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Havre de Grace: Celebrate Halloween with parade Oct. 30

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

10:08 AM EDT, October 24, 2012

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Happy Halloween, dear readers,

In celebration of Halloween, the annual Havre de Grace Halloween Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Washington Street and Congress Avenue. Dress in costume and register by 6 p.m. with the sponsor, Havre de Grace Recreation Committee, 410-939-6724 or hdgactivityctr@harfordcountymd.gov.

Additionally, Good Cause will hold a Fall Fest in Tydings Park, Oct. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m., full of free, family fun including games, face painting, live music, moon bounce, etc. Contact 443-502-0152 info@serveagoodcause.org or http://www.serveagoodcause.org.

Trick or treat will be held in Havre de Grace Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

Find your Halloween pumpkin at the Saturday Havre de Grace Farmer's Market, 9 a.m. to noon. Stands set up near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.

Spook yourself with a tour of haunted Havre de Grace, Friday and Saturday evening, 7 or 9 p.m. Buy tickets at mainstreethdg.com, 410-939-1811 or hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

Nov. 1 is All Saint's Day.

Havre de Grace Main Street held the fifth Graw Days Oct. 13. Between the arrival and departure of guests at the B&B, I was able to venture through the festival. Many were familiar faces: Darlene Perry at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum table, Pat Fair at the Arts by the Bay Gallery booth, organizer Bill Price scooting through in his golf cart, Tom Fitzpatrick hurrying a money box to a booth, Bill Watson in costume at the Speakeasy, Steve Formwalt at Simplicity Antiques Boutique and Simply Grand Events, Ellie Mencer behind the counter at Doodad's boutique and Scott Wallace at the Wonder Toys Store booth. Thanks to Kathy Keen, Judy Plitt, Frank Roth, Melvin Wolinski, Bob Greene and Ellen Eltgroth for manning the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission booth. I enjoyed a hot dog from the girls at St. John's Episcopal Church and cookies from the ladies at the bake sale there. With wonderful, clear weather, the event was a delight for residents, tourists and families, and the speakeasy and fun continued far into Saturday night.

If you missed the opportunity at Graw Days, Mary Boehly informed me that the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Graw Days ceramic horse medallions (Christmas ornaments) are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100, for purchase. The $10 2012 medallion features "War Admiral." Past medallions are $15 each.

Additionally, look for the raffle of the Havre de Grace police child's pedal car. Tickets are $5, available at the visitor center. The drawing is Dec. 7.

Happy birthday to Caleb Hartsfield and Tara Werkheiser (Oct. 28) and oops! Wanda Schaffer (Oct. 21).

The next First Fridays celebration is Nov. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

Tom Barnes informed me about the Havre de Grace Drama Guild performances of "Steel Magnolias" at the Havre de Grace Activity Center. Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. is a dinner theatre, Nov. 3 at noon is a lunch performance and Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. is just the show. Contact 410-939-6724 or hdgactivityctr@harfordcountymd.gov.

The American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St. sponsors Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m., with made-to-order pizzas for $5 to $7 each and wings nights on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Call Chris Heintz at the Legion, 410-939-0234, for details.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 30 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.

To all our Czech-American readers, nazdravi! October is Czech-Heritage month. Celebrate the culture and language of Americans of Czech descent. Visit the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library at http://www.ncsml.org, http://www.bohemia.com or http://www.czech.cz for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 commences the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. Not associated with Halloween but based upon Aztec and Mesoamerican faiths, the day honors the lives of deceased friends and family members, celebrating the continuity of life. Traditionally, children are honored on Nov. 1, Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angles) and adults on Nov. 2.

Celebrate National Candy Corn Day Oct. 30 with a few kernels of your own.

You are invited to attend the 26th anniversary celebration at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Nov. 3 with wine and hor d-oeuvres at 6 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m, with highlights: Jim Pierce figure presentation and special auction of Pierce decoys. Contact 410-939-3739 for tickets ($50) or visit http://www.decoymuseum.com.

October is GLBT History Month (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender).

Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya at the Halloween parade!