It's picnic time in July, dear readers.

Celebrate National Picnic Month in July at the summer concert in Tydings Park at 7:30 p.m., tonight (Friday). The Chesapeake Brass Band will perform, free and open to the public. Please bring chairs and your picnics to the concert. Concerts in the park are sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Last concert for the summer is July 27 when the Retro-Rockets will play.

The Islamic celebration of Ramadan begins today.

Allow me to inspire you to host your own special day, today, which is National Lollipop Day. Shirley Temple would be pleased...on the good ship lollipop...make mine a Tootsie Pop!


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Since July is Blueberry Month and Pickle Month, look for same, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market at 450 Pennington Ave. It is a cornucopia of locally produced farm goods.

July is National Baked Beans and Hot Dog Month and a free, hot luncheon will be served by volunteers at Grace Place Serving Place, St. John's Episcopal Church, 410-939-2107 on July 24 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to anyone in need who enters.

Did you know that in 1984, President Ronald Regan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream may be the fare at the birthdays of: Elianna Andreen and Wayne Edwards Smith (July 2); Priscilla Mathias (July 7); Michele Moor and Jacquie Burkhardt (July 8); Ed Matthews (July 11); Taylor Brown (July 12); Scott Kirkendall (July 13); Elizabeth Saenz (July 17); Joyce Copenhaver (July 19); Jacob Moore (July 20); John Immel (July 21); Shirley Margan and Mark Ver Valin (July 24); "Granny" Elisie Colilson (July 25); and Zack Parks (July 26).

Wedding anniversary wishes to Larry and Becky Dobson (July 5), Ryan and Kimberly Andreen (July 19) and Fred and Tara Zellman (July 26). Congratulations to all!

Remind your kids that July 23 is National Parent's Day. Maybe they will let you watch your favorite programs on the television for awhile that day.

The Havre de Grace Independence Celebration committee estimates expenses of $75,000 for the 2013 parade, fireworks and concert. Breakdown is $42,000 parade, $23,100 fireworks and concert and $5,400 in additional expenses such as insurance, postage and telephone. Please help this 63-year-old tradition with a donation at 410-939-4362 or P.O. Box 157, Havre de Grace, 21078. Thank you.

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.

From the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse Wickie newsletter, I learned there will be a presentation about women lighthouse keepers at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum July 25 at 7 p.m. Women keepers have a long history throughout the USA and especially along the Chesapeake Bay. The Concord Point Lighthouse had a female keeper after John O'Neill Jr. died in 1863. His wife, Esther, became the official keeper with a substantial raise to $500 annually. Esther's son-in-law, Gabriel, is listed as keeper in the 1870 census; however, it is likely that she may have been still performing the duties as keeper, and the census taker just assumed that the male in the house was responsible. Once again, Esther is listed as keeper in the 1880 census at the age of 83!

Terri Glenn clued us about events at the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center, Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121: fitness orientation (July 20, 11:30 a.m.); blood pressure screening (July 25, 10 a.m.); county advisory board ice cream social (July 25, 12:30 p.m.); bingo (July 27, 1 p.m.); and lighthouse cafe (July 30, 9:30 a.m.).

The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, a 2013 Ford Mustang. The drawing will be Oct. 6 and you need not be present to win. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525 for details.

Helen Cayer notified me that the Olney Theatre National Players will present the "Complete Works of Shakespeare" (abridged), July 29 at 5 p.m. at the Concord Point Lighthouse lawn in Havre de Grace. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics and enjoy the beautiful waterfront, promenade and three local museums open until 5 p.m. Free parking on the grounds of the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. No rain date or relocation.

Shakespeare's plays are witty, comical and entertaining. "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" (abridged) recreates the bare bones of his plots all laid out in a fast moving, amusing parody. This production ran nine years in London, now in Havre de Grace, courtesy of the Havre de Grace Arts Commission, 410-939-2100 or 410-939-5544.

Uh oh! If you do not get your Record newspaper (or Aegis) please do not phone me. I cannot solve the delivery. Phone 1-888-539-1280 or 410-332-6807, the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Thanks.

That's the short and sweet of it. Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or by note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!