Happy January birthdays, dear readers, to Ron Mathias, Emily McClakey (today, Jan. 25); Carol Petrosino (Jan. 26); Elizabeth Holmes (Jan. 27); Debbie Cunningham (Jan. 28); Jane Currier of Currier House B&B (Jan. 30); and Tiffany Cline (Jan. 31). Best wishes to Charlie Hiner and Margaret Perry upon their wedding anniversary Jan. 29.
Since Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day, plan a visit to Wonder Toys, 311 St. John St. in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4525 for 3-D puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and other brain-teasers. Scott Wallace and Jody Carnagio will show you toys for all age groups, infants and toddlers to adults. Let's play!
Grace Place Serving Center will host a free luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. to those in need. Volunteers will assist. Phone 410-939-2107 for details.
Brigitte Peters, at the Office of Tourism, and I are making the parade list for the Feb. 12 Mardi Gras Parade, 6:30 p.m. down Bourbon Street from the high school, to Washington Street into downtown, ending on St. John and Warren streets at Legion Square and David Craig Park at Lafayette's statue. Laissez les bons temps roulez. Grab some beads. The party continues at downtown restaurants and taverns. If your group is interested in joining the parade, please contact Brigitte, 410-939-2100, or myself at the phone listed here.
Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars, 15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.
Rosie Deal told me about the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St. in Havre de Grace, 410-939-0234, holding a Wild Game Feast Jan. 26, 4 to 7 p.m. The menu includes waterfowl, venison, beef, ham and beer on tap. Tickets are $15 per person.
The Shamrocks Youth Group of St. Patrick's Church will host movie night Jan. 27 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in St. Patrick's Hall, Pennington Avenue in Havre de Grace. All middle and high school youth are welcome to see "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Dinner will be provided. Please reserve by Jan. 25 at firstname.lastname@example.org. A discussion will follow the movie showing.
Are you missing your flea market/yard sale fix? An indoor flea market will be held Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (snow date Feb. 16) at Good Shepherd School, 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville. To rent table space ($20) or for information, phone Katie, 410-802-4302. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Every year on Jan. 25, people across the world gather for a Burns Supper on Burns Night, which commemorates, on his birth date, Robert Burns, his poetry and his beloved Scotland. The first recorded celebration of Robert Burns' life occurred in 1801, on the fifth anniversary of his death, when nine friends gathered to pay tribute to the Scottish bard. Today, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Burns Suppers are held worldwide yearly. Suppers include bagpipe music, haggis, Scottish foods, Burns' poetry recitals and quotes. Always said is Burns' Selkirk Grace: "Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it, but we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit." Are you planning a Burns supper of your own in Havre de Grace? That's Auld Lang Syne on this column, folks ! Keep me posted at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!