Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the summer season has, socially speaking, come to an end. Sag Harbor Hills brought the season to an end in the same manner they have become famous for, with the SHH Party Down party. Even those who weren’t out for the season make it their business to attend this event.
Among all of the parties, gatherings and kiss-kiss goodbyes up on Martha’s Vineyard, islanders took a solemn moment to give an official goodbye salute to dear friend Bill Freeman, as his ashes were committed to the wind. It was most fitting, as out of all the places in the world Bill had traveled, the Vineyard was where his heart was. And now so lies his soul.
Gearing up for September events is the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, which will host its annual luncheon Sept. 17. This year will mark the 10th annual Freedom Fund Luncheon at the fabulous Marina Del Rey, where the food is so plentiful you can make a meal just off of the appetizers.
This year’s honorees are Vy Higginsen, founder and CEO, Mama Foundation of the Arts; Tamika Mallory, executive director, National Action Network; Paul T. Williams Jr., president, Dormitory Authority State of New York; Errol Louis, host, “Inside City Hall” on NY1; Jacqueline Y. Pelzer, executive director, Early Steps, Block, O’Toole & Murphy, Attorneys at Law; and Dr. Dottye Seales, NAACP Mid-Manhattan membership chair.
Cocktail hour is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open bar is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and music will be provided by the Warren Daniels Band. For ticket information, call the branch at (212) 749-2323.
After you leave there, go home, take a nap then rise and shine for the first annual Midnight Cruise aboard the Golden Sunshine. Leaving from Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, boarding time is the bewitching hour of midnight. Return time is 4 a.m. Of course, there will be food, fun and entertainment. Round-trip transport buses leave from the Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn at 10 p.m., so no details have been left undone. Call Barbara Boone for this one at (718) 496-4897.
On Sept. 22, West Harlem Group Assistance will host a 40th anniversary celebration at Aaron Davis Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. The honorary chair is the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III and the event chair is Maurice Coleman. This year’s honoree for the leadership award is Len Burnett, co-CEO and group publisher, Uptown Media and Vibe Lifestyle Network. For more information, visit www.whgainc.org or call (212) 862-1399.
People are still giving thanks for the second annual West 118th Street Health Fair to Abu, manager at Manna’s; Latoya and Roman from the 116th Street branch of Carver Bank; Alecia Y. Williams, podiatric M.D. and surgeon; the 119th Street and Eighth Avenue branch of Chase Bank; Julio, manager of C-Town at 116th Street; Tatiana Williams from Liberty Tax; Christian Cano from ASC College; Housing Works; Levain Bakery located on 117th Street and Eighth Avenue; Mortifier Hospital; Harlem Hospital; the Police Athletic League; Harlem Gardens; Renaissance Health Care Network; Ms. P’s Hair Salon at 118th Street between Eighth and St. Nicholas avenues; and Mr. Lee Lee’s Bakery on 118th Street between Eighth and St. Nicholas avenues. Entertainment was provided by Nikki Davis and Ms. Stephanie.
The school season has begun and it is off and running. It was filled with intense drama and a real hassle to say the least trying to get children placed in the appropriate school, but hopefully everyone has settled in. Just in case there are some kindergarteners out there still looking, there are still seats available at the Teachers College Community School. TCCS is an exciting new public school spearheaded by Teachers College. It features an innovative educational program designed by TC, with outstanding academics and enrichment in arts, science, technology and wellness.
TCCS is temporarily located at Fifth Avenue and 130th Street for a year while its building is being renovated. Next year, TCCS will move to its permanent home at 168 Morningside Ave. at 126th Street. At full capacity, TCCS will include Pre-K through eighth grade. For more information and to enroll your child, call the school planning office at (212) 678-7421 as soon as possible.
For those of you looking to do something civic-minded, the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus would love to have you join them as they stand “Hand in Hand” with so many others on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:46 a.m. to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip of Lower Manhattan heading north. Children are joyfully invited to participate as well.
This event is sponsored by Community Board 1. All participants will receive a free T-shirt with the event logo when they check in that morning. Remember Hands Across America 1986, when more than 7 million people joined hands forming a line that stretched 4,152 miles across 48 states from New York City’s Battery Park to Long Beach, Calif.? Well, they are trying to do one better, so lend a hand if you can.
Happy birthday to Lisa Dale, whose longtime companion, Tim Dale, is residing in the nursing home across from St. John the Divine. Happy birthday also to Tiara Palmer, Doloris Coombs, Shirley Scott, Michael Dutton and Wilhemenia Billie Holliday-Hayes.
Remember to stop and say a prayer on Sunday, Sept. 11 for all of those who lost their lives, a loved one or a friend on 9/11. Thank those who rescued, helped or consoled. Pray for world peace and support President Barack Obama as he strives to make it all happen.
Until next week…kisses.