My Goodness, it's so nice to have this opportunity to chat with you again so soon. so much goes on in Chocolate City that Grace could write a weekly column and still have more to say. Have you been in the streets? Baby, it's HOT! Not only has the sap risen, it is boiling!! If there are any finer men in the world than here in D.C. I don't - Do Not - want to see them. My heart couldn't stand it. Where do they come from? Grace must give a nod to whomever is doing the hiring at Metro, the Police and Fire Departments. All of those men are just gorgeous!!
Before moving to the social calendar, Grace must mention an event she hasn't spoken of yet: Children's Hour at The Clubhouse on Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend. As usual, it was one of the best affairs given in the city. The theme this year centered around comic book and cartoon fantasies. Miss Juicy as Olive Oyl was there on the door and Popeye, Donald Duck and Miss Tickertron Duck Robertson were there in full costume. The music pumped and no one can deny it was "the" party. In fact, Grace is nominating the affair publicly to receive the Alice Award for best, most original and best overall party of the year. And if "Children's Hour" doesn't win by acclamation, the awards have to be rigged.
Of course, everyone is still chatting about the very that-a-way party hosted by Dr. Dildy last month. This was one of the season's best affairs. Seems that everyone had a marvelous time. And it was a truly stellar occasion as all the "stars" were there. Certainly Grace expected nothing less from her dear friend and colleague, the good doctor from North Carolina. . . Frank Anderson celebrated his birthday at his annual "Good Times and Fish-fry" affair. He entertained well-wishers in Fort Dupont Park on Sunday, July 25th. . . Certainly the bash hosted for Harold Slaughter's birthday by his friend Harold Ferguson should not be overlooked. It was nice but very crowded. But that's understandable because these are two nice and very popular guys...That Saturday brunch/birthday "do" given at "the doghouse" for Wendell Brock was another festive occasion. It seems as if someone went somewhere and pulled in a lot of new faces. All of the boys were fine and hot. I don't know who the cook was, but dears, she stuck both titties in the pot . . . Walter Johnson's bash for the aforementioned Dr. Dildy, his guests from California, and Dr. Charles Sutton's birthdays on July 20 was a very "uptown Friday night" affair. This veteran party-giver always does it right, if she does it before she gets drunk . . . Since Rich Calendar is a married man these days, he and spouse Tim Jones, have moved to the Iowa apartment complex (nice). Former roommate Mike Garner and friends provided a birthday/moving out party for Dick. Where did they find all those pretty folks?. . . Grace sends congrats to Rod McClendon and Harry Shamburger who recently celebrated their fourth anniversary recently. Grace hears kids are on the way as soon as they decide which one will carry them.
Smile, it's only Grace. . .
Have you been to La Zambra lately? If not, go! Julia & Company are appearing there on Thursday nights and she is doing it, just like she did it Wednesday, at the Clubhouse. Julia and a score of local talent performed at an affair honoring Mayor Marion Barry and hosted by The Black Lesbian and Gay Committee to Re-Elect the Mayor. Yes, dears, it's a mouthful, but the affair was fabulous. Two of the many highlights included Tommy Cobb and Grover singing "You Are My Friend" to the mayor and Patti LaBelle a/k/a Darrin Frisby making her/his entrance. I'm sure Effie Barry was not ready for that and neither was Grace. . . Grace has learned that Rita Butler has bought into La Zambra and, as they say, dear, "there's been some changes made." First, when Grace paid her $3 admission, she received a fine drink in return. Furthermore, the bartenders now wear lovely shirts and bow-ties. Now maybe sister Rita can get Milford into one. But the biggest change is that Garfield, who has been there so long Grace thought he was a fixture, has been replaced by Raymond Carter as manager. And where's Big Eddie? Well dear, watch this place begin to take off because Ms. Rita is about business and she is very good at what she does. Word is that Bob Lomax has already tagged her for membership in The Best of Washington. But Grace expects sparks to fly in that union, because Ms. Butler does not appear to be a "yes" woman. Grace is having her to tea right away. . . And while on the subject of La Z, did you hear about the big fight they had down there one recent evening? Seems that several of the Sampsonites (those in love with Sampson) got into a knockdown and ended up in the hospital. Get well girls, physically and mentally. . . Grace was out on the town the weekend of the 14th and who did she run into but Doug Alexander, in from New York and looking very thin and that-a-way. Apparently New York agrees with him or at least Grace hopes it does.
It seems as if the entire country is busy talking about Teddy Pendergrass. Never mind that the man is in the hospital and unsure if he will ever sing or walk again. All the focus in on the person he was riding with and what that says about Teddy's personal life. Why all the bother? Teddy is human just like all of us and is entitled to do his own thing. Whomever the child was, she was a lucky woman. Honey, I know many a woman - and man - who would have loved to been riding in a Rolls Royce with Teddy Pendergrass - doing whatever. After Teddy gets out of the hospital and resumes his career, as I know he will, if he ever needs a rider, he can certainly call Grace.
Grace is sorry that she has to end this month's column on a sad note. We record with great sorrow the passing of a dear friend, Donald Bowman. Grace has heard many rumors about his death, so she will set the record straight. Donald died of a terminal illness which he had had for some time. Here was an attractive and multi-talented guy who gave so much of himself to the arts in D.C. He was full of energy and vigor although he knew for years that he would soon depart this life. Now that takes something special and Donald Bowman was very special.