Rise and shine, dear readers,

Saturday morning for the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 450 Pennington Ave. Booths are set up by 9 a.m. to noon. How about some local corn on the cob from the farmer's market for an extra nutritious treat? Did you know that corn is the largest crop of the USA with its origins in Mexico?

Leaving the farmers market, stop by the Havre de Grace Visitor Center 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.

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


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Monday is Women's Equality Day. Established by Congress in 1971, this day honors the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, giving women the vote.

The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Aug. 27 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2101 to anyone in need who enters.

Lady luck smiles! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, a 2014 Ford Mustang. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525, for details.

A shopping opportunity for bargains is coming Sept. 21 (raindate Sept. 22). The Havre de Grace Community-wide Yard Sale. Advertised in national publications, Antique Week and Antique Trader, this is our 11th sale. Set up in your own home, yard or business. Let us know you wish to participate at 401-939-6562 or 410-939-2100 and we will help advertise the event for free. Spaces are also available in a central location downtown for $10. Everyone mark the calendar to shop that date for bargains. Participants in Bulle Rock so far are 1107, 1118, 1119 Oak Tree Drive; 556 Ferdinand Drive; 413 Grandville Court; 403 Azra Court; 119 Flying Ebony Place; 242 Smarty Jones Terrace and 226 N. Union Ave., downtown. The list grows!

The Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse 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 ($100). Call 410-939-3213 or email concordpointlighthouse@verizon.net. Bethany Baker told me that about 30 have already been ordered.

Mark the calendars – Sept. 7, Boy Scout Troop 967 spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 7, Children's Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tydings Park.

Happy August birthday wishes to City Councilman Randy Craig and Martin Hoover (Aug. 15); Cal Ripken Jr. (Aug. 24); Carrie (Karina) Nori Puleo (Aug. 27); Sheila Smith, Carrie Ann Brown, John Fisher and Laurie Dawson (Aug. 28); and Henry Mark Mathias and Phyllis Tayon (Aug. 30).

Blessed wedding anniversary wishes to Jerry and Carol Gatto (Aug. 27); and Ron and Carolyn Mathias and Robb and Sally Holmes (Aug. 30). Congratulations all.

First Fridays will be held in Havre de Grace, Sept. 6, 5 to 9 p.m. Did you ride the wild bull at August's First Fridays?

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 in kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth to 12 grades to win an oval sticker, "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by streets. Tickets available at http://www.mainstreethdg.com, 410-459-3840, 410-939-0565 or hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

Have you stopped at Joyce's Art Pit on St. John Street where visual artist Joyce B. Blair features some fantastic works? http://www.beenet.net/eblair/ or email jblair@bee.net.

Carol Zimmerman and George Wagner at Bahoukas Antique Mall, 408 N. Main Ave. (410-942-1290) are excited about the Golden Tomato contest (ends Oct. 5). An entry must be a tomato, cucumber and zucchini grown in Havre de Grace. Weigh them at Bahoukas. Phone 410-939-2770 or email hdggreenteam@gmail.com or bahoukas@verizon.net.

Good luck on watching your zucchini grow! Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!