Rambling Rose: Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corp. Presents a Virtual Courtyard Concert Fundraiser

Hello everyone, I pray that you are safe and well. This is a terrible situation, but we must move on and pray that this awful coronavirus will leave us soon. In the meantime when you leave your home, wear your damn mask, this is so important.

Well, I have been hearing since this COVID-19 hit, about the “New Norm.” This means wearing a mask, no folding chairs to see live concerts in parks, no festivals of any kind, no jazz shows in night clubs, no meeting your friends for breakfast or having dinner meetings, nor having a date night in your favorite restaurant and no hanging out shooting the breeze with your buddies and friends at your favorite bar. It means that you call on the phone and have a delivery of your favorite foods or drive to a pick-up window to pick up your food or merchandise. It also means that we have to figure out how in the hell you see your favorite band or musicians on a virtual or live stream. This is a terrible situation! This is the “New Norm.” So if you can’t beat them, then you have to figure out how to join them.

This is one of those situations. I have joined Jim Hamlin of the Avenue Bakery with his non-profit organization, “The Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation (TRTCHC) in the fundraiser campaign to “Rebuild the Royal Theater.” The same fundraiser we have done for the past five years from March through September in the Avenue Bakery Courtyard. We booked the best of the best jazz, blues and R&B bands and musicians to perform, BUT— we had to cancel all of them for this year! Instead, we are hosting a virtual Courtyard Concert to be live streamed on Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 3p.m. to 7 p.m. from the Avenue Bakery Courtyard with no audience. That’s right, you cannot come to this event in person, you can only see it virtualually.

The show will present Greg Hatza ORGANization, Guy Curtis Band and Caribbean Pan music from Baltimore’s own Lenny Rogers. You can enjoy this signature concert free on Facebook, and website, which will take donations on line or by phone. For more information, call our special phone line at 410-225- 3895.

Before I leave you, I want to send my condolences to the family, adopted families and friends for loss of a Baltimore icon, Dr. Anne O. Emery. The stories of her life and the work she has done will not be forgotten. Her legacy will live on.

Well, my dear friends, this is all I have for you this week. The photos on this page will tell the rest of the story. Until we meet again, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com.

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young with his wife Darlene celebrated their 41st Wedding Anniversary this month. Happy Anniversary Jack and Darlene!

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Congratulations to my friend Carlton C. Douglass, PA for being voted as the Professional of the year and National Funeral Director 2020 with his lovely wife Darlene.

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Happy Birthday to George Gaines Sr. on his 100th Birthday this month. YOU GO MR. GAINES!!!!! May God continue to bless you

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Sending condolences to my friend and musician John Billy for the loss of his wife, Shirley Billy who died in June 2020. John and Shirley have been to- gether for 67 years and married 62 years. May she Rest in Peace.