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Havre de Grace: It's time to sack and pillage HdG

Uh, oh, dear readers, the British are coming!

The War of 1812 re-enactment (on May 3, 1813 the British burned and sacked Havre de Grace) will be May 5 (Saturday) on the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be drill formations, folks in costume, troop encampments, craft demonstrations and discussions about the War of 1812. Admission is charged. For information, phone 410-939-5780; email the or visit

This evening, (Friday, May 4) is First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening the First Friday of each month through December. Enjoy great music and attractions for all ages. Phone 410-939-1811 or visit

Saturday Farmers' Market begins May 5 (until Oct. 27) from 9 a.m. to noon at Pennington Avenue and Washington Street. Contact Rory White, 443-250-5443 or email

Kathy Keen told me that May starts the Havre de Grace historic walking tours. Tours are scheduled all First Fridays (May 4, June 1, July 6, etc.) at 6 p.m. for 1-1/2 hours; cost is $12 with tickets in advance at or at door $12 exact cash or check. Meet at Jana's Java Coffeehouse, 217 North Washington Street. For details, phone 410-939-0565.

Helen Cayer announced the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's May 6 concert by the Lyric Opera Baltimore is at 3 p.m. at the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, 101 South Union Avenue, Havre de Grace. Renowned artists of the Lyric Opera will sing opera favorites and other musical vignettes. Concert tickets are $15 available at Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100 BUT a reception will be held after the concert with the performers at Laurrapin Grille for $45. Contact 410-939-5544 or 410-939-4441.

Have a son or daughter? Celebrate May 5 (Saturday) as Children's Day like they do in Japan.

Take the children to Free Comic Book Day to celebrate the holiday Saturday (May 5) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Washington Street Books and Music, 131 North Washington Street. For details, phone 410-939-6215; email; visit Also visit Just For Fun Shop, 464 Franklin Street, 443-502-2798;

Thank a teacher! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-12. National School Nurse is May 9. Thank those professionals who take great care of our youngsters.

May 6-13 is National Music Week. Strum up the mariachi band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5), a national holiday in Mexico that is celebrated in U.S. Hispanic communities. On May 5, 1862, 2,000 Mexican troops were victorious over a French invasion force of 6,000 by Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla, Mexico. Celebrate your own Cinco de Mayo at Bill Bateman's Bistro Restaurant, Route 40, 2021-H Pulaski Highway, 410-939-7667, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Havre de Grace registered voters! Don't forget! May 8 is our local election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. As always, your vote does count. Remember, if only by one vote in the U.S. Congressin 1790, Havre de Grace Would have triumphed over Georgetown, Maryland as the U.S. capital city. And you might be sitting, right now, in the midst of the Treasury Building, Pentagon or Smithsonian.

Likewise, if only by one vote in another Congressional vote, we would be speaking German instead of English in America. Wollen sie deutsch sprechen? Anyone?

Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue in Havre de Grace, hosts a free, hot luncheon, May 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to those in need. Phone 410-939-2107 for details.

May is Historic Preservation Month and the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission presented the 2012 historic preservation awards at the April 16, city council meeting. Congratulations to John and Susan Muldoon for the 1886 Vandiver Inn at 301 South Union Avenue; built originally by Murray Vandiver, a former Havre de Grace mayor, as a gift for his bride; to Mike and Nancy O'Brian for the 1799 Rupulta property on Route 155, a Georgian frame, four bay, 2-1/2 story farmhouse and a milk house; and Neta Foley for the 1949 brick, Georgian Foley House built originally by Dr. Charles Foley on South Union Avenue. Look for bright yellow award signs posted on these historic properties.

The Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale was the best one yet. A gorgeous ideal Saturday April 21 hosted 48 yard sales throughout the town, especially in Bulle Rock community. At the guesthouse, 226 North Union Avenue, the combined vendors sold over $800 merchandise to over 180 yard sale shoppers. If you did not join the yard sale or were a downtown merchant not holding a sidewalk sale, you missed a tremendous opportunity. Plan for our next Havre de Grace community-wide yard sale, Sept. 15 (raindate Sept. 16). And don't tell me, I didn't inform you so either!

Rosie Deal told me May 4 (tonight) starts First Fridays Reubens with fries, coleslaw and dessert for $10 at the VFW Lodge 8126, 300 Lodge Lane in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4578. What a deal!

Happy Birthday wishes to: my aunt Daisy Cruz and Gail Ruley (May 8); Tom Fitzpatrick (May 10).

Cathy Vincenti told me about the May 10 Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. hosted at Tidewater Grille Restaurant, foot of Franklin Street in Havre de Grace, on the river. The guest speaker is Harford County Executive, David R. Craig. Phone 410-939-3303 or email to reserve a seat.

Today starts the 31st Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival through Sunday (May 4, 5, 6). This festival draws decoy aficionados from all over to enjoy decoy and wildlife artists and carvers displaying and selling their works at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles Street and at Havre de Grace Middle School and Havre de Grace Activity Center (Lewis Lane). Admission charged. Today 6-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone 410-939-3739, visit; email

Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day t-shirts are at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100 for $7.

Charlie Mike reminded me about the Havre de Grace Independence Day celebration fundraiser at the Vandiver Inn, 301 South Union Avenue, May 11, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $30. For tickets, phone 410-939-3303 or 401-939-4362 or 410-939-0385.

April Jolley phoned me about the Spring Fling Dance, May 12, 8 p.m.-midnight at the Havre de Grace American Legion Post 47 with the Out of Order Band. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at door. To reserve, phone 410-939-0234 or 443-987-5979.

Mary Pough Keepsie and Stephen Formwalt told me about the May 19 artists reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres at the Simply Art and Gift Gallery, 456 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. Artists are from the local area. Contact 410-939-6129, visit or email

Cheryl Clelland wrote me about National Curves Day May 17 with an open house at 1037 Pulaski Highway, 410-939-3555. More details next week.

Medieval Days is at the Steppingstone Farm Museum, May 12-13.

As more than 80 trains a day pass through Havre de Grace, remember May 10 is a big hoopla in Utah. On May 10, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point outside Salt Lake City. Considered one of the greatest American technological feats of the 19th century, these rails connected the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for the first time. The prodigious labor was largely provided by Civil War army veterans, and Irish and Chinese immigrants. Choo-choo!

Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 North Union Avenue. See ya!

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