It's Grandparents Day, dear readers,
It's this Sunday, Sept. 9. Congratulations to all my readers who happen to be grandparents! Remember yours.
Sept. 11, Tuesday, is Patriot Day and the National Day of Remembrance.
Celebrate First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace today (Friday), 5 to 9 p.m. sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street.
On Saturday morning, rise and shine early for the best produce of summer at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 450 Pennington Ave., 9 a.m. to noon.
Happy birthday with bouquets of asters and sapphire birthstones to Lilma Huntley (Sept. 11); Stevie Ferguson Jr. (Sept. 15); and Carolyn Mathias (Sept. 16). Happy anniversary wishes to Bill and Pam Smart, Richard and JoAnne Collins - their 35th (Sept. 11); and Ellsworth and Madelyn Shank (Sept. 12). Congratulations to all.
On Saturday in Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, the 24th Children's Art Festival and Contest runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children under 12. Sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission; call 410-939-0023 or 410-939-2100 for details. Bring old clothes and old pantyhose to make scarecrows. Free admission, children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy Roy Owen's "Hats Off to America," live music with songs and stories, (11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.). Also see dance, cheerleading, fuzzy animals, reptiles, face painting, hands-on-crafts, fire engine and children's art contest.
The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 to anyone in need who enters.
Cathy Vincenti told me the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. for luncheon at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40. Reserve seats at 410-939-3303 or email email@example.com.
The Havre de Grace Friends of the Harford County Public Library used book sale runs Sept. 8 to 15 at 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700. Thanks, Nancy Juy.
Lady luck is smiling! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, 2013 Ford Mustang. The drawing will be Oct. 6. You need not be present to win. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525 for details.
Did you purchase your oval blue and white car decal, "I walked the Lafayette Trail, Havre de Grace, MD?" For $2 plus tax, they are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. Get yours today.
Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace along the Lafayette Trail are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month or by appointment, 410-939-0565. To take the 1 1/2 hour tour, reservations are required - buy tickets also at mainstreethdg.com. Haunted Havre de Grace tours (Friday and Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m.) 410-939-1811 run through September and October.
Sept. 9 is the Blessing of the Animals and Pet Expo, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Tydings Park. Call 410-939-6105 for booth space. Sponsored by the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church.
The Patriot Day 5K Fun Walk is Saturday at 11 a.m. To register, contact http://www.quickeventplanner.com/17875-PatriotDay. ($25 adults, $15 children under 12 years). Proceeds benefit the Fisher House, "a home away from home" for military families that enables them to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for a service-related illness, disease or injury.
Hugs, kisses and chocolates! Sept. 13 is National Chocolate Day. Does this mean a trip to Bomboy's Home Made Candies, 322 Market St., 410-939-2924 to celebrate? You bet!
Sept. 12 marks the Maryland state holiday of Defender's Day when Baltimoreans defended the city from British attack in the War of 1812; the bicentennial celebrated nationwide. British Adm. Alexander Cochrane and Gen. Robert Ross landed troops at Fort Howard and the Battle of North Point ensued (1814). Repulsed, the British Navy sailed to Fort McHenry where the bombardment and heroic American defense resulted in Francis Scott Key penning the famous "Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem. That's something to be proud of.
Sept. 13 is Fortune Cookie Day. Celebrate your lucky fortune with a Chinese meal at our local eateries: China Kitchen, 1020 Pulaski Highway, 410-939-9026 or China Palace, 800 Pulaski Highway, 410-939-9398.
Here's the scoop about the 9th Havre de Grace citywide community yard sale Sept. 15 (raindate Sept. 16), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advertise yours as you wish, but here are some participants – clip it out: 226 N. Union Ave. ($10 spaces available); 719 Warren St., 616 S. Washington St. downtown; 238 Smarty Jones Terrace in Bulle Rock; and 107 Hutchins Court in Bayview Estates. The Havre de Grace yard sale is listed in national newspapers Antique Trader and AntiqueWeek.com. The office of tourism, 410-939-2100 will also advertise the yard sale event. An individual list of yard sale participants on hdgtourism.com may be downloaded. We also publish the list of participants as a flyer available at the tourism office or 226 N. Union Ave. Join us – 410-939-6562!