Baltimore, Maryland – The Avenue Bakery Family and The Royal Theater & Community Heritage Corporation (TRTCHC) is proud to announce the installation of Glory Days of Matinees at “Avenue” Theaters photomontage on Saturday, June 11, 2015 @ 4pm. The unveiling of the mural highlights African American movie posters and the Avenue theaters that featured them, was curated by Baltimore based artist and music historian Stuart Hudgins. It will take place on the grounds of The Avenue Bakery located at 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217, in the Royal Theater & Community Heritage Garden. The 16’ x 4’ montage pointes to the important role that film and theaters once played in our Historic community; where African Americans and Whites could stroll safely along The Avenue once known for its diverse mix of entertainment, restaurants and social activism. Hudgins will be on hand to introduce a short program of films from his collection inside the community room.
Following the unveiling, guests will be entertained by THE FIRM, a community favorite jazz band. Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor-Trusty, noted entertainment columnist for the Afro Newspaper, community historian and author will be on hand for a book signing of her recently published Afro-American, Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland. Guests may also contribute to the “Rebuild The Royal Theatre One-Brick @ A Time” fundraising campaign, by purchasing one or more of the 3,000,000+ bricks needed to rebuild the iconic venue. The requested donation for each brick is $5.50. Dinners and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon.
The Courtyard Summer Music Series features performances by Baltimore’s most consummate musicians and performing artists. Scheduled performances are set to take place from 4:00 – 8:00pm on the following Saturdays: June 11 (The Firm), July 2, August 13 (Dunbar Jazz Ensemble) and September 3 (Aaron Rhines and The Groove Unit). Limited seating, so bring a lawn chair.
Distinguished by its tasty offering of original “Poppay’s Rolls”, heirloom-inspired baked goods, a museum-quality experience featuring a gallery stroll of archival footage and framed photos that bring the golden era of Pennsylvania Avenue to life, under one roof – The Avenue Bakery now entering the fifth year, is the 1st stop on The Pennsylvania Avenue National Heritage Tours, and continues to attract a robust, eclectic, growing following statewide and regionally of all races and ages.