Whew, dear readers,

Have you recovered from the hoopla of Havre de Grace Fourth of July patriotic exuberance of this past week? Our red, white and blue city was amassed with aficionados of parades, fireworks and carnivals. I enjoyed walking the carnival grounds and treated myself and friends to some cotton candy. No one can deny that Havre de Grace doesn't hold a huge celebration with almost a week of fun.

Congratulations and great appreciation to all who assisted in the day's events, and particularly, thanks to the planners behind the scenes who have toiled upon this grand celebration, since July 2011.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, visit the Havre de Grace Farmers Market at 450 Pennington Ave. It is a smorgasbord of locally produced farm goods, sponsored by Main Street Inc.


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July is National Hod Dog Month. It is also national blueberry, lasagna, pickle, baked beans and anti-boredom month. Curb boredom with a picnic (yes, July is National Picnic Month) at the HdG Arts Commission-sponsored concert in Tydings Park, tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. Relax, picnic and listen to the Upper Chesapeake Community Band delight you with a variety of music and patriotic songs (UpperChesapeakeBand.Tripon.com). Free and open to the public, bring chairs and picnics to the concert. No rain date. On July 13, EWABO Caribbean will perform.

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, after the concert stroll to Bomboy's Ice Cream parlor on Market Street or visit Bruster's on Route 40 for the frozen treat. Do you want sprinkles on that?

Sprinkles may be on the ice cream cakes served at the birthdays of Rebecca Craig (July 11), Amanda Shaffer (July 12), Scott Kirkendall (July 13) and Earl Cullum (July 16). July anniversaries will be remembered by Bob and Debbie Jobes (July 7) and Amanda Shaffer and Gary Wasielewski (July 8). Congratulations all.

More adventurous folks might celebrate July as American Beer Month with a pub crawl to Coakley's, MacGregor's and Tidewater Grille along St. John Street for starters. Cheers! Friends and I had a delightful meal of fish and chips and shrimp scampi on Wings Night 50 cents last week at Coakley's Irish Pub. Thanks, Richard. Hopefully, the beer taps are flowing once again.

Volunteers will serve a free, hot luncheon at Grace Place Serving Place, St. John's Episcopal Church, 410-939-2107 on July 10 from11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tonight is First Fridays in downtown HdG 5 to 9 p.m. Have a blast!

Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month, Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. or by appointment, 410-939-0565. Start the 1 1/2 hour tour at Jana's Java coffeehouse, 217 N. Washington St. Reservations are required; buy tickets at mainstreethdg.com.

Tammy Brinkman phoned to let us know that the Concord Point Lighthouse gift shop has some new items in the Keepers House for sale. Havre de Grace dog collars and leashes are available. The gift shop is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. 410-939-3213.

The Cal Ripken World Series Parade will be held in downtown Aberdeen Aug. 11. Entries for the parade are due by July 30. Call Caroline, 410-272-5242, or Betty, 410-272-4981, for details and applications.

Hey matie! The Susquehanna Lock House Museum presents a pirate encampment July 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the pirate camps at the museum and watch attacks on the town. On Saturday morning, July 14 at 7 a.m. (registration) the festival kicks off with a pirate 5K run. A pirate's gala will be hosted Saturday eve, 7 to 11 p.m. For information, contact 410-939-5780, email director, lockhousemuseum.org, or visit http://www.lockhousemuseum.org.

The Steppingstone Museum will host Summer Fun Day: Lawn Mower Races and Car Show, noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, July 8. Contact 410-939-2299 or visit http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org. Varoooom!

That's all folks. Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. (or drop a note). It is always a pleasure to chat with you. See ya!