Minary’s Dream Alliance hosted “Juneteenth After Dark” on Friday, June 18. The fundraising event was held at MDA’s new facility on American Legion Road at the former Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post 36 in Chestertown. The Friday evening program was part of MDA’s Juneteenth Weekend Celebration that included a street party in Denton on Saturday.

MDA leaders Doncella Wilson and Paul A. Tue, III served as emcees.

Friday night revellers enjoyed an extensive soul food tasting menu from the chefs of Jordanis Gourmet Kitchen and Zappetizers of Cambridge.

Poet Robert Earl Price read from his poem “The Unlading,” thoughts about what the tall ships represented to enslaved Africans arriving in Jamestown, followed by “Soup Blues,” described as a cacophony of history and jazz.

Singer Kay Holloway gave a moving performance of “At Last,” written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren and made famous by Etta James in her “At Last” album released in 1960.

The evening also included a performance by Baltimore comedian Larry Lancaster. Larry Lancaster is the host of Throwback Saturdays on WEAA 88.9 FM. His show airs every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. His accomplishments include appearances on The Apollo, BET Comicview, national television commercials, and performances at clubs, theaters, colleges and churches throughout the East, West and Southeast Coasts.

Minary’s Dream Alliance’s mission is to transform the lives of youth, families and communities through education, resource development and community engagement. To get involved with Minary’s Dream Alliance, contact Doncella Wilson, president, at minarysdreamalliance@gmail.com.