After the rain, the most beautiful fall sunset lit up the sky, only to be followed by the glow of the harvest moon. Isn’t that what it’s all about–the sun, the stars and the moon? Fall is definitely in the air, which means it’s time to put away the summer clothes and bring out the sweaters and the jackets. As the colors change from pastels to the warm hues of autumn, it won’t be long before…oh no, don’t say it!

Mark Morial, president and CEO, took to the podium as the National Urban League and Urban League local affiliates celebrated the Centennial Founders Day Reception. Originally known as the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, the organization was established on September 29, 1910, in New York City with the help, heart and dedication of two remarkable people by the name of Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes.

Gathering in the penthouse of the Le Parker Meridien to pledge their continued support were those such as former Tuskegee Airman Joseph Spooner; the James brothers, as in Kendell and Father Daryl, who reminded guests that the Howard University Choir will perform at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday, October 10; Sylvia Sandridge; Jean West; Johnny and Ann Parham; Donna Williams; Marta Bailey, in from Chicago for the funeral of her dear friend, actor James Stoller; Harold Ramsey; Noel Hankin; and Bill Freeman, who was looking great and feeling fine.

The pass-around appetizers were endless, and guests nibbled to the wee hours to the music of the Sherry Winston Trio, which performed the whole time.

Happy birthday to Langston Williams, Roger Daniels, Jamie Foster and Crystal Gains.

Condolences to the family of Mildred Pilgrim of Brooklyn, New York, who has passed away. Mildred was an avid supporter of the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in her day. She, along with others such as Margurite Johnson and her entire family, would gather a host of friends together for the annual Memorial Day vacation to the Caribbean Islands. Each year, the group chose a different island to visit, and each year was just as much fun as the next. Millie, as her friends fondly called her, was well known throughout the community and will always be fondly remembered.

St. Benedict’s Day Nursery will host a Gospel Concert Fundraiser on Saturday, October 9 at St. Aloysius Church, 219 West 132nd Street. Danny Coakley, “Dancers in the Spirit” and the children of St. Benedict’s will be featured. Being honored are Brother Tyrone Davis, C.F.C.; Dr. Chester Redhead; and the memories of sister Mary Celine Graham of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary and Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Paris. Showtime is 3 p.m.

The Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet was featured at the Child Adoption Advisory Board of the fifth annual Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW), NYC Chapter’s Christine B. Burke Memorial Scholarship benefit luncheon. The event, held on the outdoor patio of the ABSW headquarters at Madison Avenue and 126th Street, was well attended by those loyal to the cause. Those present included the advisory board members Leora Neal and Eric Coleman, co-chairs; Mary Allen, secretary; and members, Gloria J. Scott, president’ Shirley Colvin’ Europa Gay’ Alufiel Grier’ Rose Richards’ Janice Shindler’ Ernie Simpson’ Evelyn Smith’ Olive Taylor’ and Evelyn M. Turner. Honrary board members are the Hon. Charles Rangel, Rev. Reginald Williams and Rev. Isaac B. Graham.

Mary J. Blige, one of my favorites, along with Malik Yoba, stayed busy, busy as they continue to perform and dance on every set. Both were honorary chairs this year at the annual Fete de Swifty “block party.” The event, now in its seventh year, was held on East 73rd Street between Lexington and Third avenues from 6 to 9 p.m., and believed me the block rocked. Neither rain nor shine, could keep revelers from gathering under the block-long tent while enjoying the hot dogs, hamburgers, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, the seafood bar and entertainment. Proceeds of the evening go to support the city’s Family Justice Center Initiative and the New York City Housing Authority’s Early Childhood programs.

Mayor Bloomberg opened the first Family Justice Center in Brooklyn in 2005, a second three years later in Queens and as of last April, a third center is located in the Bronx. Over the years, the event has raised oodles of dollars that are used to fund the project, which have literally touched the lives of thousands of New York City families. This year’s affair raised $500,000, adding nicely to the pot. Oh Mary, Mary, what a good girl you are.

Uptown guy Alexander Smalls joined Cicely Tyson and a handful of others to trot downtown to the Duane Street loft of former Time Warner CEO and now a very bigwig at Citibank, Richard Parsons. He and his wife, Laura, hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate the American Folk Art Museum’s Advocates for the Arts 2010. Also on hand were David and Joyce Dinkines, Jessye Norman and Veronica Webb. It was a blast.

Until next week…kisses.