John O'Neill medallion sale benefits HdG arts commission [Havre de Grace]

August 02, 2013|By Ron Browning410-939-6582; fax 410-939-1833

Have a hot time in ol' Havre de Grace tonight, dear readers:

It's First Fridays (Friday, Aug. 2) from 5-9 p.m. in downtown. Enjoy fun and frolicking-after all, the first week of August is National Clown Week. No fooling!

Saturday (Aug. 3) is National Watermelon Day. Watermelons originated in the Kalahari Desert region of Africa. Cool off with a water melon wedge at First Fridays: it's 92 percent water. Thump and buy your watermelon at Saturday's (Aug. 3) Farmer's Market, 450 Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce building. Happy watermelon slurping!

Drop by the visitor center, while nearby, to purchase your special edition 2013 John O'Neill medallion, commemorating the War of 1812 local hero, to benefit the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Medallions cost $10; reserve yours at 410-939-2100.

Allan Bradley informed me that Bill Braun will teach line dancing at the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John Street, 410-939-0234, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. donation of $10 includes instruction, dancing, beer and water.

Rosie Deal gave me information about the VFW sponsored Golf for Veterans Tournament, Sept. 30 at Ruggles Aberdeen Proving Ground Golf Course. View VFW for details or phone 10-939-4578. ($75)

Happy birthday wishes Debbie Heydt (Aug. 4);Jessica Shank and Pastor Ed Heydf (Aug 6.); Richard Collins (Aug. 8).

A free, hot luncheon will be served by volunteers at Grace Place Service Place, St. John's Episcopal Church, 410-939-2107 on Aug. 6, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to anyone in need who enters.

Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse reminded me Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day by a Congressional resolution on Aug. 7, 1989. On this date in 1784, Congress approved the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. Volunteers are needed at the lighthouse call 410-939-3213 or email

The lighthouse and keeper's house will be open Wednesday Aug. 7. Stop by.

The Friends also have a new fundraising venture to purchase a brick on the legacy walkway leading from the lighthouse to the O'Neill cannon, commemorating family, friends or loved ones. Cost is $100.

Be warned! Prepare early for the Havre de Grace Community-wide Yard Sale, Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Spaces available at $10. Details at 410-939-6562 or 410-939-2100.

National Night Out is Aug. 7. Neighbors are encouraged to go outside and stroll the area from 7-9 p.m. Turn on your porch light, help deter crime and get to know your Havre de Grace neighbors.

Lookout! While enjoying National Night Out, Aug. 7. I'll double dare you to walk the Promenade boardwalk or shoreline since Aug. 7 is also National Sea Serpent Day. Or are you too fearful that you may encounter Chessie, our own Chesapeake Bay's local version of the Loch Ness monster?

This week is National Friendship Week. Havre de Grace has sister city links with Sillamae, Estoria and Le Havre (de Grace), France. So, we are extending our friendships globally. Use this week's inspiration — why not phone, write or email a pal or friend that you have not heard from for a while?

Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students K-5th grade/grades 6-12 to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available now for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B & B, 200 South Union Avenue, 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Sat. 10 a.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by streets. Tickets available online: or phone 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565/email:

Teen Ice Cream taste held at the Havre de Grace Public Library, Aug. 3, 2:30 -3:30 p.m., 120 North Union Avenue; Shark Week lock in (ages 13-17) is scheduled Aug. 9-10, 8 p.m.-8 a.m. Phone 410-939-6700 for details to register.

The Havre de Grace Independence Celebration committee estimated expenses of $75,000 for the future 2014 event of parade, fireworks and concert. Breakdown is $42,000 parade, $23,100 fireworks $4,500 concert, $5,400 additional expenses such as insurance, postage and telephone. Please help this 64-year-old tradition with a donation at 410-939-4362 or P.O. Box 157, HdG, 20178. Thank you.

Enjoy the 33rd Havre de Grace Seafood Festival in Tydings Park, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9, 10, 11 (Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) Sample seafood delicacies, while enjoying entertainment, artisans and crafters. Welcome to the Oak Ridge Boys, live in concert, Friday Aug. 9. Phone 410-939-2636, or visit

Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or by note at 226 North Union Avenue. It is always a pleasure to hear for you and chat. See ya!

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