It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially on 125th Street, where the holiday lights have been strung. Everywhere you look these days, there are Santa Clauses and poinsettia plants making things look so festive. Everyone has been busy spreading the Christmas cheer, with party after party offering something for everyone.
Bob Tate broke away from the slamming Wednesday after-work party at Tien to help Anthony Hamilton celebrate at Red Rooster. The fellas were all looking very GQ as they celebrated their annual Christmas party the night before the Hillbillies’ Christmas extravaganza, which no one wants to miss.
The Empire City Moles brought out folks like Queens Assemblyman the Hon. Michael Dendekker, Michelle Smith, Carol Felton, Ivory and Trudy Green, Cynthia Greshiam, Harriet DeLaney, Billy Holliday, Ruth Clark, Mary Louise Williams, Barbara Bolden, Emmalina North and her son the dentist, Joy and Fred Cook, Bunny Ledford and Eric Coleman and Ralph White, retired homicide detective and friend of Beverly Alexander, just to name some of the festive few.
Crossing over the bridge to the famous Antun’s, where the Brooklyn Old Timers held their 39th anniversary celebration, was Charles Leonard Mitchell, Esq., guest of member Barry Stanley of Stanley Architects/Planners. Also celebrating were Sharon Simmons of the art gallery of the same name, John and Delores Nelson, Joe and Joan Mask, Candice and Greg Pinn, Greg’s parents, Sam and Doris Pinn, Dr. Bernard Lewin, Councilman Al Vann and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, just to name a very few.
Markowitz reminded the guests of significant events that took place 39 years ago, like Roberta Flack’s recording of “Killing Me Softly” becoming a hit-or was it “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”? Hmm, 39 years was so long ago, who can remember?
Markowitz also told a joke that was funny, depending on how you looked at it. I won’t repeat the joke, mainly because when you retell a joke, it never comes across quite the same as when the original person tells it-but let’s just say the Black Panthers wouldn’t have appreciated it.
Receiving scholarships from the proceeds of the Old Timers event were Ashley Watson, entering CUNY City Tech; Adrian Morris, entering CCNY Wingate Campus; Daykwon Hughes, entering St. Michael’s College in Vermont; Tandi Mitchell, entering Fordham University; and Raquel Lancaster entering LaSalle University.
While we are speaking of scholars, congratulations to Jordan Hinkson, the son of proud parents Melissa and John Hinkson. Jordan was selected as a Posse Scholar and has received a full four-year scholarship to the college of his choice. Embarking on a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, Jordan has chosen to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, noting it had the best program for him.
To all of the scholars: Everyone everywhere is proud of you. Study hard, find time to engage in all of the activities and programs your school has to offer and remember, as I tell all young people entering college, know when to leave the party!
Coming home just in time for Christmas is Dr. Chester Redhead, and his friends can’t wait to see him. Word has it he will be making the holiday rounds.
The Harlem Opera Theatre will host a Holiday Community Sing at the Studio Museum of Harlem on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Performances promise to be spectacular and will most definitely get you in the mood.
Already in the mood was Cyril Poindexter and friends, who celebrated his birthday with holiday cheer. Happy birthday as well to David Hurd Sr., who celebrated his 90th birthday.
Marcus Samuelsson not only cooks-did you know that he is a UNICEF Ambassador? Well he is, and in that capacity he was the keynote speaker at Foundation Rwanda’s inaugural “Color Rwanda with Hope” benefit and art exhibition held at Sun West Studios.
There are approximately 20,000 children who were born of rape during Rwanda’s most turbulent years. Most of these children are now turning 16, and while the country provides free primary school education, it costs approximately $350 for each child to attend secondary school. Foundation Rwanda provides a myriad of services for the children and their mothers, who still suffer the trauma and nightmares of what genocide and war have done to them. Count your blessings.
Helping children on this side of the globe is the New York Botanical Garden, which hosted its annual Winter Wonderland Ball. Proceeds from the ball support the New York Botanical Garden’s world-renowned children’s education program. Blossoming from this endeavor is the most engaging Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, a 12-acre indoor/outdoor facility featuring themed galleries, interactive exhibits and a changing seasonal landscape that provides a living and dynamic setting for children to explore plant science up close.
In attendance were Arielle Patrick and Eric Taylor, so if you know either of them, call them and let them tell you what a wonderful evening it was.
Also quite wonderful was Edith Matthews, who rocked the house with her annual Christmas party, to which people are now clamoring for invitations. The food, all prepared by Edith’s two little hands, was delicious and tastefully set up, allowing guests to circle around the table, helping themselves and keeping it moving. While Valerie Dargan wasn’t there and we missed her terribly, everyone else was. There was holiday singing, gifts for the men and women and plenty of good cheer.
Until next week…kisses.