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Happy April Fool's Day Havre de Grace

HappyApril Fool's Day, dear readers, on April 1. I hope you are not an April Fool, or a victim of someone's tomfoolery. Beware! Fair warning!

April is Young People's Poetry Month, Multicultural Month and the Month of Mathematics Education.

April, traditionally, brings us showers to product May flowers – at least, that's what my maternal grandmother would tell me. March has been a rather dry month.

Anniversary best wishes are expressed to Cecil Sr. and Kathryn Hill (April 4) and Joe and Janet Cullum (April 7).

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal April 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107. Volunteers provide the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.

Shop for tremendous bargains! It's not too early to plan for the HdG Community Yard Sale, April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date April 22). Contact me for details, to reserve a space at $10 or to list your participation at your own address, 410-939-6562 or the Visitors Center 410-939-2100. Bulle Rock residents have mushroomed this eighth yard sale into a huge event with the following participants (so far): 210 Spectacular Bid Drive, 114, 204 Touch of Gold Drive, 305 Seattle Slew Place, 215 Thunder Gulch Circle, 460, 543 Majestic Prince Circle, 140, 146 Snow Chief Drive, 401 Azra Court, 220 Smarty Jones Terrace, 317, 319 Victory Gallop Court, 520/552 Ferdinand Drive, 312, 314 Native Dancer Circle, 232, 244 Whirlaway Lane, 101 Vigil Circle and 534 Counter Point Circle. Whew! That's a list, sure to keep on growing!

Easter is coming April 8. Palm Sunday will be celebrated April 1.

On Good Friday, April 6, the Susquehanna Ministerium will sponsor the Good Friday Way of the Cross beginning at Jean Roberts Park, 503 St. John St. (Railroad Bridge) from noon to 1 p.m. For details, phone 410-939-2464.

HdG Parks and Recreation will host its annual Easter egg hunt April 7 at noon in Tyding's Park. Free admission, 410-939-6724.

Maryland celebrates Arbor Day, April 4. Plant a tree!

The Spring Chesapeake Postcard Fair will be held April 7 at the HdG Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane; for details, 410-939-0999. 9 a.m,. to 4 p.m. Contacts: marymartinpostcards@gmail.com http://www.mary/martin.com

Jim Dryden in the Wickie for the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse told about a volunteers briefing/planning meeting Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon at the HdG police station, 715 Pennington Ave. Also, the lighthouse and keeper's house will reopen Sunday for the season, at 1 p.m.

"Who Z What's Its!" with George Wagner is a fun event to learn more about your special pieces your treasure. Let George at Buhoukas, 467 Franklin St., evaluate your items to identify them and appraise their value. For an appointment time, please phone 410-942-1290 or email bahoukas@verizon.net.

Carolyn Colburn is seeking tour stops for the Saturday, May 19 HdG Secret Garden Tour. If you would like your gardens included, phone 410-939-5706, or email c.wco7HDG@msn.com Artists, vendors and exhibitors also are sought for the HdG Maritime Museum's flower/garden mart. A container garden competition will also be held – contact Cynthia Leffler, 410-652-9757, email rcmcrusty@aol.com.

Uh oh! Village of Gracecroft neighbors were notified by Director of Public Works Larry Parks about the HdG city code about trash collection (162-2-15). Lidded trash cans must be used; fines can total $1,000. Beware!

April 2 is International Children's Book Day, a day to promote books and reading around the world. This event is celebrated on Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. For more information, go to http://www.usbby.org.

Born April 2, 1805, of a sickly shoemaker (age 22) and a younger wife, Hans ceased attending school at age 11 when his father died. He built a toy theater and sat at home making clothes for his puppets and dolls, reading all the plays he could find and acting them out.

Danish King Frederick VI took an interest in Hans and sent him to grammar school is 1822. Andersen published most of his tales during the 1830s through 1840s. Two of his favorite tales for children are "The Ugly Ducking," (the ugly duck becomes a swan and no, it is not a Havre de Grace/decoy thing!) and "The Little Mermaid" (though a bronze statue to the mermaid sits in Copenhagen harbor since 1913, she won't be showing up in Have de Grace, either via the Chesapeake or Susquehanna).

One last note, when I was in Copenhagen, I was told "an oh so risque" story behind the mermaid statue in the harbor. Though I told the story before, I'll be happy to recount it in a future column, if you wish. I'll await your input....just to see if you're reading this column!

Please contact me about your events and happenings at 410-939-6562, or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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