fling” featuring, Jumpstreet Band will perform at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Avenue. The event will include a light fare buffet, sangria, wine, beer and soft drinks. For more information, call Rebecca Johnson at 410-363-2633.

Oh my goodness! I am out of space, so enjoy your weekend and remember, if you need me call 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

RAMBLING ROSE: Langston Hughes Literary Forum & Book Fair at Shiloh Baptist Church

Hello my dear friends. I hope everything is well with you. Honey Child! February will be a busy month. It is not only Black History Month, during which I believe everybody and their mother is doing something special, but it is also Valentine’s Day month too.

The month kicks off in style with the second Charm City Langston Hughes Literary Forum and Book Fair, which will be held on Saturday, February 1 at the New Shiloh Baptist Church Family Center, 2100 N. Monroe Street from 1-5 p.m. I know this will be a biggie! Why? It will be educational, entertaining, interesting, informative, fun, and family friendly. To put the icing on the cake, it is FREE!


Dr. Walter Gill will be signing his book titled, “Teaching in Urban America: A Formula for Change”,


Professor Larry Gibson will serve as moderator for a panel discussion with Dr. Monique Akassi; Dr. Dolan Hubbard; and A. Dwight Pettit at the 2nd Langston Hughes Literary Forum & Book Fair.

Lou Fields, the founder & CEO of Black Dollar Exchange and founder & former president of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce and author of “Maryland Black Facts Book: 1634-2010” is the host of this prestigious event.

If you like some down-home blues, then you need to check out Nadine Ray & The Allstars Blues Band on Saturday, February 1st from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the world famous Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington Street.

Dr. Donna T. Hollie, historian & educator with the Baltimore Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society is hosting the 6th Genealogy Expo on Saturday, February 1 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Northwood Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Here you can learn about the many aspects of researching your family’s roots.

Black History Month will also include Morgan State University Women, who will present a “Town Hall Meeting” on Sunday, February 2 at 3 p.m. in the Morgan’s Little Theatre, Room 133 of the University Student Center. Guest speaker will be Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway who represents Maryland’s 43rd District. The Northwood Elementary School Choir will provide entertainment. For more information, go to website: www.morgan.edu. Or call Flossie Windley at 410-655-2025 or Alice Downs at 410-323.8824.

Well, my dear friends, I am out of space and out of time. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Check out my website: www.rambling-rose.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Hello to all of you, Honey Child! We got a hell-la-va weekend. Everybody is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and they should. This is an exciting weekend with parades, shows, breakfasts and special events. I love it.


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Sandra Martin, CEO of Marleigh Realty and Trust Promotions LLC will be the host of a Live Entertainment Brunch on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring live local and natural entertainment of Gospel, Jazz, Blues and Jazz at the Best Western Hotel Travel (formerly Toby’s Dinner Theater) 5625 O’Donnell Street; hosted by Comedian “Howard G.” Vendors are welcome. For more information, call 410-845-0638.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will showcase the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. These milestones underscore their MLK Birthday Weekend Celebration. With a theme of service, the museum commemorates Dr. King with music, performances, lectures, and more January 18-20.

Charm City Jazz presents “The Winter Smooth Jazz Dinner & Concert featuring Jaared Arosemena, David P. Stevens, Chelsey Green, and Fahrenheit on Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. at the Boston Street Dinner Theater, 5625 O’Donnell Street. For more information and tickets, call 443-421-2070.

The Emmanuel Court No. 4; Heroines of Jericho, P.H.A. is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City Resort Casino on Monday, January 20. Buses will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. leaving from 1-70 Security Park & Ride and 1-95 North, exit 89 Park & Ride. For more information, call 443-956-9693 or 443-686-1921.

The Baltimore Rotary Club will host their Annual Oyster & Bull Roast on Saturday, January 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fifth Regiment Armory, 219 W. 29th Division Street. For more information, email Howard Weisberg at howard@hbwins.com.

Now you know that Baltimore City will not be left out of this celebration. The city is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade featuring regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and of course floats. The parade steps off on Monday, January 20th starting at 12 noon at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, continuing south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. I will see you there.

Well my dear friends, it is about that time. Have a lot of fun this weekend and enjoy a peaceful holiday. Remember if you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS”

Happy New Year to you my friend

Happy New Year to you, my dear friend; Man, this is 2014 and I hope this year will be better for you than last year. I would like to share this little poem with you that was sent to me. It is by an unknown author, but it fits for the old year going out and the New Year coming in. The words are so true.

Another year has passed

And we’re all a little older.

Last summer felt hotter

And winter seems much colder.

There was a time not long ago

When life was quite a blast,

Now I fully understand

About Living in the Past

We used to go to weddings,

Football games and lunches,

Now we go to funeral homes

And after-funeral brunches,

We used to have hangovers,

From parties that were gay.

Now we suffer body aches

And will the night away.

We used to go out dining,

And couldn’t get our fill,

Now we ask for doggie bags,

Come home and take a pill.

We used to go to nightclubs

And drink a little booze

Now we stay home at night

And watch the evening news.

That my friend is how life is,

And now my tale is told.

So, enjoy each day and live

it up before you’re too damned old!

So far the year is beginning very nice, at least in the entertainment world. The Arena Players is jumping off with a good start with laughter. It seems that comedy is back on January 4 at 8 p.m. with six wonderful comedians featuring: Richard Whack; Mike Brooks; Henry Jones; Ray Diva; and Big Shortay, who will be the host on Saturday. I am not sure if food will be available, but I do know they will have a cash bar. Check it out. For more information, call 443-814-8147. The Arena Players will also host an evening of jazz featuring Marci and the smooth sounds of “Paradise” on Sunday, January 5 from 5-9 p.m. I think you might enjoy this too. The Arena is located at 801 McCulloh Street. They will have a light fare and cash bar. ENJOY!

Jumpstreet Trio plays every Friday from 7-11 p.m. at the Prime Rib Restaurant, 1101 N. Calvert Street.The trio features Brad Collins on sax and vocals; Jeff Wilson on piano; and Terry Battle on bass. For more information, call 410-539-1804.

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Jumpstreet Trio plays every Friday from 7-11 p.m. at the Prime Rib Restaurant, 1101 N. Calvert Street.The trio features Brad Collins on sax and vocals; Jeff Wilson on piano; and Terry Battle on bass. For more information, call 410-539-1804.

I know one thing; many people are retiring from their jobs this year. One of those people who is in the nightlife and clubbing scene is Carlos Hutchins, night club promoter, )at least he told me so). But, I don’t believe him. This man loves to work. I do know that he has already retired from being a project manager for the Housing Assistance Corporation as their executive director a few years ago. Maybe he means that he is cutting back from his mortgage business or as a referee for little children’s football team, or the children baseball team, or maybe as a nightclub and entertainment promoter. Well Carlos, whatever it may be Congrats!

Now, I am out of space my dear friends, just 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.

Merry Christmas, happy Kwanzaa and holidays to one and all

Happy holidays to you my dear friends. My goodness gracious! This has been a hell-la-va year. Some good, and some not so good, but the positive thing is if you are reading me now, you are above ground and that is a good thing. I know many of us have lost loved ones this year. I lost a dear brother and many friends, but at the same time, I was blessed to be able to publish a book that people seem to love. Also, the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund was able to give five children scholarships this year, thanks to you. I want to thank each one of you for supporting my columns as well as thanking Joy Bramble and the Baltimore Times for allowing me to communicate with you through words and pictures to keep you informed on what is going on in our community entertainment world. I believe that one of the best holidays of the year is Christmas, because people seem to be happier, more giving and festive than any other time of the year. I like that.


Ronnie Spector, classic rock singer will be featured in songs for the best Christmas party ever on December 20th at the Rams Head Center Stage at the Maryland Live! Casino located at the Arundel Mills Mall at Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Arundel Mills Blvd. Showtime is 8 p.m. For ticket information, go to: www.marylandlivecasino.com.


Kendra Randall, Esq., president of Baltimore County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Their 25th anniversary celebration is Sunday, December 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Pikesville.For ticket information, call 301-687-3206.

There are lots of social events going on this time of the year. I am going to share them with you.

Bilal Ali Productions presents a night of smooth jazz and R&B featuring national recording artist, Eddie Bacuss, Jr., Vivian Owens, Duget Ron and others at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 21 with the famous radio talk show host of WEAA 88.9 FM, Anthony McCartney as master of ceremony. The show starts at 8 p.m. It is requested that everyone bring hats, scarves & gloves for children and the proceeds will benefit “Operation Keep the Homeless Warm” during the winter. For more information, call 443-540-7797.

Here are some of Rambling Rose’s suggestions for you and your family if you dine out during the holidays: The Prime Rib at Maryland Live! Casino offers many options for guests to enjoy the holidays in style in their lounge or their terrace that opens out to the casino floor. Make reservations at www.marylandlivecasino.com. The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a romantic 19th century stone farmhouse that has a lot to offer in terms of hosting special events. The Grille has dinner, lunch and brunch party menus. For reservations go to www.theoregongrille.com.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am out of time and space. I will see you at the Meyerhoff for the Marvelous Marva Jewel Box Revue Show, which will be OFF THE HOOK! Enjoy your holidays, be safe and God bless. 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.

Entertainment is good for the soul and pictures speak a thousand words!

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays to you! I know the turkey is gone and we have gained a pound or two, but you’ve got just enough time to work it off and start all over again for the Christmas holidays.


Ms. Maybelle, renowned Baltimore comedian and talk show guest host on the Larry Young & sidekick “Coach” Morning Talk Show on WOLB 1010 AM will host her “Full Figured Fashion Show” on Saturday, December 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the St. Paul Praise & Worship Center located at 501 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. The ticket includes: food, gospel groups, comedian and lots of fashions hosted by Ms. Maybelle herself. For more information, call 443-226-8895.

You may recognize some of the people in the photos from this week’s column, at least I hope so. They are community folks who work very hard to put events together for your enjoyment, so get out this weekend and support them!

Joe Cooper, Baltimore’s premiere Reggae Jazz Fusion artist and his band is called the “Joe Cooper Project” is celebrating the release of their new CD; “A New Day” at the Bambou Club, 229 N. Franklintown Road in Baltimore, on Friday, December 6, 9 p.m. For more information, call 410-655-1001.

Joe Cooper, Baltimore’s premiere Reggae Jazz Fusion artist and his band is called the “Joe Cooper Project” is celebrating the release of their new CD; “A New Day” at the Bambou Club, 229 N. Franklintown Road in Baltimore, on Friday, December 6, 9 p.m. For more information, call 410-655-1001.


Virginia Jones, President of Woodlands of Deer Park Communities combined with other communities are sponsoring their “Annual Combined Communities Holiday Celebration Gala” on Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Diamondz Events Hall, 9980 Liberty Road in Kings Point Square in Randallstown, Maryland. For more information, call 410-496-2657.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the word before press deadline for an event that was on television this past Sunday, but hopefully you can still check it out. I am talking about the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking gospel TV show called, “Jubilee Showcase,” which first aired in Baltimore on PBS. I watched it on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and it was awesome! It reminded of the days of my parents & grandparents when gospel music was fun, spiritual and heartwarming. It will remind you of a time when the preacher only put the icing on the cake when he walked into the pulpit, because the music already had you hearing God’s word through song. The quartets, the choirs and the B-3 organist with the old time down-home, stomping your feet, shouting down the aisle music just gave you a special feeling back in the day. Saying all of that, this is what you will see and hear when you tune in this month to “Jubilee Showcase” on MPT this month.

Well, my dear friends, I am out of space, enjoy the pictures and act on the information and support the community! Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Please visit my new website: www.rambling-rose.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.