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Havre de Grace: It's Graw Days time

BY RON BROWNING, 410-939-6562; fax 410-939-1833

October 10, 2012

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It's Graw Days, dear readers, on Saturday in downtown Havre de Grace. The 5th Graw Days Festival, sponsored by HDG Main Street Inc., will run the historic period in the city when HDG "Graw" Race Track was King (1912-1952). The event is free to the public. Y'all come!

Mary Boehly informed me of the debut of the HdG Arts Commission's Graw Days ceramic horse medallions (Christmas ornaments) at Graw Days. This year's featured champion is "War Admiral."

Additionally, Mary said to look for the raffle of the Havre de Grace police children's pedal car, sponsored by the HdG Arts Commission at Graw Days. Tickets at $5 are available at the Graw Days booth or the HdG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave. The drawing is Dec. 7.

Seek out the autumn harvest at the Saturday Farmers Market running simultaneously with Graw Days from 9 a.m. to noon. Stands will set up near the visitor center. Find your Halloween pumpkin there.

Drop by the HdG Historic Preservation Commission's booth at Rochambeau Plaza in Graw Days to schedule a historic walking tour of HdG, for $12. You may also schedule tours for the future by appointment, 410-939-0565.

Likewise, end Saturday evening with or take a tour tonight (Friday) of haunted Havre de Grace, 7 to 9 p.m. Buy tickets at mainstreethdg.com, 410-939-1811 or hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

While at Graw Days, drop by the HdG Visitor Center for your oval blue and white car decal "I walked the Lafayette Trail, HDG. MD" ($2 plus tax).

Alla Bradley reminded me that the American Legion Post 47, Ladies Auxiliary will host a gigantic yard and crafts sale, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the legion, 501 St. John St. Good stuff, crafts and food for sale....fill a bag of clothes for $5. Table rental is $10. Phone 410-939-0265.

Later Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m., the American Legion will host Rocktoberfest, with authentic German food, beer, wine and music. General admission (public welcome) is $5 with LIX performing at 7 p.m. Pretzels and beer, anyone?

Additionally, the legion sponsors Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m., with made-to-order pizzas for $5 to 7 each, and wing nights on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Call Chris Heintz at the legion, 410-939-0234, for details.

World Food Day is Oct. 16. Established by the United Nations in 1979, World Food Day focuses awareness upon the problems of hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Visit worldfoodday.usa.org.

In HdG, Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 16 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.

As part of the recognition that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Concord Point Lighthouse in HdG will be bathed in pink glow. Check it out!

Mary Boehly sent me an update that the HdG Arts Commission will bring the USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz. Ensemble to the American Legion Post 47, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, contact http://www.HeritageofAmericaBand.AF.mil or 410-939-2100.

Oct. 18 be proud to be a Marylander! The Mason-Dixon Line between Lord Baltimore's Maryland colony and the William Penn family's Pennsylvania and Delaware colonies was completed by the surveyors on this day in 1767. Return to those colonial times, this weekend, Oct. 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 18th century colonial craftsmen market fair and encampment at Jerusalem Mill, 410-877-3560 or 410-877-0080, http://www.JerualemMill.org.

October is National Cookie Month. Stop by Goll's Bakery, 234 N. Washington St., to award yourself a sweet surprise. Goll's is the longest-running bakery to remain in one family in HdG. Their structure (#51 on the newly repainted blue Lafayette Walking Trail through the HdG historic district thank you HdG Department of Public Works) was originally built by James Fahey as a hotel in 1907. Pohl's Bakery followed and then in the early 1930's it became Goll's Bakery. Got cookies?

Terri Glenn at the HdG Senior Activity Center, Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121 recapped for me: Healthacular presented by Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, open to public (Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., blood pressure screenings, UCMC (Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.); and Halloween bingo (Friday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.)

Listen up! Oct. 16 is National Boss's Day. Either suck-up or give him/her what they deserve!

Plan your costume now! The HdG Halloween Parade is Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. in downtown, 410-939-6724.

Lots of October birthdays to celebrate: Brett Forton (Oct. 4); Ola Mae Espey (Oct. 8); Sally Holmes and Joshua Owens (Oct. 9); George McClaskey and Emma Weitzel (Oct. 11); Stacey Hopps and Jason Owens (Oct. 12); Mark Immel (Oct. 13); Charlie Barker (Oct. 17); and Renee Mentzer (Oct. 19).

Oct. 17, the third Monday of October, is National Multicultural Diversity Day, celebrated as a national event. October is German-American, Italian-American, Polish American, Czech-American and Hispanic American Month.

Celebrate your own historic family ethnicity this week. Keep me in touch at 410-939-6562 or a drop a note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!