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Column #500: celebrate tonight at First Fridays in HdG

By Ron Browning, 410-939-6562; fax 410-939-1833

October 3, 2012

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Happy Columbus Day, dear readers,

This weekend marks a holiday surprise of an extended weekend for some of my readers. Monday is recognized as Columbus Day or Discovers Day (officially Oct. 12), when Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and discovered the American continents at San Salvador Island (also called Watling Island) in the Bahamas archipelago – and you thought it was Havre de Grace he discovered?

Remembering that Columbus was from Genoa, Italy, October Is Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month. Honor the many achievements, contributions and successes of Americans of Italian descent, perhaps with a local trip to La Cucina Restaurant, 103 N. Washington St., 410-939-1401, or Chiapparelli's Italian Restaurant, 400 N. Union Ave., 410-939-5440.

Today (Friday, Oct. 5) is World Teacher's Day. Thank your child's teacher; share an apple.

This week is National Metric Week and National School Lunch Week. A big thank you to all those in our schools who prepare nutritious lunches for our students.

Tonight is First Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace with the theme "Harvest in Havre de Grace." Phone 410-939-1811 for details. Live music will be there, too. Dance in the streets!

See the fall harvest and buy a pumpkin at the Saturday morning farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.

Ein Prosit! Oct. 6 is German-American Day when we recognize the culture, achievements and contributions of American citizens of German ancestry. To celebrate, the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., will host Rocktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 13 from 3 to 11 p.m. with authentic German food, beer, wine and music. General admission is $5 with LIX at 7 p.m. performing. Pretzels and beer, anyone? Thanks, Alla Bradley.

Additionally, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a gigantic yard and crafts sale, Oct. 13, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good stuff, crafts and food for sale...fill a bag of clothes for $5. Table rental is $10. Phone 410-939-0265.

The legion also sponsors Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m., with made-to-order pizzas for $5 to $7 each. For information about pizza nights or wings nights on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. call Chris Heintz at the Legion, 501 St. John St., 410-939-0234.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 to anyone in need who enters.

A raffle for a Havre de Grace police pedal car is sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Tickets at $5 are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. View the car there, too. The drawing is Dec. 7.

As part of the recognition that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace is bathed in a pink glow. Take a look.

Take a historic walking tour of Havre de Grace by costumed guide, Saturdays and Sundays by appointment, 410-939-0565 for $12. I toured a group of Girl Scout Brownies from Meadowvale Elementary on Sunday Sept. 23. Guides Larry Dobson, at the lighthouse, and Darlene Perry, at the Maritime Museum, were most informative. The girls heard stories about the War of 1812 and Matilda O'Neill, Captain John Smith and the Underground Railroad in Havre de Grace. The tour ended at Bomboy's on Market Street for ice cream treats.

Likewise, Haunted Havre de Grace Tours run Fridays and Saturdays through October, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. To take either of the 1 1/2 hour tours, reservations are required. Buy tickets at mainstreethdg.com, 410-939-1811, email: hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

Cathy Vincenti informed me that the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is Thursday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40.

Likewise, the Chamber Bull and Oyster Roast will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Come to the Havre de Grace Community Center to enjoy a large menu, silent auction, DJ Mark Hemler and games. For $50 tickets to either event, phone 410-939-3303, email hdegchamber1@comcast.net or visit http://www.hdgchamber.com.

The 5th Graw Days Festival is Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace. This is a day-long family fun event celebrating the historic period in the city when the Havre de Grace "Graw" Race Track was king (1912 to 1952). Sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street, the event is free.

Mary Boehly sent me an update that the Havre de Grace Arts Commission will bring the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble to the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, visit http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil or phone 410-939-2100.

Terri Glenn at the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center, Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121, recapped some future events: jewelry workshop (Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m., $15 fee); book club meeting (Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.); Harford Community College presents "Georgia O'Keefe" (Friday, Oct. 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., $22, register with college); and Healthacular presented by Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, open to public (Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.).

That's all I'm jotting down for now. After all, this is the 500th column I've written for The Record newspaper. Write me at 226 N. Union Ave. or phone 410-939-6562. See ya!